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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.

Stargazing event at Kuipers Family Farm

MAPLE PARK—The annual Perseid meteor shower in mid-August will radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky, and NIU’s STEM Cafe will once again be there to watch it.

STEM Cafe will present “Star Gazing at the Orchard” on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road in Maple Park.

At this free, family-friendly event, NIU experts will discuss everything from NASA’s latest missions to the meteor shower to the ex-planetary status of Pluto. After the talks, attendees are welcome to use NIU telescopes or bring their own to get a better view of the meteors.

Needham elected co-president of Aurora Noon Lions

SUGAR GROVE—Michele Needham, executive director of Human Resources at Waubonsee Community College, was recently selected to serve as co-president of the Aurora Noon Lions Club.

Needham, of Plainfield, Ill., will share the presidency with Aurora lawyer Herbert Steinmetz for the 2014-15 year.

Needham’s responsibilities will include helping oversee the club’s events and philanthropic efforts, including raising funds and materials in support of the Lions’ efforts to assist those with impaired vision, impaired hearing and diabetes, as well as helping local schoolchildren obtain eye exams and eyeglasses.

The Aurora Noon Lions Club is marking its 90th year.

Needham has been a member of the Aurora Lions since 1993. She previously served as president of the club in 2000.

Hultgren supports legislation to protect community banks

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week voted to support two bills, which will relieve community banks from excessive regulations and protect their ability to lend to Illinois homeowners. H.R. 4042, the Community Bank Mortgage Service Asset Capital Requirements Study Act of 2014, and H.R. 5148, the Access to Affordable Mortgages Act of 2014, both passed the House Financial Services Committee (FSC), of which Rep. Hultgren is a member.

“Without healthy community banks, many responsible Americans—including my constituents in the 14th District of Illinois—could not own a home,” Rep. Hultgren said. “These banks lend based upon their customer relationships, which means they can often serve the borrowers that the larger banks may turn down. These bills provide some relief for community banks that are struggling under the weight of often unnecessary regulations.”

H.R. 4042 requires federal oversight agencies to study capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets at certain banks, including all small- and mid-sized banks, and delays the application of certain capital requirements for six months after completing the study. Easing regulations on community banks can free up their ability to lend to customers, such as small businesses and farmers.

H.R. 5148 exempts certain high-risk mortgages valued $250,000 or below from federal appraisal requirements. This eases compliance burdens on lenders and increases credit access for lower- and middle-income borrowers.

Rep. Hultgren previously signed a letter urging the Federal Reserve to appoint a community banker to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, ensuring their interests are represented.

Rep. Hultgren also cosponsored a number of bills that have offered regulatory relief to community banks, including:

• Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (H.R. 2673), which amends the Truth in Lending Act to define as a “qualified mortgage” a residential mortgage loan made by a creditor so long as the loan appears on the balance sheet of such creditor. This bill passed the FSC on May 22, 2014, by a vote of 36-23.

• Mortgage Choice Act of 2013 (H.R. 3211), which modifies the definition of “points and fees” for the purposes of determining defining a qualified mortgage. H.R. 3211 passed the House on June 9, 2014 by a voice vote.

• Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4521), which exempts community banks and credit unions with assets below $10 billion from escrow requirements for loans held in portfolio, and amends the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act to increase the “small servicer” exception threshold to 20,000 annual loans (up from 5,000). H.R. 4521 passed the FSC by a vote of 43-16.

Rambish to serve on Mutual Ground Board

SUGAR GROVE—Dr. Medea Rambish, Dean for Developmental Education and College Readiness at Waubonsee Community College, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for Mutual Ground in Aurora.

Rambish, a North Aurora resident, will serve a two-year term on the board. This will mark her first term on the board. In that role, she will serve on the board’s Finance Committee and will help oversee Mutual Ground’s annual Walk for Hope fundraiser.

Rambish said she applied to serve on Mutual Ground’s board because she strongly supports and agrees with the organization’s purpose and mission.

“I wanted to help any way I can,” Rambish said.

