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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.

Egger earns scholarship

Dylan S. Egger received an Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) college scholarship offer to attend a selected host college or university.

The cadet was selected to receive the scholarship certificate on the basis of comprehensive tests, high school scholastic achievement and extra-curricular activities. The majority of Air Force ROTC scholarships cover full college/university tuition, provide textbook allowance and pay most laboratory or incidental fees. In addition, at least a $300 tax-free monthly allowance is paid to recipients during the academic year. The estimated value of the scholarship depends on the student’s choice of school and type of scholarship offered.

Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program, the cadet will receive a bachelor’s degree and a commission of 2nd Lt. in the Air Force.

Egger is a student at St. Charles East High School. He is the son of Scott D. Egger of Maple Park and Allison M. Egger of St. Charles.

Sarah E. Thomas

Sarah E. Thomas of DeKalb, formerly of Aurora, Ill., passed from this life into eternal life on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Bethany Health Care and Rehab Center in DeKalb.

She was born March 26, 1937, in Jackson County, Mo., the daughter of Baldwin and Ruth Elizabeth (Scroggs) Sears. Sara was adopted in infancy, and except for two years living in Elburn, she spent most of her childhood in Aurora.

Sara graduated from West Aurora High School, where she excelled in music. She learned to play eight instruments, including bass, tenor and alto saxophone, clarinet, drums and more. In later years, she would teach herself to play the organ as well. She graduated with the class of 1955.

Following graduation, she attended Wheaton College for a time, where she majored in physical education. School would have to wait as Sara met and fell in love with a man named Everett Thomas.

On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, she was united in marriage to Everett R. Thomas. They made their home on the Meredith Farm south of Elburn for two years as Everett worked for Les Meredith. In the early 1960s, they moved to Aurora, where they made their home on the west side of town and Sara raised her family and began working part time as a nurse’s aide at Copley Hospital, Aurora. Sara returned to school to earn her certificate as a licensed practical nurse in Chicago and specialized in long term care nursing at a Chicago school.

Sara’s early 30s brought challenges as she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite her diagnosis, Sara worked at Elmwood Care Center, Aurora, and several others around the Aurora and Westmont area. She battled the disease into the 1970s when poor health forced her to stop working. Even after her retirement, Sara battled back each time it reared its ugly head, coming back from being bed-ridden several times and even getting her drivers license back.

Following Everett’s death in 2000, she continued to make her own home at Constitution House, Aurora. There she was on the resident’s council and was active in arts and crafts until 2004, when she became a resident at Bethany Healthcare following a broken hip.

Sara’s pride and joy were her family, and none were more precious than her grandchildren, whom she helped raise. She was always there when you needed help, especially if you needed help or to be spoiled.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Aurora.

She is survived by three children, Shari (Steve) Dixon of Shabbona, Ill., Jeff (Gina) Thomas of Estero, Fla., Joseph M. (Karen Adams) Thomas of Elburn; 10 grandchildren, Lauren Dixon, Jimmy Dixon, Bridget (Tristan) Schmit, Michelle (Joeseph) Brandonisio, Rudy Thomas, Jackson Thomas, Sophia Thomas, Shanna Adams, Krystal Thomas and Haley Olsen; four great-grandchildren (and two more on the way), Trenton Schmit, Megan Schmit, Miabella Brandonisio and Vito “Luke” Brandonisio; one brother, Charles (Laurie) Sears of Aurora; two nephews, Christopher and Jonathan Sears, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Everett.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 1, from 4 to 6:45 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, with a service to celebrate her life to be held at 7 p.m. The Rev. Deborah Percell will officiate. Private interment services will follow at a later date. A memorial will be established in Saras’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Sara E. Thomas 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 through his obituary at

Thomas A. Kuebelbeck

Thomas “Tom” A. Kuebelbeck, 68, of Elburn, passed away at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. He was born Dec. 18, 1940, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Alfred and Dorothy (Lachowitzer) Kuebelbeck.

Tom grew up in St. Paul and White Bear Lake and attended local schools. Shortly after his graduation in 1959, Thomas enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He faithfully served his country until his honorable discharge on Dec. 12, 1962. He returned to civilian life in Chicago, where he met the love of his life in February 1965, and following a whirlwind courtship, married Raulene Keen in November of that same year. They began their new life together in Lombard for a time before settling in Elburn in 1972.

