DeKalb County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

Biking with Beanie, which will be held July 16, is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by KishHealth System part of Northwestern Medicine. Profits from this ride go to support DeKalb County Bike Pathway Projects and other community service projects in DeKalb County and worldwide.



Request to improve roadside site

A family wants to expand its small annual roadside pumpkin stand and will appear before a DeKalb County Hearing Officer in search of a special use permit.

Board’s Planning Zoning and Building’s public hearing requesting permission to do so.

Jason and Joni Watson currently operate a small roadside stand selling pumpkins from the last week of September to the first week of November on the property located at 31853 Glidden Road in Kingston Township.

The Watsons are proposing to expand their business to include: an increased display area, a parking area, a secondary stand for the sale of prepackaged baked goods and candles, and a play area for children. The property is zoned A-1, Agricultural District, and roadside stands of less than 600 square feet in display area are permitted in that District. However, the uses described under the proposed expansion would constitute a large-scale agritainment use, the operation of which requires approval of a Special Use Permit.

The Watsons are requesting approval of such a Special Use Permit for a large-scale agritainment use. A public hearing will be held before the DeKalb County Hearing Officer at 1 p.m. in the DeKalb County Administration Building, 110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore. Because this will be the only opportunity for public input on this application, all interested persons are encouraged to attend and be heard.




Family ride supports Kiwanis projects

Biking with Beanzie invites the public to participate in a recreational ride July 16 presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by KishHealth System. Routes go through scenic DeKalb, Ogle and Lee counties windmill farms.

Biking with Beanzie is a family events that promotes fitness and family fun. Registration fee is $35 per person over 12 years old. Profits from this ride will go to support the Kishwaukee Bike Pathway Projects and other projects within DeKalb County.

There are various ride lengths and start times; all will begin at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser, DeKalb.

Contact information:;; (331) 442-4166.


‘Little Women’ told in musical form

The Stage Coach Players’ is presenting the musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s popular novel, “Little Women,” the classic coming-of-age story of four sisters.

The DeKalb community theater group will perform the musical based on the late 19th century novel July 13 to July 16, at its theater, 126 S 5th St, DeKalb.

The Thursday to Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday shows will be at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available online at or by calling the theater at (815) 758-1940.

The production will feature songs that tell stories, many of which are based on relationships, as well as a live orchestra.


Destinee Feliciano of DeKalb is the recipient of the 2017 Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship award.

She will use the $3,500 scholarship award for her studies at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, where she will study jazz and music education.

The scholarship is named for Dee Palmer, who had been director of the DeKalb Municipal Band. Palmer and his family have contributed to the musical pleasure of thousands of people in DeKalb County for more than 160 years. The Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship was set up in 2009 to honor this local music legacy.

To contribute to the Palmer Family Music Education fund, or to discuss setting up a fund that meets your charitable interests, contact Executive Director Dan Templin at (815) 748-5383 or


Church day camp signup is open

The First Baptist Church Day Camp has chosen a Minecraft theme for this summer’s camp focus.

Children entering grades 1 through 7 can enjoy arts and crafts, games, swimming, music and Minecraft Story Mode Bible lessons from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily during the week of July 24-28. Cost for the week is $15 for one child, and $5 for each additional child in the same family. Camp meets at the Walker Farm, one mile south of DeKalb on Route 23.

Registration forms are available at or call the church at (815) 758-3973 for information. Completed registration forms, with an attached check, can be mailed to the church before the start of camp. Campers also can register on-site on the first day.




Store supports handmade crafts

A new store has opened in Sycamore celebrating the craft of handmade goods.

The store, Crafted, features the work of 10 local artists and five artists from around the country who have agreed to sell their work at Crafted, 307 W. State St., Sycamore.

Owners are Jeremy and Amy Yates. They will offer workshops and private crafting parties. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with craft workshops and private parties to take place in the evenings.

–DeKalb County News Briefs–