Founded in 1975, Mutual Ground provides shelter and other services, free of charge, to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Greater Aurora, Southern Kane and Kendall counties. It stands as one of the largest and oldest domestic violence shelters in Illinois.

Dental visits a good habit to start

NAPERVILLE, Ill.—While two-thirds of Illinoisans visit the dentist at least once a year, nearly half of them have gone three years or more without seeing the dentist.

“According to the Delta Dental of Illinois Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, most Illinoisans visit the dentist at least once a year, and those who do are more likely to report their oral health as good or better versus those who are in a dentist’s chair less frequently,” said Dr. Katina Spadoni, dental director for Delta Dental of Illinois. “Still, a lot of people take a break from routine dentist visits at some point in their lives.”

More than half of Illinoisans say they have felt fear or reluctance regarding a dental visit. Most said they had a bad past experience or were afraid to find out what care they needed. Younger Illinoisans ages 18 to 44 have felt more apprehension than those 45 years and older.

“Regular dental visits are part of important preventive care,” Spadoni said. “It’s good to stay in—or get back into—the habit of visiting a dentist. Your dentist can help you determine how often you need to visit, and preventive care is key to help avoid more comprehensive and costly treatment.”

For people with existing oral health problems, such as gum disease, or medical problems like diabetes or dry mouth, one dental visit a year may not be enough, according to Spadoni. For those at higher risk of developing oral problems, three or four visits a year may be best.

“On the other hand, if you have low risks, you will not need the same level of preventive treatments or exams,” Spaldoni said.

One way to stay in the habit is to find a regular dentist. One in five Illinoisans do not have a regular dentist, while nearly half say they’ve beenusing the same dentist for three years or more.

It’s more refreshing than a relief

Despite the fear and reluctance many Illinoisans feel in going to the dentist, most say they feel refreshed after doing so.

“More often than not, you feel good walking out of a dentist’s office,” Spadoni said.

For more information about how you can improve your oral health, visit deltadentalilblog.com.

Elburn Seniors trip—Deadline Aug. 11

ELBURN—Elburn Seniors will take a trip on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to Isle Of Capri Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The cost of the trip is $38. Participants must sign up no later than Monday, Aug. 11. Everyone over the age of 21 is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Marge at (630) 999-6444 or call (630) 466-9066.

Summer Reading Grand Finale Aug. 8

ELBURN—Town and Country Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Grand Finale on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. The evening will mark the culmination of the library’s “Paws to Read” Summer Reading program. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Library volunteers will serve Ream’s National Grand Champion beef wieners, Paisano’s pizza, chips and water. A “Zoo to You” petting zoo will bring goats, sheep, a donkey, a llama, ducks, bunnies and chicks. Children and adults can pet and feed them.

Stop by the Sparkles Entertainment booth and get a design painted on your face or arm.

Truly Remarkable Loon (www.trloon.com/library/index.html) will return to the library to perform his “Read Books and Juggle Everything Else” comedy juggling show at 5 p.m. This is an outdoor performance, so bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The next show is indoors at 6 p.m. Chris McBrien (www.magicstoryteller.biz/) and his zany puppet friends will entertain with his “Wild and Wacky Pet Show.” Chris will mix magic and storytelling while his puppets Dewey Duck, George the Giant and others amaze you with their antics.

Unscheduled Tour (www.facebook.com/UnscheduledTour) will appear for the first time at the library for a 7 p.m. performance. Unscheduled Tour features Audry Buchanan, Rich Cardia and Greg Torrence, three friends who will play your favorite rock, country and blues from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. This will be an under-the-sky performance.

Aurora Raiders Softball hosts tryouts Aug. 9, 10

Tryouts for the Aurora Raiders Girls Fastpitch Softball team are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, at the West Aurora High School Varsity Softball Field, 1201 W New York St, Aurora.

On Saturday, the tryout will focus on:
• 11U/12U: All positions and hitting: 9-11 a.m.
• 16U: All positions and hitting: 2-4 p.m.
• 18U: All positions and hitting: 4-6 p.m.

