All posts by Susan ONeill

  • 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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  • Elburn police chief receives award for his support of Marine reservist

    ELBURN—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith was recognized on Monday night for his support of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Staff Sargent and part-time Elburn police officer Ben Pepich. Pepich, who recently returned from a one-year deployment, nominated Smith...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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    Lions Park playground gets a makeover

    ELBURN—The playground at the Elburn Lions Club Lions Park is getting a facelift and a retrofit, thanks to the club’s fundraising efforts and those of the volunteers doing the work. The project began last year, under the...

    • Posted October 19, 2013
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  • Elburn resident involved in crash

    ELBURN—Two cars were involved in a crash on Route 38 near the Fox Valley Wildlife Center at 6 p.m on Oct. 7, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. A 17-year-old Elburn resident, Philomena Taglia, was driving...

    • Posted October 18, 2013
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  • Phil Wilson of DeKalb displays his 1968 Pontiac with spooky Halloween decor and free treats at the Lions Club Car Show on Sunday. 
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    Elburn Lions car, motorcycle show a success

    ELBURN—The Elburn Lions had a beautiful day on Sunday for its fall classic All Wheels (car and motorcycle) Show. This year was the 20th year for the event. Committee member Dan Purcell’s father started the show in...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • Village addresses cost of healthcare

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday addressed the $7,400 of additional costs to next year’s budgeted health insurance premium by reducing the village’s contribution to each employee’s health care savings account (HSA). The premium to keep the...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • Board grants first permit fee reduction to builder in Blackberry Creek

    Subdivision has seen increase in permit requests this year ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved its first request from a builder for a reduced building permit fee in the Blackberry Creek Subdivision. Builder Mike Hughes of...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • Village officials to attend Anderson Road pre-construction meeting

    ELBURN—Village President Dave Anderson and Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven will meet with IDOT, KDOT, representatives from Martam Construction, Inc., etc. on Friday, Oct. 11, to make sure that everyone is on the same page on the...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • Papa G’s closes its doors

    ELBURN—After nearly 15 years in business in Elburn, Papa G’s restaurant has closed its doors. A spacious restaurant with a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Papa G’s had been a staple in downtown...

    • Posted October 4, 2013
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  • Anderson Road project bids awarded

    ELBURN—Ground breaking for the Anderson Road bridge project should take place sometime in mid-October, now that the work has been awarded, Kane County Transportation Department Director Tom Rickert said. Martam Construction, Inc., together with Herlihy Mid-Continent Company...

    • Posted October 4, 2013
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  • New child care facility to open in Elburn

    ELBURN—The Lighthouse Academy, a Delaware-based child care facility company, will open a child care center in Elburn this fall. Lighthouse Academy Vice President Shannen Flores attended the Elburn Village Board meeting on Sept. 16 and asked for...

    • Posted September 29, 2013
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  • Sugar Grove sets public annexation agreement public hearing for Oct. 1

    SUGAR GROVE—Those who attend the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 will have a chance to ask questions, make comments and provide feedback on Sugar Grove’s proposed annexation of property around the Interstate 88...

    • Posted September 28, 2013
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  • Elburn to use water bill to communicate community events

    ELBURN—The village will begin accepting announcements from local non-profit organizations regarding community events for placement on its water and sewer bills. Space within the header of the bill allows for messages of up to 80 characters, without...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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