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The Elburn Herald has been serving the Kaneland communities since 1908. To reach our editor, Keith Beebe, email info@elburnherald.com, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 105. To reach our owner/publisher, Ryan Wells, email RyanWells@elburnherald.com, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 107.

Fish fry buffet set for March 20

The American Legion Post 312 All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry is Friday, March 20, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The buffet includes baked haddock, fried perch, curly fries, fried chicken, steak fries, shrimp, fried cod, baked beans, smelt and cole slaw.

Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children. Carry-outs are $9.

Get The Facts event

In an effort to clear up misconceptions about the upcoming library referendum, a Get The Facts event will be held on Saturday, March 21, at the Sugar Grove Public Library, 54 Snow St. The library trustees and library director will be on hand between 2 and 4 p.m. to answer questions and offer facts on the referendum, which will appear on the April 7 ballot. This event is open to the public, and all voters are encouraged to attend. Voters can also pre-submit questions to library@sugargrove.lib.il.us.

For further information, call (630) 466-4686.

Real estate firm sponsors food drive

RE/MAX All Pro in Sugar Grove is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Kaneland Food Pantry, in response to community need.

Items needed include nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and paper goods.

Donated items may be dropped off at RE/MAX All Pro 330 Division St. Sugar Grove (next to Aldi on Route 47) during March. Donations may be dropped off between Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call Karen at (630) 391-4800.

Conley Outreach offers Grief Support in March

Mourning After, a self-help group for young widows and widowers (including all with children still living at home), will meet on Thursday March 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 10 of the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St. Bring a friend or support person. Child care stipends are available for parents with young children.

Friendship Night, a self-help group for grieving adults, will meet Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Great Lakes Leadership Campus, 526 Main St. in Elburn. This month’s topic will be “Meeting Your Grief Needs.” Light refreshments and a time for informal sharing will follow the group discussion.

All of these events are free. For more information or to register, call Conley Outreach at (630) 365-2880.

Matthew I. Peters

Matthew I. Peters, 73, of Midlothian, Ill., passed away March 1, 2009.

Beloved husband and best friend of Carolyn, nee McMillion; loving father of Cathy (John Reed) Clemens of Frankfort, Ill., Mike (Cathy) Peters of Sugar Grove and Bob Peters of Midlothian; cherished grandfather of Ryan, Matthew and Caleigh Clemens, Drew and Reid Peters; loving son of the late Matthew and Rose, nee Cozzie, Peters; dear brother of the late Rosemary (Edward) Huenecke and brother-in-law of Bill (Sharon) McMillion; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Matthew was a longtime coach and manager of Midlothian Baseball, the first president of St. Christopher Athletic Board, a longtime employee of the village of Midlothian, 55-year member of the Plumbers Union Local No. 130 and an avid White Sox fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Christopher Church Memorial Fund or the American Lung Association. The funeral was held Friday, March 6, at the Hickey Memorial Chapel, Midlothian, and then at St. Christopher Church for Mass. Interment was held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, March 5. Sign the guestbook at chicagotribune.com/obituaries.

Local resident named to MSOE Dean’s List

Daniel A. Neumann of Sugar Grove has been named to the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s winter quarter Dean’s List.

Neumann is earning a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering and a Bachelor of Science in construction management.

Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher are on the Dean’s List.

Sugar Grove UMC to set controlled burn

The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will organize a controlled burn of its three-acre prairie planted at the Harter Road campus, three quarters of a mile west of Route 47 and Waubonsee Community College.

The burn will take place Saturday, March 21, at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to surround the perimeter of the burn to properly manage it. Controlled burns are a common management technique to control the invasion of non-native plants and stimulate growth of native Illinois prairie grasses and flowers.

The prairie, which acts like a giant kidney to purify ground water before it seeps into nearby Blackberry Creek, has been planted over a six-year period by church members, local Boy and Girl Scouts and students from local schools.

If you are interested in helping, call the church at (630) 466-4501.

Faith Assembly invites bands to enter contest

IMPACT Youth Ministry of Faith Assembly Church in Elburn presents its first annual Battle of the Bands.

The event is open to all local, unsigned bands. The prize for first place will be recording studio time.

Applications for the bands can be requested at IMPACTYM412@yahoo. com or by calling (630) 365-9299. Auditions are by invitation only, and applications are due by Saturday, March 28.

