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Styled

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Home staging expert Janine Callahan sets up your home to get it sold PAGE 14

Close-knit care

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Inside Home & Life 8 THE ART OF EXTRAORDINARY Step inside a sprawling estate, Poised on four wooded acres in the heart of the rural and elegantly classic Village of Wayne. 11 NATURE NEWS Veteran architect Gene Grant keeps you in the know with outdoor tips and suggestions in this new monthly feature. 12 LIVING, BY DESIGN Interior dテゥcor expert Michael Grudecki offers options to cozy up your home 14 SETTING THE STAGE Experts offer tips and assistance help to ready your home for the market.

Fashion & Beauty 24 TRIBAL TRENDING Shops and boutiques are filled with tribal-inspired treasures. Capture the look with an array of local fashions and accessories.

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Take a tour of new St. Charles home, with natural dテゥcor features and wise enviromental appointments Photo by Jason Adrian Photography

Family in Focus 28 LOSING CONTROL Family columnist Michelle Stien describes life as a control freak, and why it may be time to let go of the reins.

Health & Fitness 32 RELIEF, REDISCOVERED Alternative therapies gain ground in managing pain. 40 PASSION, FOR COMPASSION At Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation, a family approach to care keeps patients moving toward their goals.

Dining & Entertaining 44 SLテ!NTE Irish pubs boast blend of tradition, camaraderie, and a bold array old world food and drink.

Out & About 54 SOCIAL LIFE Smiling supporters of the arts came out for the opening of ClayMirth: the Nature of Clay, at Fine Line Creative Arts Studio in St. Charles, showing through April 12. 56 ARTIST SHOWCASE Jay Walsh of Fine Line Creative Arts Studio in St. Charles shares his ceramic arts. 58 CALENDAR Lectures and art exhibits, live music, films and more fill the calendar this month, across the county.

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Homebodies unite! This month we celebrate the spaces where we live – the rooms where we stretch out or sit in, concoct elegant dinners and order pizzas, and retreat after a long day, or enjoy a free weekend. And in the March issue of Kane County Magazine, we’ve got all you need to make that space a joy to call your own. Designers share the hottest trends and newest styles in home décor. Home staging expert Janine Callahan shares her experience setting the scene for a home to sell. And local interior designer Michael Grudecki offers his tips on cozying up your space. Looking for something with a bit of grandeur? We take you to a wooded Wayne estate, where equestrian paths meet with lush foliage to complement an exquisitely designed quintessential Wayne home with gorgeous spots for outdoor entertaining.

from an injury or illness, the surrounding environment is key to a healthy recovery. We stop in at Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation to find out more about the therapy they offer and the atmosphere they provide. MAGAZINE

Rounding out the issue we hit you with the hottest spring fashion finds, and offer up some great spots in the area for corned beef and cabbage along the way. Home is where the heart is, and this month, find it here, in Kane County Magazine. Thanks for reading -

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COMMITED TO COMMUNITY

Kristen Johnson helps build up Batavia through work and volunteerism By MELISSA RISKE

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hen it comes to describing Kristen Johnson the words passion and compassion arise early in the conversation.

Whether she is tackling a problem for a tenant during the wee hours of the morning for her job as a property manager with Batavia Enterprises, or her volunteering at local nonprofit organizations, she has demonstrated her dedication to her job and her community. “She is just amazing at what she does,” says Julie Bletzinger, a project manager at Batavia Enterprises. Bletzinger says Johnson is a mentor, not only at work but for her dedication in and around the community. From her leadership with the Batavia Women in Business Council to her many volunteer positions with nonprofit agencies in the area.

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“I have just huge respect for her and everything she does,” Bletzinger says.

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One of those things was her return to school as an adult, earning bachelor and master degrees while working full time and raising a young son. “I needed to do that,” Johnson explains. “I needed to better myself and better how I serve my job. I think it is so important.” Johnson says having faced challenges as a child and young adult inspires her to help others in her community. She lends her time to the Batavia United Way, serving as a board member for the Batavia United Way and helping coordinate the organization’s Adopt A Family program, which assists local families during the holidays.

“I think having ‘been there, done that,’ helps bring my compassion out,” Johnson says. She inspired her co-workers to forgo presents for each other and instead used the money to support a local family with gifts and other necessities during the holiday season. Bletzinger says it is just another example of how Johnson is dedicated to helping others. “She doesn’t just do community outreach, she puts her heart into it,” Bletzinger says. Johnson also is involved with the Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, dedicating her time to the organization and the board where she is currently serving a term as president. “It has been so easy to volunteer for local organizations,” Johnson said. “They make you want to be a part of it.” And it is that same passion and compassion that drives Johnson in her day, and sometimes night job as the property manager at Batavia Enterprises. She manages 24 commercial/ industrial buildings and she knows her more than 250 tenants by name. “I take pride in knowing my buildings,” Johnson said. “I’ve been doing [property management] for so long, it’s nice to wake up in the mornings and still want to do it. She is quick to credit her staff, in the office and in the buildings, for handling issues big and small as quickly as possible. “We’re a team,” Johnson said. “I still have so much to learn and I learn something new every day.”

