Category Archives: Sugar Grove

Criminal damage to car, times 20

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE–Some person or persons committed approximately 20 incidences of criminal damage to property on Arbor Avenue, Calkins Drive, Bristol Court, Chelsea Avenue, Bedford Avenue, Cross Street and Rolling Oaks Drive in Sugar Grove, the majority of which were keyed scratches to vehicles parked on the street as well as several smashed mailboxes. The incidents took place between Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

Many of the scratches were in the form of derogatory descriptions of individuals, words unprintable in the newspaper. Some of the scratches were fairly deep, and will require the replacement of the automobile panels.

We’ve been talking to a lot of people,” Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer said. “We’ve been following up all leads.”

Sizer said on Wednesday that the police had identified a “person of interest.”

“The investigation will continue,” he said.

New Sugar Grove library gets an A+

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—John and Diane Kramp sat comfortably in the Sugar Grove Library’s sunlit room near the stacks of magazines; John perused the latest Consumer Reports as Diane thumbed through her magazine of choice.

The Kramps, who live in unincorporated Kane County west of Montgomery, were among the 1,243 visitors to the new library’s grand opening on Saturday. Library staff issued 76 new library cards between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“I’m excited about the new facility,” John said. “I can’t wait for our grandchildren to come and visit. I’ve been looking at the children’s books.”

The Kramps said they liked all the space available in the new library for reading, and the skylights and other lighting the new building offers.

“It kind of feels like a resort,” John said. “It’s like being on vacation.”

Thanks to a generous donation from Anthony J. Rich and family, the library also features a computer lab and learning center, which houses 17 computers. Sugar Grove resident Laurie Geary scheduled training times for a number of office, entertainment and networking applications, e-mail services and EBay.

In addition to the two dozen computers available to patrons throughout the library, visitors can also access the Internet on their own laptops, thanks to the Wi-Fi service donated by the Sugar Grove Medical Associates.

John Cordogan of Cordogan, Clark & Associates, and a Sugar Grove resident, sat on the bench in the front foyer on Saturday, smiling as he surveyed the crowd around him. He said the thing that was most rewarding to him was how everyone there looked very much at home.

Indeed, the Kramps did seem at home in the new space. However, they said that more money is needed to keep the building open more hours. The pair said they both voted for the operating funds referendum each time it was on the ballot, but that others within the district did not.

Library District voters approved an $8 million bond referendum in 2004 to construct the building, but have since then rejected a referendum that would increase funding to pay for its operation nine times. The library is currently open 44 hours a week, reduced from 58 hours after the referendum failed in 2006.

The new 26,000-square-foot building on a five-acre site at Municipal Drive and Snow Street, which opened on Saturday, replaced the 6,600-square-foot building that had served the community since 1980.

Patrons had an oportunity to experience Sugar Grove’s new library building at the grand-opening Saturday. Facility staff issued 76 new library cards that day. Courtesy Photo

New library hours
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

New library location
125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, Illinois
(630) 466-4686

Farmer’s Market goes to the dogs

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to take part in the Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market Dog Days of Summer event on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Dog owners who believe they have the peppiest dog, the laziest dog, the best dressed dog or the cutest puppy should bring photos of their canine friends to enter them in the individual contests. Winners will receive a blue ribbon, a treat for their dog and a cookie for the owner.

Photo entries will be displayed at the information tent. Farmer’s Market volunteer Tina Cella said that visitors to the market will be asked to vote for their favorite photos as they enter the market, so entrants are encouraged to submit their entries ahead of time or first thing Saturday morning.

Entrants may sign up for the contests by completing an entry form on the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry website at or at the information tent at the Farmer’s Market before 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

A Stupid Pet Trick Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Audience reaction will determine the winner, who will receive a $20 gift certificate redeemable at any Sugar Grove Chamber member business.

Several specialty vendors and organizations will have booths, including Midwest Greyhound Adoption, Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, Bil Jac Dog Food, Barkaholics, Kilogi Dog Treats and Rover Rescue.

Event sponsor Mille Molitor of Millie’s Pet Sitting and More will be on hand to give out $1 gift certificates to the first 100 visitors to the market. The certificates are redeemable at any vendor at the market that day.

Millie, who offers in-home pet sitting services for all types of animals, vacation care, daily dog walking and emergency visits, is in her sixth year of business. Millie services the village of Sugar Grove and Prestbury.

“I’m very excited about the event, and I look forward to seeing everyone and their pets,” she said.

Sugar Grove
Farmer’s Market
Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, Aug. 15
8 a.m. to noon
Parking lot of the
Sugar Grove Municipal Building
Route 30 and Municipal Drive

Book Nook Cafe opens in new library building

SUGAR GROVE—Residents can now purchase fresh coffee, lattes and expresso at the new Book Nook Cafe & Used Book Store located in the recently opened Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 Municipal Drive off of Route 30.

The cafe’s hours are 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Besides morning coffee and pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches will be available for lunch in the cafe.

Customers can browse in the Library Friends Used Book Store, which is also inside the cafe.

For more information call (630) 466-4686.

Siebert joining SIU-Edwardsville softball

EDWARDSVILLE—Laurie Siebert of Sugar Grove and Ali Downing of Ottumwa, Iowa, will join the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball team next season, according to coach Sandy Montgomery.

