Spreading Holiday Cheer

This time of year is all about giving back to our friends, our families, and our communities! Every year Tim and Bobbi, the owners of Barb City Bagels partner up with other members of our community to provide gifts and stockings for the children at Safe Passage and Hope Haven. This year the whole Barb City Bagels staff got together …

Our View: Thumbs-up to DeKalb’s new fire chief

  Thumbs-up: To DeKalb’s newest fire chief, Jeff McMaster. A 23-year veteran of the DeKalb Fire Department, McMaster was named the department’s interim chief Thursday. He talked this week about his work at the department, including the many years he worked alongside Eric Hicks, who retired from the department this week, in part, Hicks said, as a cost-saving measure. McMaster has …

DeKalb police making a list, checking it twice for annual shopping event

Cash donations sought for Dec. 9 for Heroes and Helpers event DeKALB – DeKalb police are asking for donations for their annual Heroes and Helpers event, which will take place Dec. 9 at Target, 2555 Sycamore Road. The department and Target partner to provide underprivileged local children with toys. Although the event is weeks away, the department is seeking cash …

DeKalb Fire, community team up to give 120 coats, supplies to at-risk children

DeKALB – DeKalb firefighters have seen a lot of scary scenes, including children who, without the help of our bravest, might not have a proper winter coat to keep them warm. For the fifth year in a row, the firefighters at DeKalb Fire Station 1 partnered with the DeKalb Classroom Teachers’ Association to help local kids stay warm in the …

Talking turkey, delivering a Thanksgiving meal to 500 families in need

DeKalb Fire donates 1,000 pounds of turkey to Salvation Army during radio broadcast DeKALB – Delivering a half-ton of turkeys? All part of the job, DeKalb Fire Capt. Luke Howieson said Friday morning. Photos by Kelsey Rettke – krettke@shawmedia.com) (Caption: DeKalb firefighter and paramedic Pat Eriksen, who’s been with the department for 13 years, gets assistance from a future firefighter …

Help the homeless during event at Tapa La Luna in DeKalb

  DeKALB – Snow has fallen. The season has turned. As you go through your wardrobe or your kid’s closet finding clothing that no long fits, you could just donate it, the way you’ve always done. Or you could wear it one last time, work a catwalk and honor one of DeKalb’s most beloved, albeit late, entrepreneurs. Rob Deshazer, the …

Karlen opens up on Type 1 Diabetes

The NIU volleyball team held a Diabetes Awareness Night during the Huskies’ match-up versus the Bowling Green State University Falcons Saturday. The Huskies brought the Juvenile Diabetes Research to the Convocation Center to help educate attendees about the disease. The JDRF is a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. Their mission is to “accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent …

Award-winning film by NIU prof. about local food production, hunger makes DeKalb debut

DeKALB – An award-winning film focused on food production and hunger in DeKalb County will make its local debut this weekend. The 35-minute documentary, “Think Globally, Eat Locally,” directed by DeKalb filmmaker and Northern Illinois University faculty member Laura Vazquez, was filmed in DeKalb County and released in 2016. It will be screened in DeKalb for the first time at …

DeKalb County volunteers kick off holiday shopping for Toys for Tots

American Legion, Marine Corps League members aim to give back! Marine Corps veteran Mike Fogelsanger knows what it’s like to have a Christmas without toys and gifts. So as the sergeant-at-arms for the DeKalb County Marine Corps League, he wanted to be involved with the league’s long-standing Toys for Tots program, which donates toys to local nonprofit organizations that distribute …

GENTRI performs at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center

The Egyptian Theatre and Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital hosted a private concert at the Cancer Center in DeKalb on Saturday, February 10 to over 80 attendees. GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio held a public concert at the Egyptian Theatre Saturday night but took time during the day to perform at this special event for patients of the Cancer Center along with …