On Sunday, the tryout will focus on:
• 11U/12U: All positions and hitting: 9-11 a.m.
• 16U: All positions and hitting: 2-4 p.m.
• 18U: All positions and hitting: 4-6 p.m.

Players only need to attend one tryout date; please arrive 15 minutes prior to tryout time for on-site registration and warm-ups.

The mission of the Aurora Raiders Girls Fastpitch Softball team is to create a fun environment for athletes to develop fundamental softball skills, engage in competitive sport, learn life-lessons on and off the field, and build long-lasting friendships.

The team consists of players from the Fox Valley area, including Elburn, Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Oswego, Aurora and more.

To learn more about the Aurora Raiders and online registration, visit www.aurorafastpitch.org.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

‘Bar-B-Q,’ sweet corn supper in Hinckley

HINCKLEY—The Hinckley St. Paul’s United Church of Christ annual Bar-B-Q Pork Roast and Sweet Corn Boil Supper will take place Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the church, 324 W. McKinley St., Hinckley.

The pork roasts are cooked outdoors with a secret sauce, and the corn is picked that morning. Side dishes include German potato salad, American potato salad, applesauce, rolls and desserts. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eat at the church in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, or take carry-out from the View Street entrance.

Advance tickets are not required. Meals are offered for a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Pat at (630) 699-8751 or Barb at (815) 286-3606 for
The church is located at 324 W. McKinley Street in Hinckley.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor Rummage Sale and Sloppy Joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rummage Sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

Reaffirming our objectivity

We’ve recently fielded some public comments regarding our stance (and perspective) on the situation involving the Kaneland School District and Superintendent Jeff Schuler, who will become the superintendent of schools in the Wheaton-Warrenville School District on Sept. 2. Therefore, we’d like to use this space to explain our philosophy when it comes to reporting on any topic, regardless of whether controversy is present.

When it comes to reporting, our stance at the Elburn Herald is this: we don’t have a stance. It’s our duty to report everything that happens in the Kaneland community, but it’s not our place to tell our readers what to think or how to feel about a particular issue. Rather, we’re here to simply pass on the facts to our readers so that they can make up their own mind and draw their own conclusions. That’s also why you won’t see us endorse candidates at election time. We want our reporting to be the written equivalent of Switzerland: neutral, objective and mercilessly honest.

Of course, the irony here is that we’re using the editorial page—an actual forum for opinion—to reaffirm our objectivity. But all we’ll do here is simply state that we hope the Kaneland School Board can forego the fighting and finger-pointing currently found at its meetings, and instead hunker down and work together to identify a new superintendent and continue to improve Kaneland’s budget concerns. Because everyone who serves on the Kaneland School Board should have the same goal: to help put forth the best-quality education possible for every child in the district.

And if you can do that without shouting, even better.

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Donald Eugene Hegland

Donald Eugene Hegland, 77, of Elburn, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

He was born Sept. 22, 1936, in DeKalb, the son of Stanley and Theresa (Kissel) Hegland.

Don married Eleanor Newhall on Aug. 17, 1957, in Dekalb.

He graduated from NIU in 1958, and received his master’s in physics at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1962. He was employed by NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland for nine years; Penton Publishing in Cleveland for 14 years; and was editor of Assembly Magazine for 24 years.

Don was an accomplished photographer, golfer, private pilot and certified flight instructor. He loved to fly and belonged to the Nasairs Flying Club.

Don was a life member of the NRA, and belonged to the Sycamore Sportsmen Club. Don had a special interest in law enforcement and was involved in a number of community activities.

Don was surrounded by an abundance of his family and friends in the days leading to his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanor; two children, Kathryn Leenhouts and David (Erica) Hegland; two grandsons, Donald Leenhouts and Forrest Rosenberg; and one sister, Carol (Tom Shaffer) Hegland.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on July 28 at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Don’s visitation was held on July 27 at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Delnor Cancer Center, sent in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178.

