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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois kick-off event set for Oct. 3

ROCKFORD—Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will come together at a Kick Off Event, “One Council, One Voice” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rockford First, 5950 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Ill.

One Council, One Voice is the theme for the event, and for the newly realigned council—Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI).

Voices from four legacy Girl Scout councils (Fox Valley in Sugar Grove, Green Hills in Freeport, Rock River Valley in Rockford, and Sybaquay in Elgin) will join together as one voice at this premier event—the first to take place since the reorganization that started more than two years ago.

With the new membership year beginning on Oct. 1, 2009, One Council, One Voice is the rousing start that Girl Scouts want for their newly realigned council. From 1 to 3 p.m. girls and adults come together for the first time as Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois to raise their voices in a good old-fashioned Girl Scout sing-a-long.

Emcee of the event is Rockford’s Nicole Kilmer, WTVO weekday anchor and strong advocate for the environment. Joining Kilmer will be Vicki Wright, CEO and Lisa Normoyle, Board President of the new council.

In addition to singing, “Juliette Low,” the founder of Girl Scouting in the United States, will be there to introduce a style show of Girl Scout uniforms through the decades. Carol Ayars, long-time Girl Scout volunteer, appears as Juliette Low. A special flag ceremony will take place, another strong tradition in Girl Scouting; the flags from each of the four legacy councils will be retired and the new flag of GSNI introduced. The event also includes S.W.A.P.S. (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) time from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. S.W.A.P.S are typically hand-made items that identify a troop, group or area and are usually pinned on hats, vests, and Girl Scout bags

In addition, the Girl Scout Shop will be at the event with assorted GSNI items offered for sale for the very first time. Registration is required with a fee of $3 per person and includes an event patch. To register go to www.girlscoutsni.org.

Add your voice to Girl Scouts by registering and attending this kick-off event. Download the flier and registration form or register online at www.girlscoutsni.org.Registration information is also available at the Sugar Grove Service Center (630) 897-1565.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

Workshop available for children of divorce

GENEVA—TriCity Family Services is now accepting registrations for Bridges, a divorce adjustment workshop.

This six-session workshop is for children, ages 7-11, struggling to cope with issues related to their parents’ separation and/or divorce. Bridges helps children find answers to commonly asked questions and deal with the struggles of their changing family. Cost is $75 for an individual child or $125 for two or more children from the same family. Fee reductions are available based on need.

Bridges takes place on Mondays, from Oct. 19 through Nov. 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. There is no meeting Nov. 23.

Group meets at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St., Geneva.

For more information, call TriCity Family Services (630) 232-1070.

September is preparedness month—be prepared for the flu

COUNTY—With September being National Preparedness Month, the Kane County Health Department is reminding people to think about preparedness when it comes to the flu. With the possibility of two strains of flu, seasonal and H1N1, circulating through our area this fall, the Health Department recommends that families sit down and prepare a plan for facing the risks of becoming infected with either virus, including getting a shot.

Medical providers will be receiving or have already received their stocks of seasonal flu vaccine, so now is a good time to schedule a flu shot. Vaccine for the H1N1 virus is expected to arrive in mid- to late-October.

“The seasonal flu takes its toll every year, and with H1N1 lurking around the corner, that makes it doubly important to take the proper steps to prevent the spread, including getting a flu shot,” said Paul Kuehnert, Executive Director.

Check www.kanehealth.com often for updates on the situation.

For more information and referrals about seasonal flu shots, call the Health Department’s Bee Wize Immunization program at (630) 264-7665 or 1-866-BEEWIZE.

What you can do to stay healthy this flu season
• Stay informed. Influenza is thought to spread
mainly person-to-person through coughing or
sneezing of infected people.

• Take everyday actions to stay healthy.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you
cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash
after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially
after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands
cleaners are also effective.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs spread that way.

• Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you
stay home from work or school and limit contact with
others to keep from infecting them.

• Follow public health advice regarding school closures,
avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

• Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

• Find a flu buddy (someone to check in with you if
you’re elderly, live alone or remember to check in with
neighbors and family who might become ill).

• Get Ready! Talk with your family about creating or
adding flu items to your emergency kit (soup,
Gatorade, water, etc).

Others not following Elburn’s lead

St. Charles, Geneva mayors say cities not considering similar video gambling ban
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn was the first local municipality to address the issue of the state’s legalization of video gambling this summer, with its officials deciding Sept. 8 to ban the activity from the village. Meantime, other area municipal boards are not considering a ban in their towns, their leaders said.

Without a ban, bars, restaurants and clubs with liquor licenses may now install video poker and blackjack machines for gambling, up to five per establishment, under the state law enacted in July.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns said unless a public outcry occurs against video gambling in city establishments, city officials will not consider a ban.

“We have no plan to discuss it unless it’s brought up via a grassroots group opposing video gambling,” Burns said.

The state imposes a 30 percent tax on the net income from each video gambling machine in a business. Of that tax, one sixth goes to the municipality.

Burns said he personally does not favor having video gambling in Geneva, but said it is not his decision to make. If residents objected to it, the City Council would decide whether to pass a ban.

Although video gambling would produce some revenue for Geneva, it also would present enforcement challenges, Burns said. Under the video gambling law, enforcement is the responsibility of the Illinois Gaming Board; local police are not involved in enforcement of video gambling rules and regulations. Among those is that no one under age 21 may use the gambling machines.

Burns said he objects to the state’s passage of a law with no local enforcement mechanism.

In Elburn, two of six Elburn trustees voted against the video gambling ban. Trustee Jerry Schmidt said offering video gambling would be a pro-growth measure for the village and other area towns have not banned it. Gordon Dierschow also opposed the ban.

Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis said her Village Board has not talked about the issue of legalized video gambling yet and whether it is something the village wants. She said it might be on a future board agenda for discussion.

