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A Kind of Domino Effect

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt   “And if you try a little kindness, then you’ll overlook the blindness of narrow-minded people on the...

Woodstock Natives Hit the Road Again

Woodstock natives Aaron and Nathan Cooper – known to their web audience as the EnduroBros – are preparing to embark on the third leg of their attempt to ride Enduro motorcycles to Ushuaia, Argentina, near the tip of South America. Overcoming repeated equipment...

Sports fundraiser planned for WL man

Seeing Travis Walters encouraging his young players on the football field or baseball diamond, it might not be obvious that he’s struggling to win something much bigger than the games he’s coaching.  For the past four years, Walters has been battling a rare,...

Charity Trip to Wrigley Comes Through Woodstock

Dennis Schulze wants good news on the front page of every newspaper. And if he has to make the news himself, so be it. “Everybody says there’s bad in this world. There’s not,” said Schulze, a native of Beloit, Wis. “The reason why there’s bad in this world is because...

Joe Gitlin, Former Mayor, Dies at 84

Former Woodstock mayor, school board member and prominent attorney H. Joseph Gitlin died Dec. 2 at the age of 84.  Gitlin served as mayor of Woodstock from 1973 to 1977 and played a vital role in the restoration of the Opera House during the mid-1970s. He also served...

Woodstock Illustrator & Historian Publishes New Book

Woodstock resident Tom Willcockson grew up loving history and cartography and was sketching maps by the time he was in high school. Now the author and illustrator has published a new book, “Passage to Chicago: Traveling the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1860,” that...

Young Entrepreneur Caters to Gamers

At the age of 17, Woodstock’s Tyler Rambuski-Salzman has accomplished more than many twice his age. And he manages to do it all while maintaining a 3.9 gpa.  Rambuski-Salzman, a senior at Marian Central Catholic High School, owns Gamer Crates, a monthly online...

Documentary Tells WWII Survival Story

Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre will kick off its new Second Monday Film Club with a presentation of “The Carrion Vine,” to be shown at 1 and 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the theater, 209 Main St. The Second Monday Film Club was launched in response to requests for...

Librarian Closes Chapter on 32 Years of Work

After 32 years serving as a reference librarian, Julie Fee has retired and is headed home – to read a book.  Fee, who was born and raised in Woodstock, attended the University of Illinois and studied anthropology, then completed a master’s degree in library science....

Column: The Cure for Glossophobia

“People think actresses find public speaking easy, and it’s not easy at all; we’re used to hiding behind masks.” — Jane Fonda “I never, ever wanted to be an actress! Public speaking and acting make me want to vomit… When it comes to public speaking, I stumble on my...

MCJC Welcomes New Rabbi

Following the retirement of Rabbi Maralee Gordon, McHenry County Jewish Congregation celebrated the installation of Rabbi Tom Samuels in September. Ordained through the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute, the appointment is Samuels’ first congregation. A native of...

Woodstock Man Runs 200 Miles in Daughter's Memory

Stormy Kies had already run 100 miles straight when a drawing from his late daughter pushed him to double that total. Kies, of Woodstock, recently finished the Hennepin Hundred, a 100-mile ultra marathon that starts in Sterling and ends in Colona. But unlike last...

Grammy-winning Guitarist Brings Unique Spin to Folk

A Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter is bringing his unique brand of folk music to Woodstock. Off Square Music will present Mike Dowling in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Unity Spiritual Center, 225 Calhoun St. Dowling’s musical resumé reads like...

1999 WHS Grad Competing in Ironman Races

Bryan Palmer, a 1999 Woodstock High School graduate, made his own motivation to start training for triathlons by challenging himself to do something practically unattainable.  “My initial motivation was proving to myself that I could do something that seemed...

Woodstock Man sets Half-Marathon World Records

What’s more exciting than setting a Guinness world record? Setting three. Woodstock’s Salacnib “Sonny” Molina did just that this past weekend with a whirlwind half-marathon — well, marathon — culminating in Chicago. Molina, a nurse on the orthopedic surgical team at...

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