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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.

Laura J. Tyler

Laura J. Tyler, 50, of Elburn, and formerly of Beloit, Wis., died Monday, July 13, 2009, in Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva.

She was born June 3, 1959, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene and Marlis Underdahl Kasel.

Laura was a 1977 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and a graduate of the Minneapolis School of Technology. She married Richard T. Tyler on Sept. 1, 1979, in St. Jude Catholic Church, Beloit, Wis.

Laura was employed by the Kaneland High School District as the Accounts Payable Administrator. She enjoyed a healthy lifestyle that included hiking, reading and crossword puzzles. Laura loved to travel and was especially fond of her trips to Italy, Greece and Hawaii.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Tyler of Elburn; three children, Sarah Tyler of Ottawa, Ill., Justin Tyler and Melanie Tyler, both of Elburn; parents, Eugene and Marlis Kasel of Roscoe, Ill.; five brothers and sisters, Gale (Jim) Ramsey of Beloit, Wis., Valarie (Wayne) Boe of Taopi, Minn., Calvin (Carolyn) Kasel of Wauconda, Ill., Melissa (Darryl) McCabe and Bradley (Gina) Kasel both of Roscoe, Ill.; grandmother, Ruby Underdahl of Adams, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis., with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the time of service in the church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements.

A memorial will be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Donald D. “Don” Iverson

Donald D. “Don” Iverson, 76, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va. as well as Elburn, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009 following various health complications within the last two years.

He was born October 13, 1932, the son of Rudolf and Louise (Thompson) Iverson in Story City, Iowa.

When Don was four, the family moved to Hampshire, Ill., for a time before settling in Elburn in 1941. Don attended local schools and graduated from Elburn High School in 1950.

Don went on to Northern Illinois University for a semester before enlisting in United States Navy so he could serve his country in the Korean War.

Don was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon return to civilian life, Don received a basketball scholarship to attend Stetson University. He found a sense of home in Florida and after graduation in 1959, Don began working for New York Life, IBM as well as General Electric for a time.

Don was united in marriage to Diane Owen in May of 1968. Diane and Don adopted two children, Dean and Britt Iverson and made their home in Princeton Junction, N.J. for a time.

In 1977, the family moved to McLean and would make it their home for the next twenty years. In between starting and building a vast array of businesses, Don found love again when he married Shari Balthrope in McLean, Va., in 1998. Later, after he and Shari parted ways, Don moved back to Florida where he made his home in Clearwater Beach and continued to work until his retirement.

Don worked as a salesman for Honeywell, based in Philadelphia and had territories covering several states on the east coast. Don, having an entrepreneurial spirit, started his own business where he owned mobile health care units that traveled to different areas providing physicals to many people including military personnel and union members.

Later he would start a new company, this one named for himself, Iverson Technologies Corporation. Using IBM technology, he patented a way to prevent electromagnetic signals from being picked up from computers where they could be decoded and analyzed by foreign governments. His company was in high demand for some time and brought him in contact with nations around the world and a personal meeting with then President Ronald Reagan. He expanded the business and formed niche companies, one of which produced removable disk drives which then could be locked away for security purposes. When Iverson Technologies Corporation began to slow, Don founded another business, this time, a shoe company. Gamer Corporation concentrated on manufacturing and selling affordable footwear for athletes. He also founded International Kids, a company that specialized in the location of missing children.

Don was incredibly intelligent, had a mind for business and was featured in the Who’s Who series of publications. A salesman from birth, Don was always thinking, always planning, and almost always winning. He founded no less than thirteen companies, five of them offshore but through it all Don never forgot his roots in athletics and always had the most fun coaching kids’ football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, ample contributions to world industry and for never saying “quit.” More importantly, he will be remembered in the hearts and minds of his family and those who were lucky to call him friend.

He was a proud member of the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C.

He now leaves his children: Dean and Britt Iverson of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and one stepson, Josh Balthrope, Richmond, Va.; One granddaughter, Dora Iverson of Richmond, Va.; One sister, Betty Weston of Elburn; Former wives, Diane Iverson of Bonita Spring, Fla., and Shari Iverson of Richmond Va., both of whom have remained good friends; Several cousins and a family of friends the world over.

He now joins his parents and one brother-in-law, Mert Weston, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery will follow.

A memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Iverson 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

Dorothy L. James

Dorothy L. James, 91, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva.

She was born July 14, 1918 the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Horner) Lane in Rex 5, a coal mining town in Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Rex 5 and was a teenager when the family moved to Albia where she met and married Charles James on February 8, 1936, Albia, Iowa. They made their home in Albia for a short time before moving to Lovilia, Iowa. Over the next several years they lived in several surrounding communities.

Many years later, Dorothy took a job for a short time at National Electronics near LaFox and, though she had never done “piece work” in her life, her natural abilities quickly passed the others and she made her mark on the assembly line. In addition to her time “on the line”, Dorothy also cleaned houses for several families including the Rowe, Crawford, Goetz and Mercer families.

She was a member of the Elburn Mother’s Club.

