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Elburn Pack 107 New Scout Roundup

ELBURN—Elburn Pack 107 will offer a fall New Scout Roundup on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 101 E. Shannon St. This event is for new Scouts in grades first through fifth.

Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills and developing a spirit of community service. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are its activities: camping, hiking, racing model cars, field trips, or doing projects that help hometowns and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means “doing.”

For questions, contact Pack 107 at or visit


Church among Elburn’s best-kept secrets

Photo: Located at 100 E. Shannon Street in Elburn, the Community Congregational Church’s members are “determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.” Photos by Lynn Logan

ELBURN—Members joke that Elburn’s Community Congregational Church is one of the best-kept secrets in town. On the flip side, many are trying to change that.

“We’ve been hearing for years that the church has been closed or is dying,” church member Karen Diesel said.

Located at 100 E. Shannon St., the church during Elburn Days hosted a large rummage sale, face painting, music provided by the Al and Susan Duo of St. Charles, ice cream from Colonial Ice Cream and sloppy joes that people return for year after year.

“It was awesome; we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” Diesel said. “The weather really cooperated and we made about $4,500—more than double the $2,000 we usually make.”

Church Pastor Bennett McNeal said it’s not unusual for smaller churches to struggle.

“We’ve had some difficult times in recent years,” McNeal said. “The members are determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.”

Church moderator Mary Royer said a lot of maintenance work that has been on the back burner is now being undertaken, along with the installation of a new elevator to make the church accessible to all. She credits Diesel with doing a lot to make the church more visible during Elburn Days.

“Karen worked very hard,” she said. “We had a lot going on so people could see that we’re still here.”

After celebrating only his second Elburn Days, McNeal said he came to realize the church is an incredible resource in the community.

“We have scouts that meet at the church along with other groups, we plan to provide a caregivers’ support group—all of these things are intended to provide services for the community,” he said. “Of course, we also are continuing our traditional programs of Sunday school for all ages and traditional worship services.”

McNeal said the maintenance projects and the new elevator are ways to make the church more welcoming.

“Our tradition is to be welcoming to everyone, and we mean that with no exceptions,” McNeal said. “These aren’t my words, they come from our denomination: ‘No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here at Community Congregational Church.’”

“We don’t say it as much as we act on it,” Royer said. “We are very much like a family.”

For more information about the church, visit or call (630) 365-6544.


Raising funds for a dog for Alex

Photo: Elburn’s McGarvey family—Ray and Heather, with sons Raymond, Brandon, Jonathon and Alex—is running a Go Fund Me campaign to assist them in the purchase of a trained companion dog for youngest family member, Alex, 9.
Photo by Debbie Behrends

ELBURN—Like many 9-year-old boys, Alex McGarvey of Elburn is excited about getting his first dog. But Alex’s dog will be more than just a pet.

Alex is diabetic, and the new family pet will be his trained companion dog.

Heather McGarvey, Alex’s mom, explained that trained companions are different than service dogs.

“We don’t need a service dog for him out in public that no one else can touch,” Heather said. “We need it primarily for here at home.”

Although Alex was diagnosed when he was just a year old, and he has an insulin pump, Heather said he’s growing so fast, and changes in his blood sugar are frequent.

“We’ve been talking with his doctor awhile, and he’s not eligible to get a sensor that goes in his stomach to help regulate his blood sugars,” Heather said.

Alex said when his blood sugar is very high, he has a pounding headache and he’s very thirsty. When it’s low, he said his legs get wobbly.

“I think it will be nice to have a dog that can smell when my sugar is high or low,” Alex said.

Ray McGarvey, Alex’s father, said Alex’s older brothers, Raymond, Brandon and Jonathon, all know what to do when Alex needs assistance, but often his blood sugar dips dangerously low when he’s sleeping. A dog could smell that situation and wake Alex or anyone else in the house to get him the help he needs.

But dogs with specialized training don’t come cheap. Heather said their research has found dogs ranging from $10,000 to $20,000—and some from for-profit companies that are not so reputable.

The family has determined that the best route is to get a puppy, a female German shepherd. Alex said that the family will take her to a series of obedience classes before she is scent trained. Because they plan to raise the dog, she will bond with the entire family.

Not only is the process an expensive one, it’s a lengthy one. Heather said it will take about a year before the dog is ready for scent training.

But in the end, the family will have a pet and Alex will have a companion that will help keep him healthy as he grows.

A Go Fund Me campaign has been established to help the McGarveys in purchasing Alex’s four-legged assistant. For more of Alex’s story, and to make a donation, visit

Kaneland students spend summer pursuing musical endeavors

by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters

For most teenagers, summer vacation means trips to the mall, hanging out with friends and catching up on sleep. This summer, many Kaneland music students sacrificed some of their free time to engage in musical endeavors.

The Kaneland community is ideally situated within driving distance of dozens of music- or theatre-related camps held on college campuses or at privately-owned arts education institutions. These programs or camps focus on music, art, theatre, dance or creative writing. Some are for commuters; while others house the students in dorms for anywhere from five to 10 days.

Traditionally, music camps are taught by prominent professional and collegiate musicians, as well as award-winning music educators who provide motivational and music instruction for middle and high school students. Several Kaneland students used their Booster scholarships to help pay for attendance at these camps. As many students will attest to, attending a music camp also helps motivate them for the upcoming school year and beyond.

This past July, five KHS choir students spent the day at Sing! Workshop for teens, hosted by the St. Charles Singers. Their day was spent focusing on vocal technique and listening skills necessary to good ensemble singing. The students worked with the most experienced and talented chamber singers in the area, including our KHS choir director, Mr. Bryan Kunstman.

A concert in the evening concluded the day’s events. In addition, Kunstman held a Madrigal/IMEA Camp for his choir students. In the morning session, students prepared for the upcoming IMEA audition on Oct. 7 at Addison Trail High School. The afternoon session for Madrigal students was filled with preparing scales, triads and chord progressions, and to develop tonal skills. Students also learned a few songs for this coming year to practice for perfection.

