Josephine E. Weiland

            Josephine E. Weiland, 69, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008.

            Wife of LaVerne Weiland, 32 years in partnership with William Hanson of Hanson Excavating, Josephine was diagnosed with kidney cancer in September and had battled courageously through surgery and long weeks of treatment. Hospitalized recently, she returned home Thursday evening, anticipating the comfort of hospice care and family time. Called instead to Heaven for the holidays, she claims now the promise of her Savior and the hope of her faithful prayers.

            She was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Aurora, the daughter of William and Anna (Medernach) Hanson. Josephine attended S.S. Peter and Paul Grade School and went on to graduate from Maple Park  High School with the class of 1957.

            She met LaVerne Weiland in 1956 at a Little 8 tournament at Genoa High School. LaVerne remembers fondly how his best friend (and Josephine’s cousin), LeRoy Probst, introduced them. It was love at first sight that night, and on Oct. 26, 1957, they were wed at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

            They first made their home in West Chicago in an upstairs apartment at Bill and Arlene Patterman’s. Five years later, they moved to Virgil, and through the ensuing years, moved from farm to farm until La-Verne built his bride their first home on Main Street Road. In 1972, they built the present family home on Green Road.

            Josephine worked briefly at Furnas Electric in Batavia until Daniel was born, and three little girls followed thereafter. Josephine had a busy life she loved as the children grew. As grandchildren began to arrive, life only got better. When she wasn’t babysitting, she was always ready to “get her purse and go to the casino” with a friend. She and LaVerne enjoyed several trips to Hawaii and Jamaica, among other destinations.    Still, there was no place like home for Josephine. She was especially fond of the many house plants she raised there to adorn her beautiful home.

            In addition to her husband, LaVerne, she is survived by four children, Daniel (Karen Feltes) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (William) Larson of Cortland, Brenda (James) Barsic and Valerie (Chad) Boughton, both of Elburn; nine grandchildren, Daniel and Karen’s: Craig Weiland of Seattle, Wash., Matthew Weiland and Michelle Weiland, both of Elburn; Brenda and James’: Kelsey Barsic, Kaitlyn Barsic and Kaley Barsic, all of Elburn; Valerie and Chad’s: Drake Boughton, Siara Boughton and Logan Boughton, all of Elburn; two brothers, Bill (Dorothy) Hanson of Elburn and Anthony Hanson of DeSoto, Wis.,; four sisters, Margaret (Floyd) Worden of McFarland, Wis., Mary Ann (Ron) Pondelick of Maple Park, Patricia (Edward) Sak of Maple Park, Linda (William “Bill”) Dittman of Aurora; several brother and sister-in-laws, her late sister’s husband, Ted (Margaret) Seed of Earl-ville, Ill., LaVerne’s siblings, John (Alice) Weiland of Aurora, Arlene (William) Pattermann of Hilbert, Wis., James (Clareen) Weiland of Lodi, Wis., Leonard (Judy) Weiland of Apple River, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

            In addition, she leaves among many good friends two very special friends, Marvin and Janet Romanski of Malta, Ill.

            In addition to her parents, William and Anna Hanson, she is preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Seed, as well as her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Martha Weiland.

            Her visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a liturgical wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

            Her funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Church, Elburn. The service was webcast live at and available thereafter as on-demand video. Immediately prior to mass, prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home.

            A memorial has been established in Josephine’s name to benefit masses, St. Galls, as well as other favorite charities.  Memorial checks may be made to the Josephine Weiland Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Joyce Tischhauser

            Joyce Tischhauser, 75, of Virgil, passed away peacefully at her home Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2008. 

            Though she left this world no more than a stone’s throw from where she was born, Joyce traveled the roads to nearly all 50 states, driving escort vehicles for oversize trucks with transport companies that included local truckers like White Brothers and Keen Trucking.

            Her handle was Lulabelle, and though she was small, Joyce was a force to be reckoned with—and no one “reckoned” to wrong her more than once.

            In spite of all those miles, Joyce was a homemaker at heart and nothing was more precious to her than her family. She raised five sons and one daughter, all of whom learned that no matter where they were or what they had done, their parting words to mom would always be “I love you”; and her parting response would always be, “I love you more.”

            On her last day, it went exactly that way as they gathered around her bed. A Kenny Rogers CD played Christmas songs, and everywhere there were pictures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

            It all started in the fall of 1949, when Norm Tischhauser came up from southern Illinois to work on the Oliver Anderson farm. It was less than a mile from where Joyce worked as a waitress at her parents’ coffee shop on the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64. One look and Norm was hooked. Before he went back down South for Christmas, Joyce gave Norm a nifty “flip top” lighter. A hot romance followed his return, and on July 22, 1950, they were wed. Joyce was 16, Norm was 18, and some folks were counting the days until a baby was born.

            They had to count about 730 days, however, before Barry was born two years later. Joyce and Norm were young, and life was never easy, but their love lasted a lifetime.   

            Joyce enjoyed life and was a collector of many things from her travels.  Spoons, angel figurines, Coke bottles and other collectibles followed her home from the road. She was not only a fan of Kenny Rogers, but also Toby Keith and Larry the Cable Guy. A five-foot cutout of Dog the Bounty Hunter adorned her living room, and she was very proud of a photograph taken with “Dog” when he spoke at Mooseheart a few years ago. A legend in her own time, Joyce will be remembered with love, laughter and a legion of amazing stories that will both amuse and inspire the generations to come. 

