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Cheryl Borrowdale is a freelance reporter for the Elburn Herald. You can reach her at
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    A final request

    Maple Park family’s wish to view advance Hobbit screening goes viral MAPLE PARK—Scott Stouffer has one last wish: that he might be able to see the final film in the Hobbit trilogy with his family before he...

    • Posted October 20, 2014
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  • Community plans fundraiser event for Holmes Hughes

    SUGAR GROVE—Friends of Beverly Holmes Hughes, Sugar Grove’s former library director, will host a Halloween “Fund-Fair” on Nov. 2 to raise money for the Hughes family. The event is one more opportunity for children to don their...

    • Posted October 11, 2014
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    Local farm features pumpkins, corn maze, decorations

    SUGAR GROVE—John Nichols is transforming his family’s century-old dairy barn into a new fall destination for families, surrounded by fields of pumpkins and a recently completed corn maze. The Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm, located at the corner...

    • Posted October 4, 2014
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    In the company of family, friends

    Community rallies around Hughes SUGAR GROVE—Everyone’s life ends at some point, but hearing a doctor say it is hard to handle, said Beverly Holmes Hughes, Sugar Grove’s former library director. Hughes has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme—an...

    • Posted September 19, 2014
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    Kaneland, local residents accept ALS challenge

    Photo: The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters were challenged by KHS and KHMS administration to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge on Thursday evening outside of the Kaneland High School. They will also be making a donation...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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    Fighting cancer with buzz cuts

    Photo: Matt Peters gets a buzz cut as part of Cuts for the Cure. Photos submitted by Julie Allen to Event raises over $1,000 for childhood cancer research ELBURN—Three generations of Elburn residents recently got their...

    • Posted August 29, 2014
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    Buzz cuts for a cause

    Elburn resident, Dave’s Barbershop to hold fundraiser for childhood cancer research ELBURN—Nolan Allen recently shaved his head, and he’s hoping he’s just the first of many Elburn residents who will shave it all off at “Cuts for...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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    Malawski excels on international track

    Time in UK more precious than medals SUGAR GROVE—Team USA’s youngest athlete, Amanda Malawski, brought home two medals from the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation’s (IWAS) World Junior Games, held in England from Aug. 2-8. The...

    • Posted August 14, 2014
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    A look to the future

    In the final installment of its three-part series, the Elburn Herald takes a look at the projects set to define the future of Sugar Grove Big-dollar infrastructure projects are the basis of the future Village President Sean...

    • Posted August 1, 2014
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    Zero Edge, PetSmart donate tank to Delnor

    ELBURN—A 180-gallon aquarium from Zero Edge Aquariums in Elburn is now easing the anxieties of sick children at the Lurie Children’s Outpatient Center, part of Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. “For pediatric patients, for the kids who come...

    • Posted July 25, 2014
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    Sugar Grove to move Village Hall

    Photo: This building, 140 S. Municipal Drive, will soon serve as the new Sugar Grove Village Hall. Photo by Cheryl Borrowdale Relocation will allow for Police Dept. expansion SUGAR GROVE—The village of Sugar Grove last week purchased...

    • Posted June 23, 2014
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    In the name of the father

    Photo: Elburn Hill Church pastor Gary Augustine teaches a Malachi Dads course at Stateville Correntional Center in Joliet, Ill., which aims to teach inmates a Christian approach to fathering, and fathering from a distance. Photo submitted by...

    • Posted June 23, 2014
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    Elburn man arrested, charged with online solicitation

    ELBURN—Peter J. LaSalle Jr., a former board member for the Elburn Youth Baseball and Softball League and local den leader, was arrested on May 16 and charged in connection with child sex crimes in Virginia. Authorities in...

    • Posted May 30, 2014
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    Supporting one of their own

    Photo: Allen Swan said he’s grateful that though his cancer has ravaged his body, it hasn’t touched his mind. “I am quite fortunate in that my mind has stayed pretty good,” he said. “There might be 58...

    • Posted May 10, 2014
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    Swimming with ‘sharks’

    Sugar Grove couple’s trackless train scores investors on ABC show SUGAR GROVE—An appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank” was just the ticket for Sugar Grove residents Stan Krozel and Kevin Ullery, who scored two billionaire investors for their...

    • Posted May 4, 2014
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    Elburn resident teaches stress-reduction techniques

    Photo: Elburn resident Carl Klemaier, a licensed clinical professional counselor and the founder of Mindful Plus, will present an introduction to mindfulness meditation at Vital Chiropractic, 108 Valley Drive, Suite F, on Wednesday, April 30, at 6...

    • Posted April 24, 2014
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    Community cornerstone

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Courage abroad

    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
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    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
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