Our KHS drum majors dedicated part of their summer to attend drum major camps. In mid-July, our two newest KHS drum majors attended the Smith Walbridge Drum Major Camp at Eastern Illinois University. Founded in 1949, Smith Walbridge was the first camp in the United States to specialize in instruction related to various marching band activities. More than 300 students from all over the country attended this camp led by instructors from top college marching band programs.

The six-day program included morning sessions on marching basics, focusing on pedagogy of teaching; learning sets of commands and perfecting them with squads; elective classes; twice-daily conducting classes; and sessions on leadership and motivational techniques. It was an exhausting week, yet both KHS drum majors shared they had the time of their lives. The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters funded part of the tuition associated with this camp. Our second-year drum major, who attended Smith Walbridge last year, attended the State Summer Symposium Drum Major Camp, held at Illinois State University. This weekend workshop integrated modern and traditional techniques with score study and leadership training. It’s a safe bet that our KHS Marching Band is in good hands.

For decades Kaneland has been considered football country. Yet there’s been another group training hard—the KHS Marching Knights. High school band members spent two weeks (40 hours the first week and 16 hours the second week) with band directors Aaron Puckett, Rebecca Andersen and guest directors prepping for the upcoming marching season—and it’s a lot more than just learning the school fight song.

Bright and early on Aug. 4, 100 band members arrived to spend the first two mornings without their instruments, learning marching basics, position of attention, different exercises and drills—all the formations and movements that will be part of their field show. Following a brief lunch break, students broke into groups representing sections of the band, including woodwinds, brass, drumline and color guard to rehearse the music for the show. At the conclusion of each day’s events, the band would come together to rehearse all music, and then it would be back outside for more marching.

This fall, the KHS Marching Knights will appear at all home football games, march in four parades, and participate in one marching exhibition and three competitions.

While our KHS Marching Knights were busy on the field, another band camp was held at Harter Middle School for incoming sixth-grade musicians. During camp, students attended 45-minute classes with sixth-grade Band Director Dan Zielinski, grouped by instrument type, every morning for two weeks. This offered students an opportunity to get “up and running” on an instrument, which resulted in faster progress, as well as increased interest, effort and success (also, this camp was just plain fun).

The Kaneland Music program will undoubtedly benefit from the time and effort these students have put in over the summer months. Community members are invited to attend concerts, exhibitions and field shows throughout the year. This information can be found on the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters’ Facebook page.

For more information about the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, send an email to: The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters is a registered 501c3 organization.

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Editorial: Take the ‘labor’ out of Labor Day weekend with Maple Park Fun Fest

We’ve reached that time of year when kids are back to school and Labor Day weekend is staring us in the face. And that means, yes, summer—for all intents and purposes—is over. Kaput. Fin.

Well, summer’s not “completely” over. We still have one more local summer festival—Maple Park Fun Fest—to enjoy before officially bidding adieu to summer 2014. And anyone who knows what Fun Fest offers each and every year knows that it’s a great way to send off the summer in style (likely to return only after we endure another polar vortex).

This year’s festival will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Maple Park.

The festival will feature its annual run/walk, the Romp in the Park, and its annual Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament, which can be found throughout the weekend at the Maple Park Civic Center field. Meanwhile, the popular crafters and vendors show will take place on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The third annual Bags Tourney will take place at the North Park in town, across from Washington Street, at 10:30 a.m. The food and beer garden will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Just for Kicks Dance Group will perform a dance routine on Main Street at noon on Saturday. And the annual bike parade for kids will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Following the bike parade, a Kid Zone craft table will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. on Main Street. The annual Toilet Bowl Challenge will commence on Saturday, 1:30 p.m. on Main Street. If you haven’t yet seen this event, make some time to go and check it out on Saturday afternoon. The team names are typically both clever and hilarious, and some of the toilet-mobiles (or whatever you want to call them) are surprisingly quick. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed.

Of course, free events are an important part of Fun Fest, and balloon animal artist Andrew Noyszewski will be on hand at the Fun Fest on Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

The annual Maple Park Fun Fest Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Main Street.

Musical entertainment is always a big part of Saturday’s activities. Several bands are scheduled for Saturday’s mainstage, including Not By Chance at 3:30 p.m., Chemically Imbalanced at 5 p.m. and headliner Red Woody at 9 p.m.

Sunday will feature an abundance of activities, as well. The American Legion Breakfast Buffet will be held from 7 a.m. to noon.

And there’s the Fun Fest Car Show, which will take place at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

The Maple Park Fire Department will host a Water Challenge at the Fire Station at 1 p.m. A number of bands will also perform Sunday on the mainstage, including Party Doctors at 2:30 p.m., Shooter Whiskey at 4:30 p.m. and Back Country Roads at 7 p.m.

Fun Fest raffle winners will be announced at 8 p.m., followed by Fun Fest’s tour-de-force fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. We continue to be amazed by the pyrotechnic displays put on each year by Sugar Grove, Kaneville and Maple Park during its respective summer festivals. So if you for some reason missed out on Kaneville Fest’s jaw-dropping fireworks show last Saturday, atone for that mistake by taking a trip out to Maple Park for the Fun Fest fireworks on Sunday night. It’s always an outstanding show.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer than with a weekend spent at Maple Park Fun Fest. So make sure you get out there this Saturday, Sunday and Monday for what is certain to be a great time.

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Fighting cancer with buzz cuts

Photo: Matt Peters gets a buzz cut as part of Cuts for the Cure.
Photos submitted by Julie Allen to

Event raises over $1,000 for childhood cancer research
ELBURN—Three generations of Elburn residents recently got their heads shaved at Cuts for the Cure, an event at Dave’s Barbershop that raised over $1,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer research organization.

Joe Schoepke, his son-in-law Matt Peters, and his grandson Maxwell Peters, were just three of the nearly 30 people who came out to get buzz cuts from Dave Rissman, the owner of Dave’s Barbershop, located at 132 N. Main St, Ste. 1. Rissman volunteered to host the event.

