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The Elburn Herald has been serving the Kaneland communities since 1908. To reach our editor, Keith Beebe, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 105. To reach our owner/publisher, Ryan Wells, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 107.

Corn Boil vendor booths available

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Corn Boil announced there are still vendor booths available for the festival, which takes place July 25-27. Booths are 10×10 feet.

Corn Boil representatives reserves the right to place vendors wherever they deem appropriate, in the best interest of the Corn Boil. However, requests to be placed on asphalt or lawn can be made.

All spaces are outdoors. Canopies may be used but they must be contained within the allotted space and cannot be grounded into the asphalt or concrete. Each vendor is responsible for providing all of their equipment and supplies for their display.

Business booths are available at $225 for all three days of the Corn Boil if application is made by July 1. After July 1, booths are $275. Crafter Booths are available at $125 if application is made by June 15. After June 15, booths are $150. Independent home party consultant booths are available at $150 if application is made by June 15. After June 15, booths are $170 and accepted as space allows. Non-for-profit Booths are available at $75 if application is made by June 15. After June 15, booths are $85.

For more information, contact Audrey at (630) 363-2113, call the Sugar Grove Events Line at (630) 466.5166 ext. 71, or visit

Elburn Idol accepting applications

ELBURN—The Elburn Days Community Stage is currently accepting applications for the Elburn Idol singing competition. The contest is open to anyone age 9 and older.

There are four different age groups: Junior (9-12), Teen (13-15), Senior (16-18) and Adult (19 and up). Each age division will have a winner that receives a $50 cash prize and an invitation to sing on the Main Stage later that weekend.

An application and instructions can be found at Questions can be sent to

HorsePower seeks hands-on volunteers

MAPLE PARK—Looking for something fun and meaningful to do this summer? HorsePower Therapeutic Riding, located at Fox Chase Farm in Maple Park, is seeking responsible and dedicated volunteers 14 years of age or older for its growing program.

The organization teaches creative and challenging horseback riding lessons to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Approximately one-third of its riders receive scholarship support; therefore, to keep costs down, hands-on program volunteers are needed for grooming, tacking, training, leading and side-walking assignments, which support HorsePower’s lesson program.

Applicants must have at least two years of horse experience and pass a horse-handling skills assessment. Shifts are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Daytime hours are especially needed. Support volunteers are also needed for marketing, cleaning, fundraising, childcare and office tasks—no horse experience necessary.

All volunteers must have their own health insurance and consent to a background check.

An orientation will take place Tuesday, June 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all who wish to volunteer. Come dressed to participate in hands-on skills activities with horses. If it is hot, shorts are fine, but boots are a must.

All orientation attendees must submit a written application and participate in a brief phone interview prior to attending the orientation. To receive a volunteer application, contact Carrie Capes at or call (815) 508-0804.

For more information on HorsePower’s therapeutic riding program, visit

Kane County Recycling Extravaganza set for Saturday

ST. CHARLES—Kane County will host a free residential recycling and document shredding event from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, at 540 S Randall Road in St. Charles.

The county will be collecting for reuse or recycling:
• Electronics and books
• Bikes, bike parts, helmets, bike baskets, sewing machines
• Mobility devices: wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, leg braces, scooters
• Fluorescent lamps (four foot tubes)
• Clothes, linens, curtains, paired shoes, hats, ties, belts, purses, backpacks, stuffed animals, plush toys
• Carpet and carpet padding (the speckled kind)
• Latex paint: No oil-based product will be accepted. Please note: Latex paint is the only item that has a recycling fee per container, payable by the resident with cash or check

Residential document shredding
Confidential document destruction will also be available, as the county will have two document shredding service trucks on site for residential use only (no businesses). Staples, paperclips, envelope windows are okay to leave in. Remove all large binder clips and plastic folders. Please do not bring periodicals, or other paper that does not need to be shredded and can go in your household recycling bin. All paper collected will be shredded on site and then taken for recycling. You can watch it being shredded.

What will not be collected:
• Oil, paint, or other household hazardous waste will not be accepted at this event.
• Styrofoam will not be accepted at this event.

Kane County continues to hold its Monthly Electronics and Book Recycling Collection Events at 540 S Randall Road, St. Charles, on the second Saturday of every month, between 8 a.m. and noon.

For more information, go to , or contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County’s Recycling Program Coordinator at or (630) 208-3841.

Corn Boil Committee offers 2 scholarships

SUGAR GROVE—Two $500 scholarships are being offered by the Sugar Grove Corn Boil committee to honor longtime Corn Boil officer and committee member Donna Marcus. One scholarship will go to a female, and one to a male. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, June 13. It will be presented to the winner at the Corn Boil opening ceremony on Friday, July 25.

The committee is seeking two enthusiastic Sugar Grove volunteer students who have educational goals and desires to help others. Although grades are important, the committee is looking to honor well-rounded, community-spirited students. Scholarship requirements are that the students must be residents of Sugar Grove and current volunteers of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil or Sugar Grove Public Library, or a Sugar Grove 503©(3) volunteer. The students must have maintained at least a 2.0 GPA throughout his/her most recent two years of school; be able to demonstrate a relatively trouble-free last few years; and be able to produce three character references from a parent, teacher and non-family friend.