Growing up during the depression years helped fortify Dorothy’s spirit as well as her work ethic and determination. It also showcased her “thriftiness” and an eye for a good bargain. A self proclaimed “queen of the garage sale”, Dorothy lived by the credo that, “You buy them whether you need them or not because after all, it’s a bargain.” In the kitchen, using portions as unique as her own hands, and known only to her, Dorothy made the best homemade noodles. Laughter was a mainstay in the James home and that gift was passed on to her children because she believed it bridged the gap during hard times. In her younger years, Dorothy played basketball as a center in high school. In later years, you could find her touring the countryside in her white Ford Taurus. If miles equaled memories, thousands were made and none will be forgotten.

She now leaves five children Deloris (James) O’Connell of Kaneville, Dixie (Richard) Schroeder of Batavia, JoAnn (Fred) Cregier of Geneva, Larry James of Elburn and Charlene Gerhinger of St. Charles.

Twelve grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother, Dean (Donna) Lane of Iowa City, Iowa and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, husband Charles, one son Paul in infancy, four siblings: Marie Hyde, George Lane, Harold Lane, Ferne Remmark; and three grandchildren: Tammy Gerhinger, Todd Olesen and Christopher James; one son-in-law Jerry Gerhinger who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Monday, July 13, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A time to share memories followed during a Remembrance Service. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite local charities. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy James 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

AAA launches new senior safety and mobility website

AURORA—AAA announced the launch of its new senior safety and mobility website,

The website, which includes content and resources based upon extensive research, provides families of older drivers with valuable information related to senior mobility challenges and tools to help extend safe driving, and assist in difficult discussions about transitioning from driver to passenger.

“According to our research, many adult children of older drivers—the ‘sandwich’ boomers—are unaware that resources exist to effectively address the safety and mobility challenges of senior drivers,” said Brad Roeber, AAA Chicago’s Regional President. gives seniors and their families the tools necessary to create an action plan to help seniors manage the inevitable consequences of aging, continue to drive safely or transition to alternative modes of transportation, and remain independent.” provides advice about how aging affects one’s ability to drive safely. Visitors can find a step-by-step guide on how to begin a conversation with an older driver about working together to develop a plan for the transition from driver to passenger. Additionally, visitors will find a variety of tools and resources, from educational brochures and driver improvement courses, to tips on choosing a vehicle, to skill assessment tools and free community-based programs.

“Many adult children, grandchildren and seniors will at some point be faced with a difficult decision about a mature adult’s ability to drive safely,” said Dr. Alexis Abramson, one of the nation’s leading gerontologists. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to be proactive in developing a plan of action based on factual, compassionate and objective information, such as that found at”

People who are 65 or older represent the fastest growing segment of the country’s population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four drivers—more than 30 million—will be age 65 or older by 2030.

“With more Americans remaining active and living longer than ever before, the AAA senior driver safety tools and resources found on are designed to keep seniors safe and mobile as long as possible,” Roeber added.

AAA Chicago has represented roadway interests for motorists and pedestrians and serves as a leading advocate for various traffic safety and travel-related issues for more than a century.

For more information on any aspect of AAA Chicago, visit, or call toll-free 1-866-968-7222.

Recall targets Colorado-based ground beef

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department is advising residents that JBS Swift Beef Company, a Greeley, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 41,280 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

These beef products were produced on April 21 and 22, and were shipped to distributors and retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. No illnesses have been reported.

The list of products subject to the recall is available at

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

More information about food safety is available on the Health Department’s website,

Residents can help shape region’s future at meeting

SUGAR GROVE—The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will host a “GO TO 2040 Invent the Future Workshop” on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Academic and Professional Center on Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event is open to the public, and registration is not required.

Meeting attendees will share their opinions and help make decisions about the future of the Chicago area by using interactive software and keypad polling. Issues will include transportation, land use, housing, environment and natural resources, economic development, and human services.

CMAP is the regional planning agency for the seven-county area that makes up metropolitan Chicago. “GO TO 2040” is the agency’s official comprehensive planning campaign. For more information, visit

Batavia man dies in Route 38 accident

A Sunday evening accident at the intersection of Route 38 and Anderson Road led to three injuries the death of a Batavia man.

Robert G. Schipp, 74, of Batavia was killed in a two-vehicle accident when Schipp’s southbound Toyota Prius was struck broadside by a Ford Freestar van that had been traveling westbound on Route 38.

Schipp’s passenger, Mary B. Schipp, 68, along with the van’s driver, John G. Steele, 74, of West Chicago and his passenger, Rita K. Steele, 68, were all treated for injuries at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.

The Elburn Police Department reported that the Route 38 was closed several hours during the investigation of the crash. The Elburn Police Department was assisted by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Campton Hills Police, members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and members of the Kane County Emergency Management Agency during the investigation.

The Elburn Police Department reported that this was the second fatal crash at that intersection in the past seven months.

From Elburn Police Department press release

Know dangers of backyard pools

American Leak Detection encourages pool safety with tips for proper pool maintenance
There may be no activity more synonymous with summer fun than the “splish, splash” of swimming in a backyard pool.

Unfortunately, however, there are hazards lurking in and around most pools that area families often overlook. In order to keep pool safety top of mind, American Leak Detection Serving Northern Illinois is offering local residents tips to prevent pool-related injuries. Whether you have a pool and spa or your family enjoys cooling off in a community pool, this information shouldn’t be missed.