Coming off an impressive 40-10 season in 2009, Montgomery added a pair of transfer student-athletes.

“Both Laurie and Ali have the ability to step in right away for us at important positions,” Montgomery said.

Siebert, who has been with Mississippi State since the 2007 season, will have two years of eligibility. An infielder, Siebert appeared in 20 games last season at Mississippi State. She was named a two-time Southeastern Conference Academic All-American.

A two-time All-State pick at Kaneland High School, Siebert twice was the state runner-up in the IHSA Home Run Derby.

“Laurie was an outstanding hitter in high school and has a few years of experience in the SEC facing some of the top pitchers in the country,” said Montgomery.

Siebert was a four-time All-Conference pick. She also played club softball with the Aurora Raiders, helping them to two USSSA state championships.

Downing, who spent two seasons at Indian Hills Community College, was a third team All-American last season as well as a first team All-Midwest Region performer. Honored both seasons as an All-American for academics, she was the Newcomer of the Year for Indian Hills as a freshman.

A four-time All-State selection at Ottumwa High School, she helped lead Ottumwa to a seventh-place state finish as a sophomore and a third-place finish as a senior.

Named to Iowa’s Senior All-Star team as a senior, she also was honored as a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee.

Waubonsee scholarship helps unemployed

Sugar Grove—The Waubonsee Community College Foundation established the “Brighter Futures” scholarship program, which will provide up to $500 to unemployed district residents who enroll in Workforce Development courses at the college.

These short, focused courses are intended to provide students with relevant skills they can utilize right away in a variety of industries such as computers, health care, manufacturing and small business.

This new scholarship program is part of the college’s larger “Brighter Futures” initiative, which is designed to provide resources and strategies for thriving in a challenging economy. The initiative began with a kick-off event in June, featuring a resource fair with Waubonsee departments and local social service agencies, as well as presentations on careers and financial health.

The “Brighter Futures” scholarship application form is available at For more information, call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2316.

Local women arrested in possession of counterfeit bills

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove resident Shirley A. Ryckman, 39, of the 1200 block of Dorr Drive, was arrested at 1 p.m. on Thursday and charged with forgery for printing counterfeit bills. Her accomplice, Elburn resident Doris Adamson, 56, of the 500 block of Main Street, was charged on Sunday for possession of the counterfeit bills, also a forgery charge.

The counterfeit money, mostly $20 bills, began showing up in the area a couple of weeks ago, in a weekend bank deposit from a Sugar Grove business, from a garage sale in rural Elburn and at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

According to Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer, the Fantasy Amusement carnival workers who ran the rides at the Corn Boil identified where the bills had come from, leading to Ryckman’s arrest.

U.S. Secret Service agents and Sugar Grove investigators witnessed Ryckman passing an envelope containing counterfeit U.S. currency to Adamson on Tuesday, July 28, in the parking lot of the ALDI grocery store on Route 47 and West Park Avenue in Sugar Grove.

Ryckman was taken into custody and her bond was set at $250,000. As of press time, she remains in the Kane County jail, with a court date of Wednesday, Aug. 12.

After the Sugar Grove Police had enough evidence to charge Adamson, they issued a warrant for her arrest on Friday, and she turned herself in on Sunday. She posted the $1,000 bond and was released, pending her court date on Friday, Aug. 14.

The U. S. Secret Service has been working on the case with Sugar Grove police and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office to determine if others might be involved. Sizer said that at this point, it might just be the two of them.

“With any luck, we might’ve caught this before other people got involved, but it’s still being investigated,” Sizer said.

Sizer said Ryckman printed the bills on a Laser HP printer in her office at home.

“It was nothing sophisticated, but the printing was surprisingly good,” he said. “Of course, the Secret Service has seen better.”

Emergency plans in place for Solheim Cup

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Plans are in place to ensure that the upcoming Solheim Cup runs smoothly and efficiently, Kane County Emergency Management Director Donald Bryant told the Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday.

The Solheim Cup, a prestigious international women’s golf event, will feature the best women professionals from the United States against the top European-born players. The tournament and its festivities will take place at the Rich Harvest Farm golf course in Sugar Grove from Monday through Sunday, Aug. 17 to Aug. 23.

Approximately 30,000 visitors per day from across the country and the world are expected to attend the event.

The Illinois State police have worked out a plan to route routine traffic and are prepared in case of the need for an evacuation. The Sugar Grove police will focus their attention on ordinary crime during the event.

Rush-Copley Hospital staff will man health-care stations at Rich Harvest Farms to care for people in medical distress.

The Sugar Grove Fire District and the Big Rock Fire District will both be available on-site, should their services be needed, and the Superior Ambulance Company will be staged at the Aurora Municipal Airport.

Bryant said that even the United States Postal Service is involved, as well as Burlington Railroad security forces.

“It’s pretty remarkable how all the agencies have all come together,” Village President Sean Michels said.

Aurora Sportsmen’s Club moves west

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Aurora Sportsmen’s Club held its last shooting event at its Sugar Grove location on June 30, and has since moved its operations west to Waterman.