“My first reaction was to put a hat on,” Schoepke joked. “If you’d seen how much hair I’d had, you would say (the buzz cut) is really bold. My family said they didn’t even recognize me anymore.”

The event was organized by 10-year-old Nolan Allen, who lost an uncle, Craig Larson of Batavia, to cancer earlier this year. Allen shaved his own head so he could march in the Elburn Days Parade and advertise the event.

“I just know I kicked cancer’s butt hard,” Nolan said. “I did it for my uncle Craig. It’s a really good feeling to see that you raised $1,000 for cancer research. I don’t know if my parents or grandparents could be any prouder.”

Though the Allens were a little disappointed with the turnout—in retrospect, they wish they had planned it for a different day than the Saturday of Elburn Days—they said the experience was a good one.

“It’s hard to get people to come and shave their heads and to come and get haircuts on Elburn Days, but people were really excited that someone Nolan’s age would want to do this kind of charity work,” said Bob Allen, Nolan’s father. “We just came together as a family and tried to help other people, and it was a nice moment for us to take time out of our daily lives and stop thinking of ourselves.”

Rissman has done St. Baldrick’s events in the past, but this was the first one he’d ever hosted in his own shop.

“I was hoping we’d get a line outside the door,” Rissman said. “But I would deem it a success. The bar was set at $1,000, and we reached that.”

For Schoepke, supporting the cause was personal. He’s a cancer survivor—he developed prostate cancer in 2007 and says he’s fortunate to be cured—and said that he got the buzz cut to show solidarity with the Allen family and other families struggling with cancer diagnoses.

“It’s like with the ALS thing, where everybody’s getting ice dumped on them,” Schoepke said. “Anything you can do to raise awareness or help the families or advance the research (into cancer) is important. It’s important to show solidarity.”

Schoepke said he’d known the Allens for a long time and that he was proud of Nolan for taking the initiative to create a fundraiser.

“He’s a very courageous, caring young man with a good heart,” Schoepke said. “To just go out and promote this event as he did, to go through the process and get as many people to get along in the process, for a kid his age, it’s courageous.”

Schoepke got his buzz cut on Wednesday—a few days ahead of the event—and Matt and Maxwell Peters came on Saturday for the event.

“The Allens are family friends of ours, and my father-in-law is a cancer survivor, so that was very persuasive for us, too,” Peters said. “I think it’s a good cause. It was a pretty cool thing for Nolan to put together.”

Though everyone who arrived got buzz cuts, for Nolan, that still wasn’t short enough to show his support for the cause.

“When I saw myself in the mirror, I personally wasn’t really satisfied,” he said. “I thought I was going to be bald-bald, so we almost shaved it with one of those little razor thingies, but mom took the first stroke and said she couldn’t do it. She was afraid she was going to cut my scalp.”

Nolan’s considering repeating the fundraiser next August, though he said he’ll probably schedule it for a weekend other than the weekend of Elburn Days.

The whole event, the Allens say, wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of Rissman, who offered to host the event at his barbershop and give buzz cuts to anyone who arrived that day. Two other stylists who work in the same building were also on hand to give out cuts.

“I could not have done it without Dave and his generousness to let me use his barbershop,” Nolan said.

His mother, Julie Allen, agreed.

“Dave Rissman was so generous in saying, ‘Let’s do this and you do it here,’ and he helped me organize it so Nolan could get some extra donations,” she said. “It was very generous and selfless of him.”

Elburn Days 2014 Livestock Sale results

ELBURN—The following transactions took place during the 2014 Elburn Days Livestock Sale:

• Grand Champion Market Hog, owned by Cody Pitstick (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2.65 a pound at 299 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog, owned by Jaide Panek (Kan-Du), sold for $1.50 a pound at 277 pounds to Schenk Custom Builders
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Jacie Panek (Kan-Du), sold for $1.40 a pound at 248 pounds to Smallcakes of St. Charles
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Brett Dienst (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.50 a pound at 256 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Brandon Goltermann (Lincoln Highway) sold for $1.35 a pound at 242 pounds to Eldon & Sandy Gould Family
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Elena Halverson (Lincoln Highway) sold for $1.25 a pound at 300 pounds to Elburn Lions Club
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Alexi Jo Linneman (Opportunity/Getters), sold for $1.25 at 238 pounds to Bill Davey at First State Bank
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Ashleigh Wackerlin (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.50 a pound at 256 pounds to Kendall County Pork Producers
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Kellie Ruder (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.25 a pound at 230 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Zeke Wackerlin (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.40 a pound at 264 pounds to Bob Wackerlin Farms
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Lucas Thomas (A Bit More), sold for $1.35 a pound at 275 pounds to Old 2nd Bank
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Jessica McCall (This and That), sold for $1.20 a pound at 263 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Brett Dienst (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.50 a pound at 233 pounds to Midwest Ground Cover
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Alexi Jo Linneman (Opportunity/Getters), sold for $1.30 a pound at 235 pounds to Daneire Farms
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Jacie Panek (Kan-Du), sold for $1.50 a pound at 289 pounds to Linneman Farms
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Jaide Panek (Kan-Du), sold for $1.75 a pound at 240 pounds to Gould Family Farms
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Cody Pitstick (Burlington Ag.), sold for $1.80 a pound at 271 pounds to Bill Davey at First State Bank
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Kellie Ruder (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.40 a pound at 237 pounds to Schenk Custom Builders
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Brooke Wackerlin (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.55 a pound at 247 pounds to Elburn Lions Club
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Jessica McCall (This and That), sold for $1.40 a pound at 237 pounds to Meyer Family Golf, Inc.
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Zeke Wackerlin (Lincoln Highway) sold for $1.40 a pound at 249 pounds to Steve Hauser
• Blue Ribbon Swine, owned by Elena Halverson (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.35 a pound at 294 pounds to Elburn Lions Club

• Grand Champion Market Lamb, owned by Nicole Collins (Burlington Ag.), sold for $825 to Elburn Coop
• Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, owned by Charlotte Ritch (Burlington Ag.), sold for $340 to Bob Burgin at Burgin Farms
• Blue Ribbon Sheep, owned by Claude Lenz (Burlington Ag.), sold for $210 to Michael and Ally Sauber
• Blue Ribbon Sheep, owned by Jessica Bowgren (Lincoln Highway), sold for $420 to Jim and Beverly Gillett

