Courier News http://couriernews.suntimes.com Latest news from Courier News Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://couriernews.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/couriernews.gif Courier News http://couriernews.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Kickin’ it: Dundee club to hold footgolf event ]]> Lead story image

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 Dundee Golf Club, 270 Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville. Registration check-in is from 2 to 2:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 3 p.m. The $20 per person cost includes green fees and a T-shirt. An optional golf cart is an extra $9 per person. Tom Mammoser, executive director of the Dundee Township Park District, said times … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:49:40 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26923574-418/kickin-it-dundee-club-to-hold-footgolf-event.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26923574-418/kickin-it-dundee-club-to-hold-footgolf-event.html <![CDATA[ A woman’s place is in the maul ]]> Lead story image

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. Jennifer Studer and Ann Diamond, both 26, became friends while playing rugby in the early 2000s at Northern Illinois University. Rugby is well established in St. Charles, where Diamond grew up. The area has men’s, high school and youth rugby, but the women’s team had disbanded. “It was time for another woman’s club,” says Studer, … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:13:54 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26741456-423/a-womans-place-is-in-the-maul.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26741456-423/a-womans-place-is-in-the-maul.html <![CDATA[ IN OUR TOWNS ]]>

Dundee Library: E-Book Day Learn how to download e-books to a device during this special drop-in event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19,at the Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave. (Route 68) in East Dundee. Patrons can explore using the library’s e-book collection and if considering purchasing an e-reader, they can try out the different kinds. Librarians will be available on the main level near the Information Services desk. 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 … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:40:03 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26872365-423/in-our-towns.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26872365-423/in-our-towns.html <![CDATA[ Rookie robotics team from Yorkville takes programming award ]]> Lead story image

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. They also completed a teamwork challenge without their Bots. The event was led by 4-H Robotics Team “got robot?,” which competes at the FIRST Tech Challenge level, and was hosted by University of Illinois Extension at Abbott Middle School in Elgin. The 2014 4-H Robotics Box Bot Showcase Championship went home with Trinity Trailblazers Team … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:33:41 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26862418-423/rookie-robotics-team-from-yorkville-takes-programming-award.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26862418-423/rookie-robotics-team-from-yorkville-takes-programming-award.html <![CDATA[ Master Gardeners: Reasons to mulch plentiful ]]> Lead story image

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 an understanding of what mulching accomplishes. Organic mulches, those made of plant materials, perform a double duty in the garden. First, they improve the growing conditions of plants and trees by helping soil retain moisture and greatly reduce the amount of watering needed. Mulches ease soil temperature fluctuations, keeping them cooler in the summer and … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:19:19 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26845084-423/master-gardeners-reasons-to-mulch-plentiful.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26845084-423/master-gardeners-reasons-to-mulch-plentiful.html <![CDATA[ No pause in summer reading efforts ]]> Lead story image

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 nonprofit sector leaders who help put together Gail Borden Public Library’s summer reading program. The coalition of organizations does not just ensure that students sign up for the reading program but also creates incentives to get students into all of the libraries in the district and provides incentives for students to finish the summer reading … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:27:14 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26790677-423/no-pause-in-summer-reading-efforts.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26790677-423/no-pause-in-summer-reading-efforts.html <![CDATA[ Days Gone By ]]> Lead story image

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. announced a reduction in its work week from 53 to 50 hours. The City Council rejected a request from women’s organizations to establish a motion picture censorship board. The Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co. dispatched its fourth shipment of windmills to South Africa. April 1939 Mayor Myron M. Lehman was re-elected to his third … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:47:50 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26743753-423/days-gone-by.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26743753-423/days-gone-by.html <![CDATA[ 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 basket to rooms of furniture, sets of dolls and coordinating clothes, all of the gear needed for a family camping trip, or the furniture and accessories needed for a dream backyard. The organization is kicking off its fundraising season this weekend with its annual rummage sale, set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:40:00 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26789862-423/garden-party-kicks-off-fundraising-season.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26789862-423/garden-party-kicks-off-fundraising-season.html <![CDATA[ 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 be on hand 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through April 19. Call 630-851-7200 to learn more. … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:45:19 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26739138-423/westfield-fox-valley-mall-easter-fun.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26739138-423/westfield-fox-valley-mall-easter-fun.html <![CDATA[ Comedian Mitch Fatel on sex, swinging and why he’s not sad to see David Letterman retire ]]> Lead story image

