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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.

Crosby fans opponents, grabs MWL honors

COMSTOCK PARK, MI—Casey Crosby was dominant as the West Michigan Whitecaps’ starting pitcher as the Whitecaps trounced the Great Lakes Loons, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Loons were shut out for just the second time this year, and both occasions were in this four-game series. The ‘Caps took three of the four games.

Crosby was at his best on Sunday. The left-hander threw five innings of no-hit, shutout baseball against one of the best hitting teams in the Midwest League. Crosby walked one batter and struck out six. He improved his record to 6-2.

West Michigan pounded out 13 hits for its eight runs. Gustavo Nunez and Billy Nowlin led the attack with three hits apiece. Bryan Pounds had two doubles. Seven of the starting nine ‘Caps had at least one hit.

The Whitecaps broke the game open in the fourth with four runs against Loons’ starter Jon Michael Redding. Eight ‘Caps came to the plate, and the offense was helped by poor Loons defense.

Redding lasted four innings, giving up eight hits, two earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts. The loss makes his overall record 9-3.

The Midwest League announced Monday that Whitecaps’ pitcher Casey Crosby has been named Pitcher of the Week.

Crosby, a 2009 Midwest League All-Star, is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 63.2 innings of work with the Whitecaps this season. On Sunday, Crosby tossed five hitless innings against the Great Lakes Loons.

Crosby is the Whitecaps first Pitcher of the Week this year. Billy Nowlin and Ronnie Bourquin were named Player of the Week earlier in the season.

State Fire Marshal urges fireworks safety as July 4th approaches

More than 100 people injured by fireworks last year
Although state law prohibits their use by consumers, fireworks reportedly caused 103 injuries around the July 4th holiday last year in Illinois.

State Fire Marshal David B. Foreman wants to prevent these and many other fireworks injuries this year and is urging Illinois residents to play it safe by leaving dangerous fireworks to the professionals.

“For many people, fireworks are as much a part of the 4th of July as a turkey is to Thanksgiving,” Foreman said. “However, fireworks can be very dangerous in untrained hands, and each year many children and adults are injured, some quite severely. The best way to enjoy fireworks on America’s birthday is to watch one of the many professional displays that will be held in communities throughout the state. Professional fireworks shooters are trained to handle the inherent dangers in fireworks and can ensure that you and your family have a safe, happy holiday.”

Every year following the Fourth of July, the Office of the State Fire Marshal surveys Illinois hospitals for information on fireworks-related injuries. Overall, injuries have declined each year since a state law went into effect regulating fireworks in 2006. Seventy three of the state’s 198 hospitals responded to the survey last year with 103 injuries. Sixty-eight responded in 2007 and reported 125 people were treated for injuries. In 2006, 86 of the hospitals responded, reporting 155 injuries. More than 160 people were treated in 2005.

According to the latest statistics available from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 9,800 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country in 2007.

Under the Fireworks Use Act and the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act, anyone who plans to set off consumer or professional grade fireworks must meet safety standards that will protect the fireworks shooters and spectators, as well as homes and other property. The state’s fireworks law also regulates individuals, businesses or units of local government that put on an outdoor pyrotechnic display using display fireworks.

In order to shoot consumer fireworks in communities where allowed, an adult must attend training at their local fire department and pass a safety and knowledge test, apply for a site inspection by the fire department and apply for a permit issued by their local government. Once a permit has been issued, the consumer may purchase only approved consumer fireworks from a registered consumer fireworks distributor or retailer.

Even though novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers and party-poppers, are not regulated by the state, Foreman wants parents to know that they can be as dangerous as those that are regulated. While often considered a harmless item that small children can enjoy, sparklers burn at high temperatures and remain extremely hot long after the sparks have stopped.

“Most sparkler injuries are to young children who don’t understand the extreme danger of this so-called novelty item,” Foreman said. “Most individuals do not realize that while matches burn at 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cakes bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the sparklers children play with burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. The best advice I can give to parents is to keep sparklers away from young children and closely supervise older children when they play with them.”

In addition to personal injuries, fireworks can cause structure and vehicle fires. According to NFPA, in a typical year more fires are reported in the United States on July 4th than any other day of the year and fireworks account for half of those fires. In 2007, fireworks caused nearly 100 fires in Illinois, causing injury to five firefighters and more than $1 million in property loss.

For more information about the state’s fireworks regulations, visit the OSFM website at

Chris Steve Zanis

Chris Steve Zanis fell asleep in the Lord on Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, at home. He was born in Spokane, Wash., on April 11, 1948, to Rev. Fr. Steve Zanis and Presvytera Maria.

Chris was raised with a strong church tradition in Washington, Tennessee and Chicago, before the family settled in Geneva, where the Fr. Steve founded St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora and served for many years.

In 1953, the Zanis family started American Church Supply, a company that still provides Orthodox vestments and altar accessories to churches across the country. Chris assisted his father in the company while studying business at Loyola University, and later Sewanee.

Chris was a very intelligent man and an avid reader, particularly of religious books and the lives of the saints. He was an active member of the business community of Maple Park for many years, where he regularly attended Village Board and Police Commission meetings. He helped rewrite commission laws, zoning laws and policies concerning Maple Park’s water treatment plant. He had many friends in politics and law in Kane and DeKalb counties. Shortly before his death, Chris was appointed to the Maple Park Library Board. He was a caring, generous man who could make you smile and make you feel good.