Battle of the Bands will be held on May 16 at Faith Assembly Church, 44W555 Keslinger Road, Elburn. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 1, and are $5 in advance, or $7 at the door.

For more information, call (630) 365-9299 or e-mail.

Virgil church offers Lenten fish fries

Saints Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays through April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $9.50 ($11 for shrimp) for adults and $4 ($6 for shrimp) for children ages 5 to 10. There is no cost for children under the age of 5. Carry-out is available.

The menu consists of fried perch, baked cod, french fries, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, applesauce, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee or milk. Beer and pop are available at an extra charge. Shrimp and macaroni and cheese can be added to the regular buffet for an extra charge.

For more information or to place a carry-out order, call (630) 365-6618.

Kaneland High School honor roll

High Honor Roll

Ninth grade
Upashruti Agrawal, Lauren Allen, Dhurata Azemi, Madison Bluml, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Lauren Companiott, Leeza Corirossi, Katelyn Dudzinski, Kelly Evers, Tyler Fabrizius, Noelle Goodine, John Goodrich, Malory Groen, Courtnie Holland, Seleana Isaacs, Nicole Ketza, Sarah Kitz, Kelly Kovacic, McKinzie Mangers, Jacob Mazuc, Anna Novotny, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Karyn Ribbens, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Melissa Schmidt, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Anthony Sperando, Michael Tattoni, Valerie Tockstein, Carolina Tovar, Marissa Villafuerte, Savannah Webb, Nicholas Wielgos and Anders Winquist-Bailey

10th grade

Priscilla Aguilar, Grant Alef, Kristina Bowen, Taylor Bradbury, Jocelyn Cabral, Elaine Cannell, Alexander Chettiath, Jessica Corbett, Emily Darrow, Lacey Eberle, Caitlin Ellefsen, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Allison Grossmann, Emily Heimerdinger, Andrew Hladilek, Allison Jones, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Alexandra Leonhard, Jessica Lubic, Bernice Marsala, Katie Meuer, Richard Miller, Sarah Morgan, Megan Nauert, Keara Palpant, Brooke Patterson, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Colleen Ryan, Nicole Rymarz, Linnea Scherer, Hannah Schuppner, Bethany Swartz, Danielle Thomas, Holly D Thomas, Samantha Vazquez, Samantha Wantuch, Breanna White, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker, Michael Wille, Caitlyn Young and Cara Zagel

11th grade
Jenna Bartel, Danilo Bruno, Scott Burgholzer, Emily Butts, Megan Cline, Lindsey Dodis, Eric Dratnol, David Dudzinski, Joseph Garlinsky, Megan Gil, Tara Groen, Rebecca Hauge, Kevhlub Her, Kelly Hess, Rachael Hinds, Angela Humphrey, Amy Husk, Jaclyn Isham, Haley Johnson, Brett Ketza, Taylor Krause, Micaela Lane, Kelsey Lenhardt, Logan Markuson, Jessica McHenry, Vincent Micek, Dakota Mision, Alexandra Morefield, Joss L Nicholson, Zachary J Nolte, Alyse C Olson, Tara Olson, Kasey E Ostarello, Justin Phillips, Lisa Roberson, Erin Rodway, Paula Ross, Patrick Ruffolo, Kelly Shaw, Nikki Smith, Bradley Staker, Kevin Szatkowski, James Tarchala, Edgardo Valle and Elizabeth G Webb

12th grade
Emma Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Kathryn Banbury, Lindsay Bartel, Kathryn Bergman, Kelly Davies, Paul Davies, Stacey Davis, Samantha Dixon, Lindsay Douglas, Samantha Eichelberger, Alyssa Galvan, Ashley Girard, Erica Hankes, Erin Hanold, Devin Mae Heath, Jordan Herra, Alexa Hill, Michael Jenny, Krista Johnson, Leina Kameyama, Emily Kenkel, William King, Casey Komel, Christopher Kovacic, Kathleen Kuhar, Anna Limbrick, Curtis Lubic, Briana Minogue, Alexandra Olson, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Perren Palpant, Kelaine Patterson, Michael Pritchard, Jacqueline Ream, Bryan Renaud, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Joseph Ruppel, Kristen Sanecki, William Schaid, Meghan Schiber, Kyle Slamans, Jeffrey Smith, Katherine Smith, Daniel Spence, Joseph Spitzzeri, Jessica Stebbins, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar, Lauren Whittaker, Ashley Wilczynski, Yastintorn Wongwoottisar, Victoria Yurachek and Jennifer Zmrhal

