All posts by Susan ONeill

  • Private funding offers come with caveats

    KANELAND—Kaneland School District officials said they have appreciated the generous offers of funding recently made by parents and parent groups in the past several weeks to save various programs from being eliminated through the budget reduction process.

    • Posted March 26, 2010
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  • Sugar Grove resident offers tax preparation at a reasonable rate

    SUGAR GROVE—Charles Douglas, a Sugar Grove resident who recently opened a tax business in town, said he wants to be an alternative to high-priced tax preparers.

    • Posted March 26, 2010
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  • Theater teacher wraps up career with show

    Kaneland—Ilene Carter has worked with up to 150 students per year during her nine years at Kaneland, both on-stage and behind-the scenes.

    • Posted March 19, 2010
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  • Students have fun with Guys and Dolls characters

    Kaneland High School junior Samantha Vasquez, who will play Sister Sarah Brown in the high school's staging of “Guys and Dolls” this weekend, has been in school plays since the sixth grade, but this is the first...

    • Posted March 18, 2010
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  • 3 Kaneville firefighters lauded for service

    KANEVILLE—Three Kaneville firefighters were recognized recently for their years of service to the Kaneville Fire District.

    • Posted March 12, 2010
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  • Prairie burn gives lesson in good stewardship

    Sugar Grove—Members of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church and others experienced a first-hand lesson in caring for God's creation when they participated in a prairie burn on Saturday.

    • Posted March 12, 2010
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  • Kaneland cuts $3.1 million from budget

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved $3.1 million in cuts to next year's budget, and there is more to come.

    • Posted March 12, 2010
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  • Planning begins for KanevilleFest

    Kaneville—After last year's successful event, planners Karen Flamand, Sandy Weiss, Kim Wendling, Paul Ross, Margie Jordan and Cathy Kovach met Feb. 25 to brainstorm ideas for this year's festivities.

    • Posted March 5, 2010
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  • Village Board postpones vote on SSA proposal

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday postponed until April the vote to propose the establishment of a special service area (SSA) in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions.

    • Posted March 5, 2010
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  • District takes 1st step to cut 112 teachers

    Kaneland—More than 100 teachers will receive pink slips next month, but not all will lose their jobs.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Progress made on Ravlin stormwater management

    Kaneville—Significant progress is being made with the stormwater management of the Ravlin Subdivision, thanks to the efforts of three residents.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Patient, dentist partner to help Hesed House

    Sugar Grove—Karen McCannon, a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will once again partner with Dr. Donald Fee, a Sugar Grove dentist, to provide toothbrushes and toothpaste for residents of Hesed House.

    • Posted February 26, 2010
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  • Cupboard almost bare at Sugar Grove Food Pantry

    Sugar Grove—The shelves at the Between Friends Food Pantry of Sugar Grove are not empty, but they are a lot less full than they were just a few weeks ago.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • State bombshell could double deficit

    KANELAND—State budget woes will soon become Kaneland's problem, as the district's budget shortfall could grow to nearly $5 million.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • Photo gallery: Mr. Kaneland 2010

    Contestants ham it up and show off their talent and their appearance at this year's Mr. Kaneland contest.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • Village Bible Church to feed Haitian earthquake victims

    Sugar Grove—Members and friends of the Sugar Grove Village Bible Church on Saturday, Feb. 20, will pack 50,000 meals to send to victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • FVCC classes provide hands-on experience

    KANELAND—Kaneland High School senior Kyle Straughn did not intend to become a firefighter. A couple of people he knew worked for the Maple Park Fire Department, and he began working there in 2008 as a part-time cadet...

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Community gets say on proposed budget cuts

    KANELAND—Teachers, parents and community members filled the Harter Middle School cafeteria on Monday night as the administration laid out alternatives to previously proposed budget cuts and the KEA announced it would not come back to the bargaining...

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Teacher’s union says ‘No’

    KANELAND—The Kaneland Educators Association (KEA) announced on Monday its decision not to reopen negotiations with the Kaneland administration regarding teachers' salaries.

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Cub Scouts pack food to feed the starving children

    Sugar Grove—Cub Scout Danny McCully and about 40 of his fellow Scouts and family members packed enough food on Saturday to feed 73 children for a year.

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Ladies Night Out to benefit Mutual Ground

    Sugar Grove—More than 25 vendors invite potential customers to enjoy an evening of appetizers, wine-tasting, massages and more at the Bliss Creek Golf Club on Thursday, Feb. 11, while contributing to a good cause.

    • Posted February 8, 2010
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  • 5th graders lift their hands up for Haiti

    Sugar Grove—The world just got a little bigger for four fifth-grade girls at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. Sammy Kowalczyk, Erica Witt, Kayley Bilotta and Samantha Healy have taken on the challenge of collecting basic needed items...

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Kaneland teachers to take a vote on Friday

    Kaneland—Kaneland teachers will take a vote on Friday, Feb. 5, whether or not to re-open salary negotiations with the district. The union representing the teachers, the Kaneland Educators Association (KEA), will announce its decision on Monday, Feb....

    • Posted February 4, 2010
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  • Board wants alternatives to current cuts

    KANELAND—The feedback from School Board members on the administration's proposed cost reduction plan was clear: They want to see other options that don't have such a big impact on the students.

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • 2 dead as plane crashes in Sugar Grove

    SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel was the first responder to the scene of a plane crash in Sugar Grove Township on Saturday evening.

    • Posted January 24, 2010
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  • Kaneville loses a good friend

    KANEVILLE—Kaneville lost a stalwart member of the community last week, when life-long resident Leon Gramley passed away on Friday.

    • Posted January 22, 2010
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  • Mallard Point close to flooding solutions, funding sources

    SUGAR GROVE—The installation of additional drain tiles to bring the current water levels down and regular maintenance of the retention pond and wetland areas should solve the flooding problems in the Mallard Point Subdivision.

    • Posted January 22, 2010
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  • D-302 students give generously to Haiti

    Kaneland—What started out as a simple request for change turned into a donation of over $2,000 to help the people of Haiti after last week's earthquake.

    • Posted January 22, 2010
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  • Activities, staff reductions targets of proposed cuts

    KANELAND—School activities and reductions in staff were among the cuts Kaneland officials brought to the board on Monday to reduce the district’s $2.6 million budget deficit for the 2010-11 school year.

    • Posted January 15, 2010
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  • Survey finds high percent of A’s and B’s at high school

    KANELAND—In a recent study, school administrators found that nearly 50 percent of the students at Kaneland High School have an A grade-point average.

    • Posted January 15, 2010
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  • Rising above a down economy

    SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove-based Metrolift, Inc. President Rick Dahl credits his company's successful journey through troubled economic waters to some strategic moves he made several years ago.

    • Posted January 15, 2010
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  • Library Board members available for ‘meet and greet’ next four Saturdays

    SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Library Board members will be available at the library for the four Saturday mornings in January to answer questions residents may have about the upcoming referendum or about the library's services.

    • Posted January 8, 2010
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