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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.

Bike-to-Metra guide

The village of Elburn, in cooperation with the League of Illinois Bicyclists, is producing a Bike-to-Metra guide for the village. The guide will contain a map with preferred bicycle routes around the Metra station, as well as bicycling and railroad safety tips.

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

The guide was made possible and is 100 percent funded by the Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS) grant from the Illinois Commerce Commission. This guide will educate bicyclists and drivers about railroad and roadway safety with the goal of reducing railroad trespassing incidents.

Letter: 2009 Corn Boil seeks volunteers, donations

The 2009 Sugar Grove Corn Boil hometown celebration is off to a wonderful start.

We have great new bands lined up, an exciting new carnival coming to town, free activities for kids and adults and the best darn fireworks display in the area, thanks to the Sugar Grove Lions Club.

The Corn Boil Committee is working hard to keep our tradition of family fun and entertainment at family affordable prices.

We need volunteers every year, and this year is no exception. So if you were waiting for an invitation to join in and volunteer in whatever way you can in your hometown event, here it is. Call the Corn Boil hotline at (630) 466-5166 and leave your name and number, and a volunteer will call you back.

Local business people have been extremely generous to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, but even they have limits. So if you can’t volunteer to work for a few hours, maybe you would like to make a contribution to the fireworks. Local businesspeople and residents who have enjoyed past firework displays or who plan to come this year are invited to make any size donation they can afford. Donations can be sent to The Sugar Grove Corn Boil, P O Box 225, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Checks should be made out to The Sugar Grove Lions Club.

A surprise to most people is that the not-for-profit Corn Boil Committee donates everything, except seed money for the next year’s event, back to local groups and organizations right here in Sugar Grove.

Sponsorship will be needed more than ever this year. Please visit our website often, as it is ever changing. It can be found at So save the dates July 25, 26 and 27, and join us for an inexpensive family mini vacation without leaving town.

Kevin M. Geary
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thanks for support

I would like to thank all the people that supported me. It was disappointing not to be re-elected. However, I am honored and proud to have served the village of Elburn for eight years as their trustee.

I also want to congratulate Dave Anderson, Ken Anderson Jr., Jerry Schmidt and Jeff Walter for their election to the Village Board.

Tom Burgholzer

Letter: Thank you, Elburn!

I want to thank the voters of Elburn for getting out to vote on Tuesday, April 7, and especially for entrusting the care of the village to myself and the other newly elected board members.

Electing three new members to the board sends a strong message, and please rest assured that your message has been received. I am looking forward to working with the new board president and all of the other trustees to build on the great things that have been done and to further the vision of making Elburn into the community that everyone who lives here brags about.

I also want to thank my wife, Carrie, and my family, without whose support and encouragement I would not be in the great place that I am today. Thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who supported me by putting out signs, by talking to their friends and neighbors and by voting.

Again, thank you for this incredible opportunity to serve you, the village of Elburn.

Jeff Walter

WCC offers free concerts

Waubonsee Community College will present four free concerts in the auditorium of the college’s Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. No advance tickets are required.

The Steel Drum Band takes the stage Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., while the Waubonsee Chorale will perform on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. The Jazz Ensemble and Rock Band will each perform 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, respectively.

Call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2500.

FVCC Students of the Month

Kaneland High School students Patrick Brennan (Auto Technology II) and Cassie Wilson (Early Childhood I) were named Students of the Month for March 2009. To receive this honor, students are selected by their program instructors for demonstrating the ability to do excellent work and accomplish goals for their particular career training during the past month.

Wartburg Castle Singers to tour Brazil

The Wartburg College Castle Singers of Waverly, Iowa, will present concerts throughout Brazil during the college’s one-month May term. The Castle Singers includes Stephanie Anderson of Elburn. She is the daughter of Robin and Linda Anderson.

The vocal jazz ensemble scheduled music workshops and concerts from April 25 through May 14. Stops include Porto Alegre, Ivoti, La Jeado, Joinville, Curitiba, Rio, Novo Hamburgo and more.