“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 carnal crusader. In this episode of “The Big Questions,” Fatel talks about how reality TV gets marriage wrong, what he’s not allowed to say and why he’s not sad to see David Letterman retire. Below is an excerpt of our talk, but the entire conversation—in which Fatel talks about handling hecklers, his writing process … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:15:24 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26782049-423/comedian-mitch-fatel-on-sex-swinging-and-why-hes-not-sad-to-see-david-letterman.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26782049-423/comedian-mitch-fatel-on-sex-swinging-and-why-hes-not-sad-to-see-david-letterman.html <![CDATA[ A woman’s place is in the Maul ]]> Lead story image

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. Jennifer Studer and Ann Diamond, both 26, became friends while playing rugby in the early 2000s at Northern Illinois University. Rugby is well established in St. Charles, where Diamond grew up. The Fox Valley area has men’s, high school and youth rugby, but the women’s team had disbanded. “It was time for another woman’s club,” … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:45 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26548972-423/a-womans-place-is-in-the-maul.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26548972-423/a-womans-place-is-in-the-maul.html <![CDATA[ Filipino art on display in Bartlett ]]> Lead story image

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 study was in the medical field­­­ — a typical career for most Filipina at that time. She then relocated to California in the 1980s and changed her career to technical/engineering. It was not until a few years later that she combined technology with art and pursued design. She earned a Visual Design degree and taught … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:35:39 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26694454-421/filipino-art-on-display-in-bartlett.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26694454-421/filipino-art-on-display-in-bartlett.html <![CDATA[ ECC students again are posting poetry on a wall ]]> Lead story image

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 and invite anyone interested to tape poems on it. Soon a Poetry Wall had been set up on the third floor of what is now ECC’s Building B. “Early on, it was not unusual for the poetry to be layered like shingles from the corner all the way to the office door of a faculty … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:08:42 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26619988-423/ecc-students-again-are-posting-poetry-on-a-wall.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26619988-423/ecc-students-again-are-posting-poetry-on-a-wall.html <![CDATA[ Elgin hospice program set for coping with loss ]]> Lead story image

Herbie’s Friends, a program to help grieving families cope with loss, grief and death, is being offered by Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice. The program begins on April 30 and meets Wednesdays through May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 357 Division St. There is no cost to attend the program, and it is open to all families living in the Fox Valley. Spanish interpretation is available and registration is required. Herbie’s Friends is for families with children ages 5 to 18 who have experienced a death loss — be it a spouse/parent, child/sibling, grandparent, or other … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:27:44 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26612929-423/elgin-hospice-program-set-for-coping-with-loss.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26612929-423/elgin-hospice-program-set-for-coping-with-loss.html <![CDATA[ Race work: Being behind wheel and under hood suits Carpentersville man ]]> Lead story image

CARPENTERSVILLE — Dennis Erb isn’t a desk job type of guy. Instead, the born-and-raised Carpentersville resident spends most of his time either behind the wheel of a race car or in the garage working on a car. Erb, 41, has been a professional race car driver for more than two decades and participates in dirt track auto racing events all over the country. His most recent race, late last month at the LaSalle Speedway’s 75-lap Thaw Brawl, netted him and his No. 28 team a first-place win and $15,000 prize. Erb also won the inaugural Thaw Brawl in 2012. The … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:26:41 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26634041-423/race-work-being-behind-wheel-and-under-hood-suits-carpentersville-man.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26634041-423/race-work-being-behind-wheel-and-under-hood-suits-carpentersville-man.html <![CDATA[ Elgin Symphony conductor wins applause on the West Coast, too ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — When the Elgin Symphony Orchestra board and musicians had to select a new music director last year, they selected Andrew Grams from among a dozen finalists. And Grams won additional endorsement on a recent visit to the West Coast, too. Like the ESO during the last two seasons, the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in suburban Los Angeles finds itself without a music director for a lengthy time. And like the ESO, the Pasadena orchestra is filling its performing schedule by bringing in a series of guest conductors. Last Saturday, it was Grams who took the baton in California. Robert … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:36:23 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26618804-421/elgin-symphony-conductor-wins-applause-on-the-west-coast-too.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26618804-421/elgin-symphony-conductor-wins-applause-on-the-west-coast-too.html