Chris Zanis is survived by his loving wife Barbara; sons, Jon and A.J.; as well as four siblings, Matrona, Irene, Steve and Greg Zanis, and their families.

In DeKalb, he will be missed by his aunt, Anna Halikias; and cousins, Jimmy and Mickey. Other survivors include cousins, Athena and Jimmy in Montana and Tennessee; Uncle Stanley in Illinois; and Aunt Mary in Washington.

Chris is being welcomed to eternal paradise by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation was at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 320 South Second St., DeKalb, on June 30. The funeral service followed immediately. Internment took place at Willwood Burial Park in Rockford, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Zanis Family Trust Fund at Old Second Bank in Maple Park. May the memory of Chris Steve Zanis be eternal. To send an online condolence visit

James O. Winter

James O. Winter, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home. He was born on Dec. 8, 1927, in Rose Hill, Ill., the son of the late Lester and Pearl Winter.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, he married the former Lucille Mefford in 1951.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lucille Winter of Sugar Grove; children, Sandra J. Boyce of Sugar Grove, Stephen J. (Beth) Winter of Aurora and Michael D. (Glenda) Winter of Aurora; grandchildren, Lindsey (Dan) Winter of Montgomery, Carissa of Aurora, Melissa, Michael and Matthew Williams of Aurora; brother, Niel Winter of Kankakee, Ill.; sister, Geneva Binder of Washington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dale; and sister, Jewel.
Jim never met a stranger. He had many friends and neighbors in Sugar Grove that he met through his coffee visits, lawn mowing services and driving the tractor and train at Blackberry Farm in the 1990s.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3, at the chapel. Burial will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

Virginia M. Tierney

Virginia M. Tierney, 69, of Sugar Grove passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at her home.

She was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Soreng) Tierney.

Virginia was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School in Chicago, and a long time member of Holy Angels Catholic Parish. She was employed for over 30 years as an adjustor for the Hartford Insurance Company.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam (Joe) Fese of Aurora; her grandchildren, Jessica Fese and Joseph Fese of Aurora; her nieces, Kathy Farmstone and Patricia Amerlan; her nephews, James Orabutt and Tim Orabutt; many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marian Orabutt; and her brother, Jack Teirney.

Visitation was held June 29 at The Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, with a Liturgical Wake service that evening. A Funeral Mass was held June 30 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Interment took place at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or to leave a condolence visit

Rose M. Heth

Rose M. Heth, 88, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb.

She was born April 27, 1921, at home in Chicago, the daughter of Emil Edward and Antonia (Baron) Hanzlik.

She grew up and attended local schools in Chicago, graduating from Kelly High School in 1940.

Rose attended a business school for a short time before working as a secretary at Goldblatt Department Store and later at Spiegel’s.

She met the man of her dreams at the Paradise Ballroom, where Roger J. Heth was an instructor. They were united in marriage on Nov. 26, 1946, in Wheaton, Ill.

They made their home and began a family in Chicago. Rose raised the children and made their house a home. In 1960, they moved to Brookfield, where Rose was employed by Ever Ready Printing for 27 years, retiring in 1992. Rose continued to make her home in Brookfield after Roger’s death in 1989 before moving to Elburn following her retirement.

She now leaves one daughter, Marge (Ronald) Herold and their children, Brian and Brant of Elburn; one son, Eric Heth and his children, Sarah and Emily of Lemont, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a close circle of friends.

She now joins her parents and husband, Roger; two sisters, Mildred Hanzlik and Bessie Kral; two brothers, James and Emil Hanzlik; one son, Henry Heth; and one great-grandson, Daniel Herold, who preceded her in death.

In lieu of services and flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Rose M. Heth 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

Vivian E. Bunce

Vivian E. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at her home Sunday evening, June 14, 2009.

She was born May 17, 1923, the daughter of Forrest and Blanche (Dudley) Harrett in Centerville, Iowa.

Vivian moved with her family to Illinois at a young age. They settled on Lasher Road near Kaneville, and she attended local schools.

By the age of 18, she had found the love of her life, Delos Bunce. They were married in Kaneville in August of 1941. They would eventually make almost 68 years of memories with each other side by side.

They began their new life together in Montgomery for a time before moving back to Lasher Road. They later moved to Aurora in 1973.

Vivian went to school in Chicago to become a Swedish masseuse. She worked with her Aunt Helen Krantz at a parlor in Hinckley for several years.

She was a long time faithful member of Kaneville United Methodist Church, and in her younger years, she served as a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader. She also was a fervent supporter and member of the humane society.

Vivian had a thirst for life that included the juxtaposition of fresh flowers and strawberries in her always fantastic garden opposite the smell of burning rubber and the exhaust fumes of drag races. In secret, she helped her son Garry get his hot rod started by pulling it down the blacktop. It wouldn’t be until Garry’s wedding that Delos would find, much to his chagrin and everyone’s enjoyment, that she had helped him. She had a close, loving relationship with her children and was a loving wife, grandmother and mother-in-law. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. Friends could also count on Vivian if ever they had a need. She loved all animals but had a special place in her heart for dogs. Her stories of long ago captivated her grandchildren and without a doubt, the spirit of those stories, along with the thousands of memories she made, will live on in generations to come.

She now leaves her loving husband, Delos; 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.

She now joins her parents; son, Larry Bunce; one grandson, Jeremy Mahan; and a great-grandson, Erin Artinek, who preceded her in death.

