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Provena Mercy receives Environmental Excellence award

AURORA—Provena Mercy Medical Center recently received the “Making Medicine Mercury Free” award from Practice Greenhealth, the national membership organization dedicated to providing environmental solutions for the health care industry.

The 2012 award recognizes Provena Mercy for its efforts to reduce mercury and for its commitment to environmental responsibility. The “Making Medicine Mercury Free” honor is bestowed on organizations that implemented proven policies to rid the facility of the harmful chemical mercury, and to prevent it from re-entering the facility.

To receive the award, a hospital must show that it has virtually eliminated mercury from its site and is committed to continue that practice.

Recently, Provena Mercy conducted a hospital-wide survey and, where possible, eliminated products containing mercury, such as thermometers and gauges. The hospital also established an Environmental Purchasing Policy that eliminates the use of products containing mercury.

“We know that the use of mercury in health care jeopardizes public health and the environment,” said Lamar Davis, assistant vice president of facilities at Provena Mercy Medical Center. “We’ve created better alternatives for caring for our patients that do not involve mercury.”

In November 2012, Provena Mercy kicked off its “Think Green” initiative to reduce waste and help the environment.

“Increased recycling efforts not only help the environment, but they also save money, which we are putting back into the community,” Davis said. “Proceeds from recyclables are going into funds to help those in need in the community.”

Proceeds from recycled paper assist Provena Mercy patients who have financial need, while proceeds from plastic, aluminum and glass go to Association for Individual Development.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” Davis said.

So far this year, Provena Mercy has recycled 834 pounds of bottles, cans and plastics; and 3,327 pounds of paper. That’s more than the weight of an elephant or small car.

SG preschool owner records, releases children’s album

Photo: Amy Peters plays a game with the kids at Brightest Stars Preschool in Sugar Grove which is owned by her and her husband, Bill. Besides owning and working the preschool, Amy has just had her first CD of songs produced.
Photo by John DiDonna

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Brightest Stars Preschool owner Amy Peters, an accomplished vocalist and instrumentalist, decided some time ago that she wanted to mix her favorite hobby—music—with her business life. As a result, Peters finished recording her CD “Come and Swim with Me” last December, and made it available for purchase at the preschool and

“When I am singing with groups of children, I make the songs as interactional as I can. It’s fine to have concert-style songs, but little ones really want to get into the songs and be a part of them,” she said.

According to Peters’ website,, “Come and Swim with Me” is “full of fun and exciting new music for children ages 2 to 10, and will have your child singing, interacting and learning.”

Peters said she is especially fond of the album’s title track, but enjoys the other tunes on the recording.

“Each song has special meaning to me, but another that stands out is called ‘Sammy the Zebra.’ My son Devin, who was 9 years old at the time, asked if he could help me write a song. His idea was about a zebra named Sammy who is sad,” Peters said. “Wondering how to fit a sad song into my mix, I asked Devin why the zebra was sad, and he said that Sammy loses his stripes every time it rains, and since Sammy lives in the rainforest, he was sad a lot. Well, who knew that ‘Sammy the Zebra’ would be many, many children’s favorite song?”

Peters said the album took about a year to record, mix and master.

“Wanting to make sure that my CD had a professional sound, I met up with Patrick Dugan from Musical Expressions in Naperville, who is a professional musician, and he became my one-man band,” she said. “Patrick did all the music tracks and recording along with the mixing of all my songs. He made sure each song had its own special sound.”

Amy Peter's first CD is called "Come And Swim With Me." These songs mix learning with catchy tunes that are easy to sing along with. Photo Courtesy of Bill Peters

Album No. 2 should be on the way shortly. In the meantime, Peters is having a blast hearing what people are saying about “Come and Swim with Me.”

“This has been so much fun for me to hear what other people have said about my CD. I love hearing what are the favorites, whether it’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies,’ ‘Come and Swim With Me,’ ‘Any Other Car Like That’ or ‘Mommy, I Want Salami,’” she said. “But one of the biggest compliments came from a guy in his 20s who said he loved that my songs were so ‘adult friendly.’ Another friend said she has ‘I Like Me’ set on her phone alarm clock, and she wakes up every day with me singing to her. Many other family and friends have purchased my CD to give as birthday gifts and baby gifts.”

Peters has taught for 22 years, and has been singing “for as long as she can remember.” She said teaching and singing are her two passions, and she further developed a love for music after she learned to play the guitar.

“I realized that I had my own melodies. I started writing music for my classes. My first song, called ‘Come and Swim with Me,’ got the songwriting started … and it hasn’t stopped since,” she said.

Peters said that when she can’t find a song to use while teaching, she’ll simply write the song herself. In fact, she challenged herself last year to pen a new song each week and, in her own words, “rose to the task” and had a blast sharing her songs with Brightest Stars Preschool students.

Peters began her career teaching in a developmental preschool. She developed a love of working with preschool-aged children and made the decision to operate a preschool out of her own house. In 2008, Peters and her husband, Bill, decided to purchase a building and open a preschool in Sugar Grove.

“I have a great support system that allows me to keep doing what I love—teaching and singing. My husband Bill has believed in me from the beginning of wanting to grow a preschool center and a music venture,” Amy said. “He is always there to help when I need my sound system set up for singing events, or for taking the kids to their activities when I have a show. And, of course, I would have never had my love of music without the influence of my number one fan: my mom. Thanks, mom.”

Leading the nation

Photo: Students in Waubonsee Community College’s automotive recycling course remove a car part in the Sugar Grove Campus automotive shop, which was recently designated a GreenLink Shop by the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair. Waubonsee is the first school in the nation to earn this distinction. Courtesy Photo

Waubonsee becomes first school to have automotive program named GreenLink Shop
Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College’s automotive technology facility has been named a GreenLink Shop by the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR). Waubonsee is one of just four shops in the state and the first school in the nation to earn this designation.

GreenLink Shops must achieve a standard of excellence in environmental, health and safety operations. This includes everything from displaying safety posters to practicing appropriate fluid management, which involves draining automotive parts; controlling leaks and spills; and properly recycling, reusing or disposing of fluids. And while the designation requires just one person in the shop to complete the CCAR’s Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) online learning program, Waubonsee requires all students and faculty members to finish it.

