Category Archives: Sugar Grove

And the winner is …

This photo was the winning entry in the Sugar Grove Corn Boil’s baby photo contest. The baby’s parents are Lindsay and William Paris, who moved to Sugar Grove and took part in their first Corn Boil this year.
Courtesy Photo

Waubonsee adopts National Incident Management System

Sugar Grove—At its meeting earlier this month, the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees officially adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the college’s emergency incident management standard.

“NIMS is a common structure and framework for emergency management,” said Waubonsee’s Director of Emergency Preparedness and Safety John Wu. “It is used by most governmental agencies, and so our adoption helps create a better, more collaborative environment.”

Collaboration has been a theme for this part of the college lately, with the institution entering into several mutual aid agreements with local governmental agencies.

“Now that we have a fully functional police department on campus, we have become a valuable partner to other area agencies,” Wu said. “We are no longer just a user of resources but also a key contributor.”

Among the most notable of these recent agreements is the one that exists between Waubonsee and the Kane County Health Department. The college’s Sugar Grove Campus has been named a point of distribution for medicines and other supplies during any medical emergency in the county.

Hughes is 2010 SG Citizen of the Year

Selection committee cites her contribution to community culture
by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVE—What should any candidate for Sugar Grove’s Citizen of the Year award embody? “Someone who loves Sugar Grove,” Sugar Grove Library Friends President and former Citizen of the Year Pat Graceffa said.

This year’s winner, Beverly Holmes Hughes, fit that criterion.

“She’s an asset to the community; she knows everyone,” Graceffa said.

The annual Citizen of the Year award ceremony took place on Saturday during the Corn Boil and highlighted Hughes’ service to the community for the past 20 years.

“I’m quite honored by this,” Hughes said on Tuesday at the Sugar Grove Public Library, where she is the director.

“And truly, like the rest of my life, this wasn’t conventional,” Hughes said. “To do what I do, in a place that I love, has been just a wonderful adventure.”

Nearly 40 Sugar Grove residents nominated Hughes for the award.

Aside from being the library director, Hughes has given many hours of her time to the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Sugar Grove Library Friends, \Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Sugar Grove Historical Society and Sugar Grove Park District Garden Club, among other organizations.

“Being involved for the last 20 years and to be recognized is just amazing,” Hughes said. “To think all those times people said, ‘You should be that person (Citizen of the Year),’ and I’ve always discounted that and said ‘I’m just doing my job.’”

The Citizen of the Year Committee, which selected Hughes from among the nominees, issued a statement about their choice: “Beverly has enriched life in our village with her selfless and creative involvement in many areas that truly enhance Sugar Grove’s cultural opportunities.”

A prominent example of Hughes’ time and effort for the community was her role in the library’s move a year ago to a brand-new building on Municipal Drive in Sugar Grove.

“It’s about always moving forward and as a community and seeing what the next step is in order to help people in the community,” Hughes said. “It’s like the reference desk; people come to us with a question and we help them find the answer.”

Hughes, of North Aurora, follows previous winners Jim Wilhelm in 2009, Karen McCannon in 2008 and Joe Wolf in 2007.

Photo by Ben Draper

Crash closes Route 47 for five hours

Sugar Grove—A crash involving a Volkswagen Jetta and a semi truck resulted in the closure of northbound Route 47 for five hours.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on July 21, witnesses told investigators that the Volkswagen was southbound on Route 47 approaching Route 56/30 overpass.

It appeared as if the driver of the Volkswagen passed out, crossed the median and crashed into the side of the semi truck that was traveling northbound. The car sideswiped the trailer and then went under the rear of the trailer at which time the rear wheels of the trailer went over the front of the car. The trailer was fully loaded with mulch.

The driver of the Volkswagen, Romon Alcaraz, 29, of the 500 block of Charles St., Aurora, was transported by Sugar Grove Ambulance to Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora, where he was listed in serious condition. The truck is owned by Mid–States Cartage, Inc. of Tonica, Ill. The driver of the truck, Robert B. Seifert, 57, of McNabb, Ill., was also transported to Provena Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Sugar Police are still investigating the cause. They were assisted by The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team, Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Kane County OEM, and the Illinois State Police.

July 30 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.

• Maribel Lucio, 31, of the 400 block of North River Street in Aurora, was arrested at 11:49 p.m. July 26 for driving while her license was suspended. Police stopped her for speeding on Route 47 at North Street in Elburn. Lucio also was cited for failing to secure two child passengers in appropriate safety restraints.

