Wednesday, November 21, 2012
How have Garrett Lance's experiences in Geneva helped him become a White House intern? Read on.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If you've ever considered your 6 degrees of separation from President Barack Obama, well, we've got good news. You probably can shave that down to 2 degrees, thanks to Geneva's Garrett Lance. It's not that Garrett's rubbing elbows with the president every day, but he is serving as a White House intern through December. We caught up with him via the proper channels, and he was kind enough to return the following Q&A. How did you land the internship? I applied to the White House Internship Program last spring. I was very excited when I received my acceptance. What experiences will you take from Geneva that you can apply in D.C.? I think that, overall, Geneva is an engaged community. That local perspective is important when interning …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Garrett Lance, a 2010 graduate of Geneva High School and a 2011 summer intern for Geneva Patch, is chosen for the fall 2012 White House internship program.
Geneva, IL, and Geneva Patch's very own Garrett Lance has landed a White House internship for the Fall 2012 session. The White House Internship Program announced the participants for the Fall 2012 session on Wednesday of this week. The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible "to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities." Future leaders like Garrett, who served as an intern/freelance writer for Geneva Patch in 2011. Garrett is a 2010 graduate of Geneva High School and presently attends Indiana University Bloomington, IN. According to the White House press release, the internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Or, what Garrett and Tara learned on their summer vacations.
Prologue: What I Learned About Tara Knott and Garrett Lance During Their Summer Vacation In this business, there are writers and there are reporters. Every once in awhile, you find someone who does both extremely well, but for the most part, journalists tend to lean in one direction or the other. Garrett's talent tilts to the reporter side. He's a digger and a thinker. He likes to get to the bottom of things and understand how they work. I thought he showed savvy and offered solid analysis in his "conclusions" piece last week—giving us some insight on just how difficult it will be for the "Maladra swap" to become reality. Tara's the storyteller. She likes the human side of the journalism yin-and-yang, and that will serve her well as she …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Geneva journalists Tara Knott and Garrett Lance share their conclusions about the "Icons" series.
Rick Nagel: I figured I'd have to write the conclusion to the summer-long "Icons for Sale" series. After all, the authors of the series are two very young, very inexperienced Geneva journalists, both back at college now. And even though I made the assignment, I wasn't sure they'd be able to pull off a meaningful analysis piece. Boy, was I wrong. Here's how we're going to take it from here. The following essays are news-analysis pieces written by Tara Knott and Garrett Lance, with very little editing by me. Next week, we'll publish "first person" essays by each of the writers that talk a little less formally about the learning experience. The tragically-aging editor, in this case, is very nearly obsolete. Tara Knott: One Big, Blasphemous …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The 26-acre site is ready for a new life to support area entertainment.
In 2008, the Kane County jail and sheriff’s office left its home on Fabyan Parkway and moved west, next to the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township. Since then, the site of the old jail—all 26 acres of it—has remained vacant. The property sits adjacent to the Settler’s Hill Golf Course, and is also near the Fox Valley Ice Arena and Elfstrom Stadium—home of the Kane County Cougars. Geneva city officials believe commercial use of the space could anchor the area as an entertainment destination. “We’ve made it public that we would like to see a use that would support the county entertainment that’s out there: the Cougars and the Ice Arena,” said Geneva’s Economic Development Director Ellen Divita. “We would like to see a hotel…
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mayor Kevin Burns and city officials speculate about possible uses for the historic building.
Editor's note: This is the 10th of a multipart summer series by Tara Knott and Garrett Lancelooking at the iconic Geneva buildings for sale or facing future moves, and what those moves mean for Geneva's long-term development. See the series intro here. To call the courthouse on Third Street iconic would be an understatement—it’s the cornerstone landmark of Geneva. During Swedish Days, children climb on the cannons out front while their parents listen to live music and catch up with friends. When the weather turns cold and it’s time for the Christmas Walk, people huddle together to watch Mayor Kevin Burns light the towering pine tree on the lawn. On nights like that, Burns said he’ll sometimes just stand in front of the courthouse, lost in …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Kane County Regional Office of Education continues to occupy the 87-year-old building for the near future.
Editor's note: This is the ninth of a multipart summer series by Tara Knott and Garrett Lance looking at the iconic Geneva buildings for sale or facing future moves, and what those moves mean for Geneva's long-term development. See the series intro here. In 2003, it seemed all but certain that the Geneva Public Library District would purchase the site of the former Sixth Street School. At the time, the Regional Office of Education (ROE) occupied the county-owned building at 210 South Sixth St. after the Health Department had moved out. The Kane County Board sought bids to buy the property. Eventually, the County Board approved a contract with the library for the 2-acre city block with a $1.025 million appraised value. The contract was …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Coultrap and Fourth Street properties are being held back as the Board of Education debates their future.
Editor's note: This is the eighth of a multipart summer series by Tara Knott and Garrett Lance looking at the iconic Geneva buildings for sale or facing future moves, and what those moves mean for Geneva's long-term development. See the series intro here. The "Back to School" displays at Target and Wal-Mart already are swarming with students on the hunt for the perfect Glee-themed notebook and confused moms trying to figure out exactly what O-Glue is. And it seems this school supply rush gets earlier and earlier every year as District 304 continues to expand. Two new elementary schools—Williamsburg and Fabyan—have opened in the past three years. But the district's massive growth has left two of its historic schools in the dust—namely …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
This is the second of a multipart summer series on development in Geneva. The former U.S. Bank branch remains vacant nearly a year later.
Last August, the U.S. Bank branch on the corner of North Third Street and Hamilton Street relocated, rendering the building vacant exactly 50 years after its construction. In the year since U.S. Bank moved, the North Third Street space has remained empty. Also within the last year, the property’s asking price has decreased from $3.9 million to $3.39 million. The bank-owned site includes more than just the 20,985-square-foot building. A parking lot directly across Third Street bumps total land size up to 26,660 square feet. In an area where parking is a premium, the former U.S Bank site offers 106 parking spots—24 in the parking lot, 62 spaces in an adjacent public parking lot just east of the building, and 20 potential spaces if the bank …