All services will be private family only.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Vivian Bunce Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or by

GIVE recognizes 17 students

The Kaneland Knights GIVE program has been set up to recognize and acknowledge students who gave back to our school and community through their voluntary service. GIVE stands for Generosity Involves Volunteer Effort.

Kaneland High School would like to recognize the following students for at least 40 hours of volunteer service this school year: Kalina Flamand, Lauren Galloway, Dylan Good, Amy Husk, Haley Johnson, Haley Peterson and Haley Johnson.

Kaneland High School would like to recognize the following students for at least 80 hours of volunteer service this school year: Caitlin Baker, Brittany Bauer, Stephanie Bauer, Sarah Harant, Mitchel Malatak, Morgan Roberts, Nikki Smith, Mariella Zavala and Valerie Zavala.

The next recognition will take place in January, 2010.

Fire experts make case for greater fire protection

Live fire demonstration shows need for home fire sprinklers
CHICAGO—The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held a live demonstration of the need for home fire sprinklers as part of the 2009 NFPA Annual Conference Expo at McCormick Place recently. The side-by-side room burn highlighted the speed and effectiveness of sprinklers in controlling a residential fire and reinforced NFPA’s new campaign promoting sprinkler advocacy, Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Bringing Safety Home, which was launched earlier this year.

“Home fire sprinklers save lives and this demonstration shows how important they are to keep people safe at home,” Jim Shannon, president of NFPA said. “NFPA is a vocal advocate for home fire sprinklers because too many of the residential fire deaths across this country could have been prevented by this proven technology.”

Approximately 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in homes and nearly 3,000 people died in house fires in 2007—or nearly eight Americans every day. The chances of dying in a fire decrease by about 80 percent when home fire sprinklers are present. When a house is protected by home fire sprinklers, the fire is contained by the activation of just one sprinkler roughly 90 percent of the time. In homes where sprinklers are not present, the fire can burn for minutes, raging out of control, filling the home with toxic smoke and resulting in far greater losses. A recent report from NFPA, on, shows sprinklers can reduce the average property loss by 71 percent per fire.

The live fire demonstration in Chicago, hosted by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, ROC Exhibitions and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, included a side-by-side display with identically furnished rooms. One side of the display had home fire sprinklers installed; the other side of the display did not. One at a time, both rooms were set on fire. As the room without sprinkler protection was set on fire, thick black smoke quickly filled the enclosure. The fire burned out of control, to the point of flashover, until the Chicago Fire Department stepped in to extinguish the fire. The room with home fire sprinklers was then set on fire. As the heat built up in the display, the sprinklers activated. In stark contrast to the first room, the fire in the second room was quickly controlled by the overhead sprinklers. Home fire sprinklers are designed to activate when a certain temperature increase is reached and can effectively control smoke, heat and flames. The fire and smoke damage in the sprinklered room was significantly less than in the room without sprinklers. Currently, all model building codes call for sprinklers in new construction of one- and two-family homes. There are approximately 50 communities in the Chicago area that have such a requirement.

“The Chicago area is one of our national models for providing greater fire protection to its residents and the fire service by requiring sprinklers,” Shannon said. “Communities here are showing the rest of the country how to spare their residents from the devastating effects of fire.”

More information on home fire sprinklers is available at and

About the Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a project of the National Fire Protection Association, is a nationwide effort to encourage the use of home fire sprinklers and the adoption of fire sprinkler requirements for new construction.

Get to your July 4th destination safely

Know how to avoid drunk drivers
STATE—With millions of drivers hitting the road this Fourth of July holiday, playing it safe when behind the wheel takes on even greater importance.

Unfortunately, the Independence Day holiday period is one of the deadliest times for being on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every 40 minutes and nearly 40 times a day, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol impaired traffic crash.

“Despite the best efforts of police departments and law enforcement agencies, people who shouldn’t be driving are still on the road,” said Linda Moynihan, Regional Sales Leader for the Midwest Region of Allstate Insurance. “Even when you’re not on the road, you can help save lives by being a responsible party host, preventing friends and acquaintances from driving drunk and reporting suspicious drivers.”

To protect families from drunk drivers over the July 4th holiday period, here are some life-saving tips from Allstate and the National Safety Council:
• Don’t ever drink and drive. If you know you will be drinking alcohol, use a designated driver or public transportation
• If you spot an impaired driver on the highway, maintain a safe following distance and don’t attempt to pass.
• Report a suspected drunk driver immediately to area law enforcement from your car phone or a pay phone. Give police as much information (i.e., license plate number, make, model and color of vehicle, direction vehicle is traveling, physical description of driver) as possible. Do not try to stop the vehicle.
• Make sure children are properly fastened in seatbelts or child safety seats in the back seat every time they ride in a car. Six out of ten children killed in crashes are not restrained. Children age 12 and younger should always ride in the back seat, especially in vehicles with air bags.
• Allow enough travel time for frequent breaks on longer trips. Drowsiness can reduce reaction time almost as much as drinking.

Whether you plan to hit the open road or stay close to home, celebrate America’s independence safely by knowing how to diffuse a potentially dangerous driving situation. Don’t remember the Fourth of July for all the wrong reasons.

Fourth of July driving facts

• In 2007, 34 percent of all drivers
involved in traffic related crashes
during the July 4th holiday period
had a blood alcohol concentra-
tion (BAC) of .08 or higher.

