All posts by Stefanie Frazier

  • Matthew Uzarraga
    Sugar Grove resident lands ‘Les Miserables’ role

    SUGAR GROVE—Matthew Uzarraga is an 11-year-old fifth-grader who is home schooled by his mother, Estrellita. He’s also a professional actor. Uzarraga will play the role of Gavroche from “Les Miserables” at Drury Lane Theatre from now until...

    • Posted April 20, 2014
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    Kaneland students to visit Europe on trip

    Photo: A group of Kaneland High School students in June will participate in a service trip to Europe. A previous service trip involved students planting trees at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., in order to restore...

    • Posted April 19, 2014
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  • D302 Board discusses survey results

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday heard the results of the inaugural Parent Satisfaction Survey. The survey consisted of 30 questions and had participation of Kaneland parents from elementary to high school, with the most completed results...

    • Posted April 18, 2014
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    Kaneland celebrates 15th Fine Arts Festival

    Photos: The Kaneland Arts Initiative celebrated its 15th annual Fine Arts Festival on Sunday at Kaneland High School. The event boasted a wealth of professional artists, musicians, dancers and actors. Peter Thaddeus (right) creates an acrylic work...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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    Student urges community to ‘Seize the Purple’

    Photo: “I personally feel that epilepsy doesn’t get the awareness that it deserves. It affects over six million people worldwide, and it’s just as common as breast cancer is. And I just think it really does deserve...

    • Posted April 12, 2014
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    Kaneland senior sets sights on the future

    Standout scholar will attend MIT in the fall KANELAND—Ethan Witt’s reputation for scholastic excellence precedes him. A Kaneland High School senior, Witt has scored perfectly on the ACT two times, as well as on other state tests....

    • Posted April 11, 2014
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  • Kaneland Scholastic Bowl team celebrates successful season

    KANELAND—Ken Dentino experienced success coaching Kaneland High School’s Scholastic Bowl team this school year. Dentino, a math teacher at KHS, gives his team of 20 students some advice from time to time. “Honestly, there’s not a whole...

    • Posted April 11, 2014
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    Avenue J Studios introduces youths to stage

    Photo: Avenue J Studios, located inside the Elburn Countryside Community Center, is a performing arts education and youth theatre that opened in January. Avenue J Studios offers traditional acting, drama lessons, youth and theatre musical production programs...

    • Posted April 4, 2014
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    Bestselling author visits Blackberry Creek

    The Blackberry PTO invited children’s author Andrea Beaty (right) to a special visit to Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School on March 17. Beaty spoke with the students about her success as a writer. She brought her new...

    • Posted April 4, 2014
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  • School Board approves technology purchase

    KANELAND—Kaneland students will soon have more technology at their fingertips. The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted to 6-1 approve the purchase of student devices at a total of $225,000. The objective of the purchase is to...

    • Posted March 28, 2014
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    Kaneland honors veterans with patriotic assembly

    Photo: Kaneland High School students packed the school’s east gym for a patriotic ceremony Monday. Jim Cornelison, famed voice of the Chicago Blackhawks, sings the National Anthem during the assembly. Photo by Patti Wilk KANELAND—Kaneland High School...

    • Posted March 22, 2014
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    Postive Post-its

    Photo: Words of kindness spread through the halls of Kaneland High School this past week with brightly colored post-it notes displayed on each of the students lockers. Inspiring, quirky and cute uplifting phrases were written with the...

    • Posted March 15, 2014
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  • Goff introduced as new KHS athletic director

    KANELAND—New Kaneland High School athletic director Peter Goff was introduced at the Kaneland School Board meeting on Monday. “We’re pleased to formally introduce Pete,” said Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler. “Welcome.” Board members then approved Goff’s employment...

    • Posted March 14, 2014
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    A Knight to remember for performing arts

    KANELAND—Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters held its second annual Knight of Performances on Sunday at Harter Middle School (HMS). And it was during the event that Ally Mitchinson, a sixth-grader at HMS, did something she had never done...

    • Posted March 7, 2014
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  • Kaneland in talks to discuss salary contracts

    KANELAND—The Kaneland Education Association is in talks to discuss its salary contracts for the next school year. According to Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler, the Kaneland School Board and Kaneland Education Association have entered into collective negotiations....

    • Posted March 7, 2014
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    A feast fit for the arts

    Photo: The Kaneland Arts Initiative on Friday celebrated the arts with its fifth annual Fine Arts Feast at Open Range Southwest Grill in Sugar Grove. KHS art teacher Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield plays the accordion for guests in attendance....

