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home Design: Before the weather

turns cooler, it might be a good idea to check out that old fireplace and have it inspected. Better yet, turn it into the focal point of your living room. Experts from Southwest Fireplace in Aurora, Soots N’ Ladders in Sugar Grove and The Hearth Shop in Gilberts offer suggestions for finetuning that fireplace. The sixth annual Batavia House Walk will feature five area homes that blend history, renovation and stunning style. Make yourself at home by taking an up close and personal look at these gorgeous structures! night life: The final installment of our summer night life guide suggests more fun activities and places to hit up in Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles! Jazz musicians will take over the city of St. Charles during the inaugural St. Charles Jazz Weekend in late September. Find out where to be to take part in this music festival. Wine niche: How do you stock a wine cellar? Vince Balistreri of Niche Restaurant in Geneva shares helpful tips for those looking to cellar the right wines.

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For years, Special Occasions and For All Occasions in Batavia have been helping ladies find fashionable clothing and accessories. This year, the shops showcase the latest trends for fall. On the cover: Check out this fall fashion photo spread with outfits available at retailers in Geneva Commons! Want to look hip and in, but don’t have the budget for those new designer labels? Consignment boutiques like Geneva’s Anew and Jane Pabon Consignment Boutique have you covered, offering lower prices without sacrificing style.

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How can you improve your child’s education at home? Representatives from St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, the Kane County Regional Office of Education and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia share ways for parents to help their students with homework. Buying a car can be a stressful process, especially for a woman car shopping alone. But Christina Wickersheim of Fox Valley Buick GMC in St. Charles says a little bit of online research can help ladies feel more confident the next time they have to deal with a dealer. Write this Down: Why does stay-athome mom Michelle Stien hate shopping? Find out if you can relate to this haggard mother’s shopping disasters!

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How much sleep does your body really need? And what can you do if you’re restless at night? Check out these sleep tips from Dr. Daniel Nepomuceno and Dr. David Rice in Elgin. Work it Out: Many women fear excess underarm fat and the image of flabby arms. Hristo Hristov, owner of WOW Fitness Boot Camp in St. Charles, offers four arm exercises to combat such troubles.

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Social life: Take a look at what

happened at the BeeWell Golf/Tennis/ Shopping and Lunch event that recently took place at the St. Charles Country Club! If you’re looking to make fun plans, our arts and events calendars have a bunch of activities to try for the entire month! Our town: One of Geneva’s oldest school buildings has an uncertain future. What does Coultrap Elementary School mean to the city’s history, and what will it mean in the coming years?

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Hello, Fashion


’ve got to warn you.

In September, we focus our Kane County Magazine on fashion, and accordingly, I’ve recently visited many women’s boutiques and clothing stores to oversee photo shoots for our stories. And when all of the camera lights had flashed and all of the models had gone … I had to go on a little shopping trip of my own. After you look through this issue, you may feel compelled to do the same. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Even if you don’t think you’re all that caught up on the latest trends, I bet you notice the fashion around you more than you give yourself credit for. You like the outfits some of the girls at the office wear to work, and you make mental notes to look for a similar blouse the next time you’re out shopping. Conversely, you don’t like some of the ties the men choose to don, and you vow never to buy your husband that color shirt again.

Everyone has an eye for fashion of some kind.

This issue is dedicated to helping you find what looks good on you — just in time for fall. In these pages, we talk to Special Occasions and For All Occasions in Batavia, stores that have been helping women stay stylish for years (page 28). Owners Mary Marconi-Popiel and Addie Marconi recently returned from fashion events in Las Vegas and Atlanta and share with us some of their tips about what will look great this fall. We also give you a visual representation of just a sampling of what you can find at some of the stores at Geneva Commons (page 32). Hopefully, our photo spread sparks your imagination and helps you find outfits you feel good in. And for those of us looking to save a buck without compromising on the latest fashions, we visit two Geneva consignment shops — Jane Pabon Consignment Boutique and Anew — to better understand how style and savvy can fit in the same sentence (page 36). Hopefully, you come away with a better sense of what you like — and what you don’t like — and I hope you do have a chance to plan your own fall shopping trip soon! Make sure to check out our monthly Home Design series, which this month offers suggestions on how to upgrade or simply upkeep your fireplace (page 8); our story that explores the inaugural St. Charles Jazz Weekend coming up Sept. 20 to 23 (page 20); and tips from females in the auto business as they share ways to feel confident while you’re car shopping (page 42). We’ve got a lot in store for you this month — I hope you find something that fits! — Stephanie N. Grimoldby Editor



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3 This Heirloom 42 direct vent gas fireplace — with a firescreen front in bronze, castlewood refractory and custom surround — is the heart of this room. Photos provided by Southwest Fireplace

L GHT My Fire

How To Build The Fireplace Of Your Dreams I By JACKY RUNICE I

Look at you —

putting the mini pumpkins and gourds around the house, raking the brittle, carroty-colored leaves and doing the annual exchange of the family’s hot weather clothes for snuggly sweaters. Ah, it’s a lovely image, except for one gaping hole in the picture — your grungy fireplace, or lack thereof. When the air turns from bracingly crisp to downright chilly, a fireplace can be the heart of the home keeping you warm and peaceful with every crackle and pop.

Now is the time to finally build the fireplace of your dreams — or correct that cavity in the family room.

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Flip through “House Beautiful” or “Architectural Digest,” see what warms your heart in terms of design and head to an expert like John Ivancicts, vice president of operations at Southwest Fireplace with outposts in Aurora, Frankfort and Palos Park. “Right now, the hottest thing is direct vent fireplaces,” the expert says. “They’re gas-fired, and the aspiration 3 Cut stone surrounds — such as is from air this surround made of cerona stone outside of the — are increasing in populartiy. home. They’re incredibly efficient like a furnace, but look gorgeous like a fireplace.” To put a finer point on it, direct vent fireplaces range from 68 to

95 percent positive efficiency, according to Ivancicts. A traditional woodburning hearth checks in between negative 30 and positive 11 percent positive efficiency. “Direct vent came out in the 1980s, but it didn’t look like real fire, and it was institutional looking,” Ivancicts says. “Today, you cannot tell that it’s not a woodburning, and the only downside is that you won’t [have] the aroma, crackle and pop of a wood fire.” Duane Pacey, co-owner of The Hearth Shop in Gilberts, agrees that people are hopping on the direct vent bandwagon. “Direct vent is becoming very popular and are used primarily used for zone heating,” Pacey says. “People like keeping the thermostat turned down to save

money when they run the fireplace in the family room or living room where they spend most of their time.” Pacey says that direct vent fireplaces are more expensive to build than woodburning, but in the long run, homeowners make up the difference by cutting down on heating bills. “They’re also maintenancefree and easy to use – hit the remote, and it comes on,” he says.

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What’s really hot in the fireplace universe? Pacey notices that clients 4 This Villawood outdoor are asking for more stacked wood fireplace features a stainless steel surround. stone and neutral colors in order to get more bang for their buck. Ivancicts is even more Ivancicts, meanwhile, has detected a succinct. downturn in the popularity of brick and says “Oh, it’s the RED 60 [gas that limestone and cut stone are the most fireplace], definitely — a popular surrounds. 6o-inch wide, Euro linear Both experts agree on what may be the design with subterranean pièce de résistance of fireplaces – elongated, lighting in multiple colors,” horizontal devices. he says. “You can play up the “It doesn’t seem as popular around here,” flame with mood and accent Pacey notes, “but you may have seen them colors. You can even use it in in restaurants or hotels. They’re linear, from the summer just to add mood six to eight feet long, see-through, very to a room.” contemporary and have crushed glass in them.” KeeP It

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Soots N’ Ladders, a family-owned company established in 1990 in Sugar Grove, offers multiple fireplace and chimney services include building indoor and outdoor fireplaces, liners and caps; fireplace and furnace flue cleanings; damper replacement and fireboxes; gutter cleaning; and dryer vent cleaning. Owner Frank Limbrick, a mason who builds complete fireplaces from start to finish, offers the top 10 reasons to have a chimney inspection: 1. To determine if it needs a cleaning. Creosote, created by wood smoke condensing in a flue, if ignited, can cause chimney and potential home fires. 2. To check the chimney exterior. Over

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time, masonry chimneys can deteriorate, allowing water penetration, which can cause leaks and damage. 3. To check the chimney liner. Heat stress, flue fires and even settling can cause cracks in tile lining, leading to potential fire hazards. 4. To check chimney flashing. Worn caulk September 2012 • Kane County Magazine


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he chemistry between We try to get an eclectic mix of homes.” a homeowner and a residence is something Seamless integration like a passionate love One of the homes that will be featured affair, says Jan Gibson. in the walk is the abode at 621 Main St. As chair of the sixth Gibson describes it as fabulous, urban, sleek annual Batavia House and sophisticated, adjectives not typically Walk, which will run associated with a home built in the late from 11 a.m. to 4 1800s. p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Diane Roozen, who owns the home with Gibson has seen that the homes featured her husband Craig, explains how the home in this year’s event reflect that kind of reflects her passion for earth-friendly living. undeniable connection, she says, adding that guests are in for a “visual treat” with the showcased properties. 6 High-end carpentry augments the “Many times [the house walk Clingen home at 1101 Davey Drive. committee] chooses homes we would love to go in and see,” says Gibson, owner of Gibby’s Wine Den in Geneva, who has been the Batavia House Walk chair since 2010. “We select homes based on age, history, construction style and uniqueness.” Other factors are the homes’ accessibility for guests of diverse age and physical abilities. “And, we also consider the homes’ eventual compatibility with the final panel of homes,” Gibson says. “If some are too similar, then we can’t use them.