• Angela I. Mason, 45, of the 100 block of Babcock Street in Elburn, was arrested at 8:35 a.m. July 22 for driving while her license was suspended. The arrest took place following a two-car accident Mason was involved in, in the 500 block of Main Street. No injuries were reported.

Sugar Grove
• A resident of the first block of Terry Lane in Sugar Grove, reported a burglary that occurred at her residence on July 16 between 7 and 10:30 p.m. Two cameras, valued at $520, and a phone valued at $300 were removed from the home. Sugar Grove police are investigating.

• Angel Sandoval-Melendez, 33, was arrested July 24 at 11:30 p.m. for driving under the influence when he was found unconscious outside his vehicle at a gas station at 201 N. Route 47, Sugar Grove. A court date of August 24 was set.

• Michael Seib, 32, of the 2000 block of Garden Road, Aurora, was arrested for criminal trespass to a residence when Sugar Grove police responded to a report of a suspicious person entering a vacant residence July 27 shortly after 10 p.m.

Sugar Grove Corn Boil schedule

Friday, July 23
4 p.m.: Arts and crafts, business booths,
carnival, beer tent
4 to 11 p.m.:
Sugar Grove Library Friends book sale
Bingo—Kaneland McDole PTO
5 p.m.: Opening ceremony to honor our
troops on the main stage
6:30 p.m.: Citizen of the Year presentation
7 p.m.: 1969 on the Main Stage
9:30 p.m.: Tin Horse on the Main Stage
11 p.m.: Park closes

Saturday, July 24
7:30 a.m.: 5K Run/Walk
8 a.m. to noon: Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Support Our Troops Car,
Truck, Classic Tractor, Motorcycle Show
10 a.m.: KidZone—Fascinating Faces
by Laurie; free face painting until noon
Arts and crafts, business booths
Cards for Troops
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
Sugar Grove Library Friends book sale
10:30 a.m.: KidZone—
Shutterbug Baby Photo Contest—
Winner announced at 4 p.m.
11 a.m.:
KidZone—Traveling World of Reptiles
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bingo—Kaneland
(KMS & KHS) Music Boosters
Noon to 11 p.m.:
Carnival, food vendors, beer tent
12:15 p.m.: KidZone—SG Library storytime
12:30 p.m.: KidZone—
Balloon Toss Competition
1 p.m.: Kidzone—Mac and Cheese Contest
2 p.m.:
Kidzone—Magic by Amazing Tim Adams
3 p.m.: Kidzone—Amazing Balloon Twister;
free games and activities
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Bingo
4:30 p.m.:
Kidzone—Kane County SWAT Demo
8 p.m.: Burn the House on the Main Stage
9:30 p.m.: Infinity on the Main Stage
Nightfall: Fireworks
11 p.m.: Park closes

Sunday, July 25
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sugar Grove Library Friends book sale
Bingo—Kaneland Peer Leadership Group
11 a.m.: Kidzone—Fascinating Faces
by Laurie; free face painting until noon
Noon: Teen Rock on the Main Stage
Noon to 6 p.m.:
Carnival, food vendors, beer tent
12:30 p.m.: Kidzone—Radio Disney Road
Crew; music, dancing, games, prizes
1 p.m.: Fire Fighters Association water fights
2 p.m.: Kidzone—SG Library storytime
2:30 p.m.:
Kidzone—Corn Boil 500 Big Wheel Race
3 p.m.: Kidzone—Amazing Balloon Twister
4 p.m.: 28 Days on the Main Stage
Kidzone—Pie eating contest
5:30 p.m.: Kidzone—Santa’s Summer Visit
6 p.m.: Park closed, clean up, tear down

Economic development remains top village goal

SG officials see county impact fee as deterrent
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—At the top of the Village of Sugar Grove’s strategic goals list are enhancing economic development and restoring the village’s reputation with both residential and commercial developers.

“Our biggest goal is to promote the village and be developer-friendly, because we’ve been fighting that a bit over the years,” Village President Sean Michels said. “And by doing that, we hope to attract new residential developments, as well as new business developments, too.”

The Sugar Grove Village Board on July 20 reviewed its short-term and long-term strategic goals that it put into place in early 2009.

The Village Board focused a great part of its discussion on attracting business developments to the Village; several trustees expressed their desire to see more businesses relocate to Sugar Grove. However, the Kane County Transportation Impact Fee currently is a deterrent for anyone interested in making their business a part of the community, village officials said.

“That fee can be quite substantial because it’s based on the square footage of the facility, so we’re trying to minimize that (fee) and work with the county to earn credits,” Michels said.

“And in some cases, if it’s a good-size business that means enough to the development of community, we’ll even pay for that County Transportation Impact tax,” Michels said.

