Thursday, Sep 19, 2019



A rescue mission for oak trees

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To help insure the survival and regeneration of one of the county’s most prized natural resources, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County will conduct what it calls “oak rescues.”

HFPD receives blast from past


A treasure has been returned to the Harvard Fire Protection District by Victoria Hubbell, the granddaughter of Howard J. Ferris, who was one of the founders of Harvard’s Starline Building.

HHS senior attends state conference

As a second-grade student at Central School, Katia Schmitt decided she wanted to be a singer.

Looking to keep our children safe

Harvard resident Doug Frenk wants to protect our children.

HHS prepares to see the wizard


Harvard High School administrators had to scramble after Christmas break to find a director for the spring musical after choir director Haley Gifford resigned.

Working together for seniors

The Harvard Senior Center and Crystal Lake-based McHenry County Senior Care Volunteer Network recently joined forces to brainstorm ways in which both groups can better assist area senior citizens.

Students to perform in honor band

Six Harvard High School band students will perform a brand-new musical composition written by the founder and conductor of the Keystone Winds Ensemble and composer Dr.

Harvard is hub for 4-H clubs

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Since its inception more than 100 years ago, 4-H has helped shape the lives of many young people. It is now the country’s largest youth development organization.

Hvd schools implement new program

Jefferson Elementary School and Harvard Junior High School have adopted the Student Ambassador program this fall to provide support to students who have been identified as leaders by their peers as we

Yerke celebrates 103rd birthday


Harvard resident Bonita Yerke was born Nov. 25, 1911, when the price of stamps was 2 cents, Charlie Chaplin was starting to act, and William H. Taft was president of the United States.

Pastor’s goal becomes reality


How long do you want to stay at the First Presbyterian Church of Harvard? This was the question asked of Jeff Borgerson when he was a candidate to be pastor of the church in 1989.

Class of 2010 speaks for the trees

The Harvard High School Class of 2010 will present trees as its graduation gift to beautify the school campus.

Shirt bonds hero to Harvard


Men keep old T-shirts for all kinds of reasons. Many times it is to let the world know they are a fan and have someone they revere.

Give a little bit

Joe McLachlan approached the modest home with two trash bags filled with presents. It was Christmas morning, which made this a last-minute gift distribution.

Harvard High School has new music teacher


The music department at Harvard High School has a new leader, and hopefully this one is a keeper.

Building trades continues projects

As Harvard High School building trades students complete one major project, the baseball field press box, they’ll begin work on the fifth house built under instructor Bob Mundis.

Saunders visits game show


When Mike Saunders, owner of Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, 107 Sumner St., watched an episode of “Let’s Make a Deal” before seeing his daughter off to school one morning, the last thing he e

Legal Services available at Harvard Diggins Library

Prairie State Legal Services will offer services from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Harvard Diggins Library by appointment only.

HCEF awards first mega grants

For the first year since its inception in 1996, the Harvard Community Education Foundation has the means to award mega grants to educators.

Photographer captures America

Dacy Airport, 22207 Airport Road, served as the backdrop for a photo shoot with iconic photographer Dennis Manarchy.

Minister looks to make impact

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A new minister has joined Harvard’s First United Methodist Church.

New principal takes over at St. Joseph

Gregory Wilhelm, originally from Evansville, Ind., has been selected to be principal of St. Joseph Catholic School at 201 N. Division St.

Booster Club under new leadership

The Harvard Booster Club has seen a change in its leadership.

Harvard resident’s flowers bloom

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David Chase, a former Floridan who has lived in Harvard for the past 11 years, loves to garden.

District 50 seeks board members

Harvard School District 50 is seeking two board members to fill recent vacancies on its board of education.

Heritage House celebrates 40th

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“Gemutlichkeit” is German for “good, warm feeling.” It’s the sentiment the Heritage House restaurant, at 21225 Highway 14, Harvard, has conveyed for the last 40 years.

MCC offers associate degree in Harvard

Harvard residents no longer have to leave the city limits to complete their first two years of college. Starting this fall, McHenry County College will offer an associate degree program in Harvard.

Family celebrates 100 years

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For generations, members of the Perenchio family have called the farm at 2711 Perenchio Lane in Harvard home.

Apple maze coming to Harvard

Royal Oak Farm Orchard, 15908 Hebron Road, is looking forward to several firsts in the coming year.

Hvd graduate headed to Hawaii


Considering that he officially graduated high school a semester early and has received a $50,000 scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University, it goes without saying that Bobby Henning is eager to move on

Crosby says goodbye to first class


Richard D. Crosby Elementary School recently graduated its first class of students to complete all grade levels – kindergarten to third grade.

Olbrich qualifies for National Dairy Bowl

Harvard High School sophomore Morgan Olbrich, 16, has been involved in the world of dairy farming for as long as she can remember.

HHS students win Accounting Bowl

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Harvard High School’s Accounting I and II classes recently took first place at the 12th annual McHenry County High School Accounting Bowl.

Comer selected as grand marshal

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Jan Comer would have been satisfied with cake and ice cream when she retires from the Harvard Rescue Squad next month.

HHS student’s drawings published


Junior year in high school is difficult with college testing and applications to think about, but Harvard High School junior Claire Okkema can add to that list illustrating a children’s book of lime

St. Joseph School’s principal resigns

After 12 years of employment at St. Joseph Catholic School, Mike Shukis will resign from his position as principal.

Harvard preps for aquatic center opening

After what seemed like a never-ending winter, Harvard Parks & Recreation officials are getting a late start preparing the aquatic center for summer activity.

Students pie teachers for a cause

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Students at St. Joseph Catholic School recently received a sweet reward when they raised more than $730 in a fundraising project for the Children’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

LEOS formed at high school


The Harvard chapter of the Lions Club has a protégé: the Harvard chapter of the Leos.

HHS band receives a boost

Harvard High School received a new sound system in November, and students as well as Director of Bands Korey Coffer are very happy with the change.

Harvard Rotary has 'can' do attitude


The Harvard Rotary is trying something different. Instead of the annual summer steak fry, Rotary members are trying another fundraiser they hope pays off.

An interesting exchange at HHS


One might not expect Harvard to be a hub for intercultural tourism, but for three Harvard High School exchange students, the city has become their home away from home as they become immersed in Americ

The 'New Dealer' visits Harvard


Sitting in his wheelchair with his traditional cigarette holder clenched in his teeth, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made his way to the front of the meeting room at the Harvard-Diggins Library

Dream comes true for HHS student


A dream came true for Harvard High School student Morgan Logan a few months ago when the senior received a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a college associated with Chicago

Starline to host Liberty Day

For two days, the Starline Factory, 300 W.

Mary Ayer still having an impact

Six years before her death in 1895, Mary D. Ayer, widow of Harvard founder, Elbridge G. Ayer, made provisions for an endowment to benefit all the citizens of Harvard.

Lego leads students to state event


Several students in Harvard Junior High School teacher Mimi Book’s eighth-grade gifted class will head to the First Lego League state robotics competition in February.

Harvard newspaper history to be digitized

The Harvard Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley St., is on the forefront of modern library science technology under the guidance of Director Karen Sutera.

Checkmate: Chess returns to HHS


Harvard High School has four team IHSA state championships.

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