Christmas and Quilt Display through Jan. 4

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Kurt Begalka, of Harvard, is the McHenry County Historical Society's administrator. He replaced Nancy Fike, who retired in August 2012, after 31 years in that position.

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Holiday Open House

Despite cool temperatures and rain, this year's Holiday Open House on Dec. 1 drew a many appreciative onlookers to view vintage Christmas memorabilia and this year's offerings in the Rock Around the Quilted Tree contest and exhibit.

The show continues, with some exceptions for the holidays, through Jan. 4.

Folks still are talking about the snowfall of 1936

What if last weekend’s blizzard was not some “freak of nature,” but rather part of a new natural order? What if such extreme weather events become the norm?

If you are worried, you are not alone. According to a new federal report – Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, released
Nov. 23 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program:

By the time you read this, the inaugural “Fall Fling” fundraiser benefiting the Hebron Public Library will be in the books.

The challenge now is to keep the library vital and visible moving forward.

Board President Sharon Pohlman said what began in 1915, thanks to the vision of a ladies’ afternoon social club, has persisted. But lately, a more accurate word is subsisted. This independent, nonprofit venture has been slipping by on only $20,000 a year – and that covers stipends for two part-time librarians, utilities and materials.

Valor Quilt program honors veterans

Austin James “Jim” Bailey admitted he always was interested in flying. As a teenager, he wrangled a job sweeping floors around the Boston airport, just so he could be close to airplanes and the pilots who flew them.

“In the 1930s, there was always something going on, and I got to meet some very interesting people,” Bailey said.

The list of celebrities passing through included Charles Lindbergh and Eddie Rickenbacker.