Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | December 20, 2019

Hey Huskie Fans –

We are REALLY BACK HOME!  Please join us Thursday and Friday for some great basketball.

Can’t wait to see you all!

  • COMPASS CHALLENGE (Game 1 at 4:30 / Game 2 @ 7:00)
  • Star Wars Night
  • Toy Drive


NIU starwars

Go Huskies!

Lisa Carlsen

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 22, 2019

Kiwanis Annual Draw Down & Silent Auction


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 14, 2021


On Saturday, October 30, 2021,Stage Coach Players (SCP) will hold an audition for the role of Martha, in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.  

The audition is open and auditioners should be prepared to perform a cold reading from the script.  

Directed by Bernie Schuneman and Assistant Director Jan Booth, the audition will be at Stage Coach Theatre from noon – 4:00 p.m..

If you ever wanted to be part of a terrific show and role, this is your chance.  

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George.  The action of the play takes place at their home, late one evening, after a university faculty party.  The couple receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.

The director is looking for a woman between the ages of  40 – 60.  Please note that Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a show with challenging adult themes.   Martha is a difficult woman who curses freely and there is physical contact with which some auditioners may not feel comfortable.

The production, which was originally scheduled to be produced this past summer, will be brought back to SCP this coming winter.  The dates for the production are January 20 – 30, 2022.  

Please visit www.stagecoachplayers for information on upcoming shows, auditions, future community outreach efforts and other events. 

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | September 23, 2021

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital Appoint New President

Northwestern Medicine has named Maura O’Toole the new president of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, in DeKalb, Ill., and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, Ill.

O’Toole has more than 25 years of health care leadership experience, most recently serving as vice president of operations at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill.

“Maura has a proven track record as an enthusiastic leader who inspires people to be their best,” said Kevin Poorten, senior vice president, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “Under her experienced guidance, Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital will continue our mission of always putting the patient first.”

A trained nurse, O’Toole received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salve Regina University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She held several administrative leadership positions before joining Central DuPage Hospital in January of 2005 as director of perioperative services.

“The team at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital is truly outstanding,” said O’Toole.  “I am excited to continue the amazing progress these hospitals have achieved with a focus on excellent patient satisfaction and quality care.”

O’Toole is replacing Jay Anderson, who was named chief operating officer of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital recently achieved Magnet Recognitionâ, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, including 10 exemplars in areas that highlight excellence in patient satisfaction and preventing patient harm. In addition, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in three conditions, heart failure, kidney failure and COPD, in the 2021-2022 “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings.

To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | September 3, 2021

Campus Meets Community Block Party

Have you been looking for an opportunity to introduce your business/organization to NIU students, faculty, and staff? Join us for the Campus Meets Community Block Party to connect with the NIU campus.  Local businesses and organizations are invited to come show all the community has to offer at this fun and festive event.

Grab your tent, swag, samples, coupons, flyers, etc. and join the party to welcome Huskies to the DeKalb area.

The Block Party will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 9 in the Martin Luther King Commons in the heart of NIU’s campus (in case of inclement weather the indoor location is the Duke Ellington Ballroom). 

Registration is now open!

Sign up today at:

Please contact Jennifer Groce at with questions. 

September is National Preparedness Month, part of the ongoing “Ready”1 initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to FEMA’s “Are You Ready”2 guide, the first step in effective disaster preparedness is to understand your specific risks – first by identifying the hazards that could possibly affect you and then by evaluating your actual vulnerability to those sources of danger.

“Once you understand your risks, you can effectively plan to mitigate them by decreasing your vulnerability and then manage their consequences quickly and effectively if the worst does happen,” says disaster mitigation specialist Margaret Jackowiec of SERVPRO® of DeKalb County. “Of course, individual home or business owners’ risks vary depending on their location, but regardless of where you live or work, FEMA’s guide has some basic steps that everyone can take to prepare for the unexpected.”

  1. Create a family communication and shelter plan.
  2. Sign up for emergency alerts, including FEMA alerts3.
  3. Build your savings if possible and keep a small emergency fund of cash on-hand at home.
  4. Create an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit4: Gather and safeguard critical documents like deeds, medical information, insurance policies, and a list of your household belongings.
  5. Create an emergency kit5 with basic tools and enough food and water to last 72 hours and keep the contents fresh and up to date.

