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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.

John J. Gigl

John J. Gigl, age 45, passed away suddenly Monday, July 6, 2009, following complications from an aneurism on June 22, at Central DuPage Hospital in Wheaton, Ill. Taken too soon, he leaves dreams unfulfilled but will live on in their hearts, walking side by side with them as an angel.

He was Nov. 19, 1963 the son of Myron “Mike” and Patricia “Patt” (Cooper) Gigl in St. Charles.

John grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1982 from St. Charles High School.

John attended Elgin Community College as well as Waubonsee Community College, where he studied engineering.

John met his wife in the winter of 1985 when he was out with some friends. Names and many laughs were exchanged and two years later they were united in marriage on Dec. 5, 1987.

They began their new life together in Elgin where they welcomed their daughter Mallory on Mother’s Day 1991. They made their family complete with the birth of their son Christopher on April 13, 1993. A year later the family moved to Elburn where they have since made their home.

John entered the working world at a Japanese Machine Tool Company and traveled much of the time. He also worked for SDRC in Melrose Park, Ill., where he was lead engineer for Navastar, a turbo diesel engine. The last 10 years John worked with his brother-in-law at SolidWorks, a premier world renowned mechanical design software company with offices based in Boston, Mass. Although John hailed from the small town of Elburn, he held many technology patents and worked on thousands of products used every day in all industries and walks of life.

John was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

John was fun personified. His life was filled with non-stop jokes and laughter. A kid at heart, other children drew to him and in no time he turned them from mild-mannered little kids into a frenzied free-for-all much to their delight and to the chagrin of their parents. His children were his life and he would do anything for them or with them including being “made up” by his daughter complete with a full line of cosmetics. Never officially a coach, he was the Dad who helped whenever, whatever. Known as “Papa John” to Mallory and Christopher’s friends, he knew them all and had a nickname for each. He was passionate about cars and the NHRA, especially the Force Team. Every Sunday he would descend into his basement with beer and cheese in hand to watch his favorite drivers rip up the racetrack. His cars were never stock as he’d buy a new car and immediately rip out and re-machine parts to match his own unique vision. Aside from the family car, John also had an RX7 you could hear for miles. His heart beat to the sounds of the rock ‘n’ roll legends. From Van Halen, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, ACDC, Spinal Tap and more, when the stereo was turned on, it was turned up to full volume. Family was first in his heart and memories were made every step of the way including the yearly trip to Green Lake, Wis., where the kids waterskied all day long. His laughter will echo through the years and bring smiles to everyone he knew for a long time to come.

He now leaves his loving wife, Lora, two children Mallory Gigl and Christopher Gigl; his father, Myron “Mike” Gigl of Geneva; two brothers, Robert (Lynn) Gill and their children, Geoffrey and Tyler, of Keller, Texas and Richard (Melissa) and their children Erin and David, Gigl of Brighton, Mich.; one sister, Alison (Bob) George and their daughter, Lily of Red Hook, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Kathy Osman, of Sugar Grove; sister-in-law, Chris and Monty Jahns, and their children Matt and Quinn, of Sugar Grove; brother-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Osman and their children, Molly and Layne, of Yorkville; several aunts, uncles and cousins, a close family of friends, and his black lab and best friend Gertie. John leaves hundreds who will always remember him and the smile he always left on their hearts.

He now joins his mother, Patricia “Patt” Gigl, father-in-law, David Osman, and his beloved Roxie who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, also at the funeral home. the Rev. Christina Vosteen, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Plano, Ill., will officiate.

Cremation will follow the service and private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorials in his honor to benefit a college fund for his children. Checks may be made to the “John Gigl Memorial” and directly deposited at Old Second Bank, Elburn or mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Delos G. Bunce

Delos G. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away July 2, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by the love of his family and now reunited with the love of his life, Vivian, who died in June of this year.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Artesian, S.D., the son of Arthur and Gretta (Hess) Bunce.

He attended local schools in his hometown of Artesian and continued in Kaneville when the family settled there in 1937.

He married his sweetheart Vivian Harrett in 1941 and spent the next 68 years of memories with each other, side by side.

Shortly after his marriage, Delos began serving his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Upon return to civilian life, Delos and Vivian made their home in Montgomery before moving to Lasher Road and finally settling in Aurora in 1973.

He began his working life as an electrician and worked several jobs before landing at Durabilt Manufacturing where they made farm equipment and school desks. They retooled during the war so they could manufacture parts to support the troops. Later he worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a maintenance man before rising to the rank of Maintenance Supervisor by the time he retired 37 years later.

He was a faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Delos was a perfectionist. If he worked on something, you could be sure it was done right. He was a dependable man with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children. He loved a good joke and could entertain others when he played his harmonica and spoons. He was especially gifted in the kitchen, on the grill and he only got better with age. Delos reminisced to his children about his younger years spent during the Dust Bowl era in South Dakota when he had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn’t get lost, especially when the dust piled high like snow and covered the fence posts. Delos had immense pride in his family and often praised them as they grew up. Those times will now echo through the generations as he lives on in their memory.

He now leaves two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, wife Vivian, son Larry Bunce, one grandson Jeremy Mahan, and a great-grandson Erin Martinek, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private family-only.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Delos Bunce 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

A-Ram invades Kane Co.