• Grand Champion Steer, owned by Danielle Engel (Burlington Ag.), sold for $3.10 a pound at 1,390 to Mike Kuti
• Reserve Grand Champion Steer, owned by Megan E. Fidler (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2.20 a pound at 1,290 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Alexa Wiesbrock (Lincoln Highway), sold for $2 a pound at 1,170 pounds to Old 2nd Bank
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Jordyn Block (Burlington Ag.), sold for $1.80 a pound at 1,445 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Trace Fidler (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2 a pound at 1,380 pounds to Mark and Linda Schramer Family
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by MacKenzie Engel (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2.15 a pound at 1,490 pounds to Elburn Coop
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Brooke B. Sunderlage (Burlington Ag.), sold for $1.95 a pound at 1,100 pounds to John Valkinberg
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Julia Wiesbrock (Lincoln Highway), sold for $1.95 a pound at 1,295 pounds to Kevin and Dawn Dieter
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Morgan Fidler (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2 a pound at 1,565 pounds to Elburn Lions Club
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Jake Engel (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2.05 a pound at 1,320 pounds to Tom Griswold at CPS
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Aaron Ruder (Lincoln Highway), sold for $2.05 a pound at 1,130 pounds to Horton Family
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Blake Sunderlage (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2 a pound at 1,370 to Old 2nd Bank
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Megan Wiesbrock (Lincoln Highway), sold for $2.25 a pound at 1,235 pounds to Linneman Farms
• Blue Ribbon Cattle, owned by Erin Fidler (Burlington Ag.), sold for $2.15 a pound at 1,450 pounds to Brad Sauer


Spotty weather no match for Kaneville Fest 2014

KANEVILLE—Pat Hill couldn’t say enough good things about this year’s Kaneville Fest event, even after losing her voice. And that included how the weather seemed to cooperate with all the planned events.

“Everything went according to plan, and it rained between events,” Hill said. “We saw the weather coming in, and the car show guys got the awards in before the downpour.”

Although she said she was concerned about rain on Saturday, she realized there was nothing she could do about it and “put it in God’s hands.”

“We had only about 40 cars because of the threat of rain, but there were some really cool old cars out there,” said Alexa Hill, Pat’s daughter.

Pat said the garage sales went well and the dinner was well attended, with only seven fewer dinners sold this year than last.

Although she didn’t have exact numbers of participants, Pat said about 35 people participated in the ice cream-eating contest and 20 to 25 joined the watermelon-eating contest.

“I did the ice cream-eating contest,” Pat said. “(State Rep.) Bob Pritchard was there rooting me on, but I couldn’t do it; the ice cream kept going up my nose and I couldn’t breathe. It was a riot.”

She said the band Red Woody rocked and had the crowd dancing during the festival, and George Alexander of Batavia provided horse-drawn wagon rides and wouldn’t take payment.

“He donated his payment back to the festival,” Pat said.

Kaneville Fest concluded its Saturday portion with a fireworks bonanza.

“The fireworks were awesome,” Alexa said. “A lot of people came out and had a good time. I think it went pretty well overall.”


Ice buckets for a cure

Over 40 Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary staff rounded up in front of the school Aug. 19 for the ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head, and has raised millions of dollars across the nation for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association. Photos by Lynn Logan

Kaneland schools celebrate outstanding test scores

KANELAND—For the second year in a row, Kaneland schools celebrate outstanding student performance on the ACT.

Students who graduated from Kaneland High School in 2014 posted an ACT Composite Score of 22.2, which is the highest ever composite score for a District 302 graduating class and 1.5 points higher than the state average. Analyses of individual subject area scores also reveal that Kaneland students surpass state averages in every category: Math (21.9), Science (22.0), Reading (22.5) and English (21.7).

“I could not be more proud of the ACT scores posted by the Kaneland High School Class of 2014. ACT is one of many measures we use to celebrate our mission to graduate all students college, career, and community ready,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “This achievement shows the commitment of our students, teachers, parents, and staff to academic success.”

Success on the ACT joins several other academic accolades earned by the district in recent years. Kaneland Schools have been applauded for their innovative blended learning program, systematic RtI intervention plan, and notable improvements in overall academic performance. As recently as May 2014, Kaneland High School was recognized for outstanding academic achievement by Illinois State Superintendent, Dr. Chris Koch.

Teachers and staff throughout Kaneland schools have accepted the challenge of readying all students for their future paths. As the district continues its mission to graduate all students college, career and community ready, student performance on the ACT is one of many measures indicating the realization of this mission.

Elburn Days 2014 Livestock Show results

ELBURN—The following were winners in the Elburn Days 2014 Livestock Show.

• Grand Champion Market Hog—Cody Pitstick, Burlington Ag. (sponsor, Great Lakes Hybrids, Ray Feldott; Aurora & Kleckner Farms, Maple Park)

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog—Jaide Panek, Kan-Du (Campton Excavating, Elburn; Crown Lawn Care, Elburn)

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog Senior Showmanship—Jaide Panek, Kan-Du (Alice’s Place, Elburn)

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog Junior Showmanship—Lucas Thomas, A Bit More (Conserv FS, Inc., Woodstock)

• Grand Champion Market Lamb—Nicole Collins, Burlington Ag. (Painting by Keller, Elburn; Elburn Coop, Maple Park)

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb—Charlotte Ritch, Burlington Ag. (Old Second Bank, Elburn; DeKalb Feeds Inc., Rock Falls, Ill.)

