Beacon News Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us (Editor) Beacon News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Food: Gonzo’s Rock & Roll Pizzeria shares recipe ]]> Lead story image

Gonzo Garza loves two things most: rock ’n’ roll and cooking. He has managed to mix the two at Gonzo’s Rock & Roll Pizzeria, his restaurant in Sandwich. In addition to a full menu of pizzas in many forms and flavors, he celebrates his musical side with rock ’n’ roll posters on the wall, and live entertainment on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. He transforms the front window of the restaurant into a stage for evenings of acoustic music by local artists. Garza’s love of music has many origins, but his love for cooking began with his … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:31:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Geneva’s Got Talent finalists chosen ]]>

Judges chose eight finalists Thursday for the Geneva’s Got Talent competition Saturday. They will perform Saturday during Swedish Days. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Who’s Who in the Fox Valley: Retired teacher Esther Lindahl ]]> Lead story image

During several decades not so long ago, there was a strong “Iowa connection” with the East and West Aurora schools. Many young educators from Iowa migrated to the Fox Valley area, and most of them established long-term careers here. Almost all were successful and memorable, and several even became legendary. John Hinck served as superintendent of East Aurora School District 131; Dick Paul and Gordie Kerkman became storied coaches; Ed Nelson was the renowned East Aurora band director; and Bill Spence the East choral director and teacher. Prominent West Aurora School District 129 teachers and coaches included Rae Jean Hultgren, … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:58:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Stick’ with nature with these events ]]>

This June, Chicago Wilderness celebrates the world’s oldest toy: the stick. During Leave No Child Inside month area nature centers, parks and preserves will offer programs to get kids outside. From creating stick and mud art, to building forts, fishing and hiking, fun activities abound for spending quality time outside with the family. Besides mom’s worry that you’ll poke your eye out, reasons to love the toy “stick,” according to Chicago Wilderness, include: It was inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. It’s ubiquitous: we dare you to walk down the street without seeing one. Its versatility: … ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:07:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Good Cause: Best friends will canoe 1,000 miles to help cure diabetes ]]> Lead story image

Best friends Pete Stadalsky and Nolan McClelland both grew up watching their fathers’ struggle with Type I diabetes. On June 24, the twosome from Aurora will set off from Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee and canoe more than 1,000 miles to raise money to help cure diabetes. Both men watched their dads persevere through the disease, Stadalsky said. “Both of our dads were born with the disease and have to live a very rigid, meticulous lifestyle in order to survive,” he said. “They have to calculate every piece of food they eat and inject insulin to compensate for the … ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:24:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bacon book sheds light on how to use social media to promote business ]]> Lead story image

Put bacon in your book title and it might just take off. Just ask Brian Basilico, whose book “It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon” has earned several awards in the 2014 Small Business Book Awards. The Aurora author self-published the book in July. The 300-page soft-cover book debuted in the top 10 of the Amazon site for books in its category and has seen sales spike again in the past week thanks to the two awards, which included Community Choice Winner in the category of social media, followed a day later with two Judges’ Choice Awards in social media … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:32:23 -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[ Faith: From soccer to bike blessing ]]>

Aurora Novena to St. Peregrine St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring the Novena to St. Peregrine during nine Wednesday prayer services at 7 p.m. through July 9 at St. Joseph Church, 722 High St., Aurora. Each prayer service, honoring the saint of cancer patients, will be a little different and will last about 45 minutes. Call 630-844-3780. Youth soccer Youth and teen soccer will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday mornings through August at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 85 S. Constitution Drive. Call Angel Morales at 630-896-3250 for cost. Geneva Golfing for clean water Links for Living Waters charity golf tournament … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:32:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trip planned to Jimmy Buffet night at Cougars’ game ]]>

Good Time Travel, and a partnership between the Sandwich Park District and Fox Valley Older Adult Services, is hosting a trip to the Kane County Cougars’ Jimmy Buffet night Saturday, June 21. The Cougars will play the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Entertainment will be provided by a Jimmy Buffet tribute band and Chicago’s Jesse White Tumblers. There will be Jimmy Buffet trivia and a limbo contest with the opportunity to win tickers to Buffet’s June 28 concert at the First Midwest Amphitheater in Tinley Park. The evening will conclude with tropical-themed fireworks. The bus leaves Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:31:37 -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[ Garden Tip: Peonies add big showy color ]]> Lead story image

Peonies are some of the biggest, boldest and most beautifully fragrant flowering plants for sun. Each season they grow grander with very little care and are extraordinarily long-lived. They bloom in a variety of shades of white, pink, coral, red and even bi-color with early, mid-summer and late bloom times. There are three types that thrive in the Chicago area. Tree peonies are showstoppers in sun to light shade with enormous crepe-paper flowers and woody stems. Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each year, and offer wonderful flowers for the garden and bouquets. The third type, Itoh hybrids, are … ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:48:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Making best use of his time ]]> Lead story image

Coming up with a bucket list has become kind of a cliche for people of a certain age, as the reality that we have a finite time on this earth really sinks in. Aurora resident Bruce Lindgren has his own bucket list, but unlike most of us, Lindgren has a definite idea of how much time he really has left. “I have a limited amount of time to do stuff,” Lindgren said. “So, I have actually become more aggressive toward getting things done.” Lindgren, 57, was diagnosed in September with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou … ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:26:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tourism: Aurora offers plenty of reasons to visit this summer ]]> Lead story image

You don’t have to go to Chicago to experience the arts, fine dining or family fun. “Everything that makes up a city is right here in Aurora,” says Chris Beykirch, former Aurora City Council member. With almost 200,000 residents, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois and has something for everyone. If you plan to visit Aurora this summer, be sure to stop in the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ellen Mueller, interim director and longtime Aurora resident, is happy to help you find something to fit your budget, mood or time limit. Mueller’s first suggestion is a … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 12-year-old opera singer has busy summer ahead ]]> Lead story image

There seems to be no stopping 12-year-old singing sensation Sheridan Archbold these days. The young Yorkville resident, who has sung at Bulls’ games, won awards at local and national competitions and was named Musician of the Month by the Chicago Music Guide, just keeps getting more exposure. Tuesday night, the young classical crossover singer appeared on “America’s Got Talent” where America was able to see the youngster audition for the judges. Sheridan’s father, Edgar, said he and his wife, who has been her son’s voice teacher for two years, continue to be amazed at their son’s accomplishments. “My son clearly … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Sports Doctor: Overuse injuries in youth common ]]> Lead story image

Sometimes I’m amazed at the similarities of not only the problems — foot, ankles, shins, knees and back that we see in young athletes — but with the pressures that are also common. Just last week, I saw four 13- to 15-year-old kids with “overuse injuries” — all foot mechanics related — an ice dancer, and soccer, volleyball and tennis players. All are serious athletes, playing their sports daily and almost year round. The ice dancer has ankle tendonitis; the volleyball player has knee tendonitis; the soccer player has heel inflammation; and the tennis player has shin splints. The young … ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:41:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Summer Pops by Fox Valley Orchestra and Fox Valley Concert Band ]]>

Summer Pops: The Fox Valley Orchestra and the Fox Valley Concert Band team up to present a rousing Summer Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The Fox Valley Orchestra will perform “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” by John Williams; “A Cole Porter Salute”; Leroy Anderson’s beloved “Jazz Pizzicato and Blue Tango”; selections from Marvin Hamlisch’s “A Chorus Line”; and “The Big Country,” by Moross, among other selections. The Fox Valley Concert Band will bring the house down with marches such as Fillmore’s “Americans We,” and “Yankee Doodle,” by Morton Gould, plus other numbers, … ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:49:08 -0500