Aramis Ramirez helped fuel a Midwest League record crowd as the Cubs third-baseman joined the Class A Peoria Chiefs on a minor league rehab assignment. 14,872 fans packed Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva to see Peoria beat the Kane County Cougars in a 7-1 affair on Friday.
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Drivers urged to comply with posted speed limits

Photo radar vans click to capture speeders in work zones
STATE—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) alongside Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Tollway want to remind motorists construction season is underway and warn that tough laws are in place to buckle down on speeders in work zones. Legislation that was signed into law back in 2004 targets drivers who openly disregard work zone speed limits and endanger the lives of construction workers and other drivers. The enforcement of this legislation has been effective in reducing work zone fatalities by over 50 percent.

“Construction season is in full effect and we want to urge motorists to comply with the posted speed limits in all work zones. We want to send a message to motorists now to slow down in work zones,” IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig said. “If you are caught speeding in a work zone, at minimum you will be looking at a fine of $375, and while some may think that’s harsh, you cannot put a price on a life.”

The law states that first-time work zone speeders, including those caught on camera, will be hit with a fine of $375, with $125 of that sum going to pay off-duty State Troopers to provide added enforcement in construction or maintenance zones. Two-time offenders are subject to a $1,000 fine, including a $250 surcharge to hire Troopers, and the loss of their license for 90 days. Tickets received in a work zone require a mandatory court appearance.

This summer, five vans will be deployed across the state. The specially equipped vans are staffed by trained ISP officers who can take photographs of drivers speeding in IDOT and Tollway construction and maintenance zones. Tickets are reviewed and approved by ISP and will be issued by mail to vehicle owners. The registered owner will not be liable if someone else is driving the vehicle. Businesses and rental companies are required to provide the driver information for any violations occurring with their vehicles. To date, over 8,000 citations have been issued across the state. In addition, drivers who hit a worker are subject for up to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison.

“As the work zone season is well underway, we want to remind motorists of the importance of slowing down and staying alert when workers are present,” said Illinois State Police Director Jonathan E. Monken. “In an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries, Troopers will be out in force strictly enforcing the 45 mile per hour work zone speed limit, both for the safety of construction workers and motorists. Drivers can expect to see aggressive enforcement with increased patrol cars, photo enforcement vans and motorcycle units to help save lives on our roadways during this construction season.”

The work zone speeding crackdown is just one of the ways state transportation and law enforcement are working together to accomplish that goal. In 2003, there were 44 work zone traffic-related fatalities with five workers killed. 2007 showed a consistent decrease resulting in 21 traffic-related work zone fatalities with two workers killed.

“Enforcement efforts by Illinois State Police have played a critical role in keeping workers and motorists safe during the massive roadway rebuilding and widening projects underway on all of our Tollway, and the photo speed enforcement vans are a resource that drives home the message that speeding in construction work zones is unacceptable,” said Illinois Tollway Acting Executive Director Michael T. King. “Speeding, impatience, and driver inattention are the leading factors in work zone crashes, so we need drivers to slow down and stay alert in work zones for their own safety as well as our workers.”

Under the provisions of the Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act of 2004, Illinois State Police were given the authority to use cameras to enforce work zone speed limits in cases where workers are present. It also requires that signs be posted when work zone speed limits are being enforced by camera.

IDOT and Tollway officials stress the importance of complying with work zone speed limits even when workers are not present because of the dangers posed by features such as narrow lanes, lane shifts, reduced shoulder width, obstructions and drop-offs. Most people do not realize that over 90 percent of Illinois’ traffic related work zone fatalities are motorists.

For more information regarding photo radar enforcement, visit

WCC wins 5 communication awards

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College won five Awards of Excellence in the 15th Annual Communicator Awards Competition recently. The Award of Excellence is the top award in the competition, which is sponsored by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.

Competing against more than 7,000 entries, the college won awards for its Connect alumni publication, Waubonsee’s 40th anniversary finale special event, the holiday card, the fall 2008 credit schedule cover, and 40th anniversary “Fabulous 40” newspaper insert.

The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communication field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Construction begins on Harter Road

SUGAR GROVE—Construction work, which began Monday, will continue through September 1, 2009 on Harter Road just west of Route 47.

Harter Road is being widened to a three-lane cross section to provide turn lanes at the intersection of the new Kaneland Middle School campus. There will be intermittent single-lane closures during the daytime working hours, but no lane closures after sunset or on weekends.

Motorists are advised by the Kane County Division of Transportation to watch for equipment entering and leaving the roadways.

For more information, call (630) 406-7382.

Local youths perform hit Disney show on stage

‘High School Musical 2’ to be preformed by Noble Fool ensemble
COUNTY—Disney’s favorite High School Musical characters are back on stage as The Noble Fool Theatricals Youth Ensemble presents Disney’s “High School Musical 2.” After a sold-out success in 2006 with “High School Musical,” the sequel will be produced with a cast composed of nearly 50 teens and children from the Western Suburbs.

The Youth Ensemble is an exclusive, audition-only program for the best and the brightest young talent. Cast members have been working with theater professionals to learn and improve their acting skills.  They are learning choreography, music memorization and character development.

“Noble Fool’s ‘High School Musical 2’ cast reaffirms my passion and love of musical theatre,” said the director, Shellee Frazee. “I am so impressed with the work ethic of our cast and crew. When everyone feels that kind of passion and love for their art, the result is bound to be stellar.”                       
Local “High School Musical 2” cast members include Leah Richards of Sugar Grove, and Nicole DiSandro and McKenzie McMullan, both of Elburn.

