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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.

Kaneland W.I.N.S. meets March 17

Kaneland W.I.N.S. (Women-Insight-Networking-Service) will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at the Mill Creek Golf Club, 39W525 Herrington Drive, in Geneva. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and a presentation to follow, ending at 1 p.m.

The title of this month’s presentation is “Building Your Brand: How to Become an Expert in 90 Days or Less.” Scott Metcalfe, president of Empire Consulting, blends wit and humor to help his audience develop their businesses through improving selling and marketing skills.

As a part of its mission, Kaneland W.I.N.S. has a service project each month. The service project for the March meeting is Girl Scouts. Members are asked to donate art supplies for use at summer camp.

The purpose of each month’s 50/50 raffle is to fund a Scholarship awarded to a female graduate of Kaneland High School who is planning to attend Wabaunsee Community College the following year.

Walk-ins are welcome. Call (630) 945-7086, or e-mail Seminar cost is $18 for members and $25 for guests.

Upcoming programs can be viewed at

Fox Valley Park District Job Fair set for March 14

The Fox Valley Park District will hold its annual job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 14, at the Prisco Community Center (150 W. Illinois Ave.) in Aurora.

One of the largest employers in the area, the Park District will be hiring several hundred employees to fill seasonal and part-time positions. Candidates at the job fair will be able to interview one on one with district supervisors who are hiring.

Candidates can get a head start by visiting to peruse job descriptions and download/print an application form.

St. Gall prepares for annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Sunday, March 15, will mark the 126th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s celebration at St. Gall Parish in Elburn.

The annual tradition, sponsored by the St. Gall Women’s Altar and Rosary Society, begins with lots of planning and more than 500 volunteers. Jobs including servers, bakers, carvers, decorators, potato peelers and the popular clean-up crew bring this parish community together to create quite a feast for their guests.

Last year, St. Gall volunteers served approximately 1,000 guests to either a sit-down family style feast at the church hall or carry-out dinners at the American Legion on Route 47.

The feast, consisting of home-cooked turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, coffee and milk, will be held this year on Sunday, March 15, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sit-down service will be at the church hall at 120 W. Shannon St., and carry-outs will be available at the Elburn American Legion Hall—both located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Cost is $4 for children ages six-12, $7 for seniors and $10 for adults. Carry-outs are $8. For additional information, contact the St. Gall Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Couples’ ministry series

“Love and Respect,” a two-week couples ministry series at Kaneville United Methodist Church, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays, March 15 and 22, at 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Kaneville UMC is partnering with Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park for this series. There will be a DVD segment, fellowship time, light refreshments and small-group discussion.

For more information, call (630) 557.2353 or visit

Maple Park hosts organ concert

The public is invited to an organ concert held by St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m., following the 4:15 evening Mass.

James R. Brown will be the organist, and will perform on the organ built in 1899 and purchased by St. Mary in 1923.

At the end of the concert there will be a free-will offering to support the church’s conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Maple Park.

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.

Samuel Lawrence Vanatta

Ben and Lisa Vanatta of Elburn are happy to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Lawrence, who was born Jan. 21, 2009, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Doug and Mary Stolp of North Aurora, Larry and Yvonne Plansky of Chicago, and William and Jacque Vanatta of Aurora.

Szajkovics, Matthews to wed

Patrick and Linda Szajkovics of Mokena announce the engagement of their daughter, Terri, to Brandon Matthews, son of Bob and Sue Matthews of Sugar Grove. Terri attended Lincolnway Central High School and received her degree in business management from Southern Illinois University in 2007.

Brandon is a Kaneland High School graduate, and in 2006, received his degree from Southern Illinois University in automotive technology. Terri is currently working as a Program Change Specialist for Colorado Technical University Online in Hoffman Estates, and Brandon is the Service Manager at Bridgestone-Firestone in Wheaton. They are planning an October 2009 wedding.

Norman ‘Norm’ Charles Tischhauser

Norman “Norm” Charles Tischhauser, 77, of Virgil, passed away peacefully at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, where he had courageously battled cancer for many months.