“People tend to think that proper swimming skills can keep them safe when they’re enjoying a swim, but the reality is that there are dangers hiding within the mechanical components of the pool,” said Paul Roe, owner of American Leak Detection Serving Northern Illinois. “In particular, improperly maintained drains in swimming pools and spas can lead to serious injuries and even death. When it comes to protecting your loved ones, there are essential steps that need to be taken to ensure a pool does not pose any threats.”

Roe notes that while people of all ages and sizes are susceptible to the dangers of faulty pool drains, young children tend to be at the highest risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one in four drowning victims are children age 14 and younger. For every child who has died from drowning, another four have received emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

“The summer season is a carefree time of year, but that does not mean that area residents should take a carefree approach to proper pool maintenance,” said Roe. “In addition to following these tips, adults must remember to supervise children at all times when they are in the pool. Rescue equipment and a phone to use in case of an emergency should also be on-hand.”

For more information about American Leak Detection, serving Northern Illinois, call (815) 652-1000.

Safety precautions
• Replace old flat drain covers and never use a pool or spa with a missing or broken drain cover.
• For public pools, install anti-vortex drain covers. A simple retrofit to install anti-entrapment covers will protect both children and adults from body and hair entrapment in the suction outlets.
• Have a professional regularly inspect the pool or spa for entrapment or entanglement hazards. Ask them to clearly mark the location of the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump.
• Install a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) to automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected.
• If someone is trapped against a drain, immediately turn off the pump. Pry a hand between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal instead of trying to pull the person away from the powerful suction.

T&C Library offers local programs

“Read on the Wild Side” prizes and program continue
ELBURN—The library continues to offer many programs for patrons this summer. Below are two special children’s programs.

Visit the website,, to view a complete list of summer programs. There are still many prizes available for both children and adults.

The library will give a Hubert the Lion cookie jar from Harris Bank to the 1,000th child that registers for the summer reading program.

Magic show and workshop
Magician “Amazing” Tim Adamz will visit the library to present his “On the Wild Side” magic show at 1 p.m. on July 15.

Join Amazing Tim on a non-stop and hilarious adventure into the world of a reading safari. After his magic show, Amazing Tim will present a magic workshop at 2 p.m.

Fire safety day
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will present a Fire Safety Day for children at the library on Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Firefighters will show their fire truck, ambulance and fire protection equipment. They will also have several activities for all the kids that morning.

The Town and Country Public Library is located at 320 E. North Street, Elburn. Contact the library at (630) 365-2244.

Rep. Foster votes to increase funds for vets

Foster votes to enhance health care of women veterans and to shore up VA funding

STATE—Rep. Bill Foster (D-14) voted recently in favor of legislation designed to aid wounded veterans and the families of those killed in service.

“As the cost of everyday items like food, housing and medicine increase, it is important to ensure that the veterans benefits earned by those who have been wounded or the families of those killed in battle can keep up with the prices of basic necessities,” Foster said. “Making sure benefits match current living expenses is simply the right thing to do for our veterans and their families.”

Foster voted in favor of S. 407, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, which provides for an annual cost-of-living adjustment to veterans survivor benefits and disability compensation.

Foster also voted for H.R. 1211, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act. This legislation would expand and improve health care services available to women veterans. Some of the provisions of the bill include an assessment of women’s health care programs, medical care for newborn children of women veterans, enhancement of PTSD treatment for women, and the establishment of a pilot program for child care services.

“Our veterans have bravely fought to defend our country, and they deserve the support and resources they need to succeed back here at home,” Foster said. “With soldiers facing difficult conditions overseas, it is of the utmost importance that we provide both men and women with quality medical care and services so that they can lead healthy and prosperous lives.”

In addition, Foster voted for H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget and Reform Transparency Act, which provides Congress with greater ability and incentive to develop appropriation bills that best anticipate future demand for VA services. The legislation would ensure that the VA and other veteran care givers have peace of mind and stability in their budgets, allowing them to anticipate their future veteran care.

Village releases Bike to Metra Guide

ELBURN—The Village of Elburn, in cooperation with the League of Illinois Bicyclists, recently released its Bike to Metra Guide. The guide contains a map with preferred bicycle routes around the Metra Station, as well as bicycle and railroad safety tips.

“This is another way that the village can encourage alternative transportation use,” said Erin Willrett, Elburn Village Administrator. “By providing a guide with a map and safety tips, we are giving the residents the tools they need to achieve a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.”

The guide was funded completely by the Public Education and Enforcement Research Study grant from the Illinois Commerce Commission.

To obtain a copy of the map, visit Village Hall at 301 E. North Street, or visit

Lions announce raffle winners

ELBURN–The Elburn Lions Club announced its July 2009 raffle winners.

Marilyn Gould of Elburn won $250.

Winners of the $50 raffle were Tom McCartney and Jim Gillett, both of Elburn; Vince Allegra of Hinsdale, Ill., and Ken O’Brien of Luxemburg, Wis.