“High School Musical 2” will be presented Saturdays, July 18 and Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m., July 25 at 1 p.m.; and Sundays, July 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. on the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage. Tickets are priced at $15.

Pheasant Run Resort is located at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.

For tickets, call the Pheasant Run Box Office at or call (630) 584-6342.

My best man is my best friend

Regional—Many pet owners consider their pets a part of the family. If you are among this group, when you get married you want your family to be a part of your memorable day, right? What better way to do so than to have your pet be a member of the wedding party. But how can you be sure your pet will behave? You can’t, so hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Above all, keep your sense of humor.

Many churches or other institutions may not allow pets on the premises. Check with the location where you are planning to hold the ceremony before making your pet a part of it.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow if you wish to include your pet in the ceremony:
• Be reasonable about your pet’s participation in the ceremony. Dogs are the most likely to be included in a wedding—just make sure they are well trained. They can serve as best man, maid of honor, ringbearer, usher or doorman (just make sure guests have an adequate supply of treats as a reward). Cats are less predictable and can be harder to control in a crowd, so their role might be best as an observer. Since they tend to flee quickly when they get spooked or enticed, it is best to secure them in a carrier or on a leash.
• Include your pets in the rehearsal activities. You may appear differently to your pet in a tuxedo or dress and spook them. So wear your tux or dress at least once in their presence before the ceremony.
• Choose appropriate attire for your pet. Getting a tux for your dog is not as hard as you might think. Websites like www.doggyduds .com can provide a custom fit within a week by mail. If you are going to have your pets dressed in costumes, try it on before the ceremony to see how they will react to wearing them. Do they try to take it off or gnaw on them? Maybe it would be best to just go with something simple like a bowtie collar.
• Have someone familiar with your pets be their chaperone. They can watch for signs of bad behavior and make sure your pets do not overindulge in people food. There is nothing wrong with your pets having their own food at the reception.
• Make sure your pets have been walked and given the chance to relieve themselves.

The bond between a human and their pet can be as strong as any human bond. Some even compare it to that of a parent and child. So it goes without saying that pets should be allowed to participate in the wedding ceremony and celebration of their masters.
by Ronda Addy, MultiAd Builder

Basic wedding etiquette guidelines

Regional—There are dozens of books on the market about wedding etiquette. Each has its own version of what is acceptable and what is not. Depending on how closely you choose to follow etiquette, here are some basics.

Bachelor and bachelorette party rules no longer require the sexes to have separate events. There is no reason, as long as both sides agree, why one party for the whole wedding party cannot be arranged. In this case, all those attending would pitch in an equal amount to cover costs.

Send wedding invitations to both sets of parents as a keepsake, as well as to the officiate. Send one to all members of the wedding party. If you don’t want children at the wedding, either print “Adult Reception” on the card or use word-of-mouth to spread the word. All invites should include a “Reply by” date. Call guests who have not replied one week after that date. You can estimate that about 85 percent of the guests you invite will attend. Make sure your RSVP cards include postage.

Everyone who is involved in the ceremony needs to be at the wedding rehearsal, including musicians, parents of the bride and groom, and all attendants, whether groomsmen or bridesmaids. A rehearsal dinner usually follows the ceremony practice but does not include spouses or significant others of those in the wedding party unless specifically invited by the hosts, which in most cases are the groom’s parents. Practicing the music at the rehearsal is essential. We take many of our cues from the music at the ceremony and one little mistake can throw everyone off balance.

For the ceremony seating, the parents of the bride and groom should sit in the front rows respectively. In the case of divorced parents who don’t get along, the mother sits in the front row and the father sits in the second row. If everyone is friendly, they may sit in the front row together. Don’t arrive late to the wedding or you can consider it missed. Once the mother of the bride is seated, a signal that the ceremony has begun, formal and informal seating is complete. No guest should ever enter the ceremony once it has started under any circumstances.

At a wedding of more than 75 guests, you may want to limit the receiving line to bride and groom, mother of the bride and groom, and maid of honor/best man. For smaller numbers of guests, the whole wedding party and fathers may be in attendance. Technically a receiving line should take place at the reception upon entrance of the first guests but since many couples schedule post-wedding photographs to be taken immediately following the ceremony, it is acceptable to hold the receiving line outside the church.

At the reception, plan on feeding the band or DJ when making catering arrangements. Don’t do the money dance—it’s tacky. Head-table seating is up for grabs these days, so any combination of the wedding party, parents, grandparents and significant others is fine. Assign seating if having more than 30 guests at the reception. You don’t have to name each person to a seat; just put the names on tables. For example, seat the Miller family and the O’Brian family together at one table. The parents of the wedding couple should sit at a reserved table if they are not already seated at the head table. Don’t bring gifts to the reception. Gifts should always be sent to the bride’s residence prior to the wedding.

At the reception, the bride and groom should have the first dance prior to a sit-down dinner. The bride should dance with the groom’s father and the groom with the bride’s mother. Etiquette also calls for the bridesmaids and groomsmen to dance together regardless of marital status. The garter toss, while a long-standing traditional event, has recently fallen out of favor. The bouquet toss, another long-standing event, can be omitted if desired, but is acceptable if kept low-key.

