Give DeKalb County 2019 Results

Give DeKalb County had another successful year, raising a total of $685,762 for DeKalb County Nonprofit Organizations! Here is the “Thank You” message from the Give DeKalb County website: “Thank you to everyone who participated in Give DeKalb County on May 2, 2019! Give DeKalb County is a 24-hour fundraising event coordinated by the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership—a program of the DeKalb …

Community struts toward survivor support

DeKALB — Safe Passage’s Walk A Mile Fundraiser brought men, women and children to Sycamore High School to strut for a cause. Walk A Mile is an annual event held by Safe Passage, a local domestic violence shelter. The event has been hosted by Safe Passage since 2015, with other shelters holding similar events across the country as well. Attendees can …

Helping those in need: On the Record with Bonnie Ormond

DeKALB – Bonnie Ormond hangs and folds hundreds of shirts and pairs of pants a week. She spends hours organizing clothing, including dresses and coats, and accessories such as purses and shoes. The clothing she puts away isn’t hers, it’s free for the taking by members of the community. Ormond is the community services director for Open Closet, a ministry …

The Joys of Little Free Library

I’ve always been a bookworm. One day in elementary school, I tripped on my morning walk to school. I skinned up my knee, and there was even a little blood. When the school nurse asked what happened, I said, “I tripped while reading my book.” She didn’t think it was such a good idea to walk and read. However, that …

#ProudlyDeKalb March Blurb and “What Proudly DeKalb” means to me with Dawn Littlefield

Kishwaukee United Way is excited to be working in collaboration with local community partners to bring Money Smart Week 2019 programming to DeKalb, Lee and LaSalle Counties.Money Smart Week is a public education campaign sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to promote financial wellness across all age groups and program topics. We will host dozens of FREE sessions the week of April …

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 …

Support local farmers, artists at market Dec. 1

DeKALB – The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St., will host a winter farmers market with local artisans and a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 Admission is $1. Organizer Dan Kenney said there will be more than 20 vendors, including many newcomers. Hasselmann Family Farm will offer grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, eggs, …

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 …