Winning $25 were Dana Battles, Rob & Tom, Emil Weiss and Jeff Miller, all of Elburn; Trudy/Walley; “Elburn Seniors” of Maple Park; Marilyn Fidler of Aurora; Julie Long, Hailey Gladd, Amy Steenson, all of Batavia; Eva Wood, Ryan Wessel and P. Mike Sheahan, all of Geneva; Brian Hauser and Jason & Jaclyn Cornell of Hinckley; Duncan Gilkey and Jenny Stanek of DeKalb; Kindra and Kristen Schumach of Yorkville; Autumn Conn of St. Charles; Bob Holland Jr. of Plainfield, Ill.; Joel McGuuire of New Lenox, Ill.; Katherine Chron of Northbrook, Ill.; Jim Gilliam of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Stan Andrie of Muskegon, Wis.; and Jr. English/Leslie Bunn of N. Charleston, S.C.

Forest Preserve District sponsors summer bike safety clinics for kids

COUNTY—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is encouraging its youngest citizens to ride safely this summer, by hosting two “bicycle rodeos,” designed to teach bike safety to children.

The first bike rodeo is Saturday, July 11, at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. The event will take place at the lower shelter, nearest the lake. Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave. The second bike rodeo is set for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Great Western Trailhead, south of LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Dean Street. Both events are from 1 to 4 p.m.

The rodeos will include helmet-fitting stations, bike safety checks, tips on how to see and be seen on a bike, how to watch for potential hazards, and use of hand signals. The rodeos will include a riding course to teach young riders how to be safe and test their skills. Bike rodeo participants must bring their own bikes and helmets to participate. Forest Preserve officers will teach the course along with volunteers from local trail and rider groups and bicycle shops.

Each child who completes the bike rodeo will receive a certificate of completion. Plus, the district will give away free back sacks to the first 50 kids who complete the rodeo at either location.

“Families should bring their bikes and helmets and enjoy our wonderful trail system with the kids, after the rodeo course,” Police Chief Mike Gilloffo said.

There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP. Call the Community Affairs Department of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at (630) 444-3064.

Letter: A thank you from Steel Beam Theatre

Steel Beam Theatre (SBT) is a professional, non-equity theater in historic downtown St. Charles across from the Hotel Baker. Founded in 2001 by Executive and Artistic Director Donna Steele, SBT produces quality live entertainment at an affordable price for over 10,000 people annually.

Recently, the Batavia Mothers’ Club and the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club made monetary donations to fund scholarships for tuition fees for the children’s theater. Because of these two generous organizations, four children have attended the SBT Summer Camps and have learned confidence, poise, team work, as well as public speaking and acting skills.

On behalf of the SBT Board of Directors, I would like to thank the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club and the Batavia Mothers’ Club for realizing the significance and importance of Steel Beam Theatre and the positive impact of its educational programs on our youth.

Dana Teichart
SBT Board President

Letter: My night at Hesed House

On a recent Friday night, I had the opportunity to share in a unique experience. The staff and supporters of Hesed House staged a camp out on their front yard, showing passersby and those gathered what the future of the homeless could look like if the proposed DHS budget cuts take place.

We listened to the success stories of those people whose lives have been changed by Hesed House. We shared stories around a makeshift campfire, helping children as young as five make s’mores, knowing that later their mother would be taking them inside Hesed House, their “home” for the night. Most of us then retreated to our tents and sleeping bags except for two young men who chose to sleep under the stars, experiencing fully the concept of having no roof to call our own.

At 58, I had some reservations about sleeping on the ground in an unfamiliar urban setting, but I could think of no better way to show my support for Ryan Dowd and the staff of Hesed House. I’m really glad I did. I got to know Ryan and his terrific staff. I got to see firsthand the respect and care they have for their guests. I got to hear their stories. I got to eat the same breakfast they received that morning. Then I got to go home, shower, go about my Saturday not having to worry about where I would sleep that night.

Unfortunately, the future of Hesed’s guests is very much at risk. We need our elected leaders to get to work to fix our state’s budget problems so that people like the guests at Hesed House, the women and children at Mutual Ground, the men and women in recovery at Gateway and the rest of our communities’ most vulnerable residents can continue to receive the services they need. It is time our leaders need to realize that this system is broken and needs to be fixed.

My daughter asked me if my overnight experience on Hesed’s front yard was an “eye opener?” I knew, before Friday, what Ryan and his crew do on a daily basis. What the experience did do was give me a greater appreciation for all those who serve the neediest among us. Thank you to Hesed for the opportunity. I would invite all our leaders to spend a night at Hesed House or an evening at Mutual Ground before they get back to work on the budget and see for themselves what those dollars actually mean in peoples’ lives.

Jerry Murphy
Executive Director, MH & MR Services, Inc.
Mental Health and
Mental Retardation Services, Inc.

Letter: Spelling Bee a success

The Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging and I recently teamed up to sponsor a centuries-old celebration, a community spelling bee. A large room full of people cheered the friendly rivalry between the contestants, many of whom remembered the glory of grade school successes and just wanted to see if they were still on top of their game. Boy, were they ever!

American Idol had no edge on the tension that grew as the words became increasingly more difficult. Open to those 50 and over, the event was a testament to the importance of a strong, core education and life-long learning.

There are many folks to thank for the day’s success. All the brave contestants, of course; Bob Ament, Ruth Cleary, Pat Feeley, Bob Jones, Susan O’Neill, Kathleen Ramsey, Bette Schoenholtz, Barbara Weber, Bob Wyngard and Claudia Wyngard.

