All posts by Cheryl Borrowdale
Photo: Father Tim Seigel, the priest at St. Gall Catholic Church, started coming into Dave’s Barbershop just 18 months ago. “I have to go home because I left my wallet,” Seigel said. “I actually forgot it. That’s...
- Posted April 5, 2014
It’s in the stars
Photo: During periods of particularly strong solar activity, Herman Zwirn can see the aurora borealis (seen on page 2B) from his observatory in Lily Lake. Though the aurora was visible earlier this winter, cloudy weather distorted the...
- Posted March 30, 2014
Elburn grows up
Photo:The Shodeen master planned community known as Elburn Station will contain over 110 acres of parks and green open space with miles of recreational paths, connecting the potential 200,000 square feet of commercial buildings on the north...
- Posted March 28, 2014
Running across Illinois for a cure
Photo: Bill Babiarz is running from west to east across the state to raise awareness and money for the fight against Rett Syndrome. Babiarz’s 4-year-old daughter Cammy suffers from the rare developmental disorder. Bill finished his Friday...
- Posted March 26, 2014
local couple to open Elburn coffee house
Photo: Tony and Ann Cobb of Elburn recently purchased the building at 2 S. Main St. in Elburn, and plan to open The Corner Grind coffeehouse there in early May. Ann will run the store, and source...
- Posted February 13, 2014
Carey family reunited following rough 2013
Photo: The Carey family, Tim, Dylan, Chris and Gavin, at home together just days after being reunited on Dec. 26. Courtesy Photo SHABBONA, Ill.—When 3-year-old Dylan Carey was finally reunited with his mother, Christine Bateman Carey, on...
- Posted January 17, 2014
Becky comes home
MP native returns five months after surviving horrific accident MAPLE PARK—There weren’t many Christmas presents under the tree for the Nelson family this year, but nobody cared—Dave and Peggy Nelson got to bring their daughter, Becky, home...
- Posted January 10, 2014
Bringing some muscle to Elburn
Blackberry Creek resident opens Windy City Muscle Cars ELBURN—When Nicolas Cage’s brand new Bentley Continental GTC went up for sale as part of the Hollywood star’s bankruptcy, Tom Scardamaglia snapped it up. It’s sitting in his showroom...
- Posted December 15, 2013
Elburn’s Wireless Zone hosts Toys for Tots donation box
ELBURN—The Toys for Tots donation box at Wireless Zone is nearly empty—a single baseball glove has been donated thus far—but store manager Jeremy Schorr is hoping that as word gets out, the people of Elburn will help...
- Posted December 6, 2013
Becoming Dylan’s ‘superhero’
Photo: Tim and Christine (Bateman) Carey with sons Dylan, 3, and Gavin, 6. The family lives in Shabbona, Ill. Photo by Samantha Garver SUGAR GROVE—Three-year-old Dylan Carey pretends he’s a superhero during his chemotherapy treatments for the...
- Posted December 5, 2013
Day in the Park to return?
ELBURN—Fireworks may return to Elburn in 2015, and both the Chamber of Commerce and the Elburn Lions Club have formed committees to revive the Day in the Park festival. The fireworks were scuttled in 2008 for financial...
- Posted November 18, 2013
Local residents ‘Help Becky Bounce Back’
KANEVILLE—Nearly 400 people came to Sunday’s Help Becky Bounce Back Benefit, with people packing the Kaneville Community Center’s gym to make frantic last-minute bids in the silent auction and then spilling outside to bid on live auction...
- Posted October 24, 2013
Nelson fundraiser set for Oct. 20
KANEVILLE—Becky Nelson, the Maple Park native who spent almost five weeks in a coma following a hit-and-run accident in the Cayman Islands on July 1, is awake and undergoing rehabilitation in Chicago—and a family-friendly fundraiser on Oct....
- Posted September 27, 2013
Elburn native earns rowing scholarship to D-1 school
ELBURN—Kylen Patterman is new to the University of Louisville’s rowing team, but she’s one of the most experienced rowers on the team. The 2008 Kaneland graduate rowed for three years on a club team at Grand Valley...
- Posted September 13, 2013
NIU student visits Tanzania, rides Elburn Days Parade float ELBURN—Cory Lipsett’s first trip abroad was startling in two ways: he went to Tanzania, one of the world’s poorest countries, and he went without Ragin, the guide dog...
- Posted August 24, 2013
Hit-and-run accident leaves MP native in coma
Photo: Maple Park native Becky Nelson is currently in a coma as a result of her being struck by a vehicle on July 1 in the Cayman Islands. Nelson, who previously worked at the Kaneville Community Childcare...