A leader in environmental responsibility, Waubonsee was also the first school to offer a certificate in automotive recycling, with classes debuting last summer. Developed in cooperation with the Auto and Truck Recyclers of Illinois, that coursework focuses on the environmental regulations for disposal of common substances, as well as proper procedure when dismantling cars and repurposing parts.

Two auto recycling courses are being offered this summer. The first begins May 19. For more information, visit www.waubonsee .edu/automotive.

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.

• Jennifer L. Bentley, 26, of the 300 block of Busch Avenue in DeKalb, was arrested on May 13 and issued citations for no valid driver’s license, operating while registration is suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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• Jovany Franco, 21, of the 1000 block of Almond Drive in Aurora, was taken into custody on May 15 and issued ordinance citations for unlawful possession of cannabis (less than 2.5 grams), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal transportation of alcohol. There was also a warrant for Franco’s arrest out of St. Charles for shoplifting.

West Suburban—still locally owned and operated after 50 years

Sugar Grove—It’s hard to ignore the success of a community bank surviving for 50 years, especially through recent economic times. Over the past 50 years, mergers and consolidations have turned locally owned banks into part of nationally owned chains. That’s why West Suburban Bank is particularly proud to be celebrating its 50th anniversary. After all these years, it continues to be locally owned and operated.

It all started back in 1962, when Lombard resident Ralph Acker, along with a small group of key investors, saw the need for a community bank that would primarily focus on helping and servicing the community and its residents. That philosophy has been the main reason for West Suburban Bank’s succes. Ralph’s oldest sons – twins, Keith and Kevin-have been operating the bank with the very same philosophy that their father set forth 50 years ago.

When asked how he felt about the 50th Anniversary of his startup company, Ralph Acker said, “It’s amazing that the vision we had for a community bank went on to change and support many communities. When I think of all the families that got homes, sent their children to college, saved for retirement and even started their own business because of our expertise and lending capabilities, It’s hard not to be proud. It’s been wonderful being of service to the community, and I am grateful for their support.”

Keith and Kevin were just 12 years old when their father opened the first branch in the Eastgate Shopping Center along Westmore Avenue in Lombard. They learned the trade starting as the janitorial service; cleaning floors, windows and taking out the trash. They worked their way up to the check printing department while attending college and eventually took over the business when Ralph retired in the early 1990s. Keith currently serves as president, while Kevin is a senior vice president and chairman of the parent company, West Suburban Bancorp.

West Suburban Bank is also proud of the many people within the community that they have employed over the years. Currently they have 550 employees, 400 of whom are full time. Their branch managers have been with the bank for an average of 12 years, and 30 percent of employees have worked at the bank for 10 years of more. The employees add to the personal level of service that the customer experiences when banking at West Suburban Bank.

“There will always be a niche for locally owned and operated financial institutions,” said Kevin Acker. “People like the personal touch. All of our employees, from our tellers to our key decision makers, live in the communities where the Bank conducts business. Our loans have helped secure or improve the homes and business in these communities.”

The Ackers, however, are well aware that business is not unconditional. They talk about the need to stay on the cutting edge of banking technology and the importance of meeting customer satisfaction to compete against their large counterparts.

“It’s challenging,” said Keith Acker. “You have to maintain the personal service and stay up with the technology. You have to be able to compete with the bigger banks. We are always seeking new technologies and services to bring the best of the industry to our customers. Today, we have the ability to loan up to $42 million to a single borrower, so we are highly competitive,” he stated.

When looking at the history of West Suburban Bank, it’s clear that they have always been on the cutting edge of technology. They were one of the first banks in DuPage County to have an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) and a Telephone Banking system available to their customers.

“Today more and more people are banking online and through their mobile device. We continuously upgrade these services.” said Keith. “Our main priority is to make sure our systems offer convenience for the customer while providing the most up-to-date security features in order to protect their sensitive information.”

West Suburban Bank’s first facility opened April 27, 1962, in Lombard with assets totaling $425,000. During the past 50 years, they have aggressively expanded their branch network. To date, there are 36 locations in 21 communities in DuPage, Kane and Will counties, including their recent addition of the Sugar Grove branch, located at 522 Route 47, Sugar Grove. Their current assets are in excess of 1.9 billion.

When asked about the future of West Suburban Bank, Kevin replied. “We’ve been here through the good times and bad times … without having to take a government bailout. This year we were recognized by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and northern Illinois as the winner of the 2012 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, so it goes to show that what we have been doing for the last 50 years works. We plan to be around for a long time.”

Elburn board fails to vote on school impact fees

by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—Progress on the Elburn Station development came to a halt on Monday night, after four Village Board trustees declined to vote on an agreement with the Kaneland School District.

Elburn Station is a proposed transit-oriented development that would add more than 2,000 residential units, as well as commerical properties, in an area ranging from the Elburn train coachyard, Anderson Road, Keslinger Road and Route 38.

The agreement, which had been negotiated between village and School District officials, included capital impact fees to help pay for the new students the development would bring. Although the agreement initially focused only on the Shodeen development, the final draft version was a village-wide agreement between Elburn and the district.

When trustee Ken Anderson made a motion to vote on the agreement, no one else would second it. The motion died on the floor. The other trustees present were Jerry Schmidt, Jeff Walter, Bill Grabarek and David Gualdoni. Ethan Hastert was absent.

“One issue I have is there’s no clause that protects Elburn from another plan being negotiated (between another municipality and the School District) that is lower,” Walter said. “I want to see a guarantee that we would go to the lower fee structure.”

The other trustees raised similar concerns. Several years ago, all of the municipalities within the Kaneland School District agreed to the same fees, to level the playing field for developers looking to build within the district.

Last fall, however, all of the district’s municipalities except Sugar Grove agreed to a revised fee structure for the schools. Sugar Grove declined to participate. That agreement included higher fees than the one Elburn is currently considering.

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said the village’s decision last year not to participate in an across-the-board agreement with the School District boiled down to capital infrastructure improvements needed for different developments.

“We support a strong School District, but we’re trying to look at development as a total package,” Michels said. “We have to balance the needs of all the taxing bodies.”

The four Elburn trustees said they are concerned either that Elburn will end up paying the lion’s share of the cost to educate the children in the district, or that developers will build somewhere else to avoid the fees Elburn charges.

“Let’s make it a level playing field,” Gualdoni said.

“I don’t want to see a failed development because it’s cheaper to build in Sugar Grove,” Grabarek said.

Village President Dave Anderson and trustee Ken Anderson found themselves in the minority on this issue.

