All posts by Cheryl Borrowdale

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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  • Kaneville Village President Pat Hill is using the sign outside her store, Hill’s Country Store, to urge residents to write letters to the USPS and their congressmen, asking for the post office’s hours to be increased.                                   Photo by Cheryl Borrowdale
    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
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    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
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  • Phil Anderson of Maple Park came out today to pull in support of the event.  Phil's father John Anderson also participated while his mother Celeste Anderson and his Aunt Kathy Coffey volunteered to sell raffle tickets during the day.
    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
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    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
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  • 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
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  • Panda Express

    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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Cadence Health office to open in Sugar Grove

    SUGAR GROVE—When the new Cadence Health medical office opens this spring, it’s likely to both improve residents’ quality of life and draw more businesses to the area, Village President Sean Michels said.

    • Posted February 6, 2013
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  • Church parking lot issue remains unresolved

    ELBURN—A parking shortage in downtown Elburn has plagued local businesses and customers since the closure of the Community Congregational Church’s (CCC) 40-space lot on the corner of Shannon and Main streets, and there’s no solution in sight.

    • Posted January 10, 2013
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  • SG native stars in ‘found footage’ thriller

    SUGAR GROVE—When Sugar Grove native Summer Smith Bellessa and her husband, Kerry Bellessa, saw an AMBER Alert notice as they drove down an Arizona highway, they began debating what they would do if they actually saw the...

    • Posted December 6, 2012
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  • Faith, courage lead local author’s writing

    SUGAR GROVE—Fear used to paralyze Jeannette Kielp. The Sugar Grove children’s author said she spent many nights, while her husband was traveling, barring her door and sleeping with the lights on.

    • Posted September 6, 2012
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  • Kaneland High School scholarship named after local American Legion founder

    SUGAR GROVE—Joe Testin helped found the local branch of the American Legion 53 years ago, and now the Sons of the American Legion are founding a scholarship in his honor.

    • Posted September 2, 2012
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  • KHS senior earns Miss Midwest Teen crown

    UGAR GROVE—When Madeline Cole first inquired about competing in the Miss American Teen Pageant, she was told that the Illinois competition had already passed for the year—but that she could compete in the Midwest section instead.

    • Posted August 30, 2012
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  • To game or not to game?

    SUGAR GROVE—So many residents packed Tuesday’s Village Board meeting to debate whether the village should ban video gaming that additional chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the crowd.

    • Posted August 23, 2012
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  • Sauer named interim KC Coroner

    SUGAR GROVE—Retired Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer will reprised his role as an investigator for the next four months, as he steps into the role of interim Kane County Coroner.

    • Posted August 23, 2012
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  • Race to the (re)finish

    MAPLE PARK—If you noticed that the lights were still burning at 2 a.m. at County Line Customs in Maple Park this week, it’s because owner Ray Lynch promised a customer that her father’s 1964 Chevy Corvair would...

    • Posted August 19, 2012
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  • Confidence through competition

    Sugar Grove twins train, travel to national athletic competition SUGAR GROVE—Just as the world watched the closing ceremony for the Olympics this week, Sugar Grove celebrated its athletes' own homecoming.

    • Posted August 18, 2012
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  • Sugar Grove veteran reflects on hometown

    SUGAR GROVE—Sgt. Sean Herron spent many stressful nights on reconnaissance missions in Iraq reminiscing about home and hometown festivals with his fellow soldiers, so it was a particularly special moment for him when he started off the...

    • Posted August 17, 2012
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  • Board wants parents to be aware of area sex offenders

    SUGAR GROVE—Parents should educate themselves about area sex offenders, trustees urged at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, and the Sugar Grove Police Department should make ensuring children’s safety a priority by patrolling school sites more often and enforcing...

    • Posted August 11, 2012
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  • Sugar Grove Board approves SGPD expansion

    SUGAR GROVE—The ranks of the Sugar Grove Police Department will soon be expanding, after Village Board members on Tuesday approved the hiring of more part-time officers and the purchase of two new squad cars.

    • Posted August 10, 2012
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  • Village discusses gaming license

    SUGAR GROVE—Slot machines and video poker are unlikely to come to Sugar Grove anytime soon, despite an application by the American Legion for a state-issued gaming license last Friday.

    • Posted August 10, 2012
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  • Kaneville remembers former village president

    KANEVILLE—Bob Rodney was known to many Kaneville residents as the meticulous village president who got things done, but to his grandchildren, he was simply “Mayor Bob-Bob.”

    • Posted August 9, 2012
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  • 12 Perfect Years

    Krafft receives perfect attendance, sets sights on NIU jazz guitar KANELAND—There may not have been a special recognition at graduation for what Steven Krafft, a 2012 Kaneland High School graduate, achieved this year, but his parents thought it...

    • Posted August 3, 2012
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