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‘Cinderella’ to Bring Magic to Opera House Stage

‘Cinderella’ to Bring Magic to Opera House Stage

A local dance theater’s production of a fairytale ballet is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.

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‘Cinderella’ to Bring Magic to Opera House Stage

A local dance theater’s production of a fairytale ballet is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.

WNHS Honors Rick With Memorial

Steve Rick made impressions on everyone who knew him, so it’s fitting that his memorial also is an impression of sorts.

Memorial Day Displays Return for Longer Run

Memorial Day commemorations will last a little longer in Woodstock this year after organizers decided to extend a well-received series of displays for several weeks.

Helping Hands Help HAHS in Rescue Efforts

The Hooved Animal Humane Society rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes lots of animals which can’t be treated by traditional shelters, but it doesn’t do it alone.

African Children’s Choir Spreads Cheer, Brings Hope

The energetic, talented children of the African Children’s Choir will sing in concert during the 10 a.m. morning worship service at the First Presbyterian Church, 2018 Route 47, Woodstock.

Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Many

Ozzie Otter is a mostly carefree, laid-back dog at home, but when someone needs his companionship, he is there to provide it.

Mother Honors Son’s Memory With Book Giveaway

Zach Brokaw was an avid lover of books, his mother said, and so she saw it fitting that his memory should live on through something he loved.

Art for the Paws Finds Homes for Artwork, Animals

Helping Paws Animal Shelter, Woodstock’s no-kill animal shelter, is hosting its annual Art for the Paws fundraiser through Saturday, April 22.

Program to Highlight Debs’ Fight for Civil Liberties

Eugene V. Debs entered the McHenry County Jail in May 1895 as a union leader charged with mail obstruction. Six months later, he left the facility on the Woodstock Square as an impassioned socialist. Along the way and throughout his life, his fight for free speech formed part of Debs’ legacy.

Plight of Honeybees Creates a Buzz

The drastic decline in the honeybee population over the last several years has created quite a buzz and environmentally-minded people are swarming to action.

Food Pantry to Host ‘Celebrity’ Fundraiser

The resident celebrity of the Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry is celebrating a big birthday in a familiar fashion — with a food and funding drive to benefit the pantry.

Chamber Presents Gavers With Top Award

When Steve Gavers heard his named called as the recipient of the Harold Buschkopf Community Service Award March 2, he was stunned.

Woodstock PD’s K9 to Receive Protective Gear

Thanks to a nonprofit organization and local fundraising efforts, the Woodstock Police Department’s working canine will receive an extra line of protection.

101-year-old Woodstock Man Recalls Service in WWII

Vladimir “Vladi” Vnoucek has two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star to his name, all earned while fighting Axis forces in World War II.

Video Biz Fundraising for Lymphoma

Woodstock’s Family Video will participate in the sixth annual Round it Up for Lymphoma fundraising campaign Friday to Sunday, March 10 to 26.

TLC Seeks Volunteers for Challenge Grant

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is looking for willing hands to help them reach a goal of 400 volunteer hours before Nov. 30 in order to qualify for a grant to assist with the restoration of a 26-acre addition to its prized Yonder Prairie site in Woodstock.

Trail Advocates Seek Funding to ‘Close the Gap’

A bicycle and pedestrian trail between Crystal Lake and Woodstock is complete — almost. But a small, key section of the trail system remains unconnected, and so the McHenry County Conservation Foundation is asking for help to “close the gap.”

Woodstock Natives Hit the Road Again

Woodstock natives Aaron and Nathan Cooper – known to their web audience as the EnduroBros – are preparing to embark on the third leg of their attempt to ride Enduro motorcycles to Ushuaia, Argentina, near the tip of South America.

Art Tile Display Brings Color to Library

Patrons of the Woodstock Public Library were able to leave their creative mark by contributing to a tile collage that was dedicated Feb. 2.

Rotary Hosts Exchange Students

​Eight Rotary exchange students spent a day at Woodstock North High School Feb. 3.

Sports fundraiser planned for WL man

Seeing Travis Walters encouraging his young players on the football field or baseball diamond, it might not be obvious that he’s struggling to win something much bigger than the games he’s coaching.

Dancers Delight Residents at Valley Hi

When the former owner of Woodstock Ballet Studio decided to let go of her dance school, she couldn’t step away entirely from sharing her love of dance.

Original Web Comedy Series Features the Opera House

The Woodstock Opera House is the backdrop for an original web comedy series that creator Jeff Cook hopes could one day find its way into mainstream media such as Netflix or Hulu.