Dave Anderson said that the board should not put the burden of development onto existing Elburn property owners.

“They are all our kids; we’re all responsible,” he said. “We’ve got an opportunity to do it right. I don’t want to inhibit growth, but it should not be at any cost.”

He asked the other board members, “What’s the quickest way to kill a village?”

Answering his own question, he said, “Let your School District go to pot. This will come back to haunt us.”

Ken Anderson asked the others what they would do if another municipality decided not to pay the School District anything.

“That’s not looking out for our future kids or the future of this town,” he said. “Do two wrongs make a right?”

Further complicating the issue, Shodeen developer Dave Patzelt expressed surprise that the 25 percent fee reduction in impact fees did not apply to all housing units within the development. The discount in the impact fee structure begins with homes valued at $300,000 or more, and gradually increases until it reaches the full 25 percent reduction.

“The discount sounds good, but in reality, it’s not a discount,” Patzelt said.

He said he was not interested in moving forward with the development under those conditions.

At one point during the discussion, Patzelt said that his company believes in quality schools and paying a reasonable fee for the schools. He offered to create an escrow account, which would be used to pay directly for the students his development brought into the village. That is when Ken made his motion to vote on the School District IGA.

Ken Anderson on Tuesday expressed surprise at the board members’ reactions on Monday.

“It looked like we were on the same page last week,” he said.

Ken said he didn’t have a problem with having a flexible agreement, so that if new numbers or new data became available, the fees could be adjusted up or down.

“It should work for the benefit of the village and the schools,” he said. “The schools still cost money to run. That doesn’t change because the economy is bad. They’re still paying teachers and they’re still maintaining buildings.”

The board opened up the public hearing on the annexation and planned development agreement on Monday, and will reconvene it next week.

“I would strongly recommend that the IGA with the School District be done before the annexation agreement with Shodeen,” Village Attorney Bob Britz said.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

Welcome Home

Photo: Scott Hofmann of Kaneville construction and consulting company Team Hofmann discusses rebuilding Tina O’Donnell’s house with her neighbors Chrissy Graziano and Pam Sorenson.

Neighbors, friends help pave the way back home for Elburn woman
by Susan O’Neill

Elburn—Several women wearing large yellow rubber gloves sat in front of storage bins full of cleaning solution, methodically wiping down kitchen and other utensils. They joked as they cleaned.

“Those are from your mother’s wedding,” Tina O’Donnell’s long-time friend Janet Rohan said.

Tina’s neighbors Pam Sorenson and Chrissy Graziano were among the volunteers.

A handful of men and teenaged boys carrying pieces of furniture from a small truck to the front yard for cleaning were Pam’s and Chrissy’s husbands, Steve Sorenson and Tom Graziano. The two men worked alongside their sons Brad and Nick, as well as Tina’s nephew Jay Haas.

Since Jan. 1 of this year, when Tina’s husband Bob died in the fire that destroyed their home in Blackberry Creek, these friends have been her stalwart companions. The two couples have been there for Tina from the beginning, providing emotional as well as physical support.

Together with other friends and Tina’s family, they are helping Tina slowly put her life back together.

Since the fire, Tina has been staying with her mom in Geneva. Due to water, fire and smoke damage, the house was uninhabitable. Tina’s insurance denied the claim, so her sister-in-law Judi O’Donnell held a fundraiser in February, and another one in March, to raise the money needed to redo the house.

Family, friends and local business owners donated items to sell at the fundraisers. Thanks to her Facebook page, Tina also received many cash and check donations, some from people in other parts of the country.

For the first several months, Pam said it was too painful for Tina to come back to the house. Then, sometime around Easter, they got a dumpster and started the demolition.

“We had to gut the downstairs and rip out drywall,” she said. “We threw out appliances because of the smoke damage. It’s been a long process.”

Kaneville residents Kathy and Scott Hofmann read about Tina’s situation in a Feb. 17 article in the Elburn Herald. In the article, Judi said they were looking for local contractors Neighbor who could donate their time to help clean up the house and rebuild.

Kathy and Scott own a small company called Team Hofmann, through which they do carpentry, construction and consulting work. Kathy worked for a general contractor for 20 years before she and Scott started their own business, so they have a lot of housing experience and know a lot of trades people in the area.

The Hofmanns contacted Tina’s sister-in-law to ask how they could help. They met with Tina at the house in early spring, and talked about what could be done with the house.

“She needs the house different,” Kathy said.

Kathy and Scott are working with Tina on plans to change the stairway and to knock out some walls to change the way the house looks inside. Their thought is that some differences in the house will help her not to focus on the tragedy, and to be able to better move forward with her life.

“I tell her, ‘There’s light at the end of the tunnel,’” Kathy said.

Scott and Kathy have gathered a number of people to help with the various tasks to be done. CornerStone ReStoration Service has helped with cleaning the dry wall upstairs, and has taught the volunteers how to do some of the work themselves.

Prior to this past Mother’s Day weekend, Pam said people have put in 400 man hours, spent four full weekends and a couple of week-nights, and have filled four dumpsters. She said Kathy is keeping track of things for them.

“Tina’s got so many volunteers; they just need some direction,” Kathy said.

Confident Aire HVAC business owner Tom Wangler has offered to donate his time to clean the duct work. Kaneville firefighter and commercial electrician Paul Ross, Kaneville resident and plumber John Behm, OTS (On the Spot) Drywall’s Brian Rissman and Midwest Windows’ Ken Gilke have all offered their assistance.

“It’s just all coming together,” Kathy said. “Half my neighborhood wants to help, as well as the people from my church (St. Peters in Aurora).”

Chrissy said that she feels it’s only natural for people to want to help.

“We’re in this for the long haul,” she said. “We pray for her to get home and get her life back to normal.”

Tina smiled as she looked around at the gathering of family and friends, old and new.

“They’re making it so welcoming for me to come back here,” she said. “If it weren’t for them, I’d just run away.”

Sugar Grove garage sales

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove community garage sales are Friday and Saturday, June 1-2.

Here’s how to participate:
• Hold a garage sale at your home on June 1 and 2 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• $20 registration fee to cover the expense of advertising and marketing materials.
• Complete the registration. Return it by May 18, along with the $20 registration fee payable to: Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry PO Box 765 Sugar Grove, IL 60554
• If you want maps and/or copies of the address listing, please pick up at the chamber office on Wednesday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at the Sugar Grove Community Building, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.