The winners must be seniors who have been accepted to an accredited college/university or technical school or currently-enrolled undergraduates. The scholarships must apply to the tuition for the upcoming school year.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by June 13 to Donna Marcus Scholarship, P.O. Box 225, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. For more information, contact Laurene Geary at

Letter: Thank you from Elburn American Legion Post 630

Some Americans have forgotten the true meaning of a holiday that we as veterans hold so close to our hearts. For too many, Memorial Day now signifies nothing more than the start of summer and is celebrated with holiday sales. Trips to the lake and shopping extravaganzas have replaced memorial visits, remembrance ceremonies or simply put, a day to reflect upon all of the luxuries—like freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom to worship as we choose—that we as Americans enjoy daily.

On May 26, Memorial Day, the Elburn community once again gathered at Blackberry Township Cemetery to remember those that served this country and paid the ultimate price—their lives. The Elburn American Legion Post 630 would like to thank those that made this ceremony possible by their support and participation: Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7, Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107, the 10th Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, Tammy Osborne for reading “Flanders Field,” and to Karen Howard for reading the names of those veterans buried in Elburn.

Post 630 would also like to thank Kaneland High School’s Rudy Keller and the many volunteers who made the Healing Field event a huge success and wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes.

John Reece
Post Commander, Elburn American Legion Post 630

Letter: Thanks for a great spring soccer season

The Kaneland Soccer Club (KYSO) thanks the soccer community for its help in making a great spring 2014 season.

The club is a volunteer organization bringing recreational and competitive youth soccer to boys and girls ages 4 to 17, with over 150 players participating on 60 teams. Programs include Kaneland Youth Soccer for recreational players and Kaneland United Soccer Club for travel and competitive players. Our coaches, volunteers, parents, sponsors, referees and trainers make this happen and are the key to the kid’s success and enjoyment of the game of soccer.

A special thanks to sponsors and community organizations for their support, including Kaneland School District 302, Sugar Grove Park District, Wireless Zone, Hair Cuttery, The Elburn Herald, Accelerated Rehab, Invisible Fence, Old Second Bank, Hill’s Country Store, Eddie Gaedel Grill & Pub, TeqWorks, Shodeen Homes, American Tree and Turf, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Genesis Orthopedics, Rush Copley Convenient Care, Castle Bank and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Coming this fall, the club’s recreational and travel programs are introducing some great improvements. These include offering the TOPSoccer program for special-needs players free of charge, introducing The Little Knights, a fun introduction to soccer program for 3- and 4-year-olds, and a PreAcademy program, providing players with a high level of skill training and a bridge into the travel program.

The club’s ability to offer soccer for all ages and abilities, reduce the cost of playing and provide a quality player development model and soccer experience is a direct result of the efforts of our local soccer community.

Kaneland Soccer Club is looking forward to starting the fall season in August 2014, and is currently registering recreational players at and travel players at

Sean Carmody
President, Kaneland Youth Soccer

Letter: Quite a memorial

I am writing this letter to the people of Kaneland, which covers Elburn, Kaneville, Maple Park and Sugar Grove. Rudy Keller put in hours, days and weeks to bring the ‘Field of Flags’ to the Kaneland people.

Did you take advantage of those four days to honor our fellow Veterans and those who are living and serving still? It was wonderful but disappointing that so few people chose to come and pay tribute on this Memorial weekend.

On Saturday’s Opening Ceremony there were maybe 75 people and even less on Sunday. Its hard to imagine so few people taking any time to pay tribute to not only our men and women who gave their lives, but all those who served and are still serving.

However, on Memorial Day, the event was a full house. It was a thrill to see so many people there. And to watch the Veterans from the Maple Park American Legion perform their duties. They did all the flag duties, salute and ‘Taps.’ Not a lot of dry eyes for this.

It was a great tribute for four days.

A big thank you to Rudy Keller, who made all this possible. What a tremendous job, well done.

Nadine Flint

Letter: Golf outing thank you

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to say thank you to Hughes Creek Golf Club for hosting our annual event on June 5. We had 68 golfers in attendance on an absolutely picture perfect day. We would also like to thank the many local business sponsors, as well as all the volunteers who helped to make the day a great success. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

Tracy Leach
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Letter: A thank you from the Swan family

The family of Allen Swan wishes to thank all those who were so kind and generous during his illness and passing.