If the wedding is called off, you should return the gifts unused. Make sure you keep a list of who sent what. Engraved gifts may be kept. Cancel travel plans immediately and inform guests who planned to travel to your wedding first.

Keep in mind that these are just some basic wedding etiquette guidelines. Ultimately, it is your day and you need to bring to it your unique outlook so it will be much more memorable to you.
by Doris A. Black, MultiAd Builder

Foster announces more than $16 million for Kane transportation projects

Recovery Act to fund projects in the 14th District
STATE—Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) announced additional area transportation projects that will receive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Foster supported. Foster announced seven other Recovery Act funded transportation projects in May.

“The funding for transportation projects that was included in the Recovery Act will allow vital transportation projects to move forward, and will create jobs for people throughout the 14th District,” said Foster.

Karen McConnaughay, Kane County Board Chairman, said, “This funding is vital to Kane County so we can continue to create jobs and grow the economy. We are seeing the Recovery at work.”

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) determined which projects would receive Recovery funds. The table at right lists the projects and awarded amounts. Contracts have been awarded, and are now being executed. The projects should be underway shortly.

Project location and awarded amount
• Resurface US 30/IL 56/IL 47:
• Resurface West Bound ramp
on US 30/ IL 56 to IL 47:
• Resurface US 30/ IL 47 from
Prairie St. to Jericho Rd.:
• Resurface US 30/ IL 47 from
Jericho Rd. to Kendall County
line: $240,515
• Resurface US 30 from IL 47 to
Orchard Rd.: $996,676
• Repair bridge on US 30 cross-
ing Blackberry Creek: $69,858
• Resurface IL 25 from IL 72 to
I-90: $1,782,911
• Widen, resurface and add
turning lanes to IL 38:
• Resurface various locations in
Kane County: $1,595,801
14th District total: $16,844,300

42nd Corn Boil is almost here

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a volunteer-run community event, featuring three family- friendly, fun-filled days, Friday through Sunday, July 24-26.

The schedule this year features a carnival, bands, local talent, arts, crafts, bingo and food, including “tons” of corn.

The event is also features a fireworks display.

The event has free admission due to the support of sponsors.

To sponsor the Corn Boil, call (630) 466-5166, ext. 77 or email Additionally, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee is looking for individual or group volunteers to help before, during, and after the event.

Opening ceremonies take place at 4 p.m. July 24.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is located west of Route 47, just off Main Street in downtown Sugar Grove behind the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.

For more information about the Corn Boil, please visit or call the Sugar Grove events hotline at (630) 466-5166.

Citizen of the Year

This year the Village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry continue the tradition of sponsoring the Sugar Grove “Citizen of the Year Award.” This award is intended to recognize, from those nominated by the public, the individual or group which this year best exemplifies that pioneering spirit which helps the village grow and prosper.

The award will be presented Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park during the 2009 Corn Boil

7 Associates at Re/Max All Pro in Sugar Grove saluted

SUGAR GROVE—Seven associates at RE/MAX All Pro, 330 Division St., Sugar Grove, Ill., recently received special recognition from the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network for their sales success in 2008. They have been named to membership in one of five honorary clubs, each recognizing an important level of achievement in sales productivity.

The most exceptional performers are welcomed into the Diamond Award Club. Other levels of sales success are honored with membership in the Chairman’s Club, Platinum Club, 100% Club and Executive Club.

100% Club
Those who earn membership in the 100% Club excel in their profession, generating 2008 sales productivity at least three times that of the median reported for sales agents by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) in its 2008 member profile. Reaching this level for 2008 are LauraLee McElroy and Lisa Pessina-Knur.

Executive Club
Executive Club membership recognizes a select group of sales producers. Their annual sales productivity was at least twice that of the median achieved by NAR sales agents. Named to Executive Club membership for their 2008 were Jane Glenn, Edie Jahn, Terri Jeffries, Linda Kelleher and Dawn Siegler.

Miracle Office
RE/MAX All Pro, Sugar Grove, was also recognized as one of 43 Miracle Offices in the RE/MAX Northern Illinois network. To obtain Miracle Office status, every agent in the office made a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network during the calendar year.

RE/MAX is a leader in northern Illinois real estate sales and has been number one in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market since 1989. In 2008, the RE/MAX network in northern Illinois closed nearly $8 billion in sales.

Field of Dreams Horse Rescue & Adoption membership drive

MAPLE PARK—Field of Dreams Horse Rescue & Adoption (FODHRA) is a non-profit volunteer organization located in northern Illinois. The goal is to assist horses that are “in-between” homes become healthy in mind, body and spirit. Many of the horses come to the organization with serious health problems such as malnutrition, breathing and leg issues as well as severe arthritis. Some come from owners who can no longer provide for their care. Regardless of the reason, the cost of caring for these animals is significant.

FODHRA has many volunteers who donate their time caring for the horses. However, in order to continue these efforts, FODHRA is in need of financial assistance, as they operate solely on donations. The organization is in the process of conducting their annual membership drive. Funds raised from this drive go directly to the care of the FODHRA horses. 

To purchase a membership, visit 

With the cost of membership, you will receive a Field of Dreams car window decal, a Field of Dreams tote bag and monthly updates on the equine guests.