            In addition to her husband, Norm, she is survived by six children, Barry (Donna) Tischhauser of Athens, Tenn., Dennis (Shari) Tischhauser of Wasco, Rob (Jackie) Tischhauser of New Albin, Iowa, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., Greg Tischhauser of Virgil and Ena Carlson of Yorkville; 18 grandchildren; Barry and Donna’s: Amanda (Brad) Walker and Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen; Denny and Shari’s: Sarah Galpin, Ben Galpin, Emily Tischhauser and Eli Tischhauser; Rob & Jackie’s: David (Gege) Tischhauser, Rebecca (Cody) Brunning and Kevin (Jessi) Tischhauser; David & Judy’s: Chaz Tischhauser, Miles Tischhauser, Wade Tischhauser, Abby Richards and Tyler Richards; Greg’s: Samantha Tischhauser; Ena & Keith’s: Nicole Carlson, Samantha Carlson and Michael McCormac; 11 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce, Devyn, Josyah, Shaelynn, Patrick, Morgan, Madison, Megan, Mark and Maverick, plus one on the way; her husband’s brother, James (Marilyn) Tischhauser of Pocahontas, Ill.; several nieces and nephews, and one special cousin, Linda (Mike) Zitkus of Elburn.

            She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl A. and Chloe (Mills) VanStone; two brothers, Paul and Victor Cunningham; one sister, Marjorie Carls; as well as one son-in-law, Keith Carlson (June 2007).

            Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 19, with funeral service at 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. The Rev. James Olson, pastor of Christ Community Church of New Albin, Iowa, officiated. Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held.

            A memorial has been established in Joyce’s name to benefit DeKalb County Hospice, as well as other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Joyce Tischhauser Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at

Harold Burdette Osman

            Harold Burdette Osman, 88, of Yorkville, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was born on July 17, 1920, in Morris, Ill., the son of the late William Cyrus and Bertha Louise (Hulderson) Osman.

            He worked for the Burlington Northern for 42 years as a switchman at Aurora Illinois Division and retired on June 28, 1980. He was a member of UTU and the Aurora Legion Ban.

            Harold is survived by his daughter-in-law, Kathy Morrissey Osman; grandchildren, Chris (Monty) Jahns, Lara (John) Gigl and Jeff (Jennifer) Osman; great-grandchildren, Matt (Kara) Jahns, Quinn Jahns, Mallory Gigl, Christopher Gigl, Molly Osman and Layne Osman.

            Along with his parents, he was preceded by his wife, Alberta (Morsch) Osman, on July 9, 1987; son, David Osman on Feb. 17, 1987, and his sister, Marilyn Hankes.

            Private services were held.

            Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave a condolence.

Ellen M. (Grzywa) O’Brien

            Ellen M. (Grzywa) O’Brien, 56, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., formerly of Maple Park, passed away unexpectedly at Torrance Memorial Hospital on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.

            She was born Oct. 15, 1952, in DeKalb, the daughter of Virgil S. and Mary Ellen Grzywa.

            Ellen grew up on the family farm near Maple Park. She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in DeKalb with the class of 1970. She earned her bachelor’s degree while living in Orlando, Fla.

            On June 25, 1977, she was united in marriage to James R. O’Brien at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, and together they raised a family of three. They made many close friends while living in Indiana, Florida, Georgia and California.

            Ellen may have had a job or two throughout her life, but nothing compared to her being a devoted wife, a loving mother and daughter, a sister to lean on and a great aunt and friend.

            Ellen so loved her family and was with her brother James at his passing when the opportunity came about to become a volunteer with Torrance Memorial Health and Home Hospice Program, she couldn’t say no.

            This volunteer position eventually came to be a career for her as she became the Volunteer Coordinator for the program. Her many duties included Daughters without Mothers, held on Mother’s Day, and the Light up a Life event that is held in December to remember all who have passed. She was loved and respected by all who came in contact with her.

            In addition to her husband of 31 years, James R. O’Brien of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., she leaves 3 children, Heather O’Brien of Prague in the Czech Republic, Katherine O’Brien of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Jacob O’Brien of Santa Cruz, Calif. She also leaves her father, Virgil S. Grzywa of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Carolyn Grzywa of Lindenwood, Ill., Mary Beth (Bill) Voorhaar of Tempe, Ariz.; three brothers, Edward (Janet) Grzywa of Maple Park, Joseph (Betty) Grzywa of Hastings, Neb., Harold (Jill) Grzywa of Franklin Grove, Ill.; many nieces and nephews, Morgan Voorhaar of Tempe, Ariz., Sarah (Jeremy) Jacobsen of Peoria, Ariz., Kelly Grzywa of Beloit, Wis., Jillian and Ryan Grzywa of Maple Park, John Grzywa of Franklin Grove, Ill., and Garrett and Kane Carlson of Lindenwood, Ill.; three great-nieces,  Kylie and Kyra Jacobsen of Peoria, Ariz., and Kaitlyn Grzywa of Beloit, Wis.

            In addition, she leaves many cherished aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  She also leaves an extended family she shared with her husband Jim; Michael and Bobbi O’Brien and family; Christine and Michael Pollack and family; Jeff and Diane O’Brien and family; and Jim’s dad, Richard E. O’Brien, all from the San Francisco area.

            She now joins her mother, Mary Ellen; her brother James and sister, Patricia (who died in infancy); her paternal grandparents, John F. and Barbara A. Grzywa; maternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Sullivan; and her aunt, Dorothy Grzywa.

            Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 21, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Friends called from 3 to 6 p.m. A liturgical wake service was held at 5:30 p.m. Her funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, Maple Park. The Rev. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania officiated, and interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maple Park.

