All posts by Sandy Kaczmarski

  • Senior matchmaker enhances lives

    KANE COUNTY—A senior companion program that pairs up volunteers and seniors with the goal of enhancing their lives is expanding throughout southern Kane County.

    • Posted September 19, 2011
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  • Candidates switch seats in election bids

    Redistricting creates 6 degrees of separation between area officials KANE COUNTY—After serving nearly 20 years in the Illinois State Senate, Chris Lauzen announced he’s running for Kane County Board Chairman.

    • Posted September 17, 2011
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  • New eating, drinking establishment for downtown patrons

    ELBURN—It looks as if Elburn residents will have another place to eat and drink after the Village Board gives the final go-ahead next week for a special use permit to allow a restaurant and bar to open...

    • Posted September 16, 2011
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  • One crazy dog leads to new business

    ELBURN—Neal Jacobs used to be vice president of operations for an upscale clothing company. Now, he picks up poop.

    • Posted September 16, 2011
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  • Neighbors split on possible Pouley Road closing

    ELBURN—About nine people, including two township trustees, showed up at a public meeting to express their opinions about possibly closing the at-grade crossing at Pouley Road, if requested by Union Pacific once the Anderson Road bridge is...

    • Posted September 9, 2011
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  • New job title for PW Superintendent as he heads off to serve

    Elburn—Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven is leaving late next month, heading off to a “temporary job” about 6,000 miles away on the other side of the world.

    • Posted September 5, 2011
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  • Fire Protection District hosts memorial, open house to honor 9-11 fallen

    Elburn—The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 will be commemorated with a special open house on Sunday, Sept. 11, by the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District.

    • Posted September 4, 2011
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  • Hogfan Party shoots for $35,000 to help find a cure

    Elburn—With an ambitious goal to raise $35,000, Sandy Gould is getting ready for the 3rd Annual Jason’s Hogfan Party in honor of her son Jason, who died at age 36 after a battle with leukemia.

    • Posted August 29, 2011
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  • From small town to NFL star

    Don Beebe comes home to share his story ELBURN—This year’s multi-denominational church service during Elburn Days will feature a well-known local boy who made good.

    • Posted August 19, 2011
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  • Not ready for publication

    After two years, village employee manual still work in progress ELBURN—After paying $5,000 to a consulting firm two years ago to come up with a workable employee manual, Elburn officials have decided it’s back to the drawing board.

    • Posted August 19, 2011
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  • Special kids dance the night away at volunteer event

    ELBURN—Several girls nervously waited for their turn to get their hair and nails done at a special dance for some very special youngsters.

    • Posted August 12, 2011
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  • Elburn couple still waiting to resolve lawsuit over broken ankle

    ELBURN—An Elburn woman is still waiting after three years to resolve a lawsuit to pay for medical costs after she stepped in a hole and broke her ankle.

    • Posted August 12, 2011
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  • Training clinic closes, Heartland Counseling gets a new address

    ELBURN—After 11 years, the training clinic at Heartland Counseling in Elburn closed its doors, and two of the licensed therapists there have formed a new corporation to continue providing services in the area.

    • Posted August 12, 2011
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  • Elburn Station plans unveiled

    Elburn—Despite being somewhat sweltering at Lion’s Park pavilion Tuesday night, even with the fans on, a group of Elburn residents listened to development plans for Elburn Station during an open house.

    • Posted August 5, 2011
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  • Bicycling for a friend’s cure

    ELBURN—Nicole Loske of Elburn has done something the last two summers that she never did before. And she said she plans to do it again.

    • Posted July 31, 2011
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  • Population growth means new police commission for Elburn

    ELBURN—Three Elburn residents were named as the village’s new police commission, now that the village has more than 5,000 residents; 5,602 to be exact, according to the 2010 Census.

    • Posted July 29, 2011
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  • Bowling fundraiser to help with a new heart for St. Charles man

    ST. CHARLES—A St. Charles man needing a heart transplant will get some help from a fundraiser at the St. Charles Bowl on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

    • Posted July 24, 2011
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  • Kaneville man named to White House science post

    Kaneville—Gerald Blazey knew the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was looking for someone. The distinguished research professor of physics at Northern Illinois University said a casual inquiry was made.

    • Posted July 22, 2011
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  • Former MP entrepreneur receives U.S. Chamber award for ‘dreaming big’

    MAPLE PARK—Imagine a tree house with a slide at your workplace, a rock climbing wall, and foosball. It's a work-hard, play-hard environment that Red Frog Events Founder Joe Reynolds hopes will foster creativity, innovation and empowerment.

    • Posted July 16, 2011
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  • Outdoor liquor sales OK’d after mending fences

    ELBURN—By dropping the word “consumption” from the village of Elburn’’s new outdoor liquor sales ordinance, Knuckleheads will be in compliance with the new law.

    • Posted July 15, 2011
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  • Brief power outages, few tree limbs down in wake of storm

    REGIONAL—For the most part, the Kaneland area was spared from Monday’s intense storms that quickly moved through the area packing winds upwards of 70 miles an hour.

    • Posted July 15, 2011
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  • Board clarifies fire ordinance

    Change makes it easier to understand what is allowed Elburn—Backyard campfires can still be enjoyed around Elburn, thanks to some modifications to the village’s burning ordinance.

    • Posted June 27, 2011
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  • Board OK’s pursuit of playground grant

    Elburn—There may be some new playground equipment next year at Community Center Park if the village is awarded an $85,000 grant through the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program.

    • Posted June 24, 2011
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  • From bachelor’s degree to Ph.D.

    Elburn—When a student is awarded a full fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it’s certainly an impressive accomplishment, given that MIT is widely considered among the most prestigious universities in the world.

    • Posted May 23, 2011
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  • Residents want ‘speedway’ traffic to slow down

    Kaneville—Kaneville will be getting some new speed limit signs that show drivers’ speed in response to resident complaints about the main drag through town—Harter Road—becoming a speedway.

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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  • Fill the Boot on May 6

    Donations go to help child burn victims Elburn—The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance will hold its annual Fill the Boot program on Friday, May 6, and Elburn firefighters will be out collecting donations for a children’s burn camp.

    • Posted May 6, 2011
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  • KC Chairman says future looks bright, despite sour economy

    Kane County—Kane County is in a position to take advantage of future growth opportunities as a result of the fiscal prudence taken by the County Board during the last 10 years, according to the board chairman.

    • Posted May 6, 2011
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  • Continuing impact

    Kaneville—About 60 people with shovels, garden gloves, rakes and brooms showed up on a misty morning for a little spring cleaning at the Conley Farm in Kaneville to get the gardens ready for community outreach programs in...

    • Posted April 15, 2011
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  • Elburn board avoids water rate increase

    Elburn—It looks as if residents won’t have to face a water/sewer increase—for a while, at least. Superintendent of Public Works John Nevenhoven told the Elburn Village Board Monday that to complete all the projects on his wish list,...

    • Posted March 25, 2011
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  • MP referendum asks residents to keep tax

    Maple Park—Maple Park residents could be faced with hefty tax increases to replace a revenue stream to fund needed capital improvements if the No Tax Increase referendum fails to pass on April 5.

    • Posted March 25, 2011
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  • Elburn residents to decide on electric source

    Elburn—Elburn voters will be asked to decide whether to allow the village of Elburn to purchase electricity for residential and small commercial retail customers from other suppliers than ComEd.

    • Posted March 25, 2011
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  • Voters to decide whether to bid for cheaper power rates

    Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove voters will be asked whether to allow the village to negotiate power supply rates on their behalf in a referendum on the ballot April 5.

    • Posted March 25, 2011
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