Thank you for all the prayers, cards, prayer shawls, phone calls, monetary gifts, flowers, food and all the wonderful things everyone did to make a difficult situation bearable. A special thank you to Jim Sandberg for all the wonderful things he did. I could not have handled the hard times without his love and help. To George Kallas for shoveling the sidewalk and his visits; Wayne Byerhof for coming out on such early, cold mornings keeping the driveway clear so we could get to doctor and chemo appointments, and for his and Jodeens’ weekly cards; Kevin Poust for keeping the snows at bay at Valley West so we could get to work and for all his help; to Dick Schroeder, Dave Rissman, Dick Hustedt, Dave Anderson, George Kallas and all the many friends who stopped every few days to make him laugh and keep his spirits up; to Pastor Ray Byrne, Steve Lawson and all the members of Grace Fellowship Church, who surrounded us with love and worked so hard to make his funeral special. Allen loved you all and was so proud to be a member; to pastor Jim Harper, Allen’s friend and mentor, who kept in touch from Oregon, giving him strength and courage; to Karen Howard for all the wonderful things she does to make life easier for everyone; to Ben and all the terrific folks at Conley Funeral Home who work so hard to make things easier; to Bill and Tammy Osborne who came when needed; our wonderful family in Tennessee who kept in constant touch and made us feel so loved; to our neighbors who did all they could to help, down to weeding the garden! Thank you Judy Thompson and Linda Dietz. To all the community of Elburn who came out to support us in full force, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To the Elburn Lions Club who did so much for us and to the sponsors who donated to the auction at the benefit, our heartfelt thanks.

And to all our friends and customers who came by, called, and sent cards to Valley West, Allen was very touched by your kindness.

Thank you all for your wonderful support. Allen would be so surprised to know he touched so many lives. I know he is smiling down on all of us.

God bless each and every one of you,

Lynette Swan
Lucille and Craig Swan
Matt and Stacey Roach
Mark Swan

Guest editorial: Three simple things you can do today to feel better tomorrow

by Harold Valentine, News and Experts
“Imagine you’re a spider with just one leg,” Dr. Frank King said.

“You put forth immense effort to try to haul yourself around and not only does it wear you out, it’s frustrating and you don’t get far.”

King is a chiropractor and doctor of naturopathy specializing in homeopathic remedies, and author of “The Healing Revolution”

“It gets a bit easier with two legs and easier still with four legs. But it’s not till you have all eight legs that you can really dance.”

Dr. King explains that the eight legs represent eight essentials we need for optimum mental, physical and spiritual health: empowering your human spirit; water; nutrition; fitness; sleep; nature; relationships; and hands-on techniques (touch).

“It would be overwhelming and self-defeating to look at all eight areas and think, ‘I have to make significant changes in every area immediately,” Dr. King says. “You don’t have to, and who could? I know from my experience with countless patients and friends, and even in my own life, that you can see immediate results by making a few small changes at a time.”

Dr. King describes three that are easy to make and will have you feeling better quickly.

Drink half your body weight in ounces of spring or well water every day

If you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 75 ounces of water (about 9 cups).

“Many of us walk around dehydrated without realizing it and that can have a significant effect on our health and how we feel,” Dr. King said.

Dehydrated bodies trap toxins and encourage water retention—a natural defense against the chronic “drought.”

“Our bodies need the steady flow of pure, spring or well water. If you don’t like the taste, try mixing up to a teaspoon of sea salt into a quart of water,” he said.

A simple test for dehydration is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand and hold for three seconds. When you release, if the ridge from the pinch remains for more than a second, you’re probably dehydrated.

Take at least a few minutes every day to connect with nature
Nature brings perpetual revitalization and ongoing renewal, especially when experienced through multiple senses: the smell of freshly turned earth or evergreens in the woods; the touch of cool stream water on your face or feet; the sight of birds on the wing and budding blooms.

“These are not just pleasant little gifts to experience—we need them for restoration, renewal, revival and rehabilitation,” Dr. King said. “The more disconnected we become from the Earth, the more we inhibit our body’s natural ability to heal.”

Take a brisk, 10- to 20-minute walk every day
Walking is the simplest, most natural form of exercise. You might walk a nature trail, walk to the store instead of driving or take your pet for a stroll.

“Three brisk 10-minute walks a day are as effective at lowering blood pressure as one 30-minute walk,” Dr. King said, citing an Arizona State University study.

“Outdoor walking is preferable to walking on a treadmill or other machine, since the uneven surfaces and changing directions of natural walking will engage more muscles and tendons.”

Swing each arm in synchronization with the opposite foot to strengthen your cross-crawl functionality and mind-body balance.


KHS wrestlers hope to raise funds for camp, volunteer 500 hours of community service

Photo: Members of the Kaneland High School wrestling team have volunteered nearly 500 hours of community service throughout the Kaneland area this spring. Here, the Knights spread mulch for a Sugar Grove resident. Photo by Patti Wilk

KANELAND—The Kaneland High School wrestling team will be at both the Sugar Grove and Elburn Jewel-Osco stores this Saturday in an effort to raise funds for members of the team to attend the Malecek Team Camp in Wisconsin during the week of June 23. The team is making a final push to raise the funds needed to send 24 wrestlers to the camp. The team is seeking monetary donations during its time at the Jewel-Osco locations, and will be telling their stories of the community service they have provided this spring throughout the Kaneland area.

In its third year, the team’s spring fundraiser has seen the Knights volunteer over 1,400 hours of community service—ranging from helping seniors with spring cleaning to volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank—and the team is close to its goal of 500 hours this spring alone.

If you are unable to meet the wrestlers at one of the Jewel-Osco locations on Saturday, you can send monetary donations of any amount to Kaneland Knights High School Wrestlers (an Illinois not for profit), 104 Maple Street, Sugar Grove, IL 60505. All funds are used to assist the wrestlers directly.

