Sunday, March 17, 2013
There's much more to know about St. Patrick's Day beyond green beer, the wearing o' the green and "Kiss Me -- I'm Irish."
Here’s what most of us know about St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the day on which: a) green beer is consumed, b) the Chicago River is dyed green and c) all things Irish are celebrated. But there’s far more to the holiday, which we celebrate Saturday. Can you answer these questions? 1. The day on which St. Patrick died, which is believed to be March 17, 461 AD. 2. England. He was the son of a Roman-British army officer. 3. As a boy, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. When he escaped, he returned to Britain, studied at a French monastery and returned to Ireland, where he spent 30 years as a missionary devoted to converting pagans to Christianity. 4. Hope 5. Watches over them and decides who gets into heaven. 6. Maewyn …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Share your photos from the past and help us ID friends from Geneva's past.
Can you identify any of the persons in this photo? Can you name the Geneva location and/or the approximate year it was taken? How many Patch contributors do you see in the photo? Got another photo blast from the past from Geneva you'd like to share? Add it to this article, and we'll publish it next week!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Part 5 of a multipart series in memoriam of the many amazing people Geneva lost in 2012.
Janet Safanda's name should be more than a footnote in the Geneva history books. That's because Safanda was instrumental in the movement to preserve Geneva's historic buildings during the fast-growth period of the 1980s, and her legacy lives on in the stories of the day. It's hard not to think of this year's movement to preserve the Pure Oil Building without remembering Janet's similar efforts to preserve the former creamery building that's now a part of the foundation of the Herrington Inn. Back in those halcyon days, the issue of historic preservation popped up a lot in news articles. Developers were building new subdivisions, Tax Increment Financing Districts were new funding mechanisms for development and there were opportunities all…
Friday, April 27, 2012
A series of fundraisers this week brought thousands out to help the family of 12-year-old Eric Lederman, who died earlier this month during a U12 baseball game.
It’s been proven time and time again. If you ask the community to step up for those in need, they’ll turn out in force, and give more than you could ask for. It's as true in Oswego as it is in Geneva, and Thursday was no exception. Throughout the day, hundreds upon hundreds of people waited in line, both inside and in the outside drive-through lane, to eat at Culver’s of Oswego, and donate money to the memorial fund of Eric Lederman. Lederman, a 12-year-old student at Thompson Junior High School, died on April 12 after an accident at a baseball game in Wheaton the day before, when he was struck in the neck with a ball while warming up for a travel game. From the moment they opened their doors at 10 a.m., Culver’s set aside 10 percent of …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
A breast cancer awareness campaign at an all-boys' high school? That's exactly how one area student raised nearly $7,000 last year for LivingWell Cancer Resource Center.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Few teenagers like to part with a big check, but that’s exactly what Brock Krueger did last week, when the Marmion Academy sophomore presented an oversized check for $6,643 to LivingWell Cancer Resource Center during a ceremony at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva. The money, originally donated in December 2011, was raised through a month-long campaign initiated by Krueger in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of his grandmother, Cynthia Carroll, who died of breast cancer at the age of 54 before he was born. Amid countless examples of people across the country who host Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, Krueger’s story is distinct in two key aspects: He started his campaign at age 14, and he launched it at…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"The Monkees" singer dies of a heart attack Wednesday. He was 66.
Davy Jones, former singer for the band The Monkees, died Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack, The Huffington Post reports. He was 66. Jones played in Geneva in 2006 and was a good friend of Geneva residents Vernetta Cohen and Julie Lamb, according to a Patch reader. He came to Geneva for a weekend (June 2008) to celebrate Vernetta's 80th birthday and stayed at the Herrington Inn and visited several shops downtown. "He will be missed by all who knew him," the reader said. Ron Onesti, CEO of Onesti Entertainment, said he was saddened at the news of the singer's passing in a statement released Wednesday. "I am devastated at the loss of a good friend," Onesti said. "Not only did we work together on many occasions over the past 20 …