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A solitary angler stands in the middle of the Fox River hoping for a catch last Saturday just south of the dam in North Aurora (News Bulletin photo)


WCC’s Small Business Center chief honored

Harriet Parker, Manager of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College, has been honored for efforts fostering success and growth among regional small businesses and work promoting SBDCs across the state.

She was named Illinois’ 2014 State Star by America’s SBDC, a network of SBDCs across the U.S., during the America’s SBDC Annual Conference in Texas last month.

Parker’s was selected for work her office has provided helping  small business owners and entrepreneurs in the region create jobs and spur economic growth as well as client satisfaction with Waubonsee’s SBDC.

She also was recognized for work within the SBDC community, serving in various roles to improve certification programs and encourage the growth and development of technology and other tools to help Illinois’ three dozen SBDCs better serve small business clients.


Final visiting day for Viking Ship is Oct. 18

The final 2014 monthly visitor day for a replica Viking ship in Geneva will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

The ship is displayed at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva.

The public is invited. Guided tours begin every 30 minutes, with the last guided tour at 3:30 p.m. Self-guided viewing is also available.

Guided group tours are available by appointment. Two week lead time is required.

A viewing platform allows visitors to see inside the ship, called the Viking, built in 1893.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 6 and above. The minimum fee is $25.

Call (630) 753-9412 or email

Visitor days are on the third Saturday of April, May, July, August, September and October.

For more information, call 630,753-9412 or email


Dogs, their people invited to Paws in the Park

The Fox Valley Park District will hold a free “Paws in the Park” festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Lincoln Park in Aurora.

Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets to the event, which is hosted in conjunction with the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League. The event will feature approximately 60 vendors with pet-related products and gifts, rescue organizations, behavior and obedience specialists, a blessing of all the animals, police dog demonstrations, contests for dogs and numerous prize drawings.

Dogs will be able to run off-leash in the fenced-in play area. All dogs must have a current rabies tag to enter the park.

Park District dog tags for the Lincoln Park Dog Park – providing season-long use of the dog park – will be available for purchase. Those who do not have a 2014 FVPD dog tag will be allowed to use the dog park that day for $1, provided their dog has a current rabies tag or certificate from a veterinarian.

Lincoln Park is located on Aurora’s west side at 259 S. Harrison Avenue, just north of Prairie Street and east of Elmwood Drive.


Fabyan Parkways patching work begins

Pavement patching on various Kane County roads, including a section of Fabyan Parkway, is scheduled to start the week of Sept. 29.

The road work will take place on Fabyan Parkway 200 feet west of Route 31 to 550 feet west of Route 31. Improvements will include the removal and replacement of 1.5 inches of distressed pavement surfaces in various sections of the roadway.

Work is scheduled to be completed by the week of Oct. 20, according to Kane County.

While all roadways will remain open during construction there will be temporary daily lane closures.


Naperville lands on Money’s best places list

The City of Naperville has once again made Money Magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live” list as the highest-ranked city in Illinois. Ranked No. 33 in the overall list of 50 cities, Naperville was applauded for its highly rated schools and safe neighborhoods.

McKinney, Texas, took the top spot on the 2014 “Best Places to Live” list, which this year ranked cities with a population of 50,000 to 300,000. Maple Grove, Minn., and Carmel, Ind., were ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively. The only other Illinois city included in the Top 50 list was Bolingbrook at No. 38.

The magazine said that “unlike many Chicago suburbs, a vibrant downtown also gives Naperville a cosmopolitan feel.” Also mentioned was the Riverwalk and pedestrian-friendly downtown that features restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and live music. Money also noted Naperville’s location on the I-88 technology and research corridor as a benefit for providing local jobs.

Money made its selections based on data such as economic opportunity and jobs, housing affordability, education, crime, health, arts and leisure, ease of living and diversity. Naperville was also once again ranked No. 14 in a separate “Top Earning Towns” list .


Tasty Soups On! fundraiser  Oct. 19

An assortment of tasty foods and desserts created by 25 area restaurants will be on the menu during this family event that helps prevent hunger and homelessness locally. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Naperville, the seventh annual Soup’s On! fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Naperville Central High School. Tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for seniors and military, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


WCC offers free annual college night Oct. 6

Waubonsee Community College will host representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation at its annual College Night on Monday, Oct. 6. The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on the north side of the college’s Sugar Grove Campus.

For a list of presentations and participating colleges, visit or call Waubonsee’s Admissions department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.


—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from news sources and submitted items.