Why participate?
• The chamber creates opportunities that add value to the community and residents
• Your sale will be identified on an address listing distributed to potential shoppers
• The Sugar Grove Community Garage Sales will be advertised in newspapers and on radio.

For more information, call Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895 or email

May 11 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.

• Richard T. Sullivan, 25, of the 400 block of Conley Drive in Elburn, was arrested on May 5 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to inform/notify police after striking property, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis under 2.5 grams.

• Jesus Alcantar-Martinez, 49, of the 100 block of Capes Drive in Elburn, was arrested on May 6 and issued citations for driving while license revoked, no valid safety test, and operations an uninsured motor vehicle.

• Tristan T. Schmidt, 35, of the 500 block of Kelly Avenue in Yorkville, Ill., was arrested on May 8 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more, and speeding (50 mph in a 35 mph zone).

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• Willie Walker Jr., 56, of the 100 block of Chapel Circle in Ripley, Tenn., was arrested on May 3 and issued citations for speeding (77 mph in a 55 mph zone), uninsured driving while license suspended, DUI and DUI above 0.08.

Steeples installed at St. Katharine Drexel

Sugar Grove—The construction project at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sugar Grove reached a milestone May 1 when Schramm Construction installed two steeples at the site.

After months of planning and weather tracking, the two structures were connected to the top of the 60-foot steeple structure. The largest of the steeples, including towers, measures approximately 72 feet and weighed approximately 40 tons, while the smaller steeple is 58 feet tall and approximately 30 tons.

Each steeple was custom designed and constructed on the ground at the site by the carpenter contractor.

“Much planning was put into place for the construction and installation of the steeples. Weather conditions have to be just right, with minimal wind, to ensure complete safety while erecting the steeples,” said Fred Schramm, president of Schramm Construction. “We’ve been honored to work on a number of religious facilities in the past and are knowledgeable as to the proper process for this installation. Working on St. Katharine has been a real honor as well, and we are thankful to be a part of the team.”

The groundbreaking for St. Katharine Drexel Parish, located at 8S055 Dugan Road, was in the late summer of 2011. Since then, Cordogan Clark and Associates Architects and Schramm Construction has laid much of the groundwork and exterior elevations for the more than 30,0000-square-foot structure. When completed, the facility will encompass a 350-seat chapel, administrative wings, classrooms, and a kitchen facility to accommodate their growing congregation.

Currently, the parish is home to over 550 registered families since its inception only three-and-a-half years ago. While under construction, the parish meets at John Shields Elementary School. The anticipated completion date is middle to late summer 2012.

“We are excited to see the steeples installed, as it means we are one step closer to opening our new parish doors this summer,” said Father Bob Jones of St. Katharine Drexel Parish.

Aurora man guilty of violating amended stalking statute

AURORA—An Aurora man is the first person to be convicted by a Kane County jury under Illinois’ amended stalking statute.

Thomas C. Adams (AKA John C. Cassimatis), 74, most recently of the 200 block of South Union Street in Aurora, was convicted by a Kane County jury on April 24 of one count of aggravated stalking, a Class 3 felony, and one count of violating an order of protection, a Class 4 felony.

On April 11, 2011, the victim filed an order of protection against Adams in DeKalb County court after their dating relationship had ended early in 2011, but Adams had continued to pursue the victim. On July 11, 2011, that order of protection was made permanent. On Sept. 8, 16 and 19, 2011, at her Sugar Grove residence, and on Sept. 15 and Oct. 18, 2011, at her Aurora workplace, Adams stalked the victim by driving past her residence and place of employment, which caused emotional distress to the victim, in violation of the order of protection and in violation of the new stalking statute.

An order of protection prohibits the defendant from stalking, harassing or having any contact with the victim.

The amended stalking statute, which took effect June 1, 2010, criminalizes certain behaviors toward others, such as driving by the victim’s home, appearing within the victim’s eyesight, showing up at the victim’s workplace, sending packages to the victim, or having any contact with the victim when these actions cause the victim emotional distress.

Associate Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny set Adams’ next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. May 30, in Courtroom 217 for sentencing. Adams faces a sentence of probation or between three and nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Adams had been held in the Kane County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail since Nov. 8, 2011. Bond was revoked upon conviction.

“Our thanks to the jury for carefully examining Mr. Adams’ course of conduct in its entirety in reaching this verdict,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “If anyone experiences this type of behavior from someone, they should not hesitate to call the police every time it happens. People should be able to feel safe in their homes and at work from unwanted behavior from others.”

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Jamie L. Mosser and Lindsay Hatzis.

Board discusses assisted-living facility

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday discussed the annexation agreement amendment, preliminary and final plat, and final PUD for unit No. 1 regarding the Hampstead Court assisted-living facility, slated to be built on the corner of Wheeler Road and Route 47 in Sugar Grove.

Developers Pat Molloy and Bob Bolz, and Revere Healthcare’s Christopher Dials—consultant and managing partner for the 150-bed assisted-living facility—were on hand during the meeting to answer questions from board members and staff.

The Hampstead Court facility will be a three-story, 104,000-square-foot building featuring a commercial kitchen, dining facilities and therapy rooms. Dials said the facility will be much like a hotel—a congregate living setting that will also feature common areas “to be enjoyed by all that live there.”

Dials also clarified that Hampstead Court will not be a medical facility.

“We applied (for supportive living) and were not awarded a license in the last go-around. (We) don’t anticipate opening another application window for years, so it’s safe to say that this facility will not be a supportive-living facility … We won’t receive any government-supported funds of any type. It’s all private pay,” he said.

According to Dials, residents will typically be over the age of 80, and will most likely live at the facility for “about 18 months.”

Community Development Director Richard Young said the Hampstead Court item will be brought back to the board in two weeks for a final vote.

Police blotter for May 4

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.

• Nicholas D. Scharringhauser, 33, of the 400 block of North Somonauk Road in Cortland, was arrested on April 25 and issued citations for speeding (63 mph in a 50 mph zone) and driving while license suspended.

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• Tomas Zarate, 21, of the 1800 block of Lilac Lane in Aurora, was taken into custody on April 24 and issued citations for speeding (66 mph in a 45 mph zone), improper display of registration, operating an uninsured vehicle and driving while license suspended.