Trustees in favor of the Elburn ban said they were concerned that the state might disallow video gambling bans later, after establishments have already purchased the machines and offered the activity.

The state has not formalized the rules and regulations for video gambling yet.

St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte said he is not concerned that the state might disallow a ban in the future after businesses already have commenced the activity.

So far, DeWitte said St. Charles officials are taking a wait-and-see approach before making a decision about whether to ban video gambling in the city, he said.

“While it (video gambling) does have some local revenue benefit, there are no assurances that any of the state revenues would stay in the individual communities,” Dewitte said. “By the same token, if a community were to ban it, do they risk losing any potential revenues for local projects that may be generated? There are still too many unanswered questions.”

Minor injuries in crash at Route 38 and LaFox Road

COUNTY—Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Campton Hills Police Department responded to a traffic crash with injuries at Route 38 and LaFox Road in unincorporated Campton Township just after 3 p.m. on Sept. 9.

According to police, a semi-tractor driven by Nurdin Brzovic of Wheaton, Ill., was traveling east on Route 38, approaching the intersection of LaFox Road. The semi-tractor failed to stop for the red light and struck a Dodge Ram 2500, driven by John Kalchbrenner of Oak Lawn, Ill., who was turning east on Route 38 from southbound LaFox Road. After the impact, the Dodge truck was pushed southeast from the intersection into the Lord of Life Church parking lot. Eventually the Dodge struck two unoccupied vehicles, a 2003 Chevy S-10 which was parked next to a 2003 Pontiac Montana Van.

Brzovic and Kalchbrenner were transported to Delnor Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Brzovic was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobey a traffic control device.

Geneva Wedding Walk set for Sept. 20

GENEVA—Anticipating your perfect wedding is exhilarating. Getting to that dream day, however, can mean a lot of work and stress, unless you are working with the right people.

The 2009 Geneva Wedding Walk on Sunday, Sept. 20, provides those people all in one place, to lessen the stress and heighten the excitement.

The event is sponsored by Geneva Bride, a group of Geneva-area wedding boutiques committed to making a wedding everything the bride and groom imagine. Geneva Bride members include wedding planners, florists, decor designers, caterers, owners of unique venues and boutique dress shops, photographers, jewelers, salons, rental companies, hotels and providers of custom invitations, cakes and treats, and financial planning services, travel companies and more. There are multiples of nearly every kind of business, for a wealth of choices.

Admission is $25 for a bride and two guests, and includes a wedding planner, goodie bags, three wedding magazines, plus favors and handouts from vendors. Brides also will have the chance to win a honeymoon in Aruba or Cancun. To be eligible for the honeymoon trips, brides must stop at each vendor and have their tickets stamped.

“The Chicago area is a top destination for weddings,” said Elizabeth Wray, owner of Elizabeth Wray Design and co-chair of the event. “That makes it very difficult for a bride and groom to sort through the many options available to them. Geneva Bride brings together more than 40 experienced vendors, under a spectacular tent, all well-versed in what it takes to make the day everything everyone involved wants it to be. It eliminates some of the confusion and a lot of the stress.”

Registration for the Wedding Walk will be form 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees will then visit participating stores in the mall, and have their tickets checked. From 2 to 5 p.m., participants will visit in the Wedding Walk tent with the remaining participating vendors, receive giveaways and goodies, and watch continuing fashion shows.

The Geneva Wedding Walk sets itself apart from other expos, where vendors commonly are culled from a wide geographic area.

“Who wants to have a florist in the southern suburbs and a photographer from the North Shore?” Elizabeth Wray said. “This is one-stop shopping. A bride can have a dress fitting, then visit her wedding cake baker and wedding reception venue, all in the same afternoon.”

“We are showcasing Geneva and the unparalleled services Geneva has to offer brides, grooms and their friends and families,” said co-chair Anton Engelmann. “Even if the wedding itself isn’t here, it’s so convenient to have a number of your vendors—distinctive, established vendors—in one place. Brides love it. Mothers of brides appreciate it as well.”

Participating stores within the Geneva Commons outdoor lifestyle mall include Harry & David, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and annabella salonspa.

Geneva Bride grew out of the first Geneva Wedding Walk, held in January 2008 in downtown Geneva. That event attracted brides from throughout the Chicago area and beyond, and was so well-received it has become a semi-annual event.

Geneva Commons is on Randall Road in Geneva, between Williamsburg Avenue and Bricher Road.

Visit www.genevabride.com to register and see the participating boutiques and venues. Space is limited for the Geneva Wedding Walk event.

Children’s resale offers bargains on children’s clothing, toys and more

NORTH AURORA—Looking for a way to save money on your children’s clothing this fall? Check out the Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club fall resale on Sept. 19.

The resale features gently used fall clothing for boys and girls (sizes infant through preteen). Other gently used items for sale include shoes, boots, winter coats, holiday outfits, dress-up, toys, videos, outdoor equipment strollers, baby furniture, maternity clothing, books and other items for babies or children. Beverages and home-baked goods will be available for purchase at the sale as well.

The resale offers bargains on gently used children’s items and typically attracts hundreds of shoppers. It also provides a way for club members to sell some of the items their children no longer use or have outgrown.

The sale is open to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse, located on Route 31 and Mooseheart Road between Batavia and North Aurora. Admission to the sale is $1 and items with yellow tickets will sell for half price from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers are encouraged to come early and bring laundry baskets for their shopping convenience. No backpacks, bags or closed containers are permitted at the sale.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale is given back to the club to cover club expenses and, in part, to support club events such as a breakfast with Santa and a summer picnic. Money also has been donated to various groups, including a homeless shelter, and to aid families in need.

For additional information about the club or the fall resale, please visit the club’s website at www.tcmottc.org or call (630) 375-7511.