Next stop for PIE Club: Denmark

by Susan O’Neill
PIE Club (Partners in International Education) student members will travel to Denmark this fall to meet their counterparts at the Vestre Skole High School.

During last year’s election, Kaneland High School PIE Club members and those in government classes shared information with the Danish students about American politics and how citizens in the United States elected their president.

When the two groups meet this fall, the students will conduct presentations about what it is like to grow up in their respective homelands.

The PIE Club was started after a group of nine Kaneland High School students traveled to Romania in October 2005 to compare model ideal cities each group had created. The exchange between students from a school in Sibiu and students from Kaneland was sponsored by Northern Illinois University’s Economics Department.

According to Kaneland High School driver’s education teacher and PIE Club sponsor Brian Willis, the trip was so successful that the extracurricular club was created to continue to foster these types of relationships with students in other countries and to encourage the exchange of cultures and curriculum.

Since then, the PIE club has hosted 11 students from the Romanian school at homes in the Kaneland area and worked with students in Australia. The opportunity to work with the Danish school came about when Danish school personnel visited the New Lennox School District last fall to learn more about the U.S. educational system.

Willis met with the Danish teachers and they decided each would benefit from a joint project.

The club will hold fundraisers this summer and fall to obtain money for the trip.

Letter: Thanks for supporting benefit dog wash

We at the Elburn Animal Hosptial, on behalf of the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, would like to thank all of those who participated in our fundraiser on June 13.

Thank you to all the clients and non-clients alike who generously brought their dogs in for us to wash, knowing all money raised would be donated to the Wildlife Center.

We would also like to thank our staff members who so graciously donated their time to help make this fundraiser possible—we could not have done it without your help.

We were able to raise more than $400 to help take care of our wildlife friends.

Dr. Susan Cechner, Elburn Animal Hospital

Letter: Christians in Elburn should bear responsibility for “A Day With Your Angels” event

The appropriate title for the event planned in Elburn should be “Spend a Day with Your Fallen Angels.” 

How sad it is to see how far we have come from the truth and how little we love the truth.  While most Americans affiliate themselves with a protestant Christian community, too many do not know what this means. 

Too many do not understand what it means to be a Christian, and do not realize the spiritual battle that is being waged in and around our lives on a daily basis, especially in these last days before Jesus returns.

Like Pastor Augustine, I am disappointed that an overtly Satanic event is being held in Elburn. I also agree that the public practice of the occult especially around young children, may not be in the best interest of the community. 

This may sound offensive to some, but communicating with the supposed dead is merely communicating with demons.

The Bible is clear, that the dead know nothing. But that is part of the problem. Instead of studying the Word of God for ourselves, too many of us take the word of others, including our priests and pastor, and do not prove it in the scriptures.

The mention of a pendulum as a tool is a dead giveaway of the practice of paganism, and it is currently a divination tool used in witchcraft, new age practice, psychics, and every other form of the occult. 

From ancient times, pagans have communicated with demons (fallen angels). With the founding of ancestor worship by Nimrod, up to our present day, every civilization of the world, except for the Jews and the early and protestant Christians, have spoken with demons.

For those who believe that mediums and fortune tellers are harmless forms of entertainment, look a little harder. At best, these occult practitioners specialize in robbing people of their time and life savings. At worst, they fill people with false hopes and false fears.

At the height of their influence, practitioners of the occult led all the nations of the earth to practice human sacrifice, telling them that it was necessary for salvation. This led to the massacre of untold numbers of children and adults.

Only the Jews and later Christians did not participate in this practice. Of course, Christians do believe in the human sacrifice of Jesus as the only one necessary for our salvation. As Christianity spread around the world, human sacrifice disappeared. Just as the truth set people of past generations free, the same truth needs to be upheld in our day so that people who are imprisoned by the lies of witches, sorcerers, mediums, new agers, and all who rely upon self instead of God, are freed from their bondage. 

It is not right to prevent the free practice of religion, unless this practice involuntarily diminishes the free will of others. On the surface, it may seem that the occult satisfies this requirement, but it inevitably results in the ruin of those who become shackled by the lies it peddles.

However, the community and especially the Christians of Elburn must bear some responsibility for this event. If significant demand for this event did not exist, it would never have been offered. This begs the question, what are protestant Christians doing in Elburn. Are they searching the scriptures? Are they witnessing to their family and neighbors? Are they educating the community regarding the biblical state of the dead, or are they also practicing pagan traditions regarding this matter?

Are they watching television shows like “Medium,” “Crossing Over” or other spiritualist propaganda? It is high time that we set the right examples in our communities so that people will not resort to lies rather than the truth.

Dr. Joseph Kim
Sugar Grove
Head Elder
North Aurora Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Letter: “Bridge” budget needed to get by

Because the General Assembly remains at a tragic budget impasse, I propose (along with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus) that we adopt a temporary “bridge” budget to last one or more months, until those who have been firmly in charge for seven years resolve their differences.

This “bridge” budget would allow state government to continue to function and help Illinois avoid the deep and devastating cuts to human service programs while legislative leaders work toward a solution to the state’s economic crisis.

The Republican Minority has made it clear that for this state to move forward, we must first pass much-needed reforms that include common sense controls on Medicaid costs, a solution to the crisis of the state’s “bankrupt” public pension systems, votes on real campaign finance and ethics reforms as proposed by the Governor’s Reform Commission, and an anti-gerrymandering amendment to encourage more fair elections in Illinois.