            Contributions can be made in Ellen’s name to the Torrance Memorial Health and Home Hospice program at 3330 Lomita Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505, (310) 325-9110.

Carl A. Jacobsen

            Carl A. Jacobsen, 79, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

            He was born of Finnish ancestry and reared in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Carl left the “U.P.” and came to Illinois to find employment. There, he met his wife, Sue, and they enjoyed an exceptional 55 years of marriage.  

            Carl served his country during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and returned home to work for the U.S. Postal Service, where he was a mail carrier for 30 years. In his retirement, he joined Sue and a host of friends as they traveled the Lincoln Highway and promoted its history. Carl was currently the Illinois state treasurer of the Lincoln Highway Association.

            His passion for ski jumping resulted in Carl being a U.S. and International ski official, and he judged many U.S. tournaments and international competitions. He also worked with the youth of Aurora, coaching baseball for 25 years.

            In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Jake (Susan) Jacobsen and their children, Sara, Samantha and Ben; one brother, Paul, and his wife; a niece and two nephews.  

            He now joins his parents, two uncles and an infant daughter and infant sister, who preceded him in death.

            As per Carl’s request, there will be no funeral services. His body will be returned to his native U.P. home, and in the spring, private family committal services will be held at Nisula Cemetery, Nisula, Mich.

            A memorial has been established in Carl’s name to benefit the Lincoln Highway Association and other favorite charities. Memorials in his name may be made to the Carl Jacobson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Cards and memories may be forwarded to the family through the same address or e-mailed through his obituary at For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414.

Girls split first two contests at Oswego East Holiday Classic

by Mike Slodki

            Once they made it through the snow, Kaneland girls basketball down to business at the fourth annual Oswego East Holiday Classic.

            After forgoing the first scheduled meeting on Wednesday against Oak Park-River Forest to pay respects to their fallen classmates, the Lady Knights went in the consolation bracket on Saturday afternoon and took it to Plainfield East 60-14. Kaneland fell just short on Monday afternoon by a final of 40-38 against Plainfield North.

            Kaneland’s mark is now 2-8 with an 0-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.

            Ten different Kaneland players found the scoring column led by Brianna Hurst with 10. Kelly Evers and Andie Strang had eight each. Playing their first game since Dec. 8, the Lady Knights started the game against the first-year varsity Bengals right when Sara Rose corralled the opening tip and laid it in just seven second into the game.

            “Yeah, that kind of got us going at first tip,” Hurst said. “We felt we had a pretty good first half and everybody getting in the game will help us when we play some tougher teams in the second half.”

            Three steals, coupled with converting on their shots, allowed Kaneland to storm out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter with 2:36 to go.The Lady Knights led 24-6 after one.

            Plainfield East just had one point in the second quarter, a free throw with 35.7 second left. Megan Nauert’s shot with 43.2 seconds in the half gave KHS its biggest lead of the game at 37-7.

            The Bengals’ shot to close the score to 46-9 with 2:17 left in the third was their first field goal in 18 minutes of play. Strang later hit another trey, and Evers’ offensive putback with 49.2 left gave KHS its biggest lead at 60-12.

            “We came out pretty fast and pushed the ball. It was nice to get some confidence today after two one-point losses in conference,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

            For the KHS team, it was also nice to just come out to the court.

            “It’s important for the girls to get back to a routine. It’s been a tough week for the whole community and we talked about how we could pay respects to Blake and Jeff and thats to compete hard every night,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe.

            Against Plainfield North, Kaneland went just 15-for-48 from the field, although inside presence Alyssa Galvan had 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Kaneland led 9-7 after one quarter and 18-17 at the half. Going into the final eight minutes up 35-33, Kaneland stopped producing and went just 1-for-8 from the field and 1-for-6 from the foul line (7-for-18 for the game).

            The Lady Knights were scheduled to conclude the Oswego East gathering on Tuesday before next suiting up against Yorkville on Satruday, Jan. 3, 2009.

Wrestlers earn 1 win out of 3 at Saturday’s Argo quad

            Knights wrestling probably couldn’t think of a better present for itself after two weeks of no meets than to get back on the mat and start pinning people.

            The giving began on Saturday out at south suburban Argo High School in Summit for a quad also featuring Chicago’s St. Patrick and Kelly High Schools.

            The Knights lost to St. Patrick 42-33, but beat Kelly 44-27 before losing to host Argo 32-26. In dual meet competition, the Knights sit at 5-7.

            Knight grapplers who secured wins against the St. Patrick Shamrocks of the East Suburban Catholic included 125-pound entry Devon Scholl who won his match 7-1, Matt Weaver at 130 pounds who got a pinfall in 38 seconds, Kyle Davidson at 140 who eked out a 7-6 win, 145-pound asset Jay Levita with a 2:46 pinfall and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle with a 9-3 win.

            Against the Kelly Trojans, Kaneland soared to victory thanks to a 6-0 win by School, a technical fall by Levita in 3:10, a 1:28 fall by 160-pounder J.T. Webb.

171-pound grappler Tim Meyer also won his matchup with a 9-6 total.

            In the close loss to the host Argonauts, 103-pounder Ryan Goodenough took a technical fall in four minutes. Scholl took a pinfall in 3:59 and Weaver won a 7-6 affair.

            Teammate Emiliano Ponce won his matchup 8-6, Davidson earned a pin in 3:48 and Levita won his matchup by an 8-7 clip.

