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Kickin’ it: Dundee club to hold footgolf event

Been wanting to give footgolf a try? Now you have an opportunity, thanks to the Dundee Township Park District. An introductory event to kick off the season for the hybrid sport that combines soccer and golf will be held Saturday, May 31, at the Bonnie …

Pets of the Week

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Bella Age: 1 years old Breed: Jack Russell rat terrier mix Background: Bella came to ADOPT in February 2013 from Naperville Animal Control. Personality: Bella is a sweet girl who loves to go for walks and play ball. She is a young high-energy type of …

Master Gardeners: Too much mulch not good for plants

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It’s difficult to pinpoint when the beneficial gardening practice of mulching trees and shrubs started to become a problem for the very plantings it was meant to help. The two most common mistakes are top dressing old mulch annually when it isn’t needed and routinely …

Winning Elgin teacher is student’s ‘Favorite’

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Jacqueline Segovia was struggling. As a homeschool student, the teen was failing her freshman year and had gotten behind in credits. She decided to attend Gifford Street High School, an alternative high school in Elgin, which Segovia says was “the smartest decision for me.” “Since …

A woman’s place is in the maul

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It’s easy for a woman to make friends while in high school and college. They share the same classrooms, cheer for the same teams and support each other through it all. Once those years are behind you, it’s hard to find friendships like that again. …

Fox Valley Rep: Youth ensemble auditions

The Fox Valley Rep Performing Arts Academy is searching for young talent ages 8-18 to audition for the summer Youth Ensemble musical production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Auditions will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.

Rookie robotics team from Yorkville takes programming award

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ELGIN — Twenty-five teams of middle-school students from DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties displayed their technical, creative and teamwork skills March 22 during the 4-H Robotics Box Bot Showcase. Throughout the afternoon, 4-H’ers showcased their Lego Mindstorm robots in creativity, table performance and technical categories. …

Master Gardeners: Reasons to mulch plentiful

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Spring is the prime time to be out in the yard spreading mulch in garden beds and around trees. If you are considering this for your home for the first time or even if you have spread mulch in the past, it’s helpful to have …

No pause in summer reading efforts

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ELGIN — Just 40 days of school are left in Elgin District U46, Superintendent Jose Torres pointed out Thursday. The group he was talking to is probably as excited about summer as the district’s students are. That group was the educators, librarians, community volunteer and …

Days Gone By

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What was happening in Elgin during the month of April 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago? April 1914 A bitterly fought referendum resulted in the prohibition of liquor in Elgin Township. The drys outvoted the wets 6,524 to 5,868. The Brethren Publishing Co. …

Garden Party kicks off fundraising season

BATAVIA — The Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice knows how to put together a basket. In the 17 years that volunteers with the organization have been putting on their Garden Party luncheon fundraiser, those “baskets” have gone from gift certificates and small gifts in a wicker …

Westfield Fox Valley mall Easter fun

Westfield Fox Valley mall, 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora, will host a weekend of spring fun from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Macy’s court. Activities will include musical performances, crafts, a petting zoo, and of course, the Easter Bunny, who will …

Comedian Mitch Fatel on sex, swinging and why he’s not sad to see David Letterman retire

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“If you are married and you are not having better sex, you are doing something wrong,” says comedian Mitch Fatel.

Fatel spent decades talking about his sexual adventure, and the pursuit of them—until he got married. Now, married to a bisexual free spirit, Fatel is …

A woman’s place is in the Maul

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It’s easy for a woman to make friends while in high school and college. They share the same classrooms, cheer for the same teams and support each other through it all. Once those years are behind you, it’s hard to find friendships like that again. …

Filipino art on display in Bartlett

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BARTLETT — Arts in Bartlett presents a Village Gallery art exhibit, “Quotidian: Memories from the Past” by Racquel Gabuya of South Elgin, through April at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St. While growing up Cebu City, Philippines, Gabuya’s early choice of …

ECC students again are posting poetry on a wall

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ELGIN — Elgin Community College’s wall of poetry is back. In 1989 an Oregon poet named William Stafford paid a three-day visit to ECC’s Writers Center. And when he left, Writers Center Director Rachael Stewart says, he left behind a suggestion to dedicate one wall …