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[ Dundee Township bringing fitness, nutrition to kids ]]> Lead story image

This fall, kids that participate in the area’s after-school clubs will be putting their pencils down and getting their heart rates up. In an effort to help address the rising rates of childhood obesity, Dundee Township Park District officials plan to bring fitness and nutrition education programs to the both the Community District 300 and Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township after-school program. The plan is to have a park district official go to each after-school site twice a week for 45 minutes and spend time on fitness and nutritional education. “It’s going to be a two-prong approach,” said … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:18:00 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26972030-423/dundee-township-bringing-fitness-nutrition-to-kids.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26972030-423/dundee-township-bringing-fitness-nutrition-to-kids.html <![CDATA[ Kendall nature school program starting area trend ]]> Lead story image

YORKVILLE — Parents of children in the Natural Beginnings program don’t see their children come home with worksheets or math papers. Instead, they are likely to come home with a caterpillar lifecycle craft or even dirty clothes. That’s because these preschool children probably spent the day watching a caterpillar change, identifying Mayapple or Skunk cabbage or even rolling down a hill. That’s what life is like in Natural Beginnings, a Kendall County Forest Preserve District program for children ages 3 to 5, which stresses natural education in the outdoors. “We don’t do worksheets,” says Megan Gessler, program director and teacher. … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:54:00 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26996598-423/kendall-nature-school-program-starting-area-trend.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26996598-423/kendall-nature-school-program-starting-area-trend.html <![CDATA[ Pets of the Week ]]> Lead story image

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 gal. She would do best as an only child — both human and canine. Adoption fee: $250 Where to find this pet: ADOPT Pet Shelter, 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, 630-355-2299 or www.adoptpetshelter.org. Bruce Age: 1 or 2 years old Breed: Domestic short hair Personality: He came to HELP in January during the coldest days of … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:49:32 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26974732-423/pets-of-the-week.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26974732-423/pets-of-the-week.html <![CDATA[ Master Gardeners: Too much mulch not good for plants ]]> Lead story image

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 mounding mulch up against the bark of trees. Communities are at risk to lose the tall tree canopies that we treasure because of these practices. “What happens with volcano mulching, which is particularly seen on single-stem trees (where mulch is mounded up the trunk), is that the trees can typically plug along for 10 or … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:49:02 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26973367-423/master-gardeners-too-much-mulch-not-good-for-plants.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26973367-423/master-gardeners-too-much-mulch-not-good-for-plants.html <![CDATA[ Winning Elgin teacher is student’s ‘Favorite’ ]]> Lead story image

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 I got here I changed a lot. My attitude, my maturity, and my behavior are now positive,” she said. “Being a single working mom is not easy, but I’m passing all my classes.” She credits that to Michelle Lewis-Kapp, who is in her first year teaching at Gifford Street High School. Lewis-Kapp previously taught for … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:27:19 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26910844-423/winning-elgin-teacher-is-students-favorite.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26910844-423/winning-elgin-teacher-is-students-favorite.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[ 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. ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:37:20 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26872365-423/fox-valley-rep-youth-ensemble-auditions.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26872365-423/fox-valley-rep-youth-ensemble-auditions.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 … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:29:48 -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