The Democrat Majority continues to play political games among themselves by passing a budget that dangerously and unnecessarily cuts funding for programs and providers serving our most vulnerable populations in the state. Those in control of Illinois government have already placed the most vulnerable in jeopardy, refuse to responsibly prioritize spending, ignore the need to require Washington to provide flexibility in spending the huge federal “stimulus” windfall billions, but demand that Illinois taxpayers reach deeper into their pockets to even further subsidize politicians’ addiction to money, power, waste and corruption.

A “bridge” budget represents an alternative to the irresponsible draconian cuts and devastating lay-offs in human service programs.  

Christopher J. Lauzen
State Senator
District 25

Letter: Good intentions not enough when it comes to at-risk wild animals

OK, one too many calls about a person who found a wild animal and decided that it was a good idea to give that wild animal to a farmer—just because.

While I understand that some farmers will know how to raise cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, or whatever their specialty, that doesn’t make them the appropriate place for an orphaned or injured wild animal. In addition, the only people who can legally care for injured or orphaned wild animals are wildlife rehabilitators who hold state and, for birds, federal licenses.

These licenses are not easy to come by. Wildlife has special needs that pet owners and farmers are probably not aware of. The last orphaned fawn I received came from a good-intentioned farmer whose relative thought they were the right place for this orphan. Ten days later, the fawn isn’t doing so well and, oh, did I mention that scrape on the top of its head?

That “scrape” turned out to be multiple, deep puncture wounds filled with maggots and pus. Coyotes probably attacked it when it was weak and vulnerable. A licensed rehabber would not have missed those life-threatening wounds. The fate of this particular fawn is still in doubt. Good intentions are not enough.

This is not an isolated incident. This happens dozens of times each year. Please do these animals a favor and find a licensed rehabber in your area.

Kathy Stelford
Oaken Acres Wildlife Center, Sycamore

Letter: Getting things off his chest

The last thing this town needs is another bar, bank, pizza place, hair cuttery—too many of the same thing here.

What the village really needs to do is attract something useful to the area, and for years I have been saying, “Let’s get a hardware store.” I really don’t care what it is, just get one.

I’m getting darn tired of having to drive to St. Charles or Batavia for a box of screws, lumber, nails and so on. I have talked to many others that would also like a hardware store.

It’s a darn shame the Northern FS went under and Ace didn’t step in. Then they tear it down and build another bank! How many banks or bars does a small town need?

We need something more useful in this town than more bars and banks and pizza places, and a hardware store would be just wonderful.

We also need something for these kids to do, but nothing ever came from this, either.

I have been wondering why we have none of the following: skate park, community pool, park district?

Summer is here, and kids roam all over the place with nothing to do except roam up and down the streets. Is it their fault? Not really.

There are no jobs in this town for them to apply at.

Then there’s the roads on the south side, and that horrible train crossing with the big, deep dip at South First Street—I was wondering where to send the bill for my broken front-end suspension repairs for my car—to Elburn or the Union Pacific Railroad? I’d say Elburn, as U.P. already told me it wasn’t their problem.

Then there’s the police force—why the heck do we need SUV’s to write tickets in? Is it maybe to give yuppie violators a more comfortable ride to jail? I see no need for them. They suck gas, and how many tickets do we have to write up to pay for them and the fuel they use? Taxes are high enough already.

Heck, you have to call 911 to file a complaint to say a dog is crapping in your yard or something that petty, and when the cops do get there from whatever gas station they have been sitting at, Kane County comes with them, seeing as they have no jurisdiction half the time in parts of this town, so half of the arrests can be made by bicycle, saving the tax payers a ton of money—looks like half the force could use some exercise anyway. Get rid of the SUV’s! We don’t need them!

Looking at all the vehicles at the police station, you would think you were in a town as big as St. Charles, and with that said, we could probably use a 24-hour on-call person to answer the phone at the police station when there are minor disturbances, instead of driving the 911 dispatch nuts with non-emergency calls.

This town has issues, and they need to be addressed. Let’s see what the new village government can do—I’ll give you some time to adjust first.

It would be nice if there was an e-mail address for the new mayor to address concerns. As of last week, there was nothing.

It’s been a while since I’ve written and had to get some of this off my chest—and I’m sure this won’t be the last time, either.

There is plenty I have to say, but enough for now.

Joe Gallagher

7/2/09 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.


• Police found a red 20-inch Magna Imposter dirt bicycle at 2:46 a.m. June 25 in the west parking lot of John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn.

• Lindsay N. Crawford, 17, of East Fox Street in Yorkville, was ticketed for speeding and driving with a license that was invalid after the 10 p.m. curfew. Police stopped her on Route 47 south of Capes Drive in Elburn at 2:34 a.m. June 26.

• Miguel A. Perez, 22, of the 1300 block of Anderson Drive in Batavia, was arrested at 4:11 a.m. June 27 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him in the Blackberry Creek subdivision after he failed to signal a turn 100 feet before an intersection.

Sugar Grove

• Someone stole tools valued at approximately $350 from a truck in the 100-200 block of Caledonia Avenue, Sugar Grove. The theft took place sometime between 11:30 p.m. June 19 and 5:30 a.m. June 20.

