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Woodstock Nonprofits Benefit From Funding

Local nonprofit organizations were strengthened financially thanks to the generosity of donors and a foundation that connects the two. The nearly $330,000 awarded to area nonprofits was distributed by the McHenry County Community Foundation at a luncheon Aug. 22 at...

Woodstock Man Takes Himalayan Trek

Eli Warriner visited Nepal at the urging of  a family friend, traveled to India, too Young adults often experience a sense of independence while living on a college campus halfway across the country or jumping into the workforce. But for 21-year-old Eli Warriner,...

Purple Heart Certificate Saved From Trash

Local business owner seeks to find veteran’s family, return papers   A file cabinet with an unknown history slated for the trash brought about an unexpected find by a local employee. The cabinet, which sat in the warehouse at Murphy’s Flooring at 2104 S. Eastwood...

Woodstock Men Recount Child Rescue at Park

Woodstock’s Octavio Ramirez had taken Aug. 11 off work to help his wife with a garage sale. Just the day before, Ramirez and his family had seen a man at Olson Play Park,  near his home, who was acting strangely. When they saw him again Friday, they kept a careful eye...

Square Events Going to the Dogs

Bark-a-Paw-Looza returns Aug. 20 The dog days of summer may be coming to a close, but there is no shortage of activities benefitting animal welfare on the Square. Bark-a-Paw-Looza, a dog-friendly event featuring live music, vendors and raffles will take place Sunday,...

Memorializing Woodstock’s Forgotten Children

In Oakland Cemetery, there is a plot, peaceful and undisturbed, wide open and unmarked. A hundred years ago, wooden crosses may have marked the spot, which sits behind the mausoleum, adjacent to rows of timeworn headstones. But today, there is nothing. It’s the...

McHenry County Fair Adds Attractions

The McHenry County Fair kicked off the evening of Aug. 1, adding an extra half day to its schedule this year. Last year, about 60,000 people attended the fair, but with this year’s extended run, organizers are hoping to draw 70,000 to 75,000, according to Katie...

A Hundred Years of Head, Heart, Hands and Health

Celebration Aug. 5 during fair to mark 100 years of 4-H in McHenry Co. The McHenry County Fair has long been known for its close association with 4-H. Youth-raised livestock fills the barns, general project work is on display and hundreds of young volunteers staff...

Wine, beer tasting to benefit local families

Back for a third year, St. Vincent de Paul Woodstock will host a wine and beer tasting from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Mixin Mingle, 124 Cass St. Ticket price for the afternoon event is $25 per person which includes wine, beer and cheese vendors and light hors...

Wizarding World to Bring Potter Magic to Woodstock Square

Woodstock is set to come under the spell of “Harry Potter” this week. The Wizarding World of Woodstock will descend on the Woodstock Square from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Hosted by the Woodstock Public Library, the city of Woodstock and the Woodstock Chamber of...

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