Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bret Michaels — not Vince Neil — to headline at Festival Park ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — One middle aged rocker has replaced another in the lineup for the Hair Band Heavyweights concert set for Festival Park in downtown Elgin June 22. According to a press release for the show, Vince Neil bowed out of performing, citing a conflict with Mötley Crüe’s summer tour as reason for his cancellation. So Bret Michaels of Poison and reality TV fame will be taking his spot. “Resilience is a huge part of Bret’s story, and now it’s part of ours too,” show producer Ron Onesti said. “With his help we are going to deliver a great night of … ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:50:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Let music be your guide for exercise ]]> Lead story image

Interval training. The description, “involves the alternating of relatively more intense bouts of cardiovascular exercise with those that are relatively less intense, through increased speed, decreased rest time and or changes in duration.” The purpose is to move beyond a plateau in performance and the body’s adaptation to an exercise routine, in an effort to increase stamina, burn more calories and improve overall fitness. The concept is a good one. For example, an interval workout on a treadmill could mean alternating between a faster pace, a change in incline and a recovery period, repeating that pattern for up to 45 … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:38:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

Dundee Library: First Friends summer picnic All are invited to the Friends of the Library Summer Kick-Off Picnic on Monday, Jun. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave. (Route 68) in East Dundee. Bring your picnic supper and chairs to the front lawn of the Dundee Library. Rune the Lion power folk rock group will provide the entertainment. Cookies and lemonade, compliments of the Friends and Piece-A-Cake Bakery, will be available. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in the library’s meeting room on the lower level. For more information visit … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:38:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin eatery to join list of area al fresco dining spots ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — In a month or so, Elgin-area diners who like to eat and drink outside will have another option to consider. Kevin Platt, manager of Jimmy’s Charhouse, 2290 Point Blvd. (off Randall Road, just north of I-90) said the establishment hopes to have its railed-in, al fresco space just off the bar open by mid to late July. On June 11, Elgin’s city council passed an ordinance granting a conditional use permit to Jimmy’s for allowing the outdoor seating. “There was a demand for this from customers,” Platt said, noting the move should help the Charhouse remain competitive, especially … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gardening: Homeowners turn to master gardeners for help ]]> Lead story image

This beautiful spring makes last winter’s relentless cold seem distant. Yet out in the beauty of our gardens, many people are already seeing a few “beasts” — insects nibbling on their plants and fungal diseases creating spots on plant leaves. The difficulty for some comes in understanding exactly what is taking place and whether taking action is warranted or not. Where can homeowners turn for answers? The University of Illinois Extension master gardener program is made up of trained volunteers who help homeowners find solutions to horticulture problems. The land grant university in Urbana-Champaign uses its research and teachings to … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:48:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ DuPage County 4-H Horse Show coming June 28 ]]>

4-H youth will show off their horses at the DuPage County 4-H Horse Show on June 28 at the fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. The annual show includes junior and senior event classes in English, Western, Equitation, Dressage, Pattern and Showmanship. “4-H members work with and care for their animals throughout the year,” said Christine Birns, 4-H Youth development program coordinator, DuPage County. “Many hours and lots of effort go into each horse project, and the 4-H’ers then demonstrate their hard work and skills at the annual 4-H show.” The show begins at 9 a.m. and runs into the late … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:47:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Temporary job leads to Elgin seniors award ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Ricky Leach’s new job in 1998 was supposed to be temporary — helping to load trucks and pick up donations for the Senior Services Associates Inc. thrift store in Carpentersville. The thrift store has since closed, but Leach’s work with Senior Services in the past 14 years has not gone unnoticed. Leach was recently honored with the Elgin Senior Providers Network 2013 Friend to Seniors Award. He was surprised with the award at the annual event held June 6 at the Oak Crest Residence, 204 S. State St. The award coincided with his 55th birthday. Cherie Aschenbrenner, the … ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:06:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids learn the science behind career paths ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH ELGIN — STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) skills aren’t just for engineers anymore. That’s the message School District U46 is trying to relay as part of its third annual Moving Forward with STEM Summer Camp for students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades. South Elgin High School is hosting the camp’s 150 students who are learning about different career fields, including culinary arts, automotive technology, crime scene investigations, broadcasting, fashion design, health care, digital technology and engineering. Carol DePue, U46 coordinator of career and technical education, said students often take math and science classes and don’t understand their purpose … ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:22:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Summer camps by churches, Scouts, Kane forest district ]]>

