At church, a 'spirit of giving' this Christmas

At church, a 'spirit of giving' this Christmas

For the last 13 years, the First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock has been involved with Operation Christmas Child – a program where shoeboxes full of gifts are sent to needy children around the world. Co-leader of the Operation Christmas Child Ministry Team Lisa...
Librarian has the right stuff for NASA

Librarian has the right stuff for NASA

Woodstock Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Ryan recently received an invitation to participate in a NASA program that allows educators to join training for the Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Evolution program – otherwise known as MAVEN.  “I was shocked I...
WFAA series opens with Nat Geo filmmaker

WFAA series opens with Nat Geo filmmaker

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association will kick off its Creative Living series this fall with National Geographic filmmaker, author and vice president of national programming for WGBH, Boston’s non-commercial PBS television station. John Bredar will discuss his most...
From Sri Lanka to Woodstock

From Sri Lanka to Woodstock

When Blue Lotus Temple head monk Bhante Sujatha first arrived in Woodstock, he endured a fair amount of culture shock. “I didn’t like it at first. It frightened me,” Sujatha said. “I was used to living in big cities and seeing all kinds of different people. Here I...
Wonder Lake woman produces indie film

Wonder Lake woman produces indie film

Ecuadorian-born director and producer Cecilia Bravo-Mittmann has always been a writer and avid student of literature. “I often say, I’ve been writing for the past three lifetimes,” she said during a recent interview.  The Wonder Lake resident, who has lived in the...
Music contest names a Woodstock Idol

Music contest names a Woodstock Idol

Sam Abbate said she was “shocked” when she was announced as the winner of the first-ever Woodstock Idol music competition held at Woodstock North High School Sept. 7. A senior at WNHS, Abbate’s rendition of JJ Heller’s “What Love Really Means” earned her first-place...
Photographer finds her own Happily Ever After

Photographer finds her own Happily Ever After

Career-wise, Woodstock resident Dana Brandt said she had tried her hand at everything from working as a waitress to working as a loan officer – and hated it all. She said she stumbled upon her true calling after taking photos at a friend’s wedding several years ago....

Cinema to host annual international film festival

People interested in taking a short trip to another country may want to head on out to this year’s Woodstock International Film Festival. The 11th annual event will take place from Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 18 to 22, at the Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St.,...
Reach for the sky

Reach for the sky

Claude Sonday couldn’t be happier with his recent purchase of  the 172-acre Galt Airport in Wonder Lake.  He and his wife, Diane, previously owned Harley-Davidson stores in Woodstock and throughout McHenry County and said they wanted the airport – which had seen the...
Contest, Bryan White concert coming to high school

Contest, Bryan White concert coming to high school

Who will be the next Woodstock Idol? On Saturday, Sept. 7, 16 students from Woodstock High School, Woodstock North High School and Northwood Middle School will compete for the title of Woodstock Idol. Producing the event are Woodstock resident Tami Borman and her...

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