In addition to the planning tools and checklists provided by FEMA, businesses like SERVPRO that specialize in disaster mitigation and restoration offer free tools that make disaster recovery easier. The free SERVPRO READY app6 allows home and business owners to store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed in seconds with a mobile device. Local business owners who designate SERVPRO of DeKalb County as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider benefit from a no-cost assessment of their facility along with help completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

“The uncomfortable truth is that no amount of preparedness will prevent disasters from striking, but preparedness can help disaster victims survive and then recover,” says Jackowiec. “When disaster strikes, sometimes it’s difficult to even know where to start picking up the pieces. Having critical documents and details at your fingertips helps, but so does having access to professionals who know how to help you return to normal, ‘Like it never even happened.’ The disaster remediation specialists at SERVPRO of DeKalb County know what to do when you don’t know which way to turn. We’re here to help when you need us.”

For more information on SERVPRO of DeKalb County, please contact Margaret Jackowiec at (815) 758-3900 For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 23, 2021

1st Annual Moose Riders 9/11 Charity Ride and Event

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 19, 2021


Stage Coach Players (SCP) continues to lend assistance to local food banks this summer by collecting food and household items for local food banks.  The SCP Community Outreach Committee will be collecting items one more time Tuesday, August 24, 2021.  SCP members will be at the theatre from 4 to 6 p.m. and be held in the theatre’s back parking lot.  The address is 126 S. 5th Street in DeKalb.

With so many people still in need, SCP will be accepting household and non-perishable food items during for NIU Husky Food Pantry.  For this collection, SCP will also be collecting, fresh fruit and vegetables along with bread, milk and other dairy products.  But please, no glass containers.

In addition, SCP has par tnered with New Hope Baptist Church to collect money and backpacks.  People can donate $11.00 to purchase the entire backpack, or they can purchase the backpack and individual items.  The link to donate is on their website , under ‘Events’ and ‘Back To School Bash.’  SCP will also be collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief backpacks.  They are in need of the following items: pens, backpacks, rulers, pencils, scissors, pencil sharpeners, erasers, crayons, and notebooks.

This will be the final Tuesday collection.  Starting in September, SCP will be collecting non-perishable food and household items on the nights of the performances of their remaining plays this year.  Non-perishable and household items.  Performances for the comedy, The Red Velvet Cake War, will run from September 9, 2021 to September 19, 2021.

For more information on SCP, including upcoming performances, past productions and future community outreach efforts, please visit our website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 17, 2021

Fortitude Fitness Turns 5 Come Celebrate with Us

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 5, 2021


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Stage Coach Players of DeKalb (SCP) announces that it will be cancelling its August play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee.  The award-winning drama was scheduled to run from August 12, 2021 through August 22, 2021

Director Bernie Schuneman offered, “With heavy hearts we have decided to shut down production of the show with the hopes of remounting it in the future.”  He continued, “We had been rehearsing for several weeks when we were forced to a halt by the departure of a major cast member.” 

SCP’s next live theatre production, The Red Velvet Cake War, is scheduled to open September 9, 2021.  For more information on SCP, including additional upcoming performances, past productions and future community outreach efforts, please visit our website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 31, 2021

Sycamore Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry Patient Appreciation Day

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 29, 2021


Stage Coach Players (SCP) announces auditions for its holiday production of Elf The Musical.  The musical, based on the beloved 2003 film is guaranteed to make you smile so why not audition for a role that will help others find their smiles this December.

Elf The Musical will be directed by Jan Kuntz.  Auditions will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and August 15, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Monday, August 16, 2021 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m..  Auditions will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church located at 511 Russell Road in DeKalb.  If necessary, callbacks will be Tuesday, August 17, 2021. 

Needed are men and women and kids ages 8 – 80.  Please prepare a Christmas song of 24 measures to sing and bring sheet music.  Be prepared to dance and possibly do a cold reading from the play.  You may be asked to sing a song from the show so if possible, familiarize yourself with the music from the show.  Current CDC guidelines will be followed.  Those who are not vaccinated will be asked to wear a mask. 

Performances for Elf The Musical will be held at the historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb during the second weekend in December.

For more information on SCP, including upcoming performances, past productions and future community outreach efforts, please visit our website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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