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  • Toys can be turned into ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Photo-transfer projects make personalized handmade gifts

    Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn’t have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm
  • Not crafty? Monthly gift boxes have you covered

    Christmas is less than a week away, and once again you find yourself exercising your brain to the max to think of perfect gifts for the ones you love. ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm
  • Saving Santa: Volunteers repair decoration on display in McHenry for 52 years

    McHENRY – “The Santa House” has looked a little empty this year. The home on Oak Drive in McHenry ha ...
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • MCDH: Still time to get the flu vaccine

    McHenry County, along with the state of Illinois, is experiencing a more severe than typical influenza season this year.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 3:42 pm
  • Planit 10: Things to do Dec. 18 to Dec. 25

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:20 am
  • Date Night: Something to Laugh About

    Why does laughter tend to start off so many relationships? Well, many experts are now s ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:40 am
  • Holiday magic: Dancers bring unique flair to McHenry County's 'Nutcracker' showings

    The Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara. The Nutcracker prince. The Mouse King. Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score.The ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:44 pm
  • Fingerpicking champs to entrance in Woodstock Christmas concert

    One guitar. One fingerpicker. The sound of a four-piece band.That’s the kind of experience you can e ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:45 pm
  • ‘Annie’: a hard knock, no fun adaptation

    It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 1:26 pm
  • ‘Hobbit’: a triumphant flourish

    The series is done. And it was done just about perfectly. Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” hav ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 1:26 pm
  • 10 ideas for easy holiday party snacks

    Nobody is going to blame you if your holiday party spread includes a bowl of mixed nuts, some grapes and a wedge or two of cheese. After all, most peo ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:18 am
  • Eggnog: Once-a-year things must be the best

    Eggnog is a funny thing. We crave it for one month a year, then never think about it again.And when ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Holiday entertaining? Start with a box of crackers

    Planning for a crowd this holiday season? Grab of box of woven wheats. That’s the generic name for T ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:04 pm
  • Lean, filling appetizer help you behave at holidays

    Parties can be tricky territory for the healthy eater. If you host, you want to serve guests something tasty enough to make the occasion feel special. ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:06 pm
  • Hanukkah meal prep: Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish

    If you’re looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish. Though t ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:20 am
  • Make better latkes with sweet potatoes

    During college, I took a class on global populations and food. Professor Tremblay was adamant that if we ever were stuck on a deserted island and coul ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 3:16 pm
  • Master deep-frying for perfect doughnuts

    Since eating fried food is one of life’s great joys, deep frying is well worth mastering.Consider th ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 3:15 pm
  • 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' turns 50

    Just like the song, he's gone down in history. But that's not why the reindeer with his nose so bright was created.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Historian shares story of beloved TV special

    UNION – Rick Goldschmidt isn’t one for mincing words. He became the historian and archivist for Rankin/Bass Productions Inc. out of appreciation for t ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Novice crafter? There’s a project for that

    NEW YORK – Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills?
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Post office pays homage

    RUDOLPH, Wis. – Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Tiny critics stoke new sales for toy makers

    NEW YORK – A snaggletooth 8-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Social media changes holiday card landscape

    For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • Holiday Guide for McHenry County

    Use our Holiday Guide to plan next week's events and beyond. ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:13 pm
  • Holiday Naughty and Nice Traditions Around the World

    Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? In different countries around the world there are a multitude of ways--both naughty and nice-- to celebrate ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Planit 10: Things to do Dec. 11 to Dec. 18

    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:22 am
  • ‘Exodus’ plagued by casting, script

    To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?A genre that was once as moldy as stale com ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:32 am
  • Band Spotlight: On A Dime

    What is the band’s name and how did it get that name?On A Dime. We got the name from the self-titled ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:33 am
  • Nostalgic display in Huntley draws train enthusiasts of all ages

    Trains hummed past 2-year-old Nathan Razzano as he stood on tiptoes to get a closer look.“Look at th ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:31 am
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