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Fox Valley Wildlife Center host barn sale

The Fox Valley Wildlife Center will host its annual barn sale on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wildlife Center, located in the Elburn Woods Forest Preserve. All barn sale items have been donated and all proceeds will benefit the center’s injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.

Items for sale include household and kitchen items, decor, collectibles, antiques, DVDs, CDs, books, toys, games, pet items, bird feeders, garden items and yard art. Perennials and shrubs will also be available in six-packs, quarts and 1-to-5 gallon containers.

The Fox Valley Wildlife Center, 46W061 Highway 38, Elburn, is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 volunteer organization. For more information on the Barn Sale, visit

Small business expo coming to village

A small business expo will be held Thursday, May 21, 5 to 7 p.m. at Great Lakes Leadership Campus, 526 N. Main St. (Route 47), Elburn.

This is an opportunity to network and hear a short presentation by Felicia Slattery of Communication Transformation on using Twitter to grow your business. The public is invited to attend. There will be networking, freebies and snacks.

For more information, call (630) 712-4617.

Garfield Farm sets rare breeds show

Garfield Farm Museum will hold its annual Rare Breeds Livestock and Poultry Show and Sale on Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Breeders are invited to exhibit their animals at the museum with a chance to meet other breeders and prospective buyers. Pens, water and bedding are provided by the museum; just bring feed and any information, displays, products, demonstrations or lectures related to the breeds being shown. There are no registration fee for exhibitors.

In addition to seeing the animals, visitors and exhibitors can tour the 1846 Teamster Inn and Tavern, watch demonstrations of sheep shearing, wool spinning, or enjoy refreshments from Inglenook Pantry. Garfield Farm Museum is five miles west of Geneva, off of Route 38 on Garfield Road.

Call (630) 584-8485 or e-mail

Health and Wellness Center hosts kids triathlon May 24

Multisport Madness Triathlon Team will hold its 9th Annual Kids Triathlon Sunday, May 24, at Delnor Health and Wellness Center in Geneva.

In addition to offering normal distances for kids aged 7-16, the triathlon includes an “elite” wave in order to give some of the 12-to-15-year-old athletes on team, and other participants with racing experience, the opportunity to compete in a draft-legal race similar to the national competitions in which the team competes.

This is one of the only draft-legal races for youth athletes in our region. Kids can register for the triathlon at

Applications available for rental assistance program

Very low-income households in Kane County needing a place to live and help with their rent are encouraged to apply for a county-wide rental assistance program.

Lazarus House Associate Director and Outreach Manager Liz Eakins said Lazarus House, in partnership with other Kane County agencies, jointly administers the Rental Housing Support Program funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Through the program, households receive a monthly rental subsidy.

“Currently there are 22 rental units-nine in Aurora, four in St. Charles and nine in Elgin-in the program. If a rental unit is not immediately available, qualified applicants may be placed on a wait list,” Eakins said. “New grants are being awarded, and it is possible more units will become available. Anyone with low, but steady income is encouraged to complete an application as soon as possible.”

Applications are being taken at the following locations. People wishing to apply for a unit are encouraged to contact the agency in their area:

• Northern Kane County (Elgin): The Association for Individual Development (AID), 1135 Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL 60123 Phone: (847) 931-6283.
• Central Kane County (St. Charles): Lazarus House, 308 Walnut St., St. Charles, IL 60174, Phone: (630) 587-5872.
• Southern Kane County (Aurora): The Association for Individual Development (AID), 1230 N. Highland Ave, Aurora, IL 60506, Phone: (630) 966-4449; or Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc. (Hesed House), 659 South River St., Aurora, IL 60506, Phone: (630) 897-2165.

To qualify, households must fall within extremely or severely low income limits as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These annual income limits range from $15,840 for a household of one person to $29,850 for a household of eight. Households must have a stable income to pay a portion of the rent, satisfactorily complete the application process and abide by lease rules and riders. Other conditions apply. More detail are in the brochure, “Rental Support Program for Kane County,” posted on the following websites:, and

‘Bischof Law’ plan takes effect in Kane County

On May 1, the Kane County Circuit Court, launched a GPS-based offender tracking system in accordance with the Cindy Bischof Law, in a coordinated effort with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Kane County Circuit Clerk of Courts and Kane County Adult Court Services.

The complex law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2009, is designed to provide an early warning to domestic violence victims who might be at risk for serious physical harm or worse.