Thomas worked for Union Pacific for a time before taking the knowledge and experience he gained in the Marines to become an air traffic control supervisor at Chicago Center in Aurora. He devoted 35 years before his retirement in 1994. Tom came back to the airline industry in 1996, when he worked as an air traffic manager for United Airlines.

Tom was a family man through and through. They were the first on his mind and in his heart in the morning, and they were first when he laid down his head when the day was through. He loved doing anything and everything with his family, including annual vacations on winter break.

Tom would drive the family up to Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula, Mich., to snowmobile across the wintry landscapes. Summer days found Tom and his friends on the golf course, and the evenings brought late-night dips in the pool, where Tom could relax. When autumn came, he could be found with his friends and his dogs hunting pheasant in South Dakota, and when Sunday rolled around, you couldn’t find a bigger Minnesota Viking fan than Tom. His memory will forever burn bright in the hearts of those who knew him, but none brighter than those of his family.

A lifetime member, past president and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, Tom was the quintessential Elburn Lions Club member. There was never a job that Tom couldn’t do, but if you had to ask, nothing made him happier than tending the grill. He dedicated thousands of hours to his club and community and never missed an opportunity to help anyone, anywhere.

He now leaves his loving wife, Raulene; three children, Robbyn (Gene) Streid and their children, Lauryn and Camryn, of Elburn; Todd (Carrie) Kuebelbeck and their children, Todd Jr., Blake, and Alexis, of Naperville, and Tamarah and (Tim) Milroy and their children, Timothy and Matthew, of Batavia; his mother, Dorothy (Leo) Kurkowski; his mother-in-law, Helene Keen; sister-in-law, Diane Link; two nephews, Bryan and Jason Link; and a family of friends.

He now joins his father, Alfred, and his father-in-law, Raymond Keen, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, on Monday, April 27, at 11 p.m. Private cremation interment will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the Thomas Kuebelbeck 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 through his obituary at

Church offers women’s Bible study

Bible Study Fellowship International for women will study the Book of John next season, September 2009 to May 2010. The class includes personal study, group discussion, lecture and commentary. A children’s program is available for ages 2-5 for registered members. Women are invited to attend an introductory/registration class on Wednesdays, May 6 and 13, 9:10 a.m. at Riverside Community Church, 37W130 Crane Road in St. Charles.

For information about the St. Charles women’s class, contact class administrator Charlene Neidlinger at (630) 365-3488.

Calvary Episcopal hosts barbecue May 2

Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will have Fay’s Barbecue on Saturday, May 2, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will fund both Calvary’s outreach ministries, including many local agencies, as well as the Calvary Youth Group.

Diners can choose from chicken, pork chop or combination dinner for $10. Drive-up orders will be taken, but advance ticket purchase is encouraged. Call (630) 879-3378 or visit

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. Both advance and drive-up orders will be filled through a drive-through pick-up in the church’s east parking lot, which can be entered from Main Street.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts annual spaghetti lunch benefit

Sugar Grove United Methodist’s Annual Spaghetti Benefit Lunch will be held Sunday, May 3, at the Sugar Grove Community House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event seeks to generate funds to repair flood damaged houses in Oakville, Iowa. For more information, call (630) 466-4501. All voluntary contributions should be made payable to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, designated for Iowa Disaster Relief.

Calvary Episcopal hosts plant, yard sale

Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will host its annual Plant and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to an indoor Spring Showcase Vendor Show. Admission is free and the public is invited to all events.

Following the sale, Calvary will have a barbecue dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Diners can choose from a pork chop, chicken or combination dinner for $10. Although drive-up orders are taken, advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

Proceeds from the day’s sales will fund the church’s outreach ministry, which includes such local agencies as Hesed House and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378 or visit

Kaneville UMC hosts life saving class

Kaneville United Methodist Church will offer a basic life saving class with Steve Neely, Kaneville Firefighter/EMT.

This class teaches everything from CPR to choking relief to the use of an A.E.D. The skills learned can be used on infants to adults and are great for babysitters.

Upon completion of class you will receive a card that certifies you for two years. The cost is $1, for your CPR card. The class is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (630)557-2353 or e-mail

Free concert set for St. Gall

Flute and guitar duo Kristin Paxinos and Ben Westfall will perform a free concert at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn, on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. The repertoire will encompass a wide range of playing styles, including works by Piazolla, Faure, Ravel and Pujol. Call (630) 365-6030. Courtesy Photo

Two schools close due to swine fl

Updated 4/30: Due to a recommendation from the Kane County Health Department
regarding a probable case of swine flu in Batavia, the Batavia Park District
has announced all programs and gatherings that include middle school aged
children (grades 6-8) have been cancelled through 5/3/09. All other programs
and activities will continue to run as scheduled.

