'Woodstock values' for WHS grads

'Woodstock values' for WHS grads

Woodstock High School Principal Corey Tafoya spoke of the importance and contributions some past WHS graduates have made in the world when addressing the Class of 2013 during the May 19 graduation ceremony in the school’s gymnasium. “What you’ll always have are the...
Woodstock North graduates set a high bar

Woodstock North graduates set a high bar

A total of 227 Woodstock North High School seniors gathered in the school’s gymnasium with hundreds of their closest family members and friends to celebrate the past, present and future May 18. “I feel that the unknown of what’s to come next is the most exciting part...

Woodstock council OKs temporary parking bans

The Woodstock City Council approved temporary traffic regulations for several upcoming events at its May 7 meeting. “The city of Woodstock has a long tradition of supporting the many community events that are held in the city every year,” a staff report stated. “One...
Farmers market returns to the Square

Farmers market returns to the Square

The Woodstock Farmers Market is back on the Square for the 2013 season with more than 40 vendors selling produce, meats and dairy and handcrafted items. Market days are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday through October. One of the main advantages to...

Woodstock City Council lowers speed limits in Sonatas

The Woodstock City Council passed an ordinance lowering speed limits within the Sonatas subdivision from 30 to 25 mph. The request was approved 6-1 at the council’s May 7 meeting after a brief discussion. The president of the Sonatas Homeowners Association approached...

Bid process for contracts a complicated matter

A combination of state law and municipal policies makes awarding contracts in Woodstock a complex process. Under state statute, the city is required to complete a formal request-for-bid process for each purchasing order exceeding $20,000. According to City Manager...
Longtime home business opens storefront on Calhoun

Longtime home business opens storefront on Calhoun

After 19 years as a home-based mail order business, NICA, which specializes in clothing and accessories for the great outdoors, opened a store in downtown Woodstock at 114 E. Calhoun St. The business’ roots trace back to 1994, when Brenda and Tim Mason were living in...
Remembering ‘Mr. Woodstock’

Remembering ‘Mr. Woodstock’

Perhaps no one was a more familiar presence in this city than Don Peasley, a writer and photographer whose work documenting events in Woodstock and McHenry County in eight separate decades made him a de facto local historian in addition to a journalist, publicist and...
Tavern gets OK to serve alcohol in Clay Street beer garden

Tavern gets OK to serve alcohol in Clay Street beer garden

The Woodstock City Council approved a request by Ortmann’s Red Iron Tavern to serve alcohol in its outdoor beer garden. The beer garden occupies 308 and 310 Clay St. directly in back of the tavern, located at the corner of Clay and Church streets. “The beer garden...

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