The club opened for business at its new location on July 4. Having been located in Sugar Grove for more than 60 years, the club began making plans to move farther west a number of years ago.

The new location, which will utilize 520 acres, includes six rifle and pistol ranges, an archery area and will soon open sporting clay fields.

The club currently has more than 1,300 members and is actively looking to add more to its membership.

The village of Sugar Grove annexed the property in 2003, giving the club a 15-year window within which to move out of Sugar Grove. The agreement also spelled out that the property was to remain zoned agricultural, with the operation of the shooting range an arrangement valid only between the current owners of the club and the village.

The club’s move leaves its Sugar Grove property vacant, for now.

According to William Charles, Ltd. associate counsel Erik Lindberg, William Charles, Ltd. has acquired the deed to the property, in lieu of foreclosure.

Lindberg said his firm has no plans to utilize the property, and is attempting to sell the 37 acres.

Motor fuel tax funds east side street improvements

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove will use its 2009 Motor Fuel Tax funding to repair streets on the east side of the village. Streets scheduled for repair include the overlay of Neil Road from Stanley Road to east end, Stanley Road from Neil Road to Monna Street and the intersection of Monna Street and Stanley Road.

The work that will be done includes patching and the installation of miscellaneous curb and gutter sections to aid with drainage in those areas.

The job was awarded to Montgomery-based Aurora Blacktop, Inc., which bid the job at $118,220. The estimated engineering cost for the project is $15,657, for a total of $133,877.

However, since the Village Board passed a resolution on June 16 allocating $144,663 for the project, the additional money will be used to complete work related to the project, such as additional curb and sidewalk repairs.

Streets and Properties supervisor Geoff Payton said the village will send a letter to all affected residents to inform them about the work to be done.

Flooding in this area has been a problem for some time, and the hope is that this work will alleviate some of the problem.

“We appreciate the patience of the people on the east side of town,” Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said.

Huge golf event expected to be a boon for business

Village offers vendors opportunity during Solheim Cup
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Local food vendors could have approximately 30,000 potential additional customers during the week of the Solheim Cup.

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry will offer vendors space to sell their food and beverage products in the Sugar Grove Village Hall parking lot. The Village Hall is along Route 30, which is on the way from the east to Rich Harvest Farms, where the event will take place.

The Sugar Grove Chamber first will offer the opportunity to its food business members. If there are additional spaces after the Chamber has commitments from these businesses, it will then open up the opportunity to the other food vendors in town.

The idea came about when Catering Gourmets owner Janet Lagerloef approached the village regarding setting up a spot to sell coffee, burgers and other food on private property along Granart Road. The Illinois State Police and the Ladies Professional Golf Association had safety concerns regarding traffic flow at that location, which led the village to come up with this alternative.

Lagerloef, who is considering the village’s option, said she appreciated the offer. The Solheim Cup takes place from Monday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 23.

Firefighters golf for scholarship fund

Annual Big Kahuna outing took place at Tanna Farms
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—An annual golf outing that raises money for scholarships also is an opportunity for local firefighters to share some time together away from the station.

This year’s Big Kahuna Classic took place Aug. 1 at Tanna Farms golf course in Geneva.

“It’s a light-hearted event, and at the same time, it raises money,” said participant Robert Cahill, a firefighter with the Sugar Grove Fire Department.

In addition to firefighters, the event’s golfers also are paramedics and other employees of local fire departments.

Cahill’s foursome, one of dozens participating in the outing, included Dave Blankenship, a Sugar Grove firefighter, Brandon Kotecki, a firefighter for the Sugar Grove North Aurora fire departments, and Bill Eby, a pilot and former Sugar Grove firefighter.

Paula Lacey, administrative assistant at the Sugar Grove Fire Department, also was part of this group. They shared some laughs, some divots and some sharp longshots and putts during the all-day event that ended with an outdoor supper and prizes.

The Big Kahuna was named after Mark Southern, the husband of a local firefighter, who passed away several years ago. Southern’s friends called him “The Hawaiian,” because he looked like a big Samoan, they said. After Southern died, Hanson and other area firefighters decided to honor his memory with an annual golf outing.

In its first year, the Big Kahuna outing raised money to help the Southern family, which includes his widow, Elburn firefighter Christine Southern. Since then, proceeds from the golf outing have funded scholarships for graduating high-school seniors with a parent employed by a fire department.

Proceeds from the Big Kahuna have funded two or three scholarships per year of up to $1,000 each, said Nancy Faber of Virgil. Faber and her daughter, Becky, cruised the course in a golf cart during the outing, selling raffle tickets.

PHOTO: Sugar Grove firefighter Dave Blankenship is poised to putt, while fellow firefighter Robert Cahill holds the flag, on a green at Tanna Farms golf course in Geneva during the Aug. 1 Big Kahuna Classic. The annual event honors Mark Southern and raises money for college scholarships. Photo by Martha Quetsch

Rt. 47 closed for 6 hours

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Police shut down Route 47 between Prairie Street and Jericho Road between 3 and 9 p.m. on Monday after a 40,000 pound slab of concrete crushed the cab of the truck transporting it.