For information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Corn Boil awards 2014 scholarships

SUGAR GROVE—As part of Sugar Grove Corn Boil 2014 festivities, Sugar Grove Chamber President Steve Ekker on Friday announced the awarding of the 2014 Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry Scholarships.

Christine Crews received a $500 scholarship for a Graduating Female High School Senior and will attend Waubonsee Community College. Michael Deja received a $500 scholarship for a Graduating Male High School Senior and will attend Waubonsee Community College.

Both recipients were selected because of their understanding of the vital importance of community service as well as statements on their high school academic status, extra-curricular activities, and community service or community involvement.

The chamber offers these scholarships in an effort to recognize and support home grown potential. A generous donation from the Sugar Grove Fire Fighters Association also helped fund the 2014 scholarships.

The annual Scholarship Fair will take place on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Township Community Building, 141 Main St. Learn from organizations and schools about their scholarships. Hear speakers regarding “Completing a FAFSA Form, Doing an Internet Search for Scholarships, and Writing a Scholarship Essay.” The event is free and open to the public for both students and parents.

Heritage Prairie Farm earns organic certification

ELBURN—Heritage Prairie Farm is now Certified USDA Organic by EcoCert ICO. Heritage Prairie Farm’s Certified Organic products include their line of MicroGreens sold in Whole Foods Market locations region-wide, and Blue Goose Market in St. Charles.

Their certified organic produce is available through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, or for purchase through their Heritage Prairie Market store on site, or the Wheaton French Market, which they participate in on Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., April through November.

Certified organic produce is also featured on the wood fired pizza menu, available every Wednesday June through September, and at once-a-month Farm Dinners. Organic produce is also featured on the menu of several wedding receptions throughout the year celebrated on the farm. For information on farm events, visit www.heritageprairiefarm.com/farm_events.htm.

Fall CSA shares are still available for this year, the information can be found at www.heritageprairiefarm.com/csa.htm, and current store hours for Heritage Prairie Market can be found on the store webpage at www.heritageprairiefarm.com/farmstore.htm.

During summer months, the store is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fresh produce that is available will vary depending on harvest. Heritage Prairie Farm grows over 250 varieties of 40 different vegetables.

Heritage Prairie Farm is located at 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. For more informations, call (630) 443-5989.

Every arm is needed this summer

AURORA—Heartland Blood Centers, an independent medical organization serving 57 hospitals in a 12-county region in Illinois and Indiana, asks all healthy individuals to “roll up their sleeves” and give blood in August. The need for blood is constant, especially in the summer months, when eligible donors have even less time in their busy schedules to give. If you have not yet made your summertime blood donation, you are urged to do so this month.

“Summertime is historically the time of year when blood centers across the country struggle with their blood inventory levels. We are no exception,” said Dennis Mestrich, CEO and president with Heartland Blood Centers. “Holidays, vacations, weddings, and other celebrations keep many regular donors from giving blood in the summer months. This compounds our challenge to collect the blood needed to maintain safe and adequate blood inventories.”

In the United States alone, someone needs blood every two seconds. This could be a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or person you may never know. They all have one thing in common—the need for a lifesaving blood donation. Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusions of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive—including those with cancer, leukemia, and victims of accidents and other traumas. Blood and blood products cannot be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.

“We not only need our loyal blood donors to continue to donate in the summer, but we need new blood donors every day to help replace those donors who are no longer eligible to donate,” Mestrich said. “We ask that all healthy community members visit a mobile blood drive or center location this summer to share their good health with others by donating blood. If you are unable to donate blood, please consider sponsoring a blood drive with us. We provide all the tools you will need to host a successful event.”

As a “thank-you” gift, blood donors will receive a $5 Subway gift card when they donate at any Heartland Blood Centers mobile or center location in August. Some blood drive or center locations may have an alternative “thank-you” gift to give.

For a list of convenient donation locations, visit www.heartlandbc.org for a Heartland center or community blood drive near you.