The law, introduced in the Illinois Senate in April 2008 and signed into law in August 2008, was an unfunded mandate from the state that had specific demands but offered limited guidance for implementation. The burden was placed on local courts and law enforcement to create and fund a workable plan.

To develop a workable plan, Judge F. Keith Brown, chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit, called upon Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti and Assistant State’s Attorney Lisa Accardi, First Chair of the office’s Domestic Violence Division; Deb Seyller, the 16th Judicial Circuit Court Clerk; Jim Mueller, Director of Kane County Adult Court Services, and John Owens and Mary Hyatt of Kane County Adult Court Services, to collaborate.

After a cost was determined, Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay was asked for $6.45 per GPS unit per day not to exceed $100,000 annually to fund the program. McConnaughay and the board approved the allocation.

The Bischof Law modified the bail bond statute. It dictates that any person charged with violation of an order of protection must complete a risk assessment, also known as a lethality assessment, to determine risk of recidivism, among other things.

Here’s how the process works in Kane County:

The offender
An offender charged with violating an order of protection-a court order that prohibits the defendant from having contact with the person or persons named in the order-will be ordered at bond call to undergo the risk assessment, which will be administered by the Kane County Diagnostic Center. The court will use the results of the risk assessment and a further court hearing to determine whether the offender should be ordered to wear a GPS ankle monitor as a condition of bond.

The technology
The GPS unit is active 24 hours a day. It sends a constant signal to a third party, Alpharette, Ga.-based Omnilink Systems,, meaning the offender’s location is monitored 24 hours a day. The court will also order that as a condition of bond, the offender must adhere to the original order of protection and avoid any contact with the victim or protected individuals under the order of protection. The court also can set exclusion zones, such as the victim’s residence or place of employment, daycare, etc., and order that the offender remain at least 1,000 feet away from those zones. The court also can set an additional 500-foot buffer zone around the exclusion zone, meaning the offender cannot be within 1,500 feet of any protected address as listed on the conditions of bond. Further, the offender cannot have any contact, direct or indirect, with the victim as a condition of the GPS bond terms.

The breach
If an offender breaches the protected zone, Omnilink will receive real-time notification in its monitoring center. Omnilink monitoring personnel will be able to view a map of the offender’s exact location, as well as the details of the offender’s conditions of bond, such as the exclusion zones, buffer zones, protected addresses and individuals, etc.
Omnilink then will contact Kane County emergency dispatch centers in the area of the victim and the offender. The victim also will be notified of the breach. The dispatch centers then will relay this information to police officers, who will respond to the call.
In addition, the officers and police departments can access the same map to show the offender’s location and movements in real time, as well as the buffer and exclusion zone information, victim information, and a photo of the offender. The officers will be directed to the area of the breach.

The consequences
Upon making contact with an offender once a breach has occurred, the offender can be subject to a number of criminal charges. Depending on the terms of the order of protection, an offender may be charged with a new offense of violation of an order of protection. He or she also can be charged with violation of bail bond with a family or household member, a Class A misdemeanor that requires the offender to appear before a judge for setting of bond. If an offender tampers with the GPS unit in an attempt to damage or remove it, he or she may be charged with criminal damage to state supported property, a Class 4 felony.

Auto tech students learn the old way

The Model A Restorers Club, Fox Valley Region, based in Geneva, recently took some of its 1928-31 Model A cars with the Auto Tech class at the Fox Valley Career Center at Kaneland High School.

The purpose of the visit was to inform the students about the availability of scholarships for graduating seniors who will be continuing their auto tech education at the community college level. Another reason for the visit was to demonstrate to the students the simplicity of the Model A Ford. The morning was spent with a hands-on seminar that detailed the car’s various systems and parts.

The Fox Valley Club sought to instill an appreciation of Henry Ford’s sensational little car in “the next generation.”

By the end of the day, more than 65 students and Career Center Auto Tech instructors, Clayton Hansen and Paul Potvin, had the opportunity to climb in and under several examples of the Model A Ford. They were able to look inside a sliding gear manual transmission and understand the simplicity of mechanical brakes. Other principles of the internal combustion engine were also clearly explained.

To cap each learning block experience, the kids enjoyed a ride around the parking lot. The “new” concept of the rumble seat was an immediate favorite. The Fox Valley Club was very appreciative of the opportunity to get their scholarship message to the students and to show off their cars.