The concrete slab shifted on the trailer when the driver of the truck, Joseph Durham, slowed down. Durham suffered minor injuries. The Sugar Grove Fire Department took him to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

The road was shut down for six hours when a crane was brought in to move the 40-foot-long piece of concrete to another trailer.

Village obtains pricing through county for pavement marking

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove will utilize the Kane County Division of Transportation’s purchasing program to obtain county pricing for pavement markings on several roads throughout the village. The village participated in the program in the last fiscal year, completing 95,000 linear feet of marking.

This year, the village will complete marking on Gordon Road from the railroad tracks north to Galena Boulevard, Prairie Street from the railroad tracks south to the village’s east boundary line, Granart Road from Dugan Road to Camp Dean Road and Dugan Road from Route 30 to Fay’s Lane.

The total cost of the program is $9,000.

2009 Solheim Cup teams cinched

LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND—U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Beth Daniel and European Solheim Cup Captain Alison Nicholas Sunday announced their respective 12-player squads for the 2009 Solheim Cup during a joint press conference at the RICOH Women’s British Open. At the end of the two-year qualifying process, Paula Creamer and Gwladys Nocera are the leading points earners for the U.S. and European Solheim Cup Teams, respectively.

Based on the top-10 rankings in the U.S. Solheim Cup points standings at the conclusion of the RICOH Women’s British Open, the 10 players who automatically qualified for the U.S. Team are (listed in order of points ranking): (1) Paula Creamer, (2) Cristie Kerr, (3) Angela Stanford, (4) Kristy McPherson, (5) Nicole Castrale, (6) Christina Kim, (7) Brittany Lang, (8) Morgan Pressel, (9) Brittany Lincicome and (10) Natalie Gulbis. Michelle Wie (13) and Juli Inkster (16) were selected by Daniel to round out the 12-person U.S. Team.

“We have some experience in The Solheim Cup on this team, but in terms of age, we have a very young team,” said Daniel. “And to me, that’s really exciting, because this is the future of American golf sitting to my right, and it’s a pretty exciting future.”

The European Team is selected by taking the top-five players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) points standings, followed by the next top-four eligible European LET members appearing on the Rolex Rankings, plus three captain’s selections. Players began accumulating points toward the 2009 European Solheim Cup Team at the 2007 De Vere Ladies Scottish Open. Based on the LET’s qualifying process, (1) Gwladys Nocera, (2) Tania Elosegui, (3) Diana Luna, (4) Laura Davies, (5) Sophie Gustafson qualified automatically via the official points system. Suzann Pettersen, Helen Alfredsson, Catriona Matthew and Maria Hjorth qualified from the Rolex Rankings and Becky Brewerton, Janice Moodie and Anna Nordqvist were selected by Nicholas as her captain’s picks.

“That’s the toughest day that I can imagine that I’ve ever had right now,” said Nicholas after announcing her 2009 team. “But I felt this was from my heart and I know the players well, and I’m confident in what I’ve chosen, and I’m delighted in my 12 players.”

Qualifying points for the U.S. Team are awarded weekly to the top-20 finishers and ties at official LPGA tournaments. Points are doubled at the four major championships every year. Points during a Solheim Cup year are weighted with 60 points for a win, 30 for second, 28.5 for third, 27 for fourth, 25.5 for fifth, 24 for sixth, 22.5 for seventh, 21 for eighth, 19.5 for ninth, 18 for 10th, 16.5 for 11th, 15 for 12th, 13.5 for 13th, 12 for 14th, 10.5 for 15th, 9 for 16th, 7.5 for 17th, 6 for 18th, 4.5 for 19th and 3 for 20th.

U.S. players started earning 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup points at the 2007 LPGA State Farm LPGA Classic in Springfield, Ill., and ended today at the RICOH Women’s British Open. U.S. Players begin earning points toward the 2011 Solheim Cup at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola, Aug. 28-30, in North Plains, Ore.

About The Solheim Cup
The Solheim Cup is named in honor of Karsten Solheim and his family, the makers of PING golf equipment. The Solheim Cup is the most prestigious international team event in women’s professional golf. It is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the LPGA and the best European-born players from the LET. The U.S. Team leads the competition 7-3 and has never lost on home soil. The 2009 Solheim Cup will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove on Aug. 21-23. It will be contested at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, in 2011, and then moved to Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo. in 2013. In addition to founding sponsor PING, Global Partners of The Solheim Cup include AIB Group and Rolex. For more information, log on to

Photo: On Sunday at the RICOH Women’s British Open in Lancashire, England, the teams for the upcoming Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove were revealed. The U.S. team is captained by Beth Daniel, while the Europe squad is captained by Alison Nicholas. More information on the first-ever joint announcement is inside the sports section. Courtesy Photo

Municipal Drive done in time for Solheim

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Village President Sean Michels will breathe a sigh of relief on Thursday, July 31, when the Municipal Drive and Galena Boulevard extensions open for traffic, just in time for the 2009 Solheim Cup.

“I see this as the key to our retail,” Village President Sean Michels said at the time. “We can also use it for transportation when the Solheim Cup comes.”

The project includes the extension of Municipal Drive north from Bastian Drive to Route 30 and from Route 30 to Galena Boulevard, and the extension of Galena Boulevard west to where it meets Municipal Drive.