North Aurora: Sports camp Union Congregational Church of North Aurora will host Sports Camp 2014 led by UW Sports Ministry. Camp will be from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 30 to July 3. The cost is $30 per child, with each additional sibling is $25. Boys and girls must be between the ages of 4 and 12. Each child will receive a camp T-shirt and a collector’s pin. Snacks will be provided. There will be daily Bible time, skits and loads of fun. For more information and to register, go to the website or call 630-897-0013. Girl Scouts:  Summer camps … ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:19:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Casson’s two homers help lift Lexington over Zephyrs ]]>

The Lexington Snipes of the Midwest Collegiate League have started to heat up with the bats this summer, and Friday, the Chicago Zephyrs got a first-hand look at it. The Snipes got it started with a five-run second and never looked back, cruising to a 14-2 win. Adam Casson homered twice for the Snipes. ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:10:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ribs on weekend plate at Festival Park in Elgin ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Ribfest returns to Festival Park in downtown Elgin Father’s Day weekend with five stands this year selling ribs, up from just three last year. The festival also is expanding its hours and from two to three days as it raises money once again for the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin and The Global Hands Project, a nonprofit organization that hosts events for various charitable causes. “Our objective is not only to organize and put on a great festival, but to bring the people of Elgin and the surrounding suburbs together for a great cause,” Tina Buchberger of … ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:30:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Port Edward Restaurant offering Tuesday boat rides on the Fox ]]> Lead story image

ALGONQUIN — If you need to see a man about a boat, well, Tuesdays along the Fox River outside Port Edward Restaurant in Algonquin may be the place for you. That’s when Capt. Paul Kasik is offering hour-long rides — through September — back and forth from the 50-year-old seafood spot to about a quarter mile past the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove. Those long-tied to the area might recall that Port Edward, 20 Algonquin Road, had its own riverboat cruises on the Algonquin Princess from 1990 until 2001 when pilot Capt. Bob Schweihs passed away. Kasik calls … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:30:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Therapy animals serve as study buddies for North Central students preparing for finals ]]> Lead story image

It wasn’t Bella’s first belly rub. She clearly wasn’t minding the attention. And those doing the rubbing were deriving benefit from the interaction as well. The serene yellow Labrador was part of a team of Edward Hospital therapy dogs that came to North Central College Thursday, to deliver a little relief from the pressures and stresses of impending final exams. It appeared to be doing the trick, as students flowed steadily into the Residence Hall/Recreation Center on the Naperville campus to spend some quality time with the soothing pack of furry, four-legged therapists. “I just really like dogs, and it’s … ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:44:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ University of Illinois Extension’s Embryology 101 teaches many lessons ]]> Lead story image

The University of Illinois Extension course, Embryology 101, is designed to provide elementary and high school teachers with knowledge about the chicken’s egg, its importance to man, and its role in the reproduction of the species. ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:30:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Dreamscapes’ art exhibit  in Bartlett ]]> Lead story image

Arts in Bartlett presents oils and acrylics by Wes Lee K in an exhibit of “Dreamscapes” through June at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St, Bartlett Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Born Wesley J. Kochan in Chicago, he lives in Bartlett and is enamored with both art and music, widely known in this area for his acoustic fusion guitar artistry. Diversity is part of his passion as he branches off into other forms of oil painting, including portraits, abstracts and murals. Influenced by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, … ]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 02:39:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clifford The Big Red Dog to visit Gail Borden this summer ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Gail Borden Public Library will host a free, interactive exhibit, “Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog,” from June 7 to Aug. 24 at the Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. The 1,500-square-foot exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum is based on Scholastic’s No. 1-rated TV show on PBS Kids and from the books of award-winning author Norman Bridwell. The exhibit was designed to encourage children ages 2 to 7 to engage in hands-on activities that foster appropriate social skills. Some of the themed areas will include: ■ A nine-foot-tall Clifford The Big Red Dog with his … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 01:29:24 -0500