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  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • Country boy and city girl celebrate 70th anniversary

    Jean and Paul Souchek were married on March 29, 1947 (Joan 18, Paul 22) at Norwood Heights Evangelical Free Church in Norwood Heights, Illinois. Their 70th wedding anniversary party was on April 1 in Drendel Hall.

  • Electronic Personal Assistants: Caveat Emptor

    We’ve all heard the shocking news stories:

    • Approximately one billion user accounts have been stolen from Yahoo, the company confirmed. The data breach is the largest from a single site in history.

  • Korean, Vietnam Veteran gives ‘after-action’ report on honor flight

    This Honor Flight was one of the most emotional events in my life. It was well-organized from beginning to end. All the volunteers were top notch. They took time off work to make sure we had a great flight. I did have a great flight due to these heroes. I do appreciate and thank them all.

  • Sun City’s Run and Walk Race Champs

    In the years 2013 and 2014, Neighborhood 32 resident Nick Koplos successfully completed his running races (male 74 to 79) to earn two 2nd places from CARA (Chicago Area Running Association). This past year of 2015, Nick’s efforts were again rewarded, this time with a 1st place trophy from CARA.

  • Sun City’s Very Own Two “Learn to Swim Clinics”

    For the past three years, Terry Hora, long-time member and past president of the StingRays Swim Club, has continued his own initiated FREE “Learn to Swim Program” here at Sun City. This past June saw 20 residents of varying skill levels participate in Prairie Lodge’s indoor pool on all or any of the month’s five Wednesdays.

  • Grant Fritz (20), a long-distance triathlete of St. Charles, son of Gary Fritz, Sun City resident neighborhood 35, competed in Ironman Coeur d’Alene in Idaho on August 21.

  • Bocce Ball’s Best of 2016

    The 2016 Summer Olympics are over, but the thrill of competition is alive and well in the Sun City Bocce Ball Club.

  • Shopping the Racks!

    Sherwin’s VIP Fashion Service and Fashion Show delighted its audience in Drendel Ballroom on Wednesday, June 29. Accompanied by a delicious luncheon provided by Jameson’s, one highlight of the program featured “The Price is Right” game with Kristi Buckman and Judy Koplos winning wardrobe items sold that day in Prairie Lodge’s hall outside the show venue. 

  • Who said CyclePaths don’t clean up well?

    On April 16th, in conjunction with Earth Day, members of the CyclePaths Bike Club of Sun City cleaned their adopted section of the new Kreutzer Road west of Route 47. Last October, the CyclePaths joined the Village of Huntley’s Adopt-a-Highway program, a volunteer effort directed at trash collection along sections of Village roadways. Front row L […]

  • Good, old-fashioned work ethic

    I live in Sun City. My granddaughter stays with us every Tuesday after school and we take her back to school the next morn- ing. She has been collecting aluminum cans from 15 neighbors that save all their cans for her.

  • The Stingrays Do the Turkey Trot

    With the memory of five Stingray Swim Club members having successfully completed September’s O’Hare Airport’s New Runway 5K Run/Walk, Stingray Nancy Cihlar felt motivated to initiate the club’s new event: a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Thus, a new way of moving was begun for the swimmers!

  • Let’s go… play tennis

    A couple of years ago, I moved to Sun City to join my new-found love. As a bonus, I also found a wonderful environment. I knew right away that I had made the right decision to move here. I found the man of my dreams and a community that I fell in love with!

  • Argh! It’s time to raise some money

    Relay for Life is scheduled to take place on June 12, starting at 6 p.m. at the Huntley Park District.

  • Final Weeks of Historic Photo Contest

    The weather is perfect for amateur photographers to take photos, which can be entered in the “Huntley – Then and Now” photo contest. Entries will compare a vintage photograph of a Huntley scene with a current photograph of the Huntley scene as it looks today. Entries are due May 1. Complete contest details and contest […]

  • A Valentine’s Day bonanza for charity

    For the seventh consecutive year, Sun City’s Stingray Swim Club celebrated Valentine’s Day. This year the festivities actually were held on Feb. 14.

