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05/30/12 Batavia author's book relives Northwoods memories
By Sammi King - For many of us who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin was the place where we spent the vacations of our youth. These were carefree days filled with the sounds of screen doors slamming shut, the feeling of sand between our toes and the warmth... FULL STORY
05/07/12 Batavia orchestra students earn state honors
By Sammi King - Every year, more than 15,000 students in Illinois spend extra hours practicing difficult music for the Illinois Music Educators Association district competition. Only the top musicians make it to state. This year,... FULL STORY
02/22/12 World War II wedding gown gets new life - again
By Sammi King - When Cay and Gene Voiland of Batavia married on Feb. 19, 1946, Cay's wedding dress was a rarity for a World War II era bride. It was made of silk from Gene's parachute. Cay never guessed it would be taken out of storage to be used again, twice. FULL STORY
01/18/12 Batavia thespians have 'Great Expectations'
By Sammi King - When Batavia High School sophomore Kelsey Skomer took on the role of Belle in last fall's successful production of "Beauty and the Beast," she knew that the role would be challenging. Now she faces another challenge taking on the... FULL STORY
12/21/11 Kids put own spin on Christmas pageant
By Sammi King - It was the miracle of miracles. Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Unfortunately, at the time, Mary and Joseph weren't there for the blessed event. They were still riding on a donkey looking for a room. Church Christmas pageants are always full of... FULL STORY
12/06/11 Sing along with 'Messiah' in Batavia
By Sammi King - You can sing, or you can just listen. Either way, you will likely be inspired by the majesty of the "Hallelujah Chorus" when S.T.A.G.E. of Batavia presents Handel's do-it-yourself "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre,... FULL STORY
11/25/11 Do-it-yourself "Messiah" comes to Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Submitted by Sammi King - Featuring the latest in sound engineering, the new Batavia Fine Arts Centre auditorium is acoustically tuned with sound panels that can change for music and/or the spoken voice. Batavia's theater support group, STAGE, will show how great the sound... FULL STORY
11/17/11 Swedish children's choir to sing in Batavia
By Sammi King - Thirteen years ago, St. Charles singer Marguerite Karl decided to combine her love of music and her love of her Swedish heritage by forming the Swedish American Children's Choir for children ages 4 to 17. Now the choir is gearing up for the... FULL STORY
10/13/11 Meet the award-winning Batavia High School marching band
By Sammi King - This column is not without bias. Before you read any further, you must know that I am a fan of marching bands, especially the drum line. The Batavia Bulldogs drum line is one of the top in the state, having won numerous awards at competitions this... FULL STORY
10/11/11 College counselor offers tips on finding the right school
By Sammi King - As high school seniors complete their college applications, high school juniors begin the tedious process of visiting schools, meeting with admissions staff and seeking scholarships and financial aid. "The more information students have, the better... FULL STORY
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