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Keep Your Pets Warm & Cozy This Winter!

by The Rullo Team

Temperatures are starting to plummet throughout the Fox River Valley. You always remember to bundle up yourself and your family to stay warm and healthy throughout the colder months. What about your pets, though? Despite their furry coats, dogs and cats are at just as much risk during the winter as we are. Make sure to keep your pets warm and cozy inside and outside of your home by following these winter pet care tips.



1. Create a special spot indoors for your pets to keep warm. Give them a cozy bed and their own blanket to cuddle up with.

 

2. Do not allow your dogs or cats to roam alone or sleep outside overnight.

 

3. Just as your shouldn't leave your pets alone in a car during the summer months, you should never leave pets in automobiles during the winter.

 

4. Unless your pet has an undercoat, you should put a sweater or coat on them before taking them outdoors.

 

5. Your pets' paws can easily get frostbite or irritated by salt. Protect their paws before heading outside by rubbing paw protectant onto their pads or placing booties on them.

 

6. Always keep your dog on a leash when going on walks during the winter. This season has the highest instance of lost dogs than any other time of year.

 

7. Make sure your cats and dogs are not exposed to antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but is highly toxic and can be lethal when consumed. Always wipe up any antifreeze in your driveway or garage. Immediately contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has ingested any antifreeze.

 

8. Keep a towel by the door so you can wipe your pets' paws as soon as coming back inside. It is very important to get all salt/de-icing materials, snow, and ice off of their paws as quickly as possible.

 

9. Check your pets for any signs of frostbite on their ears, paws, legs, and tail.

 

10. Just like our skin gets drier during the winter months, the same thing happens to our cats and dogs. Avoid dry, flaky skin by bathing your pets less frequently during the winter and using a moisturizing shampoo when you do bathe them.

 

11. Use a humidier in your home to help with your pets' overall health.

 

12. Make sure that pets cannot get close to any heaters or furnaces that could burn them.

 

13. Keep an emergency supply of pet food and medications in case you are unable to leave the house due to winter weather.

 


 

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Honor Our Fox River Valley Veterans!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

Let us take time this weekend to honor those brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. VETERANS DAY is on Monday, November 11th! Be sure to thank all the veterans you know, especially those that call the Fox River Valley home, for their service and sacrifices made to protect our country and our freedoms. We are eternally grateful for all that you have done. Honor and celebrate our veterans at one of the great events occurring throughout our communities. 

 

Veterans Breakfast

Date: Sunday, November 10th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 (65 First Street)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with veterans and family members. All veterans eat for free!


Fox River-Geneva American Legion Post 75 Centennial Celebration

Date: Sunday, November 10th

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: American Legion Post 75 (22 South Second Street, Geneva)

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of this American Legion Post with food, drinks, raffles, and great speakers, including Colonial Kyle Moore, Bernie Laskowski, and Terry Emma.

 

Veterans Day Open House

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Little White School Museum (72 Polk Street, Oswego)

Come explore the annual Remembering Our Veterans exhibit which features military artifacts and local historical information from the museum's permanent collection. Free admission.

 

Aurora Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Location: Downtown Aurora

Find the perfect spot along the parade route for the Veterans Day Parade. The route begins at Benton and Broadway and ends at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Park (23 East Downer Place). At the park, a cermony called "Serving Our Country and Community" will begin at 11:00 am. ceremony.

 

St. Charles Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 10:30 am

Location: St. Charles Police Station (1515 West Main Street)

This celebration will feature the National Anthem, prayers, speeches, performance of Taps, and gun salute.

 

Veterans Day Memorial Park Ceremony

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Elgin Veterans Memorial Park (270 North Grove Avenue)

Join local veterans organizations and Mayor David Kaptain as we honor all of our nation's members of the Armed Services.

 

North Aurora Annual Veterans Day Memorial

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: North Aurora Veterans Memorial (11 North Willoway)

Start the celebration at the North Aurora Veterans Memorial before heading to the reception and recognition event at the North Aurora Police Department (200 South Lincolnway).

 

Honoring our Local Heroes: Veterans Day in St. Charles

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: St. Charles Public Library (1 South 6th Avenue Street)

Learn more about our local war heroes at this joint presentation by the St. Charles Public Library and St. Charles History Museum. Register for this FREE informative presentation HERE.