Honor Roll

Ninth grade
Rebecca Arnold, Alessandra Aurelio, Lindsey Baker, Raymond Barry, Lilly Berrend, Melissa Bohorquez, Jordyn Boley, Jonathan Brandt, Acalia Cleaver, Ashley Cottier, Ashley Diddell, Zachary Douglas, Brian Edwards, Ariel Geraghty, Jacob Ginther, Kristen Glover, Ryan Goodenough, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Samantha Hansen, Trever Heinle, Christina Janes, Thomas King, Denitza Kolev, Ryan Kolk, Kaitlyn Kolzow, Benjamin Kovalick, Steven Krafft, James Langeness, Cesar Lazcano, Diana Lilliebridge, Mark Linden, Austin McElderry, Kayley McPhee, James Miller, Julianne Miller, Jessica Muranyi, Anna Olson, Sierra Perteete, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Jordan Phillips, Kyle Prost, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Alexa Reger, Nathan Rehkopf, Josias Rodriguez, Nicholas Rodriguez, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Demi Schlehofer, Angela Schramer, Dana Schultz, Veronica Seawall, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Molly Speckman, Brandon Stahl, Kayla Staley, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Mackenzie Theisen, Catherine Tolan, Kalani Tovar, Bryan Van Bogaert, Shannon Wallace, Mercedes Walper, Kathleen Werrline, Taylor White, Jordyn Withey and Elliot Witt

10th grade
Athina Ajazi, Taylor Andrews, Sarah Arnold, Ashley Augusty, Sydney Bilotta, Stephanie Breen, Tyler Callaghan, Cory Clausen, Shaela Collins, Stefanie Contreras, Lauren Crites, Mackenzie Curran, Delaney Diffendal, Nicholas Dodis, Michelle Dugan, Tyler Esposito, Amy Fabrizius, Matthew Gamalski, Damien Gilbert, Hayley Guyton, Amanda Helfers, Anna Henrichs, Kelsey James, Kellie Johnson, Pamela Katsigiannis, Dylan Keith, John Kintz, Kristen Krajewski, Corey Landers, Cameron LeBlanc, Christian Limbo, Keagan Mattes, Janelle McClard, Mark Merfeld, Danielle Micek, Abby Michels, Kaitlin Munyon, Oscar Oceguera, Nicole Ott, Angela Parillo, Angelica Perez, Alyson Rehr, Mackenzie Rich, Alicia Robinson, Keith Runde, Ariela Saltijeral, Amanda Schiff, Joshua Schuberg, Elizabeth Smith, Briana Stark, Charlene Steininger, Andrea Strang, Brooke Thompson, Erich Turk, Morgan Wagner, Valerie Zavala and Kelsey Zollinger

11th grade
Samantha Assell, Randi Bader, Robert Bergstrom, Chloe Bluml, Alison Boan, Dennis Brettman, Derek Bus, Edgar Celaya, Kristyn Chapman, Trace Chiropolos, Stephen Colombe, Brittany Davis, David Eckhardt, Olivia Emmanouil, Olivia Fabrizius, Angela Filippin, Kalina Flamand, Dominic Furco, Sabrina Gabriele, Lily Garrison, Jeffrey Gillett, Dylan Good, Trever Grimoldby, Tyler Hochsprung, Kevin Hodge, Katlin Howard, Samantha Johnson, Lindsay Kahl, Elizabeth Kennedy, Kevin Krasinski, Tessa Kuipers, Molly Lambert, Robert Langeness, Caitlin Larson, Tiera Lee, Brandie Mattice, Melanie Mazuc, Donald McLennan, Alyssa Novy, Thomas Orr, Kylen Pattermann, Sean Paulick, Trent Pierson, Jessica Raines, Trevor Reece, Matthew Reusche, Chelsea Roberts, Erin Rocha, Michelle Rodgers, Ryan Shumway, George Spirakis, Ryan Stasell, Daniel Steinmiller, Cody Stults, Natalie Swieca, Xavier Torres-Valdovinos, Abigayle VanDerHeyden, Donavan Williams, Molly Jo Zahnle and Nicholas Zimmer