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Large unfettered windows open the living room to the gorgeous green that surrounds the home, enhancing its spacious, almost conservatory-like design.

The Art of Extraordinary

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oised on four wooded acres in the heart of the rural and elegantly classic Village of Wayne, this sprawling estate offers alluring amenities encased in exquisite

design.

Each room transitions seamlessly into the next, its open and spacious floor plan an ideal fit for today’s modern lifestyle. Five

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bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths provide ample space for family and guests alike. A screened-in porch and outdoor patio offer a daily chance to connect with the lush foliage of the surrounding grounds – natural spaces which seem almost to reclaim the home as a continuation of itself. From the equestrian paths to the natural

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spaces this property offers a peaceful oasis in the midst of encroaching suburbia. This extraordinary home and the surrounding grounds are the quintessence of Wayne, and define an idyllic space for entertaining and raising a family. Residents enjoy charming shops, historic character, genuine friendliness, and a laid-back approach to life.

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This 8,700 square foot home in Wayne is listed at $1,995,000, and boasts five bedrooms, five full baths, three half-baths, sauna and fitness room, oversized garage and lush outdoor spaces.

An intimately cozy seating area in the family room complements a grand stone hearth, creating an instant attraction for those reading a book, sharing a game or engaging a conversation.

That airy design continues upstairs, where halls and rooms flow into each other without restriction, open to the spaces below.

The dining room is vast and uncomplicated, flanked by bright windows and elegant columns that open to the rest of the floor for superior entertaining.

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The high ceilings and bright windows make the natural light in this home one of its grandest features.

A private wine cellar is a treasured amenity on this Wayne estate.

Other amenities include the brick paver driveway, oversized three-car garage and a private Wayne location. Photos provided.

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Looking Forward To

SPRING

Hello Kane County! I am honored to be writing for Kane County Magazine and will try to educate you with a number of tidbits and related green items for you to improve your outdoor areas. The column will have monthly calendar items to prepare your yard and garden for the month ahead along with addressing your landscape questions you may have. So let’s get started:

MARCH LANDSCAPE CALENDAR

• Remove all burlap screens or tree wraps that were put around plants to protect them last fall. • Start any seeds for annuals and vegetables indoors – check individual seed packets for exact timing. • Rake and clean left over debris from fall and winter on your lawn and in your planting beds. • Prune back any perennials and ornamental grasses left for winter interest. • When soil conditions are right neither too soggy or too dry, start tilling the vegetable garden and plant cool season plants like lettuce, snap peas, spinach, and radishes. • Trim back raspberry canes and grapevines. • Trim autumn flowering clematis vines to 12 inches. • Mulch and add compost to your plant beds. Used coffee grounds can be spread them around your plants near sidewalks. The coffee grounds will combat the salt exposure to your plants over winter • Fertilize the plant material in your landscape beds.

FERTILIZING FOR FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS

Fertilizing your garden is essential to maintaining healthy plants. Plants require about a dozen different nutrients for growth. The three main nutrients needed in the largest quantities are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. Nitrogen promotes healthy leaf growth by stimulating the production of chlorophyll. Phosphorous aids in the development of roots, stems, blossoms and fruit. Potassium aids plants digest and manufacture food. Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium, or N-P-K are the prominent three that all plants need. On the fertilizer package a 20-20-20 mix means that each of the chemical elements contribute 20% by weight to the total formula. The remaining 40% is composed of inert materials and trace elements. The fertilizer percentages vary to suit different needs. Such as a 15-30-15 fertilizer will promote and support flower development because of the higher phosphorous content. When purchasing fertilizer, make sure you are selecting the nutrients that your garden needs. My regards, and have a great spring!

