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Bringing Woodstock into focus

How do you think Woodstock could be a better place to live or work? What do you like about our community? What one word – other than “community,” “family,” or […]

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Suicide story: Sharing to understand, prevent

By Sue Dobbe-Leahy Speaking of the importance of storytelling in suicide prevention, Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., president of United Suicide Survivors International, shared strategies for cultural change in her keynote at […]

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Sustainable animal welfare in McHenry County

Recently it has come to light the temporary closure of the McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center. This in addition to the limited staff and hours of operation at […]

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Midwest rains moving Corn Belt northward

By Daniel Grant Farm week The expression “when it rains, it pours” certainly sums up the weather pattern much of this growing season in Illinois. Those who received steady rounds […]

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Appreciating the (four) paws that refresh

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Unknown Depending on the particular website, the quote above – or a variation of it – might have been said by Sigmund […]

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About making and keeping friendships

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”  – Robert Louis Stevenson When I was growing up, I moved multiple times. Just during my lifetime, my United Methodist minister dad […]

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Larry Lough

Larry Lough

Larry Lough is editor of The Independent and reports local news.

Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio has been a freelance correspondent for The Independent for eight years.

Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray wrote for The Independent, covering various beats, from 2005 to 2008.

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Tricia Carzoli is a freelance writer and photographer that on community news.

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