12th grade
Jason Allen, Jacob Astin, Garrett Austin, Alec Barnes, Benjamin Bradford, Michael Chavez, Emily Curran, Caitlin Del Rosario, Christian Dillon, Kelsey Fletcher, Dalton Fowler, Matthew Galica, Lindsay Gierke, Mallory Gigl, Sarah Goodrich, Sally Gorenz, Kristen Hamer, Laura Hansen, Sarah Harant, Adrian Hernandez, Erin Heyob, Jonathon Hodge, Rebecca Holloman, Mallory Huml, Hayden Johnson, Lydia King, Meghan Krajewski, Amanda Kummerow, Angeline Tracy Limbo, Robert Locke, Chassidy Mangers, Sarah Markham, Marcus Mattice, Kathleen Moravcik, Brenda Myers, Michael Nguyen, Evan Olson, Daniela Parra, Katelyn Pietraszak, Troy Pritchard, Assad Qasim, Frank Reyes, Victoria Robinson, Paige Rogers, Brody Root, Sara Rose, Lucas Ross, Luis Ruiz, Kristen Rusnok, Christopher Schuberg, Jessica Snow, Zachary Stavinsky, Cristofer Vargas, Zachary VerVynck, Matthew Weaver, Rick White, Brian Whitesell, Mariella Zavala, Joanna Zielinski and Dana Zimmer

Letter: Trying to save teachers’ jobs

This is driving me crazy! With our economy tanked, we need to preserve jobs. I am still trying to save teachers jobs at Kaneland School District 302.

I believe there is a way to do this if the teachers and the School Board work together. I have not had any confirmed information that the teachers rejected my suggestion briefly outlined in my letter to the editor (Feb. 19, 2009) but I have been told it was discussed and rejected. At the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 26, 2009, Kaneland Administration stated they were still planning to terminate teachers.

At the School Board meeting held on Feb. 9, 2009, there were discussions about finding ways to improve cash flow. While some cash could be found to help cash flow caused by a shortfall of about $1,500,000 attributed to state funding commitments not made, it would be insufficient to prevent the termination of some of the teachers.

However, the School Board could show good faith in making a commitment to follow the advice of their financial expert, which would provide cash. From what I heard, the cash made available would not have any negative impact on operating expenses, but it could be used for teacher’s salaries if the School Board chose to do so.

My take on this situation is the School Board could follow the advice of their financial expert and the teachers could elect to defer the salary increases granted during the last negotiations. Thus, teacher’s jobs would be saved. All are winners; most of all are the students.

H. Jack Hansen
Elburn

Kids collect weight in food for area food pantry

The kids at the Kaneville United Methodist Church have been challenged by Sunday school superintendent Carol Alfrey to collect their weight in food and other nonperishables this Lenten Season for the Kaneland Area Food Pantry in Elburn. Last Sunday, all children and youth were weighed to determine their goal -approximately 1000 lbs. If they meet their goal, they will be treated to a “Make Your Own Sundae” Sunday after Easter.

The KUMC kids are asking the entire Kaneville community to help them with this important local mission project. Collection boxes have been placed at the Kaneville Library and at the Kaneville Community Child Center at the Community Center. In addition, the kids will be picking up donations door to door in Kaneville on Wednesday, March 18, between 6-7pm. If you have donations for pick up, please contact the church at (630) 557-2353 by Monday, March 16.

The Food Pantry is now being used by over 45 families each week. They are especially in need of cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, canned entrees, juice, canned meats, fruit, and vegetables, cookies, paper goods and coffee.

Letter: Planning, preparation keys to successful village

Planning and preparation are the keys to careful management of the continued pressures of growth on Elburn. In the late-90s, Elburn was still a sleepy little farm town, but ever since the millennium, the westward expansion of development has become a force to be reckoned with.

Elburn has grown from just under 2,000 residents in the late-90s to an official census count of 4,721. When the next census is taken, that number will surely surpass the 5,000 mark. The Planning Commission and the Village Board have worked diligently over the last 15 years with the developers, both commercial and residential, to form the village into what it is today. The vision of “better, not just bigger” has been the mantra we have held to.

The village’s policy to allow development only within Elburn’s “Emerald Necklace” borders of Welch Creek, Blackberry Creek and Virgil Ditch, before annexing any land beyond this, allows us to keep and carefully manage our growth within those natural boundaries.

Aggressive land acquisition has become the bane of some of our neighboring communities—a trap we have been careful to avoid. No land is annexed into our village until a carefully negotiated pre-annexation agreement is entered into with a developer to insure that sufficient impact fees for essential services and other amenities are provided, that the development is consistent with our sense of place and community and that the build-out will be constantly monitored through staged phases as a planned unit development.