Board trustee Kevin Geary supported the idea of business relocating to the Village because it could create more jobs for the community.

“It has to be related to creating jobs,” Geary said. “I would like to see a multi-governmental board put together to explore through the county, school district, township and village and see if there is some way we can find some dollars to encourage businesses to relocate out here.”

Among the village’s other strategic goals are improving relationships at the state and federal level; networking with neighboring communities; establishing a transportation bike plan; reviewing current zoning ordinances for adjustment; and achieving an AA bond rating.

Village officials have postponed pursuing several other goals because of budget concerns, such as updating the village’s comprehensive plan, evaluating the current Route 47 corridor development plan, finalizing a street maintenance and transportation plan and purchasing a future Public Works Department facility site.

SG authorizes pavement marking

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday authorized the 2010 Pavement Marking Program.

Preform Traffic Control Systems, Ltd. of Elk Grove Village, Ill. will perform the work. The Kane County Division of Transportation hired the company for the project in April, , which will remark portions of Main Street, Cross Street, Norris Road and Denny Road, at a total cost of $9,000.

Village will pay off certain road bonds

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday approved a resolution providing for the retirement of certain municipal indebtedness through the use of motor-fuel tax funds.

The village issued $590,000 of general obligation alternate revenue source road bonds in July 2008 with the intention of using motor-fuel tax funds to address indebtedness.

Village officials will propose a similar resolution each of the next three years.

July 23 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.

• Andrew S. Hoelscher, 27, of the 6300 block of North Francisco Avenue in Chicago, was arrested for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Keslinger Road at Route 47 in Elburn, for improper lane use.

• Armando Alfaro, 33, of the 4200 block of Maple Avenue in Stickney, Ill., was arrested at 3:21 a.m. July 18 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped him on Route 47 at Kansas Street in Elburn, for speeding.

Sugar Grove
• A dog belonging to a resident of the 100 block of Main Street, Sugar Grove, got past its owner and ran out a door around 6 p.m. on July 15, and attacked another dog. The other dog was being walked by a resident of the 200 block of Maple Street, Sugar Grove. The injuries to the attacked dog were reported to be minor. The owner of the dog that attacked said the dog, a pit bull, was current on its vaccinations. No charges were filed in the incident.

• A resident of the first block of Terry Lane, Sugar Grove, reported fraudulent charges had been made on her debit card July 16 between 8:55 and approximately 10 p.m. The resident believed they dropped their card at the Citgo Gas Station in Sugar Grove after paying for gas. A total of over $410 was charged to the card, including almost $140 at local gas stations and a $273.18 purchase at Village Liquors in Sugar Grove. On July 17, an employee at Village Liquors described the individual that made the purchase as a black make in his 20s, with short hair. He was driving an older model GMC SUV that was either dark gray or blue in color with no front license plate and an Indiana license plate with a small B or and E, and the numbers 4435. A video capture of the suspect was also taken at the store.

• An employee of the Sugar Grove Park District reported to police on July 16 that someone had damaged a sign, a bird house and a post with a small caliber weapon. A damage estimate was not given.

• At approximately 4:23 p.m. July 16, an employee of Genoa Pizza, 44 Cross St., Sugar Grove, reported two individuals paid with counterfeit $50 bills. The suspects entered the restaurant 10 minutes apart, paid for a small purchase, each with a $50 bill, and left. Suspicious, the employee brought the bills to Old Second Bank, where a teller there confirmed the bills were counterfeit. The suspects were filmed by in-store security cameras. The first suspect was described as a white male with a skinny build in his mid-teens, wearing a dark gray shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect was described as an Hispanic male with a skinny build and black, short-cut hair, wearing a white tank top, blue jeans, and a black and white checkered backpack. The bills will be sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

• A resident of the 200 block of Gillette Street, Sugar Grove, reported on July 19 someone had tried to break into his 2002 Lexus two weeks prior. According to the report, it was not clear if the incident occured in Sugar Grove. The damage to the car was estimated at $700.

• Cary Budach, 51, of Hawthorne Avenue, Bensenville, Ill., was arrested on a warrant out of Lake County and also for having no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured vehicle, after police stopped him July 19 at 8:19 a.m.