9/17/09 Police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Elburn
• Raelene Marie Thryselius, of the 100 block of Briar Lane in Geneva, was arrested at 11:29 p.m. Sept. 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped her for crossing over the center line and weaving within the driving lane. She also was cited for improper lane use and operating an uninsured vehicle.

• Andrew J. Green, 19, of the 4600 block of Clifton Avenue in Chicago, was arrested at 9:52 p.m. Sept. 11 for driving without a valid license. Police stopped him for making an illegal left turn from Route 38 at Route 47 in Elburn.

• Randy D. Johnson, 55, of the 500 block of Orchard Street in Dallas City, Ill., was arrested at 12:10 a.m. Sept. 10 for driving without a valid license. Police stopped him at Route 47 and Kansas Street in Elburn for having no front plate.

• Sean M. Summerville, 20, was arrested at 11:07 p.m. Sept. 13 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Route 38 east of Anderson Road in Elburn for having illegal red front parking lights. Summerville is a resident of the 400 block of Norton Avenue in Arlington Heights, Ill.

• Nicholas A. Salemi, 19, of Glen Oak Lane in St. Charles, and Garrett M. Walden, 19, of Campton Drive in Elburn, were arrested at 4:09 a.m. Aug. 30 for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. Police stopped the vehicle in which they were passengers at the intersection of Route 38 and Route 47 after seeing that it did not have a working rear plate light.

Kane County
• A fatal accident occurred on Sept. 13. At approximately 1:45 a.m., Kane County Sheriff’s deputies, along with members of the Elburn and Campton Hills Police Departments, responded to the area of Route 47 and Empire Road in Lily Lake for a report of a crash with injuries.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered that two vehicles were involved. One person was ejected from a vehicle and two people needed to be extricated from one of the vehicles.

The initial investigation reveals that a grey Ford Escape with four occupants was traveling north on Route 47 south of Empire Road. A Buick Regal was traveling south on Route 47 and entered the northbound lane of traffic and struck the Ford Escape.

The driver of the Buick, Evan A. Florian, 23, of the 1000 block of Meadow Lane in Sycamore, was transported to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.

The driver of the Ford, Lawrence Sova, 38, of the 4000 block of Crestwood Street in McHenry, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. A passenger, Anita Schwake, 88, of the 1500 block of North Madison in Woodstock, was pronounced deceased at Delnor.

The other two passengers also were taken to St. Joseph. They are Heather Sova, 33, of the 4000 block of Crestwood Street in McHenry, and Nancy McMillan, 52, of the 1500 block of North Madison in Woodstock.

Sheriff’s Deputies issued Florian two citations; one for driving in the wrong lane and the other for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team continue to investigate the crash.

KC video gaming task force to hold 2 public hearings

GENEVA—The Kane County Video Gaming Task Force will conduct public hearings at the Kane County Government Center County Board room, located at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building A, in Geneva.

The first hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, and will be followed by another hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The purpose of these hearings is to allow for comments from Kane County liquor licensees, Kane County social service organizations, the general public and all other interested parties, regarding the recent state legislation permitting video gambling devices in establishments having liquor licenses. All persons desiring to speak and provide public comment shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. Persons are encouraged, but not required, to register to speak by contacting the Kane County Board office at (630) 232-5930. Registered speakers will be asked to participate first, and it is requsted that remarks be limited to five minutes.

Children’s resale offers bargains on children’s clothing, toys and more

NORTH AURORA—Looking for a way to save money on your children’s clothing this fall? Check out the Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club fall resale on Sept. 19.

The resale features gently used fall clothing for boys and girls (sizes infant through preteen). Other gently used items for sale include shoes, boots, winter coats, holiday outfits, dress-up, toys, videos, outdoor equipment strollers, baby furniture, maternity clothing, books and other items for babies or children. Beverages and home baked goods will be available for purchase at the sale as well.

The resale is a great way to find bargains on gently used children’s items and typically attracts hundreds of shoppers. It also provides a way for club members to sell some of the items their children no longer use or have outgrown.

The sale is open to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse, located on Route 31 and Mooseheart Road between Batavia and North Aurora. Admission to the sale is $1 and items with yellow tickets will sell for half price from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers are encouraged to come early and bring laundry baskets for their shopping convenience. No backpacks, bags or closed containers are permitted at the sale.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale is given back to the club to cover club expenses and, in part, to support club events such as a breakfast with Santa and a summer picnic. Money also has been donated to various groups, including a homeless shelter, or to aid families in need.

For additional information about the club or the fall resale, please visit the club’s website at www.tcmottc.org or call (630) 375-7511.

IDOT accepts top highway safety award

Operation Teen Safe Driving Program is named the “gold standard” for teen safety programs
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received a national award today for its lifesaving teen safety program from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) during the group’s annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia. GHSA, which represents state highway safety agencies across the nation, recognized IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety along with its partners, the Ford Motor Company Fund and The Allstate Foundation for the Operation Teen Safe Driving Program. At the same event, GHSA gave its highest award to Senate President John J. Cullerton for his long records as a “Safety Trailblazer.”

The GHSA called the Operation Teen Safe Driving “the gold standard for developing a public/private teen driver safety program.”

“We are very pleased to receive this honor from the GHSA,” said IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig. “Our Division of Traffic Safety is a leader in saving lives and we will continue to work diligently to make sure every Illinois driver is buckled up every trip, every time and motorists of all ages are safe on our roadways. IDOT also applauds Senate President John Cullerton for the well-deserved recognition for his many decades of leadership in the area of traffic safety.”

GHSA said that “the Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program has clearly had an impact. Teen fatalities decreased from 155 in 2007 to 93 in 2008.”

Traffic safety officials have credited the sharp reduction in teen fatalities to two main factors: the teen driving program and a tough new set of teen driving laws championed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

More detailed descriptions about the winners are online at www.ghsa.org.

