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Stickney House Foundation to Host Open House

Visitors will have an opportunity to visit the historic Stickney House in Bull Valley during the Victorian Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1904 Cherry Valley Road. “Everyone is welcome,” said Stickney House Foundation President Nicole Horn. “It’s a...

Ladies Nite out to Offer VIP Experience

A VIP experience is the newest option for Ladies Nite Out participants on the Woodstock Square this holiday season. Now in its 14th year, the free, ladies-only event returns from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, on the Square. This year, the theme is Hollywood VIP. A...

BV Barn Makeover Benefits Vets

The week preceding Veterans Day, Bull Valley Equestrian Center underwent a makeover intended to benefit the veterans program it hosts, but the project proved to touch the hearts of everyone who helped. Patti Gruber leases the facility where she runs a horse training...

Lighting of the Square, Full of Activities

At precisely 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, the flip of a switch will light thousands of twinkling lights, officially kicking off the beginning of the holiday season in Woodstock. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Thousands are expected to gather to...

Shop Launches New Fundraiser Collection

A few years ago, when Woodstock’s Material Things started selling glass pendants and other items dedicated to addiction recovery efforts, owner Ken West had no idea the kind of impact it would have on his customers. “We didn’t really know how it was going to go over,”...

97-Year-Old Woodstock Woman Isn’t Slowing Down

According to longtime Woodstock resident Marge Birk, the secret to a long life is to stay busy and active. She would know. Even at 97 years old, Birk, who has lived in Woodstock since 1939, has no intention of slowing down. “I am busy, but that’s the way I want it. I...

Residents Treated to Halloween Festivities

Local children and children-at-heart can bury themselves in the spirit of Halloween in Woodstock with a variety of spooktacular seasonal events this week, from scary movies at the Woodstock Library to trick-or-treating around the Woodstock Square. New this year, the...

Thousands Brave Wind and Rain for Breast Cancer 5K

Lousy weather couldn’t dampen spirits at the Care4 Breast Cancer 5K Oct. 15. More than a thousand runners and walkers were joined by hundreds of volunteers at the annual race, which started and finished at Woodstock North High School, winding its way through...

Woman Delivers Gifts From the Heart

Woodstock’s Lisa Given traveled to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child A life-changing trip to Central Africa for Lisa Given confirmed what she already knew — you can change a life with a simple gesture. Operation Christmas Child sends gift-filled shoeboxes to...

Debs Marker to Be Dedicated Oct. 21

A plaque for Eugene V. Debs, the influential labor leader who was imprisoned in Woodstock in 1895, will be dedicated during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, 101 N. Johnson St. The marker from the Illinois State Historical...

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