All posts by Martha Quetsch

  • Village official: Guide in place for downtown revitalization

    ELBURN—Planning Commissioner Susan Filek wants revitalizing the historic business district in Elburn to be a priority for village officials.

    • Posted March 19, 2010
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  • RV owners want an answer

    MAPLE PARK—Don Holder of Maple Park parks his trailer on a gravel area alongside his garage. Now, he's not so sure he is allowed to do this, since village officials are not sure either.

    • Posted March 19, 2010
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  • Booking it

    Fourth-grader Jennifer Parra, 10, took a look at a book during the Blackberry Creek Elementary School Book Fair Tuesday.

    • Posted March 18, 2010
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  • Dewey Dash in Elburn will kick off race season

    ELBURN—Gene Stern of Elburn has participated for the past several years in the Dewey Dash, a 5K event that Town & Country Public Library sponsors each spring.

    • Posted March 17, 2010
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  • $5M IEPA loan sought for treatment plant

    MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials want to make sure the village's wastewater treatment system is adequate for future development. However, meeting that goal will require $5 million.

    • Posted March 13, 2010
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  • Trustee: ‘We want to get this town up and running’

    MAPLE PARK—Village officials want to help improve and promote downtown Maple Park by collaborating with local businesses.

    • Posted March 12, 2010
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  • Committee recommends higher water-sewer charges

    ELBURN—Elburn Village Board members in recent weeks have debated the best way to raise water and sewer revenue, with ideas ranging from charging a customer fee to hiking usage rates.

    • Posted March 12, 2010
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  • Stimulus funds sought for aging stormwater system upgrades

    MP, ELBURN—Maple Park and Elburn officials hope that economic stimulus funds will make sorely needed stormwater system improvements possible in their villages.

    • Posted March 5, 2010
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  • Customer fee vs. higher water-sewer usage

    ELBURN—Elburn trustees do not all agree that a customer fee is the best or only way to raise water and sewer revenue.

    • Posted March 5, 2010
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  • Strategies suggested to improve drainage, environment

    ELBURN—Elburn trustee Ken Anderson wants future village agreements with developers to require stormwater management practices that steer precipitation as quickly as possible into local creeks and aquifers.

    • Posted March 5, 2010
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  • Dance! Dance! Dance!

    The library hosted the event on Monday evening to promote children's reading.

    • Posted March 4, 2010
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  • Soccer buff gives Kaneland kids winter workout

    ELBURN—When Brad Simmons of Sugar Grove offered Kaneland students ages 7 to 9 soccer lessons at no charge, parent Aaron Mayhan didn't hesitate to sign up his son Casey, 8.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Village officials: Higher water, sewer charges needed

    ELBURN—Senior resident Joanne Gordon is concerned about the impact that a proposed $20 water and sewer fee would have on her household budget and those of others.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Village goal: Pare down projected $2 mill. deficit

    ELBURN—Budget planning continued during Monday's Village Board meeting, a process that started early this year so the village officials can find ways to pare down an expected deficit of nearly $2 million.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Elburn man indicted for criminal sexual abuse

    ELBURN—Christopher Runde, 24, of Elburn, could face up to three years in prison for criminal sexual abuse, according to the Kane County State's Attorney's office.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Congress on Your Corner

    U.S. Congressman Bill Foster met individually with residents from District 14 attending his Congress on Your Corner event at Elburn Village Hall on Saturday afternoon.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Village focuses on unkempt residential properties

    MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials intend to address the issue of residential property appearance, having received complaints about yards with vehicles parked on them or that are strewn with junk or weeds.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • Village study proposes water, sewer fee increase

    ELBURN—The revenue-strapped village of Elburn could boost its budget by $463,200 per year by charging every household in Elburn a $20 base fee for water and sewer service, according to a Public Works Department study that village...

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • MP community policing initiative begins

    MAPLE PARK—A community policing initiative kicked off Monday in Maple Park with a presentation by officer Andy Rissman to local Girl Scouts about staying safe.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • Committee: Use utility tax for village operations

    ELBURN—In the past, Elburn has dipped into the money residents pay in utility taxes to help keep the village operating. Now, village officials say those taxes should be permanently designated for that purpose.

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Elburn officials ponder budget strategies

    ELBURN—Like most taxing bodies, the village of Elburn is coping with declining revenue and rising costs, calling for creative budgeting measures. Those could include hiking water and sewer fees and changing employee salaries and benefits, Village President...

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Blackberry Creek roads left unfinished by developer

    ELBURN—The developer of Blackberry Creek subdivision in Elburn has failed to finish surfacing several streets as required under its development agreement with the village.

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Police Department will have new digs

    Maple Park—Maple Park Police Department will move to larger quarters as soon as the police chief and a village trustee spruce up the space in the Civic Center.

    • Posted February 11, 2010
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  • Earthquake shakes the area

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred just before 4 a.m. in Northern Illinois. The USGS estimates nearly 11 million people felt "a light shaking."

    • Posted February 10, 2010
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  • Church mobilizes for Haiti relief

    ELBURN—Matt Gerke, 13, did a lot of heavy lifting at Lord of Life Church in Elburn last weekend during a massive relief collection for Haiti.

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Officials praise new chief for first month on job

    MAPLE PARK—Maple Park's new police chief, Michael Acosta, spent much of his time during his first month of employment making initial improvements to help him do his job.

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Developer postpones building 469-home subdivision

    MAPLE PARK—A developer has put plans on hold for a 469-home development in Maple Park because of the downturn in the residential housing market.

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Village officials: New employee handbook a must

    ELBURN—The first draft of a new employee manual, a priority project for the village, is nearly finished. The manual will reflect workplace legislation and village policies that were established since the current handbook was created 17 years...

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • ‘Miracle’ Meagan

    ELBURN—When Meagan Seals was born Nov. 10, 2009, her parents and doctors did not expect her to live more than two weeks. Based on her rare condition before birth, she was not expected to be able to...

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • Dying swan saved after being shot

    ELBURN—A swan found nearly dead from a gunshot wound will survive, thanks to being saved by a passerby and taken to the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn.

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • St. Charles organization offers to promote Elburn

    ELBURN—The St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to promote Elburn attractions in order to draw more tourists to the area.

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • Earthquake devastation heartbreaking for former missionary

    SUGAR GROVE—When the severe earthquake hit Haiti last week and TV stations ran footage of the devastation there, Sugar Grove resident Kaelynn Wilson said her heart was broken.

    • Posted January 22, 2010
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