A speedy opening at Jimmy John’s

A ribbon cutting took place Tuesday at the new Jimmy John’s, located at 472 N. Route 47 in Sugar Grove. On hand for the event were Dino Divizio (left to right), Kenny Abbott, Sally McClellan, Bryce Carey, Lisa Lund, Richard Young, owners Vanessa and Aaron Leuer, their daughter Lilly, Mayor Sean Michels and Dave Barroughs.
Photo by John DiDonna

WCC offers Career Education Scholarships

SUGAR GROVE—The Waubonsee Community College Foundation is offering scholarships to students enrolling in a variety of career education programs during the upcoming 2012-13 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, May 25.

These $500 program scholarships are available to both new and returning Waubonsee students. A list of qualifying degree and certificate programs and an application form can be found online at

For more information, contact Admissions at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

Library announces new director

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that the board appointed Carol Dolin to the position of library director.

The trustees unanimously selected Dolin out of a field of candidates from across the Midwest.

Dolin is currently a Reference Librarian at the Itasca Community Library in Itasca, Ill. She is responsible for reference and readers’ advisory services, as well as collection development.

Previously, Dolin worked as business manager at the Deerfield Public Library, and before that, as acquisitions coordinator and programming coordinator at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling, Ill. She has a degree in Administrative Studies (HRM/MGMT) from Roosevelt University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. Her first day at Sugar Grove Public Library will be Tuesday, May 8.

“Carol’s experience, knowledge and enthusiasm are a perfect match for the Library District,” said Library Board President Joan Roth. “She will be able to guide the library through the challenges and opportunities that we will face in the future. We look forward to working with her, and extend a welcome to her from the entire Sugar Grove Public Library community.”

Czerwinski takes on adversity

Photo: Shari Czerwinski takes an adaptive-pedal-equipped bike out for a test ride. She suffers neurofibroma and has limited use of her left leg. Courtesy Photo

SG resident overcomes neurofibroma, receives Challenged Athletes Foundation grant
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—It was 2004 when Sugar Grove resident Shari Czerwinski noticed she had some numbness in her left leg. Numerous tests and X-rays showed no abnormalities in Czerwinski’s body, but by 2006 she started to display a bit of muscle atrophy in her left foot, and by 2008 her left knee would buckle occasionally when she walked.

Still, multiple tests, MRIs and X-rays revealed nothing of concern.
“I knew something was wrong, as it is obviously not normal to have a leg that feels numb, no reflex, and falling down because your knee buckles, but I gave up finding an answer,” she said.

It should be noted that Czerwinski has suffered from Ankylosing Spondylitis, a painful and debilitating form of arthritis that targets the spinal cord and larger joints in the body, since 1998. After tests revealed nothing of concern in her body, Czerwinski said her rheumatologist wrote it all off as a rare complication of the disease and upped all of her rheumatological medications.

Fast-forward to February 2009, when Czerwinski’s car was rear-ended on the Eisenhower Expressway, leaving her with several herniations and a lot of pain. Czerwinski began visiting a pain clinic the next month and mentioned to her doctor all of the problems she had with her left leg. An MRI of Czerwinski’s abdomen that June revealed what had been plaguing her the previous five years: she was suffering from neurofibroma.

“I had a 5.5 inch-long tumor called a neurofibroma along the femoral nerve, which is the largest nerve running down the front of your leg,” Czerwinski said. “They assembled a team of three surgeons to discuss getting this tumor out with the most success of me walking again.”

Czerwinski went in for surgery that September, and doctors were forced to remove seven inches of her femoral nerve, because it wouldn’t separate from the tumor. The decision was made to remove a section of nerve from her inner thigh and graft it onto the femoral nerve. She then had to wait 12 months and endure a grueling recovery to see if the nerve would regenerate.

It didn’t.

“My left leg was partially paralyzed. I could only walk with a leg brace. I could not march, or run, or lift my leg without grabbing it with my hand and picking it up,” said Czerwinski, now 41 years old. “It has affected everything. I have fallen several times since the surgery and injured my leg. We had to remodel the bathroom to make a handicapped shower. We live in a two-story, and just getting up and down stairs is very difficult. I have to get help with a lot of daily activities. My family—husband Chad, son Ryan and daughter Katherine—have been great at helping out with things I need.”

“Shari’s ‘disability’ has definitely been challenging for us. We often joke that if this is a test, we should really study harder, because we have to keep taking it over and over again,” Chad said. “I am thankful, however, that we have been able to face it together. Patience is something we are constantly learning through trials.”

Northwestern doctors told Czerwinski there was nothing else they could do to help her. Following a considerable amount of research, Shari and her husband were introduced to a surgeon in San Antonio, Texas, who was willing to bring the couple out so he could try to attempt a procedure on Shari in which the large muscle (latissimus) would be removed with all the nerves attached and put into her thigh to form a new quadriceps muscle. Shari went into surgery in December 2010, at which point doctors discovered that the original nerve graft had pulled apart and was not connected.

“He decided to try reconnecting it to give it a second chance. It did not work, either,” Shari said. “They (had) given me the option of going through that all again and trying to move the back muscle this time, but after two long, grueling years of therapy and doctor appointments and getting my hopes up, I had come to a place of acceptance. I was not willing to go through another surgery and another 12 months of waiting to see if it would work.”

Things didn’t get any easier for Shari from that point on, as her kneecap would occasionally dislocate due to the lack of muscle in her left leg. She underwent a partial knee replacement surgery last November, and recently completed therapy at Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness in St. Charles. She also acquired a “smart” leg brace, which she said helps her walk in a more normal manner. Doctors hope Shari’s most recent surgery will ease her pain considerably, but have also discussed performing a complete knee replacement if desired results for Shari’s knee are not reached by the end of this year.

Amputation could also be a possibility if Shari’s knee pain continues to persist.

“I have had to give up a lot of outdoor activities we used to enjoy, such as biking and hiking,” she said. “Through all these trials, my faith in Jesus Christ helped me to persevere. I have tried to stay as active as I could, drawn strength from Him, and learned to rely on others for help, which was not a lesson easily learned for me.

“This is by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through, but by the grace of God, I am able to get up with a smile on my face and remember all the things I have to be thankful for, and not dwell on all the hardships.”

In order to get back to doing the outdoor activities she loves, Shari began researching adaptive equipment, and did a test ride on a recumbent bike with adaptive pedals at The Bike Rack in St. Charles. Adaptive equipment is expensive, however, and her husband, a carpenter, was seeing less and less work due to a sluggish economy.