County: We’ll dig the holes if you plant the trees

COUNTY—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County seeks volunteers to help plant 400 oak trees on Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

National Public Lands Day is America’s largest hands-on, volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. Last year, an estimated 120,000 Americans took part by building trails and bridges, removing trash and invasive plants, and planting more than 1.6 million trees. 2009 marks the event’s 16th year.

Locally, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County is looking for volunteers to help plant oak trees at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This will be the third year that trees have been planted at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve as part of NPLD. Director of Natural Resources Drew Ullberg said the goal is to recreate an oak savanna that once stood at that preserve. Each year, plantings are adjacent to what was planted the prior year. Ullberg said he hopes to get between five and 10 trees planted per acre, with 2,000 total trees planted over five years.

“This is a terrific event because it brings the community together, anyone can take part, and it improves the forest preserves for generations to come,” said Laurie Metanchuk, director of community affairs.

“We had just about 100 volunteers come out last year, and we hope to have even more take part this year,” she said.

For more information on the Forest Preserve event or to RSVP, please contact the District’s Volunteer Coordinator Julia Bourque at (630) 762-2741.

Information on National Public Lands Day is also available at www.kaneforest.com.

Hike for Hospice to remember loved ones

BATAVIA—The third annual Hike for Hospice, a 5K walk along the Fox River to remember, honor and celebrate loved ones, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at 9 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave. in Batavia.

The three-mile loop takes the scenic north path along the river and crosses over at Fabyan Parkway, then heads south to finish back in Batavia. Walkers are encouraged to form teams with family and friends in memory of a loved one. Each team member will get a badge honoring their loved one, and can also sponsor a portion of the hike course in their memory. All registered walkers will receive a T-shirt, and there will be face painting, massages, refreshments, and prizes for the top prize-getters.

Hike for Hospice is an event for the entire family. Registration fees are $25 for those 13 and over, $15 for those ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under.

Proceeds from Hike for Hospice enable FVVH to continue to provide hospice and bereavement care to the community free of charge. FVVH is a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses and those who have lost loved ones. In addition to one-on-one support, the agency also offers medical equipment loans, adult and children’s grief support groups, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and a community lending library. Spanish interpretation for all programs is available.

All services are provided free of charge. The agency serves all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties.

There are three ways to register: online at www.fvvh.org; by calling (630) 232-2233; or by e-mailing info@fvvh.org.

Photo: A past year’s Hike for Hospice team wore pink boas and walked in memory of Donna Wood, a former nurse at FVVH. Judy Crozier (left to right), Caroline Wedick, Mark Alleman, Ernie Renaud, Wendy Kraska, Carlton Juby and Debbi Jacobs. Courtesy Photo

Kane records its fourth bat positive for rabies

COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department reported that two more bats found in Kane County have tested positive for rabies recently. This brings the total to four bats that have tested positive this year. One of the bats was found in Aurora, the other in Sleepy Hollow. The other bats were in Elgin and Dundee. Although the bats were discovered in residences, there has been no human or pet exposures.

Last year, Kane reported nine positive bats. The state of Illinois recorded 113 confirmed cases of rabies in animals last year, all found in bats. Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois. A case of human rabies has not been reported in Illinois since 1954.

More information about rabies is available by calling the Health Department at (630) 208-3801 and asking for the Communicable Disease program.

Statewide information about rabies can be found by logging on to the Illinois Department of Public Health Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/reportdis/rabies.htm.

For information about a referral for capturing bats or for instructions on submission of appropriate specimens for testing, please call Kane County Animal Control at (630) 232-3555.

Healing Gardens open Sept. 13

St. Charles—Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens on Stone Hill Farm off Dean Street in St. Charles, announced its next opening date will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

The gardens are open to the public on set dates for the purpose of enjoying the natural wooded setting and perennial gardens. The gardens are open at no cost to the public, however, donations of time or money for upkeep are welcome. Healing Gardens is cultivated and hosted by Deborah Marqui owner of Stone Hill Farm with her husband Buzz Marqui.

Ms. Marqui, who is cancer-free from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since 1996 and in remission from breast cancer since 2002, finds great restoration of spirit in her gardens and property and wants to share that with the public for their own rejuvenation. Visiting individuals or small groups are welcome to do as they please. No activity is required or requested. Stone Hill Farm is the home of Buzz and Deb Marqui where they have lived since 1972, raising four children.

Healing Gardens is located at 37W249 Dean Street, St. Charles. For more information call (630) 377-1846 or e-mail deb@dmarqui.com

5th annual fundraiser for two Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

ELBURN—For the fifth consecutive year, “The Wounded Soldier Fundraiser” will take place to benefit two Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans.

This year the golf outing will be held at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Honey Bears will be present again this year both on the golf course and to entertain at dinner after the outing.

Again, this year, two soldiers will be honored—Petty Officer Elliot Miller, Navy Seal BUD/S from Pulaski County, Ill., and SPC Aaron Carlson of Annawan, Ill. However, if the goal of $60,000 is met, four soldiers will be supported.

Miller suffered life-threatening injuries while under enemy fire in the dangerous Al-Anbar province of Southern Iraq in November 2006. He fell victim to a massive IED (improvised explosive device) explosion that caused severe burns to his hands and legs. He also suffered three open bone fractures, massive loss of blood and a traumatic, closed head, brain injury.

Close to death, Miller was in a coma for four weeks. The decision was made to amputate his severely injured left leg above the knee and it was here that he received the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart. Miller was assigned to a traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center in Omaha, Neb. Intensive speech therapy is ongoing to improve his prosthesis and wheelchair skills.