• Of the 200 traffic related fatalities
that occurred during the July 4th
holiday period of 2007, 44 percent
involved a driver or motorcyclist
with a BAC of .08 or higher.

The national organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) lists the following warning signs for spotting a drunk driver on the road

• Straddling lanes or driving
on the center line

• Drifting or moving in a straight line
at a slight angle to the roadway

• Driving with headlights off at night

• Erratic braking or stopping
without cause

• Driving below the speed limit

• Slow response to traffic signals
(sudden stop, delayed start)

• Nearly striking an object, curb, etc

• Weaving or zigzagging
across the road

• Driving on the wrong side of the
road or off the roadway

• Tailgating

Aurora University announces 2009 graduates

19 residents are among the 1,260 Aurora University students receiving diplomas at the 116th annual commencement ceremonies held May 10.

The following residents received bachelor’s degrees were Janet Barry, Justin Dimitri, Shauna Gould, Alison Krueger, Brian Lund, Michelle Mondroski and Cassandra Stanley, all of Elburn; Laura Ortega of Maple Park; Lauren Bieritz, Vanessa Clarke, Jordan Eichelberger, Lauren Johnson, Carlye Konen, Kelly Martin, Phillip Romito, Andrea Salis, Amanda Steinberg, Samantha Topino and Catherine Zanis, all of Sugar Grove.

Davidson named James Millikin Scholar

Millikin University student Erika Davidson, a Kaneland High School graduate, was named a James Millikin Scholar in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievements.

The James Millikin Scholars program is a two-year honors program that offers opportunities for independent and collaborative study and research. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and complete a successful James Millikin Scholars interview to be a part of the program.

Davidson is a theater major.

Waubonsee announces class of 2009 graduates

Waubonsee Community College awarded degrees to 675 graduates at its 2009 commencement ceremony on May 28. The college’s Class of 2009 includes the following graduates:

Jo Algrim, Jessica Chapman, Amy Christoffel, Charles Cisewski, Grace Collins, Heather Dugena, Jacqueline Feldmann, Michele Fugger, Stephanie Howard, Jakob Jorgensen, Amy Martinez, Erin Masa, Sean McGrew, Brian Oko, AshleyMarie Ristick, Amanda Ritter, Ashley Ritter, Rebecca Schultz, Gregory Timpanaro and Jeanne Webster, all of Elburn.

Sally Alef, Kelly Brock, Gregory Diehl, Amanda Fabrizius, Danielle Girard, Joseph Gruber, John Haffey, Jeannette Morris and Jennifer Wells, all of Maple Park.

Also, Amanda Carson, Kelly Dixon, Adam Engelskirchen, Guillermo Gaytan, Jordan Grote, Linda Huber, Heather Jones, Kevin Klein, Sheryl Lyon, Samantha McGovern, Matthew Milligan, Laura Montelongo, Mary Ann O’Donnell, Anita Plachczynska, Tanya Reyes, Kenneth Riley, Roberta Sandberg, Bizeyda Shephard, Anthony Smith, Amanda Stotler, Nicholas Wagner, Jenna Warren, David Welch, Katherine Wellington, Sofia Zafar, Ashley Zick and Laura Zimmer, all of Sugar Grove, and Jackelyn Dorneden from Kaneville.

Aiden Ehren Pattison

John and Kari Pattison of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Aiden Ehren, on May 13, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He was 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Steve and Sharon Zorns of Hoopeston, Ill., and John and Nancy Pattison of Sheridan, Ill.

Chase Rigley Miller

Dennis and Regann (Rohm) Miller of Sycamore announce the birth of their son, Chase Rigley, on May 7, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

The proud grandparents include Glenn and Carol Rohm of Coal Valley, Ill., Gloria Rohm of Reynolds, Ill., and Rich and Nancy Miller of DeKalb. Great-grandparents are Arlene Seager of Milan, Ill., and Harold Rohm of Andalusia, Ill.

Chase was welcomed home by big sister Kylie, 2.

James Robery Haages

Jason and Jessica (Anderson) Haages of Maple Park announce the birth of their son, James Robery, on May 19, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Cathy Walker of Maple Park, Jim and Sherry Anderson of Sperry, Iowa, and Debbie and Tom Konen of Sugar Grove.

James was welcomed home by big sister Joslin, 21 months.

Avery Alice Anderson

Phill and Joanna (Morris) Anderson of Maple Park announce birth of their daughter, Avery Alice, on May 21, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Ronald Morris of Maple Park and John and Celeste Anderson of Batavia.

Avery was welcomed home by sister Cheyenne, 3.

Wacky Wednesdays at Sanctuary

BATAVIA—The Children’s Ministry of Sanctuary in Batavia will shift into high gear again this summer with their Wacky Wednesday program, running from July 15th through August 12th.

Kids in the 5th and 6th grade can enjoy the “crazy” festivities every Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m.

Each night provides a fun-filled evening with a spiritual message meant to encourage the children.

On July 15th, Karen’s Nature Tales will be on-hand for the program “Incredible Insects: There’s more to these six legged creatures than meets the eye.”

Other activities include Sergeant Drish & his explosive sniffing dog, Drum Circle with Music Matters, Wet & Wild with the Giant slip and slide, and Missionettes and Royal Ranger event to wrap up the summer.

Sanctuary is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Rd, Batavia.

Sunday morning worship begins at 9 a.m, with nursery care available for children under age four.