He was born May 15, 1931, the son of Charles L. and Ena Margaret (Wade) Tischhauser in Bond County, Ill.

Norm faced many physical and emotional obstacles throughout his life, and he faced them in a way that was uniquely his. At the early age of 6 years old, Norm caught his hand in a horse-drawn hay elevator and lost the use of his ring finger. Through sheer determination, he worked with that limitation until he had it surgically removed so that he wouldn’t hinder his abilities as a mechanic and all-around jack-of-all trades.

It was only eight years later that he lost his mother to colon cancer. He would have to relive that nightmare once again when his sister also died of colon cancer at the age of 36. After the death of his mother, Norm became the “chief cook and bottle washer” of the family, with a little help from his aunt, and cooked a majority of the meals for the family. Through all of this, Norm continued his education, earning straight A’s until his graduation from Carlyle High School in 1949. Later, when recounting his younger years, Norm would routinely tell the story of how he had to walk to school every day, sometimes through snow as high as the fence line, up hill, both ways, with the miles to school increasing with every telling.

Norm’s life changed when he came up from southern Illinois to work on the Oliver Anderson farm. It was less than a mile from where Joyce VanStone worked as a waitress at her parent’s coffee shop on the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64. One look and Norm was hooked.

Before he went back down south for Christmas, Joyce gave Norm a nifty “flip top” lighter. A hot romance followed his return, and on July 22, 1950, they were wed. Joyce was 16, Norm was 18, and some folks were counting the days until a baby was born. They had to count about 730 days, however, before Barry was born two years later. Joyce and Norm were young and life was never easy, but their love lasted a lifetime.

Norm put down roots at the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64 in Virgil when he opened his own shop on April 1, 1960.

It consisted of a full-service gas station and garage where the community brought their cars to be fixed and their stories to be told. Norm was dedicated to his shop as well as his patrons, and no one ever drove away a stranger because they could all count Norm among their friends. He also worked for Bob-Jo Speedway, towing away the wrecks using a converted ‘58 Willy Jeep.

In 1969, Norm bought a cabin on Spores Island on the Rock River in Byron, Ill. It was there his legend was born, landing a 32-pound, 36-inch long catfish and a 45-pound turtle. The cabin had electricity, but not much else, but that didn’t matter to Norm and his boys, and later his grandsons, as they made a lifetime of memories and passed on decades of wilderness wisdom.

Norm was an avid hunter, and he took advantage of every season throughout the year. No matter what he brought home, whether it be squirrel, pheasant, rabbit or any other wildlife, Norm as adept at preparing them so that Joyce could put on a feast of flavors for the family, although no one could rival his smoked catfish. In the spring, there was no one better at mushroom hunting along the railroad tracks as his keen eyes helped fill bags to bring home when he went on his “walks” after dinner. Norm was also a horseshoe expert, winning nearly every match, even when picking the worst player as a partner.

When he wasn’t working in the shop or spending time at the cabin, Norm enjoyed bowling with his friends and fishing trips to Canada. In 2007, Norm got a taste of Hollywood when he and his shop took center stage in Witless Protection, starring Larry the Cable Guy. The movie featured the shop and a cameo by Norm himself, though the credits only say “old man sleeping.” His new-found celebrity brought out several stories in suburban newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune.

In later years, Norm gave up many of his favorite things to care for Joyce as her health began to decline. He was determined to keep his promise that no matter what happened, he would care for her and she would never spend one night in a nursing home. Shortly before her passing in December of 2008, Norm was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and would finish the last three months of his life facing yet another obstacle. Norm’s brother Jim was instrumental in his care, coming whenever Norm called and doing whatever was asked of him; including trips to chemotherapy. He was Norm’s rock and an inspiration to the rest of the family.

Overall, Norm was a man of many talents. He was an entertainer but he could fix anything; he was proud of the grease under his fingernails, yet could recite Shakespeare and poetry from memory. He was the type of man who loved his family dearly, his wife endlessly and who never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend. His memory will live on for generations and his spirit will dwell in the hearts of his family and all the people who were lucky enough to call him friend.