Accompanied by a rhythm section, the Castle Singers specialize in all types of vocal jazz music, from swing and blues to Latin and cool. Singers are chosen by audition and represent most of the college’s major areas of academic study.

Calvary Episcopal hosts plant, yard sale

Calvary Episcopal Church will host its annual Plant and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time the church will also host 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

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.

This benefit 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.

Curves donates 4,000 pounds of food

Curves of Geneva and its clients donated more than 4,000 pounds of food to the St. Peter Community Food Pantry.

The need for help from food pantries is greater than ever. Curves’ clients literally doubled the amount of food donated this year over last year.

Steffanie Barringer, owner of Curves of Geneva, said the food drive was a contest between the Curves in Elgin and the Curves in Geneva. The losing manager promised to wear purple hair for a day. Steffanie and Elgin manager Stephanie Ross agreed their members did so well, they each wore purple hair for a day.

“We are just happy to be able to help those in need during this economic slump. We both have great, caring members,” Barringer said.

“We greatly appreciate the generous donation from Curves,” said Joe Cannizzaro, who is one of the pantry leaders. “Since last summer the number of families utilizing the pantry has increased by 30 percent.”

The ministry currently provides food and hygiene items to 275 families twice a month. St. Peter Community Food Pantry has been serving the Fox Valley for more than 20 years and is run by a 100 percent volunteer workforce. The church donates the space and other operating expenses. Monetary and nonperishable food and hygiene items come from church members and food drives organized by local organizations and businesses. Questions about the pantry or inquiries about hosting a food drive can be directed to St. Peter parish center at (630) 232-0124, ext. 444.

Bliss Road Closure Update

The Kane County Department of Transportation begins major work on Monday, April 20 at the intersection at Bliss and Merrill roads. Bliss Road from Route 47 to Main Street Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday for four months. The Sugar Grove Police Department will be as active as possible in strictly enforcing local traffic only.

The detour rerouting of traffic away from the area means increased traffic on neighboring streets and subdivisions (and their neighbors). With the nicer weather and school out soon for the summer, children will be out playing, riding their bikes and crossing streets to get to their friends, the park, or chasing a lost ball into streets. Village President Sean Michels asks that residents and others take special precautions in driving through these neighborhoods.

The improvements to the intersection will improve motorists’ visibility and will ultimately mean safer driving for all in the area, Michels said.

source: press release

Sugar Grove Police catch Jewel thief

Jewel thief caught in act Police searching for accomplice

Timothy M. Fredericksen, 40, of the 2400 Block of N. Farnsworth, Aurora was arrested for felony retail theft at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 when Sugar Grove police caught him running from the Jewel-Osco Food store on Route 47 and Galena Blvd. in Sugar Grove.

Jewel-Osco employees contacted the police to report that Fredericksen had walked out of the store pushing a cart with bottles of liquor worth more than $300. As employees followed him from the store, a female accomplice fled in her vehicle leaving Fredericksen standing in the parking lot. Fredericksen abandoned the cart and fled on foot. He was taken into custody by police about two blocks from the scene.

Police are still searching for the accomplice who was described as a white female with grey hair and a white shirt.

Nine charged after party is broken up

Nine juveniles and adults were charged after Sugar Grove police, with assistance from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, broke up a party shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Sutton Court in Sugar Grove. Upon arrival in the area, police located several minors who had been at the party, and some had consumed alcohol. Police then gained consent to enter the residence, where they located other minors that were hiding in closets or behind furniture.

In using portable breath testing equipment, police found that some of the offenders had breath alcohol concentrations as high as 0.16, twice the legal limit.

Charged under a local ordinance with consumption of alcohol by a minor:
David Lehman, 19, of the 1000 Block of Geneva Drive, Geneva; Andrew Liddell, 19, of the 2800 Block of Woodside Ct. Aurora; Dana Zimmer, 17, of the 600 Block of Carlisle Ct. Sugar Grove; Savanna Castillo, 17, of the 300 Block of Sutton Ct. Sugar Grove; Michael Naydenoff, 18, of the ON300 Block of Sulley Drive, Geneva.