Developers are always encouraged to present their plans knowing that they must meet these guidelines. We, as your elected village officials, are committed to developing with thoughtfulness and diligent attention to the impact we will have on our present residents and on our future generations. While the housing market has slowed, our commercial development continues to remain healthy. Route 47 continues to be our primary retail corridor, while North Street is home to our governmental bodies. I encourage every citizen to go to the Village Hall or Elburn’s website and take a look at some of the existing and proposed developments.

Thoughtful planning and preparation, these words will continue to serve us well as we cross in to the second decade of the second millennium.

Patricia Romke
Candidate
Village President of Elburn

Kaneland Trivia Night, auction fundraiser

The Kaneland Trivia Night and Auction Fundraiser is Saturday, March 21, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Elburn Lion’s Club.

Food and refreshements will be served.

Tickets will be sold individually or as tables of eight. There will be prizes, raffles, and live and silent auction. Cost is $25 per person. A limited number of tickets are available, so reserve early. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Send ticket requests and payment to Kaneland Sports Boosters, c/o Melanie Kuhar, 1909 Spring Valley Drive, Elburn, IL 60119, or call Melanie at (630) 365-9003.

Craft show benefit

“A Breath of Spring Arts and Crafts Faire” will be held Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House.

The show will feature authentic, original handmade arts and crafts created by the 40 participants in the show. Visitors will find a selection of Easter and spring decorations for the home; fabric goods such as sweaters and baby clothes; pottery, jewelry, children’s items and many gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day.

One the participating artists is Denise Murphy of Bettendorf, Iowa. Denise creates one-of-a-kind mosaics using paper. Photographer Tom Silberg, a resident of Sugar Grove, offers original photos of various seasonal landscape and nature settings, as well as greeting-size cards with reduced-size photos inserted. Robin Kittleson of Geneva is a fused-glass artist offering vases and dishes of various colored glass.

The Catering Gourmet of Sugar Grove will be on the lower level, offering lunch and snacks during the day.

There will be a selection of items donated by the crafters, as well as by local businesses for a raffle. The $1 admission fee and the money raised by the raffle will be donated to Conley Outreach. Any businesses still wishing to participate in the raffle may still do so by e-mailing kd3627@hotmail.com.

More information may be found at www.conleyoutreach.org.

Knights Wrestling club a late-season force

Twenty-two wrestlers represented the Knights Wrestling Club at the IKWF Sectional wrestling tournament in Rochelle on Saturday, coming away with eight place winners and advancing three to this weekend’s state tournament in Rockford.

The championship round was a thriller in the Senior (13-14) division, even in the matches where the Knights came up short on the scoreboard. Dan Goress (108) was :01 late on a takedown that would have forced overtime in a 6-4 loss. Esai Ponce (89) also fell just shy in the finals, losing 2-0. Zach Theis (177) pinned his way back to third place, also qualifying for state. Joe Brasfield (156) and Nick Sharp (215) earned fourth-place medals.

Nathan Sowers (115) was the lone place winner for the Knights in the Novice (11-12) division, wrestling to a fourth-place finish.

In the Intermediate (8-10) division, Riley Vanik (95) earned three wins and a technical fall to win the 30-team tournament and be crowned Sectional Champion. Zack Bosek (89) won two matches with pins, and finished in fourth place.

Goress, Ponce and Theis will try to bring home state place medals this weekend.

Wildlife center hosts baby shower

The Fox Valley Wildlife Center is holding a baby shower to prepare for the orphaned birds and mammals that will be coming into their care this year.

The baby shower will take place Sunday, March 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wildlife Center, located in the Elburn Woods Forest Preserve on Route 38, west of Route 47 in Elburn. Snacks and beverages will be served, and children can participate in fun activities and craft projects. Guests will also have a chance to visit with the Fox Valley Wildlife Center’s education animals.

Please bring a shower gift for the animals from the center’s wish list, available at www.foxvalleywildlife.org/help_us/.

Reservations are not necessary. For more information, call (630) 365-3800.

WCC women’s hoops earns Skyway honors

Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball team had three players recognized recently by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC). Lisa McQuade and Sarah O’Leary were each selected to the All-ISCC First Team, while the Lady Chiefs’ Shar Tate was tabbed Honorable Mention All-ISCC.