He is survived by six children, Barry (Donna) Tischhauser of Athens, Tenn., Dennis (Shari) Tischhauser of Wasco, Rob (Jackie) Tischhauser of New Albin, Iowa, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., Greg Tischhauser of Virgil, and Ena Carlson of Yorkville, Ill.; 18 grandchildren, Barry and Donna’s: Amanda (Brad) Walker, and Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen; Denny and Shari’s: Sarah Galpin, Ben Galpin, Emily Tischhauser, Eli Tischhauser; Rob and Jackie’s: David (Gege) Tischhauser, Rebecca (Cody) Brunning and Kevin (Jessi) Tischhauser; David and Judy’s: Chaz Tischhauser, Miles Tischhauser, Wade Tischhauser, Abby Richards, Tyler Richards; Greg’s: Samantha Tischhauser; Ena and Keith’s: Nicole Carlson, Samantha Carlson, Michael McCormac; 11 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Bryce, Devyn, Josyah, Shaelynn, Patrick, Morgan, Madison, Megan, Mark and Maverick, plus two “on the way”; one brother, James (Marilyn) Tischhauser of Pocahontas, Ill.; several nieces and nephews, and one special cousin, Linda (Mike) Zitkus of Elburn.

He now joins his parents; his wife, Joyce; one sister, Betty Lou Tischhauser; and one son-in-law, Keith Carlson (June 2007).

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. There will also be a time of visitation Friday, March 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow at noon. Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held.

Friends not able to come for the service may begin watching it via webcast at 11:55 a.m. at It will also be available for on-demand viewing the following day.

A memorial has been established in Norm’s name to benefit the American Cancer Society, as well as other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Norm Tischhauser 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

Robert Jeffery Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March l, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems. He was born Dec. 30, 1926, at home in Oswego to Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff attended the Little White School, the Red Brick School, and graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1944. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. After World War II, he served as a member of the Occupation Forces in Northern China.

In 1948, he started his career in the telephone business as a lineman with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Jeff worked in many departments throughout his career, with his last assignment being the 911 Product Manager. He traveled the state working with city officials, implementing 911 in their respective communities. Jeff was instrumental in bringing 911 to Tri-Com and the Aurora area. He was a founding father of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Chapter. In 1984, he retired with 36 years of faithful service.

Jeff lived in North Aurora for 56 years and served the village in many ways. He was a trustee of the North Aurora Countryside Fire Protection District, chairman of the North Aurora Police Commission and an ESDA director. He spent many decades as a Scout leader in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Post in North Aurora, as well as a merit badge counselor in the Aurora area. He was honored to be an assistant Scoutmaster for the Aurora area Scout troop that attended the fourth annual Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa. in 1957.

He was a member at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Aurora and served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Oswego American Legion Post No. 675 and the Aurora Golden K Kiwanis. During his retirement, Jeff enjoyed model railroading and spending time with his family.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell); son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage of Petersburg, Ill. and Janet (Mel) Trapp of Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Jeff was preceded by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; and brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life took place on Saturday, March 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation was also held on Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 4523, Aurora, IL 60507.

For more information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit to leave a condolence.

William ‘Bill’ Lloyd Parker Jr.

William “Bill” Lloyd Parker Jr., 75, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Bill served his country in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and returned home to marry Marietta Fredrich on Feb. 4 of that year.

He was a long-time resident of the Elburn area and a pilot with United Airlines for more than 22 years.

A private person at heart, Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping and hiking and was a voracious reader.

In addition to his wife, Marietta, of Elburn; he is survived by three siblings, Jane Brown, Mary (Boyd) Loptien and Virginia Fowler; one brother-in-law, Jim Sane; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Fredrich and Laura Louise, who died at birth; his parents, William Lloyd Parker Sr. and Sara Camille (Ray); one sister, Sara Sane; as well as two brothers-in-law, Warren Brown and Leonard Fowler.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, the care and keeping of his cremated remains will be entrusted privately to his family. There will be no public services. Assistance provided by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to provide a bench for walkers at the Nelson Lake Preserve and to benefit other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the William Parker Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through the same address.