Jasmeen Castillo, 24, Connie Castillo, 22, of the 300 Block of Sutton Ct. and Anthony Westbrook, 21, of Mooseheart, were all charged under local ordinance with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Additionally, Connie Castillo was charged with obstructing justice.

Eric Castillo, of the 300 Block of Sutton Court, Sugar Grove, was charged under Illinois state statute with obstructing a peace officer, unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, and unlawfully permitting a minor to become intoxicated. Eric Castillo posted bond and was released with a court date of May 1, 2009 in the Aurora Branch Court.

Those charged under local ordinance will be charged fines ranging from $70 to $160.

Troop 7 celebrates 85 years

March 1 was a day of celebration for Boy Scout Troop 7 in Elburn. An 85th anniversary dinner and Court of Honor was held at Kaneland High School and attended by nearly 200 people. The attendees included past and present Troop 7 members and leaders along with their families, including the Mayor of Elburn, Dr. Jim Willey (adult volunteer) and Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels (Troop 7 Senior Patrol Leader and Life Scout).

The afternoon program, emceed by Senior Patrol Leader John Michek, included remarks by Elburn Village President Jim Willey, who issued a proclamation setting March 1, 2009, as Boy Scout Troop 7 Day in Elburn.

Former Scoutmaster Charles Schmidt presented the Eagle Scout award to Sam McQuilkin. Based upon current records, 81 Troop 7 members have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since the 1924 chartering. A total of 24 Eagle Scouts were present and recognized during the celebration-20 of whom were from Troop 7. Recognized also were Troop 7 scoutmasters, of which there have been 24.

Plaques were presented to three special friends of Troop 7: Tom Spalding, Randy Ream/Elburn Market and the Needham family, honoring them for their outstanding support and service to the Troop. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the volunteers who compose the Troop Committee and the committee which planned the 85th celebration. Also recognized were the sponsors of the event, C&D Auto Body and Fleck & Ulrich LTD of Elburn.

A video montage depicting each of the 12 Scout Laws was shown during the reception and dinner, along with a slide show of Troop 7 activities, created by Troop Historian Andrew Carroll.

Adult leaders displayed Scout uniforms dating back as far as the 1950s, Boy Scout books from their days as Scouts and various badges and patches. Each patrol set up a display to demonstrate a typical campsite: a tent, backpack, cooking equipment and knots that would be used around the camp.

Concluding the afternoon’s ceremonies was the Court of Honor, presenting merit badges, rank advancements, an Ad Altare Dei award and Philmont scarves to the Scouts of Troop 7.

The Community Congregational Church of Elburn is the chartering organization and has provided support and meeting space to the Troop for 85 years.

Letter: Violence is avoidable

The recent rash of horrible homicides and homicide/suicide incidents nationally has made all of us aware of just how important mental health and the services supporting mental health are in these chaotic times.

Many recent incidences of fatal violence appear to be the result of the stress, strain and ultimate despair for the individual involved. The bad news is that the times may not get better real soon. The good news is that violence, as a result of depression and despair, can be avoided.

In south Kane County, we are blessed to have not one, but two resources for those mentally in crisis. The first would be the Fox Valley Crisis Line, (630) 482-9393, operated by the Association for Individual Development. The second is the Suicide Hotline (1-800-SUICIDE or (630) 482-9696) provided through Suicide Prevention Services. These crisis services are supported by Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc. and the townships of Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Blackberry, Kaneville, Sugar Grove and Virgil with your local tax dollars.

If you or a family member are considering harming yourself or someone else, please call one of these numbers and get the professional support or help you need in order to prevent a serious tragedy. Violence due to anxiety and depression is preventable with the right help. Please ask for help to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Jerry J. Murphy
Executive Director
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc.
Local Mental Health Board for south Kane County

Letter: Thank you for your encouragement, vote

Now that the election results are in, and the campaign signs are put away, I would like to take the time to say thank you to those who encouraged me to run for the position of Sugar Grove trustee, assisted with my campaign, opened their doors to discuss issues with me and took the time out of their day to vote for me.