“I wanted to be able to get out of the house and do sports with the family, and staying active helps so much mentally and with controlling some of the arthritis pain,” Shari said. “I researched some more and found that there are agencies that help people with part of the costs of specialized equipment.”

Shari then contacted six agencies, and promptly received rejection letters from five of them. The remaining agency sent a letter stating that they make those decisions in April each year. Sure enough, Shari received a letter from the Challenged Athletes Foundation two weeks ago stating that they would award her a $1,500 grant toward the cost of an adaptive bike.

Her new bike is on order at The Bike Rack.

“I just want to encourage people not to give up. If you feel something is wrong with your body, keep searching for answers,” Shari said. “I think disabled people become isolated due to lack of mobility, depression, etc. I just want to encourage people to get outdoors and be active, no matter how small of a start (they) have to make. It really does boost your mood. I am so excited to get my bike, and already have lined up willing family and friends to go for a ride.”

Barefoot collegians

Sugar Grove resident Amy Manion (left) was among Aurora University faculty and students who walked barefoot on campus in the first “A Day without Shoes” on April 10. Manion is an information services librarian. Katy Meier (right) of Aurora is a junior nursing major and library assistant. Students and faculty collected 1,485 pairs shoes in the inaugural event to benefit students at Bardwell and Brady elementary schools in Aurora, Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora, Soles4Souls, and Crossover Running. Kris Johnson, Wackerlin Center fellow and event coordinator, said goals of the effort were to increase awareness of global poverty through experiential activities and to encourage donations of shoes. Courtesy Photo

How to save a life

SG trustee rescues neighbor, hopes to spread awareness
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove resident and Village Board member Mari Johnson suspected something was wrong with her neighbor, a man named Bob who is in his late 60s, suffers from health problems and lives alone. Last Saturday, Johnson noticed that she hadn’t seen Bob out for a couple weeks and thought his home was almost “vacant looking.”

“Usually I would at least see him drive around the block. Saturday, I had peeked through his garage and saw that his car was there. I thought something might be wrong, but another neighbor told me not to worry, so I did not go to the door,” she said.

The feeling that something was wrong kept nagging at Johnson throughout the weekend, however, and by Monday she decided to check out the neighbor’s mailbox, which was “jammed with mail.” His garbage cans weren’t out, either, so she finally decided to go to his door. There was no answer, but the house was unlocked. Inside, Johnson and her husband, Kevin, discovered Bob lying unconscious on the middle of his kitchen floor.

“I called the paramedics, and later his daughter told me that the doctors thought he may have been laying there for two days. One more day and he would (have) most likely not made it,” Mari said.

Mari said she didn’t want to be front and center for saving her neighbor’s life, and instead hopes that the incident will be an example of how important it is for people to be aware of their neighbors, especially when they are alone or in poor health.

“All I did is to pay attention to what’s around me,” she said.

Mari said it’s important for people to take note of anything that appears out of the ordinary—newspapers piled up on the lawn, garbage cans not put out on trash pick-up days, etc.

“Even if they’re not in their 80s, you should be aware of any potential signs that something might be wrong. You don’t have to be a nosy neighbor, but you can be an aware neighbor,” she said.

According to Mari, Bob is still in the hospital. However, his status is slowly improving.

National Medication Take-Back Day at the SG Police Department

SUGAR GROVE—This program is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA works with area agencies twice a year in April and October. This one-day drop-off program will take place Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sugar Grove Police Department, 10 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Bring your medications for disposal to Sugar Grove Police Department, located at 10 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked. The following is a list of acceptable and not acceptable items.

Acceptable items: non-controlled DEA drugs, medication samples, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medicated ointments/lotions, vitamins, and medications for pets

Non-acceptable items: thermometers, narcotics/DEA controlled drugs, IV bags, sharps/needles (see below for disposal), bloody or infectious waste and empty containers

Medication Collection

1. Leave items in their original containers. Pill bottles, blister packs, ointment tubes and leak-proof liquid containers are all acceptable.
2. Remove or black out any personal information on the label to protect your privacy.

Year-round medication
drop-off locations:

• Naperville Fire Station No. 4
Route 59 and Brookdale Road, Naperville
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays
(except on holidays)

• Fox Metro Water Reclamation District
682 Route 31, Oswego, Ill.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday
(except on holidays)

New beginning for WSB

West Suburban Bank, located at 522 Route 47 in Sugar Grove, held a ribbon cutting and after-hours event on April 18. Following the ribbon cutting, there was a plaque ceremony, refreshments and networking. Keith Acker (left to right), president West Suburban Bank/Lombard; Community Development Director Richard Young; Matthew Acker, facility manager for West Suburban Bank/Lombard; village trustee Mari Johnson; Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce Director Sally McClellan; Duane Debs, president and CFO of West Suburban Bank/Downers Grove; Matthew Remus, assistant vice president and branch manager of West Suburban Bank/Sugar Grove; village trustee Rick Montalto; and Bill Jenrich, vice president of Retail Banking, West Suburban Bank. Photo by Patti Wilk

Earth Week at WCC

As students, staff and faculty look on, Waubonsee Community College Lead Groundskeeper Joe Zappia explains best tree planting practices in front of a ginkgo tree recently planted on the Sugar Grove campus. The tree planting presentation was one of many activities going on at the college during Earth Week, April 16-20. Courtesy Photo

Michels’ State of Sugar Grove

Village President cites development, future projects
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—At his State of the Village of Sugar Grove speech on April 12, Village President Sean Michels discussed recently completed projects, as well as projects he expects will be completed in 2012 or the next few years. His message was clear early the presentation: things in Sugar Grove are pretty good right now.

“We’re bringing in new businesses, as you can see. It’s a variety of things. That’s why I use the word “it”-it’s not just fast food, it’s not just commercial businesses, it’s not just industry … and things are going pretty well,” he said. “We’re able to take this time and plan for the future and put in some key infrastructure for when the residential boom does occur.”

Michels identified the groups and businesses that have arrived in Sugar Grove since his 2011 State of the Village of Sugar Grove address, including McDonald’s, Scot Industries, Producers Chemical, West Suburban Bank, emily kay salon, Cutz & Stylz hair salon, Jimmy John’s and St. Katherine Drexel Church. Michels called Jimmy John’s “the surprise of the year,” as Sugar Grove the last few years had been told it just wasn’t the right fit for a Jimmy John’s restaurant because the village “didn’t have the rooftops or traffic.”