5 Diane and Craig Roozen own this folk Victorian at 621 Main St. in Batavia, which features seamless integration of old and new modifications. Photos provided

“To me, restoring an old home is the ultimate in recycling,” she says. While living on the West Coast, Roozen developed a love for the architecture around her. “I chose [our current house] because it had great lines,” she says. “I was born in San Francisco, and this reminded me of a San Francisco Victorian. I knew it could be the type of home I grew up in and was surrounded by.” Designated a folk Victorian, the home differs from a gingerbread Victorian in that “the plans were made available and the common folk could build it,” Roozen says. “That’s where the term came from.” The home’s previous owners had remodeled the real estate in the 1970s, leaving little historic value behind, she says. “I knew we could gut it without feeling like we were taking away the history,” she says. “They had taken out the hardwood floors and put in carpet.” Roozen says the strength of the home’s original

foundation is unmatched by materials often used in new construction. “There is a solidness with an older home,” she says. “With a newer home, during a rain storm, you feel a little unnerved by it.” When the Roozen residence was structurally assessed, experts reemphasized the stability. “They said it would take a Sherman tank to take our house down,” she says. As the couple envisioned what could become of their new home, she says, they set out to create a family setting with seamless integration. The modifications blend right in, and Roozen says visitors often assume the home’s best features are original. “So many people say we’re so lucky because we have this big open kitchen,” she says. “But it’s not at all the original. We just bumped out what would have been the side porch and incorporated it.” Guests also will notice the home doesn’t showcase an antique vibe. “There is nothing floral,” Roozen says. “It’s very clean lines.” Inspired is how Roozen hopes visitors will feel when they visit her home. “Renovating an older home is not as cost prohibitive as many might think,” she says. Wood, she notes, can be repaired and reconditioned, while plastic – used often in newer construction – cannot. Making the most of the home’s original shell has been rewarding, she says, adding she also enjoys sharing the home with those who are intrigued by it. “When we did this house, people would stop by and take pictures,” Roozen says. “It’s nice to be noticed. You work so hard for something.”

5 The Clingen home — 1101 Davey Drive — has traditional style.

It offers a large, spacious kitchen and is beautifully understated, Gibson says. • 230 North Lincoln, owned by Lou Tice A compact Victorian built between 1890 and 1900, this featured home is cottage-sized and “as charming

as could be,” Gibson says, describing it as a Clabbardstyle home that reflects the homeowner’s travels and love for history. “She is big into English history,” Gibson says. “And she has an ABA stove, which was made in England, and the story on that alone is just so cool.”

This year’s walk also will feature: • 843 Alberosky Way, owned by John and lynn elam Gibson describes the Elam home as new construction with traditional old world design. “It’s 5,000 square feet, brick and very stately,” she says. “It has a hot tub, screened porch and a very nice backyard that’s all trees so you don’t have immediate neighbors.” In addition, the home features a first-level master bathroom with his and her vanities, plus a three-way access stairwell. • 1101 Davey Drive, owned by Susan and Ken Clingen “This home shows people that even if you’re not the original owner, you can bring something unique to a home,” Gibson says. Built 15 to 20 years ago, the dormered home is traditional, and its owners have augmented it with high-end carpentry. “It’s very eclectic on the inside,” Gibson says. “It’s very charming. It’s very sumptuous.” • 504 Main St., owned by Denise and John Barber If looking for an example of how furniture can be arranged to define space, this home — a new construction built on the former site of a little old house from the 1800s — is it, Gibson says. A Craftsman-style home erected about five years ago, the home “is very simple, natural and rustic — and has a very open floor plan,” she says.

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3 The Tice home — 230 N. Lincoln — is cottage sized and “as charming as could be,” says Jan Gibson, chair of the sixth annual Batavia House Walk.

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home & lifestyle / summer NIGHT LIFe

LiVe It up September is bursting with exciting local activities.




hether you’re looking to sample some fine wines amongst friends, ride along the Fox River in a paddlewheel riverboat or check out a local runway show, the following list targets a variety of events that will curb every appetite for twilight entertainment. The following marks Kane County Magazine’s final installment of its three-month Summer Night Life guide.


Saturday, Sept. 8. Well-known designer Andrea Reynders — a former instructor from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — is the artistic director for the event and “a big deal in the fashion world,” says Jim Kirkhoff, director of development and public relations at Water Street Studios. 6 The “Daddy Daughter Cruise The Fox River” event Reynders has will take place Saturday, Sept. 22. Photos provided. been involved with design for almost 40 years, creating runway shows such as the Gold Coast Fashion Show and the Around the Coyote Fashion Show in addition to her teaching. Formerly the Sage Endowed

Start out the month by checking out some of the newest fashion trends from cities such as Tokyo, New York, Paris and London. Water Street Studios will host its annual runway fundraiser, ón-sóm’ b l, at 9 p.m.

Chair of Fashion Design, Reynders spends her time creating unique pieces for stores in Chicago, Kansas City and her own website at, as well as acting as a board member of the Arts of Fashion Foundation and the Chicago Fashion Incubator. You’ll be able to see the designer’s one-of-a-kind collaboration come to life during the evening show that includes light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85, which include light snacks and drinks, or upgrade to VIP tickets for $115 each if you have a group of four, which will grant you reserved seats, snacks and a bottle of bubbly. Limited standing-room-only tickets will be on sale for $35 as well. Ticket sales end Thursday, Sept. 6. To purchase tickets, drop by or call the studio at 630-761-9977. If writing a novel has been on your bucket list for years, now is the time to finally dive right in. Awaken your creative skills during the Writer’s Workshop at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.


From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, fellow aspiring novelists will share tips while local poet Frank Rutledge will share his own success stories that’ll keep you motivated until you’ve written the last page of your first book. No registration is required. For more information, visit

Waddick will demonstrate how to make every product you sell alluring through various tips and strategies that has kept buyers successfully selling online. For more information, visit

Spend a night out bonding over s’mores during the “Mom and Son Wagon ride” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at West Main Community Park, 40W101 W. Main St. Moms and sons can enjoy a twilight ride followed by dinner — hot dogs and chips — plus a campfire and plenty of storytelling. Kari Miller, marketing and public relations manager for the Batavia Park District, recalls the successful turnout from last year. “All the boys had a lot of fun roasting marshmallows over the fire,” she says, adding that it was nice to see moms and their sons have a little “old-fashioned fun.” In case Mother Nature feels like spoiling the evening, a rain date has been set aside for Oct. 4. The fee is $10 for residents and $13 for nonresidents. Registration is required. For more information, visit

Be prepared to work up a sweat during the harvest hustle Twilight All-Terrain 5K. The race will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Peck Farm, 4038 Kaneville Road. Come equipped with your favorite pair of tennis shoes and race your way to

5 The Harvest Hustle Twilight All-Terrain 5K kicks off at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

the finish line so you can enjoy some brews and music at the after party hosted by The Dam Bar &

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Gather some of your closest friends and family and head downtown Geneva for the annual Festival of the vine from Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9. In between sips of regional favorites, you’ll be able to keep your foot tapping to tunes from Swings ‘n Arrows, The Blind Roosevelts, Billy Elton — who, like the name suggests, plays classics by Elton John and Billy Joel — and many more. Local vendors will supply delicious bites to go along with just about any type of wine throughout the night. Even kids can have their own fun at the Kids’ Corner without having to disrupt the grownups. For more information, visit www. Spend an evening with legendary jazz-fusion guitarist Fareed haque at Geneva’s new music venue/restaurant, EvenFlow, at 302 W State St. “The three-level music venue combines a historic exterior with a modern interior for a truly unique dining and entertainment experience right in the heart of the suburbs,” says Beth Knuth, marketing and social media director of EvenFlow. “Whether it is blues, jazz or rock, guests can enjoy a variety of music … there is something for everyone.” Haque will perform at two shows, which are open for those 21 and older. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13 and 27. There is no cover. While fall cleaning can be hard work, posting treasures on eBay won’t be as much of a burden once you’ve brushed up on your online marketing skills. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., will host its hit class, “eBay: Selling Beyond the Basics,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Certified eBay University instructor Jack

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Navigate through a World War I trench with the sounds of exploding shells overhead. Storm Omaha Beach on D-day. Push your way through the jungles of Vietnam. At the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, immerse yourself in the history of the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.


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Scholarship Fund. Registrations made by Friday, Sept. 21 cost $34 and include a free shirt. On-site registration costs $39. For more information, visit www.

The Kane County Magazine would like to recognize Sam Bradberry of Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn for being inducted into the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America.


Country music singer-songwriter Kenny rogers will pay a visit to the Arcada Theatre at 105 E. Main St. Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, Rogers will sing a variety of hits that will stir up plenty of sweet memories close to home. Tickets cost $69 to $125. For more information, visit

Bradberry, 54, has been a member of the PGA of America for 25 years, thus making him eligible for the induction. “It’s an honor to have survived in the business that long,” Bradberry says. A former assistant and teaching pro, Bradberry is still an active tournament player. The Geneva resident has worked at Hughes Creek for the past 13 years and currently runs the pro shop and also gives golf lessons. “It’s a great, friendly place and serves the public well,” he says. Congratulations, Sam Bradberry!


Get your throwing arm ready for a day of bag tossing at the United Fall Fest, which will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the grounds behind the St. Charles Congregational United Church of Christ at 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd. Don’t worry – if you feel like your aim is off, the festival also offers a vintage car show, a kids’ corner featuring an ice cream eating contest and face painting, a 5K run, a talent competition and plenty of live music throughout the night. For more information, visit www. Fathers and daughters can learn about the wonders of the Fox River and the St. Charles Park District during a narrated tour given onboard a traditional paddlewheel riverboat. the “Daddy Daughter Cruise the Fox river” event will take place at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. “It’s designed to be a special occasion for dads and their daughters,” says Erika Young, public relations and marketing manager for the St. Charles Park District. Light appetizers will be served along with punch and dessert. Registration is required. Cost for residents is $23; non-residents cost $34.50. For more information, visit kc

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5 Pictured is “Hands on Jazz,” an original colored pencil drawing by Chris Hodge of North Aurora, an artist who rents space at Water Street Studios in Batavia.