• Someone stole tools valued at approximately $2,750 from a van parked on the 1-100 block of West Park Avenue, Sugar Grove. The theft took place sometime between 11:50 p.m. on June 19 and 12:20 a.m. June 20.

• Benjamin M. Locke, 20, of the 2S800 block of Red Oak Drive, Elburn, took $110 in cash from the GasMart at 201 N. Route 47.

• Someone stole a tool box, a Dell computer and a scanner from K.B. Collision & Customs at 16 Duffy Lane sometime between 9 p.m. on June 12 and 5:30 a.m. on June 13.

• Someone stole bottles of vodka valued at $46.85 from the Jewel Food Store on Route 47, Sugar Grove, between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. on June 10.

• James T. Ekis, 32, of the 0-100 block of W. New York Street, Aurora, was charged with Driving under the Influence at 1:53 a.m. on June 8. Ekis was driving west on Galena Boulevard and turned south onto Route 47.

• Trevor J. Staehely, 21, of the 900 block of Pembridge Place, Sugar Grove, was charged with intoxication and profanity at 2:40 a.m. on June 6.

Gerald August Christensen

Gerald August Christensen, 71, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away on June 23, 2009.

He was born Jan. 19, 1938, the son of Marvin and Maybelle (Hanson) Christensen in Maple Park.

He grew up on a farm south of Elburn, helping tend the fields and livestock while attending local schools. Gerry graduated from high school in 1956.

Jerry graduated from high school and went on to attend a year of college before concentrating on a full-time job at Jewel as a meat cutter.

He was united in marriage to Janice Stouffer on Feb. 21, 1959, at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

They made their home in Elburn for many years before moving to Port Richey, Fla., in 2002.

Growing up on a farm taught Jerry a strong work ethic that followed him during his years of employment. He worked for Jewel as a meat cutter and later became department manager. Later he worked for the Kane County Highway Department before retiring in 1996.

He was a proud and faithful member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn for many years.

Jerry led an active lifestyle. He met every physical challenge head-on with a strength of spirit that couldn’t be matched. When Jerry was feeling well, he and Jan liked to walk three miles in the morning, bike 12 miles a day and play golf in the afternoon. He was a very competitive golfer, and when he wasn’t physically able to get out on the links, Jerry and Jan would spend hours playing games on the Nintendo Wii. He would always look forward to summertime fishing in Birchwood, Wis., with his brother, sons, son-in-law and grandson.

Jerry was a perfectionist when it came to many things, but especially woodworking. He made one-of-a-kind end tables, cabinets and more in his basement for friends and family. His greatest joys were his family. Many fond memories were made working side by side with his children and grandchildren. Those and thousands of others will be cherished for years to come by all who knew and loved him.

He now leaves his loving wife, Jan; two sons, Kevin (Gail) Christensen of Oregon, Ill., and Curt (Mary) Christensen of Ashton, Ill.; one daughter, Teresa (Glenn) Orman of Elburn; six grandchildren, Debra Christensen of Los Angeles, Kelly Christensen of Ashton, Ill., Michelle Christensen, also of Ashton, Ill., Danielle (Andrew) Stombres of Elburn, Rebecca (Timothy) Schultz of Kaneville and Matthew Orman of Elburn; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Claire and Cooper Stombres, all of Elburn.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Dick Christensen and his infant twin brother Russell, who preceded him in death.

Private family services have already been held. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn. Rev. David Bateman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Hernando/Pasco Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Gerald Christensen 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

No stopping the Express!

Over this past weekend, June 27 and 28th, the Elburn Express Girls U-14 Fast-pitch team took first place in the Morris Rowdie Katz All-Star Tournament. Pictured are (back row left to right) Coach Scott Boan, Aly Harner, Caroline Heimerdinger, Morgan Stewart, Jessie Kolzow, Sarah McGinnis, Sydney Luse, Kara Leyden, Coach Dan Kolzow. (Front row left to right) Sarah Grams, Ellen Boan, Abby West, Rachel Rahn, Ashley Castellanos. Courtesy Photo

Single-day tickets for 2009 Solheim Cup on sale

SUGAR GROVE—Single-day tickets for the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms are now available for purchase while supplies last at all Jewel-Osco locations and at

Weekly Grounds and PING Pavilion may still be purchased online only for $125 and $350, respectively. Fans can enjoy a variety of options when it comes to viewing the 2009 Solheim Cup, the most prestigious team-event in women’s professional golf.

Individual practice day tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 18-20) are available for $25 (grounds) and $65 (PING Pavilion), while individual competition day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 21-23) are available for $50 (Grounds) and $125 (PING Pavilion). All tickets purchased at Jewel-Osco locations will be in the form of a printed receipt, which may be redeemed for a physical ticket(s) beginning during tournament week at The Solheim Cup.

Additionally, Monday, Aug. 17, will be a bonus day for spectators this year with tickets available for $5 (grounds) and $15 (PING Pavilion) at only. Fans also have the option of bringing four non-perishable food items to the main gate at Rich Harvest Farms for free admission on Monday.

Food donations will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove. Thursday, Aug. 20, will be Military Appreciation Days at the 2009 Solheim Cup. Anyone with a valid military ID will receive free admission to Rich Harvest Farms on Aug. 20. The 2009 Solheim Cup will be played at Rich Harvest Farms, Aug. 21-23.