 



The Rullo Team extends a huge THANK YOU to all of our veterans for their service to us and our great country!

Important Home Maintenance Tasks To Complete Before Winter!

by The Rullo Team

With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance around the house. Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape through the holiday season and into the new year by completing some tasks. Here are easy tasks to complete this month and keep your family healthy and cozy in your beloved home.

1. Give Your Wood Floors Some TLC. Winter can be the toughest season on your wood floors. Heating in your home can dry out the planks, resulting in cracks and shrinkage. Salt can scratch and stain the floors. There are several simple steps you can take to resolve these issues. Add a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air. Sweep and mop the floors routinely to remove salt and buildup. Add rugs and mats in areas with a lot of foot traffic.

2. Prepare For Winter Storms. Winter weather will be here before we know it! That means freezing temperatures and percipitation. Keep shovels and snow gear close to the door so that you can easily access them when needed. Keep walkways cleared of snow and ice. Remove large snow piles, when the weather permits, from the roof and tree limbs to avoid costly damage.

3. Clean Your Oven. Your oven will see a lot of action. There is might be a lot of grease and grime built up. Use the self-cleaning function once a month if your oven has one. Create a paste of baking soda and water to scrub out the buildup in the oven. Once your oven is clean, you will be all set for the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts you will soon be having!

4. Take Care Of Drafts. Hot air can be escaping from your home and increasing your energy bill. Pick up some door sweeps from your area home improvement store to all doors leading outside. Add weatherstripping around windows.

5. Remove Allergens. Indoor allergens increase during the colder months. Keep your family healthy all season by removing these issues. Dust throughout the house, particularly blinds and ceiling fans. Be sure to vacuum all carpeted areas regularly. Add an air purifier with HEPA filter to your home to remove particles from the air. Wash your bedding in hot water weekly and cover your mattress in a zippered allergen-resistant cover.

6. Complete A Property Inspection. Complete a property inspection before it gets too cold to be outside. This is important since it allows you the chance to catch major issues before they occur during the winter. Check the conditions of gutters, look for exposed pipes, and inspect windows and doors. Make sure to change out the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Consider hiring a professional to complete the inspection to ensure that all potential issues are found.

7. Clean your Dryer Vent- Keeping your dryer vent clear of excess lint is critical to maintaining your machine and for preventing fires.



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Decorate Your Home For The Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

Time to get spooky! Get in the Halloween spirit and turn your St. Charles home into a frightful delight for the 2019 “Best in St. Charles” Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!!!

 

Whether you participate in this favorite annual event our not, be sure to check out the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area beginning Friday, October 18th, through Halloween night! See the best ghoulish displays every evening at dusk until 10:00 pm. Find the Free Home Tour Guide online HERE starting on opening night.

 

 

SPECIAL TOUR DATES

  • Preview Night | Friday, October 18th

    • Opening night and last chance for homeowners to make changes before judging.

  • Judging Night | Saturday, October 19th

    • Best night to see the homes! Judging by contest committee begins at dusk.

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Eeriest Haunt (w/o actors)

  • Craftiest Creeper

  • Best Rookie

  • Best Actors (1-6 ghouls)

  • Best Actors (7+ ghouls)

  • Best Youth Actors (ages 18 & under)

  • Family Fun

  • Judges’ Favorite

  • People’s Choice (determined by online voting between October 20th and November 1st)

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register your home today! Fill out the entry form by 5:00 pm on October 13th. Contact Katie Miller at (630) 513-4390 for more information. The Halloween House Decorating Contest is open to all St. Charles residents along with those living within the St. Charles Park District’s boundaries.


 

HAPPY DECORATING!

 

Image Credit: St. Charles Park District

Get Your Fox River Valley Home Ready For Colder Temps!

by The Rullo Team

Winter might still seem like a distant prospect in our future (thank goodness!). However, as we approach the end of the year, the days will just keep getting colder. Get your Fox River Valley home ready for the upcoming cold season by starting to winterize now. You will be able to do any necessary work while it is still comfortable enough to do so AND it will keep you and your family toasty all cold season long while also saving you money on your energy costs! Focus on these elements of your home as the temperatures drop!