“Each year, we keep updating our numbers, our rooftops, our traffic patterns, average household income, all of that. Finally, last year, we heard rumors that Jimmy John’s was going to come (to Sugar Grove), but we didn’t know when,” Michels said. “Come August (or) September (2011), we heard that the lease was signed, and then they pulled the building permit … and then it just sort of sat, so I included (in the presentation) they weren’t freaky fast in their opening … but now they are open. I stopped in (there) the other day, and they said it’s going very well.”

Michels said these businesses collectively brought in more than 125 employees to Sugar Grove.

“That’s significant. When you think of the multiplier effect that an employee brings to the community, it’s not fact that they’re just working here-typically they are buying gas or running to the Jewel or to one of the fast food restaurants to buy lunch or buy dinner,” he said. “Maybe they are going to the salon after work to get their hair done. It really starts to take off, and then with some of the other projects we have coming up down the road, I think you’ll see this multiplier effect really start to multiply.”

Those “other projects” include: a Walgreens slated for construction on the northwest corner of Galena Boulevard and Route 47 and expected to open in October; Hampstead Court assisted-living center, a 104,400-square-foot facility with 150 beds and 70 employees; completion of the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project, which will involve the use of pipe-30 inches in diameter and 8,800 feet long-to convey water from the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions to the Drainage District ditch located near Jericho Road and Route 30; and improvements to the intersection at Cross Street and Route 47.

Michels’ presentation also touched upon future projects, such as an I-88/Route 47 interchange, widening of Route 47 south to Kendall County (phase 1 to be completed this fall), improvements to Bliss Road and Route 47, and Honda Jet delivering a jet aircraft to Sugar Grove in 2014.

“I am really proud of the fact that we are thinking for the future. Even though the growth is not here today, it’s coming, so we need to make sure that our infrastructure can handle it,” Michels said.

Michels said a $10,000 surplus is projected for the 2012-13 budget.

“If it comes in much more than that, we’ll probably just put it into roads,” he said.

Spring into employment

Frances Jerman of Aurora (right) reviews information at Waubonsee Community College’s annual Spring Job/Internship Fair on Friday. Local job seekers were able to connect with 80 area employers at the event, which took place on the Sugar Grove

Precious Eboh of Aurora (above) introduces himself to Emily Sharp, Staffing Consultant for Dreyer
Medical Clinic, at WCC Spring Job/Internship Fair on Friday.

Courtesy Photos

Police blotter for April 20

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.

• William C. Lamar, 49, of the 700 block of Russell Road in DeKalb, was arrested on April 13 and issued citations for improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver, driving without a valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sugar Grove
• Samantha Brungart, 18, of the 2200 block of Garden Road in Aurora, and Elizabeth Rogers, 18, of the 1100 block of Plum Street in Aurora, were arrested on April 17 and issued ordinance violations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brungart was issued an additional citation for possession of alcohol by a minor.

Board approves farm lease agreement

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve an agreement to lease 14 acres of agricultural land for one year.

A document from Anthony Speciale, director of public works, and Geoff Payton, streets and property divisions, states that the village currently owns 19.44 acres of agricultural land, 14 of which are suitable for farming. Each year, the village of Sugar Grove enters into a contract for the lease of agricultural land for farming purposes. By leasing the property for farming purposes, the village will keep the land tillable and also receive an income of $1,200 from this lease.

Board approves withdrawal from Natural Gas Consortium

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve withdrawal from the Natural Illinois Municipal Natural Gas Franchise Consortium.

According to a document from Finance Director Justin Vanvooren, the board approved membership into the consortium, and authorized an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for a natural gas model franchise, at its meeting on Dec. 1, 2009. The document states that the joint effort was meant to provide participating municipalities “greater negotiating power with the natural gas utilities and reduce the cost to each municipality of drafting, negotiating and finalizing a new gas franchise.”

These natural gas utilities still haven’t come to terms on any proposals in the draft agreement.

The village paid $500 to enter the consortium and has since paid $2,921.03 toward “consortium activities.”

According to the document, village staff feels that continued membership in the consortium is not warranted and recommends withdrawal.

Master Ron Troutman inducted into Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Photo: Master Ron Troutman (right) received the Ken Knudson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo

HOMEWOOD, Ill.—Master Ron Troutman received the Ken Knudson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame at a ceremony and dinner held at the Balagio Restaurant in Homewood, Ill. on Feb. 18.

This award is given to the martial artist who exhibits the highest standard of martial arts dedication and service to the martial arts community and who have made a profound impact on the sports of martial arts.

Master Ron, who was honored by receiving these prestigious awards, was accompanied by his wife of 53 years, Revann, son Master Rocky, daughter Darla and other family members, plus black belts from Rocky’s Dojo & Gym in Sugar Grove. The ceremony also included top martial artists from throughout the state.

Master Rocky was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2009—the only father and son to do so.

Ron Troutman, JuDan or 10th Degree black belt, was introduced to Isshin-Ryu Karate in 1960 by Jim Chapman, known as the “Fighting Sensei.” Later Troutman studied under Jesse Gallegos, who was a student of Chapman. Chapman studied under Don Nagle.

In 1974 Troutman, with his son Rocky, then a 14-year-old black belt, founded Champion Karate Studio in Aurora.

In 1984, the Troutman’s expanded by designing and building Rocky’s Dojo & Gym, Inc. in Sugar Grove. The complex is a unique design that features 5-foot octagon windows and a 6,400 square foot multi-level including a dojo, complete weight room, boxing ring with bags, showers and lockers with all the amenities.

In 1988, Master Troutman more than doubled the size of the complex to 15,200 square feet. Known as the Octagon Center, it includes 11 businesses and four living quarters. The multi-million dollar complex is a showplace for Isshin-Ryu Karate, kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts, weight training, kettlebell, Zumba, etc.

Master Troutman has promoted over 100 students to black belt since 1974, and has held over 125 open Karate tournaments. In 2009, he was promoted to 10th degree black belt by the I.C.O.B.B. (International Council of Black Belts), which he now heads up along with Master Jane Gallegos. He was also promoted to 10th degree black belt by the United Black Belt Council of Phoenix, Ariz.—a group of his fellow karate-kas from Illinois who moved to Arizona many years ago.