25th District General Assembly Legislative Scholarships Awarded

Eight one-year General Assembly Scholarships have been awarded by State Senator Chris Lauzen (R-25, Aurora) to eligible college students in the 25th District.

Ryan Hall of Elburn received one of the one-year scholarships, and will attend Illinois State University in the fall.

The scholarship committee, including local business and community leaders from Kane, Kendall and LaSalle Counties, go over the applications to select eight students who plan to attend one of the state’s public universities or to attend the University of Illinois. Academic achievement in high school (or college, if applicable), community service, and financial need are among the criteria considered by committee members.

“Although I would vote and have sponsored legislation to discontinue the scholarship program because it represents a ‘perk’ of public office, I’m proud that the committee fulfills our responsibility by awarding these scholarships on merit rather than politics,” Lauzen said. “We keep the process open and available to every student who meets the criteria.”

Wittenberg accepted into professional vet medical program

Lora Ellen Wittenberg was accepted into the professional veterinary medical program, which leads to a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, at Colorado State University for the fall, 2009 term.

Lora was among 138 students selected for the program from a pool of 1,834 applicants.

Selection is based primarily on academic achievement, familiarity with the many facets of veterinary medicine, and extracurricular and community activities. Lora graduated in 2005 from St. Charles North High School and received an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University.

The professional veterinary medical program at Colorado State University is ranked as one of the most outstanding veterinary medicine programs in the United States. Students receive intensive training in clinical and nonclinical aspects of veterinary medicine.

Wittenberg is the daughter of Craig and Kathy Wittenberg of Elburn.

Sutherland named to honors list at COD

Greg Sutherland of Sugar Grove was named to College of DuPage’s academic honors list for the spring 2009 semester.

This spring, Sutherland was a recipient of the Honors Scholars Medal for successfully completing COD’s Honors Scholar Program and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Sutherland was elected as the 2009-2010 president of the Philosophy Club. He was elected as the 2009-2010 Community Outreach Coordinator, an officer’s position of the executive board of the COD Student Leadership Council, and met with Illinois lawmakers in Springfield during “Student Advocacy Day” on April 22 to request more appropriate state funding for Illinois community colleges.

Sutherland is studying small group communications this summer, an honors class that culminates in a backpacking trip in the Hawaiian wilderness along the Napali Coast, Kauai.

Sutherland is a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School.

50th District General Assembly Legislative Scholarships Awarded

Chairwoman Jeanne Harms, Nancy Aschauer, Connie Emery, Paula Mueller and Lyle Rolf of State Representative Kay Hatcher’s Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s General Assembly Scholarship.

Representative Hatcher does not participate in the selection process; she believes that the impartial scholarship committee is the most transparent way to determine the recipients.

“The committee was honored to be asked by Hatcher to be in included in the process of selecting the scholarship recipients,” said Harms. “As everyone can appreciate, these students are our future leaders.”

Eight students from throughout the 50th district were chosen to receive a full-year’s tuition waiver for the 2009-2010 academic year. Selections were based on a detailed set of criteria which included academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.

“The quality of the applicants was amazing; the recipients are arguably some of the brightest and most brilliant individuals in the district,” Harms said.

Two Sugar Grove residents were among the scholarship winners.

Peter Vilim of Sugar Grove has owned and operated his own computer maintenance business since he was in the 9th grade. Peter was home-schooled and is currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying industrial engineering.

Jessica White of Sugar Grove attended Rosary High School and graduated as the class Salutatorian. Jessica plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and study actuarial science.

The Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship program provides each State Senator and State Representative the opportunity to assist Illinois students by nominating eight students for one-year scholarships to a state university.

Calvary Episcopal announces VBS

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S. Batavia Ave., invites the public to “Crocodile Dock,” its 2009 vacation Bible school.

The program will run Monday through Friday, August 3-7, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Music, Bible stories, crafts and many other activities are planned. Children from age 3 through those entering fifth grade in the fall are welcome to participate. Church membership is not required.

Admission to VBS is free, but each family is asked to volunteer at least one day during the week. Childcare will be provided for younger children of volunteers.

Advance registration is required by July 27.  Register in person at Calvary on Sunday morning or during regular office hours, or obtain a form by calling the church office at (630) 879-3378, or downloading it from

For more information, contact Calvary Director of Christian Formation and Youth Susan Lungren at (630) 879-3378, ext. 303.

Minerals, Rocks and Me Nature Camp

NORTH AURORA—Covenant of Grace Church, in conjunction with Union Congregational Church, invites children ages 5 to 11 years to its 2009 Minerals, Rocks and Me Nature Camp.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 13-17, at Union Congregational Church, 405 W. State St., North Aurora.

The camp will feature singing, Bible lessons, nature lessons, snacks, outdoor activities, and arts and crafts.

The cost is $15 per child. Register by calling Covenant of Grace Church at (630) 906-9661.

SGUMC offers VBS

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church is offering its vacation Bible school Monday through Friday, July 13-17.

“Camp E.D.G.E.: Experience + Discover God Everywhere” is an adventure camp that takes kids on Bible treks to experience and discover God everywhere, every day.

The camp runs from from 6:15 to 8 p.m., beginning Monday, July 13, and ending Friday, July 17.

Each Bible trek is supported with science activities, songs, crafts, games and snacks.

To join the camp, call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or visit the church website at