            Coming up for the Knights is the usual Don Flavin stop in DeKalb which takes place on Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Trustee tables park district proposal, for now

by Martha Quetsch

            Elburn village trustee Tom Burgholzer recently proposed to establish a park district made up of volunteers. However, because the district would have to levy a property tax for its support, he changed his mind.

            “There is a law that we would have to go for a tax,” Burgholzer said. “I can’t see asking people for more taxes right now.”

            Burgholzer said he is not going to drop the idea, but wants to wait to pursue it until the economy improves. Creating a park district would require an Elburn voter referendum.

            If the village had a park district, it could bring more recreational amenities to the village, such as a skateboard park, Burgholzer said.

            Burgholzer began promoting a skateboard park nearly two years ago, after receiving a residents’ petition for the project. After studying various sites for the skateboard park, trustees tabled the proposal in October.

            “We (the village) don’t have the money. And nobody could come to a consensus (on a site),” Burgholzer said Sunday.

            The estimated cost of a basic skateboard park is more than $100,000, village officials said.

            As a way Elburn could bring any new park to town without the cost, the village could require future developers to pay for them, Village President Jim Willey said.

            Elburn already has brought this idea into practice, having negotiated with Blackberry Creek developers for the designation of 202 acres of public parks and conservation land within the subdivision.

            In addition to those in Blackberry Creek, village-owned parks include Prairie Park at North and Third streets, Byerhoff Park on South Shannon Street, and Scout Park on First Street near the railroad tracks. The village also maintains the playground at Elburn & Countryside Community Center at 525 N. Main St.

            Lions Park, on Route 47 just north of Keslinger Road, is owned and operated by Elburn Lions Club with financial support from facility rentals and fundraisers.


Cash crunch puts Community Center plans on hold

by Martha Quetsch
            Businesses and individuals are not the only ones feeling the effects of a struggling economy—nonprofit organizations are as well.

            For example, the Elburn and Countryside Community Center—a nonprofit organization located at 525 N. Main St.—has plenty of plans in place for improvements and additional offerings, but given the financial situation, board members are focusing their efforts on simply being able to operate the building.

            “We’re not trying to make money. We’re just trying to stay open and offer more recreational opportunities for residents,” board member Jack Hansen said.

            “Staying open” requires renovations to the building constructed in 1927. The board has spent time in 2008 trying to find a way to replace the windows and install a different heating system to replace the boiler that has been used since the building opened.

            However, the Community Center is not planning those projects for the coming year because it cannot afford them. Meanwhile, because of the old windows and boiler, the building’s heating bill lately is “horrendous,” Hansen said. One project they were able to complete was to replace the roof, although the board was forced to pay for it by taking out a loan.

            In addition to building improvements, Hansen’s wish list includes equipping the center to be a place local youth bands could practice their music, and teenagers could gather for games and socializing. But that would require funding the center does not have, Hansen said.

            The Community Center relies on fundraisers, donations and rent from business tenants to operate. Its financial situation could worsen if it does not find new tenants for two office spaces. A first-floor space that was rented by a chiropractic business has been vacant for several months, and a second-floor business plans to move out of its renovated space on the second floor sometime in 2009, Community Center manager Laurie Studdard said.

            The Community Center most recently raised money through a silent auction during the Elburn Christmas Stroll, which it intends to hold again next year.

            Studdard will look for interesting items at reasonable prices throughout the coming year to sell for a higher price at the next the auction.

            “We keep trying to find new ways to bring in extra cash,” Hansen said.

            The Community Center Board currently is contemplating seeking monetary donations from corporations with local sites, such as Walgreens, which is expected to open this spring at Main Street and Route 38.

            The Community Center has hosted the Blackberry School of Ballet for many years. But the school began struggling financially, so last June, State Street Dance of Geneva began managing it at the request of the Community Center Board. The measure was intended to give Blackberry School of Dance a financial boost.

            Hansen hopes that goal is not thwarted by the economic decline.

            “Some people may rather buy food than send their children to ballet,” Hansen said.

            For more information, call Laurie Studdard at (630) 365-6655.


Bowling drops WSC matchup at Rochelle

            The Lady Knights lost at T-Byrds in Rochelle to the Hubs by a final of 2,971-2,388.

            Jessica Stebbins had a 439 series, followed by Kathleen Moravcik’s 409.
High games were had by Stebbins at 170 and Moravcik at 163.

            The JV Lady Knights came away with a 2,097-1,886 victory over the Hubs thanks to a 400 series effort from Jessica McHenry.

            The bowlers now enjoy a break until Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 when they travel to Huntley for a 4:30 p.m. encounter.

Knights boys fall to Bogan in 12-team E. C. Nichols debut

Dudzinski scores 22 in opening contest of Marengo tournament

by Mike Slodki

            For awhile, the Kaneland boys basketball team played like it hadn’t seen the court in 17 days.

            Monday’s opener at the E.C. Nichols Tournament at Marengo High School had Kaneland struggling to do what it needed for any kind of edge against Chicago’s Bogan High School.

            By the time the Knights did find their footing, it was too late and KHS suffered a 55-44 loss to drop to 2-4 (0-2 Western Sun Conference).

            Last year’s opening game at the E.C. Nichols gathering saw Kaneland stomp Harvard 63-36 behind Nick Wagner’s 23 points on its way to a 2-2 fourth-place finish.

            For the Knights, Dave Dudzinski had a game-high 22 points, followed by Christian Dillon with seven. Kaneland also had a rare game without a three-pointer.

            “It took us a little while to get going and find our shots,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said. “Bottom line is we needed to shoot the ball better.”

