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  • In a heartbeat

    In the middle of the night, 28 year-old Cindy Heigl found herself having emergency surgery without anesthesia to replace a faulty pacemaker. Awake, bruised, and scared, she uttered the only prayer she could muster: “Help me, help me, God,” Then, “Fix me, fix me…”

    Now, Heigl’s book, In a Heartbeat: My Miraculous Experience of Sudden Cardiac Arrest recounts her experience in 2014 when a wire in her pacemaker broke, causing her to flatline twice, for nearly 5 minutes.

  • No milling around

    Practicing extravagant tap dancing, incorporating live music, and sustaining a vibrant crew and cast, the Theatre Company of Sun City is as determined as Millie herself as they take on their spring production.

  • Radioactive

    You’ve seen them onstage, but now you can enjoy their performances from anywhere in the world.

    The Radio Players are a new extension of the Sun City Theater Company, and their show, Vintage Voices, debuted its second season on Huntley Community Radio this month.

  • Refresh button

    Social media is a popular way to keep up with friends and relatives, near and far. But while sharing photos and status updates and other information is a fun way to keep in touch on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the Huntley Police Department reminds residents to be mindful about the information you post online.

  • How to outsmart common computer repair scams

    In the last six months, we have had a steady flow of members come into the computer club reporting that they have been the victim of a computer scam. In this scam, they receive a phone call or they get a pop-up on the computer screen telling you that a problem has been detected, and they should call the number they display.

  • Sun City resident takes aim at domestic violence in the workplace

    While sitting in the break room, a co-worker confides in you that she is being beaten at home by her boyfriend. Even worse, he may show up at her job, and she is scared.

  • Fight or Flight

    On December 1, Delta Airlines announced that it is resuming flights to Havana, Cuba, as part of the thawing of relations between the United States and its close Caribbean neighbor.

    What does this have to do with anything in Sun City?

    It is the final chapter in a story that started for a Sun City resident in 1984.

  • Do you hear what I hear?

    Sun City residents share unique Christmas memories.

  • Booking it in advance

    Huntley residents will be invited to “Take a Book, Return a Book,” when three new Little Free Libraries are installed in spring of 2017.

  • Once a Marine, always a Marine

    You’ve heard the well-known mantra of a famous American military branch – “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” It’s almost as prominent as “Semper Fi.”

    One of the best examples of this legendary tradition is right here in Sun City, and she is still living it, at the age of 93. She started her journey in the Corps in 1943, and it reached an exciting climax in 2016, this past August.

  • Time to get in line

    There’s going to be a Halloween party at Drendel Ballroom on October 25. Starts at 6 p.m. Costumes are optional.

    Chances are, most folks will probably show up as Dracula, Frankenstein, a Ghostbuster, goblin, skeleton, or a famous entertainer or politician, with fake beards and noses, and maybe “extreme” face painting. Someone will probably put cemetery and haunted house noises on the PA system.

    So, what’s the occasion?

  • 3… 2…1…

    The suddenness and wonder of the sights and sounds poured over all of us as hundreds of visitors in the tower watched the September 8 launch of this spacecraft for the Asteroid Sample Return Mission. We were just 2.3 miles from the launch pad and 50 feet above ground as the blastoff of the huge Atlas V rocket impacted our senses and our emotions.

  • Sincerely yours

    As a young woman, Marion Matthews left home and began working at her first job, about 30 miles from her hometown. It was just far away enough to feel homesick.

    “It was before you could call long distance,” she remembers. “I had to write my parents a letter during the week! We did a lot of letter-writing back then.”

  • Retire from work, not life

    “Retire from work, not life,” was the mantra at Sun City when the community was filling up with residents.

    Many Sun Citians left jobs and careers behind, and embraced social activities, recreation, and volunteerism. But that wasn’t true of all of us.

  • In the swing of things

    When Joe Alengo signs on to his radio program, “Big Swingtime” on Huntley Community Radio, he might say something like, “If you like what you hear, be of good cheer! Tell a friend and let him capture the rapture.”

  • Huntley Police Department response to recent police tragedies

    It’s tough to be a cop these days, no matter how far or close you are to the front lines. What does this mean for local police officers, closer to home? The Sun Day asked this question to Chief Robert Porter, Deputy Chiefs Todd Fulton and Michael Klunk, and Officer Megan Racial.

  • Things are looking up, way up

    “Hurry to the stable, Matthias. We need you!” So begins the ebook, A Baby Changes our World, written by Sun City resident Ken Kozy. The story outlines the events of the Christmas Nativity story from the viewpoint of Matthias, a nine year-old stable boy living in Bethlehem. Later in the story, young Matthias looks to the skies, in awe of the bright star he sees glowing in the sky.

  • A Tale of Two Walkers

    Judy Smith and Pat Shannon met in 2008 when Smith moved in across the street from Shannon on Timber Creek Drive.

    “My [previous] neighbor and I were good buddies,” said Shannon. “Then, when Judy moved in to Peggy’s house, well, we began to be buddies, too.”

    The two forged a friendship that centered around walking.

  • Bringing change to the table

    Sun City resident Ernest Mall is just one person, but what he witnessed on his visits to South Asia — India, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar — stayed on his mind. What Mall saw was extreme poverty: families struggling to make ends meet, children forced into child labor and foregoing education, individuals unable to extricate themselves from the cycle of poverty.

  • Here’s the story of a lovely lady

    For Rosemary Peterson Meyer, every day is Mother’s Day. Here’s why.

  • Green thumb time

    Sun Citians, how do your gardens grow? In McHenry County, there may be a master gardener near you, who can help answer some of the above questions, and more.

  • Gold medal grandma

    When Marie and Mike Hasanov first moved into their Sun City home roughly ten years ago, one of their first memories upon arriving at the new place was of their granddaughter Abby. She had started doing flips and summersaults in her grandparents’ freshly painted, furniture-free room.

  • Holocaust survivor’s life and lessons

    It was the spring of 1932, in Leipzig, Germany. Seven-year-old Oskar Knoblauch and his brother, Siegmund, 10, ran enthusiastically to the sports club in their community, where they ran races and played games with their friends. They were always met cordially by Horst Werner, one of the coaches.

  • That’s a RAP…not exactly

    Imagine a class where there is no homework and no test; it is learning for the joy of learning. Sounds too good to be true, right?

  • The Nature of Love

    To everything there is a season, especially for true love.

    Here, then, is the love story of Esther and Doug Kenning, high school sweethearts.

  • Mission Impossible

    The Riffner family vacation trip last year was truly a team event. It was initiated by one team, but it ended up with two.

  • Raffle winners

    The Train Club in Sun City Huntley would like to sincerely thank all our residents, friends, and neighbors who supported us this past Holiday Season.

  • All Aboard

    To say Pete Walton has a model railroad set in his basement would be a gross understatement; you’d be about 130 feet and 13 years short, in fact. And if you count the number of tracks and how many times those tracks run back and forth, you’d be off by a mile.

  • Christmas eBook by Sun City Author

    “A Baby Changes Our World” is the title of a new electronic book written by Ken Kozy, a 10-year Sun City resident.

  • Queen Mum

    There is no sign of Kay Harlow slowing down. And that’s saying something, since the Sun City resident recently joined the centenarian club.