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SPIKE'S CORNER

by The Rullo Team

SPIKE’S CORNER

 

 

As the temperature starts to dip pet owners should take a moment to prepare their pets for the colder months ahead. Here are a few things to remember to protect your pet:

General pet wellness: A visit to your Vet for a wellness exam is always a good idea, but remember certain conditions, like arthritis are made worse by the cold weather.

Knowing your pets limits: Just because our pets have a beautiful fur coat does not mean that they are unaffected by the cold weather! Coats and booties for dogs and short trips outside will help in the frigid temps.

Provide choices inside: Comfy dog and kitty beds away from drafty doors and windows will be provide a great place for a winter day snooze.

Watch their food intake: Contrary to popular belief a chubby pet is not a warmer pet! Factor in their reduced activity level when feeding and giving treats.

Avoid ice and salt: When cabin fever sets in a short dog walk is nice, but watch out for ice and salt on the sidewalk. Salt can irritate your pets paws and you should always wipe it off, but also so that your pet does not ingest the sometimes toxic salt crystals.

Common sense and a bit of planning will keep your pets happy till Spring!!

Festival of the Vine

by The Rullo Team

 

Festival of the Vine in Geneva…

 

Looking for a really fun way to spend this beautiful upcoming weekend?? The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Festival of the Vine, activities include wine tasting, the “Flavor Fare” which is a sampling of Geneva’s finest restaurants and great entertainment! Don’t miss the Arts & Craft show and for the kids there is complimentary face painting on the Courthouse lawn! You will find activities to suit everyone and be sure to ride the scenic trolley to get around town.

The festival runs September 9-11 and is not to be missed!

For additional information go to http://www.genevachamber.com/festival_of_vine.php 

 

 

Spike's Corner - Dog Days Of Summer...

by The Rullo Team

Spike Rullo Here!


Boy, my human parents are sure enjoying the warm, sunny weather! I heard them say these sure are The Dog Days of Summer… Now, this smart pup looked into what this means…

Although "The Dog Days Of Summer" seems to refer to times of persistently hot weather in the summer, this term actually refers to a Star in the constellation Canis Major that is one of the brightest stars in the sky and is approximately 8.6 light-years distant from Earth. The Dog Days is named after Sirius, the Dog Star. The Dog Days come when the Dog Star begins to line up with our Sun. It was thought long ago that when the Dog Star aligned with the Sun, they combined their energy to make the weather even hotter. Even this pooch knows that no other star could warm the earth at even the smallest fraction that the Sun does since stars are very far away!

 I do know that this hot weather does make for some unique summer pet care challenges!

Although wild animals are well adapted to the elements, companion animals like me can be just as susceptible to extreme temperatures as our owners are. When the temperatures get extreme, your pet’s safety should be top priority!

 

 

Here are 5 ways to stay safe while enjoying summer activities with your pet:

1-Respect the heat. Pets just as Humans can find a hot summer day overwhelming. Unlike you, we have limited ability to deal with the heat. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting, while humans can sweat through all of the skin on their body. Also, dehydration can be a big problem. Animals with flat faces—like Pugs and Persian cats—cannot pant as effectively, and are therefore more susceptible to heat stroke. You should also keep an eye on elderly or overweight pets or animals with heart and lung disease. In the summer, make certain that Fido and Fluffy always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and avoid letting them run around outside during the hottest parts of the day.

2-Keep bugs away - safely. Another summer pet safety issue is the presence of ticks and other summer insects. Not only can bugs carry diseases, but the ways people try to ward them off can also cause problems for your pet's health. Fertilizers and pesticides may help keep a lawn looking great, but they can be very dangerous. In areas where your pets play, try to keep the grass cut short to reduce the presence of ticks and other insects. Talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and other insects.

3-Beware of antifreeze. In the summertime, antifreeze can leak out of cars when they overheat, leaving puddles on the ground that your dog can easily lap up and swallow. The sweet taste of antifreeze is tempting to dogs and cats, but when this toxic substance is ingested, it's potentially lethal.

4-Find out if your pet needs sunscreen. Some pets, particularly those with short fine hair and pink skin, can be susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your veterinarian about which types of sunscreen are safest on your pet's skin. But be careful! Do not use sunscreen or insect repellents that are not designed specifically for use on animals.


5-Practice water safety. As with other aspects of summer pet care, water safety is all about thinking ahead. It's fun to bring your pet to the beach or pool to stay cool together, but always keep a close eye on your pet when they're in or near the water. Even a strong swimmer could have trouble getting out of a pool, or get trapped by ropes and other obstacles. For more risky summer adventures with your dog, like boating, look into a doggie life preserver.

Well off to the pool, my mom has cool treats all ready for me!

Have fun and stay cool just like me!


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2016 Brush Pickup Schedule

by The Rullo Team

Brush Pick-Up Schedule - 2016

 

CITY OF ST. CHARLES - 2016 Brush Pickup Schedule

The Brush Pick Up program includes the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. Only residents that pay an additional monthly fee on their utility bill are eligible. Review your City utility bill to see if this fee is included, check My Neighborhood or call Utility Billing at 630.377.4426 for verification.