Children’s Church is available for children age 4 through 5th grade. Wednesday night activities begin at 7 p.m. and include Bible study for adults and teens. There are Bible clubs for children, age three through 8th grade and nursery care for children 6 months to age 3.

For additional information call (630) 879-0785 or visit

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 all planned. Children from age three 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 further information, contact Calvary Director of Christian Formation and Youth Susan Lungren at (630) 879-3378, ext. 303.

A rose by any other name …

Robin Larson of Maple Park hosted a ‘Passion for Petal Gardens: Look and Discover Workshop’ on Saturday at her home on County Line Road. Larson talked about hardy flowers, roses, arbors, roots, creating new beds and a variety of other topics useful in starting and maintaining gardens in northern Illinois. The next workshop ‘Hardy Flowers and Roses in Northern Illinois’ is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. Larson can be reached at (815) 762-7784. Photo by Leslie Flint

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

Sycamore Speedway weekend results
(815) 895-5454
15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Super Late Models
Fast Time: Charlie Olson, Kingston
Trophy Dash Winner: Greg Cantrell, Jr., DeKalb.
Heat Winners Jay Brendle, Kirkland; Jeff LeSage, Burlington; Bill Perkins, Sycamore.
Semi-Feature Winners: Greg Hancock, South Elgin.
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; Joe Dynek, Kirkland; Jim Klingel, Kirkland.
Late Models
Fast Time: Reno Markham, Kirkland.
Trophy Dash: Mike Crowe, South Elgin.
Heat Winners: Travis Snyder, Genoa; Steven Gardner, St. Charles; Marcus Allen, Sleepy Hollow.
Semi Feature Winner: John Arndt, St. Charles.
Main Feature: Mike Crowe, South Elgin; Reno Markham, Kirkland, Marcus Allen, Sleepy Hollow.
Heat Winners: Jimmy Stephens, Richardson; Kyle Smith, St. Charles.
Feature Winners: Jimmy Stephens, Richardson; Jim Meyer, Woodstock.
Powder Puff
Heat Winner: Amy Memoli, Carol Stream.
Feature Winners: Missy Ermel, St. Charles; Amy Memoli, Carol Stream; Stacy McElliot, Union.
Compact Combat
Heat Winner: Lance Bonnell, Maple Park.
Feature Event Winners: Jerry Roach, Kingston; Lance Bonnell, Maple Park; Sycamore, Chad Askeland, Sycamore.

Cougars claim first-half crown

GENEVA—The Kane County Cougars, officially at the halfway point of the 2009 regular season, will be heading to the Midwest League playoffs this September as the Western Division’s first half champion. Sunday’s 6-0 blanking of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Elfstrom Stadium punctuated the Cougars’ strong first half play as the team went 41-29 through the season’s first 70 games.

Kane County is postseason-bound for the 11th time in 19 years and the fifth time in seven seasons as an A’s affiliate. The Cougars’ first round opponent will be the Western Division second half wild card champion, and that news will likely not be solidified until late August or early September as the season’s second half winds down.

Team statistics reflect how strong of a first half the Cougars, led by manager Steve Scarsone, put together. Kane County slugged the most home runs in the league (57) while allowing the second-fewest long balls (34). Cougars pitchers also yielded 526 hits, the fewest in the league. Three Cougars are on pace for 10 or more wins in 2009, including Pedro Figueroa (7-2, 3.69), Chicago native Kenny Smalley (6-3, 2.26) and Shawn Haviland (5-3, 3.66), who pitched six strong innings in yesterday’s division-clinching victory on Father’s Day. Pitchers such as Figueroa, Smalley and Haviland have been routinely setting the table for closer Mickey Storey, who has nine saves and a 0.52 ERA while allowing only one earned run to cross home plate this season.

Offensively, the Cougars boast an impressive core of five players with 30+ RBIs, three players with 16 or more stolen bases, and a well-balanced lineup that includes four position players that started in the Midwest League All-Star Game in Clinton, Iowa. Outfielder Grant Desme, despite not being selected to the Western Division All-Star squad, leads the Cougars in home runs with 11 and in stolen bases with 24. Other notable offensive stars for the Cougars include first baseman Steve Kleen (team-high 46 RBI), third baseman Jason Christian (2nd best in RBI with 41), and shortstop Dusty Coleman (30 extra-base hits).

The Cougars commence the season’s second half June 25, opening a four-game set against the Quad Cities River Bandits in Davenport, Iowa. Fans can see the Cougars at home again beginning on June 30 when the club hosts the Peoria Chiefs, a Cubs affiliate for a four-game homestand that includes two patriotic fireworks shows on July 2 and 3.

Charges dismissed in fatal Rt. 47 crash

ELBURN—The Kane County State’s Attorney last week petitioned the court to dismiss a minor traffic charge against a motorist involved in a May fatal crash on Route 47. The motion, which was granted by Associate Judge Ronald G. Matekaitis, thereby dismissing the charge, was sought while authorities continue to review evidence.

The crash occurred at about 8:20 a.m. May 23, 2009, at the intersection of Route 47 and Smith Road in Blackberry Township south of Elburn. A vehicle in the southbound lane on Route 47 had stopped to turn left onto Smith Road, waiting for several northbound motorcycles to pass. A second southbound vehicle had stopped behind it. A third southbound vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Solara, approached and struck the second vehicle in the rear, pushing it into the path of the oncoming motorcycles. A 2000 Harley-Davidson Softtail was struck, and the driver, Wade Thomas, 44, of St. Charles, and the passenger, his wife, Denise Thomas, 45, also of St. Charles, were killed.