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Senior Showmanship—Nicole Collins, Burlington Ag. (Hintzsche Feed and Fertilizer, Maple Park)

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Junior Showmanship—Charlotte Ritch, Burlington Ag. (J&R Herra, Inc., Elburn)

• Grand Champion Steer—Danielle Engel, Burlington Ag. (Country Companies, Sherri Schramer and Elburn Lions)

• Reserve Grand Champion Steer—Megan E. Fidler, Burlington Ag. (Hughes Hybrids, Sandwich; Elburn Self Storage, Elburn)

• Reserve Grand Champion Steer Senior Showmanship—Trace Fidler, Burlington Ag. (Don Richards Memorial Trophy, Hinckley)

• Reserve Grand Champion Steer Junior Showmanship—Alexa Wiesbrock, Lincoln Highway (Loren Davis Memorial Trophy, Montgomery)

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 responded to the area of Densmore south of Hankes Road on Friday, Aug. 22 at approximately 5:15 p.m. Lambert was the sole occupant of a pickup truck driving southbound on Densmore Road when his truck left the roadway for an unknown reason and hit the pole.

The Sugar Grove Fire Department responded and an Emergency Medical Services helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but Lambert was pronounced deceased at the scene. According to Kane County Sheriff Department spokesperson Christopher Collins, there did not appear to be any other vehicles involved in the collision.

As of press time, there was not an official determination on a cause. However, according to Collins, through a process of elimination, investigators said it looks as though Lambert might have suffered a medical event prior to the crash.

Kaneland to revisit interim superintendent candidate pool

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board is back to the drawing board in terms of hiring a new interim superintendent of schools.

The majority of the Kaneland School Board on Monday had approved Dr. Ken Sorrick as the new interim superintendent.
However, according to School Board President Cheryl Krauspe, Sorrick resigned Tuesday morning, the day he was to begin work as interim superintendent.

Sorrick was unavailable for comment as of Wednesday.

Sorrick’s background in education includes being a superintendent for North Palos School District, a teacher, dean, assistant principal and elementary and high school principal. He had led the North Palos School District to receive the Illinois State Academic Excellence Award and Lincoln Foundation’s Bronze Award for Organizational Excellence.

Krauspe said Sorrick had called her and sent her an email explaining his reasons for resignation.

“I’m very disappointed,” Krauspe said. “He was a very accomplished superintendent. He came to us with a great deal of excitement and passion and enthusiasm. He was going to hit the ground running.”

Krauspe said some people on social media have suggested that Sorrick did not like the rural area. She dismissed that notion.

“That was not it at all,” Krauspe said. “He was enjoying getting to know Kaneland. But unfortunately, it looks like we’re not gonna be able to maintain the relationship that we would like to have had with him. And I think we lost a valuable opportunity there.”

The board plans to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Kaneland District Office, with the intention of filling the interim superintendent position.

The need to hire an interim superintendent surfaced after current Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler accepted an offer to become superintendent for the Wheaton Warrenville School District, effective Sept. 2.

Sorrick was set to earn $90,000 and work up to 100 days for the Kaneland School District.

Following Monday’s board meeting, he spoke about his plan to “keep the district running.”

“I hope I can help out, help the district out,” Sorrick said. “Really, I think the main goal that the district has is to find a permanent superintendent. And so I’m gonna help them out with that search and get that process going. And I think it will bring more stability to the district once you have that position filled.”

Board members had interviewed a total of five candidates for the interim position.

“We will return to that (candidate) pool,” Krauspe said. “And I’m already doing that. And I’m confident. I’m confident that we will get an excellent interim superintendent.”

Whoever is selected will work up to 100 days, as they are retired and can only work limited days because of Teachers’ Retirement System.

Krauspe said that Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, will be asked to “step up and serve” once the interim superintendent fulfills the 100 workdays.

Krauspe hopes to reassure the Kaneland community.

“We’re gonna be just fine,” Krauspe said. “I want to reassure people that we will have a superintendent that will lead us in the right direction for our school year, and the number one priority will be to find the right match in a permanent superintendent. That is our number one task.”


Here we go

Annual Knights Under the Lights officially kicks off 2014-15 sports season
KANELAND—Thursday’s Knights Under the Lights event had a different type of illumination.

Due to storms, the event was moved to the East Gym of Kaneland High School instead of the usual venue of Peterson Field.

The event still featured introductions of the 2014-15 KHS fall sports teams as they prepare to take on their rivals near and far. Fans and visitors were treated to scrimmages by the KHS volleyball squads as well.

The Brian Bemis test-drive fundraiser, hosted by the Kaneland Sports Boosters, was postponed to Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m.


2014 Maple Park Fun Fest Schedule

Saturday, Aug. 30
8 a.m. Romp in the Park 5K Run/ Walk
(registration at 7:30 a.m., Race at 8 a.m.
at Maple Park Fire Station)

8 a.m. Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball
(Civic Center Fields)

10 a.m. Crafters and vendors
(Main and Pleasant streets)

10:30 a.m. Third annual Bags Tournament
(North Park)

11 a.m. Food and Beer Garden opens

12:30 p.m. Fun Fest Bike Parade with
Decorating Station on Main Street
(decorating begins at 11:30 a.m.)

1:30 p.m. Tenth annual Toilet Bowl
Challenge (Main Street)

2 p.m. Balloon animal artist
Andrew Noyszewski (free to attend)

6 p.m. Parade on Main Street

Saturday live entertainment
(Main Street)
12 p.m. Just For Kix Dance Group
12:45 p.m. M&M Dance Group
3 p.m. Not By Chance
5 p.m. Chemically Imbalanced
(performing before and after the parade)
9 p.m. Red Woody

Sunday, Aug. 31
7 a.m. American Legion breakfast buffet
8 a.m. Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament
(Civic Center Fields)
8 a.m. Car Show on Main Street
10 a.m. Craft show (WIllow Street)
11 a.m. Food and beer garden opens
1 p.m. Fire Station Fun
8:30 p.m. Fireworks show

Sunday live entertainment
(Main Street)
2:30 p.m. Party Doctors
4:30 p.m. Shooter Whiskey
7 p.m. Back Country Roads
(performing before and after the fireworks)
8 p.m. Raffle winners announced

Monday, Sept. 1
7 a.m. American Legion breakfast buffet
8 a.m. Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament
(Civic Center Fields)
8:30 p.m. Fireworks show (rain date)

Grace period registration extended through Election Day

KANE COUNTY—Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham would like to inform Kane County residents that the grace period registration has been extended through Election Day. This extension of grace period registration applies only to the November 2014 General Election.

