Beacon News Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us (Editor) Beacon News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Church’s helicopter egg drop attracts 2,000 ]]> Lead story image

On April 12, First Baptist Mill Creek Church in Geneva hosted its first Helicopter Egg Drop with about 2,000 people watching. Pastor Grant Diamond, 24, was astonished by the turnout. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ In Our Towns: Craft show, meet mayor, folk music ]]> Lead story image

The Washington Middle School PTA is hosting its first Spring Craft and Consultant Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at 231 S. Constitution Drive, Aurora. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:21:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackberry Farm opens May 1 with more ways to have fun ]]> Lead story image

Blackberry Farm and its unique charm will be on display in all its glory starting next Thursday, May 1, when the barn doors swing open to the public for the 45th year. Since 1969, the historic pioneer village and farm has delighted and educated generations of visitors. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:21:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Batavia Lions Club pancake breakfast benefits scholarships ]]>

The Batavia Lions Club is hosting its 36th annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Park District’s East Side Center, Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. Cost is $6 adults, $1 children ages 3 to 12. The breakfast will benefit the club’s high school scholarship program. Call Dave Burdelak to reserve a table at 630-879-8289. … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:21:08 -0500 <![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 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 <![CDATA[ Sandwich farmers emphasize food safety ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:33:55 -0500 <![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 <![CDATA[ Dentists say more adults seeking straighter teeth for better smile ]]> Lead story image

Stacie White still recalls how smooth her teeth felt after having the stainless steel brackets of her braces removed from her teeth a year ago. “They felt so smooth, and my teeth are beautiful now,” the Oswego resident says. “I love my smile.” Unlike most orthodontic patients, White is not in her teens. She is one of a growing number of adults who are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment. “It took me 30 years to get the courage to do something about the gaps between my teeth,” White says. “I was 42 years old when I got them on. I … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:48:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Good Cause: Grants benefit families struggling with autism ]]> Lead story image

Aurora resident Wanda Malone is determined to help local families who have children with autism. She wants to keep others from the struggle her family faced when looking for appropriate therapies and resources to benefit her 10-year-old autistic son D.J. So in 2010, Malone set up the Autism Family Foundation to provide support for families. “We know how much effort and resources are needed for families with a child with autism,” said Malone, the Autism Family Foundation’s executive director. “We also wanted to provide those families with financial support.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest estimate indicates that … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:31:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oswego graduate finds direction in disaster ]]> Lead story image

Nathan Anthony is in Denver, Colo., and he’s waiting for a flood. The Oswego East High School graduate is serving a 10-month term in the Federal Emergency Management Agency Corps as part of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program. Anthony is a member of the team that will be responsible for managing the logistical aspects of emergency disaster response. “FEMA Corps members focus on disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities,” said Cassie Ringsdorf, regional FEMA representative. “They provide help in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovery centers. Members also share valuable disaster preparedness … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:31:42 -0500 <![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 <![CDATA[ Drop off unwanted prescription drugs at Kane County coroner’s office ]]>

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said the coroner’s office recently became a DEA collection site for the disposal of prescription drugs. Proper prescription drug disposal is important because studies have shown that prescription drug abuse promotes heroin use and addiction, according to a press release. “There are some DEA prescription drop-off points in the county, but my goal is to promote this program heavily, and get as many sites as possible in the county. We will take any medication from anywhere in the county.” Russell said. Russell said his office is available to accept prescription drugs from 8:30 a.m. to … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:33:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jewel PTO barbecue fundraiser ]]>

The Jewel Parent-Teacher Organization’s annual barbecue fundraiser runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Jewel Middle School, 1501 Waterford Road, North Aurora. The event coincides with the schoolwide Social Studies Fair and features barbecue prepared by popular Waterman-based 5-B’s Catering. Presale tickets are available through noon April 24 for $11 adults, $5 children. (Prices increase by $1 per meal at the door.) Barbecue meals are pork, chicken or pork/chicken combo. Child’s meal is a hot dog. All meals include applesauce, coleslaw, beans and a roll. Water or soda is available for an additional $1. Meals are available … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:31:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Aurora Middle students show off spelling skills ]]> Lead story image

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 you missed any, just know these were a few of the words spelled correctly by East Aurora students during the recent Middle School Spelling Bee. For some people, spelling is easy. For the rest of us, geting wurds exactlee write can bee sew harde. For the District’s brightest sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, the … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:24:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Batavia school girls raise funds to fight muscular dystrophy ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:34:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

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 at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. Come out for a night of family fun and fundraising. $10 at the door for two hours of trivia fun, silent auctions, raffles, and giveaways for all who attend. If you would like more information on the makeover project or make a donation, please visit at … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:19 -0500