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Christian Connection presents Beverly Lewis, bestselling author

MINNEAPOLIS – Award-winning, bestselling author Beverly Lewis will be touring the Midwest in promotion of her latest release, The Tinderbox, a stand-alone novel set in her beloved Lancaster County and featuring her trademark look at Amish family life.

According to Lewis, her biannual tour is a highlight of her work as a novelist: “It’s always a pleasure to meet with readers face-to-face, and an encouragement to this author’s heart.” Her tour includes twenty stops at bookstores and libraries throughout the region. With nearly 18 million copies of her books in print, Beverly will greet fans and sign The Tinderbox, along with other reader favorites, on:

THURSDAY, April 4th – 2PM    

Christian Connection

337 W State Street, Sycamore, IL


Lewis is not only the leading author of Amish fiction, but also its pioneer: she created the genre with the release of her first adult novel, The Shunning, in 1997. The resulting surges in both reader interest in and publisher output of Amish fiction gained national attention, garnering coverage by Time magazine, the BBC World News service, The Wall Street Journal, and Nightline, among others.

 “No one does Amish-based inspirationals better than Lewis.” – Booklist

About The Tinderbox

With her parents’ twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller finds her father’s cherished brass tinderbox left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life and alter everything for her close-knit Old Order Amish family. As the long-kept secret emerges into the light of day, can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness?

About Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books, with more than 17 million copies in print. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at

For more information or to request an interview with Beverly, contact:

Amy Green, Fiction Publicist


Visit to download the book cover and author photo.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 13, 2019

SERVPRO of DeKalb County

Weather Forecast for Spring: Predictably Unpredictable
Local SERVPRO® disaster recovery professional spotlights resources to help property owners plan in advance for potential severe spring weather

Rochelle, IL (Grassroots Newswire) March 12, 2019 – With spring around the corner, Steven Bryant, SERVPRO of DeKalb County, encourages property owners to be prepared for potentially severe weather. Spring weather can be unpredictable, with wide temperature swings and extreme weather changes—sometimes within a 24-hour period. Thunderstorms along with the lightning, tornadoes and flooding they can bring, cause most of this severe spring weather. Thunderstorms can occur anywhere in the U.S., even in spots that don’t experience them often.

“Home and business owners need to be aware that severe weather conditions can develop rapidly and hit unexpectedly, so it’s important to plan ahead,” says Bryant. “By the time you hear about an approaching storm, you may have little or no time to prepare for it. The time to prepare is now, before severe weather occurs.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) also stresses the importance of individual and community preparedness for extreme weather events. Their National Seasonal Safety Campaign1 seeks to inform the public about seasonal weather hazards during the time they are most common. For the NWS Spring Safety Campaign that means the period from March 1 to June 1, encompassing Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 5-11, 2019. For each season and its related threats, the NWS provides no-fee Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to a user’s WEA-capable phone when severe weather is expected (Warning) or possible (Watch) at or near the phone’s location.2 For the spring season, these alerts include thunderstorms, tornadoes, flood and excessive heat along with tsunami warnings and rip-current statements for coastal residents and visitors.

“As disaster remediation specialists, we know how important advance planning and preparation can be not only for surviving an unexpected event, but also for recovering from it once the threat has passed,” says Bryant. “Follow the advice of the experts: prepare an emergency kit that includes an emergency evacuation or shelter plan, a first aid kit, a three-to-five day supply of water and food, personal hygiene items, medications, blankets and pet supplies, if you have pets. Be sure to include important contact, insurance, utility and medical information stored in a reliable and accessible place like the SERVPRO Ready Plan App3 or other readily available spot. Having these critical items available to grab and go in both your home and car allows you to quickly move to safety and then take immediate steps toward recovery once the emergency is over.”

