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Kindness Campaign honored by Kane County Board

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Photo: Speaker Renee Dee of Sugar Grove proclaiming Oct.13-19 2013 Kindness in Kaneland week at Tuesday’s Kane County Board meeting. Photo by Lynn Logan GENEVA—The Kane County Board displayed a great honor to the Kindness Campaign on Tuesday, proclaiming Oct. 13-19 as Kindness in Kaneland Week. Coordinators representing the campaign were in attendance during the…

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Scarecrow Fest celebrates 28 years

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ST. CHARLES—A whimsical autumn tradition among Chicagoland’s Fox Valley residents and visitors alike, this year’s 28th annual Scarecrow Fest, presented for the second year running by AAA Insurance, will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-13, in St. Charles. Produced by the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau in conjunction with Ravenswood Event…

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Grant allows SGPD access to all KC Law Enforcement records

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SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Police Department will now have access to law enforcement records throughout all of Kane County. The Village Board on Tuesday agreed to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the county to share the records. The city of Elgin received a grant that would allow for the sharing of law enforcement records…

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Bliss Road bridge deck repairs to begin next week

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SUGAR GROVE—Kane County has informed the village of Sugar Grove that bridge deck repairs on Bliss Road over the I-88 bridge will begin Monday, Sept. 23. These repairs are anticipated to be complete by Friday, Sept. 27, weather permitting. This work will involve expansion joint replacement and concrete deck repairs, and will require Bliss Road…

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DeKalb Firefighters Local 1236 Wounded Warrior

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DEKALB—In conjunction with the AFFI (Association of Firefighters of Illinois), the DeKalb Firefighters Local 1236 is currently selling Wounded Warrior shirts, with all proceeds going toward the purchase of a car for a local wounded vet. The new car will be awarded during the upcoming NIU football game vs. Ball State on Nov. 13. The…

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Bat found in Batavia yard tests positive for rabies

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BATAVIA—A bat recently found in a Batavia yard tested positive for rabies. There was no human exposure. This is the first rabies-positive bat seen this year. One rabid bat was discovered last year, and one in 2011. Bats are the most common carrier of rabies in Illinois. Rabies affects the brain and will cause unnatural…

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Raging Waves provides hundreds of jobs in Kendall County during summer season

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YORKVILLE—Raging Waves, Illinois’ largest waterpark, provided employment to approximately 525 people this summer, making the theme park one of the biggest employers in the Kendall County area. The privately owned entertainment park in Yorkville opened for business in June 2008 with the intent to bring hundreds of new seasonal jobs to the area. Over the…

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Elburn couple enjoy fruits (and vegetables) of labor

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ELBURN—Carol Clulow has a spot she aims to frequent once a week to get fresh produce to take home. Clulow, an Elburn resident, goes to the Strom Family Farm veggie stand in Elburn. “It’s organic, for one,” Clulow said of the veggie stand. “And it’s local. I am interested in supporting local farmers.” Tyler Strom,…

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Mosquitoes found in Elgin trap test positive for WNV

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department recently reported that a batch of mosquitoes collected in a trap in Elgin, Ill., tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the second time this summer a trap in northern Kane County yielded evidence of the disease. The first, a trap set in July near Algonquin, Ill., administered…

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Courage abroad

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NIU student visits Tanzania, rides Elburn Days Parade float ELBURN—Cory Lipsett’s first trip abroad was startling in two ways: he went to Tanzania, one of the world’s poorest countries, and he went without Ragin, the guide dog he’s taken everywhere since the Elburn Lions’ Leo Club donated the dog to him three years ago. Lipsett,…

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Car raffle to support Feed My Starving Children and local organizations

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SYCAMORE—With over 6,200 children under the age of 5 dying every day due to starvation, it’s time to take action. Over the last four years, the Sycamore community has come to the aid of starving children through supporting a local mobile pack event in Sycamore named “Make A Difference DKC.” Feed My Starving Children is…

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KC opens new campground in Big Rock

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Photo: The Kane County Forest Preserve District recently opened the Big Rock Campground on Granart Road in Big Rock. A ribbon cutting will take place Saturday, Aug. 17, with free hot dogs and other food, giveaways and guided nature hikes. Photo by Susan O’Neill BIG ROCK—The Kane County Forest Preserve District opened a new campground…

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Scammers try to make Obamacare confusion an opportunity for identity theft

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CHICAGO—With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly labeled “Obamacare,” on the horizon, scammers are finding it to be the latest opportunity to steal people’s identities. “Scammers are calling consumers claiming they are eligible for health insurance cards in exchange for personal information,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business…

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Car raffle to support Feed My Starving Children and local organizations

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SYCAMORE, ILL.—With over 6,200 children under the age of 5 dying every day due to starvation, it’s time to take action. Over the last four years, the Sycamore community has come to the aid of starving children through supporting a local mobile pack event in Sycamore named “Make A Difference DKC.” Feed My Starving Children…

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KC Health Department celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

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KANE COUNTY—To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life—and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines, too—the Kane County Health Department will participate in National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV. The month-long promotion is…

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July in Illinois: cool, dry

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CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—The statewide average temperature for July in Illinois was 73.3 degrees, 2 degrees below the 1981-2010 average. It currently ranks as the 19th coolest July on record, dating back to 1895, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois. In comparison, last year’s…

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Illinois continues to make strides in reducing flood risks

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AURORA—Flooding accounts for more than 90 percent of declared disasters in Illinois. And it is no wonder—Illinois has one of the largest inland systems of rivers, lakes and streams in the United States with nearly 15 percent of its total land area flood prone. To protect its residents, most counties and communities have adopted and…

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Photos: Cole’s Crew takes to the streets

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Julie and Dan Rutter of Sugar Grove organized, and then facilitated this year’s Chicago NF (neurofibromatosis) Walk, which was held at Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve in Geneva this past Saturday. They partnered with The Children’s Tumor Foundation, the leading non-profit funding source of NF research in the world. Julie and Dan’s son Cole, a Freshman…

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