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

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D302: Superintendent Schuler leaves for D200

The Kaneland School District announced the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler effective Sept. 2, 2014.

At a special meeting Monday, the Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 voted in favor of hiring the Kaneland superintendent.

In a press release release, D302 Board President Cheryl Krauspe said the District is sad to see Schuler leave Kaneland, but recognized the reasons he was sought after as well as the professional opportunity the new position presents. “We are proud of our accomplishments under Dr. Schuler’s four years of educational leadership,” she said. “He is leaving us in a good position. We believe that the strong leadership team built by Dr. Schuler, in partnership with the Board of Education, and our strong committed staff will ensure that our strategic focus remains steadfast – to continue inspiring excellence for all students as we graduate them college, career and community ready. We will continue to move forward.”

Schuler was selected by the D200 board following an extensive interview process.

“We were very fortunate to have several highly qualified candidates apply for the position,” D200 Board President Barbara Intihar said. “Of all the candidates, Dr. Schuler’s proven ability to connect with the community, promote student learning, and build instructional leadership within the staff – all recommendations of the ENGAGE 200 initiative – stood out most clearly. Those qualities, plus his experience navigating fiscal and operational challenges in a complex unit school district, led us to choose him as our next superintendent. We welcome him to District 200, and we look forward to a long professional relationship with him.”

The Elburn Herald will have more on this story in our Thursday, Aug. 7 edition.

Links:

D302 Press Release >>

D200 Press Release >>

 
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Kaneland High School 2014-15 information

KANELAND—The following information is in regard to Kaneland High School’s upcoming 2014-15 school year.

School fees: School fees must be paid or postmarked by Wednesday, Aug. 20. Office hours on Aug. 20 are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Checks should be made payable to Kaneland District 302. Call the school office at (630) 365-5100, ext. 206, if you need to arrange a payment plan.

Freshman orientation: Orientation is Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. You will have an opportunity to find lockers and run through a practice schedule.

Start of school: Kaneland High School will begin a full day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The school day will begin at 7:35 a.m. Students should have paper and pen/pencils with them on the first day of school. Teachers will instruct students what the school supply requirements will be for that particular class. Hot lunch and a la carte lunch items will be served.

Student parking: Parking fees for the 2014-15 school year will be $180; daily parking will be $4. Seniors may reserve parking spots by coming to the High School office between Monday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 15, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Junior may reserve parking spots by coming to the High School office anytime between Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parking tags will not be sold prior to Aug. 11. The Parking Hang Tag Request form is available on the Kaneland High School webpage under “Documents—School Documents.”

Schedules: Students schedules will be available online by Aug. 11. The student’s locker number and combination will also be available on Konnect. Counselor assignments for the 2014-15 school year are Special Services—Ms. Beck, A-D—Ms. Shore, E-K—Ms. Lamica, L-RI—Mr. Franklin, RJ-Z—Ms. Mecic.

Bus routes: Transportation information will be posted for all K-12 students in Konnect after Aug. 14 regarding pick-up and drop-off times. The transportation information is updated twice daily. At the start of the school year, you will want to view it the night before school starts to ensure there have not been any changes to your child’s route.

Lunch accounts: The school has a computerized “debit” payment system that allows it to accomplish several important things that are of benefit to you and the students. Time in line at lunch is reduced, and all purchases are logged so parents can inquire what food items their child has purchased. Students may give a check (payable to Kaneland High School) or cash to the cashier. A check for multiple students must be given to the receptionist in the High School Office, with the memo line indicating how much should be credited to each student’s account. You may also visit the webstore at www.kaneland.org to pay with credit card. Students need to have their ID to purchase lunch.

Picture days: Picture days for underclassmen will take place Aug. 26-27 at the High School. Look for picture forms to be coming home in the mail from HR Imaging. Seniors will be photographed for their ID cards. Senior should call Root Studios at (800) 433-1766 if they have not yet scheduled their senior portrait sitting for the yearbook.

