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Sandwich resident Pamela Reilly (center) 2013-2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year, explored her teaching career with about 200 Fox Valley high school students and teachers at Aurora University Thursday last week. Reilly, a 1994 AU graudate and  second-grade teacher at Sandwich’s Woodbury Elementary School, keynoted an AU-sponsored 17th annual Future Educators Association fall kickoff at the university banquet hall. The daylong training conference hosted members of FEA future-teacher chapters from 13 area high schools from St. Charles to Yorkville. (Al Benson photo)


Geneva offers updated pewter holiday ornament

People looking to get a jump start on their holiday shopping can purchase the city’s  popular pewter ornament and other merchandise that makes the perfect gift for those who live in or love Geneva.

The 2014 pewter ornament depicts the iconic Loveday House in downtown Geneva on the front and history of the home on the back. The ornament will be sold for $12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at City Hall, 22 S. First St. People can also “Shop The Geneva Store” on our website.

The Loveday House, 328 S. Third St., has been home to the Paper Merchant since 1990. Built in 1866 by lawyer Charles D.F. Smith, the house conforms to the fashionable Gothic Revival-style of picturesqueness and variety with its several projecting wings, high roof interrupted by dormers and the gable ends decorated with pretty trefoil-shaped vents.

Purchased by William and Louisa Loveday in 1870, the house bears the family’s name. The Geneva Historical Society awarded the home a bronze plaque in 1972.

New “Geneva” merchandise available to purchase this year includes bracelets, picture frames, golf balls with tees, commemorative coins and more.

Quantities are limited. For more information, call Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494.


WCC foundation names Dr. Gina Santori to board

At its annual meeting last month the Waubonsee Community College Foundation elected Dr. Gina Santori, of Lisle, to its board of directors. She will serve the remainder of a vacated three-year term.

Dr. Santori has done much to help the local community over the past three decades, both through her medical career and her philanthropic gifts. After starting her career as a nurse, Dr. Santori went on to medical school at the University of Illinois and then the College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Now on staff at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Dr. Santori practices only on a pro bono basis, caring for diabetic and renal patients.

She is a multiple-times national black belt champion in Shotokan Karate and is graded third in the world. She also ice skates, is an accomplished ballroom dancer, and has a commercial pilot’s license for both sea and land.

Along with husband Richard, a longtime Aurora businessman, Dr. Santori established The Santori School in Prey Veng, Cambodia, in 2008. After Richard’s passing in 2010, Dr. Santori established the Richard and Gina Santori Charitable Foundation to honor his memory and continue the couple’s good work. Since that time, the foundation has made a number of generous contributions to local organizations, including the Rush-Copley Foundation and the Aurora Public Library.


Fire department open house in St. Charles

The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an Open House Sunday, Oct. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue.

There will be something for everyone, including tours of the fire station, a Kid’s Firefighter Challenge, equipment displays and safety exhibits from participating vendors. The Department’s Special Teams will demonstrate extrication equipment, technical rescue operations and dive operations. Registration for CPR classes (fee required) will be available, along with sign up for the Vial of Life Project that makes it easy to share important medical information with first responders during an emergency.

“I encourage everyone to come down to Fire Station #1 to take a tour, talk to the firemen and ask any questions that you may have,” said Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet. “There will be a great deal to see and enjoy in regards to our public safety capabilities.”

For more information, contact the St. Charles Fire Department at 630.377.4458.


COD offers new class on concealed carry

College of DuPage will offer the second session of its new Concealed Class on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9.

This previously sold-out 18-hour class will cover all elements of state-required training including basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; firearm safety; state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm; weapon handling and legal qualification. In addition, students will gain hands-on, real-world experience through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion “street scene” within the Homeland Security Education Center.

Sudents must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or driver’s license, and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm.

To ease the Illinois CCL application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered for an additional cash only $60 fee.

For more information visit and search for concealed carry class.


First Homecoming a hit for Chaparrals 

Ideal weather combined with food and family fun helped fill the stands with Chaparral Pride at the College of DuPage’s first Homecoming in nearly 40 years. The event, late last month, featured the COD Chaparrals taking on the Georgia Military College Bulldogs. The day’s festivities included an alumni brunch and a tailgate party. Additionally, members of the National Guard and the Wounded Warrior Project were on hand to honor COD football players and military veterans Matt Fletcher and Evan Kirk. Earlier in the week, COD students participated in several activities as part of Spirit Week, including a pep rally, photo booth and Chappy Olympics.


DuPage Forests set cleanup at East Branch

Help remove litter and improve the environment on Oct. 25 at East Branch.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites volunteers to lend a hand removing litter and enhancing the environment at East Branch Forest Preserve in Glendale Heights during “Make a Difference Day” Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Individuals and families as well as school and church groups, Scout troops, and other organizations are invited to work together for the benefit of visitors and wildlife alike. Volunteers are encouraged to wear waterproof boots and gloves and will be concentrating their efforts along shorelines and trails.

All ages are invited to the workday, but adults must accompany children under 14. Participants must register three business days in advance; groups of five or more must register 10 business days in advance. For details or to register, call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7681.


Bike Bald invites all for Tweed Ride and Festival

Bike Bald invites the community to join in the inaugural Naperville Tweed Ride and Festival on Saturday, October 18 to support childhood cancer awareness and research. The ride features cyclists dressed in 1940s vintage attire led by high wheel cyclists and will follow an easy 3.5 mile route along the DuPage River Trail. The ride begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Naperville Community Unit School District 203 parking lot, 203 W. Hillside Road. The Festival will follow at Dorothea Weigand Riverfront Park, 2436 S. Washington St., from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit


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