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LIVING BY

DESIGN

Cozy up in a home filled with with Michael Grudecki warmth and comfort Winter may be on its way out the door, but spring’s earliest days still can offer a chill. It’s times like these you want to snuggle up in your favorite chair with a mug of coffee and a good book, or share the couch with a blanket with your family. Creating a warm and cozy home is more than simply turning up the thermostat. Cozy rooms are reflected in those things that fill them up. In the family room, sofas with down-filled cushions, and lots of throws and pillows invite relaxation and comfort. Chairs that offer pillow-like, higher arms are great places to nestle. Fabric is at center stage in any cozy room – think soft chenille, rich velour and even velvet for your furniture and accents. Ottomans are essential, to prop your feet and get comfortable, or to use for game night, for video gaming, or to store those favorite blankets and throws. Keep the warmth and comfort as you move throughout the home with a palette of browns and other earthy colors. In a library

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Setting the

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Home stagers combine expertise in design and marketing, to help sellers create an attractive, de-personalized presentation, intended to showcase the home’s features.

Tips and assistance help to eady your home for the market By ELIZABETH HARMON

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he groundhog might have predicted more winter, but the spring and summer real estate market is about to bloom.

Tradition holds that for many buyers, househunting season kicked off the weekend following the Super Bowl. “It’s still a buyers market, so it’s important to appeal to what they’re looking for,” says Carrie Sebold, broker’s associate with Baird and Warner, Fox Valley located in St. Charles. What do buyers want? A well-cared for home that is in the best condition possible, Sebold says. Though when it comes to preparing a home for the market, the task can feel overwhelming. “People don’t always maintain their homes on an ongoing basis, then they decide to sell and start over because it’s going to cost so much to make

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the repairs. But those are things that are going to come out in the inspection and the seller will end up having to fix them anyway. If you have cracked windows, broken seals, electrical issues, these are all things you want to get taken care of before listing,” she says. Preselling inspections can alert sellers to potential problems. “The goal is to have a buyer come in and see a well-maintained house and say ‘I have to buy it.” If your home needs updating, consult your real estate agent about where to invest your home improvement dollars. “Keep in mind that the most important rooms are the kitchen and family room, and the master suite, so if you have to focus on anything, put your effort in there.” HOME & LIFESTYLE

When it comes to major improvements, such as a new kitchen, Sebold advises using caution. “It depends on what other homes in the area look like, and what the seller wants to get for the home. If you have white appliances and Formica countertops and everyone else has granite and stainless, you might be better off putting money into the updates. It can be cheaper in the longrun then to take a lower price.” To maximize your home’s appeal, consider using a home stager. Janine Callahan, owner of Show Homes of Fox Valley in St. Charles, describes home staging as a valuable marketing tool. “We’re not HGTV, and we’re not decorating, and it’s not just throwing a chair, a lamp and a plant in a room,” she says. kanecountymagazine.com


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To achieve that, Callahan evaluates rooms to find the best features and downplay potential objections, such as dated wallpaper, worn carpet, or paint colors that might not appeal to buyers. “If someone has a purple laundry room, we’ll suggest they repaint. We want to remove potential objections,” she says.

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Often she will recommends rearranging a room to emphasize its structural attributes. “Often a living room is oriented toward the TV, but what’s going to sell your home are not the electronics, it’s the fireplace and the view,” she says. What matters most is making a good first impression because buyers can form an emotional attachment in as little as ten seconds. “You don’t wear flip-flops to the prom, you dress to the nines. Why would you put your house up for sale and not show it in the best light?”

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This new, custom-designed home in St. Charles is adorned with a host of naturally-inspired features and environmentally conscious technology. At 4,300 square feet, it is listed at $843,800.

The gourmet kitchen is punctuated by warm rich woods and rustic stacked slate, which accents the island and the mantel. Photos by Jason Adrian Photography

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his custom-designed Southampton home features four large bedrooms on the second floor, boasting vaulted ceilings, and an expansive loft. The oversized Master Suite invites relaxation, it’s bath complete with walk-in shower and spa-style amenities.

stacked slate, which accents the island and the mantel.

theater room or even a custom bar to feed your thirst for entertaining.

The oversized mudroom on the main floor serves as a laundry room as well, perfect for today’s busy family, and offers with access to the deck overlooking both the yard and the acres of open green space which surround it.

Built by Southampton, this new home is outfitted with the hottest of energy-saving features – added insulation, water-saving plumbing fixtures, a high-efficiency furnace,

The gourmet kitchen is adorned with the finest in appliances from Sub Zero and Wolf

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Rich wood flooring flows throughout this home, complementing the stylishly modern use of natural elements - marble countertops, iron rail accents, and stone facades.

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On-trend

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he new year ushers in a new era of home decor by welcoming an “anything-goes� attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.

It can be easy to go overboard when blending multiple patterns, accents and colors all under one roof. Follow these simple tips to create a well-appointed home:

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The “new” neutral: Tranquil tones, especially white, offer a timeless backdrop against pops of vibrant colors and eclectic furnishings to create a space that’s visually interesting without being overwhelming. In the kitchen, glass front appliances in a cool white finish are especially prevalent in niche, high-end markets, but you can also achieve this look by having walls and cabinets painted or refinished in a variation of this hue. Installing creamy white fixtures can also help bring this aesthetic home.