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Vincenzo Anthony Middona

Joe and Miranda Middona of Elburn proudly announce the birth of their son, Vincenzo Anthony, who was born May 15, 2014, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Roger and Donna Ronzheimer of St. Charles, and Len and Linda Middona of Bartlett, Ill.

Vincenzo was welcomed home by his very excited brothers, Gianni and Gabriele.

Lloyd Edward Dietterle

Lloyd Edward Dietterle, 96, of Elburn, passed away and was reunited with his life-long love, Marjorie, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Lloyd was born June 24, 1917, in Roberts, Ill., the son of Earl Milton ad Ethel Amanda (Martin) Dietterle.

Lloyd grew up in Roberts and attended local schools. He graduated from Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill., with the class of 1935. During that time, Lloyd’s path in life would be forged because of two things; his love of farming born from helping his grandfather, and a life long love affair with Marjorie Lockwood. The latter began when he was working hard to “crank” his father’s car. Marjorie laughed at him and asked if he needed any help. He replied, “no,” but the spark had already been ignited, and when he asked her out the next time they met, she accepted. They dated throughout her high school years, and after her graduation from Reddick High School, he asked her to marry him.

Lloyd and Marjorie were united in marriage on Nov. 29, 1941, in the parsonage in Morris, Ill. They lived with Marjorie’s folks for the first six months and then moved to Kaneville, where Lloyd worked for Bennett Shoop. Lloyd was drafted in June of 1942 and entered the service of his country with the U.S. Army. He served in Quartermaster Corps and was stationed in Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, and more for the next two years. Marjorie followed Lloyd around the country, and wherever he was stationed they made their home, and Marjorie looked for work to do. In January 1944, Lloyd was discharged and made their home in Yorkville for a time before moving to rural Elburn where they lived on the Meredith farm. In 1962, Lloyd and Marjorie moved into town where they continued to fill their homes and hearts with memories.

Lloyd was no stranger to work. In fact, oftentimes he worked two jobs. His work ethic was forged when he cultivated corn when he was 13, using a team of horses and picking the resulting harvest by hand. Returning home from the service, Lloyd worked for Carter Wilson, shelling corn and grinding feed for farmers. He left the fields for a brief stint at Burgess-Norton, but returned to the land of grain and dairy, working for Pete Allegretti, Nolan Farms and Joe Bateman through the years. His last stop before leaving the fields of his youth was Hughes Farm. Ultimately leaving farming behind, Lloyd began working at Duplex Products in Sycamore, serving 31 years, 20 of them a forman, before retiring in 1991.

Lloyd always found the humor in everyday things and was forever ready for a good practical joke. In later years, he would make his daily trips to Papa G’s and give the waitresses a “hard time.” He was a big flirt too, and got his share of hugs and kisses from the staff. He was a friend to all, with a ready smile and, when he came to town it was like a parade, waving at everyone on the street. He was forgiving and kind. Never one to wait for life to entertain him, Lloyd found his own entertainment, even in the later years. He took a hot air balloon ride for his 81st birthday and hoped to sky dive for his 90th. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to dance in the air, but he did rev up his car to 90 mph on Bunker Road to “blow the cob webs out” and to see if his car had wings. Other times, it was the leisurely drives through the countryside that brought a special kind of peace.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Sandy Haring of Elburn; two children, Kim (Kevin) Mazuc of Elburn and their children, Melanie and Jake Mazuc; and Ron (Lisa) Boryla of DeKalband their children, Trevor, Ryan, Brooke; two siblings, Phyllis (Robert) Schneider of Lancaster, Texas, and John (Irene) Dietterle of DeSoto, Texas; sister-in-law, (Muriel) Dietterle of Fullerton, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Marjorie in 2006; and two siblings, Yvonne Eccelson and Francis Dietterle.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, friends can send a donation directly to their local American Cancer Society.

Craig L. Owen

Craig L. Owen, 50, of St. Charles, passed away suddenly at home, June 7, 2014. His passion was sports, whether playing on the softball field for St. Charles VFW or watching his favorite teams, Cubs, Blackhawks and his beloved NASCAR. He was a man who loved greatly and will be missed deeply.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patti Wise-Owen of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service will follow visitation. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Craig’s name. Checks may be made to the “Craig Owen Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Doris C. Stollard

Doris C. Stollard, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Doris was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Joliet, Ill., and resided in Elburn.

Doris was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who always wore a smile on her face. After her husband’s (James) untimely death in 1983, Doris went back to school, back to work, and ultimately ran a successful secretarial service until her retirement. In her later years, her greatest joys were spending time with her children, grand children and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, ceramics and spending time with her friends at The Meadows Apartments in Elburn. Doris is survived by her three children, Tina (Darrell) Dudzik of Phoenix, Jeffrey (Lisa) Stollard of Elburn and Jim Stollard of Jacksonville, Ill. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Stephanie Lenderman, Jim Dudzik, Nick and Mike Stollard. Also surviving are her three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Kylee and Cash Lenderman. Doris is survived by one sister, Marion (William) Pollack of Wilmington, Ill. She was Aunt to many and a loving, caring friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Loren and Zelda Carver; and her brother, George Carver.