Open House: The faculty and staff of Kaneland High School invite all parents to attend the Parent Open House program on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The purpose of this program is to provide parents with the opportunity to meet their child’s first-semester teachers and become familiar with the curriculum by following an abbreviated version of their child’s schedule. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., with a general welcome meeting in the auditorium.

Voter registration: All parents and residents of the Kaneland District are encouraged to register to vote. You can register at any of the schools in the district on school days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Newsletter: Kaneland High School publishes a bi-monthly parent newsletter that is posted and available on the High School website. If you do not have Internet access and would like to receive the newsletter by U.S. Mail, call (630) 365-5100, ext. 204.

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13U Palatine Champs

The Wasco 13U All Star Team recently won the Palatine Community Classic. The team was 5-1 at the tournament and outscored its opponents 59-7. Jed Kuefler also won the home run derby at the tournament. The team includes John Tabor (back row, from left), Max Ledone, Vince Miszkiewicz, Joey Lupa, Ryan Dziatkowiec, Dalton Hollis (front row, from left), Ryan Vanderway, Jed Kuefler, Ryan Stangle and Cole Winslow. Athletes not pictured include Ben Chandler, Nick Aiello and Tanay Abichandani. The team is coached by Jeff Hollis, Rich Ledone, Frank Aiello and Bill Chandler.

Photo submitted by Dawn Kuefler to sports@elburnherald.com

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Rodger E. Harris

Rodger E. Harris, 70 of Kaneville, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness with cancer. He was born July 18, 1944, in La Porte, Ind., the son of the late George and Sarah Pauline (Brown) Harris.

Rodger was very proud to serve his country with the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, from 1961 to 1965. He was a member of the American Legion Yorkville Post 489. Rodger was employed for over 46 years with the Iron Workers Union Local 393 in Aurora. He worked for Central Machinery of Big Rock until his retirement in 2009.

Rodger is survived by his devoted wife, Denise (Enders) Harris of Kaneville; his daughters, Hailee Harris of Kaneville, Wendy (Mark) Bank of Bristol and Tammy (Frank) Goetzinger of Yorkville; along with his five grandchildren, Paige Bank, A.J. Bank, Payton Bank, Abby McCartney and Nicholas Goetzinger; his brothers, Garry Harris, Larry (Beverly) Harris and Jim (Chris) Payne; his sisters, Georgia (Rich) Sears and Patti (Doug) Douglas; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Rodger was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, and will truly be missed for his witty jokes and his colorful stories. He was an avid fisherman who loved the great outdoors, spending many trips with his family to Canada and the Northwoods.

Funeral services were held Saturday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Visitation was held until the time of service. Interment will be held privately at a later date at Kaneville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the educational fund that is being established for his daughter, Hailee Harris. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Timothy ‘Tim’ Parrilli

Timothy “Tim” Parrilli, passed away early Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, at the age of 63. He died after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

Timothy was born on Jan. 31, 1951, to Joseph and Barbara (Engvalson) Parrilli of Oak Park, Ill. He married Charlotte Fraley on Oct. 8, 1971, in Naperville, Ill.

From stacking Cheerios as a toddler to remodeling and constructing new homes, Tim was a carpenter and builder all his life. Tim owned a successful contracting business with his brother for many years in Maple Park. He was a hard-working husband, father of five and grandfather of five.

Tim had many passions in life, from crafting with wood and enjoying the outdoors, to talking politics and history, inspiring his friends and family with his animated stories—better than a history teacher. Tim could tell even the smallest details about almost any historical event, especially the Civil War and World War II.

Tim was especially passionate about his antique cars. He owned, restored and meticulously cared for his cars, and he loved to drive and show them off at car shows.

Tim left his mark on this world in many ways, but the most important way to him was by his family: his wife, Charlotte; daughters, Julie (Coby), Elizabeth (Ryan) Bobowiec, and Mary; son, Daniel (Tina); as well as grandsons, Chris, Cory and Owen; and granddaughters, Calabria and Olivia. He had an impact on many people and will continue to lead his family through their own lives with his wisdom.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chris; and daughter, Kathleen Rose.
A memorial will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., with a blessing at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in Tim’s name to The Esophageal Cancer Action Network. For more information and to make donations, visit ecan.org. For notification recipient address, use 834 County Road Z, Arkdale, Wis. 54613.

Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhome.net.

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Karen Lee Renk

Karen Lee Renk (nee Shanahan) of Sugar Grove, formerly of Naperville, Ill., was born on July 8, 1949, in Springfield, and left this world on Sunday, July 27, 2014. After a heroic nine-month battle with cancer, she peacefully took her last breaths surrounded by family and in the care of hospice. Karen was an amazing woman; her wisdom, love and counsel touched everyone that she met.

Karen is survived by her loving husband, Thomas F. Renk, whom she had celebrated 43 years of marriage with last September. Married in 1970, she and Tom have three children, Courtney (Derek) Brinkman of Rockville, Md., Michael Renk of Gilbert, Ariz., and Katherine Renk of Austin, Texas. She was a proud and ever-present nana to Logan and Taylor Brinkman. She is also survived by her father-in-law, Ralph Renk, who always considered her his “second daughter”; two sisters, Michaela Shanahan of Oakland, Calif., and Megan (William) Morehead of Maryville, Tenn.; as well as an extended family that love her dearly.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Bettye Shanahan of LaGrange, Ill.; and her brother, Dennis C. Shanahan.

Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 1971. She was an honored teacher in both Racine, and West Allis, Wis. She was also an educator at Weekend College for Women at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Karen then began her career in association management, opening her own firm and helping to create the Incentive Marketing Association, a global trade organization now recognized as the premier resource for promoting the importance and value of results-based incentive and recognition programs.

Karen was an active and engaged member of all the communities she called home—first Wauwatosa, Wis., before moving to Naperville and eventually to Sugar Grove.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass on Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove.

Arrangements are being handled by Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or www.caringbridge.org/visit/karenrenk and www.healychapel.com to sign the online guest book.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor Rummage Sale and Sloppy Joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rummage Sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

Letter: A thank you to Citizen of the Year gift basket donors

On behalf of the village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, we would like to express our gratitude to the following donors for their support of the Citizen of the Year gift basket: American Heartland Bank and Trust, Avenue J Productions, Big Fat Soap, Castle Bank, Elburn Herald Newspaper, Engineering Enterprises Inc., Glancer Magazine, Oberweis Dairy, Old Second Bank, Open Range Southwest Grill, Peak for Kids, Source Therapeutic Massage, Illinois Rep. Kay Hatcher, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Sugar Grove Farmers Market, Sugar Grove Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, Sugar Grove Firefighters Association, Sugar Grove Firefighters Union Local 4748, Sugar Grove Library Friends, Sugar Grove Park District, TV 17, United Methodist Women Quilters, village of Sugar Grove, Waste Management, Waubonsee Community College and West Physical Therapy.

Your generosity has provided heartfelt appreciation for the contributions that have been made to the community by this year’s recipient, Wayne Parsons. It was my pleasure putting together all of the items to ensure a fantastic treasure trove of items.

Mari Johnson
Sugar Grove village trustee

Sugar Grove, Aurora townships approve intergovernmental agreement

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove and Aurora townships recently approved an intergovernmental agreement to bring transportation services for seniors and disabled persons in Sugar Grove Township.

The new agreement went into effect on July 1, and allows seniors, ages 65 and up, or disabled residents to schedule rides for medical appointments only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Interested persons need to register at the Aurora Township office, 80 N. Broadway in Aurora, prior to scheduling a ride. The fee is $4 per ride within a 10-mile radius, and a companion may ride along for free.

According to Sugar Grove Township Supervisor Tom Rowe, the new agreement extends transportation services for seniors and the disabled to Copley Hospital on the east, Delnor Hospital to the north, Dugan Road on the west, and Route 30 to the south.

If you would like more information about this topic, contact Sugar Grove Township at (630) 466-4283 or Aurora Township at (630) 897-8777.