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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...

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,...

Eagle Scout Completes Service at WNHS

Woodstock’s Jake Miceli earned the rank of Eagle Scout partly by contributing at Woodstock North High School. Miceli, the son of Linda and Woodstock School District 200 Board of Education member Jerry Miceli, is a member of Troop 329, which is affiliated with the...

Vets Reunite in Woodstock After 47 Years

Two veterans who met while serving in Vietnam reconnected — 47 years later — in Woodstock June 13. Fred Strang, of Woodstock, was serving in the U.S. Army in 1969 in Cu Chi, Vietnam, when he met Steve Manning for the first time. The two were fast friends and have...

Friends, Colleagues Remember Artist and Teacher Pearson

The creator of Woodstock’s most memorable marmot has died. Jim Pearson, a retired Woodstock High School art teacher and longtime editorial cartoonist for The Woodstock Independent, died May 19. He was 77. Pearson drew the familiar cartoon of Woodstock Willie, the...

Little Angels Pledge Run Raises Funds for Charity

One of the largest and longest-running single-day motorcycle events in the Midwest came to Woodstock May 21. More than 500 motorcyclists took part in the Little Angels Pledge Run at Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 2235 S. Eastwood Dr. The event, now in its 30th year,...

Banker Named Woman of the Year

A banker with a deep commitment to volunteering in the Woodstock area was named 2017 Woman of the Year by Woodstock Professional and Business Women. Huntley’s Lynn Fiala, a vice president at Golden Eagle Community Bank, was honored by the women’s business group during...

Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Many

Ozzie Otter is a mostly carefree, laid-back dog at home, but when someone needs his companionship, he is there to provide it. Ozzie, a 3-year-old black Labrador retriever, shares his home with three other Labs and his owner, Peggy Roesner.  Roesner, a retired teacher...

Gala to Celebrate Musical Legacy of Choir Teacher

Woodstock High School Choral Director Paul Rausch will retire with the class of 2017. Several alumni are planning a retirement gala to celebrate the 32-year career of the beloved music educator who has inspired countless students to strive for excellence in music and...

Kooistra Named 2017 Master Farmer

Woodstock dairy farmer Joel Kooistra is one of four Illinois farmers selected as 2017 Master Farmers by Prairie Farmer magazine. The farmers were honored for their exceptional agricultural production skills and community service at a ceremony March 15 in Springfield....

Food Pantry to Host “Celebrity” Fundraiser

The resident celebrity of the Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry is celebrating a big birthday in a familiar fashion — with a food and funding drive to benefit the pantry. Virginia Hartung soon will celebrate her 98th birthday, and the pantry has organized a...

Chamber Presents Gavers With Top Award

When Steve Gavers heard his named called as the recipient of the Harold Buschkopf Community Service Award March 2, he was stunned. He had no idea he had been nominated for the annual award given out by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He said he was...

101-year-old Woodstock Man Recalls Service in WWII

Vladimir “Vladi” Vnoucek has two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star to his name, all earned while fighting Axis forces in World War II. But call him an American hero, and he becomes humble. “I can only say that I am an American who served my country,” Vnoucek said. “I...

Celebrated Anthropologist to Speak at Opera House

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series will host Dr. Robert Martin, emeritus curator of biological anthropology at Chicago’s Field Museum.  Martin has spent decades researching reproduction in mammals, starting with his Ph.D. dissertation on tree...

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