We have a winner—SG Corn Boil Medallion found

The winner of this year’s Sugar Grove Corn Boil Medallion Hunt in Sugar Grove was Renee Koch, who will receive a prize of $50. She said she didn’t participate in the hunt for the prize money. ‘I didn’t even realize there was a prize. I just like to figure out puzzles,’ said Koch, of Sugar Grove. Koch tracked down the medallion using six clues from the Medallion Committee. She found it under a bush outside the observatory at Waubonsee Community College. Courtesy Photo

SG Library Board opposes November referendum

by Martha Quetsch
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Library District has held 10 referendums since 2004 asking voters to approve more taxes for operations. Each time, voters defeated the district’s proposal. The Library Board has not given up but does not plan to hold another referendum until next spring at the earliest.

“Considering the amount of negativity (in the community related to recent library expense cuts), I don’t see how that can be turned around by November to have a successful referendum campaign,” Library Board member Sheree Novotny said during the board’s July 8 meeting.

“I am also not in favor of holding a referendum in this economy,” Novotny added.

Other board members agreed.

The Library Board on June 23 cut employees’ salaries by 5 percent because of revenue constraints in the library’s operating budget, which funds staff wages and benefits.

Village resident Mari Johnson told the Library Board members July 8 that she opposed the pay cuts and wanted them to look at how to boost property tax revenue to address the budget crisis, instead.

“Focus your energy on how to get a referendum passed and why the public won’t approve one,” Johnson said.

Novotny told the board July 8 that the greatest challenge they must tackle to achieve a successful referendum is making sure the public understands it.

Sugar Grove opened the doors to its new library building in August 2009. An $8 million building bond that voters approved in a November 2004 referendum paid for the building. However, during the same election, voters did not approve a referendum for a tax increase for library operations.

Since then, the Library District has held operating tax increase referendums in nine elections, and voters defeated all of them: one in 2005, two in 2006, one in 2007, two in 2008, one in 2009, and another in February 2010.

Library tax rate

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library District residents’ current property tax rate is 9.4 cents per every $100 of equalized assessed valuation.

The proposed operating budget for 2010, which is based on the current tax rate, is $505,936.

Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes on July 8 made a presentation before the Library Board that outlined the impacts of a hypothetical operating-fund referendum.

If voters approved a referendum increasing the tax rate to 20 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation, operating budget revenue would increase to $1.1 million.

According to Hughes’s presentation, a tax-rate increase to 20 cents would raise the annual property tax bill for the owner of a home valued at $250,000 by $44.

Hughes said that if the district held a successful referendum this November, the 2011-12 library budget would include the additional tax revenue. However, if the district waits until next spring to hold a referendum and voters approve it, the additional tax dollars would not be available to apply to the budget until 2012-13.

Throwing strikes

Laverne Dissmeyer (left to right), Geri Weech and Cile Kocher play Wii Bowling at the Sugar Grove Public Library on July 7. The library offers a Wii for Seniors program two Wednesdays a month through Aug. 18, and are supervised by staff member Merrill Poloian. Games are played on a 65 by 116 inch screen and players enjoy refreshments and exercise.
Photos by John DiDonna

July 16 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.

• Someone broke a padlock on a cooler behind a concession stand at the ballfields in the 500 block of Main Street in Elburn and stole 30 bags of ice valued at $52. The theft occurred sometime between 11 a.m. July 3 and 4 p.m. July 12.

• Jordan Christopher Bergman, 20, of the 1100 block of Griffith Avenue in Elburn, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. July 28 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Keslinger Road south of Liberty Street in Elburn for driving while his license plate registration was expired. He also was cited for failing to wear a seatbelt.

• Thomas G. McCartney, 23, of the 400 block of South First Street in Elburn, was arrested at 12:51 a.m. July 11, on a DeKalb County warrant for failure to appear in court on a DUI charge. Police arrested him outside a tavern in the 500 block of North Main Street in Elburn.

• Sameer Khan Ismaili, 26, of Arbor Creek Road in St. Charles, was arrested at 11:11 p.m. July 12 for possessing marijuana and illegal-drug paraphernalia. Police stopped him for speeding, on Route 47 at Walker Drive in Elburn.

• Someone stole a designer diaper bag worth $300 and a Cannon Power Shot camera valued at $400 from a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Parkside Drive in Elburn. The theft occurred sometime between 6 p.m. July 11 and 1 a.m. July 12.

• Kyle P. Wenk, 19, of the 800 block of Drover Street in Elburn, was arrested at 1:48 a.m. July 12, for driving under the influence of alcohol and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. Police stopped him for driving a vehicle with a non-functioning tail light. A passenger in the vehicle, Georgia L. Porter, 18, of the 1000 block of Liberty Street, also was cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Sugar Grove
• Residents of a home on the 800 block of Black Walnut Drive reported July 6 that charges in the amount of $735.63 were made to their debit cards linked to a joint account without their knowledge. An investigation is ongoing.