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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  • School Board approves cost limitation waiver submission

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted to submit a waiver for administrative cost limitation to the Illinois State Board of Education. The vote requests a “one-time, one-year waiver.” The matter is expected to go to the...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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    Community bowls against bullying

    Photo: Leigh Ann Reusche (left to right), director of Kindness Campaign of Elburn, Renee Dee, founder/CEO of Peak for Kids, and Maria Dripps-Paulson goof around at the “Bowling Against Bullying” event on Saturday night. Photo by Lynn...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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  • Kaneland considers middle school Spanish course

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday listened to the possibility of incorporating Spanish in Harter Middle School next year. School Board member Peter Lopatin expressed his enthusiasm for the idea of having foreign language at the middle...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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    Bateman crowned Mr. Kaneland 2014

    Photo: Mr. Kaneland 2014 was won by senior Mitch Bateman (middle). First runner-up won by senior Dalvell Triplett (right) and second runner-up was given to senior James Lim (left). Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—There’s a new Mr....

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    Fundraiser a success for Kaneland Blackberry Creek

    Photo: Elburn resident Rocky Wruck dazzles the crowd in his Elvis costume as he volunteers to sell the 50/50 raffle tickets at Family Bingo on Saturday night. Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—Maryann Lisberg, a Blackberry Creek Elementary...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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  • Bowl against bullying

    Event seeks to teach participants to “be happy” AURORA—Local adults will soon have a chance to go out, bowl and have fun while learning, too. “Bowling Against Bullying” is a collaborative endeavor hosted by Kindness Campaign, Nick...

    • Posted February 3, 2014
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  • The cast of “The Laramie Project” includes Justin Schaller (back row, from left), Ben Mitchinson and Patrick Murphy; Rebecca Hof (middle row), Pamela Gianakakos, Sabrina Massa, Laszlo Reed, Peter Lopatin and Trisha Mills; Douglas Orlyk (front row) and Caitrin Mills. Photo courtesy of Sally Jane Photography
    ‘The Laramie Project’ debuts on Kaneland stage

    ‘It’s a powerful, powerful production.’ KANELAND—The play “The Laramie Project,” presented by Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) and partnered with the Kindness Campaign, did not open on its expected opening day last Friday, due to frigid weather. However,...

    • Posted February 2, 2014
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  • Kaneland Blackberry Creek to host Bingo, auction

    ELBURN—Are you ready for some Bingo? The Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO will host Family Bingo and Auction Night on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary, 1122 Anderson Road, Elburn. Blackberry Creek Elementary...

    • Posted January 31, 2014
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  • Kaneland will not continue with intergovernmental consortium

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted against continuing onto the next phase of an online and blended learning intergovernmental consortium with neighboring school districts. The only board members who voted to continue with the consortium were...

    • Posted January 17, 2014
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  • Friday Knightlife to return to Kaneland community

    KANELAND—Friday Knightlife is back. The program, which ran from fall 2009 to spring 2011, has been resurrected thanks to the community collaboration of Peak for Kids, Inc., Elburn and Countryside Community Center and Sugar Grove Public Library....

    • Posted January 10, 2014
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    Remembering Tom

    Photo: Myrna and Bill Smar (top row) with Raulene and Tom Kuebelbeck. Courtesy Photo ELBURN—Bill Smar is an Elburn Lions Club member who works on publicity. Recently, Smar thought about his late friend Tom Kuebelbeck. “Well, I...

    • Posted December 14, 2013
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  • D302 tax levy increases

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board agreed to increase the tax levy at the Monday meeting. This means that the tentative tax levy that had been approved at the October meeting will go into effect. The requested amount is...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • School board approves hiring of two interim athletic directors

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board agreed to hire two interim athletic directors for the the school year on Monday. The two directors are Rudy Keller and Ralph Drendel. Board member Tony Valente was the only member to vote...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Kaneland tabs retiree trio as interim athletic director

    by Stefanie Frazier KANELAND—Kaneland High School’s search for an interim athletic director has concluded. Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler recently announced a “finalized plan” to fill the interim athletics and activities director position for this school year...

    • Posted December 2, 2013
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  • Elburn Lions Club seeks donations for tornado victims

    by Stefanie Frazier ELBURN—The Nov. 17 tornado outbreak ripped through the Midwest, flattening homes and resulting in at least six deaths. Many people still need help in the wake of the damage and devastation left by the...

    • Posted November 28, 2013
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    Production takes KHS to ‘Almost, Maine’

    Photo: KHS students Emily Laudont, as Marvalynn, and Creston Saylors, as Steve, practice at a rehearsal for “Almost, Maine.” The production took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Kaneland High School. Courtesy photos Weekend play draws hundreds...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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