Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | May 2, 2017

Greenfield Creative

Greenfield Creative Brings Big Ideas and Creative Marketing Expertise from the 63rd Largest Company in the World to the Smallest Town on Route 64

Clare, IL–Although there are many things one might expect in Clare, Illinois – farmland, semi-trucks, chickens, grain elevators – one thing that may be unexpected is a creative marketing company with a co-founder who left one of the largest companies in the world for the opportunity to work with his wife everyday.  Yet, that is exactly what you will find since the Boyntons, happily married for over 22 years, opened Greenfield Creative on February 1, 2017.

“There are mornings when I wake up and have to blink twice,” laughed Maria Boynton, managing partner and Creative Director.  “I never expected to live in Clare again after leaving for college in 1988, yet…here I am.”

“We moved back to Clare in 2011 after Maria’s grandfather, Robert Pearcy, passed away,”  Denny explained.  “It was important to her family that the family home stay in the family.  Since neither Maria nor I were tied to a physical locations with our employment, we were in the perfect position to make that happen – and here we are.”

“For the duration of my employment at Microsoft, I worked from my home office when I wasn’t traveling,”  added Denny.  “I am doing that again, but this time with a focus on my local community and with Maria.  It’s a win-win.”

“My grandmother was born in our home,” Maria said, “and our daughter’s bedroom was my great-great-grandmother’s bedroom as well.  I feel a deep sense of belonging to this area, to this community.  Though I am surprised that this is where my life has taken me, I can’t imagine it any other way.”

After graduating from Sycamore High School in 1988, Maria when on to pursue both a B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communications and an M.A. in Communications Theory from Northern Illinois University.  She has over twenty years of experience in communications, advertising, design, and marketing.  She worked for several large corporations in health care and manufacturing verticals, as the director of Community Engagement for local public radio stations WNIJ and WNIU, and owned a promotional products and apparel business in St. Louis.

Denny Boynton also received a B.A. and M.A. from NIU and has been working in the software and information technology field for the same amount of time, most notably leading the Enterprise Architecture team at Anheuser-Busch and as a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation over the past ten years.

Denny and Maria are passionate about bringing the expertise and skills they have refined over the last 20 years to local companies through Greenfield Creative.

“It happens all the time,” said Denny. ” A meeting takes place, sales are down, and management wants to know why.  They start of throw money into advertising and, frequently, unless the company is large enough to have a marketing department, the responsibility falls to someone in the company who doesn’t necessarily have the knowledge or experience to be successful in leading the marketing effort and measure the results.  It is hard to correlate successful expenditures of marketing dollars with increases or declines in business without a clear plan.”

Greenfield Creative ( is simply a one-stop marketing resource for businesses.

“When somebody gets put in charge of marketing with little or no experience – they don’t even know where to start and have tremendous pressure to succeed,” said Maria, “without a clear cut understanding of what ‘success’ in that context even means.  Trying to maintain brand standards across media while making up success metrics on the fly…it can by dizzying.”

Greenfield Creative offers services in strategic marketing planning, graphic design, copywriting and editing, web and online development, social media management and promotional product and apparel sales.

“We offer a variety of marketing and creative services so clients don’t have to worry about managing projects across multiple agencies,” Maria explains.  “We like to keep things simple.  If you do business with Greenfield Creative, it’s the only stop you’ll have to make.”

Based in Clare, Illinois Greenfield Creative is a full-service marketing and advertising creative agency providing high-quality services to businesses of all sizes and verticals.

Contact Denny Boynton, Director of Digital and Online Services
P.O. Box 23, Clare, IL 60111
Phone:  815-901-3403

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 25, 2017

DeKalb County Community Gardens

Community Garden

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 20, 2017

Northern Rehab Hosts After Hours Open House

DeKalb-Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists cordially invites you to an After Hours Open House on Tuesday, May 2 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm held at the new location at 3266 Sycamore Road in DeKalb on the corner of Bethany and Route 23. Celebrating the Main Office new location, please stop in and tour the clinic, enjoy delicious hor d’oeuvres, enter to win door prizes and more! We hope you will join us!

Chosen as DeKalb County’s Finest Best Physical Therapists five years in a row and Best Massage Therapy in 2015 and 2016, Northern Rehab is a privately-owned local business and has built a solid reputation and strong relationships within the communities it serves. Northern Rehab strives to treat patients in a professional, yet fun and friendly atmosphere providing quality, skilled hands-on physical therapy with an emphasis on one-on-one physical therapy care provided by the physical therapist.  For more information about Northern Rehab, please visit, call 815.756.8524, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.

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Stage Coach Players proudly announces their 2017 Black Box production: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a hilarious comedy by Christopher Durang.

“We live in a time of light-speed technological advances and constant social media bombardment,” said Wendy Tritt, director. “We see some of the consequences of this with Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia, who have frittered their lives away in their family’s farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. To make matters worse, their addled housekeeper, Cassandra, frequently dispenses alarming prophecies.”