Carlson was seriously injured when a bomb detonated outside Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 17, 2009. While fueling operations were being conducted, an armored Army suburban van was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne IED (SVBIED). The explosion was so extensive that it caused damage to buildings on Camp Eggers by blowing out windows and rattling walls and ceilings.

Carlson’s injuries include TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), memory loss, loss of vision in his left eye, hearing loss in his left ear, nerve damage to his lower spine, loss of all cartilage in his right knee, numbness and loss of control in his right hand, joint damage in his right wrist and right shoulder.

A member of the Galva Army National Guard Unit and 634th BSB/based in Joliet, Carlson underwent treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. and is now recuperating at home.

Registration begins at noon for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The format is a “scramble”. Again this year the Honey Bears will be on hand during the event for photos with golfers, to take part in putting contests and to perform for 40 minutes after dinner.

The non-for-profit fundraiser was established in 2005 by Vietnam Veteran Ed Huss of Sugar Grove Township to provide assistance for a soldier that was wounded in Iraq. “The fundraisers began,” said Huss, “because his previous Vietnam Veteran reunions yielded hundreds of dollars of unspent donations. My wife, Judie, suggested using the funds to help a wounded Iraq veteran. The rest is history.”

In 2005, $9,000 was raised for Kyle Burleson of Springhill, La., who was paralyzed from the neck down when a sniper shot him through the neck. This money, along with funds from “Homes for our Troupes”, was used to build a home for Kyle and his family that would accommodate his many physical needs.

In 2006, $6,600 was raised for Latseen Benson of Leaque City, Texas, who lost both legs in a roadside bomb. The money helped pay for a car made to accommodate Bensen’s needs.

In 2007, 15,400 was raised for Victor Rojas whose right leg was shattered by a rocket propelled grenade. The golf outing raised $15,400 that was used as a down payment on a house for the Rojas family.

In 2008, $40,000 was raised for Lt. for Lt. Terrance J. Peterson, III and TSgt. Israel Del Toro Jr.

Golfers, at $115, and hole sponsors at $150 are still being sought. Register early as registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms can be accessed at thewoundedsoldierfundraiser.com.

To help with the fundraiser by playing golf, making a contribution, sponsoring a hole or volunteering, please contact ed@thewoundedsoldierfundraiser.com. Donations may be mailed directly to The Wounded Soldier Fundraiser, 6S260 Hankes Road, Aurora, Illinois 60506.

Farmers fill the shelves of local food pantries

by Susan O’Neill
COUNTY—Local area food pantries will benefit from the generosity of farmers this summer and fall when they make good on pledges to donate a portion of their revenue from this year’s harvest.

Through the Kane County Farm Bureau’s Harvest for ALL program, 15 farms representing 27 families, the Elburn Coop, Conserv FS and the Kane County Corn Growers Association, have signed up to participate.

The Farm Bureau has held a Food Check-Out Challenge each spring for the past eight years, during which local legislators fill up grocery carts with food for the local food pantry of their choice.

Farm Bureau President Bob Gehrke said that about six months ago, a group of farmers decided to see if there was interest in doing something in the fall. They had recognized an even greater than usual need for food and other supplies to support families in the area.

“We were shooting for four to six farms, and it has exploded quite well,” he said.

Gehrke, a dairy farmer in the area, donated an acre’s production of hay.

“It got to be a little contest,” said Al Lenkaitis, Jr., Kane County Farm Bureau Director and local dairy farmer.

Lenkaitis donated an acre of soybeans and an additional acre of corn in conjunction with the Ron and Jodie Jaynes family of St. Charles.

Farmers have pledged either the revenue from a set number of bushels of their harvest of hay, wheat, corn or soybeans, or the dollar value of a set number of acres of production, Kaneville farmer Joe White said.

White donated 100 bushels of production from his corn field on Hughes Road to the Elburn Food Pantry. Although the cost of corn has gone down from last year, he said the fall value of his crop should come to at least $300.

The farmer determines which food pantries they want to support and makes the donation directly to the pantry. Those working with the Elburn Coop will let the Coop know how many bushels they want to donate, and the Coop will deduct that amount from their settlement check when they bring their grain to be weighed.

According to Kane County Farm Bureau spokesperson Ryan Klassy, the crops pledged include two acres of corn plus 600 bushels for an estimated 900 to 1,000 bushels, five acres of soybeans (an estimated 250 to 300 bushels), one acre of hay ($400), 300 vegetable plants from a community garden ($1,200), 2,000 dozen fresh eggs, and a weekly van load of fresh vegetables and $575 in cash.

Klassy said the value of all cash contributions and crops contributed or pledged so far is well over $10,000. This amount has been designated by farmers participating in the program to benefit six local food pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a regional food bank that supports a number of food pantries in northern Illinois.

Non-farmers may participate in the program by making a tax-deductible cash contribution to the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation or to a food pantry of their choice.

For more information about the program, visit www.kanecfb.com and click on the Harvest for ALL link at the top of the page, or call the Kane County Farm Bureau at (630) 584-8660.

What is it?
Harvest for ALL, a number of local farmers who are donating from their harvest to local food pantries.

Who is participating?
15 farms representing 27 families, the Elburn Coop, Conserv FS and the Kane County Corn Growers Association.

How much is being donated?
Well over $10,000 in cash contributions or crop production pledges.

Where will it go?
Six local food pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a regional food bank that supports a number of food pantries in northern Illinois.

Want more information?
Non-farmers can also contribute. Visit the website at www.kanecfb.com and click on the Harvest for ALL link at the top of the page, or call the Kane County Farm Bureau at (630) 584-8660.

Blackberry Farm rentals and rides available this fall

AURORA—Beginning Sept. 11, Blackberry Farm will be available for after-hours rentals from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekends and select weeknights.