Grace Mary Lesher

Grace Mary Lesher, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Children’s Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 2008, in Naperville.

She is survived by her parents, Andy and Collen Lesher; siblings, Meghan, Allyson, Jack and her twin, Kate; grandparents, Jeff and Carol Grady, Greg and Mary Lesher; great-grandfather, Walter Frydrychowicz; uncles, Bob Lesher, Patrick Lesher and Brian (Cathy) Grady; and cousin, Madeline Grady.

Grace was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Grady.

The family would like to give a special “thank you” to the doctors and nurses at Edward Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Baylor Medical Center for their compassion and relentless care of Grace.

A memorial visitation was held from Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. A prayer service followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Childrens Fetal Center To donate by phone, call Kim Harris at (832) 824-6806 or Holly Trueblood at (630) 527-5187.

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

Norma Jean Bornemann

Norma Jean Bornemann, 83, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at The Tillers Health Care Residence in Oswego. She was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Edward and Clara (Giese) Delaney.

Norma Jean was a charter member of the Montgomery V.F.W. Post No. 7452 Women’s Auxiliary. She was united in marriage to John Bornemann on Sept. 12, 1953, at Our Savior Lutheran Church by Pastor Peter Kruntz.

She is survived by her two sons, John (Mary) Bornemann of Plainfield and Jeff (Kay) Bornemann of Sugar Grove; her five grandchildren, Andrea Bornemann and Chase Bornemann of Sugar Grove, Michael (fiancee Regina Arras) Bornemann of Seattle, Wash., Brian (fiancee Jenna Fracaro) Bornemann of Joliet, and Timothy Bornemann of Plainfield; many nephews and nieces; her special niece, Norma Anderson; her brother, William Delaney of Cincinnati, Ohio, and her brother-in-law, Fred Neupert of Montgomery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bornemann, who passed away in 2000; her brother, Ronald Delaney and her sisters, Viola Neupert and Hazel Gunnerson.

Mrs. Bornemann’s family would like to thank the staff at Tillers for their care and compassion during her time of need.

In keeping with Norma Jean’s wishes, there will be a memorial visitation at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, on March 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. A private burial will take place at Little Rock Township Cemetery.

For more information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

Robert Jeffery ‘Jeff’ Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1926, at his home in Oswego, Ill., the son of the late Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell) Rogerson; son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage and Janet (Mel) Trapp, along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will take place Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL 60506 with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation will also be held on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit to leave a condolence.

Elburn girl makes it to top of Hustle Up the Hancock

Victoria Clinton of Elburn finished first among all women ages 1-11 in the 12th annual Hustle Up the Hancock in Chicago. Over 4,000 people competed in the 94 floor climb up John Hancock center in a fundraiser for lung disease research programs of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

11-year old Victoria led the way to the top for all participants under the age of 11 with the impressive time of 14 minutes, 14 seconds. She finished 100th out of over 4,000 climbers. Victoria’s finish is over six minutes faster than the winner from last year’s winner in that age division. The first place finisher was Terry Purcell of Springfield with a time of 9:31. Participants in the event ranged from age 6-77.

The climb is expected to raise $1.3 million by March 20 for the Respiratory Health Association local investment in lung disease research.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, more than half of the climbers have been touched by lung disease. Funds raised from this climb will go a long way toward helping us find cures for lung cancer, COPD and other lung disease.

Climbers’ times can be found at

Swimmer Alef represents Knights at State Championships

Knights sophomore Grant Alef fell just short of qualifying for the next day of competition at the IHSA State Swim Meet that took place at New Trier High School on Friday.

Alef, in his second consecutive State gathering, finished 15th in the 500-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100-yard backstroke. Swimmers needed to finish in the top 12 of those events to qualify for Saturday’s races.

