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 …

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 …

Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore awards $6.5K in literacy grants

There are so many ways to spell winners when it comes to the Altrusa International Community Spelling Bee. Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore recently awarded $6,500 in grants to the following local schools, libraries and other literacy-focused organizations: 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care), Clinton Rosette Middle School, Littlejohn Elementary School, NIU Campus Child Care, Children’s Learning Center, the DeKalb Public Library, …