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And they’re off!

The 8th annual Dewey Dash was held on Sunday. It included a one-mile walk/run and a 5K race.
There was a large turnout, and the kids (right) just enjoyed being out and running around.


This year’s race was titled “Full Throttle Thurber.” Scott Metcalfe (right) stretches before the star of the 5K race. Some people (below) got a free ride
during the Dewey Dash on Sunday.

Photos by Mary Herra

Irish in Elburn

Kathleen Goldman (right) came out to enjoy the Lions Irish dinner on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. They have been in Elburn about a year and discovered the event where they can enjoy corned beef and cabbage.


Lions member Cheryl Lee (above) shows off her green hair as she helps with the meal preparation at the annual Lions Irish Dinner on St. Patrick’s Day.

Photos by Mary Herra

Learning the culture


Dennis Paige appeared at the Town and Country Library on Feb. 20. He talked about Native Americans and how they lived and survived. He also brought artifacts and demonstrated animal sounds. Dennis has extensive professional background as naturalist, restorationist, ecology minded storyteller, green thinking lecturer, natural landscaper and environmental journalist. Photo by Mary Herra

Lunch with friends


The Kaneville Lunch Bunch got together on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at noon at the community center. Here, mix ing the cole slaw is Jane Jordan from Food For Thought Catering. On the far right is Lynette Werdin, who has been handling the lunch for many years. Photo by Mary Herra

Photos: Elburn’s own Derby Day

Jacob Grisch (above) of Elburn talks to his dad, Fred, after the Elburn Boy Scout Pack 107 Pinewood Derby at Family Life Church on Keslinger Road in Elburn Friday night. A group of boy scouts (below) watch as the cars are set off the start line. Seth Nosek (bottom photo) worked on the Elburn Herald pinewood derby car with his father, Dave. There were over 150 cars entered in the races.


Photos by Mary Herra

Fall festival fun

Fox Valley Wildlife Center hosted a Fall Festival to raise money for injured and orphaned animals The event took place at Elburn Woods on Sunday. Courtney Boborci (right) watches her daughters Madigan, 10, and Fiona, 7, decorate a pumpkin.

There were also games, food and raffles at the event. Many other children showed to decorate pumpkins, tour the facility and enjoy the day. The wildlife center, located in the Elburn Woods Forest Preserve off Route 38 in Elburn, is a private, nonprofit organization that provides care for wild animals that are in need of help. Photos by Mary Herra


A ‘lil help from the Troop

Boy Scout Troop 7 carries the flag to Blackberry Township Cemetery for Elburn’s Memorial Day observance on Monday. The Boy Scout Troop was joined by Elburn American Legion Post 630 and Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107.
Photo by Mary Herra

Boots for a cause


Members of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District took to the streets, routes 38 and 47 to be exact, last Friday in an effort to raise funds for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s “I Am Me” Camp. The camp allows young burn survivors a chance to be with other kids who’ve experienced similar injuries and not feel self-conscious. For more information on the camp, visit www.ifsa.org. Photo by Mary Herra

Feece honored for 37 years of service


Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Chief Kelly Callaghan presents Jim Feece with his name placard as well as a plaque commemorating 37 years as a Fire Protection District trustee on Monday. Callaghan said he did not know how long Feece was the president of the board, but had always been president since Callaghan started in 1983. “He was always looking for the best for the members of the department, the taxpayers … (he) just tried to have the best for everyone in mind,” Callaghan said of Feece.
Photo by Mary Herra

Kicking up some funds

Members of Midtown Martial Arts, located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, put on a martial arts demonstration as a fundraiser for the Anderson Family Fund Saturday. The group raised $1,947 for the
Anderson family. Photos by Mary Herra

Easter in Elburn

Two-year old Joshua Jeffery of Elburn played with a rabbit friend while the Elburn Town and Country Public Library’s Dwyane Nelson reads “The Easter Egg” by Jan Brett. Photo by Mary Herra

Guest speakers at BC Elementary

Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary hosted Elburn and Kaneland community members in the Reading Cafe. Wednesday featured Elburn Village President Dave Anderson reading the book “Thomas’s Sheep and the Great Geography Test” by Steven L. Layne to three third-grade classes. Other readers include employees of the Town and Country Public Library, Elburn Town and Country Fire Protection District and the Elburn Police Department. Photo by Mary Herra

Kaneland students honored by IAEA, Sugar Grove Public Library

Brandon Abordo, a second grader at Kaneland McDole Elementary School, here along with art teacher Erin Livermore, was selected by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) to have his artwork be a part of the IAEA’s 2010-11 travelling art show. His artwork, plus artwork from students from all over Illinois, was on display at the Sugar Grove Library Jan. 6. Three other Kaneland-area students had artwork displayed as well: Betse Hauser and Sydney Stacy (John Stewart Elementary), and Keely Noel (John Shields Elementary).

Photo by Mary Herra

Longtime friend

Bob Pederson was honored Saturday by the Kaneland boys basketball program as a “Friend of the program.” Pederson was the boys basketball coach at KHS from 1978-86, amassing 116 wins to 97 losses. His 1981-82 team went 26-6, and won conference, regional, sectional and super-sectional championships, and was the last KHS boys basketball team to go downstate. Pederson was also the KHS
athletic director from 1983-93.
Photo by Mary Herra