  • Energy Monitor - Install this helpful tool to learn where your home uses the most energy so you can easily discover ways to cut costs this upcoming winter.....and ALL year round!

  • Windows - Use a Window Insulation Kit to add an extra layer against the cold. Be sure to properly caulk around all windows to avoid warm air leaks and cold air drafts.

  • Doors - Once the temperature drops significantly, add a draft blocker underneath all outdoor doors. Be sure to caulk and weatherstrip as needed. Consider switching to a Storm Door for added energy efficiency.

  • Furnace - Change the filters to increase airflow and remove illness inducing irritants. Have the system professionally cleaned and adjusted. Save money in the long run by upgrading to an Energy Efficient Furnace. You will stay warm and keep your family healthy all season.

  • Fireplace - Hire a professional chimney sweep to come clean and inspect your chimney. Doing so now will ensure that you can get someone into your home before they go into their busy season and will keep you safe by removing any potential dangers that could occur the first time you light a fire this fall.

  • Insulation - Just as you do to go outside, your home needs to wear some added layers in the winter. Add insulation between walls, to the basement ceiling, and the attic floor. Also, wrap insulation around your pipes to avoid the costly issues caused by freezing pipes.

  • Thermostat - Keep heating costs low by turning down the heat whenever you leave the house. Also consider reducing the temperature by a couple degress and cuddling up with a warm blanket instead!

 

For additional helpful home owner’s tips, check out our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!


Mark Your Calendars for Scarecrow Fest!!!!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in St. Charles means it is time for one of your favorite annual community events……..Scarecrow Fest!!! Gather your post, straw, old clothes, and other accessories and start Creating The Best Scarecrow this city has ever seen! Do not delay! Scarecrow Fest is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for the 34th annual Scarecrow Fest being held on Friday, October 11th, through Sunday, October 13th. This FREE event in Downtown St. Charles is filled with fun for the whole family. Enjoy delicious food, incredible live entertainment, fun kids activities, and more! Do not miss special events, such as the Scarecrow Contest and Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show. Here is all the information you need to plan your weekend at the upcoming Scarecrow Fest!

 

Live Entertainment!

Main Stage at Lincoln Park

Friday, October 11th

  • 1:00 pm | Elite Academy of Dance

  • 2:00 pm | Dreams Dance Academy

  • 3:00 pm | Batavia Academy of Dance

  • 4:00 pm | School of Rock Geneva

  • 6:00 pm | Scarlett Fever

Saturday, October 2th

  • 10:00 am | Thompson Middle School Choir & Orchestra

  • 10:45 am | St. Charles Dance Academy

  • 11:30 am | Dance Dynamics

  • 12:30 pm | GARY Jazz Group

  • 2:00 | Clayton Mann

  • 4:00 pm | Covington Grove

  • 6:00 pm | Six String Crossing

Sunday, October 13th

 

Carnival!

3rd & Cedar Streets

Hours of Operation

  • Thursday, October 10th | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Friday, October 11th | 12:00 pm 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Saturday, October 12th | 11:00 am 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Sunday, October 13th | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

Event Details!

Dates: Friday, October 11thSunday, October 13th

Hours: 10:00 am9:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) | 10:00 am5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE Admission!  

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend filled with fall fun at St. Charles’ 34th Annual Scarecrow Fest!  

Image Credit: Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau


 

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 Geneva Concours d'Elegance!

by The Rullo Team

The Fox River Valley is the perfect spot for car enthusiasts! Throughout the summer, there are incredible car shows in the area for owners of classic cars and community members that love to admire them. St. Charles Cruise Nites takes place several Tuesday evenings on Riverside Avenue and every Thursday evening features the Geneva Classic Car Show at the Kane County Courthouse. Along with these fun recurring events, the ultimate car show every year is the Geneva Concours d’Elegance, which will be shifting into gear on Sunday, August 25th!