While it’s important for families and individuals to heed the safety advice of the NWS as the spring severe weather season approaches, it’s also important for businesses to prepare for the threats of the new season. “For businesses, advance planning for severe weather and other unexpected events can mean the difference between surviving or closing their doors forever,” according to Bryant. “As many as 50 percent of businesses close down following a disaster, unable to survive long periods of business interruption caused by a disaster and its aftermath. To help address this problem, SERVPRO developed their Emergency READY Profile (ERP).4”

Business owners work with their local SERVPRO franchise professional to implement their ERP, beginning with a no-cost facility assessment and employing online tools to document critical facility, contact, and line-of-command information. Having this information in a central, easily accessible location helps facilitate the prompt, appropriate and efficient response that SERVPRO knows is critical to getting a business back in business as quickly as possible.

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


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2018 Hurricane Florence, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 8, 2019

Opportunity House Athletics Presents~

Band Together Flyer

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Healthy Kids Day

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64 Self Store


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Kishwaukee United Way


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Walk A Mile With Safe Passage


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Spring Pops Concert


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Stage Coach Players Presents

Join Stage Coach Players under the sea as they swim into their 2019 season with Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  The musical is based on the 1989 film of the same name with all the popular songs included.  Its book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater.  It is about a mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and find love.

ariel boat       stagecoach Feb

Disney’s The Little Mermaid which will be performed at the Egyptian Theatre is directed by Jan Kuntz (director of last season’s It Should Have Been You, among others) with music direction from John Feken, music director for Hairspray.  The cast features Andrea Shapiro (Ariel), Chase McIntoush (Prince Eric) and Emmanuel Cockrell (King Triton), all making their Stage Coach debuts.  Other principals are Andy Small (Pilot), Greg Anderson (Grimsby), Blythe Schwaller (Flounder), Nick Bantz (Scuttle), Rudy Espiritu (Sebastian),  Shannon Becker (Ursula), Dorcas Keating (Jetsam), Allison Scigalski (Flotsam), and Steven Becker (Chef).

Noah Aldis, Ali Anderson, Makayla Anderson, Drew Beckett, Kelly Bolander, Cadmium Bound, Isabelle Chamberlain, Abigail Cooper, Jaimee Draper, Jaylin Draper, Zach Eckhardt, Helen Frey, Colin Gorman, Ruth Hart, Kaitlin Jacobson, Hope Johnson,  Edward Keating, Kaitlynn Keck, David Kuhn, Jan Lam, Karissa Lam, Andrea Larson, Grace Leopardo, Sophia Linson, John McCue, Sage McCue, Caroline Menzer, Jacob Morton, Isaiah Panke, Joseph Pontarelli, Riley Powers, Ebad Rana, Bailey Russell, Andrew Russo, Hillary Rutten, Ariana Meric Sanchez, Piper Schiola-Williams,  Jim Small, AJ Smith, Monique Smith, Hannah Squires, Josie Squires, Jyllann Torres, Mikayla Torres, Brittany Watne, Chris Welch and Dominique Williams round out the aquatic cast.

Like the movie, the production is a spectacle filled with wonderful characters, tuneful songs, vivid colors and according to Kuntz, a “splash of Cirque du Soleil.”  She added that the crew has spent countless hours creating beautiful and amazing costumes and props and assembling and painting set pieces.

After weeks of singing and dancing at rehearsals, the cast is excited to perform in front of audiences at the Egyptian Theatre.  Shannon Becker (Ursula) said, “This will be the largest venue I’ve performed in, and I’m so excited for it!”

The Little Mermaid story is personal for Kuntz: “King Triton reminds me a lot of my Dad, loving with a touch of the Marines, and I have just a bit of Ariel’s stubbornness in me. We clashed numerous times, situations that now make me smile and give me fond memories.  I hope my Dad is smiling in heaven when King Triton states that Ariel ‘can speak for herself.’ He certainly taught me to stand on my own and speak for myself, and I thank him for that.”

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | February 27, 2019

An Evening with Kish

An Evening with Kish

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