Alef finished the freestyle in 4 minutes, 39.36 seconds, just .54 seconds behind the last qualifier. Downers Grove North’s Burke Sims at 4:24.74 was crowned the event’s champ on Saturday.

The sophomore swam the backstroke in 52.57 seconds, .21 off the qualifying time. Jacob Jarzen of Jacksonville was the champion at 49.16 seconds.

Alef was joined by fellow Knights Shane Fergus who competed in the 50-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, and Kendall Renaud in the 100-yard Butterfly and 100-yard backstroke at Sectionals.

Silver lining

Kaneland 6th Grade Silver Stars swept the Road to Success basketball tournament at Neuqua Valley and took first place on Feb. 21-22. This is the second tournament sweep for the Silver Stars after Stormin’ to the Hoop in St. Charles. The team is made up of girls from Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Elburn. The team also successfully completed a food drive this past weekend for the Elburn Food Pantry—donating 31 bags of canned goods to the charity. Top Row: Coach Joel Eaves, Samantha Payton, Katrina Paulick, Madeline Michaels, Julia Golbeck, Rachel Keske and Coach Fernando Saltijeral. Middle row: Madeline Saloga, Rachel Miller and Taylor Eaves. Bottom row: Emily Grams, Vanessa Saltijeral and Regan Prost. Courtesy Photo

Knights wrestling club sees success at Sycamore

Nine Senior (ages 13-14) wrestlers entered the IKWF Regional Tournament in Sycamore on Saturday for the Knights Wrestling Club, and all nine advanced to Sectionals in this year’s state tournament series, finishing in fourth place as a tem with 114 points. The Crystal Lake Wizards beat the host Sycamore Spartans 289.5 to 200 to win the Regional, and the Cary Matmen finished just ahead of the Knights in third place.

Dan Goress (108) and Esai Ponce (89) led the way by winning their respective weight classes and running their season win totals to 27 each for the season. Three Knights, Joe Brasfield (156) Zach Theis (177) and Nick Sharp (215) were runners up in their respective weight classes.

Four wrestlers continued after wrestlebacks. Matt Osteland placed 4th to Theis at 177; Luke Kreiter (95) and Jordan Wolf (130) placed fifth in two of the tournament’s most competitive brackets, and Greg Harvey fought hard for his sixth place finish at 122.

In the Novice (ages 11-12) division, three out of four wrestlers advanced into next Saturday’s Sectional at Rochelle High School. Nathan Sowers led the way placing third at 115, Gabe Flowers was fourth at 122, and Drew Franklin placed sixth at 101. Austin Parks won two matches at 89 but did not place.

Riley Vanik led the Knights in Intermediate (ages 8-10), winning the 95-pound weight class with two major victories, while teammate Mitchell Jones placed fourth in the same weight class. Jacob Shearer (74) and Tim Richmond (84) placed third; Matthew Redman (66), Colin Gussman (74), and Zach Bosek (89) placed fifth; Nevin Thielk (66) and Noel Maysonet (89) both finished in sixth bringing the Knights to a fifth place finish in team scoring.

The Knights Wrestling Club had record turnout in the Bantam (8-under) age group this year. Logan Piercy, Zach Farris and Nolan Matthys were all crowned Regional Champions this year while Mason Herst, Orosco, Zane Pozen and Trevor Jones were runners up. Jace Black, Tyler Johnson, Spencer Matia and Brennan Kiefer all placed 3rd with Brenden Parks, Alex Binge, Jeff and Greg Larsen each finished in 4th place.

WBC has Cougar connection

Last Tuesday’s announcement of final rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic includes four former Kane County Cougars players, as well as a current field staff member.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera, a Cougar from the Midwest League championship team of 2001, will join Tigers teammates such as Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen in representing Venezuela. One of Cabrera’s infield partners at Elfstrom Stadium in ’01, Adrian Gonzalez will miss a portion of San Diego spring training to don the Mexican team jersey. The Dominican Republic team, one of the heavy favorites to win the tournament, will include outfielder Nelson Cruz, a Kane County alumnus from 2003. Cruz, who has reached the big leagues with Texas, will share a locker room with fellow Dominican Republic teammates Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz.