In-check tech: Add smart features in areas that work best for your family, while being sure to keep things simple in parts of the home where technology may not always be desired. An electronic thermostat that can be operated remotely can help increase your home’s overall efficiency.

Punctuate sparingly: With neutrals expected to dominate the color landscape, there’s a growing interest in incorporating bold patterns throughout the home, whether isolated on an area rug or highlighted in the tiles on your kitchen backsplash. Bold accent colors, such as skydiver blue, lemon zest and even stark black are also becoming more prominent and will add intrigue to muted palettes.

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Spring-prep steps

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With some simple maintenance of existing windows and skylights – and replacing older models – it’s possible to improve your home’s

Modern skylights are as durable and efficient as today’s top-quality windows, so maintenance requirements are relatively minimal on newer models. Start by cleaning glass thoroughly. Soak the skylight glass with clean water and mild soap to loosen dirt and debris. Use a mild, non-abrasive glass cleaner and a soft brush or

hen spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of winter to get through. You can use that time wisely to ensure all your home’s windows, skylights and doors are in good working order – and ready for action when spring arrives.

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pad to clean the glass, and immediately remove the cleaning solution with a squeegee or lint-free cloth. Never use metal scrapers, blades or knives as they can scratch or damage glass. If your skylights have pre-finished wood frames, inspect them every year before spring and look for signs of peeling, cracking or fading that will need to be re-finished. Re-finish or re-paint as needed following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Check to ensure all exterior fasteners are secure, and that cladding and flashing are free of excessive wear or scratches. Immediately replace damaged claddings and flashings. kanecountymagazine.com


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Spring is in the air and applied to her nails, with Iced Coral Shellac.

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Angela is a nurse and mom with a case of “Spring Fever!” Highlights and low lights of golden tones achieve a warm compliment to her skin tone. Five inches came off her length and layers added fullness. The hairstyle with curls created a fun spring bounce.

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It goes without saying I am a “Type A” kind of gal. I make to-do lists and fervently cross things off of them as I get them done. Then, I make another to do list because, as much satisfaction as I get out of crossing those things off, I hate the mess it creates on my beloved list. Not to mention the fact that I am constantly adding on to my list of things to do. I am a glutton for stability. I don’t like change, or the unknown. I like to plan out how things are going to go for the next week, month and three to five years. I’m not adventurous or spontaneous in any way, because that would mean I don’t have control over the situation and that makes me break out in hives. I like things done “my way” and would rather take on a task myself to make sure it is done to my liking than ask for help. For example, my husband has offered numerous times to help with laundry, but I know full well if he does it, I’ll end up re-doing it because it isn’t how I do it. Then, I get stressed out that I have too much to do and it is all self-imposed. Despite my constant efforts at organization, my house is usually in the constant state of chaos. I feel like a hamster on a wheel with the constant dishes, laundry, dusting and general cleaning up after two kids, a husband, a dog and a cat. I never feel like the house is clean all at once and when it is, it only lasts for a few moments before all hell breaks loose. I obsess over the fact that no one in my family can put a pair of shoes on the conveniently located shoe rack right inside our door. I lose my mind over the pajamas that are left wherever my daughter decides to disrobe in the house. And don’t get me started about finding Legos in a bin that is not designated specifically for Legos. It really is rather sad when I stop to think about

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it, but let’s face it; there are a lot of us out there. I’m not the only one beating myself up for not having things just right. Here’s the worst part; for those of us doing this that have children, you know full well that few things ever go as planned or are within our complete control. No wonder we’re all nuts.

My friend recently shared a blog with me about how we clean our houses like crazy ladies before we have our friends over, even for a simple cup of coffee. The blog “Dugans Incahoots” writes, “If I have to clean for three hours before you come over…we can’t be friends. We just can’t.” Oddly, my friend shared this with me the day after I had her and some other girlfriends over for a casual gathering. As much as I told myself that these women know me inside and out, know that my life is chaotic and have seen my house in the middle of the day in the midst of life when toys are strewn about, macaroni and cheese is stuck to the wall, dishes are in the sink and my kids are still in their jammies, I still felt the need to scrub, straighten and remove all evidence that anyone actually lives here. In the end, as long as I provided snacks, booze and good company, there was not need to make my house look like a page out of Better Homes and Gardens. Like our bodies, women compare our homes to what we see in magazines, forgetting that those homes were staged for a photo shoot and likely took two solid weeks to clean in preparation. I could, likely, uphold such standards if my children had no` toys and I locked them in a closet during their waking hours. But that’s just no way to live. If my kitchen isn’t messy, it means I’m not cooking meals for my family. If my daughter’s backpack isn’t emptied on the kitchen table, she’s not doing homework. If there aren’t toys lying around, they aren’t playing and having

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fun. That’s life. My friends and I have made a vow to simply knock off the need to impress each other. While we are more than willing to stage an intervention should a hoarding situation occur, there is no need to fret about mail on the countertops, dishes in the sink or crumbs on the floor. It really is the least we could do for our nearest and dearest friends. Now, preparing for when our mothers come over…. that’s a whole different story.