Photo: Fox Valley Career Center auto tech students learned about the Model A Ford during a visit from The Model A Restorers Club. Courtesy Photo

MP Legion hosts fish fry buffet

The American Legion Post 312 all-you-can-eat fish fry is Friday, May 15, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The menu includes baked tilapia, fried perch, curley fries, fried chicken, steak fries, shrimp, fried cod, baked beans, smelt and cole slaw

The fish fry is at the Legion, 203 Main St., Maple Park. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children. Carry-outs are $9

Conley Outreach Grief Support events scheduled for May

Conley Outreach offers Planting Seeds of Hope, its May GTO (Good Time Out/Grief Time Out) event for families.

Join Conley Outreach on Sunday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Serenity Falls in Elburn for this springtime memorial celebration of loved ones. Flowers will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring garden gloves and hand tools. This event is free and family-friendly, but registration is requested. Serenity Falls is located on Main Street, two blocks north of the train tracks. Parking is available in the Conley Funeral Home parking lot at 116 W. Pierce Street.

Friendship Night, a self-help group for grieving adults, will meet Thursday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Great Lakes Leadership Campus, 526 Main St. in Elburn. This month’s topic will be “The Stages of Grief … Will It Ever End?” Light refreshments and a time for informal sharing follow the group discussion.

Mourning After, the free self-help group for young widows and widowers (including all with children still living at home) is on break until next fall.

For more information, call Conley Outreach at (630) 365-2880.

Letter: Fireworks, celebrations and community character

On July 5, Elburn will share in what has become a delightful summer tradition at Lions Park: The Day in the Park Fireworks Event. That day, along with the Elburn Days Parade, draws all Elburn together in community like little else. It is one of those celebrations that reminds me I’m proud to live in Elburn. But community isn’t about events; it’s about people sharing responsibility together to provide for the things that make life worth living: good schools, safe streets, family and cultural heritage. Those attitudes need to be encouraged to maintain a deep sense of community.

In 1920, while prohibition was on, a railroad car was left in Elburn on the tracks for repair. It was carrying 750 gallons of port wine authorized by the government for medical purposes in Pennsylvania. Some townspeople who knew about it tapped into the wine and brought some home. Word got around about the treasure and before long, Elburnites were lining up with buckets, pails, jugs and bottles to stock up. It wasn’t a high point in Elburn community participation, but at least they did it together! This dark moment stained an otherwise stellar reputation.

The Day in the Park Fireworks Display has been provided for by Elburn Chamber of Commerce and local businesses that support it. They have been glad to do it. But in the present economic climate, these businesses have had to cut back drastically on their donations. Instead of thousands of dollars, this year they can only donate hundreds. They need your help. If each home in Elburn would shoulder just five dollars of the responsibility, one of the most delightful days in the summer will be able to continue. Most of us spend more than that on a single trip to Starbucks.

There are two ways you can help. First, around town in the stores and businesses are containers marked for donations to help fund the fireworks. Look for one and drop $5 in it. Second, on Thursday, May 28, there will be a Pork Chop Dinner provided at Elburn Lions Park. You get two pork chops, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and butter, and apple sauce for $13 each or two for $25, and you can pick up the dinner between 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Elburn businesses or you can call the Elburn Chamber of Commerce at (630) 365-2295 to buy one. Make your reservation by Monday, May 18. Not only will you get a great dinner, you will support your community.

Character is defined by what one does when no one is looking. In 1920, townspeople may have figured the company who owned the wine could afford the loss and it wasn’t their responsibility anyway. Some of us may feel that events like the Day in the Park aren’t our responsibility either. Both thoughts lead away from strong community and strong character. Buy a ticket for dinner and look for a container for fireworks donations and drop in $5 to contribute. It will add to your personal character and make you feel good about your community, especially if no one is looking.

Gary Augustine

Letter: FOP No. 14 wants to help make sure calls are legit

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 14 is a fraternal, nonprofit, charitable organization that is made up of members of the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

We have been in existence and chartered with the state of Illinois since 1966. Lodge No. 14 solicits by phone calls year round. Our callers request donations to support our lodge’s charities and programs. The calls are made by personnel we hire, and not by a police or corrections officer.

Our primary program each year, and over the last 20 years, has been the “Shop-with-a-Cop” Program. Each year, officers have taken needy families shopping at Christmas time. We also have other groups and organizations that we have helped support, or continue to support, through your donations. Some of these are, but not limited to, American Red Cross Salvation Army, Hesed House, Lazarus House, local youth sports teams, Boy Scouts of America, Child ID, car seat programs, elder abuse prevention, elderly Easter food baskets, FOP Easter egg hunts, Easter Seals, Thanksgiving ham and turkey giveaway and the Association of Individual Development.