• Ricardo Cabrera, 28, of the 8,000 block of Marion Drive, Justice, Ill., was arrested for driving on a suspended license when police stopped his vehicle at 4:46 p.m. July 11.

SG board authorizes Bliss project

by Keith Beebe
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize an intergovernmental agreement with Kane County for a Bliss Road improvement project.

Kane County officials plan to widen Bliss Road at both the KeDeKa and Hankes road intersections, to install turn lanes designed to ease the amount of regional traffic on Bliss.

“We want to make it safer for people who (are) turning at those intersections,” Village President Sean Michels said.

After the county awards the construction contracts, it will provide the village at least five days notice before starting the project work. The county will pay all costs for the project, except the estimated $19,202 for a necessary water main relocation, which will be a village expense under the intergovernmental agreement.

The road improvement project is slated to be finished sometime next year.

July 9 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.

• A mailbox was knocked down and another was damaged in the 500 block of South First Street in Elburn. The mailboxes’ owners reported the damage on July 5.

• Someone made unauthorized charges on the Fifth Third Bank debit/charge account of a resident of the 100 block of Veteran Avenue in Elburn. The bank reversed the charges, closed the account and established a new account for the victim. The victim did not know who committed the fraud, which she reported at 3:11 p.m. July 2.

• Felix D. Solis-Mazaregos, 42, of the 100 block of North Summer Avenue, was arrested at 1:36 p.m. July 2 for driving without having a valid license. Police stopped him for speeding on Blackberry Creek Drive at Patee Avenue in Elburn.

• A resident of the 800 block of Gee Court in Elburn reported that someone he could not identify made unauthorized charges of $32.95 to his Old Second Bank debit/charge account. The victim said he believed the charges were for access to a pornography website.

• Someone scratched profanity on the driver’s door of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of East Willow Street in Elburn sometime between 6 p.m. June 2 and the following morning. The damage estimate was $750.

• A resident of Country Lane in Maple Park reported that someone severely dented the door of his vehicle while it was parked in a lot at Lions Park in Elburn between 8:30 and 9:45 p.m. June 30.

• Someone removed a volleyball net stake at Lions Park in Elburn and possibly used it to break a 2-by-4-foot window at the park maintenance shed on June 29.

• Someone smashed the passenger side window of a Jeep parked outside a business in the 800 block of Hicks Drive in Elburn sometime between 1 and 2:30 p.m. June 28. The damage estimate was $200.

Sugar Grove
• A resident of the 1900 block of Whispering Oaks Lane reported on June 29 that fraudulent charges had been made to their debit card. Two charges equaling $60.83 were made to the Apple Online store, and a $9.99 charge to was made.

• Alarcon Magdaleno, 26, of the 1200 block of South Kings Cross, West Chicago was cited for driving without a license and operating an uninsured vehicle after police stopped him after observing Magdaleno make an improper turn onto Denny Road at 3:48 p.m. June 30.

• John A. Pilarczyk, 22, of the 200 block of Bastian Drive, was arrested July 4 on two counts of domestic battery, interference with emergency communication and possession of drug paraphernalia, after police responded to a call made at 3 a.m. to the Montgomery dispatch where only yelling and screaming were heard in the background.

Board declares developer in default

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on July 6 declared The Landings developer in default of an obligation under a previous agreement with the village to finish the development’s road, water and sewer improvements.

The default will call in two bonds of credit to ensure that the developer or its insurance company will finish the work that began three years ago. The Landings, a retail and office development, is located at Route 47 and Park Avenue in Sugar Grove.

Waubonsee offers new Flexible Fridays option

SUGAR GROVE—In an effort to make higher education even more convenient for area residents, Waubonsee Community College will debut its new Flexible Friday scheduling option this upcoming fall semester. With the new format, students can take up to four classes while traveling to campus just one day a week.

Three class times will be offered during the day on Friday, starting at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each course runs for two hours and 45 minutes. Friday evening classes run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday classes will be scheduled at all three of the college’s campuses—Sugar Grove, downtown Aurora and Copley. Fall semester registration is now open, with most fall semester courses beginning the week of Aug. 23.

For more information, call Waubonsee’s Admissions Office at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

WCC nursing program honored

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College’s nursing program recently received a 2010 Public Health Hidden Hero award from the Kane County Board of Health. Waubonsee was one of four local colleges recognized for providing student nurses and other assistance during the health department’s H1N1 vaccination clinics in October.

Forty-seven Waubonsee nursing students and seven faculty members helped vaccinate community residents at St. Charles North and Aurora East High Schools this past fall.

