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    Home construction on the rise again in Blackberry Creek

    ELBURN—Home construction continues to gain momentum in Elburn’s Blackberry Creek subdivision. According to Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan, there are currently 10 homes and two duplexes under construction in the subdivision—already more than the eight building permits...

    • Posted September 27, 2014
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  • Voters to decide: Elburn or Fox River Fire District?

    ELBURN—Voters in the northeast section of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will soon decide whether or not to disconnect from the district and join the Fox River Fire Rescue District. Elburn District Fire Chief Kelly...

    • Posted September 19, 2014
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  • Village donates playground equipment to Elburn Community Center

    ELBURN—The Village Board on Monday voted to donate playground equipment to the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, but no Community Center representatives were present to accept it. The village purchased the playground equipment approximately 25 years ago,...

    • Posted September 19, 2014
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  • Christmas Stroll features new date, light show, s’mores

    ELBURN—The annual Elburn Christmas Stroll will celebrate its 20th year this year, but a few things will break from tradition. For one, instead of the first Friday following Thanksgiving weekend, this year’s Chamber Christmas Stroll will take...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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  • Village moves forward with wastewater treatment upgrade

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday decided to go forward with an upgrade of the village’s wastewater treatment plant, although the cost will be significantly higher than it had been originally estimated. The board voted unanimously at...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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    Lauzen addresses Elburn Chamber

    Photo: Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen (right) and Elburn Village President Dave Anderson share a laugh prior to Lauzen’s State of the County address on Sept. 4. Photo by Susan O’Neill Kane County Chairman issues State...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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  • Competitive bidding environment could cost village

    ELBURN—Engineering Enterprises, Inc. representatives told Village Board members on Monday that the bids to do a project were likely to come in higher than they had anticipated, due to increased activity in projects similar to Elburn’s wastewater...

    • Posted September 5, 2014
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  • Sugar Grove man killed in crash

    See also: Rodger Adhemar Lambert SUGAR GROVE—Rodger Lambert, 73, of the 300 block of Maple Avenue in a Sugar Grove, was killed Friday when his truck left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Kane County deputies...

    • Posted August 29, 2014
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  • Elburn Days a success

    Residents missed National Night Out ELBURN—Proclaiming Elburn Days 2014 weekend event a great success, Village President Dave Anderson at Monday’s Village Board meeting praised the Elburn Lions Club and all the volunteers who contributed their time to...

    • Posted August 22, 2014
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    Sixth-grader’s solo concert to benefit KAI

    ELBURN—Kaneland Middle School sixth-grader Bailey Cates will perform a solo guitar and piano concert on Sunday, Aug. 17, to benefit the Kaneland Arts Initiative. Bailey has attended KAI’s Fine Arts Festival every year since she was 5...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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    Major renovation planned for Anderson Animal Shelter

    Photo: The current kennels for dogs are small, isolating and confining; new housing will include pens for small dogs and individual rooms for large dogs. Photo submited by Holly Alcala to SONeill@elburnherald.com Looking for 100 foster families...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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  • Village gives thumbs-up to ‘Shop Elburn First’

    ELBURN—The Elburn Economic Development Commission (EDC) received a big thumbs-up from the Elburn Village Board on Monday to move forward with the “Break the Habit, Shop Elburn First” campaign. The board also committed funding to help pay...

    • Posted August 8, 2014
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    Campaign encourages residents to ‘Shop Elburn First’

    ELBURN—The Elburn Economic Development Commission is working on a “Shop Elburn First” campaign to encourage residents to spend their money in town and “break the habit” of heading to Randall Road to shop. Commission members, made up...

    • Posted August 1, 2014
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    Sugar Grove ‘on the cusp’ for growth

    In part two of its three-part series, the Elburn Herald takes a look at the current state of Sugar Grove, and the individuals set to lead the village into the future SUGAR GROVE—When Sugar Grove Village Board...

    • Posted July 26, 2014
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  • Electricity rates increase, but less than with Com Ed

    ELBURN—Elburn residents will see an increase in their electric bill in September, but those in the village’s aggregate program will still pay less than if their contract was with Commonwealth Edison. According to a press release from...

    • Posted July 25, 2014
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  • Village reaches agreement on Blackberry Creek sign

    ELBURN—With building in Blackberry Creek Subdivision gaining momentum, village trustees on Monday agreed to a sign outside the subdivision to market lots and homes to potential buyers. The agreement, reached by village trustees in response to a...