Initiated in 2005, the project was held up several times, due to funding issues and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) requirements for additional intersection improvements.

The cost, initially projected at $8.1 million, increased to $10 million to include IDOT’s requirements for dual left turn lanes at the intersection of Galena Boulevard and Route 47 and dedicated right turn lanes on all four legs of the Route 47 and Galena Boulevard intersection.

When former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was in office, he requested $4.5 million for the project in the federal transportation bill. The bill, held up by the threat of a presidential veto because the amount was too high, was passed in 2007, and included $3.5 million for the project.

However, the federal money required a state match. When state government seemed unable to act quickly enough to provide its share of the funding, the entire project was at risk. The Village Board voted to step in and cover the local funding requirement. The majority of the balance will come from village bonds, and will be paid off through sales tax revenue.

Construction on the roads began last summer, and village officials have at times held their breath, hoping that the project would be completed in time for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Solheim Cup Aug. 17-23. Solheim Cup tournament director Kelly Hyne estimated that 40,000 fans per day will attend the event at Rich Harvest Farms off of Route 30 and Dugan Road.

Michels praised Geneva Construction Company for its speed and efficiency in getting the project done in time.

“They were really motivated to get it done quickly,” he said.

“With the opening of the Harter Road Middle School, the new Sugar Grove Library building and the Solheim Cup, it’s exciting to see some fresh asphalt around town,” Michels said.

In addition to easing the current flow of traffic through the village, the extensions will open up 180 acres of the area west of Waubonsee Corporate Center identified for commercial and retail development, according to Michels.

“It took three years to get the improvements completed,” Michels said. “Commercial developments don’t have three years to wait.”

7/30 Police blotter

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

• Brenda Yoselin Zepeda, 25, of the 1500 block of Euclid Avenue in Berwyn, Ill., was arrested at 6:24 a.m. July 26 for driving without a valid license. Police stopped Zepeda for speeding, as she was eastbound on Route 38 west of Anderson Road in Elburn.

• Matthew G. Girard, 23, of Farmview Court in Maple Park, was arrested at 1:33 a.m. July 28 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped him on Keslinger Road west of Anderson Road in Elburn after seeing him cross the center line, fail to obey a stop sign, and fail to signal a turn. Girard also was cited for those offenses.

Sugar Grove
• Christopher R. Maykuth, 21, of the 3000 block of Roberts Drive, Woodridge, Ill., was charged with driving under the influence and with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more at 2:55 a.m. on July 25. Maykuth was driving westbound on Route 56 from Golfview Drive.

• Dakota C. Mision, 17, of the 0-100 block of Somonauk Road, Cortland, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more at 11:53 p.m. on July 25. Mision was parked on Terry Road near Monna Street.

• Someone took several pieces of machinery from the parking lot at the Harter Middle School between July 24 and July 27. Each piece of equipment is valued at $2,000.

• Someone passed a counterfeit $20 bill through the ticket counter owned by Fantasy Amusements on July 25 at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil grounds.

Golf only part of fun at Solheim Cup in SG

SUGAR GROVE—Officials for the 2009 Solheim Cup announced that the tournament’s PING Pavilion tickets are sold out.

The Solheim Cup, which features 12-woman teams from the U.S. and Europe in a team match-play competition, is set for Aug. 17-23 at Rich Harvest Farms golf course in Sugar Grove. The PING Pavilion is a climate-controlled indoor spectator hospitality pavilion located off the 17th green with adjacent parking. It features televisions, seating areas and a complete pay-as-you-go menu.

The good news is weekly and single-day grounds tickets are still available either online at or at Jewel-Osco stores throughout the state.

The Solheim Cup’s traditional “Solheim After Sundown” pre-tournament party is sold out. The event, which will be headlined by the popular Chicago-based band Maggie Speaks, runs from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the PING Pavilion.

Solheim After Sundown will feature a dinner and a silent auction followed by a high-energy performance by Maggie Speaks.

The Solheim Cup is named in honor of Karsten Solheim and his family, the makers of PING golf equipment. The Solheim Cup is the most prestigious international team event in women’s professional golf. It is a bi-ennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the LPGA and the best European-born players from the LET. The U.S. Team leads the competition, 7-3, and has never lost on home soil. The 2009 Solheim Cup will and be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Aug. 21-23. In addition to founding sponsor PING, Global Partners of The Solheim Cup include AIB Group and Rolex. For more information, log on to

Waubonsee named one of healthiest companies in America

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College was recently named one of the healthiest companies in the country by Interactive Health Solutions (IHS), a company based in Arlington Heights, Ill. IHS Vice President of Business Development Joseph Furlin was on-hand at the college’s board of trustees meeting on July 15 to present the award.

In 2008 employees from more than 2,000 companies nationwide participated in health evaluations by IHS. The healthiest companies were then determined using employees’ aggregate score on IHS’ “Interactive Health Index (IHI).” Waubonsee was one of 83 companies who earned the healthiest designation.

The IHI screens for indicators of heart disease, diabetes and other diseases by measuring things 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 is the nation’s leading provider of population health management programs, which seek to encourage preventative health care.