Chief Marty Kunkel welcomed us to the Sugar Grove Fire Station. Librarian Beverly Hughes provided the largest dictionary ever seen. Jenkins Trophy provided the awards. Superintendent Dr. James Rydland taught us all the many pronunciations of every word.

It was a great event, and everyone agreed we’d do it again in 2010. First place winner Susan O’Neill and second place winner Barbara Weber will advance to a regional competition. Those winners then have a mega spell-off at the Illinois State Fair.

I’ll be rooting for them.

Kay Hatcher
50th District State Representative

Letter: Think local, support the SG library

Transparency, accountability, responsibility—actions we all seem to desire from our federal and state governments. Depending upon who you talk to, we are told by our government representatives that we need or don’t need bailouts, tax increases and more spending. Listen to both points of view on the same subject discussed for a half hour and soon you truly do not know who is correct and what they are right about. But the one real truth is that the individual tax payer has little control on exactly how their federal and state tax dollars are being spent today.

On a local level though, we are allowed to have referendums. This great democratic process, allows us to argue a specific question back and forth among ourselves for things that may or may not truly help our own towns and counties. We finalize the question when we choose to vote.

Several years back, over 2,000 voters chose to build the Sugar Grove Public Library but since that time those same voters have not stepped up to vote for the separate referendum required by our state to fund the new library. This library will serve over 15,000 library residents who live in Prestbury and other parts of Aurora, parts of Montgomery, all of the Village of Sugar Grove and most of the Sugar Grove Township residents.

If it is truly transparency, accountability, and responsibility that you want, then it is Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes and her staff you should thank for figuring out new convenient patron hours, resolving staffing issues and figuring out how to build a well-laid out, energy efficient, community minded building well within the voters budget.

Meetings regarding every step of building this building were advertised and the public was invited. Every decision made for the new library was done so at public meetings and publically recorded, every dollar spent was accounted for and the bookkeeping is available at the library for anyone who cares to take a look.

So please remember when your federal and state taxes are being increased and the funding for branches of your local government (the library, schools, park districts, fire and police departments, etc.) are further decreased by those who have the power to do so in Springfield and Washington, remember that your local tax dollars are spent by local people you know and trust and the results of their hard work make your community an even better place to live.

Naming opportunities and donations to the collection are available, and needed, now. The current Secretary of State has said that a new library would not be built in Illinois with an operating rate as low as that of the Sugar Grove Library. The operating rate—.08—has not been raised in over 30 years, yet people still complain about transparency, accountability, responsibility when it is really still alive and well in your local government!

Patricia Graceffa
Sugar Grove Library Friends President

Elburn Police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• Viviana Arias, 22, of the 600 block of Sheridan Street in Aurora, was arrested at 10:07 a.m. July 5 for driving while her license was suspended. Police stopped Arias for speeding, as she traveled north on Route 47 near South Street in Elburn.

• Someone shot an arrow into the garage door of a residence in the 700 block of North First Street in Elburn sometime between 2 p.m. July 3 and 4 p.m. July 4. The home’s resident found the arrow, a light blue Thunder Express with a 3-foot shaft, embedded in the door.

Kaneland football 2009 slate released

Last meetings with Batavia, Geneva, Glenbard S. on tap
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland football’s 2009 slate features the same slate, save one.

No longer suiting up against Marmion Academy of Aurora, the Knights will square off against visiting Huntley High School on Friday, Sept. 4.

The usual opening contest of Kaneland-Burlington Central stays status quo, with the ‘09 version taking place in Maple Park on Friday, Aug. 28.

The final Western Sun Conference schedule kicks off at Rochelle on, Friday, Sept. 11, followed by another road contest at Sycamore on Friday, Sept. 18.

Batavia comes to town on Sept. 25, as does Glenbard South on Oct. 2.

The final three games of the season feature the Knights headed to DeKalb High School, rather than Huskie Stadium, on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. for the Barbs’ homecoming, Oct. 16 vs. Geneva for Senior Night and a jaunt to Yorkville on Friday, Oct. 23.

Coach Tom Fedderly’s Knights finished 5-4 in the regular season, with a 23-21 loss coming at the hands of future Northern Illinois Big 12 mate Sterling in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.

Western Sun Conference Schools Week 1 opponents
Batavia vs. St. Charles North
DeKalb vs. Ottawa @ Northern Illinois U.
Geneva @ St. Charles East
Glenbard South vs. Glenbard West
Rochelle @ Corliss (Gately Stadium)
Sycamore @ Streator
Yorkville vs. St. Francis

SG Park District announces tryouts

The Sugar Grove Park District announced tryouts for the Kaneland Youth Travel Baseball program. 

Five teams may be formed for the 2010 season for players that are 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14 years old or younger as of April 30, 2010. These teams will play a competitive schedule in the Kane County Bronco League, with league games generally played during the week and tournaments on weekends. The season runs from mid-April thruogh July. Indoor practices begin in January. 

Fees will be between $250 and $400 per player, depending upon fundraising efforts and the number of tournaments anticipated.  Tryouts will be held at the Sugar Grove Sports Complex on Wheeler and Dugan roads. Please attend only one tryout date. Call the Sugar Grove Park District at (630) 466-7436 for more information.