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At Fox Chiropractic Center in Geneva Owner David Di Iorio gives each patient seeking relief a complete history with an objective examination, focuses on the origin of pain to reduce inflammation.

“Every individual has different problems and can respond differently,” Di Iorio says. “Everyone is a specific individual, you can’t treat everyone the same. You can’t cookie cutter it.”

“The body is under the control of your nervous system,” Di Iorio says. “Your brain and spine feel the pain.”

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are what most often brings people to Elements Massage. But Burge is quick to tout the preventative health care benefits of massage, as opposed to just coming in when pain persists. Massage can increase circulation, release toxins in the muscles and reduce muscle spasms and cramping among other benefits. “It’s really good for the overall health and wellness of the individual,” Burge says.

“It’s natural, it’s drug free, it’s non-invasive and it’s a humanistic approach,” Burge says. Stress and tension can lead to pain, and

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Ruck It Up! Strap on a backpack filled with extra weight and get out and walk!

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o you love boot-camp workouts? What about hitting all of your major muscle groups with military precision? Well, you can do it on a hike — Ruck-style. A Ruck March, also called a “forced march” or a “hump” involves walking at a fast clip over rugged terrain with a weighted backpack. The added resistance works your body harder and burns more calories.

Tips to get started: Incrementally build: Put on hiking shoes, strap on a weighted rucksack (or regular backpack) and head out for the trails. Seek areas with rugged terrain and hills. In the beginning, start with a lightweight pack of 10 lbs. and just do a few miles. As your body gets used to the weighted hike, incrementally increase your load, miles and hiking speed. How to add weight? Try hand weights wrapped in towels, bricks wrapped in towels or even sealed water jugs. Cross-train: If you want to improve your Ruck March, the solution is threefold: train your major muscle groups, condition that ticker and work on your stamina and endurance. Cross-train with running, core exercises and weight training to prepare

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Free March Events your body to carry weight, keep form and tackle hills. A strong core is essential to avoid injury on the trail. Carry the rucksack closer to your body, and the reduced sway will diminish the strain to your back muscles.

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Go “Biggest Loser:” Have you seen the TV show “The Biggest Loser” where contestants strap on the weight they’ve lost and go out on a hike? Yes, that’s a Ruck March. They carry the extra weight so they can realize how much lighter they feel, and remember how challenging it was to carry it around in the past. You can challenge yourself by adding the weight you’ve lost on your next hike. Not only will it increase your total body workout, but you’ll also get a mental reminder that you don’t want those extra pounds to come back.

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Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation embraces family approach to care By SHERRI DAUSKURDAS

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environment to put your mind at ease.

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Nestled just outside of Geneva’s quaint downtown district, Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation offers both short-term nursing and medical rehabilitation, as well as long-term care to residents, including dementia care.

That approach begins before the resident enters the front doors of Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation. Since most residents come to the center after a stay at a local hospital, staff at the center is ready and waiting for its new residents. The entire team meets with the family and the patient upon arrival, ensuring everyone is working toward the same goals, offering a family-focused approach to care.

“Our goal is always to get the individual back home and to their daily routines,” says Scott Hochstadt, who oversees the center. “But while they are here, we want them to feel as much at

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“We really understand what our community needs. We’re plugged in.” -Rebecca Fritz, director of nursing

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Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation, a BRIA Health Services location, is small and family-owned. Staff is local, living mostly in the Tri-Cities, and visiting physicians work in the community. That all translates to more one-to-one interaction, more direct contact between patients and caregivers, and more effective care. “We really understand what our community needs,” says director of nursing Rebecca Fritz. “We’re plugged in.” Family members are encouraged to attend therapy sessions, which run seven days a week, all day long.

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“Here, we build the therapy plan and schedule around the individual,” says Maria Mikulska, therapy director. “Some folks can’t handle a long therapy session, so we break up the treatment into smaller sessions, several times throughout the day.” The dietary team meets with each individual to set up a personalized meal plan. A registered dietician is on-site daily to ensure every resident and guest has what they like and what they need.