Master Troutman, at age 71, still teaches at least three days per week at the dojo and loves the camaraderie with the students. He has also been devoted to the mental and spiritual aspects of the martial arts and positive thinking.

Sugar Grove business allows seniors, disabled to continue living at home

Photos: Home For Life provides walk-in showers (below) for safety and convenience. A resident now has a scooter ramp (right) thanks to the people at Home For Life, which is celebrating two years of home modifications for older adults, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Courtesy Photo

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Home is where people typically feel most safe and secure. Cindy Shaw, owner of Sugar Grove-based business Home for Life Advantage, Inc. believes people shouldn’t have to leave the comfort and familiarity of home when they get older.

“Through personal experience with my family, I found a major concern is that as we grow older we may have to leave our home, parting with the comfort or memories of our life,” Shaw said. “Most of us desire to stay in our home and live out our lives in the peaceful surroundings that we cherish and recognize. We are familiar with our neighbors and environment; we feel safe and secure there.”

Home for Life, Inc. was launched in early 2010, and operates on an “aging in place” philosophy in which people continue to live in their home as their lives and health change with age. Shaw said the company provides products, services and even home modifications to achieve this philosophy. Her clientele consists mainly of senior citizens and people who suffer from mobility and disability issues.

“At Home for Life, we spend time with each individual to listen to their concerns and needs. We also work alongside their doctors, occupational or physical therapists,” Shaw said. “We discuss the modifications that we can provide to help them to be able to stay at home independently. Modifications can be a simple grab bar, accessible bathroom, ramp, or stair lift, as well as full ‘Accessibility Makeover.’

Shaw’s husband, Rein Puttkammer, also works for the business. Rein and Cindy have been Sugar Grove residents since 1995, and have over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. It was during that time that Shaw discovered her passion for helping people to be able to stay in their “home for life.”

“We are CAPS certified, which means ‘Certified Aging in Place Specialist.’ The new term they use now in construction is ‘Universal Design,’ which means that anyone, no matter what mobility or disability they have, can come into your home (and exist comfortably),” Cindy said.

According to Cindy, she and Rein regularly attend classes to educate themselves on the newest products and information that are available. She personally volunteers at many different organizations, and has given talks to Parkinson and multiple sclerosis support groups. The couple also teaches a “Continuing Care through Home Modifications” class to occupational therapists, physical therapists and case managers. Those who take the class receive two continuing education credits.

It has been two years since Home for Life began operation, and Shaw said that during that time, she and Rein have met and had the privilege to help many clients make their everyday life easier to live.

“That was my mission in starting my company,” she said.

2012 roadway construction to begin

KANE COUNTY—The 2012 roadway construction/inspection season has begun. While you may find it aggravating when you happen upon construction, keep in mind that it is necessary to repair and improve the roadway system.

Additionally, inspection work such as the upcoming bridge inspections (listed below) is performed for safety of the traveling public. The village of Sugar Grove urges you to exercise caution and remain alert when travelling in a construction area. Drive cautiously for your safety and for the safety of those working in the area. Roadway construction areas may slightly increase the time that it takes you to arrive at your destination, so plan to leave a little earlier or take an alternate route.

Also, keep in mind that those who work in construction zones are performing their jobs and just like you, have loved ones waiting for them at the end of the day. Help keep them safe.

The village receives notifications of upcoming construction and inspection projects. As they are received an e-mail is sent and also posted on our the village website at

Traffic will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspections beginning Tuesday April 10 (weather permitting) at the following locations:

• Bliss Road over the Blackberry Creek—northeast of Route 47
• Dauberman Road over Welch creek—north of US 30
• West County Line Road over Union Ditch No. 3—south of Winters Road

Waubonsee installs wind turbine at Sugar Grove Campus

Photo: Workers from Windy City Power in Palatine attach the blades to Waubonsee Community College’s new wind turbine. Located at the Sugar Grove Campus, the turbine is used primarily as a training tool for students in the college’s new small wind program. Courtesy Photo

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus recently got a bit “greener” with the addition of a new Skystream wind turbine. Measuring 70 feet tall, plus another 6 feet for each blade, the turbine sits on the northwest corner of the campus near the Academic and Professional Center (APC).

While primarily designed and installed as a teaching tool for students in the college’s new small wind program, the turbine has the added benefit of providing supplementary electricity to the APC.

Featuring a new wind energy systems course that debuted this spring semester, the college’s 13-semester-hour Small Wind Certificate of Achievement will teach students how to install and maintain on- and off-grid small wind systems of 100kW or less. The coursework is aligned with the task analysis of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Installed by Windy City Power of Palatine, the turbine is a Skystream 3.7, manufactured by Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, Ariz. This same model, known for its quiet operation and ability to blend into the environment, can be found at Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School and The Conservation Foundation in Naperville.

In addition to this functional turbine, Waubonsee’s small-wind students will also have the opportunity to study two smaller units suitable for use by a recreational vehicle (RV) or for a specific electricity project. These units reside in a classroom.

The wind turbine marks the third significant “green technology” installed on the college’s Sugar Grove campus. In 2010, the college installed a photovoltaic array (solar panel) and an underground geothermal system near Weigel Hall, both of which are used to prepare students for the “green” jobs of the future. Waubonsee is a member of the Illinois Green Economy Network and has integrated environmentally friendly practices throughout the college and its curriculum.

For more information on Waubonsee’s small wind program and other renewable energy technologies courses, visit

Informational class for parents of 2013 and 2014 graduates

SUGAR GROVE—“How to Choose the Best College for Your Student and Your Pocketbook” will be presented Saturday, April 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive in Sugar Grove. This will be a valuable class for all parents with college-bound students. The class will focus on high school juniors and seniors (all grade levels are welcome). Parents, bring your students.

In this informal class you will learn: insight into SAT/ACT tests and tips on how to score higher; how to help students know which colleges to apply to; what the more selective colleges really want to see in your student’s application; the five questions to ask colleges before applying; how to maximize your potential for scholarships, grants and other gift-aid; how it is possible to attend a private college for a public college price; why procrastination may cost a family thousands of dollars; and a time-line for success—where one should start.

This class will reveal how families with annual income of $80,000-$225,000 received assistance to help pay for a college education.

Reservations for this event are necessary. For more information, call (815) 434-0395 to reserve your seats, or register at