  • Ladies luncheon donation

    On December 9, Kathy Sapko, from the Royal Atwoods section of N-3 in Sun City Del Webb, hosted a Ladies Christmas Luncheon. Approximately 30 women attended, and instead of exchanging gifts, it was decided that the ladies would make a donation to the Grafton Food Pantry of women’s personal items that the Pantry had suggested.

  • An afternoon at the Swan Lake Ballet

    As a very young child, I remember listening to beautiful classical piano music such as Frederic Chopin’s Polonaise in G Minor. For many years of her own youth, my mother, Marcella, had been trained in the classic form of ballet known as “pointe.”

  • Resident Reporter: November 6, 2014

    I was able to secure a front row seat for a Floral Spectacular on October 29 at Huntley High School. This event was the brain-child of Lions Club President Helen Anderson.

  • Resident Reporter: October 23, 2014

    On Oct. 10, Neighborhood 18 (Monarch Ridge) celebrated their 10th year as neighbors. Known as The Neighborhood That Cares, approximately 90-plus residents attended this special event in the Drendel Ballroom. Our Activity Committee planned this special event, inviting all our neighbors and included former neighbors who lived here and moved.

  • Hoofers and Hunks getting ready for 12th annual show

    The Hoofers and Hunks are working hard to present an entertaining tap show for their families and residents of Sun City at the end of September. The shows will be 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, September 28. An additional show will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29. All shows will be at Drendel Ballroom at Prairie Lodge.

  • My first car

    During my first and second years of attending the U of I (Navy Pier) in Chicago, (long before the U of I Circle Campus constructed), I used the CTA, (Chicago Transit Authority) from my parent’s home near Belmont Ave./Elston to Howard St. (elevated), to Grand Ave to the Navy Pier. It was really a drag, especially in winter.

  • Meramec Caverns

    Meramec Caverns, approximately 1 hour outside Saint Louis near Stanton, MO, get visitors from all over the world because of its “young and growing” cavern system. Nestled in the Meramec foothills, the natural cave system was carved from the limestone bedrock deposited by the inland sea approximately 100 million years ago.

  • Been cruisin’ Illinois Drive for 15 years

    Hosts Jerry and Margaret Krebs invited all the original homeowners who moved to Illinois Dr. in 1999. Thirty-seven neighbors attended a pot-luck part on July 16 to celebrate their meeting 15 years ago.

  • Hats off to you!

    The Sun City Red Hatters are always interested in finding a new restaurant for their monthly meeting. I saw the ad for Francesca’s Campagna in West Dundee in the Sun Day newspaper. My friend and I had a wonderful meal and even received a 10% discount for being Sun City residents. While there I learned […]

  • Hungry for Starved Rock

    As the evening sun begins to set over the Illinois River in the fall of 2013, we relax with a glass of wine on the veranda overlooking the valley. The lengthening shadows slowly smother the fall beauty of the forest below only to be replaced by a full moon in the crisp, clear October sky. […]

  • Five Free July “Learn to Swim” Seminars

    Under the supervision of Stingray Swim Club’s past president, Terry Hora, the US Masters’ Adult Learn To Swim Month of April became a reality here in Huntley. For five of the month’s Wednesdays, Terry and his entourage of club instructors guided six residents who expressed a desire to learn the basics of swimming.

  • Sun City resident people’s choice winner

    Linda Carney’s painting of a 1920 image of Huntley’s first school bus was the People’s Choice winner in a recent Huntley history art contest. Carney, of Sun City Huntley, won $100 for having created the most popular artwork.

  • Huntley firefighters ‘fill the boot’

    Members of the Huntley Firefighters Union Local #4106 and Huntley Fire Protection District, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, celebrated their 60-year partnership and kicked off the fire fighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Huntley area.