McQuade, a 5’8” sophomore guard, led the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference in scoring, averaging 18.3 points-per-game. The Yorkville High School graduate also nailed 45 three-pointers, grabbed 4.6 rebounds, dished out 2.1 assists and recorded 25 steals in conference play.

O’Leary, a 5’8” freshman guard, tallied 14.8 points and pulled down 8.9 rebounds per contest in ISCC action. The left-hander also averaged 2.4 steals and 2.7 assists a game while making 73 percent of her foul shots.

Tate, a 6’0” sophomore center, booked 7.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. The Aurora West High School graduate also blocked 29 shots over 14 league games.

Waubonsee finished the season 10-19 overall and placed sixth in the eight-team Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. The Lady Chiefs received the number seven-seed in the Region IV Division II District K Tournament and lost in the first round at second-seeded Illinois Valley Community College 63-53 on Feb. 26.

Conley Outreach offers Grief Support in March

Mourning After, a free self-help group for young widows and widowers (including all with children still living at home), will meet on Thursday March 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 10 of the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St. Bring a friend or support person. Child care stipends are available for parents with young children.

Friendship Night, a self-help group for grieving adults, will meet Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Great Lakes Leadership Campus, 526 Main St. in Elburn. This month’s topic will be “Meeting Your Grief Needs.” Light refreshments and a time for informal sharing will follow the group discussion.

All of these events are free. For more information or to register, call Conley Outreach at (630) 365-2880.

Historical society celebrates 25 years

Join the celebration at the Bliss House, 259 Main St., Sugar Grove, as members celebrate 25 years on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. After a historical overview, Lt. Dwight Randall of the Kane County Sheriff’s Department will tell the group about the new county jail building.

Visit the Bliss House on Tuesdays,1 to 4 p.m.

Maple sugaring event held March 15

Come celebrate one of the sweetest signs of spring—maple sugaring—with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

The group will perform the time-honored tradition of maple tapping Sunday, March15, at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. This fun, free event runs from noon to 4 p.m.

Naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at drilling and setting a tap. We’ll simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup. During the “Sugarin’ Time” hike, you’ll learn how to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees. Plus, we’ll explore the art, science and folklore of the “sugar bush,” or maple grove, from early Native American times to the modern sugaring industry. You won’t want to miss this popular family-friendly event.

The Maple Sugaring Festival is cosponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the local Slow Food organization. For more information, call (847) 741-8350 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

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The Kaneland Cagers 5th Grade Black team wrapped up its season by sweeping five games in the Grayslake Feeder Basketball Tournament held Feb. 27 through March 1 enroute to becoming tournament champions. The Cagers won the championship game 35-17 against the Highland Park Giants. The team finished the season with a 27-9 record. Bottom row: Jake Marczuk, Ross Cortino, Ryan David, Austin Vickery, Austin Kintz. Top row: Tanner Van Horn, Mitchel Groen, Dylan Vaca, Jake Gomes, Nick Soucie. Courtesy Photo

Real estate firm sponsors food drive

RE/MAX All Pro in Sugar Grove is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Kaneland Food Pantry, in response to community need.

Items needed include nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and paper goods.

Donated items may be dropped off at RE/MAX All Pro 330 Division St. Sugar Grove (next to Aldi on Route 47) during the entire month of March. Donations may be dropped off between Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call Karen at (630) 391-4800.

Cemetery seeks input

Blackberry Township Cemetery is seeking community input regarding how to celebrate the cemetery 150th anniversary.

Fred Dornback, cemetery superintendent and sexton, will host a meeting on Saturday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Blackberry Township Hall, 43W390 Main Street Road in Elburn. The purpose of this exploratory meeting is to see if there is community interest in having a special celebration in conjunction with the 150th anniversary in spring/summer 2010.

The exploratory committee will meet for no more than 90 minutes to determine if, when, where and how the community might commemorate this special occasion in history. Coffee, tea, juice and morning snacks will be provided.

If interested, call the cemetery office at (630) 365-6089 or e-mail us at cemetary@blackberrytwp.com.

Nominations sought for Waubonsee awards

Nominations are now being sought for Waubonsee Community College’s 2009 Distinguished Contributor and Distinguished Alumnus awards. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3, and should be submitted to Teri Leatherbury, WCC executive assistant to the president, by calling (630) 466-7900, ext. 5703, or by e-mailing tleatherbury@waubonsee.edu. Official nominating forms are available at www.waubonsee.edu.