Team Australia will also have Cougars ties with the selection of Brett Roneberg to their national squad. Roneberg was a member of the Cougars during the 1998 and ’99 seasons. Finally, current Cougars athletic trainer Nate Brooks will serve in the same role for the South African team. Former Cougars pitchers Scott Mitchinson (Australia) and Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic) were originally part of their respective country’s provisional rosters, but were not chosen for the final roster.

First-round play kicks off at several venues beginning in early March, including the Tokyo Dome from March 5-8; Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from March 7-11; and Toronto’s Rogers Centre and Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City from March 8-12.

The second round is at San Diego’s PETCO Park and Miami’s Dolphin Stadium, with the games being played in those venues from March 14-19.

Dodger Stadium will host the semifinals and finals from March 21-23. Japan defeated Cuba to take home the first Classic championship.

DECA—Taking care of business

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier

How would you like to spend time with your friends, develop business skills, and meet people from all around the world?

“(DECA is) a club where members learn about business (and) marketing,” Advisor Tammi Conn said.

Members can have many different reasons for joining. Whether they want to pursue a career in business, or they just want to have a good time working with friends, members agree DECA is a great club.

“I’m interested in business, and (DECA) is a good opportunity to learn,” junior Liz Kennedy said.

“I was a new student and I wanted to learn abut business,” sophomore Hayley Guyton said.

On Jan. 29, 27 members of DECA attended a competition at Charlestowne Mall. Twenty-four schools attended this competition in preparation for state, which will be held in March.

If any DECA members from Kaneland qualify at state, they will have the opportunity to travel to the international competition in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA members from all around the world attend the international competition. These participants come from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, and other countries in Europe and Central America, Conn said.

“Last year, Beth Smith and I got fourth in a written event,” Guyton said.

The girls wrote about the Mr. Kaneland event.

Members who received awards at the competition on Jan. 29 were Jake Astin for Food Marketing Management, Christian Dillon for Accounting Applications, Lacey Eberle and Hanna Schuppner for Hospitality Marketing, Paul Davies and Dalton Fowler for Internet Marketing, Maddy Osman and Nikki Prusinski in Internet Marketing, Kathleen Kuhar and Lindsay Douglas in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Joe Ruppel for winning the Marketing Management Event.

VanBogaert named Horizon League Player of the Week

Loyola junior forward Elyse VanBogaert of Elburn and Rosary High School was named Horizon League Player of the week after averaging 21.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 76% (19 for 25) from the field in two games last week. VanBogaert is the first Loyola player to earn the honor this season.

VanBogaert opened the week strong, touching Youngstown State for 23 points on 11-of-13 field goal shooting in a 70-52 Loyola win. The 6-foot-1 post player scored seven of LU’s first eight points, helping the Ramblers open up leads of 19-0 and 29-5 before coasting to the win.

She was just as impressive on Saturday, knocking down 8-of-12 shots from the floor and finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds as Loyola dropped a hard-fought 67-62 decision to second-place Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.

VanBogaert has put together a solid junior season and ranks among the top seven in the Horizon League in three categories — points (12.2 ppg, 7th), free throw percentage (81.5%, 3rd)?and blocked shots (26, 5th).

Loyola wraps up its regular season this week with a pair of road games, beginning with a Thursday night clash at Wright State at 6 p.m. CT.

Public invited to Candidate’s Night March 19

Sugar Grove Candidates Night will take place on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at 141 Main St. at the Community House in Sugar Grove.

Incumbent Village President Sean Michels is challenged by Perry Clark, former director of the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation.

There are three open village trustee positions. The five candidates are Robert E. Bohler, Rick Montalto, David Paluch, Thomas Renk and Joseph Wolf.