10-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 pm
11-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11:30 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11 am
12-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 pm
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am
13-year-olds @ Field 1
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11 am
14-year-olds @ Field 1
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11:30am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am

KHS honor roll 2009

High Honor Roll
9th grade
Upashruti Agrawal, Lauren Allen, Abby Bend, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Lauren Companiott, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Tyler Fabrizius, Jacob Ginther, Kristen Glover, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Courtnie Holland, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Thomas King, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, Austin McElderry, Anna Novotny, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Alexa Reger, Nathan Rehkopf, Karyn Ribbens, Kayla Rivera, Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Dana Schultz, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Mackenzie Theisen, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Kalani Tovar, Delani Vest, Marissa Villafuerte, Mercedes Walper, Nicholas Wielgos, Isaac Williams, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt
10th grade
Priscilla Aguilar, Grant Alef, Taylor Andrews, Stephanie Breen, Jocelyn Cabral, Elaine Cannell, Cory Clausen, Jessica Corbett, Emily Darrow, Lacey Eberle, Caitlin Ellefsen, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Amy Fabrizius, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Allison Grossmann, Emily Heimerdinger, Amanda Helfers, Guillermo Hernandez, Andrew Hladilek, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Corey Landers, Alexandra Leonhard, Christian Limbo, Jessica Lubic, Bernice Marsala, Katie Meuer, Danielle Micek, Abby Michels, Richard Miller, Sarah Morgan, Brian Olson, Nicole Ott, Keara Palpant, Brooke Patterson, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Alyson Rehr, Mackenzie Rich, Alicia Robinson, Linnea Scherer, Joshua Schuberg, Hannah Schuppner, Elizabeth Smith, Andrea Strang, Danielle Thomas, Holly Thomas, Brooke Thompson, Samantha Vazquez, Samantha Wantuch, Breanna White, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker, Michael Wille, Caitlyn Young, Cara Zagel
11th grade
Jenna Bartel, Andrea Bruce, Danilo Bruno, Scott Burgholzer, Derek Bus, Emily Butts, Kristyn Chapman, Megan Cline, Stephen Colombe, Lindsey Dodis, Eric Dratnol, David Dudzinski, Joseph Garlinsky, Lily Garrison, Megan Gil, Trever Grimoldby, Tara Groen, Rebecca Hauge, Kevhlub Her, Joseph Herzer, Kevin Hodge, Katlin Howard, Angela Humphrey, Amy Husk, Haley Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Elizabeth Kennedy, Brett Ketza, Kevin Krasinski, Taylor Krause, Micaela Lane, Kelsey Lenhardt, Logan Markuson, Melanie Mazuc, Vincent Micek, Alexandra Morefield, Brianne Myers, Joss Nicholson, Zachary Nolte, Alyse Olson, Tara Olson, Kasey Ostarello, Kylen Pattermann, Justin Phillips, Lisa Roberson, Chelsea Roberts, Michelle Rodgers, Danielle Rose, Paula Ross, Patrick Ruffolo, Kelly Shaw, Nikki Smith, George Spirakis, Natalie Swieca, Kevin Szatkowski, Edgardo Valle, Elizabeth Webb
12th grade
Angelica Acosta, Emma Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Lindsay Bartel, Kathryn Bergman, Ryan Blake, Emily Curran, Kelly Davies, Stacey Davis, Margaret Dawe, Lindsay Douglas, Samantha Eichelberger, Matthew Galica, Ashley Girard, Lauren Gould, Caitlin Haag, Matthew Haffner, Erica Hankes, Erin Hanold, Sarah Harant, Samantha Hauser, Devin Mae Heath, Jordan Herra, Alexa Hill, Rebecca Holloman, Michael Jenny, Hayden Johnson, Leina Kameyama, Emily Kenkel, Casey Komel, Kathleen Kuhar, Angeline Tracy Limbo, Anna Limbrick, Curtis Lubic, Chassidy Mangers, Briana Minogue, Kathleen Moravcik, Evan Olson, Madeline Osman, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Perren Palpant, Kelaine Patterson, Jordan Pinkston, Emiliano Ponce, Michael Pritchard, Nicole Prusinski, Jacqueline Ream, Bryan Renaud, Brody Root, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Kristen Rusnok, Kristen Sanecki, William Schaid, Meghan Schiber, Christine Schieve, Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Spence, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar, Cristofer Vargas, Yasintorn Wongwoottisaroch, Victoria Yurachek, Joanna Zielinski, Jennifer Zmrhal