Illinois state law states that “During the 2014 general election, an unregistered qualified elector may register to vote, and a registered voter may submit a change of address form, in person at any permanent polling place for early voting established under Section 19A-10 through election day.”

The state law also states that registered, grace-period voters wishing to vote must do so by grace period voting. Grace period registration will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Kane County Clerk’s Office. Grace period registration will be extended until the polls close on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for the General Election only. Two forms of current identification are required. Voters must vote after their voter registration is processed.

The Kane County Clerk’s Office is located in Building B at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31), Geneva.

To register, a person must be a United States citizen, 18 years old on or before the date of the General Election, a resident of the precinct for 30 days prior to the election, and provide two forms of identification, one of which shows their current name and address.

Kane County residents may check their registration online by going to—click on the “Are you registered?” link and follow the directions on the page.

For additional information call the Elections Office at (630) 232-5990.

Kaneland Class of 1994 reunion at Old Towne Pub

KANELAND—A reunion for the Kaneland High School Class of 1994 will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at Old Towne Pub in Wasco.

The reunion is an open-house event held in a private room, with appetizers and dessert available. A $5 donation is required. Cash bar will be available. Spread the word to KHS Class of 1994 graduates.

Sheriff Perez’s Car, Motorcycle Show

ELBURN—Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s annual Car and Motorcycle Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Martin family farm, 2S111 Green Road, Elburn. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. The show will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

The show will feature stock cars, modified, motorcycles, pre-1949, Best in Show, Sheriffs’ Choice, emergency vehicles, muscle cars and more. There will be prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a DJ, food and more.

Entry fee is $10. Cost for spectators is $5 per carload. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.

For information, contact Janet at (630) 208-2003. In the event of rain, the show will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31.


Plane makes emergency landing at Aurora Airport

SUGAR GROVE—An airplane traveling from Michigan on Aug. 13 was forced to make an emergency landing at Aurora Municipal Airport, 43W636 Route 30 in Sugar Grove. The plane’s landing gear had malfunctioned and would not deploy.

The plane was originally headed to a residential estate in Naperville, Ill. according to Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins.

“The pilot did a remarkable job landing the plane,” Rollins said. “Everyone came away unscathed, and there was no damage done to the plane or airport.”

Photos submitted by Walt Zimmer

Sugar Grove approves Route 47 name change

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday approved changing the name of the stretch of Route 47 that runs through Sugar Grove to “Sugar Grove Parkway.”

Following discussions at previous meetings, the Village Board stated that it would be in the best interest of the village to change the name of Route 47 in Sugar Grove for reasons such as marketing purposes and “bringing a more familiar name for Sugar Grove.”

The name change was a suggestion from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) earlier in the year. The cost of the name change will be very low, according to Development Director Walter Magdziarz.

“We haven’t received any emails or phone calls about the name change since it was in the paper,” Village President Sean Michels said. “I think that’s a good sign.”

Residents that currently have a Route 47 address in Sugar Grove will have the option to change their address to include the Sugar Grove Parkway title. To do so, residents will need to notify the Sugar Grove Post Office and indicate their address title preference.

Kaneland 2014-15 Hall of Fame nominations

KANELAND—To celebrate and commemorate the many accomplishments and achievements of Kaneland graduates, Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 has formed the Kaneland Hall of Fame. New Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at either an athletic contest during the 2014-15 school year or during the month of May at one of our many end-of-year celebrations.

All community members, staff and friends of Kaneland are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups for one of the Hall of Fame categories. The categories include:

1. Service—Kaneland High School graduates who have contributed significantly to their community, state or country and have been out of school for at least 10 years.

2. Personal achievement—Kaneland graduates who have been honored or recognized by their college/university, profession or peers for their success and achievements and who have been out of school for at least 10 years.

3. Extra-curriculars—Former extra-curricular participants in non-athletic or athletic activities who were recognized for excellence by their organization or team for at least two years. In addition, the participant(s) received honors in one or all of the following: All-Conference, -District, -Sectional, -State or -American. These nominees must have graduated from Kaneland High School and have been out of school for at least 10 years.

4. Commitment—Past or present staff members who worked at Kaneland for a minimum of 10 years and who, through their employment at Kaneland, have demonstrated their deep commitment to Kaneland students, parents, and/or staff.

5. Friend of Kaneland—Those who have given meritorious service to Kaneland and/or one or more of its schools for many years or have been a loyal friend to Kaneland and/or one or more of its schools. Kaneland staff members are not excluded from this category. However, nominations of Kaneland staff members in this category shall be for something other than what they achieved as an employee.

6. Athletic teamwork—A Kaneland High School team or organization that demonstrated outstanding achievement, which may include record status or state recognition, at least 10 years prior to selection.

7. Individual athletic achievement—Former athletic participants who were recognized for excellence by their organization or team. In addition, the participant(s) received honors in one or all of the following: All-Conference, -District, -Sectional, -State or –American. These nominees must have graduated from Kaneland High School and have been out of school for at least 10 years.

8. Special Recognition—Any member of the community, alumni or staff member can submit names for nomination to the committee. The submission deadline date is Dec. 1, 2014. A nomination form can be obtained from Beth Sterkel at (630) 365-5111, ext. 109, or at Individuals making nominations should send the nomination form, resume and/or biography of the individual or group and their achievements or contributions to: Hall of Fame Committee, Kaneland CUSD 302, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151.


Baumgartner receives Lions’ Melvin Jones Fellow award

ELBURN—Leonard and Judy Baumgartner were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29 at the Elburn Lion’s Club pavilion. What was a special day spent with family and friends became even more special when Leonard was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow award by the Elburn Lion’s Club.

Each year, approximately three to four people receive this award in the Elburn District. And according to Ron Algrim, a longtime member of the Elburn organization, rarely is the award given to someone who is not a member of the club.