The driver of the Solara was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The charge has been dropped while authorities await the results of toxicology tests, which could take several months to be returned, and seek additional evidence. The decision to petition to dismiss avoids the potential for double jeopardy in the future.

The case remains under investigation. Authorities have the discretion to reinstate the original charge and authorize additional charges pending the results of the tests and review of evidence.

Letter: Thanks for making blood drive a success

Thank you Elburn community for supporting our recent blood drive. Forty five people came out to donate and we collected 36 pints of blood. We would like to give a special thanks to the following American Legion Auxiliary members who volunteer faithfully to make sure the drives go off without and glitches: Carrie Petrie, Cecelia Lund, Kay Swift, Ann Lambert and Helen Johnson. Of course, a gracious thank you to Heartland Blood Centers for making this service available for us. Lastly, we want to thank Paisano’s Pizza for providing pizza for the donors and staff at the drive.

Out next drive will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 at the Elburn Legion hall. Please mark your calendars. We are always looking for new donors. From registration to refreshments, it only takes about an hour to give a pint of life-saving blood. Hope to see you there.

Kay Swift
Elburn American Legion Auxiliary

Letter: Quinn is out of line with cuts

Why is Gov. Quinn balancing the state budget on the backs of the homeless, mentally ill and disabled?

Illinois is on the edge of crisis. Our legislature must pass a balanced budget, putting people before politics. The Senate passed a tax increase but the House failed to do so. And now, DHS (Department of Human Services) has told human service providers that they have only been funded at 47.3 percent of their total annual budget. On a local level the social service system support network will be decimated. People in our local community will lose their housing, employment, employment support, day support, etc. This will effect young and old, families of and those with disabilities, people in substance abuse programs and children in foster care. This is a small sample as the list goes on and on.

Cutting these programs will not save the state money. People will be put out on the street and will fill the courts, jails and emergency rooms. The state prisons and institutions will become flooded with people. Illinois will be blasted back into the dark ages.

It is immoral to do this, and I request that our legislators cut the fat and corruption in our state to achieve a balanced budget in Illinois. Please tell the leaders to stop putting politics before people. We elected them to represent us and make hard decisions. Now is the time to act.

Tens of thousands of people who work in the social services industry will be left unemployed. In the middle of a recession to lay off this many people is irresponsible and will cost the state even more in lost tax revenue and more welfare support.

Why do I care so much about this issue? First, I am one of the founders of Parents As Advocates, an Elburn-based support group for special needs families. More importantly, I am raising two wonderful sons. The youngest is 9 years old and was born with a genetic mitochondrial disorder and hearing impairment. This boy can light up a room and melt anyone’s heart. Parenting and loving him has changed me for the better and while I would not change a thing about him I do strive each day to make his life easier and more independent. His daily care, while rewarding, is stressful and exhausting on a good day. Although in the past we tried our very best to meet his needs, we knew we were failing him and each other. Our home life was extremely stressful and Max’s sibling often was denied the attention he needed. After a two-year application and appeal process, our family was finally accepted into the state’s Home Based Support Program in 2007. We receive funding to employ skilled workers to assist us in our home. They help my son with physical therapy, speech therapy, homework, self care skills, community integration, social skills, and toilet training. They absolutely saved our family and today I can honestly say we are able to meet the needs of our sons, enjoy one another, and I finally sleep well at night.

Thanks to Gov. Quinn and our corrupt state government, our program will be cut on July 1, and our family and thousands like us will be at risk once again. Additionally, our home support funding is matched by the federal government. So, by cutting this program, Illinois will lose the exact amount in federal dollars. This makes no sense to me to cut a worthy program that in the end is free to Illinois taxpayers.

Please help by visiting to assist you in identifying your legislators and composing a letter to them explaining why these cuts to human services are unjust. It will take less than 10 minutes of your time.

Carrie Capes
Maple Park
Parents As Advocates

Letter: Thanks from the Homuths

Dear Elburnites,
Arvid and I would like to thank the people of Elburn for their well-wishes at our farewell gathering at the Elburn Herald office, as well as the gifts.

We want you to know that Elburn will always be our “home.”

All of you have been wonderful and your gift of yourselves in assisting us when it came to transportation during winter-time, and helping getting groceries, etc.—we wanted to let you know we appreciate your concerns.

We will have happy memories of Elburn!

Many thanks and wishing everyone the best.

Arvid and Mary Homuth
St. Charles, Ill.

Letter: More funding needed for ALS research

How much is a human life worth? According to the United States government, mine is not valued very highly.

In 2003, I began experiencing symptoms later diagnosed as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), widely known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that weakens and destroys motor neurons, causing paralysis and death. There is no cure or effective treatment. In the 150 years we have known about ALS, science has unveiled few answers as to its cause or progression.

Approximately 35,000 people in the U.S. live with ALS at any given time, including an alarming number of recent veterans. As ALS is relatively rare, I was disappointed, but not surprised to find pharmaceutical companies uninterested in funding research, but was shocked how government supports ALS research compared to other conditions.

I found the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends billions of dollars for research—the vast majority targeting preventable, treatable, and non-life threatening diseases. The sample below provides perspective of how much money the NIH is willing to spend to prevent each death in the following diseases (2008): HIV/AIDS: $198,263; substance abuse: $162,353; sexually transmitted diseases: $40,833; ALS: $7,167.