Original Production ‘Joan’ to Premier at Opera House

The Woodstock Opera House will play host to the premier of an original theatrical production opening in February.

Woodstock’s Newest Police Officer is Lifelong Resident

Drew Walkington, a lifelong resident of Woodstock, fulfilled a childhood dream Jan. 2 when he was sworn in as the newest officer of the Woodstock Police Department.

Young Audiences to Set Sail for ‘Treasure Island’

Children will experience the joy of theater by becoming part of the performance when the Friends of the Opera House presents “Treasure Island” at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4, at the Stage Left Café, 121 Van Buren St.

‘Wolf Oak’ Property Purchased by TLC

One of the oldest trees in McHenry County will be protected by The Land Conservancy after the McHenry County nonprofit purchased 30 acres of land where the massive bur oak is located.

Charity Trip to Wrigley Comes Through Woodstock

Dennis Schulze wants good news on the front page of every newspaper. And if he has to make the news himself, so be it.

Cops Spread Christmas Cheer

Personnel from the Woodstock Police Department volunteered their time to join children for the annual “Shop With a Cop” Christmas event.

Give the Gift of Care this Christmas

Furry friends at Helping Paws Animal Shelter have made their Christmas lists.

Library Wraps Up 125th Anniversary

The Woodstock Public Library celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016, and that milestone became a theme for the library’s activities throughout the year.

'Nutcracker' Brings Holiday Magic to Stage

The dancers all agree, there’s something magical about “The Nutcracker Ballet.” The magic can be experienced at the Woodstock Opera House where the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre will transform the stage into a realm of fantasy during the holiday season.

After Losing Son to Drowsy Driving, Mom Takes Action

Zach Brokaw had just completed his freshman year of college when he fell victim to drowsy driving.

Sing Along to ‘Messiah’ at First Presbyterian

Woodstock’s First Presbyterian Church is inviting the community to a “Sing-Along ‘Messiah’” at 10 a.m Sunday, Dec. 11.

Parade Participants Spread Holiday Joy

Smiles and Santa hats abounded as a ribbon of holiday enthusiasts made its way from Woodstock High School to the Square Nov. 27 in the annual Woodstock Christmas Parade.

Woodstock Illustrator & Historian Publishes New Book

Woodstock resident Tom Willcockson grew up loving history and cartography and was sketching maps by the time he was in high school.

WMTC Stages a Holiday Tradition

For Woodstock High School senior Joey Brown, being part of the WMTC’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is as much a part of the holiday season as decorating the tree.

Annual Sled Dog Race Benefits Husky Rescue

Dog sport enthusiasts gathered at the former location of Red Barn Farm Market Nov. 12 for the sixth annual Rig Rendezvous, a trail race for sled-dog and handler teams.

Hundreds Attend Salute to Veterans

Hundreds of people gathered in Woodstock for a patriotic celebration in honor of military veterans Nov. 5.

Woodstock Horse Rescue Takes in Mustangs

Woodstock’s Hooved Animal Humane Society took in six mustangs from a wild horse sanctuary in South Dakota that had fallen on hard times.

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Little Angels Pledge Run Raises Funds for Charity

One of the largest and longest-running single-day motorcycle events in the Midwest came to Woodstock May 21.

Helping Hands Help HAHS in Rescue Efforts

The Hooved Animal Humane Society rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes lots of animals which can’t be treated by traditional shelters, but it doesn’t do it alone.

Defenders Keep Focus on Environment

The world has changed since the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County was formed nearly 50 years ago. But as the group — not to mention the worldwide environmental movement — has grown in both influence and numbers, local Defenders are keeping active in promoting their cause of protecting the environment.

Mother Honors Son’s Memory With Book Giveaway

Zach Brokaw was an avid lover of books, his mother said, and so she saw it fitting that his memory should live on through something he loved.

Plight of Honeybees Creates a Buzz

The drastic decline in the honeybee population over the last several years has created quite a buzz and environmentally-minded people are swarming to action.

Woodstock Ad Campaign Wins Tourism Award

An advertising campaign aimed at bringing visitors to Woodstock was honored at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards Dinner in Springfield March 20.

Chamber Presents Gavers With Top Award

When Steve Gavers heard his named called as the recipient of the Harold Buschkopf Community Service Award March 2, he was stunned.

Woodstock PD’s K9 to Receive Protective Gear

Thanks to a nonprofit organization and local fundraising efforts, the Woodstock Police Department’s working canine will receive an extra line of protection.

Video Biz Fundraising for Lymphoma

Woodstock’s Family Video will participate in the sixth annual Round it Up for Lymphoma fundraising campaign Friday to Sunday, March 10 to 26.