Get Ready For Jazz!



the improvisational tones of a saxaphone, trumpet, clarinet, piano and other bluesy instruments playing syncopated rhythms and swung notes — in other words, jazz music 6 Mike Frost (at right) and Zvonimir Tot play together at Bistro One West. Photo provided

— sound like a good time, it might be wise to make plans to head to St. Charles. The inaugural St. Charles Jazz Weekend will take place from Thursday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 23, at several area restaurants in downtown St. Charles, and the managers of those establishments promise it’ll be one heck of a weekend. George Guggeis, owner of Bistro One West and a member of the St. Charles Downtown Partnership, says the idea of hosting such an event has been floating around for a while.

While the city hosts many events that bring hundreds of visitors to St. Charles, these don’t necessarily cater to his clientele, Guggeis says. His restaurant — which features local American cuisine with a view that butts up to the Fox River — is a place for “people who are food and wine conscious and want to have a good meal and sit and relax and listen to [jazz],” he says. “I do jazz here anyway,” Guggeis says. “[We thought], if we can get a couple more venues in the city, maybe we can make a weekend out of it.” And that’s exactly what Jazz Weekend will provide. “The idea is to offer an opportunity for people to enjoy some of our downtown restaurants while listening to jazz music,” says Lynne Schwartz, executive director of the downtown partnership. “It’s something different; it offers kind of a different experience for people than some of our other events.” “Bistro One West offers jazz music on a regular basis, and there’s definitely a following of people who love jazz music, so it’s kind of a natural fit for some of these businesses to offer that.” Besides Guggeis’s


restaurant, located at 1 W. Illinois St., select restaurants throughout downtown plan to participate in the event as well. “It’s a great idea,” says Shay Clarke, general manager of McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub at 109 W. Main St. “We love jazz; we have jazz regularly. We’re an Irish bar, but that makes us eclectic as well.” “What I’ve always loved about jazz is the musicians,” Clarke continues. “They’re a different breed. They’re entertaining without being obtrusive in a restaurant setting. Jazz itself, there’s so many different strains of it. I just love it.”

6 Tim Green plays the keyboard at Bistro One West in St. Charles. Photo by andy Young

Clarke says he will have local jazz artist Mary Hunt perform at his bar, plus DAT Band, a jazz trio that has regular gigs at his establishment. Other acts will filter in as well, and food and drink specials will be available all weekend. Guggeis, meanwhile, generally brings in acts that play at bigger jazz clubs in Chicago, but he’ll blend those groups with local acts and even high schoolers, he says. “Jazz and food and wine go together perfectly,” Guggeis says. “Jazz is a great music to listen to, but it’s perfect music for background. You don’t have to focus on it all the time — you can enjoy your meal. It’s relaxing; it’s tranquility. There’s a lot of great things about jazz.” Tickets are not needed at any of the participating restaurants, Schwartz says. In fact, the festival isn’t meant to be much of a true festival at all, but rather an intimate experience for diners. “It’s really meant to be just an easy experience for people,” she says. “Anyone who’s going to dine or drink will be able to experience jazz music. Some people who are there dining might be exposed to jazz music — it’s something new for them at some of the locations — and some people might try a new location because of the jazz music.”

For an updated schedule of musicians, visit www. stcjazzweekend. com. kc 5 At right is “Continuous Line Saxophone” by Chris Hodge.

5 A painting in progress of famous jazz singer Nina Simone done by Jen Evans of Aurora, an artist who rents space at Water Street Studios. Evans is planning a series of 4-by-6 foot portraits of jazz artists.

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Three important tips I’ll share with you here: 1. Don’t buy wine on reputation alone. Look up the history of the wine and make sure it is a good vintage to cellar. One producer may make a wine that will age two decades, and the next year the same wine will age for only two years. 2. Also, buy wine that you know you will be around long enough to drink. I’m not joking. I have older colleagues buying new releases of vintage port that will not be mature until they are 127 years old. 3. And most important, make sure to buy wine that you like to drink. Don’t just buy cabernet because it ages well if you don’t like drinking it. Of course, certain varietals from specific areas tend to do better than most for cellaring. I’ve listed a few below. Just remember — most wine is meant to be consumed right away, especially if it hails from a vineyard in the U.S. Wines that cellar well: • The Bordeaux region in France tends to be one of the better regions for a long maturing process. • Rhone Valley in France makes some great Chateauneuf-Du-Papes that cellar very well • Barolo is a great wine to cellar out of Italy. • Syrah/Shiraz out of Australia generally needs to sit for a long time due to the high alcohol content. • Rieslings out of Germany are amazing after a decade in a temperature-controlled environment. • Cabernets, of course, are the dominant force in America and can age extremely well over time. I highly recommend that you do sit most of these big guys down for a while. We tend to drink cabernets well before their maturity. • Some nice chardonnays that come out of California can stand the test of time, but it’s important to check the maker and the vintage. kc

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Fall Fashion Love By AMANDA MARRAZZO Photos by HEATHER NELSON taken at Special Occasions in Batavia

5 Kate Rosignal of St. Charles models a playful black sequined dress from Special Occasions with a lacy black outer shell, empire waist and inner nude lining. Adding antique-styled drop gem earrings and a coordinating purse keeps the look elegant but playful.

The temperatures are dropping, and the ruffled little summer sundresses are being packed away. So, what to wear for work, a daytime outing or an evening of dinner, dancing and cocktails? Local fashionistas say fall fashions will include everything from sequins and vintage lace to retro-colored, blocked-knit dresses that look like they came off the set of the AMC TV series “Mad Men.” Mary Marconi-Popiel, designer and owner of Special Occasions at 2 N. Batavia Avenue in Batavia, recently returned from a buying spree at market in New York and from fashion events in Las Vegas and Atlanta. She describes the new fall array of styles for day and evening wear as a range of

characters, from “very ’60s inspired” to “ ’40s Hollywood glam,” to “Kate Middleton-inspired, more lady-like” to “gypsy looking.”

Colors for fall

The top designers are showing looks for fall daywear or office wear that include lots of bold colors and deep earth tones such as chocolate, gold, beige, rust and burgundy, plus wine colors, black, purples, blues and magenta, Marconi-Popiel says. The colors are presented in bold blocks or stripes, diagonals, squares and rectangles, she says, noting that houndstooth also is a popular pattern for daytime wear and was marked as “Fall’s No. 1 pattern” in one industry fashion book.

4 Black remains a popular color in fall fashion.

Dress designs are showing thinner stripes in all directions, graphic and geometric patterns, animal prints and tweed. Most dress lengths end just at the knee, and the materials are lightweight knits. And while dresses are fitted, they’re not tight, she says. Some dresses blend a mix of materials for daytime such as faux leather and cotton/polyester and zippers, she says, and some are designed with drop-waist seams.

5 This fall calls for color-blocking in confident colors. Bold patterns and strong color will make a reappearance, so don’t be afraid to experiment with adding pops of color and mixing it up a bit.

Others are belted or have a sash, and some have no tie at all. Designers also are showing capped, short, three-quarter and long, blowzy sleeve lengths.

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For a little more pizzazz in the evening or to spark up an outfit for an after-work get-together or holiday party, designers are showing cocktail dresses that end just above the knee in a mix of fabrics such as sheer overlays, bold, glitzy metallics, velvet, satin and silk, Marconi-Popiel says. These glamorous dresses are covered in sparkles, glitter, sequins, beading, vintage lace, fringe or, of course, animal prints.


“So much fun stuff is going on in the market right now,” Marconi-Popiel says. Many different styles of necklines are popular, from plunging V-necks to full-cover, bedazzled sheer material across the chest. Other dress styles have sexy one-shoulder straps, flowing one-arm sleeves and slinky thin straps. The cut of these dresses just skim the body and are not too tight, she says, like A-line, sheath, blouson and drop-waist cuts. Special occasion dresses also will be popular in elegant, long, straight lengths adorned much the same as the shorter fashions. Designers are boasting deep colors, neutral, metallic tones and black, yet making the long gowns pop with shimmery and sparkly details as well.


Addie Marconi, owner of For All Occasions, just around the corner from Special Occasions at 235 W. Wilson in Batavia, also recently returned from industry fashion shows in Las Vegas and Atlanta. She says accessories are just as sparkly and bold as the dresses this fall. Shoppers will find large statement pieces such as oversized rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces covered in sequins and stones, she says. 6 Accessories are just as sparkly and bold as the dresses this fall, like this clutch purse from Special Occasions.

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Short faux fur jackets and scarves will be a fashion rage, as will oversized tote bags with lots of detail and hardware, she says. For evening, small clutches detailed with sparkly sequins, chunky stones, snakeskin patterns or crocodile and animal prints will be the right call. Bags and clutches will match the color of the dresses and gowns women will be wearing – which include lots of gold, silver, burgundy and black. “Black is our No. 1 color,” Marconi says. “We sell as much black in the summer as we do in the fall.” kc

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any budget-minded fashionistas covet a fine department store experience that balances high quality and affordability. The owner of Jane Pabon Consignment Boutique in Geneva says consignment stores, like hers, deliver all of that. With designer labels, a pleasant atmosphere and the latest trends, consignment shops take the hunt out of finding luxurious styles and quality at an affordable price. “The shopper who likes to experience Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus is the one who would enjoy consignment stores over a thrift store …” says Jane Pabon, owner of her self-named shop. “People who like to hunt [through racks of clothing] can do those resale stores.” Among the rows of apparel on sale at thrift stores, it’s possible to find designer labels, even some with the original tags, Pabon says. But at high-end consignment stores, like hers, the selection has already been made. And that makes the shopping experience more about the woman herself.