Waubonsee Assistant Professor and Nursing Program Coordinator Cindy Hassing saw the volunteer effort as a valuable learning opportunity.

“This really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and something they’ll be able to carry into their professional careers,” Hassing said.

Waubonsee named one of healthiest companies in America

SUGAR GROVE—For the third-straight year, Waubonsee Community College has been named one of the healthiest companies in the country by Interactive Health Solutions (IHS), a company based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Each year Waubonsee employees are eligible to undergo a health evaluation by IHS. The healthiest companies are then determined using employees’ aggregate score on IHS’ “Interactive Health Index (IHI).” Waubonsee was one of 34 companies who earned the healthiest designation for 2009.

The IHI screens for indicators of heart disease, diabetes and other diseases by measuring factors like blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides. An added component of the test is a personalized set of steps individuals should take for health maintenance or improvement.

IHS provides population health management programs, which seek to encourage preventative health care.

Library’s native prairie garden inspires book

by Tammy Swanson
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library has had a well-kept secret, one that is growing and ever changing. But now the library wants everyone to know its secret—a garden of native prairie plants.

Located on the west side of the new library, the garden showcases the types of flowers and other plants that graced Illinois’ open land hundreds of years ago. Library officials chose a native prairie design for the grounds to enhance the new building’s architecture.

“When we were making the building design plan, we wanted to incorporate landscape around the building that was complementary to the designs that we had that were sort of a barn and farmyard atmosphere,” Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes said. “We wanted to use native plantings as much as possible and incorporate some trees that are not as common in someone’s backyard.”

The garden is a combination of native Illinois grasses, shrubs, trees and wild flowers. Bachelor buttons, shrub roses, corn poppies, larkspur and showy goldeneye are just a few of the wild flowers patrons can see as they walk or drive past the garden.

Holmes Hughes describes the garden as an evolving ecosystem.

“It just really changes its aspect day to day, as different flowers come into different growth stages,” she said. “It’s gone through almost a color wave.”

Patrons and other visitors to the library can enjoy the garden in every season.

“With the native growth area, the intent being that the taller grasses are visible as a winter landscape as they catch or hold the snow,” Holmes Hughes said. “It is really a year-round event.”

Karen Benesch, a library volunteer with a horticultural degree, helped identify and photograph the wild flowers in the garden.

“It was starting to grow, and we weren’t really certain what were weeds, what would grow into plants,” Holmes Hughes said. “We were looking for some expert opinion on that. Karen volunteered to come out and take photographs and identify them for us.”

The result was a book available for patrons to view anytime at the Adult Ask Me Desk. The book has increased patrons’ awareness of the garden.

“It has been popular,” Holmes Hughes said. “People who enjoy gardening and maybe don’t have the space to garden anymore really enjoy coming to see the flowers.”

July 2 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.

• Elizabeth S. Diaz-Ramirez, 21, of the 300 block of John Street in Aurora, was arrested at 11:35 p.m. June 24 on two DuPage County warrants. Police arrested her outside McDonald’s in Elburn when she called them for assistance after locking herself out of her vehicle.

• Someone smashed the passenger-side window of a Jeep parked at a business in the 800 block of Hicks Drive sometime in the afternoon on June 28.

Sugar Grove
• An air conditioning unit was taken from a property on the 100 block of Neil Road sometime between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. on June 21. A neighbor reported seeing a small gray truck in front of the property during that time. The value of the unit was estimated at $800.

Sugar Grove Corn Boil carnival tickets presale going on now

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Corn Boil committee announced it will partner with Great American Carnival for carnival rides and amusements for the 2010 Corn Boil.

Under the arrangement, residents can save money by purchasing carnival tickets in advance. Sold between now and Wednesday, July 21, the $20 value unlimited ride tickets will be sold for $15. Saturday unlimited ride tickets will be sold only at the park and only for $20.

Discounted unlimited ride tickets will be available at Castle Bank, American Heartland Bank & Trust, Chase and Old Second National Bank until 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.

Volunteers needed
The Corn Boil is still looking for volunteers to set up, work during the event, and clean up.

If you would like to volunteer, call (466) 5166 or (630) 466-3785 . The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is held in Volunteer Park, west of Route 47, just off Main Street in downtown Sugar Grove behind the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.

For more information about the Corn Boil call the Sugar Grove Events Hotline at (630) 466-5166 or (630) 466-3785, or visit

Waubonsee curricula, facilities go green

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College is expanding its “green” program offerings with the addition of both a photovoltaic training laboratory and a geothermal heating/cooling system on its Sugar Grove Campus. Both systems are being funded through grants.