Should you receive a telephone solicitation that seems unusual or that you have questions about, you may call our lodge at (630) 466-0671. If our staff is not there, please leave us a message and you will receive a return call. You may contact the Sheriff’s Department at (630) 232-6840 and ask to speak with an FOP lodge officer. Check your caller ID if available and the name of the person who called you as that will help us determine if the call was from us or someone else. Always ask if all monies go to Lodge No. 14. If not, it may be a fraudulent call.

We want you to call if there are any questions, as we depend on you for our ability to help the community, through your donations.

Tom Bumgarner
FOP No. 14

Doris Seyller celebrates 95 years

A 95th birthday celebration for Doris J. Seyller (aka Doris J. Merwin and Doris J. Beierlotzer) is Sunday, May 31, 2009, noon to 3 p.m. at Southmoor Estates Club House, 1032 S. Seventh St., DeKalb. Your presence and cards are requested. No gifts, please. Bring photos if possible. Doris is scheduled to be there from 1 to 2 p.m. If you are not handicapped, please park on the street.

SG residents takes part in Marmion art exhibit

“The Astronaut”
drawing by J.C. Nelson of St. Charles
Marmion Exhibit

Marmion Academy will host a student art exhibit opening with a reception on Thursday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and will be held in the Dr. Scholl’s Exhibit Mezzanine in the Academy at 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 22.

The show will feature artwork in a variety of media including drawing, painting, watercolor, colored pencil, mixed media, Photoshop and Illustrator, selected from pieces done by the digital design and studio art classes. Featured artists include Alex Karas of Sugar Grove.

For more information on Marmion Academy visit

Bouzein completes degree

Lena Bouzein of Elburn, completed her Ashland University degree requirements in May 2009. She received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in business administration.

Ashland University is a private, comprehensive institution located in north central Ohio between Cleveland and Columbus.

SG resident earns honors at Marmion writing competition

Sugar Grove resident Brendan Bakala was among one of 18 Marmion Academy students who were selected to have their work published in the English department’s annual The Reverend Father Peter Enderlin OSB Writing Competition Literary Magazine.

All Marmion students were eligible to submit manuscripts to the competition in the categories of poetry, fiction and essay.

Bakala earned an honorable mention in the essay category, for a work titled “An Unbiased Observation of Capital Punishment.”

The competition is named for the late Father Peter Enderlin OSB who dedicated his life to the students of Marmion. In his sophomore honors English class he stressed writing above all.

To order a copy of the contest Literary Magazine, contact Dr. Alex George at (630) 897-6936, ext. 234.

Alice Penegar

Alice B. Pinegar 84, of Canton, Iowa, died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday May 10, 2009, at Trinity Pathway Hospice in Bettendorf, Iowa, where she was a resident for two days.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1924, in Wasco, Ill., to Carl E. and Clara (Magnuson) Swanson. She married Roy E. Pinegar on April 6, 1946, in Geneva, Ill. He preceded her in death on July 26, 2008.

Survivors include two daughters Sharyn (Dr. John) Baker of Moline, Ill., Sandra (Dan) Ihnes of Canton; one sister, Esther Shelton of Canton; four grandchildren, Douglas (Jennifer) Baker of Highland, Ill., Theodore (Melissa) Baker of Davenport, Iowa, Kristine (Fred) Kunchick of Bellingham, Wash., Nathan (Pamela) Ihnes of Canton; and four great-grandchildren, Azriel and Solea Kunchick, and Dillon and Aaron Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Hilding and Carl Swanson; three sisters, including her twin sister Ethel, Ruth Swanson, and Mildred Taber; two brothers-in-law, who also preceded her in death Jack Shelton and Leland Taber.

She attended grade school in Lily Lake, and graduated from Elburn High School in 1943. She was confirmed in Lily Lake Grace Lutheran Church in 1937.

She first worked in the defense factory in Geneva while she was waiting for the love of her life to return from WWII.

She moved to Canton one day after her marriage and lived there until the past few months, when she moved in with her daughter Sharyn.

While Alice lived in Canton she worked at Kamlager Gifts and Electric for 25 years. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Canton.