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With extensive retail contacts throughout the Chicago area, Pabon says she’s always aware of what’s trending. “I have 30 years experience in retail,” says Pabon, whose

the Consignment trend background in fashion merchandising includes roles at Marshall Field’s and Ann Taylor. For fall, classics and bold colors are in. “Animal prints are going to be in style again,

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and they never go out of style,” Pabon says. “It’s the ladylike, elegant look, like Grace Kelly when she wore a touch of the animal print.” Also, pencil skirts and sweaters with fur around the collar will be smart choices, she notes. “Those are the classics,” Pabon says. “And then there is the trend of the bold colors, like the cobalt blues, the cranberries and the purples.” Jan Rooney, owner of Anew in Geneva, agrees that feminine styles are definitely hot for fall, and says lace is another trend. “I’m seeing a lot of dresses with lace,” Rooney says. “Lace is very popular for tops and dresses.” Deep burgundies are a must-have as well. “And a lot of the more neutral colors, like tan,” Rooney adds. Both stores offer those trends to their customers.

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3 (Facing page from left) Abigail Lipp of St. Charles models a chic city girl/collegiate chic look. Prada Shoes: $349, Vintage Sweater: $49, Deletta Tank: $49, Judy Blue Leggings: $29, Vintage Christian Dior bag: $475. Jennifer Nenni of St. Charles exhibits her Grace Kelly look. Gucci Bag: $298, Vintage Sweater: $45, Vintage Skirt: $45, Cartier Scarf: $275, Ivory Bangles: $349 each, Snakeskin belt: $39. Christina Pabon of St. Charles models the look of gossip girl meets rock n’ roll. BDG Sweater: $21, Burberry Boots: $125, Burberry Skirt: $98, Costa Blanca Vest: $39, Burberry Satchel: $225.

a sign they have too [many] clothes in their closet,” Pabon says. “We try and educate people on what to buy, because we really don’t need that many clothes.” Instead, the idea is to choose what offers the most versatility. “The key to buying any piece of clothing is making sure that it can be dressed up or dressed down,” Pabon says. A staple fashion piece that offers lots of looks is the cardigan, Rooney says. “There are a lot of cute ones, which are very versatile,” she says. “You can add pins and jewelry. You can add layers for color.” Rare finds, such as ivory accessories, are offered at Jane Pabon, which she says sets the store apart from other resale shops. “I have someone who goes out and hunts for those rare pieces, and then she adds brooches and pins and creates very unique items,” Pabon says. “We even have vintage jewelry from the 1970s with the original tags still on it from Germany.” Anew also carries vintage jewelry, plus highend fine jewelry and designer handbags. “Coach and Louis Vuitton are my biggest sellers, and we carry 100 percent authentic,” 6(From left) Abigail Lipp models: Maple Dress: $39, Limited Edition Louis Vuitton: $2,400. Christina Pagon models: Jenny Han Dress: $49, Feather Headband: $19.

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That homework filling your child’s backpack is designed to fill their brains as well, area educators say.

Don’t do it for them, but realize that they’re going to need you around, they say. “It’s really a communication tool between home and school,” says Becky McCabe, assistant superintendent for elementary at St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. “The more parents are involved, the stronger the learning will be.” That means knowing what kind of study space works best for children, talking to teachers about homework expectations, giving children the time and space they need to do homework and guiding them when need be, educators say.

Ask about homework

All homework is meant to either give students practice, to help them better familiarize themselves with what was learned during the day, to provide an extension of learning or to address topics not addressed in class because of time constraints, educators say. Though some educators say students should be doing roughly 10 minutes of homework for each grade level they’re in, the times can vary depending on the child and the type of homework, they say. The best thing a parent can do is ask the child about the homework. “I think most teachers would strongly say [homework is] not meant to frustrate your child,” McCabe says. “They want to make sure that the child knows what’s expected and then at least it’s written down somewhere so the parent can know.” Hopefully, parents have had that discussion or been informed at the beginning of the school year, says Julie Vallejo, assistant superintendent for the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

Create a good work space

Next, students need a space at home to work, Vallejo says. A quite area intended specifically as a place to study is ideal, educators say, but it’s up to parents where and exactly when

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their children should work on homework. Some children work better with music or white noise, McCabe says, while others might need silence. Parents must figure out what works best for their children, educators say. “I think the biggest part is the support from parents to talk with their child when they get home ... follow up with their child to make sure it gets done,” Vellejo says. That means limiting distractions, including cell phones, television and video games, educators say. The phones especially, are among several things parents might need to monitor when trying to encourage good study habits at home. “In one way, it becomes a plus that students look forward to spending time on their cell phones,” Vallejo says. “If parents structure it so that can be their incentive, that can work to the positive for both the student and the parent.”

Be available

Younger children especially might work better with a parent in the same room, as opposed to being sent to a corner of a room to finish homework on their own, says Tricia Weis, principal at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, who has five children of her own. “If I’m nearby, they have a tendency to want to do it more,” she says. As long as they have everything they need and aren’t too distracted, that’s most important, she says. “You want them to be responsible and do the work themselves, but also to be engaged and interested,” she says. At Holy Cross, educators work to ensure the homework isn’t redundant and that it falls in line with the school’s focus on family and faith, she says. “We don’t want homework to bog kids down so much that they lose that connection with family and faith,” she says. “If you have faith and family, I believe you’re going to have the tools to learn better.”

Good Study habits

4 Have a set time to settle down. By having the same start-time for homework every day, you avoid having daily battles about when it’s time to hit the books. 4 Take a breather. Just like schools have recess, children need to have mini-breaks when they’re working hard to complete homework or projects, or studying for tests. Come up with some five-minute break ideas that will appeal to your child — doing some stretches, playing with a pet, grabbing a glass of juice, etc. 4 Create a study space. Every family needs the basic “ingredients” for studying and doing homework: a workspace with good lighting, the tools needed to complete the work, basic reference materials and a library card for special projects. 4 Turn off the distractions. Your child’s study area should be distraction-free during study/homework time. That means the TV and computer games should be off or out of view (and earshot). 4 Teach them responsibility. Children have to absolutely know that it is their responsibility to know what work has to be done and when it’s due. kc

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the 1950s, when Dodge rolled out its La Femme sedan with rosebud upholstery and an option package that included a matching purse, rain bonnet and lipstick case, the auto industry has

cars, 53 percent of all used cars and influence 95 percent of all auto purchases. Yet, the buying process still can be intimidating. Road and Travel’s research reveals that more than a third of women car buyers would rather deal with a woman in the auto showroom, but the percentage of woman automotive sales people, for new and used vehicles, is less than 5 percent. Many baby-boomer women can tell stories of being condescended to, or simply ignored, when car shopping with their husband or father, even if they were the primary driver. However, the process is changing, and the industry is responding, says Christina Wickersheim, general sales manager for Fox Valley Buick GMC in St. Charles. Wickersheim is one of several women in management positions at the dealership. “There’s been a 100 percent change industry-wide,” she says. “All the manufacturers require training in the different ways men and women approach car buying.”

OnLine homework

5 Christina Wickershelm, sales manager for Fox Valley Buick GMC, stands by a new vehicle in the showroom.

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The Internet has had a major impact on car buying and has proven very popular with women. “Women typically do more research because it helps them feel more in control of the process,” Wickersheim says. The search for a new or used car often begins at manufacturers’ websites to search out specific models and features. It then moves on to the Kelly Blue Book website,, for car value and pricing information and Edmunds,, for reviews, pricing and local

inventory. Once a customer settles on the model and features she wants, visiting local dealers’ sites can help her find the best price. While buyers are usually priced focused, customer service is equally important. Once again, the Internet can help. Local review sites such as offer customer ratings and reviews. When visiting a dealership, women buyers expect to be treated with respect. “If a customer walks in with her husband or father and the salesperson talks to the man but not to her, she’ll go elsewhere,” Wickersheim says.

Female customers also are as interested as men are in understanding their cars. “They appreciate when the sales person takes the time to explain something, and when our guys pop the hood, they want to know what’s underneath,” she says.

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When it comes to financing, Jody DeVere, CEO and founder of — an automotive information website aimed at women — says many women prefer no-haggle pricing. They also need to be aware of their credit score before visiting a showroom. “If you know your credit rating qualifies you for 4.5 percent financing and someone offers you 8 percent, then you’ll know not to take it,” she says. Manufacturer websites are also a great source of information for financing deals, but Wickershiem says it’s essential for all car buyers to know their credit scores and be prepared to make a down payment. “Today, banks are a lot stricter on the amount they’ll loan and only want to finance the cost of the car, so they want taxes and title paid up front,” she says. DeVere grew up immersed in southern California’s car culture and learned automotive know-how from her dad. “I was the girl holding the flashlight when he was under the hood,” she says. “I knew how to take care of my car before women did that. My dad did me a big favor.” But as a consultant to the automotive industry, DeVere saw “a big black hole” between women and how the industry responded to them. “Women felt lots of anxiety in approaching dealerships and repair shops, primarily because of a lack of knowledge,” she says, noting that black hole led her to launch Not only does her site provide information on a variety of car topics, it also certifies auto businesses as female friendly. 6 Once a customer settles on the model and features she wants, visiting local dealers’ sites can help her find the best price.

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Knowledge is important when buying a used car. In addition to Kelly Blue Book, DeVere recommends using and to search for vehicles and comparison shop. She also recommends using a car’s vehicle information number, or VIN, to research accidents and service reports through sites such as and www. Have the car inspected by a “Master Technician” certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence before making a purchase. “If the seller won’t let you have the car inspected, don’t buy it,” DeVere says. Joy Nevills, service manager for Fox Valley Buick GMC, says that simply looking at a car can provide clues about its condition. “Check the tire treads to see how much is remaining,” she says. “Ask when the brakes were done so you know how much life is left in them.” If buying from a dealership, don’t hesitate to ask to see underneath the car either. “Most dealerships have no issue with putting it up on a lift to look for leaks,” Nevills says. It also can be helpful to read automotive blogs and message boards to find out if customers have had problems with the make and model a customer is considering. “If something’s wrong with a car, people will be complaining about it,” Nevills says.