Honor Roll
9th grade
Erin Arndt, Rebecca Arnold, Dhurata Azemi, Raymond Barry, Madison Bluml, Jordyn Boley, Zachary Brown, Acalia Cleaver, Andrew Correll, Ashley Cottier, Ashley Diddell, Alex Dorado, Zachary Douglas, Katelyn Dudzinski, Mitchell Gemini, Ariel Geraghty, Ryan Goodenough, John Goodrich, Matthew Grimm, Samantha Hansen, Samantha Heinle, Austin Henkelman, LaQuanda Hood, Seleana Isaacs, Jordan Jones, Sarah Kitz, Denitza Kolev, Ryan Kolk, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Amber-Rose Lano, Cesar Lazcano, Ashton MacKenzie, Aracelli Magana, Jacob Mazuc, Nicholas McCarney, Kayley McPhee, Julianne Miller, Brendan Morgan, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Austin Paulson, Sierra Perteete, Jordan Phillips, Edker Pope, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Josias Rodriguez, Angela Schramer, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Meggen Southern, Dalton Stewart, Michael Tattoni, Carolina Tovar, Amber Urich, Bryan Van Bogaert, Savannah Webb, Taylor White, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski, Erin Woodill
10th grade
Athina Ajazi, Yesenia Ayala, Kristina Bowen, Taylor Bradbury, Patrick Bratschun, Kayla Burns, Tyler Callaghan, Josiah Camiliere, Shaela Collins, Lauren Crites, Jonathon Delgado, Cali Dickerson, Andrea Dimmig Potts, Brian Dixon, Nicholas Dodis, Michelle Dugan, Tyler Esposito, Zachary Ganz, Angelica Garza, Damien Gilbert, Hayley Guyton , Michael Hammermeister, Megan Hanlon, Anna Henrichs, Elizabeth Hylland, Kelsey James, Kellie Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Allison Jones, Pamela Katsigiannis, Dylan Keith, Maria Kernychny, Skyler King, John Kintz, Kristen Krajewski, Nathan Krauz, Cameron LeBlanc, Mark Merfeld, Kaitlin Munyon, Joshua Nahley, Derek Nordine, Angela Parillo, Angelica Perez, Jimmy Ramirez, Stewart Ream, Kendall Renaud, Keith Runde, Colleen Ryan, Nicole Rymarz, Curtis Secrest, Briana Stark, Charlene Steininger, Bethany Swartz, Robert Thorson, Erich Turk, Alexander Vallejo, Logan Vines, Christian Williams, Ryan Wozniak, Robert Zachara, Kelsey Zollinger
11th grade
Danielle Anderson, Randi Bader, Ryley Bailey, Brittany Bauer, Robert Bergstrom, Chloe Bluml, Dennis Brettman, Edgar Celaya, Jaclyn Diehl, Scott Dienst, Brock Dyer, Andrew Eberle, Olivia Fabrizius, Angela Filippin, Kalina Flamand, Sabrina Gabriele, Lauren Gallucci, Colleen Gebauer, Jeffrey Gillett, Dylan Good, Tyler Hamer, Aaron Hayman, Matthew Ikemire, Jaclyn Isham, Lindsay Kahl, Tessa Kuipers, Caitlin Larson, Brandie Mattice, Jessica McHenry, Donald McLennan, Thomas Orr, Sean Paulick, Brenda Petersen, Izatmar Quiroz, Jordan Rego, Matthew Reusche, Connor Risch, Erin Rocha, Erin Rodway, John Scholl, Alyssa Snyder, Bradley Staker, Daniel Steinmiller, Cody Stults, James Tarchala, Benjamin Tennant, Kayla Thompson, Jacob Tickle, Xavier Torres-Valdovinos, Abigayle VanDerHeyden, Katie Walton, Nicholas Zimmer
12th grade
Cecelia Anderson, Jacob Astin, Garrett Austin, Kathryn Banbury, Joshua Bloome, John Brennan, Michael Chavez, Paul Davies, Laney Deligianis, Samantha Dixon, Alycia Donais, Kevin Durrenberger, Kelsey Fletcher, Alyssa Galvan, Eric Geiger, Lindsay Gierke, Mallory Gigl, Sally Gorenz, Kristen Hamer, Laura Hansen, Kathryn Hatch, Adrian Hernandez, Erin Heyob, Amanda Hilton, Mallory Huml, Brianna Hurst, Sonja Isaacs, Jenna Ivkovich, Krista Johnson, Lydia King, William King, Christopher Kovacic, Meghan Krajewski, Robert Kuti, Nathan Lewis, Robert Locke, Dylan Luse, Grant Mooney, Brittany Nelson, Michael Nguyen, Alexandra Olson, Daniela Parra, Benjamin Paulus, Troy Pritchard, Scott Proctor, Frank Reyes, Leah Richards, Paige Rogers, Sara Rose, Luis Ruiz, Joseph Ruppel, Samantha Sills, Kyle Slamans, Joseph Spitzzeri, Zachary Stavinsky, Jessica Stebbins, Kyle Stryczek, Annelise Weiss, Rick White, Lauren Whittaker, Cassandra Wilson, Mariella Zavala, Dana Zimmer

Ortiz, Souders to wed

Jose and Ermelinda Ortiz of Melrose Park, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Ortiz, to Rodger Souders, son of Roger and Blanca Souders of Kaneville.

Erica is a graduate of Elmhurst College and Loyola University Chicago. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. She is employed at Loyola University as a pediatric nurse at the Ronald McDonald’s Childrens’ Hospital.

Rodger is a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and Northern Illinois University. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a master’s degree in sport management.

The couple will be married by Pastor Leo Fossa at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Melrose Park on August 1, 2009.

Campbell wins broadcast awards

St. Ambrose University student Steve Campbell of Maple Park won top honors in both radio and television from the Iowa Broadcast News Association. The awards were received for his work at St. Ambrose radio and television stations, KALA-FM and TV-11. Campbell took first and third place in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play radio category, and second place for TV-11 in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play TV category.

Hill wins Elburn Post No. 630 essay contest

Alexa Hill, daughter of Cliiff and Pat Hill of Kaneville, won the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 630 Americanism Essay Contest.

