Homemade for the Holidays

Though it’s not ferris wheel rides and funnel cakes, the McHenry County Fair is putting on a two-day Holiday Faire with a variety of vendors, demonstrations, storytelling, cookie contests, hay rides and more. With a focus on “Homemade for the Holidays,” the inaugural...

El Sol rises on Church Street

With a bright new look, the Mexican grocery store at 201 E. Church St. fits its name well. “El Sol,” meaning “The Sun,” opened in late October, and an adjoining restaurant opening is in the works. Under new ownership, El Sol replaces the former La Azteca II Groceries...
Fundraiser to benefit Woodstock’s Pirro family

Fundraiser to benefit Woodstock’s Pirro family

For Terry Pirro, a Woodstock restaurateur, food is everything. It brings his family together and is the basis of his business, Pirro’s Foods, a pasta and pizza sauce company. But lately, most of his time spent in the kitchen has been experienced through a TV screen,...
Clothing Closet receives, sells, donates

Clothing Closet receives, sells, donates

A resale store built on faith, the Clothing Closet for McHenry County is committed to giving away every dime it makes, and then some.  Each month, the thrift shop at 221 E. Calhoun St. donates about $1,700 of its proceeds to five local organizations, including...
Barn fire leaves dozens of horses dead

Barn fire leaves dozens of horses dead

After a barn fire late at night Nov. 22 left a Woodstock family devastated, the local community rallied in support.  Valley View Acres, an award-winning equestrian facility owned by Amber Bauman, lost 32 horses in an extra-alarm fire reported at 10:43 p.m. at 5116...

Businesses partner for healthy holiday challenge

When the winter holiday season begins, people traditionally spend time with friends and family, often gathered ’round the table. With so many opportunities to celebrate with feasts, Woodstock wellness coach Joyce Lande is challenging people to begin a new...
Christmas cheer, a box at a time

Christmas cheer, a box at a time

What started out as a youth project packing and sending shoeboxes full of gifts to children in need around the world has snowballed into a community-wide event each Christmas at First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock. For the past 15 years, First Presbyterian has...
New Indiana treasurer has Woodstock roots

New Indiana treasurer has Woodstock roots

A Woodstock High School alumna made Indiana state history Nov. 6 when she was elected state treasurer. The election of Kelly Wood Mitchell, along with Secretary of State Connie Lawson and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch, marks the first time three women sat atop the...
Action behind the actors

Action behind the actors

Crowded around the TV Oct. 15, Brian Harlan and his family anxiously watched the new episode of “Chicago PD,” season 2, episode 4, on NBC. Though the show was an hour long, their focus was on a 2-minute clip at the peak of the action. While police are tracking down a...

City aims for enterprise zone status

With major area employers including D.B. Hess and Quad Graphics having closed, Woodstock’s economic development team is looking into qualifying for enterprise zone status in an attempt to revitalize sluggish business and industry. The city is in the process of...

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