            Bogan’s ball-movement and up-tempo offense had Kaneland reeling as the Knights also struggled to penetrate the Bengal defense. Down 12-6, KHS found a Dudzinski foul shot and a putback to close to within 12-9 with 30.6 second left in the first quarter before Bogan’s Myles Horton hit a buzzer-beater to go up 14-9 after one.

            Kaneland’s only field goal in the second quarter was a Steve Colombe jumper with 1:56 to go in the half to close within 23-17 before Bogan scored the final two baskets to go up 27-17 at halftime.

            Kaneland found itself down by 16 points at 37-21 with 2:24 to go, but Dudzinski’s shot and a buzzer-beater by Ryley Bailey closed to within 37-25 and gave the Knights some life.

            Bogan secured the lead by smart ball-control and hitting 9-of-10 foul shots to hold of the Knights. Kaneland managed to cut it to 39-29 on Dudzinski’s free throws with 6:52 to go, but six missed three-point attempts hindered the Kaneland comeback effort.

            Despite the loss, Kaneland’s Dudzinski had one of his stronger games of the young season.

            “He was calling for the ball more and getting inside to the basket and getting to the line and that’s what we like to see,” Hansen said.

            It was also nice for the team to get back on the court after weather cancellations and the loss of two classmates and friends.

            “It still weighs on our minds and it was nice to get back to what we need to do and that’s fight hard and try every night,” Hansen said.

            The boys were set to face Francis Parker High School from Chicago on Tuesday evening, and play two games on Saturday, Dec. 27. The first game would be against either North Boone, Alden-Hebron or Westminster Christian of Elgin, with the final being against either Hubbard, Sycamore or Marengo.

            Other teams competing in the tourney are Harvard, Winnebago and Hampshire.

            Following that is the much-anticipated game against Geneva at the United Center in Chicago with an 8:45 a.m. tip-off on New Year’s Eve.

Trustees might allow garage sale signs in parkways

by Martha Quetsch

            Come spring, an Elburn resident who wants to hold a garage sale might be able to post signs on village parkways to advertise it; but only if the Village Board approves a proposed change to the village sign ordinance.

            Currently, the village does not allow people to put up signs in village rights of way without a special permit. When people violate the rule, Elburn police are obligated to take down the signs, which upsets some people.

            “It’s been a little bit of a lightning rod,” Elburn Police Chief Jim Linane said.

            Linane said his officers collect illegal garage sale signs, take them to the police station and keep them for a day or two before disposing of them; then the sign owners have an opportunity to recover them.

            Under the proposed ordinance change, directional garage sale signs up to two-by-three feet could be placed in village parkways without a permit; however, the signs still would not be allowed on state or county rights of way on Keslinger Road or Route 47, Community Development Director Erin Willrett said.

            Village officials also proposed that no balloons or banners be allowed as attachments to the signs. In addition, if a resident whose property abuts the right of way objects to the sign, it would have to come down.

            Linane suggested that the ordinance require that signs may not be up more than 24 hours before the garage sale and come down as soon as the sale is over. The ordinance change is among several possible revisions to the village sign code that trustees are reviewing.


Dec. 19 Elburn village notes

by Martha Quetsch

Blackberry Creek trash pickup day still Wednesday

            Elburn’s residential garbage hauler Waste Management mistakenly sent letters late last week to 200 households in Blackberry Creek subdivision stating that their trash pickup day was being changed from Wednesday to Thursday.

            The company recognized the mistake after residents called inquiring about the change. It sent letters out Monday to all affected residences and called them on Tuesday, admitting the error and letting people know their pickup day still would be Wednesday, Waste Management representative Lisa Lorenz said.

            Lorenz said Waste Management inadvertently sent the pickup-day change notices to Blackberry Creek residents when it was mailing the notice to households in another town.

Metra proposes more parking, platforms for Elburn station

            Metra is planning parking, signaling and platform additions along the Union Pacific west line between Elburn and Chicago to prepare for future ridership increases.

            Elburn village officials on Dec. 8 reviewed proposed upgrades from Metra including an expansion of the Elburn commuter station parking lot. The parking lot currently has 300 spaces and could be expanded to up to 1,300 in the future.

            Metra also plans to extend the platforms at the Elburn station to accommodate commuter trains with more cars.

            In addition, the project could include installation of a traffic signal at Keslinger and Anderson Road, which may be necessary with an increase in commuter traffic.

            Construction could take place by 2011, if Metra obtains funding for the project through a federal transportation grant.

Village may change garbage ordinance again

            Some Elburn residents believe a new village ordinance related to garbage pickup is too restrictive, and as a result, are not complying with it, village officials said.

            As a result, village trustees except Patricia Romke, said the ordinance should be revised to make it less restrictive.

            Approved in May, the ordinance states that residents may not place garbage containers at the curb earlier than 6 p.m. the day before trash pickup, and must remove the empty trach receptacles from the curb before 11 a.m. on collection day.

            Trustees are considering changing the deadlines to noon the day before for placing containers at the curb, and noon on garbage collection day to remove them.

            The village of Elburn distributed flyers in early summer to let residents know about the new ordinance. The Police Department began issuing warning notices to violators in August, and in November started issuing tickets to repeat violators, which have numbered more than 30 during the past few weeks.

            Romke said if people are allowed to place their trash and recycling at the curb at noon the day before pickup, on a windy day garbage will blow all over the neighborhood. She said if residents believe 6 p.m. is too late in the evening to carry trash containers to the curb, they should place them there early in the morning of pickup day.


