All posts by Lynn Meredith

  • Heading west

    Kaneland will join some of its traditional rivals and leave others behind when it becomes part of a new conference starting in the 2010-11 school year.

    • Posted May 28, 2009
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  • Leveling the playing field

    To put Kaneland on a more equal playing field, the district is considering becoming part of a new conference.

    • Posted May 21, 2009
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  • Coach relieved of duties—Investigation pending

    With less than two weeks to the playoffs, Dennis Hansen, coach of the Kaneland High School girls' softball team, was relieved Tuesday of his teaching and coaching duties for the remainder of the year.

    • Posted May 14, 2009
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  • Stopping field trips doesn’t stop learning

    If you can't go to the Shedd Aquarium, then the Shedd Aquarium can come to you. That's the creative approach teachers are taking to the financial challenges Kaneland has seen during the second half of the school...

    • Posted May 14, 2009
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  • Kaneland staff and students strut their stuff

    In an evening of presentations at the School Board meeting on Monday, Kaneland let the public see the projects that won awards and gave the district pride during 2008-09.

    • Posted May 14, 2009
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  • Stepping lively

    There's nothing like a healthy competition to get people moving. That's the motivation behind a month-long walking contest between the six Kaneland schools and the district office.

    • Posted May 14, 2009
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  • Kaneland School District notes

    Gordon named McDole, Shields assistant principal; Plattos donates raffle winnings; Stewart PTN donates to help finish mural

    • Posted May 14, 2009
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  • Help! It’s quicksand!

    It was all going so well at the Harter Road construction site, until workers encountered quicksand at 1,000 feet when trying to lay the sanitary sewer line.

    • Posted May 8, 2009
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  • Valve needed to move water tower project forward

    The Maple Park water tower project hit an obstacle when workers discovered that a shut-off valve was needed to allow them to drain the tank and proceed with the work.

    • Posted May 8, 2009
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  • Curtis takes the reins in Maple Park

    A crowd of Maple Park community members filled the meeting room at the Civic Center on Tuesday night to say goodbye to the village’s out-going village president and to welcome its new president.

    • Posted May 8, 2009
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  • Kaneland School District notes

    Spending cuts continue; New board settles in

    • Posted May 7, 2009
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  • Pay now, not later

    With a referendum in 2008 that approved $65 million to use in building construction projects and construction costs running lower than expected, the Kaneland School District finds itself with between $9.2 million and $11.6 million to use...

    • Posted April 30, 2009
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  • Unleash your inner comic at Zanies

    Even lying on the road on the verge of death after a serious car accident, with a broken sternum and jaw, Dobie Maxwell, known as “Mr. Lucky,” was able to ask himself, “What's funny about this?”

    • Posted April 30, 2009
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  • Steaming into retirement

    Whether he's fixing a musical phrase, fiddling with a steam engine or analyzing a budget, Tom Runty comes by his many talents naturally.

    • Posted April 30, 2009
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  • Painting the town—green?

    In less than a month, you will be able to see the new colors of the Maple Park water tower starting to come to life.

    • Posted April 23, 2009
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  • Special ed cuts down on travel needs

    Retiring Special Education Director Marilee Geene provided the Kaneland School Board an overview of the Special Education programs at its meeting April 13. She projected the numbers of students expected in special education for 2009-10 and introduced...

    • Posted April 23, 2009
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  • Virgil Twp road referendum passes

    For the first time since no one is sure when, Virgil Township will get more money to pay for upkeep on its roads. The rate has stayed at $.16 per $100 of estimated assessed valuation since at...

    • Posted April 23, 2009
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  • Books bring relief to kids in crisis

    Children are often the forgotten participants when a crisis strikes. If a family is involved in an accident, the police are called to a domestic crisis, or there's a fire, the parents are involved in filling out...

    • Posted April 16, 2009
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  • Curtis wins in Maple Park by 18 votes

    Eighteen votes decided the race for village president of Maple Park. Kathleen Curtis edged out incumbent Ross Dueringer in a 176 to 158 vote.

    • Posted April 9, 2009
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  • Grant will help district green up the fleet

    Heads were nodding in support of the efforts of Kaneland Transportation Director Jim Ogle when he announced at Monday's School Board meeting the receipt of a grant to improve the air quality from the buses' diesel emissions,...

    • Posted April 9, 2009
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  • School starting times adjusted for 2009-10

    Efficiency is the name of the game as Kaneland School District officials look at transporting students next year when Kaneland Harter Middle School opens. Middle school students aren't the only ones who will be affected. Both the...

    • Posted April 9, 2009
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  • Stepping the stones to success

    When Christine Heath stepped out of Kaneland High School in 1991, she did not know where her path would lead. As she pursued training and developed her talent, she eventually stepped her way into a remarkable performing...

    • Posted April 9, 2009
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  • 5 candidates vie for 3 slots on School Board

    Three incumbents and two contenders are running for three openings on the Kaneland School Board. The elected candidates will serve four-year terms.

    • Posted April 2, 2009
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  • Views on the township, by five candidates

    With Virgil Township calling for a referendum to help repair and maintain its 30 miles of roads, it's not surprising that the main issue on the minds of candidates for Township Board is how to get funding....

    • Posted April 2, 2009
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  • Neighbors race for village president

    Both candidates running for Maple Park village president have experience on the board. Both were elected to their current positions in 2005—Kathleen Curtis to the Village Board and Ross Dueringer as Village President.

    • Posted March 26, 2009
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  • Introducing Maple Park’s trustees

    The Maple Park Village Board welcomes two new trustees in the uncontested race for three seats, and welcomes back an incumbent. Each brings experience and a desire to serve the community as it faces challenges in the...

    • Posted March 26, 2009
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  • Candidates weigh in on Virgil’s future

    The village of Virgil has three vacancies on its board of trustees, with four candidates running—two incumbents and two new contenders. Since 2005, when B&B Developers proposed a large development in the Virgil area, the village has...

    • Posted March 26, 2009
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  • Let the people decide

    All referendum questions have one thing in common: They all ask for money to pay for services. Maple Park's police referendum is no different. It is seeking additional dollars to help fund police department operations.

    • Posted March 26, 2009
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  • Virgil gives road funding another try

    Every election for the past several years, Virgil township has placed a road referendum on the ballot. Every time, the referendum has failed.

    • Posted March 26, 2009
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  • Memorial benches grace auditorium

    The Kaneland High School auditorium now has in its lobby a permanent memorial of a well-loved and talented theatre student who was killed in an automobile accident. Marcus Issel, a 2006 graduate of Kaneland, is being remembered...

    • Posted March 26, 2009
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  • Geological feature part of middle school’s name

    The new middle school has a new name. The School Board approved "Kaneland Harter Middle School" at its meeting on Monday. It also named the north-south road that leads onto the campus, "Esker Road. " The name...

    • Posted March 13, 2009
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  • Scoping out sink holes in Heritage Hills

    The Maple Park Village Board voted to take a closer look at an 18-inch pot hole at the intersection of Chester and Fabia in the Heritage Hills subdivision. Public Works Director Eric Pinion expressed concern that the...

    • Posted March 13, 2009
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