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Car care tips from Joy nevills, service manager at Fox Valley Buick GMC in St. Charles • Keep up on oil changes. If you plan to keep your car a long time, stick with every three months or 3,000 miles. • Changing the air filter will provide better gas mileage and help your car last longer. • Know and follow your car’s recommended maintenance schedule. kc


Fashion Faux Pas I hate shopping. I know, there is probably something wrong with me, but it is the bane of my existence. Perhaps it is because most of my shopping trips involve dragging my two kids with me and ends up being more of a disaster than leg warmers making a comeback. My biggest fashion challenge is to shop at an actual clothing store as opposed to the clearance rack at Target. Nevermind finding something flattering with coordinating colors and patterns and then tying it all together with shoes and accessories. I’m lucky if I can try anything on, which is likely why most of my clothes are ill-fitting. On top of that, I have to shop for the kids’ clothes, which is getting harder as they get older. Not only are the days of strapping them in a stroller and wheeling them around the store long gone, they now have tastes of their own. Recently, I had to shop for the whole family to find clothes for an upcoming vacation and back to school apparel. Colin spent our shopping trip driving monster trucks over stacks of clothes, knocking half of them down in the process. I had to tear Maddie away from her search for the perfect peace sign necklace to add her already extensive collection so I could get her input on my choices for her. My hope was that collaboration would avoid major drama every time I dress her for

the next three to six months. the kids were now hiding in the racks of clothes. My major obstacle was that she doesn’t want I didn’t even look for clothes for my husband, to wear jeans or anything with a button. After since he’s more picky than my 5-year-old who searching high and low for leggings in her size, I needs “comfy pants.” I’d probably have to return found myself shaking my head at what these stores anything I picked out for him and that thought deem appropriate for a 5-year-old to wear. I am gave me the hives. sure I will have plenty of battles in the future over We made our way to the checkout line and, like bare midriffs and short-shorts, so I don’t know why most stores that I suspect are owned by Satan, in God’s name I would actually purposely dress my there were 300 useless items at my kids’ eye level. child that way now. Colin kept bringing me sticker books that I told Luckily, short-shorts have buttons, so Maddie him over and over again I would not buy for him. won’t wear them anyway. I completed my purchase just as Colin spotted By the time I had sorted through shirts with the football that he had been carrying around super heroes for Colin and found a leopard-print and realized that I didn’t buy it. He had a total headband that tied together one of Maddie’s meltdown right there on the floor. snappy ensembles, I had broken into a full sweat Some people looked at me with pity, others gave — but we were finished. me a kind nod and told me it would get better and Before I checked out, I had to chase Colin away one honest woman informed me it will never get from the fitting room that he was peeking into. better and said, “Wait until they are teenagers.” We headed to Old Navy where I figured I could Now I remember why my one birthday wish last finish up the kids’ shopping and grab a few things year was to have a day to shop by myself. for my husband and myself with relative ease. I guess there’s always next year. As luck would have it, the kids found a bin of footballs and started a game of tackle football in the aisles. I tried chasing Colin down to take the ball away before he made it to the parking lot and almost had with Michelle Stien to tackle him myself. • Michelle Stien is a stay-at-home mom I finally snagged two tank tops from of two children, ages 3 and 5. Her the clearance rack for myself and didn’t mother always told her to “write bother looking for pants because that this down,” so she is. She shares her experiences with Kane County moms would have required me trying them to help them deal with the craziness of on, which was 100 percent out of the being “Mom.” question at that point in the game since

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Is In The Giving A non-profit feature

No matter how tough things get there is always someone suffering worse than you. Kane County has an assortment of nonprofit services providing support for families and individuals at their time of need. Each month, Kane County Magazine will feature a county-wide nonprofit organization. It is our hope that this will not only give you hope, but ideas on how to help others in your own way. Without the support of hundreds of volunteers, Kane

County’s nonprofits would not survive. Take time to get to know the services available right here in Kane County. Maybe someone you know needs support. Maybe you can give time or resources to help. One great thing about Kane County is that we have so many excellent nonprofits and our communities are contributing to their success.

THE ECKER CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH The Ecker Center is a nonprofit community mental health provider and is the only comprehensive mental health agency serving adults with moderate to severe mental illness in the northern 2/3 of Kane County and Hanover & Barrington Townships. The 24/365/7 psychiatric in-person emergency program also serves children and teens. The Ecker Center served 3,326 clients in fiscal year 2011. History: The Ecker Center opened in Sherman Hospital in 1955 and soon established offices on Division Street in Elgin. The center offered psychiatric, case management, therapy and rehabilitation services. Its psychiatric emergency program opened at Sherman Hospital in 1985. Two offices offering therapy services were added in St. Charles and Hanover Township in 1986. The first of its five residential facilities was opened in the early 1980s. In 1994, psychosocial rehabilitation, vocational, therapy, psychiatric, nursing and case management services moved to their present location on Grandstand Place in Elgin. In 2012, two new residential facilities were opened. Services: • The Psychiatric Emergency Program (PEP) provides walk in psychiatric crisis services at the Sherman Hospital Emergency Department and by phone 24 hours a day for people of all ages • Psychiatrists provide diagnostic assessment, consultation and prescriptions for medications • Psychiatric nurses help clients follow treatment plans and obtain the psychotropic medications • The Crisis Residential Program provides 24 hour

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university Plastic surgery helps educate women regarding health options

June 2011 was a pretty rough month for Debra Jambrone. The local mother of three was coping with the loss of her job when the results came back from a mammogram she had scheduled just before her insurance ran out. She had breast cancer. “I had 10 minutes to say, ‘Oh my God, I have cancer’ — then [I had to] call the insurance,” she says. Jambrone underwent a bilateral mastectomy — followed by chemotherapy and radiation — and later had breast surgery to reconstruct her breasts. It was a very painful, uncomfortable experience, she says, because she was fitted with expanders to stretch her skin and then given injections to fill the expanders with implants. She kept the expanders for 10 months.

Fortunately, Jambrone’s son played baseball with the son of a nurse of Dr. Loren Schechter, a leading plastic surgeon in the Chicago area. The two women began talking about Jambrone’s journey with breast cancer and breast reconstruction, and the nurse became concerned when she heard about Jambrone’s discomfort. She urged Jambrone to meet with Schechter, and the doctor informed her that there was another reconstructive procedure she could undergo that was more organic and less irritating, noting that sometimes radiation can cause implants to become firm and therefore uncomfortable. A DIEP flap, or Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator flap, procedure, he explained, would take

tissue from her stomach — excess fat, actually — and reconstruct her breasts in a completely natural way. Her breasts would then have a softer, more natural feel, and the tummy tuck would be an additional bonus. Jambrone opted to have Schechter perform the surgery, and she says it was a great decision. In fact, Schechter asked Jambrone to gain 10 pounds around her middle to make sure she had enough belly fat, so she went on a cruise and relaxed before the surgery, which took place one year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She recently went bra shopping for the first time in 12 months and says she can’t wait to get back in a bathing suit. “I feel phenomenal — I really do,” she says. “Had I stayed with that other surgery, I would have stayed my whole life with something that was uncomfortable.” “[The other doctor] did not offer me the option of the surgery that [Dr. Schechter offered],” Jambrone adds. “I hope by my being open, people can know about the options available

3The staff of University Plastic Surgery includes, from left, Dr. Lucio Pavone, Dr. Michelle Roughton, Dr. Loren Schechter, Dr. Iris Seitz and Dr. Daniel Liu. Photo by eric hausman

6Debra Jambrone (right) and Dr. Loren Schechter, a leading plastic surgeon in the Chicago area and staff member of University Plastic Surgery, discuss follow-up care to Jambrone’s DIEP flap procedure. Photo by andrew Young

and [perhaps avoid] a negative experience.”

eduCATinG woMen

“Unfortunately, many women like Debra Jambrone are not properly informed about their surgical options,” says Schechter, whose University Plastic Surgery team of specially trained plastic surgeons practices throughout the Chicago region. “A large percentage of women are not informed about breast reconstruction during the surgical decision-making process for their cancer, in spite of the fact that breast reconstruction has been shown to improve a woman's quality of life following mastectomy,” Schechter writes in his blog posted on the University Plastic Surgery website. “In addition, even when breast reconstruction is discussed, the spectrum of available reconstructive options is not always offered. As a plastic surgeon committed to caring for women with breast cancer, I strive to educate my patients about the latest techniques

available to them so that they can make informed choices that are in their best interests.” Schechter has been performing the DIEP flap procedure for nearly a decade, he says, but many women still don’t know it exists. Part of the reason is that the surgery requires microsurgical expertise, which not all plastic surgeons have. And though such a procedure isn’t necessarily right for every woman, he believes women should know their options in order to be able to make informed decisions and choose their next steps wisely. That belief is one reason Schechter and University Plastic Surgery helped start the Chicago Breast Symposium — a two-day event that puts women in direct contact with many of the nation’s leading breast health care professionals, and also creates a multidisciplinary continuing education venue for those professionals to discuss the latest information in a dynamic learning environment. The symposium — which debuted last year — is expected to have 3A year after Debra Jambrone’s initial diagnosis of breast cancer and just months after receiving a DIEP flap procedure to replace her breasts, she is ready to get on with her life. Photo by andrew Young

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more than 700 participants sharing their knowledge in seminars and breakout groups on Oct. 13 and 14 at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 3333 Green Bay Road, in North Chicago. Topics will include options for breast reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation, mammographies and more. Professionals will discuss how mothers can approach the topic of breast cancer with their children and what reproduction options are available to those who have had cancer but still want children. Plus, women who have overcome breast cancer will share their survival stories. “[The symposium] is for us to provide the best information we can,” Schechter says, and his colleagues agree. “It’s exciting for us to educate hundreds of women,” says Dr. Lucio Pavone, who joined Schechter’s team three years ago and lectured at last year’s symposium. “As plastic surgeons, [we] have the ability to immediately impact someone’s life.” Educating their patients is only part of the battle that plastic surgeons face. Not only do Schechter and his team of plastic surgeons have to stay trained in the latest surgical and microsurgical techniques in order to provide such services to their patients, they also believe those options should be available to everyone, no matter where they live. That’s why University Plastic Surgery recently opened an office in Wheaton — its fourth Chicago suburban location — to make plastic surgery procedures more accessible. “It’s our philosophy that we should have more patients being treated in their own

5Monica Zamost chose cosmetic plastic surgery after the birth of her third child left her unhappy about the appearance of her stomach. Photo provided

communities,” Schechter says. “That’s where they’re from, [where] their family, their own doctors [are from] — it just makes sense.” “We’re raising awareness and letting [women] know that whole spectrum of options is available next door.”