Elburn officers joining police union

by Martha Quetsch

            Elburn police officers are establishing a local chapter of the Illinois Council of Police, a statewide union of law enforcers.

            Richard Bruno, Illinois Council of Police representative, said police departments have the right under state law to form a collective bargaining unit.

            “They (Elburn officers) are simply taking advantage of that option,” Bruno said. “They don’t mean it as a slight to the village.”

            On the Elburn officers’ behalf, Illinois Council of Police petitioned the Illinois Public Labor Relations Board Sept. 3 to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining with the village, Village Administrator David Morrison said.

            The petition stated that the seven officers in the proposed bargaining unit were all full-time Elburn Police Department employees holding the rank of patrol officer and sergeant.

            On Oct. 3, the Labor Relations Board certified the Illinois Council of Police as the exclusive representative of the Elburn police officers in future collective bargaining.

            Bruno said more than 90 percent of police departments in the Chicago metropolitan area are unionized.

            Elburn Police Detective Pete Pavia said he could not comment on the local union proposal at this time except to say he and his fellow officers are reviewing a bargaining unit contract drafted by the Illinois Council of Police that they will present to the village.

            Being part of the union will guarantee that the Elburn officers will be able to bargain with the village regarding pay rates, wages, employment hours and working conditions.

            As members of the union, the Elburn officers can avail themselves of the organization’s legal staff during future contract negotiations with the village.

            Bruno said regarding police salaries, the proposed contract between the Elburn officers and the village sets forth a “standardized form of compensation.” He declined to elaborate on the terms.

            “It wouldn’t be fair to disclose them, since the village hasn’t seen it (the contract) yet,” Bruno said.

            Currently, the base salary for Elburn police officers is $39,407. Depending on experience, they can start at a higher salary. The starting salary currently is determined by the Police Chief and the Village Administrator. Officers then can gradually move through six levels of salary ranges, topping out at $57,310.

            The salary range for each step increased 5 percent annually until this year, when the Village Board approved a 2.5 percent increase.

            Police administrative staff, including Chief Jim Linane and Commander Steve Smith, are exempt from union membership.


Bowling still searching for first win

by Mike Slodki

            Nothing like facing a steady rival to usher in the holidays, but the DeKalb Barbs were not about to yield Kaneland’s first win of 2008.

            DeKalb took care of Kaneland last Wednesday at Mardi Gras Lanes by a final of 3,040-2,618 to drop the Lady Knights to 0-5 (0-3 Western Sun Conference) in dual meet action.

            DeKalb improved to 5-0 on the campaign.

            For Kaneland, the top series were bowled by Emily Curran at 460 and Holly Thomas at 446.

            Cassie Wilson bowled a 444 series, followed by Kathleen Moravcik’s 437 and Jessica Stebbins’ 432. Jessica McHenry bowled a 399 series.

            Top games were bowled by Thomas at 180 and Curran at 171.

            The JV squad lost a 2,239-1,911 skirmish with the Lady Barbs. Tierra Lee and Sonja Isaacs had team-high series with a 392 and 350, respectively. Isaacs had high games of 134 and 125.

            Trish Rogers bowled a 310 series and Seleana Isaacs bowled a 303 series in the effort.

            “At DeKalb, we had one good game from our varsity, but we still lost that game and the match,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “We’re happy that we got pretty good scores from everyone in that game, but the highest was 180. We’re still looking for a game in which we get a few 180s, 190s, and 200s from the team. Those are the scores it’s going to take to beat some of our competition.

            Saturday saw the Lady Knights travel to the 5th annual Panther Invite hosted at Highland Park Bowl in Moline by East Moline United High School.

            Kaneland finished 12th in the invite out of 12 teams with a total of 4,224.

            Belvidere North (5,625), Sterling (5,425) and Rock Island (5,266).

            High six-game series for Kaneland was accomplished by Cassie Wilson at 916 and Jessica Stebbins at 874. Best three-game series for the Lady Knights was handled by Thomas (499) and Wilson (448).

            Kaneland’s JV crew finished 10th out of 12 with a total of 3,273 pins struck down. Belvidere North had 4,574 to win it all. Top six-game series for the JV Lady Knights were done by Amy Kuryliw (680) and Tierra Lee (578).

            Next up for Kaneland bowling is the Lisle Invite on Saturday, Dec. 20. Kaneland was also set to meet up at Rochelle on Wednesday.

Jeffrey A. Malewig

            Jeffrey A. Malewig, 17, of Sugar Grove a lifelong Cardinals fan, lost his life in a car accident on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. He was born April 10, 1991, in Des Plaines, Ill.

            Jeff is survived by his parents, Tom and Laura (Jones) Malewig; his brother, Scott; two grandmothers, Mary Malewig and Violet Jones; 16 aunts, 10 uncles, 23 cousins, and many other first and second cousins.

            Jeff was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Raymond Malewig and Richard Jones; three of his aunts and one uncle, with whom he meets again.

            Following in his grandpa’s footsteps, Jeff was a second baseman who loved the game of baseball. However, the love of the game did not deter him from enjoying many different circles of friends. Jeff loved to talk baseball, but also joined in the excitement and interests of others. If he wasn’t participating, he was in the audience or bleachers holding up signs of inspiration. He felt joy for the success of his friends and sorrow for their pains.

            Even while expressing his creative side, Jeff still managed to study hard, maintain good grades and score a 32 on his ACT. Jeff was often a hesitant volunteer, but would do what it took for the satisfaction of others. Though he did not know what he wanted to pursue, he had many talents to lead him. Jeff has had an artistic talent from a very young age, drawing cartoons, building models and writing stories. Above all, it was important for Jeff to see his friends and family happy and laughing.