I shared my statistical analysis with Rep. Bill Foster. He was impressed by the manner in which these statistics highlight inequities in NIH grant allocations and believes hard statistics help legislators make good decisions about how and where to direct federal funding.

Don’t misunderstand me. The targets of NIH research dollars are deserving. However, I believe government’s main role in health research should focus on basic research and on areas deemed unprofitable by private industry.

July 4 marks the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous “Luckiest Man” speech and many ALS awareness activities are planned to commemorate this occasion. Please help raise awareness of ALS by sharing this information with their elected federal officials and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Steven Heronemus
Batavia, Ill.

Letter: Connecting with dead not harmless

A local business called the Inner Harmony Massage Therapy & Bodywork is putting on a seminar event they’re calling “Spend A Day with Your Angels.” The advertisement said the seminar will teach people how to “connect to their own intuition” and “experience this incredible alignment through energy readings, connecting with the spirits of loved ones and by participating in classes focused on developing your psychic skills, Mediumship (sic), meditation, intuition training, and using other tools such as a pendulum.”

In an era of religious tolerance, it could be said that such activity is at worst silly but essentially harmless. And it might help someone who has nothing else.

But anything with power (think: chain saw) is never harmless, especially where children are involved. Connecting with spirits of the dead is often nothing more than connecting with the demonic. Even the medical community is beginning to acknowledge effects of dark spiritual powers.

To site one example, Gene Abel, M.D. and David Barlow, Ph.D. and Edward Blanchard’s medical article entitled, “Gender Identity Change in a Transsexual” published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, no. 5 (1977) tell about a patient who suffered from a psychological disorder that normally resists all treatment. After testing the patient thoroughly, they decided to encourage him to have the sex change operation he desired. Just before the operation, though, a friend of the patient asked him to see another doctor who suggested that his real problem might be possession by “evil spirits.” Abel and Barlow’s article go on to say that the man submitted to a deliverance session in which 22 evil spirits “purportedly left him.” After the session, the patient felt so affirmed in his masculine identity, he discarded his female clothing and canceled the operation. The doctors then followed the patient for another two-and-a-half years and were amazed to see a clear reversal of gender identity, something they had never seen before or heard about in psychological literature.

Their conclusion: “What cannot be denied however, is that a patient who was very clearly a transsexual by the most conservative criteria assumed a long-lasting masculine gender identity in a remarkably short period of time following an apparent exorcism.”

Whether we use the term, “ask an angel,” a harmless sounding phrase or use the more insider term, “seek your spirit guide,” to deal with spiritual forces apart from considering evil and good can have undesirable consequences. I believe in a larger world outside the five senses in which spiritual forces interact with creation. The people at Inner Harmony Massage also believe this but think that any spiritual energy is good. Doctors and psychiatrists are warming to prayer for healing but are also discovering that there’s an evil side as well.

Putting psychic phenomena at the Elburn Community Center, where children regularly congregate, is something townspeople might want to consider carefully. Even if some good can be shown, it only takes a small amount of arsenic in the coffee to kill. This stuff isn’t harmless.

Gary Augustine
Pastor, Evangelical Fellowship

Dempsey honored at Marmion benefit

ELBURN—The 47th-annual Salute to Youth Dinner, Marmion Academy’s annual black-tie benefit, recently brought together friends of Marmion to honor the students of the Class of 2009.

This year’s benefit, April 25 at Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Ill., raised more than $180,000, which will benefit the educational programs of the Academy’s college-preparatory curriculum.

Besides honoring the Class of 2009, the evening was dedicated to Gerard Dempsey of Elburn, Dr. Edward Garrity of Aurora and Jerry Hammes of South Bend, Ind., recipients of Abbey Affiliate Membership.

Affiliate Membership is a special sharing in the mission, good works and prayers of the monks of Marmion. First conferred in 1980, just 22 men have been so honored with this unique recognition.

For more information on this event, as well as next year’s Salute to Youth Dinner, call (630) 897-6936, ext. 244.

