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  • Local winners learn from state pageant

    The crown and sash have been passed. The former Miss Southern Illinois, Crystal Davis, was crowned Miss Illinois at the Marion Cultural Center June 16 ...
    July 3, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County contestants and directors find meaning in pageants

    Young girls sitting cross-legged in front of the TV watching the Miss America pageant may be drawn to the glamour. The dresses. The crown – how much d ...
    July 3, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Wonder Lake sustainable garden featured on walk

    Susan and Raleigh Kick are in their 70s and take ample time to smell the roses – or rather, the hostas, Susan’s favorite.
    July 3, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Getting Excited About Science at Johnsburg Public Library

    Kids learn about science through a presentation by Seve Belliveau at the Johnsburg Public Library on Thursday, July 2, 2015.
    July 2, 2015 - 6:27 pm
  • Kerth: You are here; beauty is here; here is good

    Make a list of all the reasons why a person would want to spend a night in a motel, and the words “art appreciation” are unlikely to appear anywhere o ...
    July 2, 2015 - 5:32 pm
  • Atwater: Stress means different things to different people

    I always wonder, when someone tells me they are stressed, just what that means to them. Because it seems to mean something different to every person.
    July 2, 2015 - 5:32 pm
  • Centegra Pediatrician Offers Summer Pool Safety Tips

    Keeping your kids active is one of the best ways you can support their health and wellness. Swimming is an excellent way to work exercise and fun into ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • Why you should give your brain a break

    Technology and the endless amount of information it provides people is often viewed as a distraction, but new research suggests it could actually incr ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Early music training could have long-term benefits

    Yo-Yo Ma, Oscar Peterson and many other highly-skilled musicians began their music training before the age of 7. A  recent study  suggests early music ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Lakeside Festival schedule

    Lakeside Festival takes place July 2-5 at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. "The granddaddy of all festivals," it featur ...
    July 1, 2015 - 3:40 pm
  • Crystal Lake's Lakeside Festival brings in Vertical Horizon, DNK, Ty Bates and more

    Find “Everything You Want” at this year’s Lakeside Festival in Crystal Lake. The alternative rock ba ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:31 am
  • McHenry County College's 'God of Carnage' opens new Black Box Summer Theater program

    Combine a newly renovated theater with professional actors, a Tony Award-winning production and an i ...
    July 1, 2015 - 3:41 pm
  • ‘Magic Mike XXL’ is worth a peep

    It became known, pretty soon after the release of “Magic Mike” in 2012, that though the story of a roofer by day and stripper by night was fictional, ...
    July 1, 2015 - 3:39 pm
  • Queen Kwong brings new bandmates, tour to Chicago's Subterranean

    • Note to readers: This is an occasional music column featuring music news and reviews of new releases.
    July 2, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • Want great barbecue sauce? Learn the basic building blocks

    Barbecue sauce is a very personal thing. For some, it means a thick, sweet red sauce. For others, it is mustard-based. For those who grew up in North ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:26 pm
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