- Posted August 15, 2013
Didier named SG 2013 Citizen of the Year
Photo: Joe Didier (center) of Sugar Grove, is the Sugar Grove 2013 Citizen of the Year, taking time to pose with his wife, children and grandchildren. Photo by Kimberly Anderson SUGAR GROVE—In the minutes before Sugar Grove’s...
- Posted August 2, 2013
Elburn gets its ‘GED’
ELBURN—Elburn’s newest pizza place, GED Pizza, located at 151 E. Route 38, was born when Guillermo Mendez saw that Genoa Pizza’s location was up for sale. Guillermo, who was working on the construction crew building Brianna’s Pancake...
- Posted July 26, 2013
Rollins takes over as SG police chief
SUGAR GROVE—Interim Police Chief Ron Moser on Monday handed over the reins of the Sugar Grove Police Department to his successor, Patrick Rollins, who took over as the department’s new chief of police. Rollins has spent the...
- Posted July 12, 2013
Sugar Grove soldier comes home
SUGAR GROVE—The first thing Sgt. Melissa Castrovillo did on her return from Afghanistan earlier this month was pamper herself. She’d spent the last nine months stationed as a military police officer somewhere in Afghanistan—exactly where is classified—and...
- Posted July 3, 2013
Ream’s to purchase CCC parking lot
ELBURN—Ream’s Elburn Market, one of the cornerstones of Elburn’s historic downtown, is planning to move out of its current location and into a new building—one that Randy Ream plans to build just across the street, on what...
- Posted June 28, 2013
Fish Market hopes to make a splash in Elburn
Photo: Ernesto Candia (right) will open The Fish Market, located at 151 E. Route 38 in Elburn. Photo by Cheryl Borrowdale ELBURN—Fresh fish is something of an obsession for Ernesto Candia, who’s been running a successful fish...
- Posted June 14, 2013
Residents, USPS weigh in on reduced Kaneville post office hours
KANEVILLE—Frustration over the reduced hours at the Kaneville post office has been rising, as residents struggle to pick up their mail and do business, and Village President Pat Hill wants to do something about it. The post...
- Posted June 7, 2013
Big Rock business offers ‘More Polish Pottery’
BIG ROCK—Walk into More Polish Pottery, and you’re likely to find three-year-old Katarina assisting her mother, Rebecca Gengler, in the pottery shop on their property. The store sells one of the Midwest’s largest selections of traditional Polish...
- Posted May 31, 2013
Maple Park Police Dept. ‘pulls’ for Special Olympics
MAPLE PARK—Colleen MacRunnels aims for the Maple Park Police Department to be in first place in this year’s Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, a competition among police departments to raise the most money for Special Olympics. The...
- Posted May 24, 2013
Elburn native authors pregnancy book
ELBURN—When Amy Shoop Riley was pregnant with her daughter McKenzie, every time someone asked, “how do you feel?” she assumed they were really asking, “how badly do you feel?” She assumed she was going to have back...
- Posted May 16, 2013
Village narrows search for new police chief
by Cheryl Borrowdale SUGAR GROVE—The top eight candidates for Sugar Grove police chief were brought in for a full day of interviews and performance-based exercises last week, as the village enters the final stages of its hiring...
- Posted May 2, 2013
Kaneville resident flies pandas from China to Canada KANEVILLE—Steve Gramley isn’t sure how he was chosen to pilot FedEx’s “Panda Express,” but flying two giant pandas from China to Canada on March 25 was the most interesting flight...
- Posted April 18, 2013
APHS donates playground to Maple Park
MAPLE PARK—For the last 14 years, Captain Nick Louis has been driving down Washington Street in Maple Park on his way to a private airstrip near DeKalb, looking at the sad state of the playground equipment at...
- Posted April 18, 2013
Mallard Point still an issue of contention for Geary
SUGAR GROVE—Long-simmering tensions between Village President Sean Michels and his challenger, trustee Kevin Geary, spilled into public view just weeks prior to the April 9 election for Village President.
- Posted April 5, 2013
Rescued horses continue recovery
MAPLE PARK—By the time the Kane County Sheriff’s deputy arrived to evict Richard and Monica Goshen from their rental home in Maple Park on Jan. 11, one of the Goshens’ horses was dead.
- Posted March 8, 2013
Elburn’s ‘aqua man’
ELBURN—Brett Perry’s 20-year obsession with coral reefs spawned his invention of the world’s only rimless, overflowing aquariums, as well as a thriving local business that sells them to everyone from enthusiasts to the queen of Thailand.
- Posted March 8, 2013