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  • Heart to heart

    Margitta (Kitty) Rizzo and her granddaughter, Maddy Popp, share a certain kind of heart: a caring one.

    This time, it’s Popp who is in the spotlight.

  • CAM election time

    It’s board of directors election time again.

  • Solar firecrackers visible with upcoming eclipse

    If you view the solar eclipse on August 21, you may be surprised by the awesome sight of “Solar Fire Crackers.”

  • Little Free Library ‘opening’ soon in Sun City

    The Little Free Library movement in Huntley is expanding quickly.

  • Wounded Warrior Project soars to success

    Wounded Warrior Project of McHenry and Lake County had a fun-filled day on June 17, getting to fly radio control simulators and real model airplanes as well as watching scale model and aerobatic radio controlled airplanes and helicopters put on a show.

  • Two snowbirds remember their vacation to “La La Land”

    Sun Citians: If you are now making preparations for next year’s winter escape to warmer climates, here is a brief diary of the Koplos’ (my husband of 48 years and myself) recent 2017 three month stay in Venice, Florida. 

  • Huntley’s Angels

    There is a remarkable group of women who are impacting in our community.

  • 2 types of Alzheimer’s, part III

    Serious memory loss problems experienced in the senior years come under one umbrella term: “dementia.”

    These frustrating situations have a plethora of causes, too. These include bad drug reactions, depression, inadequate diet, consuming too much alcohol, blood clots or tumors in the brain, head injuries, and thyroid, kidney, or liver problems, as well as vascular dementia.

  • Southern fried comedy

    In the small Texas town of Sweetgum, poor Gaynelle has just “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, and now Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Her cousins, Peaches, the number-one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, and Jimmie Wyvette, a rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear, have problems of their own to deal with. But the three Verdeen cousins have committed to throwing their family reunion, and it’s too late to back out now.

  • Hang Your Hat: June 29, 2017

    Letters for the week of June 29.

  • Wrapped in appreciation

    If you served in the military or lived in America’s Vietnam era, you probably remember the controversy, hostility, demonstrations, and even violence that occurred.

    Homecomings for servicemen were often difficult. Returning veterans got chilly, sometimes hostile receptions, not thank yous.

  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

    An estimated 500,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) this year alone. At present, brightfocus.org/ADR explains that AD “is (now) the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America (including cancer and heart disease) that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.” Therefore, it behooves Sun Citians to understand the warning signs of the dreaded disease as found at alz.org/10 signs.

  • Sun City Pilot Honored with Prestigious Wright Brothers Award

    Steven Seaman enlisted for the United States Air Force straight out of high school, before he had ever even taken a plane ride. It was 1965, and Seaman remembers boarding the plane that would take him to bootcamp.

    “I thought to myself, ‘This is pretty neat, these airplane things,’” he said. “I remember the sound of the gears and the flaps coming up.”

  • A Duck Tail

    As spring begins, mother Mallard ducks lay eggs in parks, planters, and other usual spots.

    This year, Sun City resident Gilberto Raffanti and his dog, Basil, discovered a duck nest with six eggs in their own back yard. That discovery was the beginning of an adventure that dominated Raffanti’s life for almost a month.

  • Sew ‘N Sews irons out equipment questions

    Sometimes, good things happen in the most unexpected ways. Just ask Sun City’s Sew ‘n Sews Charter Club.

  • Slowing down Alzheimer’s

    As we age, our brains tend to develop memory loss and daily life cognitive difficulties. Did you know that 5.5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of senior mental decline or dementia? Today Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 80 percent of Americans’ progressive loss in thinking, memory, and behavior.

  • Box Tops effort met with success

    The “Box Tops for Bill” fund-raising effort in Sun City this past spring was unique and successful.

  • Hang Your Hat: June 15, 2017

    Letters for the week of June 15.

  • Waterfall finally restored

    After a six-month repair job and the spending of more than $580,000, the rear waterfalls feature behind Prairie Lodge was reopened on June 2.

  • Theatre Company donates to Food Pantry

    Theatre Company members presented Mary Hardy a $200 check for the Grafton Food Pantry.

  • Was Kilroy here?

    Gather ’round, Sun Citians, and I’ll tell you a tale from World War II.

    If you were a GI in the early forties, you no doubt remember one of the war’s most famous phrases – Kilroy Was Here. On this 46th anniversary of Memorial Day, let us reminisce a little.

  • OLD’S COOL to rock at Trio Grill this Sunday

    The snowbirds are back, and it’s time to rock once again!

  • Route 47 corridor continues expansion

    Huntley’s Route 47 corridor continues to be a popular place for developers and businesses.

    Two projects – a Panera Bread restaurant and a luxury senior apartments facility – are in various stages of review by village officials.

  • New policies affect which positions CAM Board members can hold

    At the Sun City Association board workshop on May 10, the agenda topics were concealed weapon carry rules, election candidate guidelines, tennis courts resurfacing, and Wildflower Lake’s shoreline.

  • Setting the avocado record straight

    A tropical fruit that grows on trees, native to South America and dating back to Inca Indian times, the avocado requires a tropical climate for growth. If temperatures fall below freezing for only one day, its tree will die. As a result, U.S. avocados are grown in the states of California and Florida.

  • Ask an Angel: June 1, 2017

    How is dementia different from Alzheimer’s? Aren’t they the same thing?

  • Belle Aire

    Just how brutal is war? Consider this: you report for combat duty in the army air corps in 1942, and you’re told 82% of you won’t make it back.

    Clarence “Bill” Winchell and 10 of his crew mates beat those odds and came home to tell their harrowing World War II stories when they flew on the legendary “Memphis Belle” B-17F bomber in Europe. Even their plane survived, although it absorbed a few machine gun and flak shells.

  • Relay for Life offers historic sports memorabilla raffle to raise money

    Cancer doesn’t sleep. Likewise, at the annual Relay For Life event, set for the Huntley Park District on June 3 and 4, participants will walk throughout the evening and into the morning to raise money and awareness about a disease that has touched so many Americans, including many in the Huntley and Marengo areas.

  • Prostate cancer risk factors, part 2: Controversial screening debate and cancer/non-cancer treatments

    In April, 2017, the Wall Street Journal, AARP Bulletin, and Northwest Herald reported on the latest positive recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force concerning the use of P.S.A. (prostate specific antigen) testing for men 55 to 69 years of age of average risk and higher risk for developing cancer.

  • Sun City Huntley’s Prairie Singers Spring Concert

    A great afternoon of fun and exhilarating entertainment are yours to enjoy at the Sun City Prairie Singer’s Spring Concert. More than sixty residents of Sun City Huntley join together to produce the exciting and harmonious music. This group has been a part of the entertainment activities of the Sun City community for more than […]