East Side                              West Side

April 18                                 April 25

May 16                                  May 23

June 20                                 June27

July 18                                  July25

August 15                              August 22

September 19                        September 26

October 17                            October 24

*November: No Pick Up

CITY OF GENEVA  - 2016 Brush Program

The City of Geneva's brush program provides monthly pickups from April through November. The collection is intended for the disposal of limbs/branches that are removed by the property owner for normal maintenance and upkeep, not for lot clearing. The City's contractor will not collect material produced by a private contractor.

For more information, please call the Geneva Public Works Department at 630.232.1501

West Side                            East Side

April 4                                   April 11

May 2                                    May 9

June 6                                   June 13

July 4*                                  July 11

August 1                                August 8

September 5*                        September 12

October 3                              October 10

November 7                           November 14

* Holiday observed. Crews will begin the following scheduled workday.

CITY OF BATAVIA - 2016 Brush Collection Schedule 

Curbside residential brush pickup resumes in May for residents that pay the monthly leaf/brush fee on their utility bill.  If your brush was out at 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled collection week and not collected by the end of the workday on Friday, please notify the Street Division at 630.454.2400 no later than the following Monday. 

East Side                              West Side

May 9                                    May 16

June 13                                 June 20

July 11                                  July 18

August 8                                August 15

September 12                        September 19

October 10                            October 17

              November 28 - Citywide

How to Prepare Brush/Limbs

  • Brush should be put out before 7am on Monday of the scheduled pick up.
  • With cut ends facing the street, branches must be at least 3 feet in length and less than 12 inches in diameter.
  • Do not tie bundles of brush with rope or wire and do not pile higher than 4 feet.
  • Branches must be on the parkway, in front of your house or along the frontage where refuse/recycling is collected.
  • Please make every attempt not to park in front of the piles; crews will be unable to pick up the brush.
  • Tree trunks/stumps: If you take down a whole tree, please be aware that the maximum size that the crew has the ability to pick up is 12” in diameter by 12’ long.  Anything larger or longer would need to be cut up or split before pick-up.
  • Small branches, trimmings and leaves: These items can be placed in a generic brown paper yard waste bag and place one refuse sticker on each bag. Yard waste bags will be picked up on your weekly refuse pickup day.
  • Severe storms could delay the timeliness of the pickup due to an extremely large volume of material to be collected. Every attempt will be made to deploy additional staff and equipment if such delays do develop.


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Spikes Corner-Winter Pet Care

by The Rullo Team

Brrrr… Spike Rullo here… Talking about Winter!

 

Winter is a time when your beloved fur babies need a little extra care. Here is a compiled list of tips to protect your pet from the dangers of winter.

 

If your pet spends most of the time in the backyard, you might want to keep them indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet -- they’re simply not that cuddly. But If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection during winter. Provide your dog with a warm, dry and draft free shelter outside. The shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.

 

It takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold so outdoor animals will eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.Meanwhile, Indoor animals have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust their amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet!

 

Frostbite is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during their walks. Look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etYwoEOdhD4

 

 

The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car's radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly - even the smallest sip can be fatal! If your pet starts acting "drunk" or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep your pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. You should also not let your dog wander too far during his walks. Who knows what dangers lie in your neighbors' driveways?

 

If you live in an area with cold and icy winters then you are probably accustomed to salt on the sidewalks and roads. However, the types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws -- not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. Protect your pet's paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.

 

Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car… ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car's hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she'll thank you in the long run.

 

Wintering with your pet is mostly common sense. If you’re cold, your beloved pet will most likely be cold too. So snuggle up, keep your pet warm and safe and sooner than you can say "Jack Russell," we’ll all be hitting the beaches for some summertime fun.


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2015 LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS

by The Rullo Team

St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia High schools have been ranked in the top 100 public high schools in the state of Illinois by a 2015 study done by US News & World Report, with St. Charles North (#35) and St. Charles East (#42) leading the pack. For more details, visit the US News & World Report website. Congratulations to all 4 schools!
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The KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET Season Has Begun!

by The Rullo Team


KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET
2015 SHOW DATES
The Flea Market dates fall on the first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday.
Exception for 2015: April dates are the 11th & 12th because the first Sunday falls on Easter.
Show times: Sat noon–5, Sun 7-4.
SHOWS ARE NEVER CANCELLED due to sun, wind, rain, dust or snow!
Feb 28 & March 1st (Split weekend) - 1st 2015 spring show 
April 11th & 12th (2nd weekend because the 1st weekend is Easter)
May 2nd & 3rd
June 6th and 7th
July 4th and 5th (Our 47th Anniversary & Independence Day)
August 1st & 2nd
September 5 & 6th (Labor Day Weekend)
October 3 & 4th (Founder's Weekend)
Oct 31st & Nov 1st (Split weekend/ Halloween/ start to holiday season)
December 5th & 6th (Holiday Show)
*No January & February Shows; March 5th & 6th,2016 starts the next season*
Please visit the
Kane County Flea Market website for more information.