Private funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, Ill. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brintlinger and Earl, Decatur.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Heart Association.

Sugar Grove talks road improvements

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed the road improvement plans that it has for this summer. Public Works Director Tony Speciale brought to the board’s attention the plan to improve Heartland Drive.

“We are planning on patching the north part of Heartland, and the south half will be resurfaced,” Speciale said. “There are not enough funds to resurface the whole road.”

Speciale said that the patching to be completed on the north section of Heartland Drive will be a permanent patch where they jack hammer out the pot holes and fill it with asphalt.

Denny Road is another road on the list to be patched this summer. The Public Works Department also wants to fix the guard rail on Granart Road, as it is currently bent and in bad condition.

Speciale is submitting the contract for these projects and notifying the contractor, and will wait to hear back for a start date. It is expected that these repairs will take two to three weeks to complete.

Board approves water service, sewer rate increases

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday approved an increase in the village’s water service and sewer rates.

The approved item will raise the basic user charge for water services to $10.42 per 2,000 gallons a month. Any water used over 2,000 gallons will be an additional $5.21 per 1,000 gallons.

On top of the rate raises for this year, the ordinance includes a 3 percent increase for the next three years. The increases implemented for the sewer service charges are the same as the water service rates, but the board did not vote unanimously on that ordinance.

“I want to be clear that although I support the water service rate increase, I do not support the sewer rate increase,” village trustee Terry Borg said. “We are sitting on over $200,000 for our sewer fund. I just know that many people in our community haven’t seen raises this year and have seen increases in their healthcare costs.”

Borg was the sole dissenting vote on the sewer rate increase ordinance.

“I respect your opinion on the matter, but I believe it’s important to get ahead of the curve here,” village trustee Greg Cutsinger said in response to Borg’s comment.

The water and sewer rate increases will begin on July 1, 2014.

Local Partnership to fundraise for Jazz Band

KANELAND—Five local men on June 29 will trek across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan to the coast of Lake Superior.

The participants are all associated with Da Capo Music Studio in Elburn: Ben Westfall, co-owner of Da Capo; Garrett Patterson, student at Da Capo and a Kaneland graduate from the Class of 2014; Bob Cates, David Mannia and Chris Goddard, parents of Da Capo students. Kristin Paxinos, co-owner of Da Capo, will drive a support vehicle.

Their journey will take them along the coast, through dense forest, and up an old Chippewa Indian portage route through country inhabited by grey wolf, lynx and black bear. The hikers will carry their food and water throughout the day and camp in tents at night.

These men are hoping the community will support their efforts by mailing a donation to the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters. All donations will support the Jazz Band at Kaneland Harter Middle School and will also provide the needed emotional support for them to keep moving through the bugs, blisters and aching bodies.

Westfall’s interest in Harter’s Jazz Band began when one of his guitar students, Bailey Cates, auditioned for and was selected to be in the band. With additional funding, the Jazz Band can participate in workshops or purchase a wider range of music for the students. Earlier this year, the jazz band, under the direction of Rebecca Andersen, was chosen to perform at the annual Illinois Music Education (ILMEA) Conference in Peoria. Only a select few middle school jazz bands are given this honor.

“The Boosters are very excited to partner with Da Capo Music Studio in this unique fundraising opportunity to raise money for the Jazz Band,” said Denise Blaszynski, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters President.

Donations can be mailed to Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, P.O. Box 611, Elburn, IL 60119. If you’re interested in following their journey, photos and stories will be posted on Facebook at, and on the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters Facebook page.

The mission of the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters is to assist and support the activities of the band, choir and theatre programs at Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School in order to maintain and enhance programs that are educational, enjoyable and rewarding.

For more information about the Boosters, send an email to Da Capo Music Studio is located at 140 East Route 38, Unit C, in Elburn. For more information about Da Capo, call (630) 777-2955.

Elburn Idol applications now being accepted

ELBURN—The Elburn Days Community Stage is currently accepting applications for the Elburn Idol singing competition. The contest is open to ages 9 and older.

There are four different age groups: Junior (9-12), Teen (13-15), Senior (16-18) and Adult (19 and up). Each age division will have a winner that receives a $50 cash prize and an invitation to sing on the Main Stage later that weekend.

An application and instructions can be found at Questions can be sent to

Bank on it

A groundbreaking for American Heartland Bank took place May 19, with an anticipated opening set for the spring of 2015 at the southwest corner of Wheeler Road and Route 47 in Sugar Grove. The larger building will be more visible from Route 47 and accomodate the bank’s growing staff. Sugar Grove officials were in attendence in addition to the bank’s board of directors, including Kevin Geary (left to right), Ali Khan, Rick Montalato, Mari Johnson, P. Sean Michels, David L. Janota, Jay Bergman, Joe Garro, Bob Bohler and Omar Najib.
Courtesy Photo submitted by Julie Rutter to

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Sharleen L. Meredith

Sharleen L. Meredith, 86, of Marion, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at home with her husband at her side.

