All posts by Keith Beebe

About Keith Beebe

Keith Beebe is the Editor of the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at or (630) 365-6446 x105.
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    Celebrate the 85th installment of Elburn Days

    Elburn Days website >> Elburn Days on Facebook >> Schedule of Events >> The 85th installment of the Elburn Days festival will take place this weekend, Aug. 15-17, at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore Ave., Elburn. This...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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    Editorial: Witnessing the power of the Healing Field

    Two weeks ago we used editorial space to provide further information to our readers regarding the Healing Field ceremony and display near Kaneland High School, scheduled to take place Memorial Day Weekend. Well, if you happened to...

    • Posted May 30, 2014
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  • Editorial: Honoring the veterans through the Healing Field

    We ran a story last week detailing the upcoming Healing Field events that will take place at Kaneland High School over Memorial Day Weekend. We’d like to use this space to elaborate a little bit on next...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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  • Editorial: Don’t forget the flowers this weekend

    Looking to buy some flowers for Mother’s Day this Sunday? We know of a way in which you can get flowers while also helping out the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library. Hey, we’re all...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • Editorial: Elburn Herald content places in multiple IPA categories

    Last June we talked at length (OK, we bragged) about the awards we received from the Illinois Press Association, including top marks for Best Sports Photo and Enterprise/Feature Writing, a second-place nod in General Excellence, a third-place...

    • Posted April 18, 2014
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  • Editorial: A thank you to local candidates

    It was three weeks ago when we concluded our coverage of the 2014 General Election Primary, and we’d like to use this space to thank all of the local candidates who took time out to complete an...

    • Posted April 4, 2014
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  • Editorial: Don’t ask us about our bracket

    “How’s your bracket?” It’s a question that serves as a popular conversation starter this time of year, for both sports nuts and the casual observer. And it’s something very few of us want to hear or discuss....

    • Posted March 27, 2014
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  • Editorial: Clarifying the Sugar Grove Public Library limited rate increase referendum

    It came to our attention recently that there was a bit of confusion regarding our recent coverage of the Sugar Grove Public Library limited rate increase referendum. Because it’s our mission to bring you the clearest and...

    • Posted March 13, 2014
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  • Editorial: It’s that time of year once again

    Believe it or not, it’s actually early March right now. And we can confirm as much in this week’s issue of the Elburn Herald, as it features the first part of our coverage regarding the spring General...

    • Posted March 6, 2014
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    Webpoll/Editorial: What is your favorite Olympic Sport?

    The 22nd Winter Olympics are upon us An even-numbered year indicates at least one of two things: • It’s potentially a Leap Year • It’s definitely an Olympic year We’re two years away from the next 29-day...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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    Editorial: School’s out … for winter?

    The month of January is when students are supposed to return to school and begin their second semester, not enjoy multiple four-day weekends almost immediately following the conclusion of Christmas break. Yet that’s exactly what has happened...

    • Posted February 2, 2014
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  • Editorial: Kindness Campaign events continue in 2014

    We used editorial space last fall to preview Kindness in Kaneland (KIK) Week, as well as Kindness Campaign 2013 activities. And now that 2014 has officially arrived, we’d like to shed some light on the Kindness Campaign’s...

    • Posted January 16, 2014
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  • Editorial: Here’s to a healthy, happy 2014

    We used much of last week’s issue of the Elburn Herald to allow local elected officials to reflect on what their respective municipality achieved in the year 2013. This week, we’re featuring the same elected officials as...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • The most wonderful time of the year

    Christmastime. It’s the season when we celebrate friends and family, gifts and tasty desserts, freezing weather and ugly holiday sweaters. It’s the season where we take a moment to reflect on the year as it comes to...

    • Posted December 25, 2013
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  • Editorial: Thank you for supporting local Christmas events

    No one does a Christmas celebration quite like the Kaneland community, and last weekend gave us a chance to experience holiday excitement and cheer via Elburn’s Christmas Stroll, Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove, Kaneville’s Christmas in...

    • Posted December 12, 2013
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  • MP Village Board approves 2013 tax levy

    MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve the village’s tax levy for the fiscal year commencing May 1, 2013, and ending April 30, 2014. The total extension of the 2013 levy is...

