Kaneland Krier staff editors on Tuesday visited the Elburn Herald office to take part in World Teenage News Takeover, a month-long initiative meant to encourage news companies to hand over some editorial and creative control to young people. The Krier members during their visit learned editing and web design techniques, and had an opportunity to write this week’s Elburn Herald editorial. Krier editor Shannon Gilkey (left) works with Elburn Herald Sports Editor Ben Draper.
Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville hosted a Halloween Party for the community on Friday, including a car show, costume and pre-carved pumpkin contests. The night also featured movie showings of “Toy Story of Terror” and “Hocus Pocus,” and had raffle prizes and free pizza for all.
The grand opening ceremony for the Kane County Regional Training Center in St. Charles was held Sept. 25. Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen and retired lieutenant Ronald Grommas welcomed guests and led them on a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility. Undersheriff Pat Gengler (right) explains how the firearm training simulators are used.
The Spirit of Blue Foundation and the Planet Dog Foundation donated $10,000 to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office Monday. The funds will be used to replace the soon-to-be-retired K9 Gino, who was rewarded with his favorite tug toy after sniffing out the planted handgun outside the Sheriff’s Office. Gino is a male German Shepherd who is a dual-purpose patrol K9, certified in explosive detection, tracking suspects and lost people, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehensions and handler protection.
The New Pack Roundup for Elburn Cub Scout Troop 107 was held at Community Congregational Church in Elburn Monday evening. While the parents attended an informational meeting, the scouts packed lunches that will be delivered to the Lazarus House in St. Charles, and made crafts to take home. Logan Casburn (right), 6, of Elburn, helps pack lunches, while Luke Palakka (below), 6, of Elburn makes some creations at the button craft station.
Gavan Hughes (above, right), 13, of Elburn, assists Nathan Hughes, 7, of Elburn, with his craft project.
Nicholas Toman, 8, of Elburn, and Kristofer Kruthoff, 8, of Maple Park, prepare goodie bags.
The annual Maple Park Fun Fest took place Saturday through Monday in Maple Park. This year’s event saw sumo wrestling, a car show, parade, pancake breakfast, softball tournament, toilet bowl race, fireworks as well as several other family-friendly activities. Sumo wrestlers Michael Thorton (above), 12, and Robby Erickson, 12, of Hinckley, match one another Saturday afternoon at County Line Customs and Collision, Inc.
Photos by Lynn Logan
The eighth annual Car and Motorcycle Show was presented by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall and Dekalb County Sheriff Roger Scott on Saturday at The Martin family farm in Elburn. Proceeds from the event went to the Make a Wish Foundation. Jim and Tori Yurachek (right) of Elburn stop to take a look at Sheriff Perez’s Ford Torino. The car lineup during the show (below).
Photos by Lynn Logan
Elburn business Terramac, which produces rubber track crawler carriers, celebrated the 100th Terramac RT9 Carrier unit manufactured and sold. Terramac business owners Mike and Lisa Crimaldi stand with their employees in front of a RT9 Carrier Friday morning in celebration. Their employees include Houston Vaughn (back, left to right), Ryan White, Dan Nestmann, Jake Rockafellow, Bryan Sarsfield, Matt Slater, Jill Kestner, Kurt Pfotenhauer, Rich Dickerson, Dave Thomas and Ryan Hoare; owners Mike and Lisa Crimaldi (front, left to right), Savannah Adkins, Steve White, Chris West, Derek Rautio, Dell Howan, Matt Herzig and Monica Coenen. Photo by Lynn Logan
Over 40 Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary staff rounded up in front of the school Aug. 19 for the ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head, and has raised millions of dollars across the nation for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association. Photos by Lynn Logan
The Holiday in the Grove committee held a 5B’s Pork Chop dinner fundraiser June 19 in the Sugar Grove Walgreens parking lot. Employees of Walgreens assisted in the serving of food and directing traffic. Volunteer Joe Rubo (right) of Sugar Grove preps a meal for a guest.