A $120,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation will help get the college’s two new photovoltaic career certificates off the ground. Photovoltaic systems generate electricity from sunlight and are becoming more popular in commercial and residential buildings.

The money will be used to purchase a ground-mounted photovoltaic array, which is a series of panels used to capture solar power. The array should be installed on the Sugar Grove Campus sometime this summer. Along with the array, the college will also outfit a student lab with 12 technician stations and a mock-up of a roof-mounted array system.

In addition to preparing area residents for jobs in this emerging field, the photovoltaic system has the added benefit of supplying supplemental electricity to a few of the college’s buildings.

Also making both the college’s curricula and facilities greener is the recently installed geothermal system. Geothermal systems take advantage of the constant, moderate temperatures found underground to heat and cool buildings using a system of buried water pipes called a loop. Waubonsee’s system consists of 800 feet of pipe that is buried near Akerlow Hall on the north side of the Sugar Grove Campus, along with a heat pump and water furnace located in the college’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) lab.

Funded by the Perkins Grant for Career and Technical Education, the system will be incorporated into the college’s existing Residential Comfort Systems course and serve as the focus of a Geothermal Systems course in the new Renewable Energy Technologies discipline. The system is also capable of providing supplemental heating and cooling to the HVAC lab.

Serving up variety

Outdoor market features more than fruits, veggies
by Paula Coughlan
SUGAR GROVE—If you’re in a hurry to see what the Farmers Market in Sugar Grove offers, it’s all right to skip breakfast. A new booth at the market serves that first meal of the day.

Visitors who have already eaten breakfast may choose other edibles to purchase such as egg rolls, popcorn, cookies, pies and specialty breads including banana nut.

Aside from those products and a variety of fruits and vegetables, the market offers homemade sauerkraut, fresh eggs and popcorn, and non-food items such as house plants, t-shirts, jewelry, crocheted items including afghans, homemade soap and children’s clothing.

“We encourage variety to try to attract more people and make it more fun and interesting,” market volunteer Pat Graceffa said.

Hosta plants, a shade groundcover, is for sale to raise money for a new handicapped facility in Sugar Grove.

If you need a massage after carrying all of your purchases to the car, a chiropractor is at the market to provide massages.

Graceffa and another volunteer Mari Johnson said the market will have continuing and changing events every Saturday through Sept. 25.

On July 23, the market will hold a 50/50 raffle to raise money for the Sugar Grove fireworks. The winner need not be present.

For information or to add your name to the Sugar Grove Farmers Market newsletter mailing list, e-mail Pat Graceffa at

SG Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Sugar Grove Municipal Center.
Rt. 30 west from Rt. 47 to 10 Municipal Drive

Special events
July 10—Live demo day. Vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Tupperware will do cooking demos.

Aug 14—Dog Days of Summer. Bring along your faithful friend. Sponsored by
Millie Pet City.

Sept 4—Pie baking contest. Come have
a taste. Village trustee Bob Miller has been
the winner for the past two years.

Sept. 18—Plant exchange.
Bring one, take one.

Sept. 25—The Harvest Market’s final day this year. The market will be open one hour later for this final day. Pumpkins and kids’ crafts.

June 25 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.

• Chester M. Kopacz, 38, of Aurora, was arrested at 9:55 a.m. June 20 for unlawful affixation of a temporary registration plate. Police stopped Kopacz after he made a U-turn in the 100 block of Main Street in Elburn.

• A resident of the 0-100 block of Neil Road, Sugar Grove, reported unauthorized charges had been made on their debit card June 22. A charge of $845.55 made at a Best Buy store in Homewood, Ill. on June 4, and a charge for $5.49 made at a Payless shoe store in Topeka, Kan., on June 5, were made before the victim learned of the fraud June 6.

• A resident of the 700 block of Black Walnut Drive, Sugar Grove, reported to Sugar Grove police that someone destroyed a statue that was located in their front lawn sometime between 7 p.m. on June 16 and 7 a.m. June 17. Police found the statue in a neighbor’s front lawn. The statue was valued at $250.

• At 11 p.m. June 15, Kane County Sheriff Department deputies responded to a report of shots being fired at signs in the area of 44W Wheeler Road in Sugar Grove. While en route, a deputy observed a vehicle matching the description of one seen leaving the scene. The officer stopped the vehicle at Bliss and Hankes roads and after observing an empty semi-auto magazine and spent shell casing inside the vehicle, the officer arrested the driver, Gabriel M. Carpenter of Sugar Grove. He posted 10 percent of his $40,000 bond on June 22 and has a court date of July 13, 2010.