“We had one woman who stayed with us, and her husband came early every morning for breakfast with her,” recalls Fritz. “It was their ‘thing,’ something they had always shared, and he never missed a morning.” Safe and secure indoor walking paths have been designed, particularly for memory-care residents. Activities are often in play in the dining halls, as are musical performances and visits from neighborhood school groups.

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The intimate and family focused environment at Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation is echoed in the surroundings – carpet on the floors, art on the walls, and rooms filled with personal comforts brought from home. Photo by Jodi Michelle Photography.

“We are changing the conversation about skilled nursing care and rehabilitation.” -Evan Lafer, director of business developement Continued from page 41 By offering places to visit family members, hosting family-centered activities, and focusing on the individual, Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation is “making a tough stage of life more comfortable,” says Evan Lafer, director of business development for BRIA Health Services. Also at the core of the Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation philosophy is not just getting them home, but ensuring they stay home. To that end, restorative nursing focuses on the activities of daily living, and therapy is tailored to the patient’s home situation. Family members or other caregivers are brought into the conversation. 42 | MARCH 2014 | KANE COUNTY MAGAZINE

From the moment you arrive, your team is on hand to discuss your concerns and plan your care. They stay with you, every step of the way. Photo by Jodi Michelle Photography. “What is this person’s home environment? What does it look like? If there are four stairs she has to climb to get in the front door, we’re going to make sure she is able to do so before she leaves us,” says marketing director Shannan Bybee. “It becomes a direct part of her therapy.” And when it’s time to return home, the center’s social worker meets with family members to prepare, and to help organize home health care if it’s needed. The staff also offers home evaluations to families where residents will

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be returning, and can offer valuable advice, suggestions for the home, and even a kind ear to listen to their worries or frustrations. “Family is our business,” Lafer explains. “We are their home away from home for the short-term, and we are changing the conversation about skilled nursing care and rehabilitation.”

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Alvers offered the following advice: } In the kitchen focus on decluttering, especially all those pots and pans, kitchen tools and junk drawers. “Sometimes you just put things back after using them, but is it in the best place?” Alvers says. “Now is the time to reorganize. Some things that are not used so often can be put on higher or lower shelves.” Don’t forget the fridge and especially the freezer, where expired and old food can be a safety issue. } The medicine cabinet is the main focus of spring cleaning in the bathroom. Contact your local pharmacy to learn about community drug take-back programs and how to dispose of old medications properly. Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so. } In the bedroom, “clean any papers or old magazines on countertops or under beds, which can be a huge fire hazard,” Alvers says. Take some time to organize closets that may be bursting with clothes and shoes shoved in over the past few months. If possible, reorganize clothes and shoes for the season.

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Claddagh in Geneva is one of several tri-city Irish pubs that invite you to observe your celebratory rites within its welcoming walls. Photos by Jason Adrian Photography


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Irish pubs boast blend of tradition, camaraderie By YVONNE BENSON

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he Feast Day of Saint Patrick is a festival of the introduction of Christianity to Ireland. It is celebrated with a boisterous joviality that almost seems counterintuitive to the pious origins of the holiday. History has been redefined and the floodgates shatter for local Irish pubs and restaurants in March to allow for celebratory observances of Saint Patrick’s Day. Claddagh in Geneva is one of several tricity Irish pubs that invite you to observe your celebratory rites within its welcoming walls. “I guess the biggest thing is that it’s cozy,” Director and General Manager Mike Prusak says. “It’s a comfy feeling. It’s relaxing. You walk into an Irish pub and you should feel at home. The décor and the fireplaces make you feel like ‘Man, I want to relax here.’” Claddagh tries to tie together different regions of Ireland in their pub. “There are wood beams everywhere and the Gothic Room that’s styled after a pub that would be on the east of Ireland,” Prusak explains. “On the right, you have the lighter wood and open spaces and it’s like the west side of Ireland. Different regions, just like here. We have the Library area, the Cottage area, and the Gothic area. They give off different histories and vibes.”