While Vanya and Sonia stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister, Masha, was gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star. She suddenly returns home with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike, and announces that she is selling the farmhouse. The stage is set for an absurd weekend of hilarity and global warming.

The cast consists of Norm Read, Julia Woodward, Elenia Dokos, Paula Tsiagalis, Hayden Perkins and Merri Bork, all of whom are experienced Stage Coach Players. These actors have appeared in Stage Coach Players musicals, comedies and dramas and bring these varied talents to this production. Tritt and Jeff Heider, first-time Stage Coach Players directors, are enjoying the dedication and growth that everyone is experiencing. The creativity and comedic energy that has been developed by this group will have audiences laughing, sighing, contemplating and laughing some more.

Performances run April 20-22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. and April 23, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5.00 and are available by calling 815-758-1940 or online at  The Stage Coach Players’ theater is located at 126 South Fifth Street in DeKalb.


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 8, 2017


Nurses at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the efforts of all nurses and the duties they perform every day. The first award recipient will be honored at the Nurses Week Event on May 12, 2017.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Northwestern Medicine are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses from Northwestern Medicine to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of nurse colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.  Each honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It is important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” said Vice President of Operations and Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals Chief Nursing Executive Pamela Duffy.

For more information and a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit


The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary, the Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Auxiliary, and the KishHealth Foundation, part of Northwestern Medicine, offer several scholarships each year for DeKalb County residents pursuing healthcare studies. Scholarships are offered to students pursuing careers in healthcare studies, including nursing, radiology, pre-med, medical, and ancillary health services professions. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. This year’s scholarships include:

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary
The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary offers the NM Kishwaukee Hospital Healthcare Scholarship to students accepted or currently enrolled in healthcare-related disciplines. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to eligible: (1) legal address in DeKalb County, (2) immediate family member employed by NM Kishwaukee Hospital, or (3) be a volunteer in good standing through the NM Kishwaukee Hospital volunteer program with at least 20 hours of service. Application and instructions are available at, from the Volunteer Services office at NM Kishwaukee Hospital, by calling Deborah Nier at 815.756.1521, ext. 153372, or emailing  Applications must be received in the Volunteer Services office by 4:30 pm, on May 5, 2017, or postmarked no later than that same date. Applicants will be notified of award by May 19, 2017.

Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Auxiliary
The Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Auxiliary offers scholarships to students who live in a community served by Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, including residents of Earlville, Sandwich, Plano, Somonauk, Leland, Yorkville, Bristol, Sheridan, Serena, Newark, Millington, Millbrook, Big Rock, Hinckley and Waterman. The student must be a high school graduate and show proof of acceptance into a post-secondary health-related program.

Application forms, transcripts, and test scores must be completed and returned by June 1, 2017, for the subsequent fall semester. To apply, download the PDF form at and send all documents to Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, Attn: Deanna Francis, 1302 N. Main St., Sandwich, IL 60548.

KishHealth Foundation, part of Northwestern Medicine
The KishHealth Foundation, part of Northwestern Medicine, maintains three scholarships for students pursuing degrees in medicine and diagnostic imaging and encourages donations to these funds.

Floann and Hallie Hamilton Diagnostic Imaging Scholarship
Each applicant must be a DeKalb County resident and must have been accepted into a college diagnostic imaging curriculum. The Hamilton scholarship was established by Floann and Hallie Hamilton, long-time Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary volunteers.

 James J. Feeney, MD, Memorial Scholarship
Each applicant must be a DeKalb County resident currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited medical school curriculum or have been accepted into a college level pre-medical curriculum as a full-time student. The Feeney scholarship was established by Dr. Feeney’s widow and daughters.

 Physicians’ Medical Education Scholarship
Each applicant must be a DeKalb County resident currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited medical school curriculum. The Kishwaukee Hospital Physicians’ Scholarship was created in 2004 by Photine Liakos, MD, to assist and encourage young people to join the medical and ancillary health services professions. The scholarship is funded by donations from local physicians.

These scholarship forms are accessible at Send completed applications and supportive documentation, postmarked by May 1, 2017, to: KishHealth Foundation, part of Northwestern Medicine, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115.

