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Rookie robotics team from Yorkville takes programming award

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. …

East Aurora Middle students show off spelling skills

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Put this story down. Hand the newspaper (or iPhone or laptop) to a friend. OK, now have your friend read these words so you can try to spell them: Disarray. Vivacious. Monochrome. Armistice. Rosin. Bulbous. How’d you do? Not to rub it in, but if …

Batavia school girls raise funds to fight muscular dystrophy

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On March 23, more than 100 people came out to Bethany Lutheran for an afternoon of bingo and fun and community kinship all motivated by a common cause — to help a local girl named Alice raise money and awareness to fight a terrible disease.

Trivia Night: Tommy’s Gift and the Plano Building Community host Trivia Night on Saturday, April 26, at the Plano American Legion, 510 E. Dearborn Street in Plano. Trivia Night will benefit the Jared Knispel Extreme Home Makeover project May 23–26, 2014. The doors will open …

Faith Briefs: Churches plan community events

Aurora ‘The Living Last Supper’ Wesley United Methodist Church will host a production of “The Living Last Supper,” based on Earnest K. Emurian’s script and Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. This free event is at 7 p.m. April 18 at Wesley United …

Sandwich farmers emphasize food safety

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Home cooks know there is nothing like fresh-from-the-farm produce. However, food-borne illnesses have made the headlines several times in recent years, with recalls of spinach, lettuce and other produce, which cause concern. Unlike food processing facilities, there are few laws in place for farmers.

In Our Towns

Aurora Lions Club pancake breakfast The Aurora Noon Lions club will hold its sixth annual Pancakes with the Easter Bunny breakfast fundraiser from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora. The menu includes all-you-can-eat …

Extension offers workshop on making landscape plan

Join University of Illinois Extension for a three-hour workshop May 14 to learn how to plan a landscape you can enjoy and maintain. Horticulture educator Richard Hentschel will share the basics of landscape design for the home gardener.

“The landscape plan puts ideas on paper …

Fox Valley Park District issues call for bluebird monitors

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With the valuable help of community volunteers, the Fox Valley Park District has instituted a Bluebird Boxes Monitoring Program to help facilitate the recovery of bluebird populations and increase their presence in our parks and public places.

Kendall County Animal Control: Pet needs identification

National Pet ID Week, April 20 through 26, is the perfect time of year to focus on identification for pets. The number of animals running loose typically increases during spring and summer because people are more likely to be outside, kids are home from school …

Tabletop strategy games still popular, create sense of community

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While the term “gaming culture” invokes images of solitary teens playing video games, playing tabletop strategy games often results in the opposite. Some long-time players say they create a sense of community. Roger Mills, of Geneva, has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1986, and …

Master Gardeners: Reasons to mulch plentiful

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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 …

The Sports Doctor: Pros and cons of running barefoot

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I’ve had many questions and inquiries about those minimalist running shoes and about the trend of the less shoe the better, as well as the hoopla about the barefoot running trend. Since the running boom really got started more than 35 years ago, there have …

Fundraising run at Danada will benefit respiratory health research

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On Saturday, April 19, the run/walk event Miles To Go will kick off at Danada in Wheaton. The fundraiser will benefit respiratory research at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Aurora Police Department participates in drug take-back

The Aurora Police Department will join law enforcement agencies nationwide as they partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration in collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the front desk of the department’s headquarters, 1200 E. Indian …

Good Cause: Yorkville native runs for Boston Marathon victims

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Growing up, Yorkville native and Aurora Christian High School graduate Melissa Steve’s sport of choice was basketball. Playing basketball at Aurora University, Steve also participated in cross country, but only when it didn’t interfere with basketball. As an adult, Steve said, running has become her …