All posts by John DiDonna

  • Aleburn’s finest …

    Matt Erion of Batavia won this year's Aleburn pumpkin race on Saturday at the Elburn American Legion Parking Lot. Aleburn is one of the newest events the Elburn Chamber has to offer.

    • Posted October 14, 2011
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  • Lovely day for a walk

    Kaneland McDole Elementary School participated in the International Walk to School Day Wednesday morning.

    • Posted October 7, 2011
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  • Photo gallery: Fun Fest’s finest

    First baseman Aaron Williams of Annabelle's Army gets the runner out at first base as they went on to win 9-4 against Bill's Custom during the slow-pitch softball tournament at Maple Park's Fun Fest on Saturday.

    • Posted September 9, 2011
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  • Photo Gallery: Maple Park Share night

    There were hot dogs, sweet corn, Sno-Cones, inflatables, a 50/50 raffle and the night concluded with fireworks during the Maple Park Lions Club's "Share" community celebration on Aug. 17 at the Maple Park Fire Station.

    • Posted August 26, 2011
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  • Photo gallery: Stop, drop and have FUN!

    Firefighters showed children trucks and an ambulance and they got to participate in an obstacle course as well as other activities. Firefighter Brad Reese (above) shows the kids the obstacle course at the fire safety event. Photos...

    • Posted August 19, 2011
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  • Photo gallery: Renaissance Fair

    George Richter of SOAR, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of native birds-of-prey, shows a falcon named Damsel during the Renaissance Fair at the Town and Country Library last Saturday.

    • Posted August 12, 2011
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  • Photo Gallery: Corn Boil brings the fun

    There was plenty of food, fun and excitement at the 2011 Sugar Grove Corn Boil last weekend. For more photos from the 2011 Corn Boil, visit

    • Posted August 5, 2011
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  • Photo gallery: Open house down on the farm

    Kate Wiltse shows the kids how they plant herbs and vegetables using a transplanter. It was part of the Wiltse's Farm Open House on Sunday. The family-owned produce farm, located in Maple Park, has been in operation...

    • Posted July 15, 2011
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  • Photo gallery: St. Gall honors the departed

    St. Gall Parish held a special Veterans Mass at St. Gall Cemetery on Sunday. The mass was offered in remembrance of those deceased (a number of whom are buried in the parish cemetery).

    • Posted July 8, 2011
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  • Movies under the stars

    Cousins Jordyn Withey (left) and Morgan Withey enjoy a Bugs Bunny cartoon before the start of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on Friday evening.

    • Posted July 1, 2011
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  • Journey back in time

    Sir James Bamford and Sir William Lancaster taught the audience all about the middle ages and the history of the Crusades at the Sugar Grove Public Library on Saturday.

    • Posted July 1, 2011
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  • Nothing gets these vets down

    Army veteran Bob Arciola, assisted by Barb Arciola, uses a special electronic breathing devise to pull the trigger when shooting trap.

    • Posted June 24, 2011
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  • A look at aviation history

    Air Classics Museum of Aviation, located at the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, held an open house on Saturday.

    • Posted June 24, 2011
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  • A great day to be in Elburn

    Enjoying the beautiful weather at Hughes Creek are Gordon Dierschow (left) of Express Evaluations and Art Sanchez from A Enterprises.

    • Posted June 24, 2011
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  • It’s Zumba

    Vicky Porter-Spratt from Yorkville is a licensed Zumba fitness instructor. She leads a class every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center.

    • Posted June 24, 2011
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  • Stay safe during storms

    Brad Hruza of Elburn shows a picture of a storm in Elburn last October during a presentation at the Sugar Grove Library on Saturday.

    • Posted May 27, 2011
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  • Hall of Fame at KHS

    Sophomore Danielle McCormack receives her award from Principal Fantozzi during the 2011 Academic Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards on May 2 at the high school auditorium.

    • Posted May 13, 2011
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  • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wicked Witch of the West, played by Emily Grams, confronts Glinda (Kyra Trynoski) and Dorothy (Rachel Miller) in Kaneland Harter Middle School's production of “The Wizard of Oz” last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Middle...

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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  • Knights of honor

    Kaneland National Honor Society inductee Anna Novotny gives a speech during the Knights of Honor ceremony on Monday evening at the KHS auditorium.

    • Posted April 22, 2011
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  • Maple Park Easter Egg Hunt

    The Maple Park Library hosted its annual Egg Hunt at noon on Saturday. Kids from 3 and up got to grab plastic eggs containing prizes.

    • Posted April 14, 2011
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  • Kops and Kids

    Chief Mike Acosta of the Maple Park Police Department greets the kids who have gathered to watch Bambi at the Maple Park Civic Center on Tuesday.

    • Posted April 1, 2011
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  • ‘My Life with James Bond’

    Raymond Benson, the fourth official James Bond novelist, presented a lecture, "My Life with James Bond," on Tuesday evening in the Academic and Professional Center at Waubonsee Community College.

    • Posted March 25, 2011
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  • Making ‘em laugh at McDole

    The Kaneland McDole Elementary School talent show takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m.

    • Posted March 18, 2011
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  • ‘Knights of Destiny’

    Student Conductor Aaron Steenwyk leads the the 8th Grade Concert Band to the tune of "Overture Galactica" during the Kaneland Harter Middle School Band concert on Tuesday, March 8.

    • Posted March 11, 2011
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  • And they’re off

    5th-grade teacher David Argabright trains with members of the Runners Club at John Stewart Elementary school on Tuesday. The runners are training for the 7th Annual Dewey Dash on Sunday, April 10.

    • Posted March 10, 2011
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  • Food is Fun!

    Pastry Chef Rose Deneen of Food is Fun! has been creating pastries for over 20 years. On Saturday, she came to the Sugar Grove Public Library to demonstrate the preparation of chocolate treats for Valentine's Day.

    • Posted February 18, 2011
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  • Some local ‘Folk’

    The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival presented Lee Murdock's Annual Hometown Concert at the KHS auditorium on Saturday.

    • Posted January 14, 2011
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  • Wizards on the court

    David "DP" Paul (left) and Eric "Broadway" Jones of the Harlem Wizards basketball team show some fancy moves to fifth-grader Clayton Slamans and the rest of the students at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.

    • Posted November 19, 2010
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  • A soldier’s story

    Kevin Lamb shows pictures of Afghanistan during the program. Lamb served in the 2nd and 4th Infantry divisions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Posted November 5, 2010
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  • Photo gallery: Blast Off!

    Kaneland Harter Middle School teacher Chari Trembly (top photo) helps launch a rocket on Oct. 15. The 6th grade class built rockets from water bottles and launched them with air and water pressure. Inside each rocket was...

    • Posted October 22, 2010
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  • Photo gallery: Fine Arts Fest: Take 1

    Brandon Fox is Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School’s Music Specialist and member of the Cor Cantiamo Choral Ensemble.

    • Posted October 15, 2010
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  • Photo gallery: One down … hundreds to go

    Mckale Sterken, 7 of St. Charles and his mom, Jennifer, plant an oak tree on Sept. 25 at Johnson Mound Forest Preserve.

    • Posted October 1, 2010
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