To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit or

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 7, 2017


April 5, 2017 – Northwestern Medicine Physical Therapy is hosting its 10th annual 5K Run/Walk event on May 20 at 8 am. The event is intended to promote health and fitness for the local community. Although many participants will run, this event is intended for walkers as well, strollers are welcome but no pets are allowed. Proceeds will be donated to Adventure Works of DeKalb County, a non-profit, interactive counseling agency that serves youth ages 6-18 providing individual, family and group counseling through adventure.
The run/walk will start and end at Northwestern Medicine Physical Therapy, 2111 Midlands Court, Sycamore. The course is flat and follows city streets. Event day registration and packet pick-up will be available from 6:45 am to 7:45 am. Registration closes at 7:45 am and the run/walk begins promptly at 8:00 am. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Event day registrants will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last. Refreshments will be served to all participants both pre- and post-race. Northwestern Medicine Physical Therapy staff will be available for post-event stretching and massage. Post-event stretching, food, music and water will be provided.
Registration fees are $20 for the general public, and $25 for event-day registrants. Awards are given to the overall male and female winners, plus the top three male and female runners in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. A number of raffle prizes will be also be given out. Registration is available by visiting to print the form or online at For further information, contact Chris Laurent at 815.748.8900 ext. 156064 or
For more information about Northwestern Medicine Physical Therapy, please visit
To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | April 4, 2017


Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital is accepting applications for its Teen Age Group Service (TAGS). The TAGS program provides teens volunteer opportunities at the hospital. Current high school students and eighth graders who will enter high school in the fall of 2017 are encouraged to apply. Deadline to submit application is May 1, 2017. Interviews are scheduled with the future TAGS volunteer and a parent/guardian. Orientation and two training sessions are required. Applications are available in the hospital’s Volunteer Services office, by calling 815.756.1521 ext. 153373 or by emailing To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, visit To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 31, 2017

Northern Rehab’s DeKalb Resource Parkway Office Announces Move

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists is pleased to announce their DeKalb Resource Parkway (Main Office) has moved to a new location at 3266 Sycamore Road in DeKalb, located at the corner of Bethany Road and Route 23.

“We have enjoyed the past 22 years at the DeKalb Resource Parkway location and look forward to caring for our patients at our new location. High quality physical therapy has changed over the past 20 years with more emphasis now on an active exercise approach combined with hands-on techniques with less use of electrical modalities. This translates into a need for more open gym space and less use of private treatment rooms. This relocation has allowed us to design a more functional space with easier accessibility to help us better serve our patients” comments Ken Olson, Physical Therapist and President of Northern Rehab.

The Main Office’s new location opened on April 3. New patients are always accepted; their phone number remains the same, so please call 815.756.8524 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Since first opening their doors in 1978, local physician, patient, and community support has helped Northern Rehab grow to now include 10 physical therapists working in 4 different locations in Northern Illinois. All other clinic locations at DeKalb Lincoln Highway, Genoa and Rochelle remain the same. Northern Rehab is a privately owned business operated by physical therapists that live and work in the communities they serve.

To celebrate their new Main Office location, Northern Rehab will be hosting a Business After Hours Open House on Tuesday, May 2 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the new office at 3266 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The public is invited to attend! Enjoy a tour of the new facility, hors d’oervres, free chair massages, and the opportunity to win raffle prizes.

Voted Best Physical Therapists five years in a row, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists has built a solid reputation and strong relationships within the communities it serves. Northern Rehab strives to treat patients in a professional, yet fun and friendly atmosphere providing quality, skilled hands-on physical therapy with an emphasis on one-on-one physical therapy care provided by the therapist. For more information about Northern Rehab or to schedule an appointment, please visit or call 815.756.8524. Additionally, you may find Northern Rehab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 30, 2017

Sixth Annual Transformation Through Rhythm Concert to Benefit Hospice

DeKALB, Ill. – The community is invited to the sixth annual benefit concert, Transformation Through Rhythm, on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 2 pm in the DeKalb High School Auditorium. The concert will feature the DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble, the Northern Illinois University Percussion Ensemble, the Harambee African Percussion Ensemble and the DeKalb High School Steel Band. There is no charge for admission and donations are appreciated.

“New this year, we have started a ‘bead market’ and have a committee working diligently to create beautiful jewelry with African beads,” said Jen Conley, MTBC, LPC, music therapist at KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine. “All of the proceeds from the sales of this handmade jewelry will go to Knysna Hospice.”

The annual Transformation Through Rhythm concert brings diverse performers and audience members together to celebrate community, service, and music. The concert offers an opportunity to support both the Music Therapy program at KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine, which is largely supported through grants and donations, and its sister hospice, Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice in Knysna, South Africa. Proceeds from last year’s concert helped bring food relief to needy hospice patients and their families in Knysna who live in harsh conditions and extreme poverty, where the economic climate is making it increasingly difficult to secure food donations. The concert raised 11,417 South African ZAR, enough for 53 food parcels.

In the spring of 2004, KishHealth System Hospice joined the Twinning Initiative of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA). Hospice programs in the U.S. are encouraged to raise funds to assist their partners financially. Help is particularly important with the continued HIV/AIDS epidemic that kills more than 6,300 people daily in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sponsors of this event are Northwestern Medicine; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb High School, the Harambee Ensemble, and radio sponsor WNIU. For more information about Transformation Through Rhythm, call KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine, at 815.756.3000.


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