“This is the highest honor that a club can bestow on a member or citizen,” said Lions District Governor Chris Halsey. “Our committee chooses award recipients who are either members of the club or citizens who have served the public or club extensively, which is why we chose Leonard.”

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” Baumgartner said. “Elburn Lions are such a respected organization, and I feel so privileged to receive this recognition. I can’t say enough good about these people and this club.”

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 the event.

“It’s a full community affair,” he said. “It’s top notch.”

Trustee Jeff Walter, on the other hand, noted that another community event, National Night Out, had not taken place in Elburn, although it had in Geneva and other surrounding towns.

A line item amount of $500 had been budgeted for it, but in the quarterly report, Walter noted it had not been spent.

“I heard from some people that they really missed it,” Walter said.

Police Chief Steve Smith said that $500 would not have been enough to pay for the event, and that the department did not have enough staff time to go out and raise the additional funds needed.

Walter suggested that next year, the village should make sure to include enough funding for the event, as it is something the residents really enjoy.

Trustee Pat Schuberg agreed, saying that it would have been good to know about the funding shortage ahead of time.

National Night Out, celebrated this year on Tuesday, Aug. 5, is a national campaign that began in 1984 to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities and encourage police-community partnerships through various events and activities.

Elburn in 2013 celebrated National Night Out, hosted by the Elburn Police Department and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department, with activities and games at Lions Park, run by Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7.


Mud, set, spike

Roughly 350 muddy individuals and many more spectators took part in the Elburn Herald Mud Volleyball Tournament during Elburn Days on Sunday. Photo by Ben Draper

Mud Volleyball 2014 a hit
ELBURN—Now that the dust—er, mud—has settled for another year, Elburn Herald Mud Volleyball organizer Leslie Flint is pleased with the results.

“It went really well,” Flint said. “We had 48 teams, around 350 players.”

Flint said she believes players and spectators like the tournament because it’s a one-day event.

“It’s a simple tournament. Everyone refs their own games and keeps their own scores. People must like it—they keep coming back,” she said.

This was the sixth year for Mud Volleyball during Elburn Days. Flint said, at the most, 10 people work to coordinate the event, but she credits the Elburn Lions Club for being easy to work with, and DJ Tim Sivesind of Prism Light DJ Services for doing a great job.

“Leslie does a great job and gets great participation,” said Elburn Lion Dave Broz, chairman of Elburn Days 2014. “I think it went well. The weather was great, the crowd was great; it was just fantastic.”

From the perspective of the club, Broz said members always look for ways to give people in the community something to do, and Mud Volleyball on the last day of the festival fits the bill. The addition of a food tent and beer garden near the volleyball courts give participants and spectators alike something more to do, Broz added.

“People are having fun so they stay; that’s good for everybody,” he said.

Elburn Days 2014 Raffle winners

ELBURN—The following people were winners in the Elburn Days 2014 Raffle: Andrew Ranney of St. Charles (two Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, courtesy of Maple Park Police Department—lllinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics); Rick Mueller of Elburn ($50 certificate courtesy of Mediacom Communications Corporation); Katie Schutzenoefer of Elburn (“Thirty One” bag, courtesy of Kaneland Special Needs PTA); Sandy Mennella of Elburn (Origami Owl); Kate Powell of Elburn ($50 U.S. Borne Books); John Jain of Elburn (440 RL radar detector, courtesy of HorsePower Therapeutic Riding); Liz Gortowski (60-minute horseback riding lesson, courtesy of Promise Equine Center); Donna Dietz (60-minute massage, courtesy of Higher Energy Massage Therapy); Jacquie Marquardt of Elburn ($50 shopping spree, courtesy of Tupperware—Mallory Rosenwinkel); and Jim Geraghty of West Chicago, Ill. (reverse osmosis water purification system, courtesy of Ecowater System).

Cheyenne Santschi of Elburn won the Elburn Lions Club 50/50, with a total pot of $8,783.

Bill Wimmer of Elburn won the Elburn Lions Club drawing for a Chevy Car/Truck or $30,000. The Lions would like to thank Bob Jass Chevrolet, Elburn.

Raulene Kuebelbeck of Elburn won $2,104.

Jenna Zimmerman of Cortland and Joey Esposito of Elburn won the Guess the Candy Jar, sponsored by Elson Financial Services.

Lee Newtson of Sycamore won $1,000, courtesy of American Legion Daniel Simpson Post 630. B. Funderburke won $500; John T. Smith of Elburn won $250; Jeff O’Connell of Hinckley won $150; Harry Hartman won $100.
Winners of the Harley-Davidson 2014 Street Slider and other prizes will be announced Friday, Oct. 17. The winner of a Harley-Davidson 2014 Switchback and other prizes (courtesy of DuKane Chapter A.B.A.T.E of Illinois) will be announced at the Springfield Mile Races on Sunday, Aug. 31.
Winners of various prizes in the Sycamore Lions Pumpkin Fest Raffle will be drawn on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Editorial: A big thank you to the community

Photo: Mike Schramer tried something new with his Bobcat this year. He helped build berms around each court to contain the water that Chief Kelly Callaghan (below, right) provided. Without the continued support of the community and these volunteers, programs and events like the mud volleyball tournament wouldn’t be possible. We thank them for all they do. Photos by Ben Draper

Another Elburn Herald Mud Volleyball Tournament is behind us, and by all accounts, it was our best one yet. We had around 350 players on 48 teams, spanning six courts, playing upwards of six hours.
Thanks to our players, the Elburn Herald raised enough money to fully support two scholarships for Kaneland students.

While we are grateful that so many came out to play volleyball while digging, bumping and diving in the mud, we are even more grateful to the numerous members of our community who helped make it all happen.

Our biggest thanks goes to the Elburn Lions Club, who lets us come in and dirty the place up on the Sunday of Elburn Days every year. The tournament would have no home if it wasn’t for the Lions, so we owe a huge thank you to everyone on the club.

The ground would be in horrible, unplayable shape if it wasn’t for the effort of Dale Pierson and his son Trent of Kaneville. As soon as the truck and tractor pull ends on the Saturday of Elburn Days, they bring out their disc and tractor to help set the stage for all of the work that follows.