Sharleen was born July 26, 1927, in Aurora, to Harold N. and Mildred J. (Sorensen) Sharp. On Aug. 17, 1945, she married Leslie Meredith in Elburn, and celebrated 68 years together.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Linda Meredith of Carbondale, Ill.; three daughters, Linda (Dan) Long of Maple Park, Gail (Randy) Jones of Marion and Lori (Lynn) Martin of Evansville, Ind.; along with 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
Sharleen devoted her entire life to her family and being a farm wife in both Elburn and Marion. While living in Elburn, she was one of very few women at that time to receive her private pilot’s license. Les and Sharleen moved to Marion in June 1972.

Sharleen’s faith played a very important part in her life in both Northern and Southern Illinois. Throughout the years, she taught Sunday school, helped with youth groups, sang in choirs, played in a bell choir, sat on various boards, and always helped in the kitchen until she was physically unable. In 2013, she was bestowed the honor of being named Mother of the Year at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. She and her mother, Mildred Sharp, are currently the only mother/daughter couple to have each received this award, as Mildred received it in 1997.

Sharleen enjoyed travelling with Les, whether it was to a livestock sale, overseas to visit relatives or seeing the sights of the United States. She and Les encouraged their children to travel, and participated in the AFS Exchange Program in both sending two of their daughters abroad with the program to Australia and Malaysia, and hosting an AFS daughter from New Zealand. Additionally, they hosted many short-term AFS students.

After moving to Marion and raising her family, Sharleen spent much of her time assisting her son at the new Meredith Funeral Home in Marion, along with babysitting grandchildren and taking care of her mother.

In her later years, she enjoyed walking to stay fit. Through this activity, she is remembered by her neighbors as having a smile on her face and greeting everyone with a big, friendly wave. Everyone was always welcome in her house for a laugh and good conversation. She will be missed by all of her family and friends, but is at peace with the Lord and still watches over everyone as she sings joyously with the angels.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at the Zion United Church of Christ; Pastor John Holst officiated. Interment was held in New Rose Hill Cemetery following the service. Visitation was held Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ Memorial Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Visit to leave an online condolence.

Eugene F. ‘Gene’ O’Connell

Eugene F. “Gene” O’Connell, 87, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., died Friday, May 30, 2014, at his home in Mt. Vernon.

He was born Saturday, July 17, 1926, in Kane County, the son of Edward F. and Jessie Grace (Brackett) O’Connell. He married Gertrude A. Bebar on Sept. 15, 1951, in Aurora.

Gene was a career military serviceman in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years. After retirement, he was a teacher at Special School District of St. Louis County, and he was a member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude A. O’Connell of Mt. Vernon; four children, Gael O’Connell of Mt. Vernon, Katherine Newnam and husband Stan of Mt. Vernon, Eugene O’Connell II and wife May of Palmdale, Calif., and Robin M. O’Connell of De Soto, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kyle Newnam and wife Roberta of Clinton, Ill., Tanya McCarty and husband Mike of Muscatine, Iowa, Douglas Morgan Jr. of De Soto, Mo., and Jessie O’Connell of Palmdale; three great-grandchildren, Theodore Newnam, Katherine Franker and John Newnam; brother, Edward O’Connell and wife, Janice of Sugar Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hugh “Bud” O’Connell; and two sisters, Julia Touvell and Mary K. Voss.

Memorial Mass was held on Wednesday at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon, with the Very Reverend Father John Iffert officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.

Mr. O’Connell will be cremated. Friends and family gathered on Wednesday at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish to do so, memorials may be given to the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to Angels on Assignment and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.

Doris Turner

Doris Turner, 94, of Lily Lake, passed away early Friday morning, May 30, 2014.

She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Batavia, the fifth of six children of Swedish immigrants Andrew and Hulda (Peterson) Strom.

She grew up on the Garfield Farm near LaFox with her parents; brothers, Evald, Allan and Harold; sisters, Helga and Rose; and uncles, Pat and Mauritz.

She attended Wasco Grade School and graduated from St. Charles High School with honors in 1937. She then entered the nursing school at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. After graduating from nurse’s training in 1941, she worked first at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and then at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles.

During World War II, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, later promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and was stationed with the Army’s 102nd General Hospital near Devizes, England.

After the war, she returned to Delnor Hospital for two years, and then went to work for Owens-Illinois in West Chicago, Ill. She was the Plant Nurse there for seven years, and won the Queen of Owens-Illinois contest in 1952.

Doris married George W. Turner on July 18, 1953, and moved to the Turner farm in Lily Lake, where she lived for over 60 years.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake for over 90 years. She taught Sunday School there and participated in several of the church’s women’s groups. She was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years, a member of the Ugo-Igo club for over 60 years, and was an election judge in Campton Township for over 25 years.