CosMeTiC PlAsTiC surGery

University Plastic Surgery also provides women with options for cosmetic plastic surgery, including augmentation, lifts, reductions, liposuction and tummy tucks. Monica Zamost, 41, decided to work with Schechter when she was contemplating a tummy tuck. Like many mothers, Zamost’s body changed after the births of her three children, now 12, 10 and 4. “My stomach before the surgery was awful,” she says. “It was wrinkly, I had

extra skin, my belly button to me looked deformed … my stomach was one of my favorite features before kids … and that was taken away, although for a good reason.” While Zamost loves her children, she did want her body back, so she talked to Schechter. “I really liked [his] professionalism,” Zamost says. “I’m very glad I went with him. [He had a great] bedside manner, which is important to me. He cared about how I felt and how I was doing. I had another consult, and the doctor was very arrogant and was like a salesman, putting other things in front of my own needs.” Today, Zamost has a firm, smooth belly that she’s proud to show off. “It looks great,” she says. “I’m very happy. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’ve had people ask me, ‘Oh what about your scar?’ It’s really not that bad. [It wasn’t] a thick incision; it’ll be hidden … I will be going on vacation in a few months, and I’m definitely hoping to be wearing that bikini by then.” “[And] it was surprisingly reasonable, the cost of the surgery.” Schechter says providing total patient care — no matter what kind of plastic surgery takes place — is a top priority for all of his doctors. “Our commitment to patient care [is not] only in the operating room, but before and after as well,” he says. “We take care of the patient all the way through.” “[Our goal really is] to restore a woman's sense of wholeness and self as completely as possible,” he says. For more information on Schechter and University Plastic Surgery, visit www. kc

University Plastic Surgery has four locations, with its newest facility now open in Wheaton. The remaining centers are in Morton Grove, Grayslake and Lake Forest. University Plastic Surgery’s top surgeons also perform advanced cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at leading medical centers throughout the region.

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Puppy Mills Impact Our Community By Anderson And Animal Shelter/The Puppy Mill Project In the month of September animal shelters and associations ass all over the country make attempts to increase the public’s awa awareness of puppy mills and thei their mistreatment of dogs. To see photos or videos of these facilities facilities, the animals that reside there or o to read stories about them is enough to make You can help make a difference: anyone sad and angry. A Puppy Mill is a large-scale • Adopt a companion animal from a shelter or rescue commercial commerci dog breeding • Shop at humane pet supply stores operation operatio where profit is • Participate in humane and community education given priority over the • Educate others about puppy mill cruelty well-being we of the • Have a guest speaker at your next meeting dogs. These mills • Be a responsible pet owner typically sell their puppies to pet stores, online and through newspapers. Thank You! Unlike responsible breeders, who place the For supporting the animals at utmost importance on producing the healthiest Anderson Animal Shelter puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of the animals or genetic quality. It truly is only about profits. In order to generate as much money as possible, puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience the joy of treats, toys and exercise, the do not receive basic grooming and do not understand or experience the love and warmth of a human caregiver’s touch. In puppy mills, it is not unusual for cages with wire floors to be stacked up in columns For information on how YOU can support the animals at the Shelter, call 847.697.2880 X25, visit our website which maximizes space and minimizes at, or email the staff waste cleanup. These cages are so small that at oftentimes dogs are unable to turn around. The wire flooring also injures their paws and legs. 1000 S. LaFox Road (Route 31) These dogs could spend their entire life South Elgin, IL 60177 847.697.2880 outdoors, exposed to the elements, or crammed inside filthy structures where they never get the

chance to feel the sun or breathe fresh air. The disregard for the health and wellbeing of the animals at puppy mills results in generations of dogs with possible hereditary defects and behavioral problems, but also contributes to pet overpopulation and increases the suffering and cruelty of countless dogs. “Puppy Mills are a threat not only to our canine friends but to our community,” says Jack Graff, Executive Director at Anderson Animal Shelter. “Pet overpopulation is a problem that shelters like ours face. Abandoned, stray or lost and unwanted animals are seen by our staff regularly.” In order to help educate the public, groups such as The Puppy Mill Project partner with shelters like Anderson to bring important information and education to consumers and companion animal advocates. Recently, Anderson Animal Shelter partnered with The Puppy Mill Project during Critter Camp; an annual summer youth program for kids 6 to 12 held in South Elgin, Illinois. “Partnerships with the Humane Education camps are a win-win for all parties involved,” says Tina Smith, Chairman of the Education Committee for The Puppy Mill Project. “We hope by educating students about puppy mills before they become consumers, they will share what they learn with their parents and will make compassionate choices as adults.” Education and improving the community is an ongoing battle and one that will continue. Thanks to organizations like The Puppy Mill Project and others, Anderson Animal Shelter hopes to make positive and lasting changes. Learn more about the The Puppy Mill Project and how you can bring their Humane Education Programs and presentations to your group online at For more information on Anderson Animal Shelter’s Humane Education Programs visit


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Beauty sleep is not a myth.

Without enough sleep, people compromise their health and appearance. “In our society, it’s very common for people to be relatively sleep-deprived,” says Dr. Daniel Nepomuceno, a pulmonary and sleep doctor based in Elgin, Barrington and McHenry. Lack of sleep can cause auto accidents, workplace accidents and problems with work performance, Nepomuceno says. “We often get referred patients because they are having problems with their job performance,” he says. But how much sleep does a person really need? The National Sleep Foundation suggests that school-age children 5 to 10 years old receive 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night; those ages 10 to 17 receive eight to nine hours of sleep; and adults get seven to nine hours. Unfortunately, based on a national survey, 30 percent of workers consistently get less than six hours of sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Insufficient sleep can lead to serious health problems or even death. The CDC reports that people lacking sleep are more likely to have hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer and other chronic diseases. Lack of sleep stresses the body, Nepomuceno says, and it is associated with medical problems, ranging from depression to heart conditions. Social and family conflicts also arise because people can become irritable and act out of character, he says.



And without enough sleep, people probably won’t look their best either. A recent Swedish study showed that people look healthier and more attractive after eight hours of sleep. The results were based on observers rating photos of healthy men and women after a normal night of sleep and after sleep deprivation.

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Insomnia is the most common sleep problem. However, it is often a symptom of another problem, such as stress, anxiety, depression or a health condition. More women than men suffer from insomnia, Nepomuceno says. Older people also tend to have insomnia and other sleep disorders because of agerelated health issues. Doctors refer to sleep hygiene — creating good sleep habits — as an integral part of a health regimen. “One of the biggest problems that people have with their sleep is that they don’t have a regular sleep time,” Nepomuceno says. Have consistent bedtime and awake times, exercise early in the day, avoid caffeinated beverages and fall asleep in a quiet, dark environment, he advises. Sleep medication with melatonin is an option if someone is having trouble falling asleep, he says, adding that sleeping pills should typically be used for only a short term. Other common sleep problems are snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, when breathing temporarily stops because the tongue and soft tissue collapse and block the airway. Snoring and high blood pressure are signs of apnea, which is more common

in men. However, some people are just snorers, and others have apnea without snoring or high blood pressure. Sleep-disordered breathing can be risky because many people don’t even know they have a problem and walk around untreated. That can be dangerous because besides snoring and high blood pressure, other medical problems associated with apnea are congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, strokes and diabetes, local doctors say. They also agree that overweightness contributes to snoring and apnea. About 70 percent of people with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight or obese, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.


Losing a significant amount of weight can eliminate apnea, says Dr. David Rice, an Elgin dentist who fits patients with oral devices for sleep-disordered breathing. Snoring and apnea are typically worse when people sleep on their back, so doctors also suggest they sleep on their side to see if that helps. “If you’re on your back, the gravity will push your tongue to the back of your throat and close off your airway,” Rice says. He also recommends avoiding alcohol and caffeine before bedtime and falling asleep in a dark room with white noise such as the sound of a fan, rain or a waterfall. Although sleeping tips are beneficial, Rice says, they will not cure apnea. If someone has indications of apnea or another sleep problem, Nepomuceno suggests starting with a primary care physician or a sleep doctor to arrange an overnight sleep study for a diagnosis.

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“For treatment of sleep apnea, CPAP is the standard of care,” he says. A machine called a CPAP — short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure — provides oxygen through a mask. A mandibular advancement device is another form of treatment, Nepomuceno says, but is best for patients with mild to moderate apnea. The oral appliance is fitted on a patient to move the lower jaw forward so the airway stays open. Patients have come to Rice for an oral device because they are uncomfortable using a CPAP. He has heard them complain about the airflow through the nose, discomfort from the attachment to a machine, marks on the face from the mask and the difficulty of traveling with a CPAP, he says. An oral device has its limitations, too. It can permanently change a person’s jaw position or cause joint pain, Rice says. But typically, the jaw returns to its original position after the appliance is removed, he says. Both doctors agree that a CPAP has a higher success rate. Patients should not consider an oral device until they have tried a CPAP, Rice says. CPAP machines and oral appliances for sleepdisordered breathing fall under medical insurance. All health insurance companies cover CPAP machines, Nepomuceno says. He advises his patients to check with their insurance company to see whether oral appliances are covered. Based on information from several dentists, the price ranges from $1,000 to $3,500 for an oral device and related exams. Rice says he charges $1,200 to $1,500. A CPAP can be bought for less, starting at about $500, Nepomuceno says, although some models cost as much as $2,000. kc

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for Wellness — Fitness Boot Camp with locations in St. Charles and downtown Chicago, says it’s not that hard to gain beautiful arms. Some simple exercises not only can tone all parts of a woman’s arms, but also can help her create more definition in her shoulders and chest.

