All posts by Susan ONeill

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    Focus on photos

    Photo: Jan Baumgartner with her camera and her “winter wonderland” photo setting in the background. The scene is just one of several photo rooms she’s created in her studio. Photo by Patti Wilk ELBURN—Jan Baumgartner, one of...

    • Posted February 23, 2014
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    Tough love

    ‘Roar’ Comedy Central-Style roast for Chris Halsey Wednesday, March 12 Elburn Lions Park 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn 6 p.m. $25 donation per person RSVP by Friday, Feb. 28, at (630) 365-6315 Friends, colleagues to ‘roast’ Elburn...

    • Posted February 21, 2014
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  • Elburn holds hearing on application for benefits

    Elburn Village Board on Tuesday held a Public Hearing regarding former police officer Steven Furlan’s application for benefits related to an injury sustained while on duty in December 2008. Furlan was performing a safety check at the...

    • Posted February 21, 2014
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    Anderson: Elburn’s future is bright

    ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson believes that the future of Elburn looks bright, with residential building picking up, a number of new businesses in town, and more to come. Anderson on Feb. 6 gave his State of...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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  • Blackberry Township Supervisor resigns

    BLACKBERRY TWP.—Blackberry Township Supervisor Dennis Ryan resigned his position last week, following numerous disagreements with township trustees on a variety of issues. “I’m sorry to have to do this,” Ryan said on Tuesday. “There were just too...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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  • Elburn housing plan would address shortfall

    ELBURN—Elburn officials recently created an affordable housing plan, based on the village falling short of the state’s required 10 percent affordable housing, per the most recent census data. At 9.7 percent, Elburn is just three thenths of...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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  • Elburn to approve contract for water tower painting, other maintenance

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday discussed a project for painting and other maintenance and improvements to the Prairie Valley North elevated water storage tank scheduled this summer. Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said that although the...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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  • Harsh winter affects village salt supply

    ELBURN—High winds, cold temperatures and lots of snow are depleting Elburn’s supply of salt, and salt already ordered has been slow to arrive. According to Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven, the village has already used more than...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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    ‘Carrie’s going to be missed’

    Photo: Longtime Elburn resident Carrie Petrie (pictured with her daughter, Cara, and granddaughter, Abby) passed away on Jan. 9. Petrie was involved with the Elburn American Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary, played an active role in the Elburn Memorial...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • Elburn Village President looks toward 2014 with optimism

    ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson sees growth and improvements for Elburn in the coming year. After three years with only two building permits for new homes in each of those years, 2013 will likely end with eight...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Road improvements and police service main Maple Park priorities for 2014

    MAPLE PARK—Village President Kathy Curtis recently said that the village in 2014 will continue to build on the momentum it gained last year, with the emphasis on road improvements and police service. High on the list for...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Elburn moves forward in 2013

    by Susan O’Neill ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson doesn’t like to call things the village gets done “accomplishments.” “We’re just doing our job,” he said. Even so, the list of items on the “Elburn doing its job”...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Maple Park does a lot with a little in 2013

    by Susan O’Neill MAPLE PARK—Maple Park accomplished a number of things in 2013 despite having a small budget. “We have awesome people,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. Curtis described Maple Park as a “do-it-yourself community,” making good...

    • Posted December 28, 2013
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  • Builders in Blackberry Creek obtain reduction in fees

    Village sees growth picking up ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved a reduction in impact fees that several builders had requested for lots within the Blackberry Creek subdivision. The Village Board earlier this year approved the...

    • Posted December 20, 2013
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    Bright lights in the village

    Local resident wins national recognition for Christmas lights CAMPTON HILLS—Brian Larsen recently received national acclaim for a Christmas display he calls a “labor of love.” “Some guys collect Corvettes and Porsches,” Larsen said. “I do Christmas lights.”...

    • Posted December 20, 2013
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  • Blackberry Township working to renew lease on Elburn Youth Baseball field

    BLACKBERRY TWP.—The Blackberry Township Board hopes to renegotiate a lease that will allow Elburn Youth Baseball to continue playing at McNair Field. The previous lease negotiated between Blackberry Township and Burr Ridge company Transmission Relay Corporation had...

    • Posted December 20, 2013
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  • Elburn Food Pantry benefits from Kane County Farm Bureau

    ELBURN—The Elburn Food Pantry is just one of the 20 food pantry recipients of donations from Kane County Farm Bureau members. The Farm Bureau, through its Harvest for All and other hunger relief programs, has recently surpassed...