Groups and gatherings of all sizes can utilize Blackberry Farm’s grounds and amenities for parties, company picnics, family reunions and Scout group outings. Rentals include rides on the train, haywagon and carousel, fishing in Lake Gregory, picnic site, picnic tables, campfire, wood and electricity.

Rentals are available through Oct. 31.

For information and to make a reservation, call (630) 892-1550.

Charges filed from bomb threat investigation

GENEVA—The Kane County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation into the bomb threat that was called into the Kane County Judicial Center on July 31. As a result of the investigation, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized one felony count of giving a false bomb threat against Deborah K. Rohrwasser, of the 2100 Block of Sheffield Lane, Geneva. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

The charges against Rohrwasser are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Heartland Blood Centers expand donor collection hours

AURORA—Heartland Blood Centers, a non-profit blood bank, is expanding its efforts to recruit volunteer blood donors. With its member hospitals transfusing up to 600 blood products to patients every day, Heartland is faced with the ongoing challenge to recruit donors seven days a week.

To allow more flexibility with donors’ busy lives, five of the 17 Heartland draw centers will have expanded hours beginning in mid-September. The Illinois centers with expanded hours are: DeKalb, Frankfort, Schaumburg, and St. Charles.

For additional information on the new center hours or blood drives in your area, call 1-800-7-TOGIVE or visit www.heartlandbc.org.

The challenge to schedule enough blood donors at centers and mobile blood drives has increased over the past few years, according to Ann McKanna, Heartland’s Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development.

“The downsizing of many businesses has reduced or completely eliminated many blood drives that were once mainstays of the blood supply,” McKanna said. “We have adapted to the economic change by reaching out to a greater variety of organizations and by finding more ways to make blood drives and blood donation more convenient. In addition to opening up a brand new center in Morris this year, we have also expanded our center hours to allow for even greater convenience to blood donors that may live near one of our 17 donation centers.”

Founded in 1943 as one of the first independent blood centers in the country, Heartland Blood Centers now must collect 166,000 pints of blood each year to provide the blood supply for 33 hospitals in Northeast Illinois and Northeast Indiana.

With a top priority of serving those hospitals that have chosen Heartland Blood Centers as their blood provider, Heartland also regularly responds to blood needs beyond the local community, including disaster-related calls for blood. As an affiliate of both America’s Blood Centers and Blood Centers of America, Heartland Blood Centers is linked to a network of community blood banks that together constitute the largest provider of blood and blood-related services for the US and Quebec, Canada.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom-free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in good general health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

All community members are encouraged to attend the following blood drives:

Elburn
Thursday, Sept. 10
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Kaneland John Stewart
Elementary School
817 Prairie Valley Street.
All donors will receive a
free Heartland stadium blanket.
Sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org.
Call Cindy Krause with any questions: (630) 365-3568.

Sugar Grove
Monday, Sept. 14
3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Fire Department,
25 S. Municipal Drive.
Each donor will receive a
Free BBQ Set.
Call Joy Rubo at (630) 466-7190 or Kathy Parson at (630) 466-4634
to schedule your appointment.

Batavia Mother’s Club Foundation annual coat and clothing drive

BATAVIA—The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s annual coat and clothing drive, benefiting area families in need, will be held Sept. 14 through 23 at locations throughout Batavia.

Donations of clean, used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, sweaters, boots, pants, shirts, socks and shoes in good condition are needed in all sizes, from infant to adult. These items can be dropped off at any of the following Batavia locations: Batavia Elementary Schools, the Batavia Public Library, Curves on Wilson, and Foltos Tonsorial Parlor on Main Street.

All items are distributed to Fox Valley area charities and shelters.

For more information, call Michelle Brandseth at (630) 682-4831.

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in the Fox Valley area. Each year, the club donates more than $25,000 to local charities, including the Batavia Clothes Closet and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, whose activities support this mission.

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation is open to all mothers in the area who are interested in local philanthropic, service-oriented and community activities.

Visit www.bataviamothersclub.org for more information.

$10.7 million collected from Voluntary Disclosure Program

SPRINGFIELD—The Department of Revenue collected more than $4 million from mailings sent to 591 Illinois businesses as part of its ongoing effort to educate taxpayers and enforce existing tax laws. Another 119 businesses, who did not receive the mailing, came forward and paid $6.7 million in use tax owed under Illinois’ existing Voluntary Disclosure program.

“More than 700 taxpayers now understand their use tax obligation and will be reporting in the future,” said Brian Hamer, director of revenue. “Given this success, we are opening the program to all Illinois business taxpayers.”

As part of its Business Use Tax Voluntary Disclosure Program, the department identified likely non-filing businesses and offered them the opportunity to register for and pay four years of use tax (instead of six) and to avoid penalties. Two mailings generated more than $4 million in voluntary payments from 591 businesses.

Any business that pays income and withholding tax but is not registered to pay Use Tax can visit www.tax.illinois.gov to obtain more information on Business Use Tax Voluntary Disclosure and apply for the program.

Use tax is most commonly due when a taxpayer makes a purchase from a retailer outside of Illinois who does not collect Illinois tax. Examples include:

• A bank has office chairs shipped to it from a company in Ohio that does not collect Illinois tax. The bank owes Illinois use tax on the price of the chairs.

• A dentist buys tooth brushes to give patients from a New York mail order firm. The dentist owes Illinois use tax on the cost of the tooth brushes.

• A wholesaler that operates a warehouse in Illinois buys a fork-lift in Missouri and no tax is charged. The wholesaler owes Illinois use tax on the price of the fork lift.

In such situations, the taxpayer is required to remit the tax directly to the Department of Revenue. All states that administer sales taxes have a complementary use tax that prevents an out-of-state retailer from gaining a tax advantage over in-state retailers.

