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Fall Lawn Care

by The Rullo Team

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring! 

Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies.



Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks.  Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.



“When fall is in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig


  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well. 
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it is delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.


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Leaves Are Falling!

by The Rullo Team


2015 Tri-Cities Leaf Collection Schedule   


Be sure to check the 2015 Leaf Collection Maps and Schedules for boundaries, schedules and availability.


St. Charles

Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your area’s designated day even though it may take several days to pick up the piles in your specific area.

This program is funded by a portion of the fee collected on the utility bills of eligible homeowners. Check your utility bill or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 with questions about your eligibility for this program.




 Residents must place their leaves on the parkway no later than 7:00 A.M. of the day of your scheduled

pickup period. If leaves are placed on the parkway after the collection crews have gone by, they will not

return until the next scheduled pickup date.

Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is alternated to provide equal service to all residents. Collection this year will require approximately 2-3 work days to complete each zone




 Residents are asked to rake leaves to the space in the parkway no farther than 6’ behind curb and not in street by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.

Leaves will be collected in designated areas, rain or shine.  Crews will not return to an area once they have made one pass during the scheduled weeks.

Another Geneva Commuter Parking Lot

by The Rullo Team

New Fourth Street Commuter Parking Lot Coming This Fall!

A minimum of 70 new commuter parking spaces will be coming to downtown Geneva this fall. Trees and brush have been removed from the future parking lot at Fourth Street and Crescent Place. Construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be completed by mid­-November, weather dependent. The parking lot will be designated for commuter permit parking during the day but will be open for free public parking during the evenings and weekends. The project has been a high priority in the City's Capital Improvement Program. The parking lot and expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck were needed to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove 145 existing surface parking spaces. For more information about the Fourth Street parking lot construction, call Assistant Public Works Director Brian Schiber at 630-­232­-1501 or send him an email [email protected]

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Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team


It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:


Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.



For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

Daylight Savingstime

by The Rullo Team

Spring Ahead ~ Fall Back


On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep in order to save yourself the hassle. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. If you’re out still partying for Halloween, many bars and restaurants are staying open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments! 




This is also the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in you smoke and CO detectors!




Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

 The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). 

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.



St. Charles IL Scarecrow Fest!

by The Rullo Team

Welcome to the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest! 

October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday & Saturday 10am - 9pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm


Only 2 Days til Scarecrow Fest!!! The St. Charles Scarecrow Fest is a tradition for thousands of families, not only from the Fox Valley, but from the entire Midwest. Come and join generations of visitors who flock to this festival every year! The award-winning Scarecrow Fest has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults for over 25 years!

The Scarecrow Contest, which boasts 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows, is the heart and soul of the festival. Visitors view and vote for their favorite in each of five categories. There's plenty to do all weekend long – which is why so many choose to "make it a weekend" in our charming community. Enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, carnival, and petting zoo – those are just a few highlights! You can even make your own scarecrow to take home. Plus, enjoy plenty of delicious food. 

2015 Scarecrow Fest Signature Events

Scarecrow Contest Displays

Fri & Sat 10-9, Sun 10-5. ROCKET FIZZ ZONE (Main Street between 4th & 5th Streets) and JEWEL-OSCO ZONE (3rd Street bewteen State and Cedar). View and vote for your favorite Scarecrows! Ballots available at the ROCKET FIZZ ZONE Information Booth.

SodaPop Tour and Coca Cola Museum

Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4Sample over 80 unique and craft sodas, browse the General Store and see Cocoa-Cola nenorabilia at this festival on wheels in the MUNICIPAL CENTER ZONE.

Make Your Own Scarecrow

Fri 11-4, Sat & Sun 10-4. FIFTH THIRD BANK ZONE (3rd Street between Cedar and Main Streets).


 (east side of the Fox River, north of Main)

Stuff and dress your own unique handmade scarecrow to take home.

Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show

Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Pottawatomie Park (just north of MUNICIPAL CENTER ZONE. along the Riverwalk)

Windy City Amusements Carnival

Thurs 6-10, Fri & Sat 12-10, Sun 11-6. 2nd and Cedar Streets. $25 unlimited ride armband special Thurs 6-10, Fri 12-4. Children less than 48" must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo Op Stations - Art by Joseph, The School of Art and Vintage Tractor Fri & Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. FIFTH THIRD BANK ZONE. Fun photo opportunities for family, friends and social media.

Additional Activities by Zone

R - Rocket Fizz   J- Jewel-Osco - F - Fifth Third Bank - M - Municipal Center


M - Fest T-Shirts - Button Man Printing, 7 E. Main

M - Make Handbands with Jenny Rotundo of House of Hair

M - Petting Zoo

F - Picasso Coloring Tent

F - Donut Eating Contest sponsored by Windy Acres Farm, 12pm & 2pm. $1 to enter

And: Childrens Craft: St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main Fri & Sat 10am-5pm

Friday, October 9
J- Make your mark in Sidewalk Chalk 10-6pm

M - Balloon Artist 10-4pm

Saturday, October 10
J- St. Charles Gymnastics Performances 10, 11, 1, 2, 3pm

M - Balloon Artist & Stiltwalker Magician 12-3pm

F - Fest Mascots, Chuck & Char 11-3pm

Sunday, October 11
J- St. Charles Gymnastics Performances 11-1:30pm

M - Balloon Artist & Stiltwalker Magician 12-3pm

F - Fest Mascots, Chuck & Char 12-4pm


Carnival Days & Times

Thursday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday 12:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

The possibilities are endless. Best of all….admission, parking, trolleys and parking shuttles are all FREE! Come on out and experience why Scarecrow Fest is a four time winner of the "Top 100 Events in North America." For more information, go to: Scarecrow Festival
Just so you don't miss anything, we've included a printable map of the festival. Just Click Here: Scarecrow Festival Map 

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by The Rullo Team



Fall began today, September 23, early this morning at 4:21 A.M. The word equinox means "equal night"; night and day are about the same length of time.  From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights (i.e., hours of daylight decline).

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Fine Line Arts Festival 
May 29, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60175

Friday May 29 -Saturday, May 30th The Fine Line Arts Festival is a day of great outdoor fun for everyone! Bring the kids! Experience a variety of hands-on art experience including Japanese Raku, copper etching, wet felting, more.  Check out the website for more info.  


Green Thumb Garden Tour
May 31, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Road
St. Charles, IL 60175

 Calling Green Thumbs of All Ages! Tour St. Charles' garden plots. Discuss gardening tips, learn its history, discover how the scarecrow came to be! Then, put this knowledge to use by making a scarecrow to watch over the garden plots all year long. Advance registration required at

***REMEMBER*** Construction crews will be paving Route 38 west of Geneva during the week of May 25th. Downtown pavement removal has been postponed and is now tentatively scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, June 1st and 2nd. This work will happen overnight, but there will be limited parking availability on West State Street during these days.
For more information and to sign up for construction updates, visit the City of Geneva


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Lincoln's Birthday

by The Rullo Team

Happy 206th Birthday!

Abraham Lincoln, February 12, 1809, Hodgenville, KY

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