 


Head to Third Street (from State to South Street) in downtown Geneva for the 2019 Geneva Concours d'Elegance! On Sunday, August 25th, hundreds of classic car enthusiasts from around the country will meet in Geneva to marvel at a stunning collection of antique, classic, exotic, modern, and race cars. This year’s Concours will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Bentley Motor Car Company and celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Sports Car Club of America. Celebrate the artistic and engineering heritage of the automobile in American culture in beautiful downtown Geneva. Car show participants can register starting at 7:00 am on Fulton & South Second Street. Judging occurs at 9:00 am and the Awards Ceremony will be held at 3:00 pm on Franklin & South Third Street. The Geneva Concours d’Elegance is a FREE event and is open to the public between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.


There are other Special Events occurring for the Geneva Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, August 24th. Tour at J.A. Air Center Aurora Airport (Sugar Grove) at 10:00 am. Enjoy beautiful classic cars and airplanes as you explore the center. A catered lunch will be provided under the canopy. The cost is $45 per person. Treat yourself to Cocktails & Candlelight Dinner at Dunham Woods Riding Club (Wayne) at 6:00 pm. Drive up to the event in style in your classic car and enjoy an evening with participants and car lovers. The cost is $100 per person. Reserve your spot for either or both of these fantastic events by filling out the Ticket Order Form HERE!


No matter what your hobby or passion, the Fox River Valley is the perfect place to pursue what you love! Search Current Fox River Valley Homes For Sale to find your next dream home today!


Image Credit: City of Geneva

Mark Your Calendars for Elburn Days!

by The Rullo Team

Celebrate living in Elburn during ELBURN DAYS!! On Friday, August 16th, through Sunday, August 18th, Elburn Lions Community Park (500 Filmore Street) will be transformed into a fantastic community festival. Enjoy 3 days of incredible family fun with food, Beer Garden, entertainment, games, craft fair, and so much more. Take a spin on the action packed Carnival Rides ($22 wristbands on Friday and Saturday, $27 wristbands on Sunday). Participate in the Mud Football and/or Pie Baking Contest! Try your luck at the 50/50 Raffle and Car Raffle! There is something for everyone to enjoy! All proceeds from this fantastic event support the work of the Elburn Lions Club and their charities! Help support a great cause and have a weekend full of laughs and good times with your family and neighbors in Elburn!

 

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, August 16th

  • 5:30 pm | Live Music - SAMMY & THE KNIGHTS | Main Stage

  • 6:00 pm | Parade

  • 8:00 pm | GLOW PARTY with DJ BOOM | Community Stage

  • 8:00 pm | Live Music - BACK COUNTRY ROADS | Main Stage

Saturday, August 17th

  • 11:00 am | Truck and Tractor Pulls

    • $5 general admission

  • 12:00 pm | Live Music - ADAM LINDER | Beer Garden

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Face Painting, Coloring Station, Giant Jenga, Photo Frame, Unicorn Makeovers

  • 12:45 pm | Dance Performance - M&M Dance/Empower Dance Company | Community Stage

  • 1:30 pm | Hula Hoop Contest (ALL Ages) | Community Stage

  • 2:00 pm | FREE Dance Class with Miss Regan, Mia, and Taylor | Community Stage

  • 3:00 pm | Live Music - WHISKEY ROAD | Main Stage

  • 3:45 pm | Dance Performance - M&M Dance/Empower Dance Company | Community Stage

  • 5:00 pm | Live Music - SMOKIN GUNZ | Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm | Live Music - MODERN DAY ROMEOS | Main Stage

Sunday, August 18th  

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am | Pie Baking Contest| North End Pavilion

  • 9:30 am | Worship Service | Community Stage

  • 10:30 am | Mud Volleyball

  • 12:00 pm | Live Music - ADAM LINDER | Beer Garden

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Face Painting, Coloring Station, Giant Jenga, Photo Frame, Unicorn Makeovers

  • 1:00 pm | FREE Freeze Pops | Community Stage

  • 1:15 pm | FREE Hip Hop Class with Brianna | Community Stage

  • 1:30 pm | Magic Show - SCOTT PINER | Community Stage

  • 2:00 pm | Colonial Ice Cream Eating Contest | Community Stage

  • 3:30 pm | Dance Performance - M&M Dance/Empower Dance Company | Community Stage

  • 5:30 pm | Live Music - BELLA CAIN | Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm | Car Raffle and 50/50 Drawing | Main Stage

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a fun filled time at this year's Elburn Days!