Postal union leader questions ‘company’ motive for consolidation

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The U.S. Postal Service has approved, at the district level, its proposal to consolidate local collection-mail processing as a cost-saving measure. However, before the change can take full effect, it still must be approved at the regional level and the Washington D.C. headquarters, postal officials said.

Meantime, postal union representatives remain concerned that the consolidation might negatively affect mail delivery and cause job loss.

The proposed consolidation announced earlier this month would cancel out the U.S. Postal Service’s Aurora-Fox Valley distribution center as a collection-mail processing operation. All mail that typically would go through the Aurora-Fox Valley distribution center, including Sugar Grove’s, would then travel through the Bedford Park, Ill., facility.

“Bedford Park is a larger facility, and it just makes sense for them to handle the additional collection mail at this time,” said Jim Mruk, Great Lakes spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service. “The proposal still has a ways to go, and there’s no fixed timeline for when the reviews at each level will be complete.”

According to Mruk, the consolidation is necessary since the Aurora-Fox Valley distribution center is no longer processing a high level of collection mail because of increased electronic communication usage and a mail-volume decline inflicted by the recession.

The American Postal Workers Union members have expressed concerned that approximately 40 Aurora-Fox Valley distribution center employees possibly might lose their jobs and local mail service will decline with the consolidation.

But Mruk claims the Postal Service simply would place those 40 employees in other jobs within the company. He also said he does not expect any decrease in the quality of mail delivery as a result of the consolidation.

“We’re confident our customers will receive the same quality of service if the changes do take place,” he said. “We feel this (consolidation) is in the best interest of our customers, and also in the best interest of (our company’s) job security.”

The American Postal Workers Union leader is not entirely convinced of the Postal Service’s assurances.

“They’re saying employees won’t be impacted and there’ll be no degradation in mail service. I don’t drive a postal truck, so I don’t know,” said Jackie Engelhart, President of the American Postal Workers Union’s Northwest Illinois Area Local Chapter. “(U.S. Postmaster General) John E. Potter and company don’t seem to care about anything other than efficiency and penny costs.”

Mruk said the consolidation will save the U.S.P.S. $1.5 million a year.

Bedford Park handled all mail for southern Kane County until the early 1990s, when the Postal Service built the Aurora-Fox Valley center.

Young artists’ creations are showcased

by Paula Coughlan
ELBURN/SG—Six-year-old Adam Wold showed an artistic side early on, said his mother, Jenny Wold of Elburn.

“He’d make things from what he rummaged from our recycling bin,” she said. “He created string set ups in his room to slide things on and open doors.”

One such creation—a castle made from egg cartons—is among Adam’s art that is on display at Sugar Grove Public Library through Friday, June 25, along with works by other students of The Art Room.

Because of her son’s talent and interest in art, Adam’s mom enrolled him in classes at The Art Room, in the instructor Jeaneatte Rehmel’s Elburm home.

An acrylic painting of a lion is one of Adam’s creations in The Art Room display at the library this month. He said his teacher helped him with the details.

“I was supposed to draw it inside a cage, but I wanted him outside,” he said. “So Miss Jeannette had me look at pictures to see what it was like where lions live.”

Adam’s parents display more of his art in the family’s house. Moving his hands over a colorful painting of a pirate ship shooting at a boat, Adam told how Rehmel helped him create this piece.

“Miss Jeannette explained that I needed to make the boat being fired on smaller, so that it would seem far away,” Adam said. “My hardest part was drawing the cannon so it would look like it had turned sideways so it could aim at the boat.”

Adam is particularly proud of the ladder he had drawn up to the crow’s nest. He said it was “one of the harder things to get the way I wanted it.”

His ship painting will be on display at another art show at the Sugar Grove Public Library in late fall.

Another painting he did at The Art Room, of a lighthouse, features beams of light glowing at the top, on a dark sky-blue background, showing Adam’s love for color.

In a follow-up to his lion painting, Adam is currently working on a painting of a gazelle.

“I’m going to keep drawing animals that live in the same place,” he said.

Art show
thru Friday, June 25
Sugar Grove Public Library,
125 S. Municipal Drive
Featuring works by students
of The Art Room
The public may view the display
during regular library hours:
Tue.–Thu., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Photo: An acrylic painting of a lion is among Elburn 6-year-old Adam Wold’s creations on display at the Sugar Grove Public Library this month. A student of The Art Room in Elburn, Adam plans to produce a series of wild-animal paintings. Courtesy Photo