New this year were individually-graded courts. Thanks to Mike Schramer in his bobcat tractor and Kyle Hall with his grade laser, each of the six courts was individually leveled, surrounded by berms. This helped each court retain more of its water, which of course translates into more mud and more fun.

Dale Pierson takes his time to make sure the courts are disc’d up and ready for play.
Dale Pierson takes his time to make sure the courts are disc’d up and ready for play.

Of course, those newly designed courts would only look nice and remain dry if not for the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District. Thank you for all of that water, which transforms those courts into a muddy playland for all of us who can’t resist letting our inner child out to play in the mud with about 350 of our closest friends.

The tournament wouldn’t happen at all if not for the organization and significant efforts of our own Leslie Flint. She has spent countless hours over the years transforming the tournament from a “what if” idea into a reality, then turning that reality into the event it has become. This year was the best yet, and we owe her a thanks for everything she does. She’s always the first one to begin working on the tournament (months in advance), and the last one to finish the clean-up of all the equipment after everyone else has gone home.

In addition to the above, there are a number of people who helped in a wide variety of ways, from making the shirts (thank you, Steve Gliddon at GTP Activewear), to supplying the music all day long (thank you, Tim Sivesind at Prism Light DJs), to helping set up the courts and nets (thank you, Carly Shaw, Ben Draper and Charlie Snow), to helping things move forward on the day of the tournament itself (thank you, Natalie Malczyk, Carly Malczyk, Carly Shaw, Ben Draper and Keith Beebe). And, there were a number of players themselves who helped keep the courts mud-filled as the day wore on; especially Corey Shaw and Dan Ralston, who took time out in between games to do some on-site digging by hand.

Like all successful community events, it requires a large number of people to come together and do their part to make things happen. To each and every one of you who helped, who played, or who just came and watched, thank you for making the 2014 Elburn Herald Mud Volleyball Tournament its best yet. We can’t wait to make the 2015 version even better.

Join Kaneland Sports Boosters at Knights Under the Lights tonight

by Joel Redman, Kaneland Knights Sports Boosters – President

Please come and join the Kaneland Knights Sports Boosters on Thursday, August 21st, from 4:00-9:00 for the annual Knights Under the Lights at Peterson Field, Kaneland High School.

Come out and welcome the Kaneland Knights fall sports teams and coaching staffs. There will be football scrimmages, concessions, and music by the 2014-15 Kaneland High School Marching Band.

We will also be participating once again with Brian Bemis Auto Group, in holding the Knights Under the Lights Test Drive Fundraiser. Any 18 and older with a valid driver’s license can test drive one of several automobiles, and raise $20 for the Kaneland Knights Sports Boosters.

This money goes directly back to all of our sports programs with purchases of necessary equipment. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you for an evening of seeing old friends and welcoming our new athletes.

Community Corner: KBC, PTO to sponsor ‘Run for Fund’

by Kimberly Bartkowiak, KBC- PTO secretary
In an effort to promote health and wellness among the students at Blackberry Creek Elementary School, the Kaneland Blackberry Creek (KBC) PTO will partner with Blackberry Creek School to sponsor a “Run for Fund” as our fall fundraiser this year.

Our Early Childhood program will participate on Thursday, Sept. 25, and our kindergarten through fifth grade will participate on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Run for Fund is an outdoor run-a-thon /walk-a-thon. This is a fun event that will get our kids moving and raise money for our school at the same time. Students will collect donations to support their running and walking efforts, and they will be eligible for prizes when they collect $20 or more in donations. Consider supporting a student you know.

The funds we raise at this event will help fund our PTO for the entire year. Last year’s fundraisers allowed us to fund grade-level field trips, sponsor assemblies, purchase iPad minis, library and classroom books, math/reading/language programs, literacy enrichment, physical education equipment, classroom, art and music supplies, and many more needed items for our students and our school.

We would like to thank the many KBC parents, families and friends that have supported our students at the Run for Fund. Their support allows the KBC PTO to continue to provide educational materials and experiences for our KBC students. For more information, visit

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Letter: Thanking craft fair participants, volunteers

What a beautiful weekend for a craft fair. And on that note, The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a big thank you to all the wonderful and talented crafters that participated in this past weekend’s Elburn Days event.

We had 25 talented vendors out at Lions Park to display their beautiful goods—many of which have been with us for several years now. We also welcomed many new faces to our event, and with their success over the weekend, we look forward to seeing them all back again next year. We are grateful to everyone who helped with and supported our crafters at our event this year.

CeCe Rocha
Elburn Chamber of Commerce, Sidewalk Sale Committee


Kaneville Fest 2014 Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 21
9 a.m. Community garage sales (until 4 p.m.)
5 p.m. Library book presale ($5 at door)
Festival maps available at Hill’s Country Store (Purple Store)

Friday, Aug. 22
9 a.m. Community garage sales (until 4 p.m.)
10 a.m. Library book sale (until 4 p.m.)
11 a.m. Grill-out at Hill’s Country Store
8 p.m. Free movie night at Hill’s Country Store

Saturday, Aug. 23
9 a.m. Car show at Dawn Hill (located across the street from Hill’s Country Store)
9 a.m. Community garage sales
10 a.m. Kids bike parade (meet at Kaneville United Methodist Church parking lot)
10 a.m. Library book sale (until 2 p.m.)
11 a.m. Grill-out and corn on the cob at Hill’s Country Store
3 p.m. Ice-cream-eating contest (sponsored by Hershey’s)
3:30 p.m. Watermelon-eating contest (sponsored by Hill’s Country Store)
5 p.m. 5-B’S catering fundraiser pork chop and chicken dinner
5 p.m. Corn on the cob by Kaneville United Methodist Church
5 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides by George Alexander
7 p.m. Red Woody performs in the pavilion
8:30 p.m. (dusk) Kaneville Fest 2014 spectacular fireworks show
Prize raffles, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale will take place throughout the afternoon and evening

Sunday, Aug. 24
9:30 a.m. Community church service at Kaneville United Methodist Church