“We try to encourage good health and preventative care among our employees, whether it be through annual events like our Fitness Walk or Wellness Fair, or simply by providing important health tips on our intranet,” said Michele Morey, Waubonsee’s Director of Human Resources. “We’re glad to see that so many of our employees are taking such good care of themselves.”

Wilhelm surprised by Citizen of the Year honor

by Susan O’Neill

Jim Wilhelm was surprised on Friday night when he received the Citizen of the Year award at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

“Not too much gets by me,” Wilhelm said, smiling and shaking his head.

Wilhelm’s family, friends and employees shared in the celebration with him.

“He will do anything for anybody,” his wife Stephanie said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back.”

Their neighbors agree with her assessment. When a bad storm came through Sugar Grove last summer, a couple of trees fell on Kahl and Lorainne Kinney’s new roof. Although it was a holiday, J&S Construction owner Wilhelm and his employees showed up and not only removed the trees, they came back after dark to fill in the holes left in their yard.

Wilhelm knew that the Kinney’s insurance would not cover the damage, because the storm was an act of God. When Kahl saw Wilhelm’s bill, he said, “What else do I owe you?” Wilhelm told him, “You can just wave when I drive by.”

The Kinneys are not the only recipients of Wilhelm’s generosity and hard work. The Corn Boil Committee received letters of support for Wilhelm’s nomination from the Sugar Grove Library, Village Hall, the Farmer’s Market, as well as a number of other residents.

But Wilhelm’s modestly deflected the praise.

“It’s not just me,” Wilhelm said. “It’s all my guys; my company and my friends. They do all the work.”

Friend John Guddendorf said that Wilhelm tries to bring to the community what it needs.

“He brings everybody together to get it done,” he said.

In addition to helping out his neighbors, Wilhelm has contributed his assistance and resources to many other projects, including the Little League Field in Kaneville and providing lights, heavy equipment, man power, and shuttles for the annual Corn Boil.

A 22-year resident of Sugar Grove, Wilhelm and his wife of almost 20 years have 3 daughters Samantha 19, Abbie 14, Halley 10 and one son, Shawn 8.

“He’s the best dad,” Samantha said. “He puts everybody before himself.”

The Citizen of the Year award was established in 1998 by the village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry to recognize an individual or group that best exemplifies Sugar Grove’s pioneering spirit.

Previous winners include Karen McCannon, Joe Wolf and Pat Graceffa.

Good attends prestigious summer percussion and steel pan program

SUGAR GROVE—Dylan Good, a musician from Sugar Grove, spent two weeks this summer studying percussion and steelpan at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wis.

Dylan is the son of Raney and Steve Good, and studies percussion privately with Ben Wahlund. He is a student at Kaneland High School.

Dylan was among only 38 musicians selected from throughout the country to attend the percussion and steel band session at the school, whose mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians age 13-18 by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Founded in 1976, Birch Creek features a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately two-to-one. This provides students with an abundance of personal attention from their faculty mentors, who represent top music educators and performers from around the country. Students are given the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn firsthand about all aspects of the life of a professional musician. During their two-week residency this summer, students attending the Birch Creek Symphony session performed six joint concerts with their teachers before paying concertgoers.

For more information about Birch Creek and its programs, call (920) 868-3763 or e-mail Details are also available on

Extreme green makeover in Sugar Grove

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—For two days last weekend, the St. Charles-based Aqua-scape, Inc. turned the Lakes of Bliss Woods Subdivision into an in-the-field classroom for its contractors. The independently-owned business owners who purchase their product from Aquascape received training in how to design and install an effective rainwater harvest system, and about 25 families received completed ecosystem ponds, rain gardens, rain barrels and other water exchange solutions by Saturday night.

“Nice, nice,” resident Brad Huggins said as he and his wife Audrey watched a crew of contractors from California, Arizona and Illinois turn the front of their house into a gurgling water feature nestled in a bed of decorative rocks.

The Huggins’ rain water system installation was part of Aquascape’s 20th annual Pondemonium, a large-scale networking, training and education event for contractors across the country and Canada to learn the latest about the company’s products.

Aquascape, Inc., which creates and markets a wide range of water gardening products, including backyard ponds and waterfalls, began looking into the rainwater harvesting concept several years ago. Aquascape’s Chief Sustainability Officer Ed Beaulieu said that 75 percent of the calls the company’s technology department currently receives are about rainwater harvesting.

Although the fountain will provide Brad and Audrey a pretty and relaxing spot to spend a summer evening, it’s what is underneath the ground that makes it more than just a nice amenity.

The RainXchange system includes a 500-gallon underground water storage tank designed to collect rain water from the roof and a booster pump that turns an everyday garden hose into a power washer for the car or a tool to water the lawn and surrounding landscape.

In the past, when it rained, it would run off the Huggins’ roof and down the drainpipe, flow through the bushes and plants and mulch, across the sidewalk and down a storm sewer in the street.

“We would always see all this water going to waste,” Brad said. “We knew we needed to do something.”

Then they received an e-mail from their neighbors Ed and his wife Ellen, who also works for Aquascape, Inc., inviting them to participate in the extreme green community makeover by purchasing a rainwater harvest system for their home.