There are two open two-year library trustee positions. The three candidates are Christina Cella, Julie Wilson and William Wulff. There is one four-year term available. The two candidates are Sabrina Malano and Joan Roth.

There are three Kaneland School District Board open positions. The five candidates are Jonathan H. Berg, Kenneth L. Carter, Elmer Gramley, Cheryl Krauspe and Pedro Rivas.

There are three Sugar Grove Township Community House Board open positions. The four candidates are Lillie Adams, Dan Long, Stam Schumacher and Tim Wilson.

Each candidate in attendance will be introduced. Contested race candidates will provide a two-minute statement. Candidates for village president and village trustee will take part in a forum in which they will be asked a variety of questions.

Citizens may submit questions for the candidates in advance by sending an e-mail to Shari Baum, Executive Director, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry at sbaum@

Stroke, osteoporosis screening comes to Elburn

Residents living in and around Elburn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., will host Life Line Screening on Wednesday, March 11.

Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Four key points every person needs to know:
• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability
• 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke
• Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke
• Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit Pre-registration is required.

Waubonsee to host parent’s night

The college process-deciding on a school, getting accepted, paying tuition, and taking care of other important details-can be complicated for both teenagers and their parents. To help give parents the information they need to navigate the process, Waubonsee Community College will host a Parent’s Night on Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Event Room of the Academic and Professional Center on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Parents of current high school students are invited to attend the free event that will feature speakers, campus tours, refreshments and a raffle for a $100 gift card.

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

Blazing Prairie Stars provides children’s therapy programs

Blazing Prairie Stars, 47W635 Beith Road in Maple Park, offers therapy programs for children and youth. For information, call (630) 365-5550.

Super Sibs is a support group for children who have a sibling with a disability. Children learn from a variety of activities with horses as they explore issues regarding their own special families. This eight-week program is funded by Hoofbeats & Heartbeats, a not-for-profit organization.

Call (630) 365-5550 for more information.

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

A promise fulfilled

by Lynn Meredith
When literacy teacher Jenni Siebert sat down in the stylist’s chair in front of 20 eagerly waiting John Stewart Elementary girls on Feb. 26, she had more than a haircut on her mind—she had a promise to keep.

For the past two-and-a-half years, Siebert has been growing her locks long enough to donate to Locks of Love, the result of a promise she made to a student whose own hair had once gone to cancer patients until she herself was diagnosed with the disease.

“I knew she had given her hair to Locks of Love in July 2006 and was growing it out again for another donation when she was diagnosed (with leukemia),” Siebert said. “When she told me she was sad because she was going to lose her hair and wouldn’t be able to give another ponytail to Locks of Love for a while, I made her a promise.”

Siebert was inspired by Amanda Eckstrom when she had her as a first-grade student and Eckstrom found out she had leukemia.

“It was toward the end of the year. I’ll never forget it,” Siebert said. “She is one of the brightest students I’ve ever encountered. She sees things others don’t. Amanda has a gift. She sees the big picture.”

The promise to donate her hair in honor of the little girl who can’t while she undergoes treatment for cancer was a natural response for Siebert. Her own brother, Jason Gould, had leukemia. He passed away three years ago due to complications from the disease.

“In light of the illness that claimed my brother’s life three years ago and affected Amanda and her family so deeply, I feel obligated to do something. Leukemia seems to be an epidemic lately,” Siebert said.

Seven years ago, Siebert donated hair to the organization, just as she did this year, at the After Class Enrichment program at John Stewart Elementary. One of the classes offered for four weeks in February is hair styling. Sue Filek, owner of Hair Directors in Elburn, along with three of her stylists, volunteer to teach styling to the elementary students. On the last day of the class, Siebert came in and had her ponytail cut off as the girls watched.

“It’s a wonderful thing if you have hair that grows that fast,” Filek told the girls as she showed them the cut end of the ponytail. “See how much hair you have.”

During the years she was growing her hair, Siebert could not use highlights or bleach that would damage it. She cut about four inches off every six months to let the color grow out.

“It’s been a long two-and-a-half years, let me tell you,” Siebert said.