KHS announces senior award winners

Christopher Ott
Kalaine Patterson
KHS Memorial Scholarship
Kathryn Bergman, Jordan Herra and
Nicole Prusinski.
Sylvia Flint/KEA Grant
Samantha Hauser
Rebekah Comton Otto Award
Lauren Whittaker
Chuck Conley Scholarship
Joanna Ziclinski
Evar Erickson Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Arnold
Margaret Gliddon Memorial
Jennifer Hola
William Callaghan Memorial
Jordan Herra and Chassidy Mangers
Robert Domena Memorial
Kimberly Anderson and Benjamin Bradford
Jennifer Flaherty Memorial
Albert J. Wagner
Andy Rogers Memorial
Alyssa Galvin
Mary Beth Striedl Memorial Scholarship
Kathleen Kuhar
WCC Lucille Gustafson
Sarah Harant and Brianna Hurst
Dr. John & Elaine Johansen Scholarship
Emily “Bessie” Tockstein
Elburn Scholarship
Benjamin Bradford, Kelsey Fletcher, Adrian
Hernandez, Alexa Hill, Jacqueline Ream
and Lauren Whittaker
Louise Cooper Community Service Award
Alexa Hill
Arnold & Mildred Erickson
Samantha Dixon, Alexa Hill, Krista Johnson
and Christopher Ott
Donald J Fee DDS. Scholarship
Christopher Ott
PJ Fleck Scholarship
Chassidy Mangers and Christopher Ott
Elburn Chamber of Commerce
Chassidy Mangers and Jacqueline Ream
Maple Park Lions Club
Alyssa Galvin
Donald L. Watson
Kathleen Kuhar
Elburn Lions Club
Alexa Hill, Chassidy Mangers and
Christopher Ott
Community Foundation of the Fox Valley
Kathryn Bergman, Samantha Eichelberger
and Christopher Ott
Women of Distinction YWCA
Chassidy Mangers
Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation
Sally Gorenz
Elburn American Legion
Chassidy Mangers
Fox Valley Region, Model A Restorers Club
Jesus Calzontzin
Resource Bank
Alexa Hill
Official Army National Scholar/Athlete
Chassidy Mangers and Curtis Lubic
Science Award
Christopher Ott
Physical Education Award
Chassidy Mangers
Art Award
Leina Kameyama
Business Leader Award
Kyle T. Slamans
Computer Science Award
Krista Johnson
Family Consumer Science Award
Katie Weiss
Heart and Soul Award
Nicole Pursinski, Emily “Bessie” Tockstein
and Bryan Renaud
Theatre Award
Nicole Prusinski, Emily “Bessie” Tockstein
and Bryan Renaud
English Award
Kathleen Kuhar
Foreign Language Student Award
Sarah R. Otterness
Newspaper and Journalism Award
Ben K. Brown, Lindsay Douglas, Kathleen
Kuhar, Paul Meuer and Joe Ruppel
Fox Valley Student of the Year
Emily Curran
National Honor Society
Emma Anderson, Jessica Arnold, Kathryn Bergman, Emily Curran, Alyssa Galvin, Sally Gorenz, Jordan Herra, Brianna Hurst, Emily Kenkel, Meghan Krajewski, Anna Limbrick, Lauren Whittaker, Christopher Ott, Parren Palpant, Michael Pritchard, Jacqueline Ream, Lucas Ross, Joe Ruppel, Meghan Schiber, Emily Tockstein, Santiago Tovar, Jennifer Zmrhal, Kimberly Anderson, Lindsay Bartel, Samantha Dixon, Samantha Eichelberger, Ashley Girard, Devin Mae Heath, Rebecca Holloman, Michael Jenny, Casey Komel, Kathleen Kuhar, Curtis Lubic, Kathleen Moravick, Sarah Otterness, Troy Pritchard, Sara Rose, Anna Rossi, Kristen Sanecki, Jeff Smith, Zach Tolan, Dan Spence, Victoria Robinson, Lindsay Douglas, Alexandra Olson and Sarah Harant.
Illinois State Scholars
Emma Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Lindsay Bartel, Kevin Durrenberger, Samantha Eichelberger, Ashley Girard, Sally Gorenz, Devin Mae Heath, Rebecca Holloman, Michael Jenny, Emily Kenkel, William King, Casey Komel, Meghan Krajewski, Anna Limbrick, Jeff Malewig,, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Kelaine Patterson, Michael Pritchard, Scott Proctor, Jacqueline Ream, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Kristen Sanecki, Jonathon Shaddelee, Megan Schiber, Daniel Spence, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar and Colin Zagel.
Knights of Distinction
Emma Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Jessica Arnold, Jacob Astin, Lindsay Bartel, Kathryn Bergman, Joeseph Delgado, Jr., Lindsay Douglas, Samantha Eichelberger, Alyssa Galvin, Ashley Girard, Sally Gorenz, Lauren Gould, Kristen Hamer, Sarah Harant, Rebecca Holloman, Mallory Huml, Michael Jenny, Emily Kenkel, Kathleen, Kuhar, Casey Komel, Anna Limbrick, William King, Chassidy Mangers, Charlie Miles, Grant Mooney, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Parren Palpant, Kelaine Patterson, Emiliano Ponce, Michael Pritchard, Troy Pritchard, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Kristen Sanecki, Megahn Schiber, Jeffery Smith, Katherine Smith, Daniel Spence, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar, Colin Zagel and Jennifer Zmrhal.

The following award winners were omitted from the listing published on page 3B of the June 25 edition.
Margaret Ann Flott Memorial Scholarship
Lauren Whittaker
Eddington Memorial Scholarship
Lucas Ross
Robert Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Jordan Herra
Math Award
Jacqueline Ream

Consumers warned of possible cookie dough contamination

From press release
The Kane County Health Department is warning consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7 (a bacterium that causes food borne illness).

Consumers are advised that if they have any prepackaged, refrigerated Nestle Toll House cookie dough products in their home to throw them away. Cooking the dough is not recommended because consumers might get the bacteria on their hands and on other cooking surfaces. Retailers, restaurateurs, and personnel at other food-service operations should not sell or serve any Nestle Toll House prepackaged, refrigerated cookie dough products subject to the recall.

Nestle USA, which manufactures and markets the Toll House cookie dough, is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation by the FDA and CDC. The warning is based on an ongoing epidemiological study conducted by the CDC and several state and local health departments. Since March 2009 there have been 66 reports of illness across the nation. Twenty-five persons were hospitalized; seven with a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). No one has died. No cases have been reported in Kane County.

E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Most healthy adults can recover completely within a week. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk for developing HUS, which can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Individuals who have recently eaten prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House cookie dough and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

Consumers who have additional questions about these products should contact Nestle consumer services at 1-800-559-5025 and/or visit their website at .

For a complete listing of the recalled products click here.