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“MEET ME AT THE QUAD”

by The Rullo Team

Charlestown Mall to be relaunched as “The Quad of St. Charles”

The proposed plans for The Quad St. Charles include:
- Keeping the building as an enclosed shopping mall.
- Constructing new entrances to create street-facing front entrys into the mall building.
- Reconfiguring the interior and exterior areas around the former Sears store.
- Complete renovation of the interior, including the center court.
- Removing the food court wing of the mall.
- Creating new retail/commercial buildings around the mall, including outlot buildings along Main Street (Illinois Route 64).
- No changes to the detention basins or landscaping along the north property line of the mall.

Construction Timeline: Phase 1 of the project is underway. This initial phase includes relocation of mall ring road (eastern portion is now open; western portion should be completed early spring), site utility work (completed) and site grading to create lots for new freestanding buildings along Main Street. Next, planned to start in Spring 2015, is major exterior demolition and site work around the mall building itself. The anchor stores and theater will remain open during the duration of the construction.
The development team is active behind the scenes marketing the project to prospective retailers and beginning the process to secure tenant leases for a 2016 opening.

The website for The Quad St. Charles provides updated information from the developer, The Krausz Companies, Inc. Visit the City of St. Charles website to view the Site Plan and Concept Renderings and to keep updated on the work that is being done by the City Council and the Plan Commission. If you’d like more information on the project, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (630) 377-4443.
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St. Charles, IL St. Patricks Day Events

by The Rullo Team

St. Charles St. Patricks Day Events

Saturday, March 14th

10:00am St. Patrick's Dance Show at the Arcada Theatre
Start your St Patricks day fun early, at the beautiful
Arcada Theater. Talented, local dance studios will kick their heels up prior to the parade. These performances will bring fun for the whole family as the dancers get everyone in the spirit before the big parade.
11:30am Deck Out Your Lucky Dog
The
St. Charles Veterinary Clinic Presents "Deck Out Your Lucky Dog" (2 E. Main St., St. Charles) between 11:30am-1:30pm. Join the "Deck Out Your Lucky Dog" contest by bringing your dog decked out for the St. Patrick's celebration. Register at the tent in front of the Municipal Center.
2:00pm St. Patrick’s Parade
The St. Patrick's Parade on Main St./ Rt. 64 kicks off at 2:00 and features authentic Irish music, floats, Irish dancers, and alot more! Join us
Downtown St. Charles for all the fun!

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ARCADA, ST. CHARLES, IL DECEMBER EVENTS

by The Rullo Team

LeAnn Rimes: One Christmas
Thursday, December 18 2014 7:30PM

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue. The album's eponymous leadoff single, "Blue", became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline's vocal style. When she released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country popmaterial, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade. Come check out her once in a lifetime Christmas show!

It's a Wonderful Life Film with special guest Karolyn Grimes
Friday, December 19 2015 7:00PM
Saturday, December 20 2015 11:00AM

Sunday, December 21 2015 1:00PM

Meet ZuZu from the movie! Meet and Greet, Autograph signing, Q&A, viewing of the biggest "It's a Wonderful Life" memorabilia showcase and a viewing of the film. Kids FREE! Adults only $12! ($6 for film only).

Robin Zander Band (Of Cheap Trick)
with special guests Voyage (Sat.), and 28 North (Sun.)

Sat-Sun, December 20 2014 8:00PM & December 21, 2014 7:00PM

Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, returns to the Arcada with his own Rock 'N Roll band and Cheap Trick hits. Robin Zander is giving away an unreleased music download from the bands latest album.

Polar Express Film
Monday, December 22 2014 3:00PM & 7:00PM
ELF Film
Tuesday, December 23 2014 3:00PM & 7:00PM
The BoDeans
Saturday, December 27 2014 8:00PM

BoDeans is a rock band formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1985, the band recorded their critically acclaimed debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. Early on, the BoDeans' sound was largely influenced by roots rock and heartland rock, but they began to move more into the genre of alternative rock, and then later reached the top 40 "mainstream rock" charts. In the mid-1990s, the band had two top 10 songs in the "Adult contemporary" charts. In recent years, the band has made a return to their roots rock origins while taking on new directions such as country and soul.

NYE Arcada Style
Wednesday, December 31 2014 8:00PM

A live musical and culinary experience celebrating 60s Rock, Motown and Ron's cooking! Two fabulous bands and a Dance Floor * Full Bar * Slow Roasted Prime Rib Sliders * Ron's Meatballs * Cold Jumbo Shrimp * Bruschetta Bar * Desserts * Favors and a bunch more delicious surprises!   Tickets $69 per person or $125 a couple!  Includes ticketing fees! SEATS ARE LIMITED!!!  Only 200 will be sold!

For more information on upcoming shows and events, visit the Arcada Theatre website.
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