She travelled extensively in the United States, Sweden, England and Scotland. She went camping every summer with George and their kids for many years. In later years, she went on bus trips with groups including the Grace Roadrunners and the Prime Time Club. She was a life-long Cubs fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by four loving sons, Jim of Watsonville, Calif., Bill (Mary) of Muscatine, Iowa, Dan (Peggy) of Lily Lake and Steve (Melanie) of St. Charles; and five grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Kari, Andrew and Katie. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Harriet Strom of Geneva and Phyllis Turner of Sister Bay, Wis.; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brothers, Evald, Allan and Harold; and sisters, Helga and Rose.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. A funeral was held following visitation. Interment took place at Lily Lake Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Doris’ favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Doris Turner Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Editorial: Clearing up some details

We’ve received a few calls about a story we ran last week regarding Elburn resident Peter LaSalle Jr., who was arrested last month and charged in connection with child sex crimes in Virginia. Therefore, we’d like to use this week’s editorial space to clear up a couple of details that were mentioned in the story, which appeared on page 1A and 2A of the May 29 edition.

First, for those who are unaware, LaSalle was taken into custody on May 16 after authorities in Staunton, Va., issued a warrant for his arrest, charging him with two counts of online solicitation of a minor, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Staunton police asked the Elburn Police Department to assist in taking him into custody.

The confusion with our story concerns LaSalle’s former role with Elburn Pack 107 Cub Scouts, as he was a den leader with the troop, but never served as an adult leader with the organization. In the story, we reported that Mr. LaSalle was a former Scout Master.

LaSalle’s attorney, James A. Shapiro, noted in the story that the allegations against his client do not involve his work with the Cub Scouts or Elburn Youth Baseball and Softball League (EYBSL). LaSalle was a former board member for the league.

It is our hope that this editorial will eliminate any and all confusion regarding LaSalle’s former role with Elburn Pack 107 Cub Scouts. But if you do have additional questions regarding the LaSalle story or any other articles that have been featured in the Elburn Herald, you should contact editor Keith Beebe at (630) 365-6446.

As always, our No. 1 goal is to feature news reports that are fair and accurate.

Community Corner: Summer Theatre with the Kaneland Arts Initiative

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative
The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) will conclude its 2013-14 season with the fifth annual Summer Theatre Production.

This year’s production will be Once Upon a Mattress,” directed by Diane McFarlin. Auditions were held in May, and a cast was chosen for this lighthearted retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea.”

Opening in May of 1958, “Once Upon A Mattress” delighted audiences with songs such as “Shy,” “Song of Love” and “Happily Ever After.” The show is notable for the Broadway debut to a young Carol Burnett, who played principal character Princess Winnifred, resulting in the introduction of America to one of its brightest stars.

KAI in pleased to announce this year’s cast members: Pamela Gianakakos, Alec Kovach, Peter Loptin, Beth McDonald, Jordyn Withey, Mitch Bateman, Teresa Arnold, Steve Hommowun, Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield, Nicole DiSandro, Trisha Mills, Claire Cerny, Aimee Frost, Sabrina Massa, Anna Lopatin, Mace Jendruczek, Jarod Kovach, Josh Herrero, Patrick Murphy, Zack Eckhardt, Chris Wido, Erica Johnson, Connie Gush, Robyn Lycan, Sally McClellan, Sarah Ball, Caitlin Carlson, Zoe Haenisch, Abigail Heinicke, Julianna Klecka, Julianna Miller, Betsy Mills, Natalie Mills, Emily Murphy, Cyrena Pierce, Mirella Ramos and Jade Sadowski.

“Once Upon A Mattress” is produced by the talented team of producer and pit conductor Maria Dripps-Paulson, director Diane McFarin, music director Brandon Staker, choreographer Rebecca Hof, technical theatre director Chad Carlson, scenic designer Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield and stage manager Andriy McFarlin. As one would expect, to create a professional quality production such as is the practice of the Kaneland Arts Initiative, volunteers are always welcome to help with set construction, ushering and much more. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Laura McPhee at

“Once Upon A Mattress” will be presented in the Kaneland Auditorium of Kaneland High School, July 11-13 and July 18-20. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances begins at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages and runs 2 hours long, including one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets are currently on sale on the Kaneland District webstore, The prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $25 for the ever-popular Family Ticket. The Family Ticket admits all family members currently living in one household for a singular price. As always, preschoolers may attend for free. Seating is reserved. Groups interested in seeing the show should call (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, for group-rate pricing. Please visit the KAI website,, for more information.

Editor’s note
The above community-submitted column is one part of our broader mission to help our readers connect with their communities. If you or your organization would like to be part of our Community Corner initiative, please contact Editor Keith Beebe at Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: In memory of Allen

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Elburn Lions Club and its members for the benefit they gave for my husband, Allen, on May 18. What a tribute. All the people who attended, and their kind generosity—Allen was so surprised and touched. He never knew he had so many friends.

Thank you to all the club members who worked so hard. A special love and thanks to two young men Allen so loved and was very proud of: Ken Gilkey and Kevin Poust. The benefit was spectacular. Allen told me on Monday morning that that was his wake, and he got to be there, have fun and hear all the great things people had to say. It was only a few days before his death, and he witnessed how many lives he had touched.

Being a Lions Club member was one thing he was very proud of. He loved the club and encouraged people to support the club and understand what a wonderful asset it was to the Elburn community. We are very lucky to have them.