During the past month, I have knocked on approximately 1,200 doors to talk to Sugar Grove residents about the many issues that concern them and can honestly say that the people of Sugar Grove were eager to welcome me into their homes, discuss issues affecting their respective neighborhoods and share their visions for the future of the village.

This was a humbling experience for me and reinforced the reason why I moved to Sugar Grove 15 years ago. I would also like to congratulate the other candidates that were re-elected and commend all candidates for running such clean campaigns and sticking to the issues. I look forward to the challenges I will face during the next four years and hope to play a significant part in making Sugar Grove an even better place to live than it already is.

Rick Montalto
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thank you for your vote of confidence

I would like to thank the voters for their vote of confidence on April 7, when I was re-elected village president. I am excited about the future of Sugar Grove and look forward to serving as village president for the next four years.

I would also like to thank my wife, Valerie, and kids, as well as my friends, old and new, for their hard work on my behalf to get me re-elected.

A local election is no longer a one-person project. The work to get information out door-to-door, make phone calls, place yard signs and so on, is a lot of work for a village the size of Sugar Grove. As the saying goes, many hands make light work.

Just because the election is over doesn’t mean that I am not listening or willing to answer questions. I am always available to talk about what is going on around town. Please feel free to contact me through the village’s website, attend a board meeting or join me at a Coffee with the Mayor event to ask your questions. I enjoy talking about the future of the village.

Again, I sincerely appreciate the trust that you have bestowed in me, and I look forward to serving the next four years.

P. Sean Michels
Village President
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thank you for supporting our pancake breakfast

The Maple Park and Countryside Fire Protection District members would like to say thank you to all of the businesses that sponsored our pancake breakfast and to everyone that attended.

It is greatly appreciated to see the wonderful support that we receive from our community. The proceeds from the breakfast will be used to help us purchase Advanced Life Support equipment to be used on our ambulance starting in November of this year.

With your support we will continue to work towards providing our community with the best service and care possible. Again, thank you for making our breakfast a great success.

Kevin Peterson
Fire Chief
Maple Park and Countryside
Fire Protection District


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Kaneland musical instrument donation drive

The Kaneland Musical Instrument Donation Drive will be from April 19 to 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

Waubonsee to host campus 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.

For more information or to RSVP, visit or call the Admissions Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

Youth Football Cheerleading

The next registration date for Kaneland Youth Football and Cheerleading will be on Saturday, April 18 at Kaneland High School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information: Flag Football: Ages 5 – 6, Cost $50; Football: Ages 7 – 12, Cost $200; Cheerleading: Ages 6 – 13, Cost $150.

An additional $25 volunteer fee per family will be collected at registration. For further information, contact Cyndi Regnier at (815) 827-3033.

Kaneville Lunch Bunch

The Kaneville Lunch Bunch will meet Tuesday, April 21, at noon in the village room of the community center. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert for $5. All area persons are welcome. Call Food for Thought at (630) 557-2220 by Saturday for reservations.

KHS offers talent show

KHS offers talent show
Kaneland High School will stage its eighth annual talent show Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There will be student singers, dancers, bands and much more. Admission is $5 each.

Rainforest comes to town

The Kaneland John Shields School in Sugar Grove will be transformed into a tropical rain forest on Thursday, April 23.

Touring under the name “Live on Stage, The Rain Forest,” the show will make attendees think they are right in the middle of the tropical rain forest with the sights and sounds of the Amazon region.

This comedy animal show will perform at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.

Kaneland invites chorus members of past, present

Past members of the KHS chorus are invited to perform with the current chorus at the conclusion of the Kaneland 50th Anniversary Convocation in the high school auditorium on Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. The past and present members will join in the singing of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

The high school chorus and band will perform with alumna Christine Heath (1991), a nationally and internationally recognized soprano who performs both musical theater and opera.

Lions host Bingo night

The Elburn Lions Club hosts a Bingo night every Friday night at the clubhouse. The doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. Thirteen regular games are offered as well as three progressive and one split the pot raffles.

Food and drink are available for purchase. Proceeds go towards Campaign SightFirst II, a worldwide Lions fundraising campaign to fight preventable and reversible blindness.

Call (630) 365-6315 for more information.