The Kane County Health Department recommended that the Rotolo Middle
School in Batavia and the Marmion Academy in Aurora close temporarily
following the identification of a probable swine flu case in each of the

The Health Department recommended that extracurricular activities be
cancelled and that staff, faculty and students do not gather together
outside of school, since that would defeat the goal of disrupting disease
transmission. The department is working closely with school officials to
protect all the students, staff and faculty.

Both students are recovering at home at this time. No further probable
cases have been identified.

Visit for the latest information. There is also a
link on the KCHD website to the CDC¹s flu information page at

Police impersonator robs Yorkville woman

A 32-year-old Yorkville woman was robbed at approximately 4 p.m. on Monday by a man impersonating a police officer.

The woman was driving southbound on Bliss Road near Denny Road in Sugar Grove when a dark blue or black Chevrolet Impala pulled up behind her with red and blue lights flashing in the grill. The woman believed she was being stopped by a police officer.

The man approached the woman’s vehicle, told her he had a gun and not to look at him. He demanded her purse, iPod, cell phone and jewelry. He then told her to leave and not to stop anywhere or he would come after her and her family.

The offender was described as a white male of average size, with a deep voice and no accent.

Anyone who may have information or who may have witnessed this incident on Bliss Road is asked to contact the Sugar Grove Police Department investigations division at (630) 466-4526, ext. 37.

Police advise the public that if they believe that they are being stopped by an impersonator they should slowly drive to a place of safety such as a gas station, fire station or police station. Police officers typically do not make traffic stops unless they are in uniform and in marked patrol units.

The Sugar Grove Police Department will be in the area Tuesday afternoon passing out fliers regarding this incident to see if anyone saw anything that may assist them.

Conley earns community service award

In honor of the 20th year of the Lyle E. Oncken Community Service Award, the Board of Directors of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc. chose two recipients for 2009, Bruce Conley of Conley Outreach Community Services (COCS) in Elburn and Stephanie Weber of Suicide Prevention Services (SPS) in Batavia.

This award is given annually to a resident or residents of the south Kane County area who is nominated by members(s) of the public for exemplary service in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse as a volunteer or employee, and who is then selected by the Inc. Board for the honor.

Conley has been active in the Elburn area his entire life. As founder of COCS, Conley has worked tirelessly to facilitate mental health services, especially in areas concerning grief and loss, to the residents of western Kane County. Conley developed the concept of the community care team, a network of natural helpers, in order to respond to friends and families problems. He has been active in such groups as compassionated friends, survivors of suicide, and several others.

Conley’s award will be presented to him at the Conley Farm Clean-Up Day, Saturday, April 25, at noon. Volunteers are welcome to begin help with grounds work at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the Inc. board office at (630) 892-5456.


S/F VS. BATAVIA, 4:30 P.M.
V VS. BATAVIA, 4:30 P.M.
V/JV VS. GENEVA, 4:30 P.M.
F AT GENEVA, 4:30 P.M.
V VS. BATAVIA, 4:30 P.M.
S/F VS. BATAVIA, 4:30 P.M.

Softball makes life difficult for opponents

KHS 3-1 in WSC skirmishes
by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights softball had itself a productive week, and in the process, elevated its record to a nice 10-4.

The Lady Knights, who are also 3-1 in Western Sun Conference play, vanquished the host Maine West Warriors in a Saturday doubleheader, 3-0 and 5-0. Preceding that was a 6-1 win over the host Yorkville Foxes on Thursday. Kaneland began the week as road warriors with an 11-1, five-inning win over host Wheaton Academy on Wednesday, April 15.

In the first game of the doubleheader in Des Plaines, hurler Delani Vest (6-1) scattered just four hits and struck out five.

Sara Rose (2-for-3), Vest (2-for-4) and Jessica Lubic (2-for-3) smacked doubles, while Rose and Mangers parked pitches over the fence for home runs.

The Lady Knights scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

Senior Mallory Huml (3-3) put on a clinic in game two, allowing just two hits and fanning nine. Kaneland put up a three-spot in the third inning while scoring two additional runs in the seventh.

Andrea Potts went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Tara Groen went 2-for-3.