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Prusak admits that although Claddagh strives for some authenticity that there are also American elements. “It’s more or less bigger than a pub in Ireland. It’s more of an Americanized pub. It can’t be everything that’s in Ireland. It also can’t be everything that’s American. It’s really four or five different kinds of pubs combined.” Claddagh has many traditionally Irish menu items in which they take a lot of pride; however, Prusak described a menu item that combines American and Irish traditions: “We have a burger that comes with a Dublin Irish Cheddar and rasher Irish Bacon, egg, and tomato relish. It’s very similar to ketchup here, except it’s chunkier. We make it in house. It’s an American burger with a lot of Irish ingredients on it.” The ambience at McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub in downtown St. Charles is similar, but more intimate. Owner Shay Clarke explains, “It’s an Irish atmosphere – a comfortable welcoming atmosphere.” We say things like the ‘Craic was great at McNally’s’, which means it was great fun.” Both Claddagh in Geneva and McNally’s in St. Charles have enough Irish character to carry you through Saint Patrick’s Day (or any day, for that matter). Between the themed rooms at Claddagh and the craic at McNally’s,you can eat and drink your heart out to the patron saint of Ireland! DINING & ENTERTAINING

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VINCE BALISTRERI is general manager and sommelier at Niche Restaurant in Geneva. He offers his expertise in the wine industry to the Kane County community.

Two of my favorite things in the world are wine and fish. But it wasn’t always that way. When I first got into wine I was only drinking big heavy red wines and I didn’t like pairing them with fish. I felt I had to choose between the two, and wine won the battle. Meats became the major player on my personal menu, and fish was put on the sideline. Sorry, Charlie. But as years have gone by, my pallet has evolved, and I now prefer smoother easier flavors from my wine. Fish fits right back in.

I will be the first one to tell you that fish pairs most easily with white wine, and almost never goes with red if you are trying for the perfect complement. But I also will tell you that if you like red wine, and it taste fines to you, then who cares what it “pairs” with? Make yourself happy! However, it is in my profession to guide

people to that perfect pairing.

Consider most flavors of fish – light, delicate, not overpowering, and a little gamey. A red wine, for the most part, offers a stronger flavor then its white counterpart. Longer time in a barrel, tannins, and even the specific varietal of grape contribute to this difference. There are exceptions to both fish and wine, of course. Take tuna for instance. It is a nice, meaty fish with a ton of flavor. Not your basic white fish, it holds up well to medium and short-bodied red wines such as Pinot Noir and some Grenache. And while I attest there is a wine for every fish, there are some safe bets and easy steps to consider when pairing the two. Think of the whole meal, and not just the fish. For instance, if you are going to do use a light fish, such as tilapia, and use a lot of citrus you might consider a Sauvignon Blanc, and more

specifically one from New Zealand. That style boasts great tropical fruit elements that will meld well with the whole dish. Another great example is one of my favorite types of fish, the Monk Fish. Known for its lobsterlike flavor and texture, Monk Fish, like lobster, goes best with bowl of melted butter. So you want to think of a wine that offers a buttery flavor on the pallet, like a heavily-oaked Chardonnay.

There are all kinds of styles, and practice makes perfect, but try to just break down the flavors you are cooking with, or the flavors in the wine and somewhat match them up. It is not as hard as people think. It’s just about knowing the flavor profiles and pairing them together, as you would with any other food. You wouldn’t pair bologna and chocolate, after all, since you know that would likely taste awful.

To get you started, here is a list of different fish and some good varietals: TUNA: California Pinot Noir CRAB: Napa Chardonnay, or Champagne WALLEYE: French Viognier SWORDFISH: Paso Robles Grenache, or Roussanne COD: French Roussanne or White Rhone Blend OYSTERS: Champagne SCALLOP: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc BASS: French Chablis As you sample these, take the time to notice the flavors and how they complement each other. Then try it yourself, and you’ll be swimming in perfectly paired dinners in no time!

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showcase JAY WALSH | Elgin CERAMIC Photos of works of art by Jay Walsh, currently on display in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center. Jay Walsh of Elgin is a ceramic artist, teacher, and head of the ceramics department at Fine Line Creative Arts Studio in St. Charles. With a focus on classical forms and combined pieces, Jay creates beautifully non-traditionally glazed works of art which reflect his Chinese, Japanese, and Arts and Crafts movement influences. As a member of the pottery group ClayMirth, Jay has several beautiful pieces on display during the group’s show, “ClayMirth: The Nature of Clay,” through April 12, in the Kavanagh Gallery on the Fine Line campus. For information on classes, gallery exhibits and more, visit www.fineline.org.