“We’re spreading our wings so we can soar,” said Kristy Simon, owner of Soaring Heart Vintage. The shop moved to the edge of town, where Elburn’s Chamber of Commerce welcomed them with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the afternoon of May 14. Elburn resident Kristy Simon and Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dan Murphy from Edward Jones gather in front of the store front. Photo by Lynn Logan
Peak for Kids presented Kristen Dresler, creator of Generation Strong and Confidence Workshop on May 4 at the Sugar Grove Community House. The girls, ages ranging from 8 to 12, learned basic yoga and feasted on a buffet of many healthy fruits. Sammy Dunne (right), 8, of Elburn, in “Seated Twist” yoga pose.
Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez with Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, dig the first scoops of dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Kane County Shooting Range, located at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles last Friday.
When Eddie Gaedel Pub & Grill held its grand opening fundraiser last month, co-owners Annette Throbald and Myra Ottoson wanted half of the donated proceeds to go toward a local cause, and chose to become involved in the Kindness Campaign. Renee Dee on April 23 was handed a check in the amount of $718.50. Pictured are Theobold (from left), Myra, Sophia and Thor Ottoson, and Dee.
Local municipalities got into the Arbor Day spirit last weekend. Sugar Grove Library Treasurer/trustee Louise Coffman (below, left to right), village trustee Mari Johnson, Library Director Carol Dolin, library trustee Pat Graceffa and Public Works Director Anthony Speciale honor the holiday by planting a bonfire sugar maple tree on Friday at the Sugar Grove Public Library. Elburn Village Board trustee Ken Anderson (right, front) and Jeff Metcalf help plant a sunset maple tree at Independence Park in the Blackberry Creek subdivision on Saturday. Strang, Inc., donated the tree.
Rocky’s Dojo and Gym in Sugar Grove held a fighting event exhibition on March 29. A combination of kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai and modified mixed martial arts matches were on display. Romeoville, Ill., resident Odalis Loya (above), 18, wins her boxing match and is awarded a championship belt.
Photos by Lynn Logan
Over 115 Mothers and daughters gathered at the Sugar Grove Community House Sunday for a special event that empowered girls to be super, presented by PEAK for Kids. Special guest Amy Logan (right) read her best selling book “A Girl With A Cape” for the ladies, and followed with a book signing. Many local volunteers pulled together and offered face painting, karaoke, temporary tattoos, prizes, Mary Kay samples for moms and Girl Scout information.
Mati Mumm (above), 10, of Sugar Grove, had her book signed.
Batavia resident Kristen Desler (above, right) volunteers during a yoga session for the young ladies. Kristen demonstrates the importance of warmups before a session.
The Sugar Grove Fire Department on March 18 held its swearing-in ceremonies of promoted lieutenants Sara Naden and Erik Carlson; paid on-call firefighters, Joseph Beallis, Michael Brown, Bronson Flannagan, Brandon Gudovitz, Kyle MacDonald, Jacob Mackey, Collin O’Neil and Andrew Pauley; and new recruits, Jonathon Anderson, Christopher Caci, Brent Czekala, Brandon Hamblen, Lloyd Hatcher, Nicholas Linden, Ross Reeder, Jacob Smith and Adam Walker. Light refreshments were served afterward. Chief Marty Kunkel (above, right) with probationary honor badges to hand to the new recruits.
Shoppers brought baskets to fill with their purchased items at Friday and Saturday’s Toy and Clothing Sale at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn. The sale took place March 21-22. Jackson Mannia (right), 4, of Elburn shops for toy deals during Friday’s sale.
The musical Broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone” was presented by KHS March 21-23. Sophomore Nicole DiSandro (right), in character as Janet Van De Graaff, performs the song “Show Off” during dress rehearsal March 20.