Against Yorkville, Kaneland scored three runs in the top of the first thanks to an RBIs double to dead-center by Rose, Potts reaching on an error that scored Rose and a run-scoring single by Lubic.

Yorkville threatened in the bottom of the first by loading the bases but couldn’t score.

Kaneland scored three more in the third. Rose doubled and later came home on an error by the shortstop. Rilee Vest then drove home a run with a grounder, and Jordan Herra reached on another error that scored Lubic, who had previously singled.

“We’ve done a pretty good job this last week of hitting the ball,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said after the output on Thursday. “We get some people hot up and down the order, and our pitching has been good.”

Vest, only a freshman and counted on for big innings, has come through thus far.

“My screwball was really working today. I struck out a lot of girls with that. It’s different every game depending on how I warm up. Whatever works in the first inning, I try to stick with that,” said Vest, who K’d eight Lady Foxes.

Against Wheaton Academy, Huml struck out seven batters and walked just one while giving up just three hits. Kaneland scored in every inning, including five times in the first and three in the second.

Potts had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and four driven in. Huml also went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Lower class action this past week saw the sophomores sweep a doubleheader at Maine West by 11-10 and 10-5 finals.

In game one, Beth Smith improved to 5-0 with a nine-strikeout day. Katy Dudzinski went 3-for-4 with a homer. The Lady Knights scored six times in the top of the seventh to secure the win.

Game two had Dudzinski pitch four innings for the win (4-2). Brooke Thompson went 2-for-3 with a triple and Lindsay Jurcenko go 2-for-4.

The freshmen swept the doubleheader vs. Maine West at Kaneland by scores of 14-3 (five innings) and 14-4 (six innings).

Sarah McGinnis and Brittney Miller earned wins for the Lady Knights.

Ahead for Kaneland varsity is a road venture to Rochelle on Thursday, April 23, and a trip to Woodstock on Saturday, April 25.

Photo: Kaneland pitcher Delani Vest crashes into her sister, catcher Rilee Vest, as they both went after a fly ball in the sixth inning against DeKalb on April 14. Kaneland won the home game 9-4. Photo by John DiDonna

The Elburn Herald’s 2009 NFL Mock Draft

by Mike Slodki and Keith Beebe
Keith won the coin toss to select first, and Mike will pick second. The picks will then alternate. Try to beat us, and look for even more draft coverage on

1. Detroit (Keith) – QB Matt Stafford, Georgia
2. St. Louis (Mike) – OT Jason Smith, Baylor
3. Kansas City – LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
4. Seattle – WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
5. Cleveland – LB/DE Brian Orakpo, Texas
6. Cincinnati – OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia.
7. Oakland – WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
8. Jacksonville – DE B.J. Raji, Boston College
9. Green Bay – OT Andre Smith, Alabama
10. San Francisco – QB Mark Sanchez, USC
11. Buffalo – OT Michael Oher, Mississippi
12. Denver – DE Aaron Maybin, Penn St.
13. Washington – DE Everette Brown, Florida St.
14. New Orleans – RB Beanie Wells, Ohio St.
15. Houston – CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio St.
16. San Diego – DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
17. NY Jets – QB Josh Freeman, Kansas St.
18. Denver – WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
19. Tampa Bay – DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi
20. Detroit – LB Brian Cushing, USC
21. Philadelphia – RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
22. Minnesota – WR Percy Harvin, Florida
23. New England – LB Rey Maualuga, USC
24. Atlanta – DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee
25. Miami – WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
26. Baltimore – CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
27. Indianapolis – WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
28. Buffalo – LB Clay Mathews, USC
29. NY Giants – LB James Lauranaitis, Ohio State
30 – Tennessee – LB Larry English, Northern Illinois
31. Arizona – RB Donald Brown, Connecticut
32. Pittsburgh – C Max Unger, Oregon

Kaneland School District notes

by Lynn Meredith

State falls $1 million behind in payments
So far, Kaneland has received $500,000 from the state for its transportation fund, but officials are not optimistic they will get all four payments.

The state board has released the second and third payments, but the comptroller doesn’t have the funds to make the second payment, let alone the third and fourth.

The state is two payments, or $1 million, behind what it owes to Kaneland.

“We’ll be lucky to get payment number two this year,” School Business Official Julie-Ann Fuchs said.

Filling the new middle school
Once the Kaneland Harter Road Middle School building is completed, it will need to be outfitted with furniture and equipment. At its meeting on Monday, the School Board approved bids to furnish the school totaling $1,985,085.