Thank you to everyone who gave donations, helped and gave support. It has really helped. God bless each and every one of you: Allen’s friends, the village, and all of our longtime customers who came to help in great numbers.

Lynette Swan

Letter: Thanks to the community

We’d like to thank everyone who was a part of Allen Swan’s benefit: Bob Jass, Alice’s, Melisa Taylor, Mark Swan, American Bank and Trust, Britz and Associates, Duke and Lee’s, Engineering Enterprises Inc., GTP Design, Krauspe Dental, Chuck and Mary Liss, Elburn Napa, NBT, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Ream’s, Leyden Electric, Ed Stuehm, Eyes on Elburn, Rich Wrap, HorsePower, Hill’s Country Store, Broz family, Eddie Gaedel, Country Automotive, Elburn Co-op, Snap Fitness, Rosati’s Pizza, Elburn Chiropractic, Elburn Radiator, Bob Fanfey, Guthrie Plumbing, K-40 Electronics, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Jerry Hodge, Wiltse’s, Mint State, Bootlegger’s Bar, Grill and Pizza, C & C Mulch, Trim Works, Valley West Sandblasting and Painting, Sandwich Fair Board, Bill Nickles, Matt Roach, Mark and Laura Roach, Elburn Lions Park.

If we missed someone’s name, we’re sorry. But we thank each and every one who helped.

Kevin Poust
Elburn Lions Club

Letter: A letter from Dr. Jeff Schuler

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Parker Wolfsmith, one of our eighth-grade students at Harter Middle School, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening. We want to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to Parker’s family and friends.

The Harter Middle School Support Team on Monday met to implement the post-crisis plan to support students and staff that will be impacted by this tragic news. Additional counselors and staff will be present to provide support as students and staff grieve. The school library will be the primary location for students to receive support, but counselors will be checking classrooms and all staff members will be alert and aware to help students who may need it during the course of the day.

Conley Outreach has provided information regarding teens and grieving at its website, Students, teachers and parents may find this information useful. Conley Outreach Grief Care can be reached at (630) 365-2880. Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice also has grief support and can be reached at (630) 232-2233. Please keep Parker’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

As arrangement information becomes available, the information will be posted on the Kaneland website,

Dr. Jeff Schuler, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Kaneland School District 302

Letter: The Community Center is here for you

The Elburn and Countryside Community Center wants you to stop by this summer. There are so many activities going on, we want to spread the word so you can take part in them.

Sand volleyball courts
The sand volleyball courts were recently installed and are now ready to be used. We invite the community to stop out on your time off and take advantage of this really cool addition to the center’s grounds. Leagues are still forming on weeknights and weekends, but feel free to stop out and play if the courts are empty.

Baseball fields
There are two baseball fields on the north side of the park that are available for groups and teams to use. Try something new; maybe you are looking for something different than baseball and softball; how about playing wiffle ball or kickball?

Open gym
The center has a full-sized indoor basketball court. If you want to practice, get out of the heat, or use it on a rainy day, it’s most likely available. Just bring your own basketball and a small donation per person. If you are hosting a party and need more space, the gym is also a great rental idea. Just call the Community Center at (630) 365-6655 or the Elburn Herald at (630) 365-6446 ahead of time.

Business activities
The center is also home to several businesses that offer activities to our area. Midtown Martial Arts has been in business for a very long time and offers classes to both young and old. Avenue J Studios is new to the center and offers acting classes and puts on plays. The Elburn Food Pantry and West Towns Family Services are also located inside the building, and can help with anyone in need. Creative Beginnings Preschool offers a place for your younger children to start their learning experiences. Stop in and visit the Elburn Herald and KPI for all your news and marketing needs. You can also find GTP Design for your custom screen printing.

We encourage you to stop by and take advantage of all the services the community center has to offer. If you have time off this summer and would like to plan an outdoor activity, why not use the Community Center? We suggest having a picnic in the yard under the trees, enjoying a game of ball or a pick-up game of volleyball.

All we ask in return is a small donation for the time you used. We would like to bring more events, activities and services to the community, and the only way to do that is through donations from you. We won’t set a price on your summer experience, just donate what you feel is fair.

The Elburn & Countryside Community Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies solely on donations and contributions. We are currently in need of five picnic tables. If you or someone you know would like to donate one (in usable condition), we would really appreciate it.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the center this summer.

Kristen Damolaris
Elburn and Countryside Community Center

Elburn American Legion raffle winners

ELBURN—The following won $50 in the Elburn American Legion Post No. 360 raffle on April 25: F. Bonniki and David Dickinson of Elburn, Steve Hall of Maple Park, W. Schumacher of Batavia, Jon Vestor of DeKalb, Dave Scaffidi and Tom Reisel.

The $100 winners were Allen Baumgartner, Martin Johnson and Gil Johnson of Elburn; Ernie Byrd of Geneva; and Bob Smith of Sahuarita, Ariz. The $200 winners were Tony Lonigro of Elburn and Barb Schwartz of Marengo, Ill. The $300 winner was Al Anderson of Elburn.

The $1,500 winner was Butch Carlson of Elburn.