Sugar Grove welcomed a new establishment to the village on Monday, as Roundup Sports Bar & Grill officially opened its doors to the public. The sports-minded restaurant moved into the building that previously housed Runway to Galway, located at 1942 Route 30 in Sugar Grove.
Illinois 4-H students on Tuesday made their annual spring trip to the Kane County Government Center so that they could learn more about government and see it in action. The students arrived at the Government Center at 8:30 a.m. and then attended the Forest Preserve 9 a.m. and County Board meeting at 9:45 a.m. About half of the County Board was shadowed by the 4-H’ers. Afterward, the 4-H students had lunch with County Board members at the U of I Extension Office. Jessica Poust (right), a Maple Park resident and junior at Kaneland High School, shadowed Kane County Treasurer and CPA Dave Rickert. 4-H members Maddie Marucco (below) of St. Charles and Erik Dunteman of Big Rock shadowed Kane County Board member and Sugar Grove resident Melisa Taylor.
Last week’s Friday Knightlife was held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center. Kaneland-area students gathered for rounds of dodgeball, pizza, board games, air and floor hockey and more. Renee Dee of Sugar Grove poses with daughter, Natalie, 9.
Charlie Dee of Sugar Grove enjoys Paisano’s Pizza.
Finn Gannon, 8, of Virgil plays dodgeball.
Ryan VanDerHeyDen of Sugar Grove and Griffin Bergmann of Maple Park share a snack and goof around.
The Elburn Fire Department on Sunday held a raffle drawing for HorsePower Therapeutic Riding. The raffle winners were Roger Fronek (1st place, $4,675), Bob Ushman (2nd place, iPad Mini) and Jean Milz (3rd place, Amazon Kindle). The raffle altogether raised $22,071.32. HorsePower Board of Directors Chairman John Cain (left to right), Max Capes, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith and HorsePower Director/co-founder Carrie Capes.
Photo: Participants gathered Dec. 4 at the Maple Park American Legion for the third annual Make and Take holiday crafting event. There were several craft stations designed for ages 3 and up. Lemonade and cookies were served. Donations were also accepted. Guests got a chance to make homemade ornaments and gifts to use as Christmas items.
Photo: Sisters Addison Ryan, 4 (left) and Alyssa, 8, of Elburn enjoy coloring Christmas art at the Kaneville United Methodist Church Saturday morning during the Christmas in Kaneville event.
Emily Kay Salon in Sugar Grove held its annual Holiday Open House and Toys For Tots Benefit Friday evening. The salon handed out goodie bags to the first 20 guests, held raffle drawings, offered refreshments and sampling of PRP wines. Emily Strong (right), owner of Emily Kay Salon, is a resident of Elburn. The Toys For Tots collection box at the salon is completely full of gift items for the 2013 Christmas season. If you are interested in donating, contact the salon at (630) 466-8600.
Contestants brought their ready-to-eat apple dishes this past Sunday to the 5th annual Apples Applenty Cooking Contest at Kuipers Family Farm’s Orchard Shop. Many recipes contained the use of Kuipers apples. Judges Marge, of Somonauk, Ill., and Karen Backey, of Lake Montezuma, Ariz., based the scoring on showmanship, taste and the creative use of apples.
The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry held a ribbon cutting and plaque presentation event for Mike and Vicki Morkert of Java Plus at The Book Nook, located in the Sugar Grove Public Library. The Morkerts are residents of Aurora. Java Plus has been an independent coffee shop for the past 7 years. Java Plus is holding a sampling of their coffee and tea this evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.javaplusonline.com.
Elburn Family Summer Fest at Heritage Prairie Farm Aug. 24.
The Town and Country Public Library held a birthday party for Harry Potter (his fictional 33rd birthday was July 31) Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. The event included activities such as a birthday cake and singing, a sorting ceremony, potions classes, story time and a movie, a Quidditch match and scavenger hunt. Samantha Eichelberger (right, on the left) performs the sorting ceremony at the event. Photos by Lynn Logan