Brad said it made sense to become environmentally conscious of the water they use, especially with the water shortages the village has experienced the past few years. Water had become so scarce that the village imposed restrictions on residents’ water use for the past two summers.

“This is perfect,” Brad said. “This is the answer to everything.”

Beaulieu came to talk to the Sugar Grove Village Board a few months ago about their project, and told them he and Ellen wanted to use the community as a model for the company’s RainXchange solutions. Their idea is to create something that can be replicated in other communities.

The response was overwhelming, he said.

Brad said he was “pleased as punch” about their system, and that it is even better than he expected.

“We’re just so lucky to have Ed and Ellen here in our community,” he said.

Lakes of Bliss Woods ponds and other water features will be part of Aquascape’s 17th annual Parade of Ponds, held the weekend of July 25-26. The tour features a variety of water features at more than 65 tour locations in the western suburbs.

Proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Aquascape Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 3C organization dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for the world-wide water crisis.

Photo: A certified Aquascape contractor tests the water fountain on a RainXchange system during Saturday’s Pondemonium. Photo by Susan O’Neill

Team Budzyn wins again

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Branden and Ryan Budzyn enjoyed their lesson in Sugar Grove history, but it was their knowledge of navigation through longitude and latitude points that led them to the medallion.

For the past six weeks, the boys and their mom Michelle had followed the clues published in the Elburn Herald that would lead them to where the Corn Boil Medallion was hidden. This is the third year that Corn Boil Committee member Bob Carroll hid a medallion in the Sugar Grove area and created clues to lead someone to it.

They couldn’t wait to get home and open the paper to read the clues, Michelle said. The first couple of clues were more general in nature, indicating that the coin might be hidden outside the village corporate limits. The boys and their mom read the book on the history of Sugar Grove, “Sin-Qua-Sip,” to find the answer to another clue.

They learned a lot about the history of Sugar Grove, but it wasn’t until the July 16 clue that they zeroed in on the location. The seventh clue was a cryptogram that symbolized the Global Positioning System (GPS) location for the medallion, hidden in a bird house in the Sauer Family Prairie Restoration spot along Harter Road.

The Sugar Grove boys, who will enter third grade this fall, love to participate in geocaching, an outdoor activity in which players hide and seek items using navigational techniques. Their knowledge of these techniques led them off the beaten path to find the medallion.

This is Team Budzyn’s second year in a row that they found the medallion before anyone else.

“Last year they found it during a thunderstorm,” clue-creator Bob Carroll said. “They were determined.”

Last year, the boys found the medallion quickly, after only three clues. They said that Carroll should make it harder this year, and he obliged. Although it took them seven clues this year, the boys still prevailed. They are looking forward to the 25 gold coins they will each receive at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil this weekend.

Photo: Branden and Ryan Budzyn pose with the 2009 Sugar Grove Corn Boil medallion they found in a birdhouse in the Sauer Family Prairie Restoration spot along Harter Road in unincorporated Sugar Grove. This was the second year in a row the boys found the medallion. Photo by Susan O’Neill

Local vendors hope to capture additional business during Solheim Cup

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Village Board on Tuesday wrestled with the requests of several Sugar Grove businesses that have approached the village about temporarily locating on private property during the Solheim Cup to provide their services to thousands of potential additional customers.

Catering Gourmets owner Janet Lagerloef, who attended the meeting, obtained the permission of Sign Effects, a business located at Dugan and Granart roads, to temporarily set up the business’ outdoor grill on Sign Effects’ property during the week of the Solheim Cup.

Lagerloef said she would like to provide coffee in the morning and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch as people approach the event, located farther south on Dugan Road at Rich Harvest Farms.

Village trustees were anxious to accommodate Lagerloef, but expressed concerns about the impact on the already-increased traffic the Solheim Cup will bring.

“I don’t have a problem with the concept, but I’m a little bit concerned with the location, due to the traffic issues and its proximity to the (traffic) light,” trustee Tom Renk said. “I envision people trying to turn into the intersection and then trying to get out.”

Village President Sean Michels said he was concerned about how the traffic would likely begin stacking up on Route 30.

Trustee Rick Montalto said he was interested in finding a good compromise that would allow businesses in town to benefit from the event.

“There aren’t enough places in town to eat as it is,” he said. “I would rather see them (Solheim Cup visitors) spend their money in town.”

Trustee Mari Johnson suggested that perhaps Catering Gourmets and other food vendors could set up for business in the Village Hall parking lot, where the Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturday mornings. She said with people being able to pull in off of Route 30 and parking available across Municipal Drive at the fire station, the safety issues would be alleviated.

Lagerloef said that she had received the permission of Rich Harvest Farms to temporarily locate at the spot, although she had not consulted with the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Board members said they would like to discuss the situation with LPGA planners before making a final decision.

The board will make a final decision at the next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The Solheim Cup takes place the week of Aug. 17-23.

WCC offers TV News Camp for Kids

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Students from sixth to eighth grade have an opportunity this summer to make their own television show at Waubonsee Community College. For two weeks, beginning Monday, July 27, students will find a story to tell, shoot their own footage, learn the important skill of computer editing, and even find themselves in front of the camera.