She was a kind and generous woman and loved her family, neighbors and friends.

She enjoyed sewing and gardening but loved her flowers the most. She also enjoyed going on walks with her husband.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at White Chapel Memory gardens in Canton.

Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, Graham Hospice or Trinity Hospice in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Online condolences are available at

Earl Clement Sr.

Earl Clement Sr., 83, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born July 7, 1925, in Geneva, the son of Neil and Viola (Evarts) Clement.

Earl had worked for 50 years as an auto mechanic for many area businesses, including Lou’s Jeep in Geneva. Most recently, he had been employed by Napa Auto Parts in Elburn.

He grew up with a love for auto racing, and along with his lifelong friend Arnie Gardner, traveled around the country competing at various tracks with Arnie doing the driving and Earl working on the car. He also had a love for antique cars. His greatest enjoyment in life, however, was being with his family. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his three sons, Earl Jr. (Fran Clement) of Maple Park, Steve (Connie) of Elburn and Ron (Marla) of Geneva; six grandchildren, Matt, Brandon, Emily, Andy, Brian and Diana; and brother, Carl (Rae) Clement of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Donna; son, Larry; and his wife, Dorothy.

Funeral service will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 14, from 4 to 8 p .m. at the Malone Funeral Home, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, Ill., 60510 would be appreciated.

For information, call (630) 232-8233.

Sugar Grove UMC invites public to dedication

The public is invited to the dedication of a new open-air steel pavilion at the future site of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 4S633 Harter Road, on Sunday, May 17, at noon. The site is part of the church’s 40-acre campus, located west of Route 47 and Waubonsee Community College.

The pavilion will be dedicated in memory of Cathy Brouch Kroe.

Everyone is also invited to a “planting party” on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. The group will plant native flowers and grasses around the pavilion, in memory of Richard and Margaret Raymond, and at the church’s nearby three-acre native prairie.

For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Church offers event to provide help

Join the Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main St., for “Finding Security in an Insecure World,” on Saturday, May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., for an evening of hope, help, and healing.

Light supper, music, prayer and information about area financial and employment resources will be provided. Agency representatives will also be available to talk one on one with people about their situations.

If you have questions or would like more information, call (630) 557-2353 or e-mail

Former Emma’s owner sentenced to 4 years

Michael Alvarez pleaded guilty to gambling charge
An Elgin man has been sent to prison for running Super Bowl gambling pools at taverns in Elburn and St. Charles owned by his wife.

Michael A. Alvarez Sr., 53, of the 39W block of Hogan Hill, Elgin, was sentenced Tuesday by Associate Judge James C. Hallock to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On March 17, 2009, Alvarez pleaded guilty to one count of keeping a gambling place, a Class 4 felony in this case because of a prior conviction on the same charge.

Between Sept. 1, 2006, and Feb. 28, 2007, Alvarez ran a Super Bowl pool at Emma’s Pub and Cantina in the 1100 block of Main Street, Elburn, and at Miguel’s on the Fox, in the 100 block of West Main Street, St. Charles. The pool had a total value of $60,000 at $600 per square. Alvarez also was running smaller pools at the taverns.

The sentence includes an extended term based on Alvarez’s prior state and federal convictions on gambling offenses and has served sentences in Illinois prisons and the federal penitentiary.

Illinois law dictates that Alvarez must serve at least 50 percent of the sentence. He had been free on $10,000 bond.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Greg Sams and Adam Katz prosecuted the case.

Police warn residents of possible mail scam

Several residents recently notified the Sugar Grove police of a possible scam using the United States mail.

The residents told officers they received through the mail what appeared to be an official notice regarding a package they were to claim. Both notices, from the same company, were made to look like they were from the United Postal Service or United States Postal Service.

“They believed it was suspicious,” Sugar Grove police investigator John Sizer said. “I agreed with them.”

The notices stated that the package awaiting them had a value of $50. Enclosed instructions directed them to call an 800 number and use their credit card number to pay a processing and delivery fee of $6.95.

Upon closer inspection, it was apparent that the notices were not from an official source, Sizer said. There was even a disclaimer in small print on the U.S. Postal Service document stating that it was not a government document.

Sizer said that residents should never give out any personal information or credit card numbers to anyone making an unsolicited request for the information.

“You don’t know who you’re dealing with,” he said. “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

Village officials, staff to review Open Meetings Act

Elburn Village Attorney Robert Britz will provide an overview of Village Board procedures and protocol from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Village Hall, 301 E. North St.

