All posts by Debbie Behrends

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  • Former pastor’s wife charged with attempted murder

    MONTGOMERY—Pamela J. Christensen, 47, of Montgomery, has been charged with six counts of attempted first degree murder, three counts of aggravated battery and three counts of aggravated unlawful restraint, stemming from an incident that took place in...

    • Posted October 20, 2014
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    Dancers against cancer

    Photo: Dreams Dance Academy in La Fox this month will offer a cancer fundraiser raffle to coincide with October’s standing as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All academy visitors are invited to purchase raffle tickets for one of...

    • Posted October 12, 2014
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    Kindness Campaign celebrates one-year anniversary

    Photo: Renee Dee and Kaneland parent Sarah Ziemba at the Kindness in Kaneland booth Friday. Photo submitted by Renee Dee to KANELAND—What started as groups organized to combat bullying has turned into a collaboration within the...

    • Posted October 5, 2014
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    Volunteers prepare for Halloween Fest’s 25th year

    BIG ROCK—The haunted house that started in one room in Sugar Grove has grown to include two haunted houses, a haunted trail, games, entertainment and food for the whole family at Plowman’s Park in Big Rock. And...

    • Posted September 28, 2014
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    Program employs horses to treat PTSD

    Photo: Veteran Jack Erwin of St. Charles says hello to Honey Nut Cheerio during a program on Boots and Hooves, soon to be known as Hope and Promise. The program employs equine-assisted psychotherapy to treat veterans with...

    • Posted September 28, 2014
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    Popular Kaneland teacher dies

    ST. CHARLES—One didn’t have to know Bridget Sweeney long to feel the positive influence she provided for her students and colleagues alike, according to Kaneland High School principal Jill Maras. A teacher of consumer education and career...

    • Posted September 19, 2014
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  • Tennessee-based company acquires Hintzsche Fertilizer

    TROXEL—Hintzsche Fertilizer Inc., a second-generation, family-owned business established in 1962, has reached an agreement to sell its agronomy business, including subsidiaries Burroughs Ag Services and Walter Seed and Fertilizer, to Helena Chemical Company, based in Collierville, Tenn....

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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    Church among Elburn’s best-kept secrets

    Photo: Located at 100 E. Shannon Street in Elburn, the Community Congregational Church’s members are “determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.” Photos by Lynn Logan ELBURN—Members joke that Elburn’s...

    • Posted August 30, 2014
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    Raising funds for a dog for Alex

    Photo: Elburn’s McGarvey family—Ray and Heather, with sons Raymond, Brandon, Jonathon and Alex—is running a Go Fund Me campaign to assist them in the purchase of a trained companion dog for youngest family member, Alex, 9. Photo...

    • Posted August 29, 2014
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    Spotty weather no match for Kaneville Fest 2014

    KANEVILLE—Pat Hill couldn’t say enough good things about this year’s Kaneville Fest event, even after losing her voice. And that included how the weather seemed to cooperate with all the planned events. “Everything went according to plan,...

    • Posted August 29, 2014
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    Mud, set, spike

    Roughly 350 muddy individuals and many more spectators took part in the Elburn Herald Mud Volleyball Tournament during Elburn Days on Sunday. Photo by Ben Draper Mud Volleyball 2014 a hit ELBURN—Now that the dust—er, mud—has settled...

    • Posted August 22, 2014
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    Fund established for Kaneland grad’s cancer battle

    ELBURN—Longtime Elburn resident, 2000 Kaneland graduate, football player, husband, brain cancer patient. All of those things describe Mike Reynertson. All who know him know he’s a fighter. And after 12 long years, six surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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  • Elburn Lions to celebrate 85th year

    ELBURN—Just prior to the Lions Club-sponsored Elburn Days Aug. 15-17, club members will take an evening to celebrate a milestone: the club’s 85th anniversary. The special event will be marked with a dinner on Saturday, Aug. 9,...

    • Posted August 8, 2014
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    Young entrepreneur Carlson takes on odd jobs

    ELBURN—Got a job that needs doing but you don’t have the time, the energy or the right tools? It’s a good bet that Cole’s Odd Jobs has all of the above to complete that job. Recent Kaneland...

    • Posted August 1, 2014
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    Maple Park church welcomes Rev. Vasquez

    MAPLE PARK—St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park has a new spiritual leader in the Rev. Perfecto Vasquez. Vasquez took the helm on July 1, and was installed formally on Wednesday by Bishop David...

    • Posted July 31, 2014
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    Kaneland grad publishes first novel

    CRYSTAL LAKE, ILL.—Peter Gallanis, a 1980 Kaneland High School graduate, remembers the moment he knew he wanted to become a writer. It happened while he was sitting in then-KHS teacher Laurie Erdmann’s journalism class. Gallanis went on...

    • Posted July 26, 2014
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    Painting the town purple for epilepsy awareness

    Photo: Alexa Hill of Hill’s Country Store is hoping to raise funds for epilepsy awareness with a fundraiser for the Anita Kaufmann Foundation. Hill is selling purple lollipops for $1 each, as well as a gift basket...

    • Posted July 23, 2014
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    Inaugural Elburn Chowdown a success

    ELBURN—The weather, the people, the board of directors—everything and everyone came together to make the inaugural Chowdown at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center a success. The event, which took place on Sunday, served several purposes—it was...

    • Posted July 18, 2014
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    Local firefighters burn donated house for training

    After using a donated house to train in for about a year, firefighters from Elburn and Countryside, Kaneville and Big Rock trained with live fire before burning the house to the ground on June 28. “We’ve been...

    • Posted July 11, 2014
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    Community Center to host Chow Down July 13

    ELBURN—Take a look at the family calendar. Nothing scheduled for Sunday, July 13? Bring the whole gang to the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St., for an old-fashioned community picnic known as the Chow...

    • Posted July 9, 2014
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    Fagel book recognized by peers

    SUGAR GROVE—Without even knowing his book was under consideration, Sugar Grove resident Mike Fagel has been recognized for writing the book of the year by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). “I’m shocked, happy, flabbergasted—pick an...

    • Posted June 28, 2014
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    Society celebrates Benton House anniversary, Long family

    KANEVILLE—Kaneville Historical Society’s open house on Sunday recognized the 20th anniversary of the relocation of the Benton House, and the Long family. Society president Karen Flamand said the open house is conducted each year in conjunction with...

    • Posted June 13, 2014
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    Parish prepares for Pentecost with candlelight prayer vigil

    Photo: Members of St. Gall Catholic Church recently held a vigil in celebration of Pentecost. Courtesy photo by Donna Doherty submitted to ELBURN—With new ministry comes new ideas, and St. Gall Catholic Church bore witness to...

    • Posted June 13, 2014
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    Local church provides four-legged comfort

    Photo: Chloe, a comfort dog from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox, gets love from some young dancers during a recent party at Dreams Dance Academy in La Fox. Photo by Debbie Behrends LA FOX—Chloe...

    • Posted June 8, 2014
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    Dance teacher assists with ‘bucket list’ wish

    Photo: Jenny O’Brien, owner of Dreams Dance Academy in La Fox, assists Cammy Babiarz in crossing an item off her bucket list by helping her tap dance. Photo by Debbie Behrends LA FOX—The “tappa-tappa-tappa” of a dozen...

    • Posted May 30, 2014
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