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MARCH EVENTS In Kane County ONGOING AWESOME ART AFTERNOONS 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays at Water Street Studios, at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia and 117 W. Main Street in St. Charles Be creative with activities that include drawing, coloring, pasting and painting. Assorted art supplies provided at no charge. Best for ages 3 and older. For more information, call 630-761-9977 or visit www.waterstreetstudios.com THROUGH MARCH 9 NEW PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL at Vero Voce, at 951 State Ave., Suite F, in St. Charles This production offers up and coming playwrights the opportunity to have their one act plays produced and performed on Vero Voce’s live stage. Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, call 630-584-0139 or visit verovoce.com. THROUGH APRIL 12 “THE NATURE OF CLAY: A DELIGHTFUL DISPLAY” at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, at 37W570 Bolcum Road in St. Charles This show features the works of ClayMirth, a group of potters from the area. Their diverse works reflect natural influences on the creative process with a unique collection of sculptural and functional ceramics, including wall pieces and tiles. Free admission. For more information, call 630-5849443 or visit www.finline.org MARCH 1 & 2 FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CRAFTS AT THE DUPAGE EXPO at 4050 E. Main Street in St. Charles March 15 – Gordon Lightfoot 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

MARCH 20, 21, 22 & 23 BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. at Playhouse 38, at 524 W. State Street, Suite 1, in Geneva “Be our Guest” and step into the enchanted world of Belle and the Beast. This stage version features music from the Academy Award-winning animated feature. For tickets and more information, call 630232-4542. MARCH 22 HERITAGE DAY 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at Peck Farm Park, at 4038 Kaneville Road in Geneva Celebrate Peck Farm Park’s history. Activities include candle dipping, butter making, cow milking, crafts, lawn games, wool spinning and basket weaving demos, sheep herding, hayrides on the prairie if weather permits) and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org. MARCH 22 WINE, CHEESE AND TREES FUNDRAISER 7 p.m. at Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, at 3507 Kaneville Road in Geneva This fundraiser offers six wines paired with cheese and appetizers, art displayed by The Art Box, live music, a “wine wall,” and numerous silent auction items. Hosted by The Natural Resources Committee of Geneva and Western Avenue Elementary School’s Get Up and Grow Committee. Tickets are $25 each. For more information, email Jay Womack at jwomack@wrdenvironmental.com.

Referred to as “Canada’s greatest songwriter,” singer/storyteller Lightfoot’s hits include If You Could Read My Mind, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Sundown, and Rainy Day People. Tickets start at $39. For tickets and more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.

MARCH 23 PROJECT TWO MUSIC ROCKIN’ THE HITS OF BROADWAY 5 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles Hear a variety tunes from the stage musical “Jersey Boys,” disco favorites from “Mamma Mia,” favorite 80s rock anthems from “Rock of Ages,” and more. There’s a song for everyone! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under. For tickets and more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.

MARCH 16 ACAPPELLAGO: ESCAPE TO CRITICAL MASS 4 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Batavia, at 21 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia Acappellago, the western suburbs’ leading volunteer a cappella chorus, performs several very different Mass compositions in this concert. Tickets are $17 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call 708-484-3797 or visit www.acappellago.org.

MARCH 27 THOROUGH MAY 18 CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN AT THE FOX VALLEY REPERTORY THEATER AT PHEASANT RUN RESORT at 4051 E. Main Street in St. Charles One of the best-loved American memoirs captures the trials, tribulations and sheer amusement recounted by the children of efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth during the 1920’s. Laugh the night away with this humor-filled look into the

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life of a family who often served as the subjects of their fathers’ motion studies. It is a coming-of-age story about rebellion and reconciliation, love and laughter, selfishness and sacrifice. Tickets start at $32. For tickets and more information, call 630584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org. MARCH 29 5K SPRING GALLOP 8:30 a.m. at Blackberry Farm, at 100 S. Barnes Road in Aurora Start the running season with this CARA-certified run/walk on a course that combines paved trails of the Virgil Gilman Trail and loops around Lake Gregory. This race is for ages 10 and up. Advance registration is $25 for CARA members, $29 for nonmembers; race day registration is also available. To register and for more information, visit www. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. MARCH 29 EARTH HOUR 2014 7 p.m. at the Batavia East Side Community Center, at 14 N. Van Buren Street in Batavia Turn on the lights and come play in the dark at this annual event. Scheduled activities include games for kids of all ages, storytelling, yoga by candlelight, drum circle, stargazing and more. Free admission. For more information, visit the Batavia Environmental Commission’s Facebook page. MARCH 29 & 30 SPRINGTIME ON THE FARM 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Primrose Farm, at 5N726 Crane Road in St. Charles Participate in this year’s spring living history kick off by planting potatoes, broadcasting oats or white washing the barn. Learn what life was like on the farms in your forefathers’ time. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free but advance registration required. For more information and to register, call 630-513-4370 or visit www.primrosefarmpark.com. MARCH 31 CLASSIC MOVIE MONDAY: “THE WIZARD OF OZ” 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora Enjoy this family classic with Dorothy, Toto, the scarecrow, the tin man, the cowardly lion and the Wicked Witch, on the big screen. Admission is $1. For more information, call 630-896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.

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