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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, now they are open and wrapping paper is everywhere! Merry Christmas!
If your family room is anything like mine, it's probably full of tissue paper and bows and the last remnants of wrapping paper torn from presents that were ever-so carefully piled beneath the tree. Hopefully everyone is in good cheer on this beautiful, not-so-white Christmas, day and enjoying time with family and friends. We want to know though: what is your favorite part of Christmas? Is it something you got this year, like a new iPhone 5, sweater or pony? Or is your favorite gift something that can't necessarily be wrapped up and placed under a tree? Is it spending time with your family? Eating cookies? Caroling? Let us know in the comments. And have a very merry Christmas.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Add photos from under the tree to Patch and share them with the community.
Christmas morning is finally here and Patch wants your post-gift-destruction pictures. To the right is one from my own family's archive. That's me on the right and my older brother Terry on the left on Christmas morning 1991. I did my part. Now it's your turn. Add your Christmas morning photos to this story by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button above. Type the names of those pictured in the caption space, and send the link out to Grandma, Grandpa and all your friends so they can see your fam on everyone's favorite morning. We'll re-feature the story throughout the week, so you can check back to see everyone's pictures in an all-encompassing gallery. If you have any questions or have any problems uploading, email me at joe.…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
For more than 55 years, NORAD has been helping kids follow Santa as he travels the globe.
In just a few hours, Santa Claus will begin his trek around the globe to deliver presents to all the kids who’ve been nice this year. (And let’s face it, the naughty ones will probably wake up to something under the tree, too.) If you want to prepare for when Santa will arrive in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and Burr Ridge the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will again be tracking Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve. NORAD, which normally follows things such as airplanes, missiles and space launches as they fly above North America, got into the Santa-tracking business by accident, according to its website. In 1955, a Sears’ ad printed the phone number of a NORAD (then CONAD) hotline and mistakenly said it was Santa’s number. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Louis W. Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Doctor and Bear cartoon: If you think I'm letting you anywhere near me with a scalpel, you can…
Snow storms can be exciting, but the also can be deadly. Here are some tips for staying safe.
It looks like we're going to get our first measurable snow fall this year. Along with the snow comes shoveling which can be a great way to exercise, but also a danger to your health if you aren't careful. Each year, thousands of people are treated in emergency departments across the U.S. for heart attacks, broken bones and other injuries related to snow shoveling. Shoveling is a highly physical activity that is comparable to lifting heavy weights repeatedly and quickly. People with a history of back or heart problems should ask someone else to do the heavy shoveling. If you have to do it yourself, know your limits and don’t overdo it. Here are a few tips for staying healthy during shoveling season: Also, here are some tips for safe winter …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Old Man Winter is expected to arrive Thursday, just in time for Christmas travel.
Updated Thursday at 2:15 p.m. The storm is on its way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warningeffective until 3 a.m. Friday. "Rain will change to snow from west to east late this afternoon or early this evening," the warning reads, "with snow becoming heavy at times. The heaviest snowfall and lowest visibility should occur in the immedate Chicago metro area between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Snow will linger through the night tonight. Very strong winds will develop as the snow arrives and continue Thursday night." The warning says to expect between 2 and 6 inches of snow accumulation. From Tuesday... AccuWeather is reporting a blizzard is on its way as it unfolds near Colorado and Kansas Wednesday and heads northeast to …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
From Lego-building, to chess- and soccer-playing, there are several different options for kids staying home over the break.
The following is a release from the Village of Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department: Staying home over Christmas break and need something for your children to do? Try out one of these exciting parks and recreation department programs. Lego Engineering Classes Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well Technologies and over 100,000 pieces of LEGOs for either of these classes. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering & architecture through engineer-designed projects. Chess Soccer Camps Register through the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department at www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr. Register on line, via fax or in person. For more information and fees, contact the department at 630-789-7090.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten ahold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!
Hello friends! I'm the Burr Ridge Patch Elf on the Shelf. Call me Patchy. I've heard about more of my friends hanging around the area lately, and I wondered what they were up to. Could their families post pictures here on Patch to show me? I'd love to catch up with them. We all go back to Santa on Christmas Eve, but in the meantime, we'll be watching you! Cheers, Patchy the Elf
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department's Breakfast with Santa event is set for 9 a.m. at the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge.
The following is a release from the Village of Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department: Santa is making a last minute stop by the beautiful Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 8, to check who has been naughty or nice. Join us for an intimate morning visit with Santa at 9 a.m. The event will include picture opportunities with Santa and a light breakfast that includes donuts, bagel, juices and coffee. Crafts will also be provided. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $13 for Hinsdale residents and $18 for non-residents. All participants age 2 and over need to register. Register online at www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr, by fax to 630-789-7016, by mail, or in person at the parks and recreation office.