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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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Unincorporated St. Charles man killed in vehicle crash

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BLACKBERRY TWP.—The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a single-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on June 26 near the intersection of Route 47 and Rowe Road in unincorporated Blackberry Township. The initial investigation indicates that a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling south on Route 47 at a high rate of speed. For reasons…

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Disaster assistance may be available for HVAC systems

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AURORA—The summer cooling season has arrived in Illinois, and those in areas affected by the April 16 to May 5 storms may be eligible for repair or replacement of heating, ventilation and cooling systems (HVAC) if they were damaged or destroyed by flooding and were not covered by insurance. “FEMA’s mission includes ensuring that all…

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Lockyer of Canada’s TRIUMF lab named Fermilab director

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BATAVIA—Nigel Lockyer, director of Canada’s TRIUMF laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia, was recently selected to become the next director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. A suite of new projects awaits Lockyer at Fermilab, which is America’s…

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Somonauk resident named WCC student trustee

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SUGAR GROVE—Mekenah Merrill of Somonauk was recently elected to serve as Waubonsee Community College’s student trustee for the 2013-14 academic year. Merrill was seated at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting on June 19. The student trustee serves as the liaison between the Waubonsee Board of Trustees and the college’s students, representing students’ interests at…

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‘Icarus’ Mother’ at Steel Beam Theatre

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ST. CHARLES—Steel Beam Theatre will present Sam Shepard’s one-act play “Icarus’ Mother” on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, at the theatre, 111 W. Main St. in St. Charles. The play is about a picnic, so the audience will “picnic” on food donated by Noodles and Company and The Spice House, both of Geneva, with complimentary…

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Art Therapy for Movement Disorders available at Rush-Copley

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AURORA—Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor affect more than 40 million Americans. More than motor symptoms, these diseases also have an impact on an individual’s mental and emotional health. To help individuals and families living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders achieve the highest quality of life, Rush-Copley will to offer…

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois to present ‘My Best Elf Self’ Day Camp

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ST. CHARLES—From running through rain drops and splashing in a swimming pool to cruising in a canoe, little girls love water. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is giving all local girls, grades two through four, the chance to discover the wonders of water during “My Best Elf Self” Day Camp. The camp will take place…

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Newtson lends a helping hand

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Sycamore resident travels to Oklahoma to aid with tornado disaster relief relief Sycamore—A powerful tornado tore through Moore, Okla., just 11 miles south of Oklahoma City on May 20, between 2:56 and 3:36 p.m. The tornado, which destroyed two elementary schools, a middle school, the Moore Medical Center and a movie theater, was ranked between…

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Elburn hosts Rep. Hatcher’s traveling office hours

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Yorkville, Ill.—State Representative Kay Hatcher is again this summer taking her office on the road to meet with local residents in communities throughout the 50th District. Elburn will host Rep. Hatcher’s traveling office hours on Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m. to noon at Elburn Village Hall, 301 E. North St. “Our traveling office hours schedule…

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Steel Beam Theatre, Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois, to offer summer camps

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ST. CHARLES—Steel Beam Theatre, in partnership with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, will offer summer camps for girls through July and August. The theatre is located at 111 W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles, and has been offering programs for Girl Scouts since its inception in 2001. These newly created camps coincide with the…

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KC to perform resurfacing on Keslinger Road

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KANE COUNTY—Pavement resurfacing work for Kane County’s 2013 Resurfacing Program is scheduled to take place from now until Friday, July 19, weather permitting, on the portion of Keslinger Road stretching from West County Line Road to Route 47. The resurfacing process typically includes grinding and removal of 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches of the top…

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Kane County Bar Foundation now accepting grant applications

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Bar Foundation (KCBF) recently announced that it is accepting grants from non-profit organizations seeking to meet the unfilled legal needs of local citizens. Since 1996, the Foundation has been proud to offer funds to encourage and reward cooperation and creativity to develop new and innovative programs and resources to better meet…

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Batavia Farmers’ Market moves to new location

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BATAVIA—The Batavia Farmers’ Market will soon relocate to the rejuvenated area of North River Street, between Wilson and State streets. “The decision to relocate was based on many factors, including the ability to expand the market for a larger variety of vendors, amenities such as electric outlets, the beautiful aesthetics of a pedestrian friendly plaza…

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Accidental firearm discharge at St. Charles Sportsman’s Club injures 10

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BLACKBERRY TWP.—Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as Elburn Police, Firefighters and EMS, on Tuesday evening were dispatched to the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club, 44W471 Keslinger Road in unincorporated Blackberry Township, on a report of a gun that had accidentally discharged and injured several people. An initial investigation indicates that a member of the club…

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