The theme for the essay was “Where are the American Heroes of Today?”

Hill will continue on to the district competition.

Hill plans to attend Waubonsee Community College with a major in business. She is currently the store manager at Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville.

NIU announces spring graduates

Northern Illinois University held commencement ceremonies in early May for its 2009 spring graduates.

Local residents receiving undergraduate degrees included Timothy Benham, Ian Essling, James Harrison, Rosemarie Heuman, Jessica Johnson, Benjamin Sanecki, Linda Sloan, Dawn Wiseman and Ryan Young, all of Elburn; Vanessa Wolbers of Kaneville; Megan Lockwood of Maple Park; Brandon Buchberger, Gloria Deutsch, Jeffery Johnson, Calan Kinnally and Bryan West, all of Sugar Grove.

Local residents receiving graduate degrees include Julie-Ann Fuchs of Kaneville; Sarah Kneller and Kerry McCune of Maple Park; Jennifer Belken of Sugar Grove.

Murphy receives scholarship at EIU

Kevin Murphy of Sugar Grove received the Gene Seymour Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship from Eastern Illinois University.

The award is presented to an EIU junior or senior majoring in journalism that has been involved significantly in the sports journalism department at the Daily Eastern News.

Murphy is a 2006 Kaneland High School graduate.

Haas earns scholarship

Amanda Haas, daughter of Stephen and Caryn Haas of Elburn, received a Red and Black Scholarship worth $1,000 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri.

The scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT score.

Haas graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in January.

Grace UMC and St. Mary’s VBS

MAPLE PARK—Grace UMC and St. Mary’s of Maple Park will be hosting their Crocodile Dock Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.

The VBS will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, July 20-23, with parents invited to a special kids presentation Friday, July 24, at 6 p.m. with a sundae bar to follow.

Registration information for the VBS can be found at Grace UMC or St. Mary’s of Maple Park. Parents may sign their children up at

More information is available by calling (815) 739-4168.

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow, 69, of Marshall, Mo., died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Born Feb. 5, 1940, in Aurora, she was the daughter of the late Bennett Wesley Shoop and Mabel Irene Elliott Shoop. On Aug. 16, 1991, she married Jim Morrow who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall since 1973 and was born and raised in Kane County. She was a secretary at Bueker Middle School for many years and was a lifelong church member. She had served as chairman of Saline County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was active in Meals on Wheels. She played in the Marshall Municipal Band and loved to play bridge with friends and travel with her family.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brett Moore and wife Donetta of rural Higginsville, Mo., and Brian Moore and wife Tammy of Concordia, Mo.; one daughter, Jody Oellien Mason and husband Kevin of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Leah Stein and husband Dennell of Moberly, Mo. and Rachel Neal and husband Lynn of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Dale Shoop of Elburn; one sister, Arlene Hibbard of Carol Stream, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Oellien.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Randy Shannon and Bobbie G. Morrow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery south of Marshall.

Memorials may be made to Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Friends may sign the online register book at

Virginia E. Mueller

Virginia E. Mueller, 82, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of St. Charles, passed away at her daughter’s home in Paw Paw, Mich., Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009.

She was born June 14, 1927 in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Gladys Klotz.

Virginia grew up in Frankfort, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and carpenter. She attended local schools and, in time, began working locally.

She was united in marriage to Clarence Mueller on Dec. 8, 1946, and together, they began a lifetime of sharing the toils and triumphs of dairy farming. They settled south of Wasco in 1953, working the soil, tending to the cows, raising their family until 1978 when a change in the wind sent them packing to Florida. There, they ran a vacation/fishing resort until their retirement in 1990.

She was a faithful member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church, Lake Wales.

Virginia was gifted with her hands and crocheted and sewed intricate table cloths and doilies that will be handed down for generations. She also was a dairy and home economics 4-H leader. In short, there was nothing that she couldn’t do. She could get anything to grow and also laid a claim to the biggest strawberry patch and canned more than 800 quarts of fruit every year. When company came, she was the first to offer a bite to eat and in no time flat would lay out a spread fit for a king. The “best mom ever,” Virginia not only left her unique footprints for generations to follow, she left a loving and indelible impression in the hearts of her family.

She now leaves five children; Larry Mueller of Adams, Wis., Ronald (Sylvia) Mueller of Garden Prairie, Ill., Susan (Kevin) Lockhart of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonnie (Joe) White of Elburn, and Nancy (Greg) Huggins of Sugar Grove; 13 grandchildren: James Mueller, Heather Mueller and her children Skyanne, Nevada and Ashley, Brent Mueller, Brian (Crystal) Mueller and their sons Cole and Bryce, Scott (Sarah) Mueller, Amy Lockhart, Kelly Lockhart, Aaron (Debra) White and their children, Aidan and Ethan, Jason (Kelly) White and their children Kathleen and Nicholas, Jennifer (Adam) Samuelson, Ryan White, Dustin (Nicole) Huggins, Jacob Huggins; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of good friends.

She now joins her parents, Frank and Gladys Klotz, birth father Allen Morris, husband Clarence and one daughter Sandra Mueller.

Visitation was Friday, July 3 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit hospice, Lake Wales Lutheran Church and other charities. Checks may be made to the “Virginia Mueller 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