    • Posted December 6, 2013
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  • What we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving

    It’s officially that time of year again. Thanksgiving. It’s a time when we cut the work week short (or nix it entirely), load up on mass doses of turkey, football and shopping (preferably in that order), and...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Editorial: Local municipalities dive headfirst into holiday season

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local municipalities are getting ready to put their respective holiday-themed events on display for the entire Kaneland community to enjoy. Each local holiday event is unique—no question about it. However, all...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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  • Editorial: Thank you, veterans

    It’s an age-old question: what would you do for your country? How far would you be willing to go to ensure the United States’ safety and prosperity? How much is your freedom worth to you? Honestly, those...

    • Posted November 14, 2013
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  • Editorial: ‘Tis the season to give back to the Elburn Food Pantry

    For many, the holiday season begins the moment Halloween ends (the fact that local stores are already carrying holiday lights and decorations confirms this). And now that Oct. 31 is in the rear-view mirror, the Elburn Fire...

    • Posted November 8, 2013
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  • MP board approves Waste Management contract

    MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve a contract with Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., for the purpose of waste collection and disposal. The board’s authorization extends the current contract with Waste...

    • Posted November 8, 2013
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  • Editorial: Is this a great community or what?

    In September and October, we used this editorial space to remind residents about the then-upcoming Becky Nelson fundraiser event in Kaneville, urging them to participate and get in on the fundraising effort regarding Becky’s mammoth hospital bills....

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Editorial: Make time this Sunday for a great cause

    We at the Elburn Herald try out best to avoid repeating ourselves when it comes to the editorial section. But in a month best known for ghosts and goblins, jack-o’-lanterns and scary treats, it’s kindness and compassion...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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  • MP appoints 7 Planning Commission members

    MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday appointed seven members to the village’s Planning Commission. Village Planning Commission appointees include returning members Art Maercker (chairman, three-year term), George “Nick” Davidson (three-year term), Robert Rowlett (three-year term)...

    • Posted October 4, 2013
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  • Editorial: Elburn Herald to work with Kindness Campaign 2013

    If you’re one of the Elburn Herald’s regular readers, you know that most weeks we feature a Community Corner column authored by a local group, the likes of which include Kaneland Arts Initiative, Performing Arts Boosters, Sports...

    • Posted September 20, 2013
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    Editorial: America’s darkest day, 12 years later

    Yesterday marked the 12th anniversary of the darkest day in American history. And as hard as it is to believe that it’s actually been more than a decade since we, as a nation, witnessed the atrocities of...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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    Editorial: Toilet Bowl Races a staple at Maple Park Fun Fest

    A big part of building up your brand is carving out a niche—something that is unique and immediately recognizable; something that defines your product. A great example of “branding” can be found in the Kaneland community’s four...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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    Maple Park says yes to video gaming

    MAPLE PARK—John Peloso, owner of HD Rockers in Maple Park, on Tuesday implored the Maple Park Village Board to approve an item allowing for video gaming devices in the village. Peloso left the meeting a happy man....

    • Posted August 9, 2013
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    Elburn stormchaser revisits Moore tornado site

    ELBURN—Elburn resident and professional storm chaser Brad Hruza headed down to Moore, Okla., on Wednesday to visit the area that was struck by a deadly tornado on the afternoon of May 20. Hruza, 37, had previously visited...

    • Posted July 19, 2013
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    Editorial: Happy Independence Day

    The Fourth of July. It’s a holiday that celebrates America’s independence, and it also serves as the ideal time to give in to our pyromaniac tendencies and light off some fireworks (safely, of course). It’s a day...

    • Posted July 4, 2013
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  • Sugar Grove Corn Boil Medallion found

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Corn Boil Medallion has been found. Sugar Grove resident Shirlee Guddendorf found the medallion last week in the prairie patch located behind the Sugar Grove Park District and Volunteer Park pavilion. Several clues...

    • Posted June 28, 2013
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  • School Board adopts tentative 2013-14 budget

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 4-0 to approve the tentative 2013-14 budget for District 302. According to a document from Julie Ann-Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, revenues in the 2013-14 operating budget are projected to...

    • Posted June 28, 2013
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