    • Posted December 14, 2013
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    Frigid weather keeps crowds down, but spirits high at Elburn Stroll

    Photo: The 19th Annual Elburn Christmas Stroll took place throughout Elburn Friday evening. A crowd gathered around to watch the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District firehouse demonstrate a live burning of a Christmas tree. More photos...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Elburn VB passes 2013 levy

    ELBURN—The Village Board on Monday unanimously approved a 2013 tax levy of $824,000, following a public hearing with no comment. Village President Dave Anderson said that, dividing the property tax amount residents pay to the village, the...

    • Posted December 6, 2013
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  • Elburn residents save money on electric bills

    Village negotiates on their behalf with competitive bidders ELBURN—Elburn residents who took advantage of an electricity savings program the village initiated in 2011 have saved an average of about $40 per month on their electricity bill during...

    • Posted December 6, 2013
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  • The family of Caitlyn Phillips gathered on Sunday to accept donation money collected by Caitlyn's friends Cierra Kuipers and Katie Baird, who sold silicone bracelets in the community to help keep Caitlyn’s memory alive. The duo raised over $1,000 for the Phillips family. Kuipers (left to right); Baird; Caitlyn’s sister, Taylor Phillips; Caitlyn’s parents, Gary and Crystal Phillips, with their grandson, Noah.  Photo by Lynn Logan
    ‘Caity Strong’ bracelets keep Elburn teen’s memory alive

    by Susan O’Neill ELBURN—Two young friends of Caitlyn Phillips have found a way to keep the memory of their friend alive, while offering some financial assistance to her family. Elburn teenagers Katie Baird and Cierra Kuipers were...

    • Posted November 28, 2013
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  • Elburn amends building codes

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday passed an ordinance amending the village building and housing code, bringing it in line with the international building code for 2012. Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan said that the biggest change...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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    Firefighters coordinate Elburn pantry holiday food drive

    Elburn firefighters to collect donations at Elburn Jewel-Osco Sunday, Nov. 24 • 9 a.m. – noon Or drop off items at either Fire Station No. 1 or No. 2 now through the New Year ELBURN—Firefighters from the...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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  • Elburn Village Board gives Dunkin’ Donuts the green light

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved a special use permit for the Dunkin’ Donuts to allow a drive-through in the Elburn Crossing Subdivision, clearing the way for the franchise to open in Elburn. The restaurant will...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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  • Village Board agrees to keep current meeting schedule for a full year

    ELBURN—Elburn village trustees on Monday agreed to continue meeting only twice a month for now, even though half of them had previously expressed a desire to return to a weekly schedule. Trustee Jeff Walter at the Nov....

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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  • Elburn close to bringing in Dunkin’ Donuts

    ELBURN—The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise is one step closer to coming to Elburn, after the Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval for a drive-thru. The restaurant would be located in front of the Jewel-Osco, in the lot at...

    • Posted November 8, 2013
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  • Board members feeling ‘out of the loop’

    Question whether meeting twice a month is enough ELBURN—The move for the Elburn Village Board to meet twice a month instead of four times a month has caused some trustees to feel “out of the loop,” as...

    • Posted November 8, 2013
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    Officials celebrate Anderson bridge groundbreaking

    ELBURN—Decades in the planning, construction is set to begin on the Anderson Road bridge as public officials put shovels in the ground on Monday. The shovels symbolized breaking ground on the project that will provide an overpass...

    • Posted November 8, 2013
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  • Trustees raise concerns on village social media policy

    ELBURN—Village Board members and staff on Monday raised concerns regarding the village’s social media policy for its employees. The policy was added to the village’s employee personnel policy manual during the past year, and came up for...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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    Crazy Quail event pulls for Special Olympics

    Photo: Maple Park Police Department held its ‘Crazy Quail’ event in support of Special Olympics on Saturday at the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club in Elburn. Crazy Quail is a new game where participants shoot targets thrown by...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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    ‘Things are moving forward’ in Elburn

    ELBURN—“Things are moving forward” in Elburn, said Building Commissioner Tom Brennan at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The number of new residential building permits for 2013 is at double the number for 2012, with the potential...

    • Posted October 26, 2013
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  • Eddie Gaedel to get a new look with help from the village

    ELBURN—Eddie Gaedel Pub & Grill in downtown Elburn will soon sport a new look, thanks in part to facade improvement money the Elburn Village Board has agreed to grant to the owners. The official vote to approve...

    • Posted October 25, 2013
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