“This is one of the largest bids Tom (Runty) and I have ever worked on,” School Business Official Julie-Ann Fuchs said.

The bids were as follows: $152,365 from Wenger Corporation for music room equipment, $25,139 from Midwest Tech for industrial arts equipment, $25,804 from Blick Art for art equipment, $146,252 from Henrikson for library furniture, and $1,635,525 from Lowery McDonnell for classroom furnishings.

Officials said that all the technical equipment that is currently in the Meredith Road Middle School will be taken out and used throughout the district.

Second wave of personnel reductions
The Kaneland School Board continued its reduction in personnel needed to keep expenditures down.
It approved reducing the noncertificated staff of paraprofessionals by 11 positions. Additional voluntary resignations bring the total number of noncertificated staff positions lost to 14.5.

“It is possible that several of these positions may be called back with additional staff turnover prior to the start of the 2009-10 school year,” Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Jeff Schuler said.

Employees who are let go are not dismissed through any performance-based criteria. The action is a reduction of force. They have the right to recall in order of seniority, should positions become available.

WCC demonstrates ‘beer goggles’

Sugar Grove Police Officer John Sizer (above) watches over Waubonsee Community College student Eneida Christner, of Oswego, as she tries to complete a field sobriety test while wearing ‘Fatal Vision Goggles.’ The goggles simulate the effects of an alcohol level twice the legal limit. The activity was sponsored by the college’s Counseling Center as part of its mental health awareness week.

As part of the school’s mental health awareness week, Waubonsee Community College counselors served students ‘mocktails’—nonalcoholic drinks—in the new Student Center on the Sugar Grove Campus. The drinks were meant to show students that there are alternatives to alcohol. Courtesy Photo

Elburn police blotter

The following reports were obtained from the Elburn Police Department. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Todd C. Janacek, 38, of Thornfield, Mo., was arrested at 3:41 a.m. April 5, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped him for speeding on Route 47 south of Hughes Road in Elburn. Police took temporary custody of a caged rooster and a dog that were in Janacek’s truck, which was towed from the scene.

Criminal damage to vehicle
Someone damaged a vehicle parked in a storage lot at 16 S. Dempsey St. in Elburn by throwing rocks at it sometime between 2 p.m. April 15 and 10:15 a.m. April 16.

Phone found
At 9:20 a.m. April 17, a patrolman found a TX AT&T wireless phone duct-taped to a stop sign at Walker Drive and Collins Drive in Elburn.

DUI, drug paraphernalia possession
Brooke Ann Barringer, of the 15000 block of Keslinger Road in DeKalb, was arrested at 2:25 a.m. April 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. She also was cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Police stopped her on Anderson Road just north of Route 38 in Elburn, for speeding. A passenger in the vehicle, Stephanie L. Shelton, 19, of the 1000 block of Forest Trail in Sugar Grove, was arrested for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driving while license suspended
Ellen San, 19, of the 2900 block of South Bonfield Street in Chicago, was arrested at 5:44 p.m. April 16 for driving while her license was suspended. Police stopped her on South Main Street near Kansas Street in Elburn, for speeding.

Eric F. Cadney, 19, of Rohrsen Road in Hampshire, was arrested at 8:35 a.m. April 4 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Route 47 at Keslinger Road. He also was cited for not having vehicle insurance and for having tinted car windows.

Driving without a license
Armando M. Ferral, 17, of the 400 block of West Shannon Street in Elburn, was arrested at 5:01 p.m. April 11 for driving without having a valid license. Police stopped him on West Shannon Street in Elburn after observing him weaving in and out of the traffic lane on Route 47.

Warrant arrest
Dwight David Hedgcock, 48, of the 1800 block of Hatch Street in Downers Grove, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from DuPage County for failure to appear in court. Police stopped him for speeding, in the 100 block of West North Street in Elburn.

WCC student named to state academic team

Waubonsee Community College student Sofia Zafar of Sugar Grove has been chosen to represent the college on the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team.

The team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two-year colleges. The team is comprised of two students from each of the state’s community colleges who are selected based on academic performance and service to their colleges and communities.

It was their outstanding achievement in these same two areas that led Waubonsee to award Zafar a Gustafson Scholarship, which is a two-year full-tuition scholarships awarded annually to high-achieving students from area high schools.