Siebert is quick to give credit to Eckstrom and remind everyone that leukemia is a disease that needs money for research.

“If I can get Amanda, leukemia and other cancers, or Locks of Love any of the credit they deserve, I’ll be happy,” Siebert said.

The family of Jason Gould is starting an annual fundraiser beginning with a pig roast on Sept. 12, 2009, at the St. Charles Moose to raise money to support leukemia, lymphoma and related research in Jason’s memory.

“We are trying to raise money for leukemia research and the funding of a vaccine that was developed by Ohio State that may have saved my brother’s life after his transplant,” Siebert said. “I’m hoping Amanda will be a guest of honor at the fundraiser. She’s such an inspiration to all of us.”

Photo: Teacher Jenny Siebert gets her hair cut by Sue Filek, owner of Hair Directors in Elburn. Mrs. Siebert is donating her locks in honor of former student Amanda Eckstrom (left) who is struggling with lukemia and used to donate her own hair to Locks of Love. Photo by John DiDonna

Raging Waves Job Fair Saturday, Mar. 7

Raging Waves waterpark is holding a job fair on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn about nearly 400 summer employment opportunities including managers, cashiers, lifeguards, parking attendants, landscapers, custodians, food service workers – and many more. Applications can be found on the Raging Waves website at

All positions require that the applicant is 16 years old before May 25, 2009.

Letter: Disappointed in lack of attendance at candidate forum

Patricia Romke, I was at the Elburn Candidate Forum on Sunday and was very surprised that you did not attend.

They said you were out walking to get your message out.

All I know is that there were about 70 Elburn folks there to hear from the candidates, and you were not there. I can tell you that the three votes in my household will not be going your way. If you were too busy to take one hour out of your walking to talk to concerned folks, we got your message.

Life is full of choices, and you made a bad one by not attending Sunday’s event. To the rest of the candidates that attended, thank you for your willingness to serve and sharing your valuable time with the voters. And Patricia, I didn’t see you at my door, (and) I was only gone for an hour-and-a-half.

Jim MacRunnels

Letter: Thanks for opportunity to meet the public

I just wanted to thank the Elburn Lions Club for hosting the spaghetti lunch held at Lions Park on Sunday, March 1.

I truly appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself and to speak as a candidate for the Blackberry Township Assessor. What a great way to meet the candidates. Thank you again, Lions Club, you are the heart of Elburn.

Bonnie Wilcox
Blackberry Township Assessor

Letter: Mediacom demonstrated good customer service

For the record, I am not an employee of Mediacom, nor am I related to anyone at Mediacom.

I switched to Mediacom service-phone, cable, and Internet-in December from AT&T and a satellite company because I was able to get a very good combined deal saving me money and ending the blackouts when snow or heavy rain affected my satellite service.

I had a minor installation problem-technical in nature. Converter box and TV not in sync-480i vs 720p-whatever that means, and a billing installation problem. A second repair man dispatched the next day recognized the box/TV incompatibility problem and was able to fix it with a couple clicks of the controller, and carefully explained to me how to access the menu features if needed. Note: The box has to be turned off.

After not getting satisfaction from a service rep or his supervisor at the call center (replying to) my billing problem, I asked for and was promptly given the direct number to a Mediacom Vice President. I left a detailed voice message that evening and was pleasantly surprised when she called back early the next day, apologized, and had already fixed the bill to my satisfaction, and then some.

I’m retired now, but spent the last 30 years of my career managing customer service call centers and order fulfillment operations, so I believe I’m pretty well qualified to judge customer service performance. People answering complaint calls and service techs sometimes make mistakes or aren’t always as well trained as they need to be. The measure of good customer service, however, is how well the follow through, if needed, works. My experiences so far with Mediacom problem resolution have been very satisfactory. As a former customer service pro, I’m a very good complainer when I have a problem, but always go out of my way to compliment when I’m pleased by satisfactory and prompt problem resolution.

Bob Terry
Sugar Grove