Distinguished Contributor Award
The Distinguished Contributor Award annually honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions or given exemplary support to Waubonsee Community College. The person has supported the general operation of the college in either a personal or professional capacity, which has contributed to the overall growth and expansion of the college’s mission. The nominee’s commitment has enhanced a program, the operation and/or future development of the college that went beyond the ordinary, and such results would not have occurred without that special effort. The college staff, community residents and officials or community college leaders must also recognize the person as having made an extraordinary commitment to promote the college and its mission. The nominee must have documented evidence of contributions to the community and/or the educational community. Employees and retirees of Waubonsee Community College are not eligible to receive this award.

Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is an award for outstanding graduates of Waubonsee Community College. It honors a graduate who shows evidence of personal/professional support for the college, its growth, development and mission. The individuals must have documented evidence of a distinguished record in their chosen profession and/or occupation; documented evidence of contributions and service to their community; and have demonstrated a continued interest in lifelong education.

Homemakers group gathers March 12

The March meeting of the Country Cousins Unit of the Kane County Association for Home and Community Education will be held on Thursday, March 12, at the Elburn Town and Country Library. The meeting will convene at 12:30 p.m. with hostesses Helen Eggert and Carol Kleckner. The lesson for the day will be “Fruits and Vegetables.”

For information, call (630) 365-2209.

Wasco Diamonds open 15th season

The Wasco Diamonds fast pitch girls travel softball, founded 15 years ago by Joe Garbarski, is set to open the 2009 season.

The program has grown from two teams in 1995, to an eight team, elite program. The Wasco Diamonds have sent 40 teams to National Championships, have had numerous top 20 finishes and eight top 10 finishes throughout the years. In 2008, the 10U team finished second at the ASA 10U Northern Nationals in South Bend, Ind., and the 11U team won their first National Championship in St. Louis, Mo., with an eight-game sweep at the 2008 11U USSSA World Series.

The Wasco Diamonds have eight teams that were selected from a field of 145 girls at try-outs last August. Teams consist of 104 players of the best athletes in the Fox Valley area, from 41 towns and 48 different schools. Teams have been practicing since the fall of 2008, and many teams participated in fall tournaments. The Diamonds 16U and 18U teams participated in some of the most regarded College Exposure Tournaments in the country, sending the two 16U teams and the 18U team to the St. Louis Softball Showcase, the NFCA Homer Hawks College Exposure Extravaganza and the Sparks Pumpkin Fest College Exposure.

Throughout the winter months, players practiced weekly as teams, as well as separately with hitting, catching and pitching instructors. Many of the players attended local college camps and some out-of-state camps (Michigan State, Purdue, Kentucky, Northwestern, Loyola and Florida State University). The ’96 Wasco Diamonds team participated in the 14U “A” USSSA Winter Nationals in Kissimmee, Fla. over Presidents Day Weekend, bringing home a fourth-place finish. With the opening of the IHSA softball season, four teams have ended winter practices. Wasco Diamond teammates are for now rivals — North vs. East, South vs. Central and will have to wait to re-join each other until the early part of June after the IHSA State Tournament.

While the younger ages continue to practice indoors, the organization is finalizing the 2009 Wasco Diamonds Fastpitch Classic, held May 22-24, for the 10U, 12U and 14U age groups. Over 30 teams from Northern Illinois will participate, and the tournament has been full since the last week of January.

The Diamonds officially open the 2009 season on April 11 at noon at the Anderson Fields on Brown Road in Wasco. The public is invited to come out and watch, feel the excitement, energy and enthusiasm of these young athletes. For more schedule information and for 2010 tryout information, visit the website at www.wascodiamonds.com.

Lunch Bunch gathers March 17

The annual St. Pat’s meal will be served at Kaneville’s Lunch Bunch, Tuesday, March 17. Corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, Irish bread, dessert and beverages are on the menu. The cost of this special meal is $6. Reservations by Saturday, March 14, are necessary. For more information, call (630) 557-2220.

Field of Dreams hosts Bunco tournament

Field of Dreams Horse Rescue & Adoption, a local nonprofit, all-volunteer horse rescue barn in Elburn, is hosting a Bunco Tournament on Friday, March 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Campton Township Community Center.

The community center is located at 5N082 Old LaFox Road In Campton Hills, near the intersection of Route 64 and Old La Fox Road. Organizers are looking for teams and individual players to compete for cash and raffle prizes. Registration is $25 per player.

To register, call Chris Biederer at (847) 431-6302.