St. Charles Mother’s Club new member kick-off meeting Sept. 21

ST. CHARLES—The St. Charles Mothers’ Club invites all area women to attend its annual kick-off meeting for the 2009-10 year. The event will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m on the second floor of McNally’s, 201 E. Main St., St. Charles.

The event is free to new or prospective members, $10 for members, and includes appetizers and a cash bar. For more information about the kick-off or membership, call (630) 217-MOMS (6667) or stcharlesmothersclub.org.

The St. Charles Mothers’ Club is a nonprofit organization that meets on the third Monday of every month usually at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the monthly meetings, the club offers other programs including playgroup, a book club, and mom’s nights out.

Stop the spread of the flu by practicing good habits

COUNTY—With students back to school, the Kane County Health Department wants to remind the community that not only is the H1N1 flu virus still active, but we also have to be concerned about the seasonal flu.

Schools bring large groups of young people together in an enclosed area, which can help spread the virus. The Health Department is asking for everyone’s help in preventing the spread of H1N1 and the season flu.

“This fall we are looking at the possibility of battling two types of flu, the seasonal kind and the H1N1 virus. We can cut down on the spread of both by covering our coughs, washing our hands and staying home when we’re sick,” Paul Kuehnert, Health Department Executive Director, said.

The Illinois Department of Health has two hotlines available to answer questions about the H1N1 virus: 1-866)-848-2094 for English, and 1-866-241-2138 for Spanish. More flu information is available that Health Department’s web site at www.kanehealth.com, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.flu.gov. You can also follow the Kane County Health Department on Twitter at KaneCoHealth.

Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department announced recently that a second mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito sample pool was collected in St. Charles. The first detected in July was from the Montgomery area.

There was one reported human case in or Illinois so far this year. Last year, Kane County saw three human cases, in 2007 there were 13 cases. In 2006 there were four, 17 in 2005, two in 2004, none in 2003 and nine in 2002.

Stagnant pools of water can become excellent breeding grounds for the Culex species, the mosquito which is the most common mosquito to carry West Nile virus.

“If hot, dry weather returns, the Culex mosquito breeding activity could increase. Residents still need to take precautions against West Nile virus at least until the first hard frost,” Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said. “Until then, the potential exists to identify more positive mosquito pools and for human cases to occur in Kane County.”

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Following heavy rains and flooding, there is usually an increase in nuisance mosquito activity. The nuisance mosquito (Aedes species), which breeds in flood waters and temporary pools of water, does not typically transmit West Nile virus disease, but it is an aggressive and hard biter and is active throughout the day not just at dusk and dawn.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Kane County Health Department’s website, www.kanehealth.com or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

More information is available by calling the IDPH West Nile Virus Hotline at (866) 369-9710 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First human West Nile virus case in Illinois for 2009 reported
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2009. The St. Clair County Health Department reported a person in their 50s with onset of illness in late August.

“We’ve seen cooler temperatures this summer and not as much West Nile virus activity compared to warmer summers. However, this first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois should remind people that the threat is still there. People should protect themselves against mosquitoes by wearing insect repellent and by trying to reduce any standing water around their homes, especially with the upcoming holiday weekend,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

So far this year, 24 counties have reported mosquito batches or birds testing positive for West Nile virus.

In 2008, IDPH reported the first positive mosquito samples on May 23 in DuPage and Tazewell counties. The department reported the first human case of West Nile virus in 2008 on Aug. 11. Last year, 28 of the state’s 102 counties reported having a West Nile positive bird, mosquito sample, horse or human case. Twenty human cases of West Nile disease, including one death, were reported for 2008.

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois began on May 1 and includes laboratory tests on mosquitoes, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as the testing of sick horses and humans with West Nile-like disease symptoms. Citizens who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.


Precautions against West Nile include:

• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.

• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

• Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.

• Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including flowerpots, clogged roof gutters, old tires and any other receptacles. Change water in bird baths weekly. Properly maintain wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish. Cover rain barrels with 16 mesh wire screen. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Assessment changes published for Sugar Grove and Virgil townships

From the Kane County Board of Review

The 2009 assessment changes for Sugar Grove and Virgil Townships were published today, Sept. 3, 2009 in the Elburn Herald.

To obtain information about a Sugar Grove Township property, call (630) 466-5255 or visit www.sugargrovetownship.com.

To obtain information about a Virgil Township property, call (815) 827-3383 or visit www.virgiltownship.net.

To obtain complaint forms and a copy of the Rules and Procedures of the Kane County Board of Review, call (630) 208-3818 or visit www.kanecountyassessments.org/BOR.htm.

Pursuant to state law, the deadline to file 2009 assessment complaints for properties within St. Charles, Sugar Grove, or Virgil Townships is Oct. 5, 2009. No 2009 complaint for property in these three townships can be accepted after that date.

Geneva women join TriCity Family Services board of directors

GENEVA–TriCity Family Services announced the election of two new members to the agency’s governing Board of Directors. Susan Shivers, attorney at law, and Kelly Jackson, data analyst for the Chicago Business Intelligence Group, were voted into office at the July Board Meeting.

Both women are Geneva residents and are excited to help the 43-year-old agency continue to successfully grow and serve area children and families with quality, affordable mental health services.

TriCity Family Services is a private, nonprofit, human service agency serving the community members and organizations of central Kane County. The agency is dedicated to strengthening people and building community through the provision of quality, affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention and early intervention services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning. As a community-based agency, it promotes service excellence, honesty, hopefulness, personal responsibility and respect for others.

United Way set to raise $500,000 in 2009-10 campaign

ST. CHARLES—The United Way of Central Kane County and its volunteers announced their $500,000 goal for this year, to support 27 local agencies and its 41 programs.

The annual campaign kick-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a continental breakfast, complements of the Colonial Cafe, Target, and Costco.

This year’s event will be hosted by Riverwoods Christian Center, 35W701 Riverwoods Lane, St. Charles, from 8 to 9 a.m., with 99 percent of the dollars raised in the community remaining in the community.