TLC Seeks Volunteers for Challenge Grant

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is looking for willing hands to help them reach a goal of 400 volunteer hours before Nov. 30 in order to qualify for a grant to assist with the restoration of a 26-acre addition to its prized Yonder Prairie site in Woodstock.

Woodstock Natives Hit the Road Again

Woodstock natives Aaron and Nathan Cooper – known to their web audience as the EnduroBros – are preparing to embark on the third leg of their attempt to ride Enduro motorcycles to Ushuaia, Argentina, near the tip of South America.

Girl Scouts to Mark World Thinking Day

Local Girl Scout troops will celebrate 2017 World Thinking Day with an event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Sports fundraiser planned for WL man

Seeing Travis Walters encouraging his young players on the football field or baseball diamond, it might not be obvious that he’s struggling to win something much bigger than the games he’s coaching.

Dancers Delight Residents at Valley Hi

When the former owner of Woodstock Ballet Studio decided to let go of her dance school, she couldn’t step away entirely from sharing her love of dance.

Sewing Circle Interfaces With Community

The women of the Grace Lutheran Church sewing circle religiously gather twice per month to offer their time and talents to benefit the elderly of the area.

Woodstock’s Newest Police Officer is Lifelong Resident

Drew Walkington, a lifelong resident of Woodstock, fulfilled a childhood dream Jan. 2 when he was sworn in as the newest officer of the Woodstock Police Department.

Cure for Break Boredom? Rec Center, Library

After the excitement of Christmas morning has come and gone and there’s another week of winter break, parents hope to avoid hearing those two dreaded words from their children. “I’m bored.” Fortunately, there are options right here in town.

Charity Trip to Wrigley Comes Through Woodstock

Dennis Schulze wants good news on the front page of every newspaper. And if he has to make the news himself, so be it.

Passion for Books Rewarded with Christmas Bonus

Read Between the Lynes bookstore owner Arlene Lynes delivered some Christmas cheer to an employee after receiving the news he had won a Christmas bonus for which she nominated him.

Walking in a Toy Wonderland

Each year, on a Saturday morning in mid-October well before Black Friday, hundreds of shoppers make the annual pilgrimage to Blain’s Farm and Fleet store for a holiday shopping tradition.

Give the Gift of Care this Christmas

Furry friends at Helping Paws Animal Shelter have made their Christmas lists.

Sounds of the Season

To say Woodstock High School Choral Director Paul Rausch is busy this time of year is an understatement.

Library Wraps Up 125th Anniversary

The Woodstock Public Library celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016, and that milestone became a theme for the library’s activities throughout the year.

Christmas Clearing House Changes Locations

For more than 40 years, the Rotary Club of Woodstock has been providing food baskets, toys and books the Saturday prior to the Christmas holiday to families in need located within District 200 through a program known as Christmas Clearing House.

After Losing Son to Drowsy Driving, Mom Takes Action

Zach Brokaw had just completed his freshman year of college when he fell victim to drowsy driving.

Long-running Christmas Tree Fundraiser Canceled

Local residents who made an annual visit to Davis Road to buy live Christmas trees from Amvets and Boy Scouts will have to find another tree lot this year.

Schools Plan Veterans Day Events

There’s a bench in the lobby of Woodstock High School that’s decorated with various military logos. Hundreds of students and staff pass the bench daily without really noticing it, but about a year ago it caught the attention of lifelong Woodstock resident Steve Aavang.

Young Entrepreneur Caters to Gamers

At the age of 17, Woodstock’s Tyler Rambuski-Salzman has accomplished more than many twice his age. And he manages to do it all while maintaining a 3.9 gpa.

As Cubs Crack Curse, Woodstock Celebrates

Diehards and bandwagoners squeezed around bars and television sets throughout Woodstock on a night that started with a bang for the Cubs

Creative Living Series Kicks Off New Season

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s new season of the Creative Living Series has been dedicated to the memory of one of its originators.

Walk for Hunger Raises Funds, Awareness

A 5K aimed at raising awareness of hunger and money for the hungry hit Woodstock Oct. 23.

Classic Car Enthusiasts Raise Money for Woodstock Food Pantry

Every Tuesday night from May through October, classic car enthusiasts gather at Offsides Sports Bar and Gril to hang out, eat and show off their cars.

Last Call for Marian Central Bingo

George Frisch, Johnsburg, has spent nearly every Thursday evening for the past 30 years at Marian Central Catholic High School, but as of last month, his plans changed.

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