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Women can gain lean muscles without bulk. But it won’t happen overnight, Hristov says. It takes perseverance and consistency. “I would start women out nice and easy,” he says. “Basically, the knee push-up can be the best for this. It’s an amazing exercise that can do so much for the body and arms.” This modified version 5 Women can purchase dumbbells of the to perform hundreds of variations of classic 3ofIf you don’t have weights or arm exercises from the comfort pushdumbbells at home, you can use their own home. up can household items with weight and a handle to do your exercises, target such as a heavy suit case, iron the or a heavy lead pipe. Photo abdomen, provided shoulders, pectorals and all muscles in the arm depending on

5 Hristo helps Shelly Cannestra of St.North Charles 5Hristov Steve Schwab, owner of CrossFit Wallas she demonstrates exercises for defining and strengthening in Crystal Lake, instructs Chelsey Avila how to do the armsproper of women. push ups on an incline.

where the hands are placed on the floor, Hristov says. It builds core stability and balance, which helps in everyday activities. By doing the exercise correctly, a woman uses her own weight as resistance instead of dumbbells or machines. “You can do them everywhere, and you don’t need any special equipment,” Hristov says. “Some women are self-conscious to go to a gym, so they can just find a spot in their home and get started.” Here’s how to do knee push-ups correctly to get maximum benefits:

Knee Push-Up

1. Get down on the floor on your hands and knees, preferably on carpet or a mat. Your eyes will look down at the floor. 2. Place your hands slightly greater than shoulder-width apart, and keep your knees spread to a comfortable width. 3. Keep your stomach muscles tight and your back completely straight as you move. 4. Bend your elbows

slowly and lower your upper body until your chin reaches your hands or the ground. 5. Push yourself back up to your starting position. 6. Start with one or two sets of five repetitions, depending on your fitness level. Continue doing the exercise two or three times a week until you master it and can go to the next level. Hristov notes that all steps should be done slowly and with control. “You need to make sure you make a straight line from the knee to the shoulder, and don’t push the butt back — it won’t challenge your muscles if you do that,” he says. “This is a phenomenal exercise.” After mastering the knee push-up, women can try the old-fashioned push-up in which a woman’s weight is on her toes and her entire body is used. Hristov also believes that by buying a pair of inexpensive dumbbells — 8 or 10 pounds each — at a local Target, Walmart or other big box store, women can do hundreds of variations of arm exercises a couple times a week in the comfort of their home. Here are two of Hristov’s dumbbell arm exercises:

Standing Bicep Curl

1. Grab a dumbbell in each hand and stand on both feet with your knees slightly bent and unlocked. 2. Keep your hips slightly bent as well and pull your belly button in to maintain a stable core. 3. Start slowly curling both dumbbells at the same time by bending your elbow and lifting up. Curl upwards for two seconds. 4. As you reverse the motion, descending the dumbbells back down, count down for three seconds. This way you will engage more muscle fibers for more muscle tone. 5. Do two to three sets in the beginning, with eight to 12 repetitions for each set.

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together at the top so the ends of the dumbbells touch. 4. As you descend the dumbbells, take them back down to shoulder level. 5. Do two to three sets in the beginning, with eight to 12 repetitions for each set.

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For those who do belong to a gym, weight training also can help get rid of that arm sag. “Weight training is not for guys only,” Hristov says. “When we age, we need more support to our frame, and we need to build more skeletal tissue. Weight training can do that plus so many other things.” Talking with a physical trainer about which machines can help with arms and how to use them would be a great start. “There’s nothing better than an expert to show you the right way so you don’t hurt yourself or not get the results you want,” Hristov says. “You need to start somewhere. The bench press is a great machine.”

Bench Press

1. To properly bench press, as you are lying on the bench, make sure that you have a 6-point contact. Both feet should be flat on the floor (2 points), your knees should be bent and your gluts/lower back should be in a contact with the bench (1 point). Both shoulders should have a solid contact with the bench (2 points) so that when you engage your abdominal muscles, your lower back will not hyperextend or arch. Finally, your head should rest relaxed on the bench (1 point). Use this guide to make sure your body is lying in a solid, stable and safe way. 2. Make sure to push the pin on the lowest level of weights to test it first. You will know if this is too easy. If you can perform eight to 12 repititions and feel you can perform about two to three more before you really get fatigued, that is where you need to be. The last two reps should be challenging but at the same time doable. 3. Maintain proper breathing during this exercise. When you push the weight up, it should take you about 1 second (to produce force) and you will exhale. Hold all the weight at the top for 2 seconds (to stabilize), then start lowering the weight back down, and make sure it takes you 4 seconds (deceleration). 4. After 3 workouts, you should attempt to put the pin at a higher notch to progress. Hristov says he watches women go from one diet to another and then jump from one exercise program to another without really giving each one a chance. His philosophy is that if someone sticks to one program, it will work. They just have to believe in themselves. But he emphasizes that exercise alone without the right nutrition and the right mind won’t do much good — or last. His business of delivering fast, dramatic results through his boot camp is based on the Three Pillars of Higher Level Wellness. This includes customdesigned fitness conditioning, premium nutrition and a mental edge. “The last one is all about how [women] really love and respect themselves. When they start exercising, it’s about not giving up,” he says. “The exercise and nutrition parts are very important. But they really need to tap into their inner self and find their main motivating factor.” This three-part health series will enlist the expertise of sports performance trainers at WOW Fitness Boot Camp in St. Charles to help Kane County women strengthen and tone their bodies. Each month will focus on exercises dedicated to one specific area of the body. September: arms October: Legs November: Stomach kc

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thletes are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before. When two formidable teams compete for a win, the result can be traumatic injury. The focus on sub-specialization in sports also has a downside; when kids play one sports throughout the year, overuse injuries can result. Together, these facts have squarely set the stage for the dramatic rise in sports injuries this country has recently witnessed, particularly in younger athletes. But most injuries are avoidable through prevention. And playing through pain is definitely not the way to go. As any professional athlete will tell you, if you can’t play at 100 percent capacity because of pain or injury, you shouldn’t be out there. “Professionals know they have to be at 100 percent to play,” says Dr. Kevan E. Ketterling, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at Fox Valley Orthopedics. “Kids, however, will often try to play at 70 or 80 percent of their capacity. That’s why we encourage younger athletes to use the same measure as the pros to decide whether or not they should be playing.” Dr. Ketterling and Fox Valley Orthopedics have been part of the STOP Sports Injuries

campaign for the last two years. The campaign’s goal is to focus on sports safety among youth, raise awareness of youth sports injuries, and provide education to athletes – and the coaches and parents who work with them – all in an effort to prevent traumatic and overuse injuries.

to caring for athletes of all ages, OrthoFirst was launched this summer. A walk-in clinic, OrthoFirst provides immediate care for acute orthopedic injuries, giving students, weekend warriors, and active seniors alike immediate access to expert orthopedic medical attention at the time of injury.

“When a tissue is stressed the same way by the same forces over and over again there’s a high risk of failure of that tissue,” says Dr. Ketterling, team physician for the Kane County Cougars. “Variety in play can help decrease the potential for overuse injuries.”

OrthoFirst offers same-day access for treatment of sports and workplace injuries, sprains and strains, broken bones, dislocations, and muscle pain. The new service hopes to simplify the orthopedic care process by immediately connecting patients with the appropriate specialist, reducing the cost, hassle, risk, and long waits in the emergency room.

Play safe and stay strong; follow Dr. Ketterling’s sports injury prevention tips: • Begin with conditioning. The days of playing yourself into shape are over. You must be prepared to play. • Do core strengthening exercises, stretches, and warm ups before you go out on the field… this is the foundation of everything in sports. • Avoid traumatic injuries…wearproper equipment that fits well.

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Through Oct. 7 — “Sirens,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; and 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Fox Valley Repertory, 4051 E. Main St., in St. Charles This is a funny, romantic comedy! The hit of the 2009 Humana Festival of New American Plays, “Sirens” is a sweet look at keeping love alive with a touch of Greek mythology. Tickets are $32 to $42. For tickets or more information, call 630-584-6342 or visit www. Sept. 7 through 22 — “I Hate Hamlet,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at The Albright Theatre, 100 N. Island Ave., Third Floor, in Batavia

The Albright Theatre Company’s 39th season opens in September with “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick. Acclaim from a starring role in a hit TV series; a beautiful girlfriend; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park – Andrew Rally really has it all! Or does he? Andrew’s TV series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and, while everyone else regards Hamlet as the role of a lifetime, he happens to despise it. Tickets are $13 for adults & $10 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 630-406-8838 or visit Sept. 7 — An Evening with Kenny Rogers, 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main St., in St. Charles With hits like “The Gambler” and “Coward of the

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Country,” Kenny Rogers is one of the most successful stars with a career including more than 120 hit singles. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit Sept. 9 through 29 — “The Little Mermaid,” at the Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., in St. Charles Based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson, “The Little Mermaid” will be performed throughout the month of September. For tickets or more information, call 630-587-8521 or visit Sept. 14 though Oct. 7 — “The Sunshine Boys,” by Neil Simon, at the Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., in St. Charles The hilarious reunion of two aging vaudevillians forced to take the stage together one last time for a TV retrospective “History of Comedy” will keep you laughing, start to finish. For tickets or more information, call 630-587-8521 or visit Sept. 14 — Three Dog Night, 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., in St. Charles In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group moved more records, sold more concert tickets or achieved more top 10 hits. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit Sept. 20 to 23 — St. Charles Jazz Festival, in downtown St. Charles The festival will take place at different restaurants in downtown St. Charles. For a full schedule or more information, visit