“We are determined to make our ambitious goal so United Way can continue to create a better tomorrow for people who live and work in the communities we serve. Your United Way contribution is an investment in the quality of life in the Central Kane County area and is greatly appreciated,” said Vice President of Campaign Matt Richardson.

For more information about the United Way of Central Kane County 2009-10 campaign, volunteer opportunities, or becoming a member of the local Board of Directors, contact Paula Yensen at (630) 377-1930 or e-mail stcuw@yahoo.com.

Donations can be made on the United Way of Central Kane County’s web page, www.unitedwayofcentralkanecounty.org. Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Discover cards are also accepted.

Adopting a rescue pet

Woman frustrated by process, organization wants good matches
by Martha Quetsch
County—Kathy Easter thought she would be doing the right thing if she adopted a rescue pet for her children, who desperately wanted a puppy. But she found the adoption application process overwhelming.

“I didn’t think it would be that difficult. I just wanted to get a dog for my kids,” said Easter, of Elgin.

Easter recently tried to adopt a border collie mix puppy from Help for Lost and Endangered Pets (H.E.L.P.) of St. Charles. She found the puppy, which was the kind she wanted, on the H.E.L.P. website. It was part of a litter that a “foster parent” in Elburn was taking care of for H.E.L.P., after the organization rescued the puppies’ mother.

Easter was shocked at how stringent the application process was, she said. First, she had to fill out what she called a lengthy application. Then, every member of her household, including her children and her parents, who live with her, had to go to the foster parent’s house in Elburn to meet her and the puppies. Her children fell in love with one of the animals, but the foster parent in a subsequent phone call to Easter said she did not think the family was a good match for the puppy, because the grandfather did not seem interested, Easter said.

Easter said she persuaded the foster parent to let her family adopt the puppy, but the foster parent later changed her mind and let another family adopt the pet.

“My children were very upset; they cried,” Easter said.

A frustrated Easter ended up purchasing a puppy of another breed after seeing a local sign along the road that advertised puppies for $100. The animal is not exactly the type Easter wanted, but she said at least her children now have a dog.

Marcia Teckenbrock, president of the H.E.L.P board of directors, said it is unfortunate when applicants do not receive the rescue pet they want but that she trusts the foster parents to make the right decision.

“They (the foster parents) are the ones who are familiar with the animal’s personality, and what type of environment they would be most comfortable in,” Teckenbrock said.

Teckenbrock said families who are turned down for one pet can still seek another one from H.E.L.P.

“We just want to make the right match,” Teckenbrock said.

Pets that the all-volunteer H.E.L.P. organization places among its 40 area foster homes range from those whose owners no longer can afford to keep their animals, to others that are abandoned. Because of the trauma many of these animals have experienced, H.E.L.P. wants to make sure that their next home is a permanent one and that the animal is not displaced again.

“If it is not a good match, it is bad for everyone,” Teckenbrock said.

Teckenbrock said the requirements H.E.L.P. foster parents place on adoptive families, whether having a fenced yard or a quiet household or room for the pet to run, depend on the individual animal’s unique needs.

“Each situation is different,” she said.

Delnor Men’s Foundation to raffle Mercedes SUV

Proceeds benefit LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva
GENEVA—The Delnor Men’s Foundation’s fourth annual Drive for Cancer Wellness raffle event is revving up as it crosses the halfway point and heads for the finish line. The raffle offers participants a chance to win their choice of a new Mercedes 2010 Mercedes Benz GLK350, the company’s new sport utility vehicle, or $30,000. The grand prize drawing will take place Oct. 11 at the Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold for $100 each.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva. LivingWell offers a range of free cancer wellness programs, education, support groups and exercise classes to those living with cancer and their families.

To purchase a ticket, visit www.supportdelnor.org or call (630) 208-3352.

Kaneland senior loses life in Campton Hills crash

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Police investigators are trying to determine the cause of a Campton Hills crash that killed Kaneland High School senior Kelsey M. Barsic, 17, of Elburn.

At 6:10 a.m. Tuesday, Campton Hills Police responded to the crash scene after residents reported seeing a vehicle against a tree at 41W323 Burlington Road. Police Chief Gregory Anderson said officers found Barsic dead in the vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu.

The Kane County Coroner’s office will establish the approximate time of death. Anderson said that based on the condition of the victim’s body, she had been deceased for some time. He said it was apparent that the injuries she sustained in the crash caused her death, although the coroner will make the final determination.

The westbound vehicle Barsic had been driving apparently left the south side of the roadway, traveled for a significant distance through an open field and struck a tree of about three feet in diameter, Anderson said. There was no apparent evidence of braking or steering maneuvers before the vehicle struck the tree, he added.

“The tracks in the grass showed the vehicle moved in a straight line across the field,” Anderson said.

Police and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are trying to determine the speed Barsic at which had been driving based on evidence at the scene.

Anderson said based on interviews with the victim’s family on Tuesday, Barsic had been at a friend’s house Monday night and was possibly going to another friend’s home when the accident happened.

It is not known yet whether Barsic was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Amy Renwick, of the coroner’s office, said toxicology test results could take up to three weeks.

Barsic was not wearing a seatbelt nor did the air bag deploy during the crash; if the victim had been wearing a seatbelt, she may have survived, Anderson said.

Conley Funeral Home is making the funeral arrangements for the Barsic family.

Kaneland High School officials learned of Barsic’s death on Tuesday. They said she would have started her senior year when classes begin Aug. 26.

Barsic was an outgoing, friendly girl who was enrolled in the health occupations program at Fox Valley Career Center, working toward her certification as a nurse’s assistant, Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin said.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8p.m., with a wake service to begin at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Gall Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will follow at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Kelsey Barsic Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.