While maintaining a 3.9 GPA in her nursing coursework, Zafar has gotten some valuable work experience as a transporter and unit secretary at Provena Mercy Medical Center.

She has also spent time volunteering at local nursing homes. Zafar has served as treasurer of the Student Senate and currently is the president of the school’s African Cultural Alliance, but her most high-profile student leadership position has been her current role as the college’s student trustee. In this role, her main responsibility is to represent the student body on the board.

Fabrizius, dog earn grand champion

Olivia Fabrizius and her registered Chocolate Labrador Retriever Nia Wiesbrock Fabrizius won grand champion obedience and grand champion grooming for the second year in a row. The next show for Olivia will be at the Illinois State Fair in August. At the last year’s State Fair, Olivia and Nia placed second in state for Obedience. Courtesy Photo

Forest Preserve invites public to habitat restoration work day

A habitat restoration work day will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, located on Bliss Road. Please meet in the main parking lot.

People who are interested should bring gloves and dress in layers. All people are welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will cut and stack invasive brush. There will also be a short wildflower walk.

Call (630) 466-4922 or (630) 232-5980, or e-mail

Kaneland musical instrument donation drive

The Kaneland Musical Instrument Donation Drive will run through Friday, May 1. Drop-off locations are at Kaneland elementary schools between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A qualified instrument technician will appraise the instruments and donation letters will be provided for the assessed value. Low student rental fees will cover repair and maintenance of the instruments. Eligibility to rent will be determined through confidential free and reduced lunch program criteria. Only brass of woodwind instruments will be accepted (no percussion or electronic instruments).

For more information, contact Suzanne Satterfield at (630) 365-8170, ext. 246 or

Hall of Fame inducts members

The Kaneland Hall of Fame Committee selected the members for the 2009 Hall of Fame in five categories.

In the Service category, Lt. Col. Clayton Fisher from the class of 1983 was selected. Dustin Dickens from the class of 2004 was chosen in the Special category. From the class of 1982, Lea Ann Machias Brei was selected to represent the Extracurricular category. Former Athletic Director Jill Holmes was honored in the Commitment category. The 1998 football team was selected in the Teamwork category.

The members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Kaneland Auditorium.

KHS offers summer driver’s ed

Kaneland High School will offer a summer driver’s education program for Kaneland and non-Kaneland students who will turn 15 by June and reside in the Kaneland School District.

Mandatory attendance will be necessary to meet the required classroom hours as set forth by the state of Illinois. There are only 30 seats available.

Classes are from June 22 to July 24, and will be held Mondays through Fridays, 7 to 9 a.m. Behind-the-wheel times will be determined once class begins. Before class, after class, afternoons and Saturdays will be used to complete the behind-the-wheel portion of the class.

The cost of the class is $250. To reserve a seat, call Mary Albrecht at (630) 365-5100, ext. 210, before May 1.

Waubonsee to host tours

Individuals interested in enrolling at Waubonsee Community College are invited to attend an “Experience Waubonsee” session to tour the campus, meet faculty and staff, and get a taste of college life.

“Experience Waubonsee” will be held Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the college’s Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Call the Admissions Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756 or visit

Town & Country Public Library Events

320 E. North St., Elburn
(630) 365-2244

Winnie The Pooh returns
Everyone’s favorite honey lover, Winnie the Pooh, will be at the library on Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m. In partnership with Barnes & Noble of Geneva, Pooh Bear returns to the library for stories and a visit with the children.

As at previous book character visits, there will be time after the program for the kids to hug Winnie the Pooh and for Moms and Dads to take pictures. Please register your child for this program.

Donations for pets and wildlife during National Library Week
The library will take donations from patrons for Anderson Animal Shelter and Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Everyone who donates at least one item will receive a National Library Week book bag, a Watson chocolate candy bar, a $5 Petco coupon, and have his or her name entered in a drawing (one chance per person) for one of three $10 gift certificates from Petco.

Plant fundraiser
The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library annual plant fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9. Geraniums, gerbera daisies and tuberous begonias will be available for a donation of $3.75 each, or three for $11.

The plant sale will be indoors at the library. Pre-orders of flowers can be made at the library or by calling Joan Hansen at (630) 365-9217.

The Friends are also holding a Gardener’s “Green Thumb” raffle through May 9. The deluxe garden cart on display was donated by Vicki McGuire of Elburn. Additional gardener’s items donated by the Friends include a combo pack of garden tools, large planter pots, rainbow straw hat, garden pad for potting plants indoors/outdoors, garden note cards, selected gardening books and much more.

Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The drawing will be held May 9 at noon at the library.

Hesed House receives architectural windfall

With the upcoming renovation of Hesed House at its new location in Aurora, Executive Director Ryan Dowd still wonders at the good fortune of having Sugar Grove resident Jon Bieritz of JB Architecture Group step up and donate the architectural services.

Dowd and his board of directors interviewed three local architects who all provided similar quotes. However, Bieritz called Hesed House after reading a notice in the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce newsletter asking for donors. Bieritz, whose architectural firm is located in Naperville, was interviewed and offered his services at no charge. Those in the room were so shocked that they told Bieritz they would take his proposal under consideration and get back to him. Bieritz left, shaking his head at their hesitancy.

“When the offer sank in, we were ecstatic,” Dowd said. “It wasn’t hard to pick from quotes of $19,000; $20,000, $21,000 and zero.”

Since the project of redesigning the old, abandoned industrial building began, Dowd has marveled at the skill and determination of Bieritz and his staff.

“Jon and JB Architecture have been great to work with, not just because of their pro bono work, but also because of the enthusiasm that the firm brings to the project,” Dowd said. “It is uplifting to see them integrate our needs and desires with what is legally required and technically possible.”

“We have been blessed with many opportunities to create wonderful homes for our clients,” Bieritz said. “But not everyone is as fortunate. We all need a place to call home.”

Bieritz is always looking for ways to give something back to the community. While much of the JB Architecture background is in designing high-end custom homes and renovations, Bieritz and his staff felt the need to provide for those who don’t have as much.

“This opportunity sounded like the perfect fit,” Bieritz said

On Feb. 11, 2009, the first special use zoning hearing took place at the City of Aurora with a positive outcome. The interior being designed by JB Architecture is 5,000 square feet of the 37,000-square-foot building. It will also become more energy efficient. The exterior’s front is being renovated to create an attractive and updated facade,

“We didn’t want to stray too far from the building’s roots and sought to retain some of the flavor of what it had been—an older industrial building,” Bieritz said. “Our aim is to allow it to hold some of its own, original style.”

The interior will serve as a social service center that helps lift persons out of homelessness. Offices wrap the perimeter of the central conference/training room that is the focus.

“The goal is to facilitate collaboration around a homeless person’s needs,” Dowd said. It is expected that construction will begin in April 2009.

With the increasing need for more space, Hesed House purchased the abandoned building across South River Street from its current location.

“As a social service nonprofit agency on a tight budget, the response of Bieritz was an overwhelming gift for which we are extremely grateful,” Dowd said.

Making a dream come true

One of the many dreams Bruce Conley has for the Conley Farm in Kaneville is the creation of a three-season pavilion in the existing shed. This structure would be used for Conley Outreach grief programs as well as other community events. The first step in making this dream come true is to move the timber and barn beams from the shed to the corn crib.

A work day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Conley Farm, 47w085 Main Street Road, just west of Kaneville. The group will also begin getting the Conley Outreach Children’s Prayer Garden, creek beds and grounds ready for spring.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gardening tools, including shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows if possible. Clean mulch is also needed.

Future summer projects include roughing in a washroom in the pavilion and painting the exterior of the horse barn. Call Conley Outreach at (630) 365-2880 or visit

Scouts help starving children

Brownie Troop No. 535 of Sugar Grove recently visited Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. The girls helped hand-pack over 23,000 meals designed specially for starving children in Third World countries. Brownies pictured are Allison Webster, Isabella Tiani, Shelby Harper, Emily Savarese, Tessa Brennan, Nicole Kull, Kailey Krajewski, Maddie Wheatly, Grace Arnold, Adriana Mazzochi and Isabele Wimberger. The troop is led by Nadia Kull and Laura Krajewski. Courtesy Photo

Spring Bluff Nursery hosts open house

In observance of 30 years of business, Spring Bluff Nursery, 41W130 Norris Road, Sugar Grove, will hold an open house celebration on Saturday, April 25. Activities include free talks at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on spring maintenance and plant division, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on tree and shrub pruning. A demonstration on how to make decorative rabbit and squirrel guards for your plants will be held at 11 a.m.

In addition, complimentary sharpening of gardening hand tools will be offered to the public all day. A garage sale of nursery leftovers and one-of-a-kinds” will also be held. Cake and coffee will be served to celebrate the 30th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (630) 466-4278 or visit