    • Posted July 25, 2014
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  • Invasive plant management in Blackberry Creek

    Board accepts proposal for work around ponds ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday voted to accept a proposal from a DeKalb land management company to begin invasive plant management around naturalized ponds in the Blackberry Creek subdivision....

    • Posted July 25, 2014
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    Building blocks that created a village

    In part one of its three-part series, the Elburn Herald takes a look back at the individuals and groups that helped establish Sugar Grove not only as a village, but also as an ideal place to put...

    • Posted July 19, 2014
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  • Community comes together to learn, begin to heal

    MAPLE PARK—Parents and young people from Maple Park came together on July 9 at the local Civic Center for an informational session on train safety. Many in the community have been impacted by the recent death of...

    • Posted July 18, 2014
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    Elburn Lions make donation to help small town rebuild

    Photo: Elburn Lion and District 1-J Vice District Governor Chris Halsey (right) hands boxes of Right Guard deodorant to Gifford Lion Roy Roberts and other Lions Club members, including District 1-E Governor William “Butch” Guennewig (in background)...

    • Posted July 11, 2014
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  • Elburn discusses Blackberry Creek signage concerns

    ELBURN—Elburn officials had “a lot more questions than answers” on Monday regarding a builder’s request to place marketing signage outside the Blackberry Creek subdivision. Orleans Homes Director of Acquisition Rick Zirk attended Elburn’s Committee of the Whole...

    • Posted July 11, 2014
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  • Elburn man falls victim to IRS scam

    ELBURN—An Elburn man was recently the victim of a scam by someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said on Tuesday. The victim was a 33-year-old male who lives on...

    • Posted July 11, 2014
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  • Police Chief views video of teen train death

    Operation Lifesaver Wednesday, July 9, 6 p.m. Village Board Room, Maple Park Civic Center 302 Willow Street, Maple Park For questions, contact Josh Salisbury or Kevin Brown at the Maple Park Police Department, (815) 827-3286. You may...

    • Posted June 27, 2014
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  • Sirens not just for tornadoes anymore

    ELBURN—The next time you hear a siren in Elburn, it may not be a tornado warning. Earlier this year, village trustee Dave Gualdoni, who works with the village’s Community Emergency Response Team, and Police Chief Steve Smith,...

    • Posted June 23, 2014
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  • Village clarifies parkway maintenance responsibilities

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved an ordinance that would require property owners to maintain village parkways adjacent to their property. This would include mowing the grass, keeping driveways in good repair, as well as keeping...

    • Posted June 23, 2014
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  • Village considers credit card convenience fee

    ELBURN—Residents will soon be required to pay a convenience fee of $2 when they pay village bills and fees with their credit card. Village Board members on Monday discussed the fee recommended by Village Finance Director Doug...

    • Posted June 6, 2014
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  • Village grants Community Center’s bill request

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday heard the Elburn and Countryside Community Center’s request to assist with costs associated with a broken water pipe in the building. The board granted an adjustment to the Community Center’s bill,...

    • Posted June 6, 2014
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  • Alternative to Elburn baseball request

    ELBURN—Village officials on Monday declined a request from Elburn Youth Baseball and Softball League (EYBSL) that the village help to pay to move gates located in the Blackberry retention fields, instead making a suggestion for a less-costly...

    • Posted June 6, 2014
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    Kaneland teen killed by train in Maple Park

    MAPLE PARK—Harter Middle School student Parker Wolfsmith was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train in Maple Park on Saturday night. Wolfsmith lived in an unincorporated area of Kane County outside of Maple Park. The...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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  • Storage facility to move forward

    Village to work with owners on road improvement requirement ELBURN—Elburn residents Laura and Brent Dempsey will move forward with their plans for a storage facility, now that the village has agreed to work with them on road...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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    Library’s plant sale most successful to date

    The 11th annual Elburn Town and Country Public Library’s Plant Fundraiser was held Mothers Day weekend May 9-10. The fundraiser helps fund the youth reading programs. Aiden Goecker (right), 5, of Elburn, helps his mother pick out...

    • Posted May 16, 2014
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    Play on at McNair Field

    BLACKBERRY TWP.—Mya McIntire’s team, the Blue Sox, played their first game of the season at McNair Field on Sunday, thanks to the efforts of Blackberry Township to renew the lease on the field. Mya and her father,...

    • Posted May 16, 2014
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