            Jeff leaves his family and friends with a huge hole in our hearts. He brought much laughter, surprise, charm and spirituality to all of us. Jeff set high standards for himself, yet remained humble when he met or exceeded them. He always opened his heart and saw the best in people; there was always a good side. Now he leaves us to model him, remember the best in him and to find the good side. God must have needed him more than we did. The only way we can understand this terrible loss is the words from a song: “Only the good die young.”

            Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m., at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove.  A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, 10 a.m., at Holy Cross Church, 2300 Main St. in Batavia. Interment will be at Maryhill Cemetery, Niles, Ill.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to help with funeral expenses.

            For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave a condolence.

Blake A. Denton

            Blake A. Denton, 17, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. He was born July 21, 1991 in Aurora.

            Blake was the beloved son of Wolfgang and Catherine Denton, beloved brother of Ryan and Jesse, loving grandson of Margaret Denton and Reba McClernon, beloved nephew to many aunts and uncles and devoted friend to many.

            Blake was a fun-loving young man and a senior at Kaneland High School, where he was on the honor roll and was involved in the Fox Valley Career Center. His goal was to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and major in accounting. Blake had an agenda for his future and was focused on achieving his goals.

            An avid sports fan, you would find a ball in his hand, ready for a game, at any time. Blake was an unapologetic Packers fan. He was also an avid fan of the Cubs and Bulls.

            Blake loved fishing, snowmobiling and playing cards with his dad and friends. Working for Jewel in Sugar Grove the past year-and-a-half, Blake made many new friends and had fun working with his longtime friends as well. This experience helped transform him into the fine young man that he had become.

            He will be missed more than words can say.

            Visitation was held on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 from 1 to 7 p.m., at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Orchard Valley Community Church, 101 Barnes Road, Aurora, with one hour of visitation prior to services. Burial will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

            Memorial contributions may be made to The Blake Denton Memorial Fund in c/o Old Second Bank, P.O. Box  510, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

            For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave a condolence.

Beverly Ann Bowgren

            Beverly Ann Bowgren, 72, of La Fox, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. She was born Dec. 4, 1936, the daughter of Wayne P. and Nora W. (Walch) Doll in Davenport, Iowa.

            Beverly grew up in rural Arlington, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. Following graduation, she began working locally for a time until the early 1960s, when she moved to Geneva, where she found work at Burgess Norton as a bookkeeper.

            It was during this time that she met the man she would marry, Ron Bowgren. Their courtship began with Beverly sitting in the bleachers watching Ron race at Sycamore Speedway. Despite his speedy driving, she never let him get away, as they were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1964, in Hollowayville, Ill. They began their new life together in Geneva for a year until they built a house on Bunker Road, where they have since made their home. 

            Beverly’s heart and home were always open to anyone at anytime. Her kitchen was always filled with warmth, and the wonderful smells of her cooking made your senses soar. In the summers when the sun was shining, Beverly would “power lounge” in the yard, reading her favorite romance novels. Beverly had the gambling “itch,” which she scratched most often at the Isle of Capri Casino, conveniently located only a short bus trip away in Bettendorf, Iowa. When she wasn’t fleecing the casinos’ slot machines for all she could get, she and her best friend, Cheryl Keller, would sneak away to area craft shows, go shopping and eventually take “center court” at Sweet Tomatoes, where they would eat and talk for hours on end.

            Beverly also spread her good cheer and friendship with the Elburn Seniors on various bus trips but when the holidays came around, there was no place like home and there truly was no place like Beverly’s. Christmas trees could be found in nearly every corner in every shape and size, and the rest of the home was filled with decorations from years gone by.

            Her most prized possession was the life she had made with her husband, Ron. Her children and grandchildren were always first and foremost in her mind and had a special “forever place” in her heart. Her memory will be held dear in many a heart, but none more dearly than in the hearts of her family.

            She now leaves her loving husband Ron; three children, Steve (Gaye) Bowgren and their children, Cody and Jessica of Maple Park, Mike (Jackie) Bowgren and their children, Nick and Allyson, of Batavia, and Mark (Traci) Bowgren of La Fox; two brothers, Kenard (Kathy) Doll of Cherry, Ill., and  Curtis (Beth) Doll of Ladd, Ill; several nieces and nephews and a community of close friends.

            She now joins her parents; one grandson, Travis Bowgren; one step-daughter, Lori Bowgren; and her forever faithful watchdog, Tawni, who preceded her in death.

            Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 10,  at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was held Thursday, Dec. 11, at Conley Funeral Home. Interment followed at Garfield Cemetery.

            A memorial has been established in Beverly’s name. Checks may be made to the “Beverly Bowgren Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through

Phoebe Lovisa Damon

            Phoebe Lovisa Damon, 55, died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 5, of a cerebral aneurism. She was born Dec. 7, 1952, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Kenneth R. Damon and Vera E. Littlejohn Damon. 

            After graduating from high school in Cazenovia, N.Y., she received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Following college, she lived and worked in Boston, Mass., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Dallas, Texas.

            She held positions in lease and contract administration for European-American Bank on Wall Street, Bank of America in San Francisco, and San Diego, before joining Océ North America in Chicago. During her marriage, she was a professional bank administrator and lived in Zurich, Paris and London. 