New Village President Dave Anderson requested the presentation to inform the Village Board and village staff about issues including the recently revised Illinois Open Meetings Act and trustees’ responsibilities and authority.

Blue Devils searching for P

The Batavia Blue Devils U13/14 Softball Team is looking for a pitcher to round out their 2009 team. It is a young competitive team that will participate in approximately 20 local games and up to 7 tournaments this summer through July. If you are that pitcher looking for some quality time on the mound, the team would love to talk to you. Please contact Head Coach Keith Olinger ( or the Batavia Blue Devils website.


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Golf Clinic at Tanna Farms Junior League Clinic

Who: For Juniors up to age 15
What: Golf Clinic divided into two sessions.
Session 1: Rules, safety, basic terminology, scoring, boundaries, penalty strokes, chipping game, putting
Session 2: Etiquette, attire, ball identification, honors system, pace of play, tee box etiquette, fairway and bunkers etiquette, green and pin etiquette, general course etiquette and respect, respect of peers and course, off course respect to each other and golf course personnel, chipping contest, longest putt
When: Session 1: June 8, 6 a.m.
Session 2: June 22, 6 a.m.
Where: Tanna Farms Golf Club
39W808 Hughes Rd.
Geneva, IL 60134
Why: Help Educate children on the rules and etiquette of golf. Free to those participating in the junior league. For the general public it is only $10 for one session or $15 for both sessions.

Call, email, or visit to register by June 1st.

Elburn Lions ready to ride

The Elburn Lions Club will host its 10th Anniversary Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, June 7. The 80-mile open road ride through scenic country roads will begin and finish at Elburn Lions Park, 500 S. Fillmore St.. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Elburn Lions Park. Vendors, food and beverage will be available throughout the day. Upon returning to Lions Park, all will be entertained by the popular musical group 61 Beale Street. This “Party in the Park” will last until 4 p.m. Additional events will include a 50/ 50 Raffle, a Poker Walk in the Park and an Ironhorse Rodeo.

All motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This is a charity event hosted by all volunteers to benefit the following charities: Leader Dog (; Camp Lions (; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Illinois; Christmas Gifts for Needy Kids- purchasing of Christmas gifts for local DCFS youths.

Additional info can be obtained at

WCC celebrates groundbreaking for $13 million Plano campus

Waubonsee Community College recently celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking for its 33,000-square-foot Plano Campus that will greatly expand educational opportunities for local residents. The event featured speeches by Waubonsee officials and Plano Mayor William Roberts.

The college’s new Plano campus will be located at Route 34 and Waubonsee Drive, just west of Eldamain Road, on a nine-acre site donated by Lakewood Homes. It will be comprehensive, allowing students to earn their complete associate degrees at this one facility, and is expected to open for classes in spring 2011.

“We believe the development and construction of our new Plano campus is occurring at the perfect time,” Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said. “The new campus represents a very tangible symbol of Waubonsee’s mission, from our founding in 1966 to the present, to provide quality, accessible education.”

The Plano campus is Waubonsee’s first to be located in a residential neighborhood. The campus will offer general education courses and transfer degree programs, as well as occupational programs in areas such as business, computers and health care. Those interested in careers in civil service or as first responders can study criminal justice, fire science or in the emergency medical technician program.

Other Plano campus offerings will include developmental education, adult education, GED classes, English as a Second Language classes, community education programming, and workforce and professional development. These courses and programs will take place in the building’s 15 classrooms, which include nine general classrooms, two science labs for biology and earth science, two computer labs, an interactive television classroom and a certified nurse assistant lab.

The building, which is projected to cost $13 million, was designed by Holabird and Root. JJR is the project’s landscape architect, and Turner Construction is providing construction management.

For more information about Waubonsee’s Plano Campus, visit

Waubonsee Board elects officers

At its special meeting on April 30 to seat newly elected board member Daniel Jaquez and re-elected board member Rebecca Oliver, the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees elected several new board officers as part of the regular two-year reorganization schedule.

Richard “Shorty” W. Dickson of Bristol, remains board chair. Rebecca Oliver, former board secretary, of Plano, was elected to serve as board vice chair. Karen Cotter of Plano was elected to serve as board secretary.

Dr. Richard Bodie of Aurora; Daniel Jaquez of Oswego; James Michels of Elburn; and James Pilmer of Aurora, were elected to serve on the board policy committee.