Ongoing events Through Sept. 19 — South Elgin Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Flower Wagon, 989 W. Spring St., in South Elgin The South Elgin Farmers Market is home to a variety of vendors offering produce, plants, bread and other food items. LINK cards are accepted at the market, which is sponsored by the Sough Elgin Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 847-622-0003 or visit Through Oct. 20 — Sugar Grove Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Sugar Grove Village Hall, 10 Municipal Drive, in Sugar Grove Sugar Grove’s market is of the French variety, operated by Bensidoun USA, and open rain or shine throughout the summer. For more information, call 312-575-0286 or visit Through Oct. 22 — Aurora Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Wilder Promenade, 350 N. River St., in Aurora Join the Aurora Farmers Market at its new location as it celebrates its centennial with weekly special events, special guest visitors, family activities, delectable fresh farm products and much more. The market is at a new For more information, please visit Through Oct. 27 — Batavia Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays on Water Street, between Wilson and First streets, in Batavia Now in its 17th year, the Batavia Farmers Market, which is put on by Batavia MainStreet, tries to enrich small-town community values, stimulate the local economy at a grass-roots level and educate those in the community of the value of wholesome, hand-crafted and nutritionally valuable food. The vendors grow, harvest or produce up to 75 percent of the market’s products, which include produce, baked goods, artisan products, plants, honey, fiber and products derived of animals. For more information, call 630-761-3528 or visit www. Through Oct. 28 — Geneva French Market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, at the Geneva Metra Station parking

lot, on the northwest corner of South and Fourth streets, in Geneva Featuring a wide selection of local produce and other small businesses, the Geneva French Market, which is operated by Bensidoun USA, has 40 vendors each Sunday. For more information, call 312-575-0286 or visit Through Oct. 31 — Geneva Green Market, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at 75 N. River Lane, in Geneva The Geneva Green Market offers food that is locally grown and minimally processed. All the farmers that will be selling their goods live within a 200-mile radius of Geneva. For more information, call 847-501-0430 or visit Through Oct. 31 — St. Charles Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., in St. Charles The market carries certified organic and natural produce, fruit, meat, dairy products, flowers, honey and more. For more information, call 630-584-6680 or visit Through October — Friday Concerts at Noon, Noon on Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., in St. Charles Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles is hosting a Friday noon concert through October. This concert is in conjunction with the farmers market. The musicians will range from high school students to professionals, with a variety of instruments, genres and styles. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Visit for more information.

half marathon and the Fall Final 20 race distances are available. This also is a perfect race for firsttimers to use as a Boston qualifier. To register or for more information, call 630-549-3070 or visit www. Sept. 29 — Harvest Hustle, 8 a.m. at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, in Geneva Experience the new Harvest Hustle All-Terrain 5K Run at Peck Farm Park. Awards will be given to the overall winner and the top three male and female runners in each age division. The pre-registration fee is $34 and onsite registration is $39. Register before Sept. 21 and receive a dry-fit shirt! To register or for more information, visit Sept. 29 and 30 — Pumpkins for a Cure Festival,

on the lawn of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., in Geneva The eighth annual Pumpkins for a Cure Festival will help raise funds for juvenile diabetes and will include kids activities with a performance by Macaroni Soup, pumpkin crafts, a children’s zoo, pony rides, a haunted hayride with story time and much more. Pumpkins and gorgeous mums will be available both days with proceeds benefiting diabetes research. For more event details, visit kc

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New Events Sept. 7 and 8 — Graham’s Chocolates Wine & Chocolate tasting, with tasting times at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. both days at 318 Coffeehouse, 318 S. Third St., in Geneva The 23rd annual event will feature chocolates from Graham’s Fine Chocolates, paired with wines from Gibby’s Wine Den. Live music will be provided by Ann Alee. The cost is $26 a person, and a reservation is necessary. For more information, call 630-232-6655 or visit Sept. 7 through 9 — Festival of the Vine, 4:30 p.m. Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday, in downtown Geneva Don’t miss Geneva’s Festival of the Vine, featuring a vast array of live bands that will please any music fan. For a full schedule or more information, visit www. Sept. 8 — United Fall Fest, 3 p.m. in the Fox Mill Subdivision, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., in St. Charles Don’t miss United Fall Fest, which will feature a bags tournament, live music, talent show and a vintage car show. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit Sept. 8 — Walk for the Goose, 8 a.m. at Windings Association, 42W346 Retreat Court, in St. Charles Take your feet to the trail for 3 miles at this third annual ovarian cancer event. For more information, visit www. Sept. 15 — Kite Festival, 11 a.m. at Peck Farm Fields, 4038 Kaneville Road, in Geneva Bring out your own kite to fly or buy one at Peck Farm Fields. There will be some awesome kite demonstrations with huge kites, vendors and food. Come early, because the first 200 kids will get a free paper kite to color, assemble and fly that day! For more information, visit Sept. 16 — Fox Valley Marathon, 7 a.m. at Illinois and First streets, in downtown St. Charles Free to spectators, this award-winning marathon does require a registration fee for participants. A

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Our town: GENEVA

School’s Out FOreVer?

The city of Geneva has an interesting issue on its hands. Coultrap Elementary School, located at 1113 Peyton St., has sat vacant for years, and Geneva Community Unit School District 304 will have to decide what to do with the property. Jessica Mctague and terry emma, curator/ archivist and executive director of the Geneva History Center, respectively, recently sat down with Kane County Magazine Editor Stephanie N. Grimoldby to talk about the impact the school has had on the community. KC: You mentioned the future of Coultrap elementary School is a big issue in Geneva right now, correct? Mctague: District 304 is considering selling this school, which was built in 1922, ’23, and it’s been vacant since 2008, I believe, so now there’s this quandary of, do they sell it? Do they demolish the building? Which, here in Geneva, we have so many historic buildings that that’s kind of a tough subject for a lot of people, so there’s been a lot of conversation about that. KC: What do people seem to be saying? Mctague: It’s kind of half and half. A lot of people feel that as a historic structure, to keep it up, it just financially is not the right situation, especially for the school district. But a lot of people … obviously have memories invested in the school … . KC: Was Coultrap the only school down here at the time? Mctague: It was the only high school. Well, I shouldn’t say it was the only high school. There was Third Street School, which is actually where the post office is now, and I think it was too small for the time in the ‘20s. They bought the property over on Peyton, and that’s where they built the new high school. And eventually, that [Third Street] school was just demolished, and the post office is built there now. So, it was the high school for 35 years, up until 1958, I believe, and then it turned over to Coultrap Junior High. Originally, it was just Geneva Community High School, and then they dedicated it to Harry Coultrap who was the superintendent of schools for [35 years] … . So, they named that school in his honor … then it remained the junior high for about 10 years, and then it turned over to Coultrap Middle School and remained that way until the ’90s when it turned over to the elementary school. KC: There are no students there today, correct? Mctague: It has only been used as a place where

the board of education meets. It closed in 2008 when Williamsburg Elementary opened. So, it’s sat vacant, and I think that’s where a lot of issues come in … if there was a leak or water damage, nobody would know because no one is in there, and then what kind of repairs and upkeep would need to be done? And financially, is that the way to go, or is it better to just demolish it? KC: Has anything been decided by the school board? have they been meeting on this issue?

something. The same thing happened with Fourth Street School … it was built in 1915, I think, and they repurposed that one. It closed in ’94, and it’s now the district’s administrative home — their offices are there. So, they were able to repurpose that building, but now this one is the next one in question. KC: Has there been any talk from the school district about repurposing this building? have you thought of ways the city could use it? emma: I suggested [the] park district. And there are probably other people who could use such a facility … there’s a gymnasium still in there, two gymnasiums, I believe — it really is a good facility. It has a fireplace in one of the classrooms ... . [It’s] not an active fireplace, but that’s where [two of my daughters] did their cozy little reading, and it just made for a nicer feel of a community school rather than of a cold, hard metal classroom. I’ve thought of different uses for it, and I think they have, too, except for the fact that they closed it for four years … once you close the doors, to reopen, you have to go back and abide by all the sprinklers and regulations Coultrap Elementary School was once and codes. We were grandfathered in as a school while Geneva Community High School. we were open. As soon as we shut the doors, boom — we had to back up and say, OK, now you need to do this, this and this in order to reopen your doors. When you add emma: There have been several meetings … they offered all that on to the deterioration of pipes and whatever else is an opportunity for the community to step forward and just wrong with it — I don’t have all the facts and figures, I think give their feelings on the building. I did speak on behalf of it’s all online through the school district — it is quite a load, the Geneva History Center as well as just people in town. and no one has the wherewithal to do that. It was one of the most used buildings. Growing up here, KC: So, to be fair, it’s a topic where there’s not I’m third generation. My grandmother went to high school necessarily a right or wrong answer, there are there, my parents went to high school there, I was there as people are on both sides of the issue? a middle schooler and my three daughters went there to emma: There are. A lot of the community — there are elementary. And I’m not the only one. It’s reached so many new people, which is great — they might not have that generations because it’s been used over and over and over emotional pull that I might have or other people who again through time. I think there are so many times now have been in the community for a long time and have had that we’re telling stories about previous buildings, and experiences in that building. I get told, “Well, Terry, it’s just a now we wish we could have a visual, and all we have are building and those are just your memories,” and I can’t hold pictures. A lot of regret goes into that — once a building is on. I can understand that. I’m not saying that the building gone, it’s gone. There’s nothing you can do. has to remain as is … all I ask the school board is to just slow Mctague: I think it will be years before they actually down, don’t make any harsh judgments. Let’s be creative decide what to do with it, now that it’s been put out there in and look into what would it take — maybe there are people the public and so many comments have been made about it who would want to help. kc • Our Town features a different person, organization, event or ... . It’s in our minds because a lot of historic buildings have historical landmark in a Kane County community on a rotating been repurposed for other things. I think mostly with the monthly basis. To suggest a topic for an Our Town column, send an school district, they just don’t want to lose that property, email to Editor Stephanie N. Grimoldby at sgrimoldby@shawmedia. but financially it might not be feasible to repurpose that for

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