Everyone will have a chance to be a producer, editor and anchor, said Chris Mohr, Waubonsee’s public access production technician. The newscast will then be scheduled to air on Fox Valley Television Channel 17, with plenty of time to tell their family and friends the time slot for their program.

The class structure, which meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week, gives students the chance to go out and collect their news stories in between class times.

They will be trained how to use the equipment, including studio-quality television cameras, how to write a good story and how to get good shots. The studio work will be done in the television studio on Waubsonsee’s Sugar Grove campus, under the direction of Public Access Programming Manager Mike Rennels, an experienced television industry professional.

Rennels is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcasting. A video professional with more than 20 years experience, he also taught video production at Columbia College and the Illinois Center for Broadcasting for a number of years. He is responsible for the overall operation of FVTV, as well as teaching the Access training class.

The community college has more than 200 registered users, who use the equipment to produce shows with a wide variety of content, including history, church-related, cooking shows, and more.

This is the first time the program will be offered to young people.

“It’s a nice way to fuel that interest young,” Mohr said.

Village officials study wind power

by Susan O’Neill
Village trustee Rick Montalto and Sugar Grove Community Development Director Rich Young attended a recent Sandwich Village Board meeting where wind energy was a topic for discussion.

With the board’s decision to enact a six-month moratorium on wind-energy solutions, village officials are using this time to conduct research on the subject.

Montalto brought back copies of a guidebook for state and local governments published by the American Wind Energy Association so that other board members could get up-to-speed on the issue.

The board will create a committee or task force to study the pros and cons of the alternate power sources.

Meadowridge developers default on obligations

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Meadowridge Villas developers are not the only ones not living up to their obligations for further improvements in their subdivision, but they are the only ones who are not responding to the village’s attempts to reach them.

The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday approved a resolution establishing that Meadowridge Villas LLC has defaulted on their obligations, clearing the way for village staff to complete the work. The main work yet to be done involves the public streets within the subdivision.

Sugar Grove attorney Steve Andersson will contact the bond company associated with the development to demand reimbursement for the work completed.

“They will be fighting us on this,” Andersson said.

The subdivision, an age-restricted duplex development in Prestbury, was brought before the board in 2004 by John Claire, Ltd. Work on the subdivision, located on 34.5 acres between Illinois Route 56 on the east and Norris Road on the west, from Beta Drive to the Walnut Woods Subdivision, came to a halt with the housing slow-down.

7/23 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.

Kane County
• The Kane County Sheriff’s Department is continuing the investigation into the death of Matthew Brockman who was found unresponsive in a holding cell at the Kane County Courthouse on Route 38 in St Charles. An autopsy was performed on July 16 by the Kane County Coroner’s Office. Based on the autopsy and initial facts uncovered in the investigation, it appears that Brockman’s death will be ruled a suicide.

• A brown purse containing keys, nail polishes and a black apron with the tag, “Miriam,” was found at Route 47 and Walker Street in Elburn at 4:40 p.m. July 21.

• Juan Alanis-Cervantes, 25, was arrested for driving while his licence was suspended, at 6:28 p.m. July 18. Police stopped him near Route 47 and Nebraska Street for improper passing at the intersection.

• Police picked up a stray dog at 9:45 a.m. July 15 in the 1300 block of Indepencence Avenue in Elburn. The small, old, nearly blind, beagle-type dog was then collected by Kane County Animal Control.

• Someone left a dog in a cage in front of Elburn Animal Hospital early in the morning on July 14. The black and tan terrier-mix animal was picked up by Kane County Animal Control.

• Police have a set of keys found recently on the baseball field at John Stewart Elementary School on Prairie Valley Street in Elburn. The keys are on a ring labeled with “Power Bitters” and “No Smoking.”

Sugar Grove
• Esequiel M. Hernandez, 31, of the 500 block of Grand Avenue, Aurora, was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and alcohol blood content of .08 or more at 10:13 p.m. on July 20. He was driving eastbound on Galena Boulevard at St. James Parkway.

• Armando M. Holguin, age unknown, of the 1900 block of Whispering Oaks Lane, Sugar Grove, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage at 11:06 p.m. on July 15. His truck was found at Fay’s Lane and Dugan Road.

• Vera S. Nila, 50, of the 1500 bock of Southland, Aurora, was charged with DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol at 7:51 p.m. on July 15. She was in the parking lot of the Jewel Food Store at Route 47 and Galena Boulevard.

• Rebecca A. Reed, 28, of the 4000 block of E. State 67, Beloit, Wis., was taken into custody on an active warrant from DeKalb County at 8:33 p.m. on July 20 at the Phillips 66 Gas Mart on Route 47 and Galena Boulevard.

• Ricardo M. Aguila, 18, of the 1500 block of Superior Street, Aurora, was taken into custody at 11:20 p.m. on July 19 on two warrants for driving while his license was suspended at the Phillips 66 Gas Mart on Route 47 and Galena Boulevard.

• Roberto M. Delgado, 42, of the 1900 block of Westfield Drive, Aurora, was arrested at 2:03 a.m. on July 17 for operating an uninsured vehicle, driving while license suspended and improper lane usage. He was driving westbound on Route 30 at Municipal Drive.