Image Credit: Elburn Lions Club

School Bells Are About To Ring In Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

School buses will once again be filled with students throughout the Fox River Valley! That’s right! It is time to head back to school! Make sure those backpacks are packed before the first bell! Here is a list of the first day of school for all local public school districts in our area.


Batavia Public School District 101 | 335 West Wilson Street, Batavia

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Community Unit School District 308 | 4175 Route 71, Oswego

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


East Aurora School District 131 | 417 Fifth Street, Aurora

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Geneva CUSD 304 | 227 North Fourth Street, Geneva

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Indian Prairie School District 204 | 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora

First Day of School: Monday, August 19th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Kaneland CUSD 302 | 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


School District U-46 | 355 East Chicago Street, Elgin

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


St. Charles CUSD 303 | 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


West Aurora School District 129 | 1877 West Downer Place, Aurora

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 



The school districts in the Fox River Valley are some of the top ranked public school districts in the state. Set your child up for academic and personal success! Search Current Fox River Valley Homes For Sale to find your next dream home in a top rated district today! The Rullo Team hopes all Fox River Valley students have a successful and fun 2019-2020 school year!!!

Show Your Home Some Summer Time Love!

by The Rullo Team

Give your Fox River Valley home some TLC this summer These projects for inside and outside of your home will help spruce it up for you and your family and keep you comfortable and happy throughout the hot months and the rest of the year. Here are our top home maintenance tasks to tackle this summer!

 


1. Touch Up Exterior Paint - Boost your home's exterior appearance by touching up the paint. If you do not have any exterior paint on hand and need help matching the color, ask a professional to come out to help you find the perfect match.

 

2. Wash Windows - Be able to see the beautiful scenery of your landscaping by washing the outside of your windows. You will get best results by scrubbing with a bucked of hot soapy water.

3. Clean Window Screens - Window screens also need to be washed at this time. Gently scrub them with the same mixture. If they are too covered in dirt and grime, it is a great time to replace them.

4. Clean Exterior of House - This might be the most difficult maintenance task on our list but it is also vitally important. The warmer weather gives you the opportunity to wash the outside of your home and, after our winter and spring, that is a good idea. Do a soft washing to update your curb appeal and extend your home's lifespan.

 

5. Reverse Ceiling Fans - Change your ceiling fans to spin counter-clockwise so that a breeze is created throughout the home.

6. Clean A/C Filter - Keep your family cool all season long by cleaning the air conditioner filter. Wash with warm water or vacuum cleaner if your system does not have a self-cleaning function. Remember that this task should be done frequently while your air conditioner is in continual use.

7. Remove A/C Fan - After dealing with the A/C filter, now is a good time to dust off the fan. Remove it, clean it, and return it to its rightful place when done.

8. Check Furnace Filter - Your furnace has also been accumulating dust. Remove the filter and give it a thorough washing if the filter is a reusable one. If it is not, be sure to replace it with a new filter.

9. Maintain Washing Machine - Give your washing maching some care so your clothes continue to come out clean. Remove soil buildup from the seal around the door.

10. Inspect Driveway and Walkways - Driveways and walkways take a beating throughout the year: from the cold in the winter to the heat of the summer. Check for cracks and weeds and handle those issues as they are found. Afterward, it is a good idea to pressure wash these areas.

11. Clean Baseboards - It's a great time to work on those areas of the house that often get overlooked and that includes the baseboards. Give them a cleaning with a damp cloth to remove built up dust and dirt.

12. Clean Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher - Just like the laundry machine, now is a good time to clean the garbage disposal and diswasher. Refresh both by using vinegar. This will help remove food odors that have been building up.

13. Inspect Hoses - Look for cracks, wear and tear, or any signs of leaks in the hoses located around your house (i.e. dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, toilets, etc.). Replace as necessary.

14. Inspect Attic and Basement - Check both of these spaces for water leakage, mold and mildew, and pests. Handle any issues that you might discover right away.

15. Declutter - Get rid of those items that you really do not need around the house by hosting a rummage sale or donating them. If you discover that you have a lot of items to simply toss, consider renting a dumpster so you can do a giant purge at once and be done with it.

 

 

Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape this summer by completing these home maintenance tasks! Check out The Rullo Team's website and follow us on Facebook for more helpful home owner tips throughout the year!


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