            Raising and training horses was her passion. As a teenager, she became an accomplished equestrian, achieving the highest rank in the U.S. Pony Club, and continued her devotion to animal welfare throughout her life. Actively involved in the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, she began her avocation with wildlife rehabilitation in Marin County and San Diego, Calif.

            An accomplished linguist and flautist, Phoebe was an avid supporter of the arts, and a devotée of opera everywhere she lived. She enjoyed international travel, language and ancient civilization studies.

            She is survived by her mother, Vera-E. Littlejohn of Elburn; two brothers, James Damon of Wilton, Conn., and Alex Damon of Cordell, Okla., and their families, as well as an extended family in Sweden.

            Respecting her interests, in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn.

            A memorial reception to honor and remember her life was held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL  60119.

            For information, call (630) 365-6414, 1-800-8-CONLEY or visit

Food pantry donations keep up with rising demand

by Martha Quetsch

            The number of families served by the Elburn and Countryside Food Pantry has risen dramatically, but thanks to an increase in food donations, the pantry is keeping up with demand, said its president, Rita Burnham.

            The food pantry has served about 45 families weekly for the past few months, compared to 20 families each week during the same period last year, Burnham said.

            Typically, community members donate enough food to keep the pantry’s shelves stocked; but this summer, the pantry had to buy food from Aldi and other stores to keep up with rising demand, Burnham said.

            Burnham said she was worried that the pantry would have to start decreasing the amount of food it gives each family.

            “We were concerned, come January, about ‘How are we going to stretch this?’” Burnham said.

            However, the pantry now is well stocked, thanks to increasing donations from the community, including dozens of turkeys from the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club before Thanksgiving.

            “We are fortunate that so many people came forward,” Burhman said. “Right now, we’re set for quite awhile.”

            While Burnham was at the food pantry one day last week, she was amazed at the amount of items being dropped off.

            “The food just kept coming in,” she said.

            Food pantries throughout the area are serving more families than ever, Northern Illinois Food Bank director H. Dennis Smith said.

            The food bank, based in St. Charles, supplies pantries in several counties with low-priced food.

            In October, the number of people availing themselves of food pantries in Kane, DuPage and DeKalb counties was 29 percent higher than during the same month last year, Smith said.

            Smith attributes this increase to rising unemployment and grocery costs.

            In the three counties, food prices have risen 14 percent in the last three years and are projected to go up an additional 5 percent next year; and unemployment rose from 4.8 percent in 2007 to 6.4 percent in 2008, Smith said.

Elburn & Countryside Food Pantry

Elburn and Countryside Community Center

525 N. Main St., Elburn

(630) 365-6655

Food is given away at the pantry

from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays,

except on holidays

(then it is given the Tuesday before.)

Donations are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays; call ahead to

make sure building manager is there.


Village reviews responses to flooding survey

Engineers use information to determine causes, potential solutions
by Martha Quetsch
            Elburn officials are reviewing the responses to a village-wide survey to help them understand the nature and extent of flooding that occurred locally during the weekend of Sept. 12-14.

            The village mailed a survey to every household in Elburn in early October, along with their monthly utility bill. More than 300 people responded, Village Administrator David Morrison said.

            The National Weather Service indicated that 10.5 inches of rain fell during the event, far exceeding the normal design capacity of older storm systems, the survey stated.

            During the rainfall, some homes had sewage backup, even though Elburn’s sanitary sewer and stormwater sewer are separate. Village officials said the survey responses will help engineers to understand where problems were concentrated and to quantify the extent of the problems.

            The survey asked residents whether their homes had stormwater flooding, how the water entered the premises, whether their sump pumps failed, whether they have experienced storm water problems before and if they have installed any drainage improvements such as overhead sewers.

            The survey also asked residents whether they also had sewage backup during the rain storms and to what extent.

            Village engineers will use the information from the survey to help them determine what issues need to be addressed by homeowners and what issues the village must address, to alleviate stormwater and sewer water flooding in the future.


DeKalb causes giant headache for KHS boys

by Mike Slodki

            On Friday, the phrase “watch out for that tree” might have been an understatement.

            Whatever the catch phrase, the Kaneland boys basketball roster might have felt they had to weave through a jungle to score any points.

            DeKalb handed Kaneland a stifling 59-37 loss at the home of the Barbs, dropping the Knights to 2-3 (0-2 Western Sun Conference). DeKalb earned its first win of the season at 1-5.

            DeKalb’s Jordan “Tree” Threloff was one half of the marquee matchup in the WSC battle with fellow center Dave Dudzinski, but it was the Barb who ended up winning the points battle 26-6.

“(Threloff) is a good player and he’s well coached, we might need to work harder to get Dudzinski the ball,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said.

            Ryley Bailey had nine points to lead the Knights, while Dudzinski, Brody Root and Chaon Denlinger had six points each. Bailey’s points came on three three-pointers.

            The Knights went 5-for-6 from the foul line.

            DeKalb stormed out to a 10-2 advantage in the first quarter forcing Hansen to call time out with 1:38 left in the first quarter. Two baskets by Denlinger closed within 10-6 before DeKalb scored once more with 1.2 seconds to go for a 12-6 lead after one.

            Two Dudzinski foul shots closed within 20-13 in the second quarter with 1:44 left but the offense stalled once again and DeKalb scored two more baskets to go up 24-13 at halftime.

            Kaneland’s luck started to improve on a Bailey three and a Denlinger basket which closed to within 31-26 with 2:17 left in the third. However, Kaneland went as cold as oncoming tempuratures and missed seven straight shots. DeKalb took a 41-26 lead after three and hit a three to complete a 13-0 run ending in the fourth.

            “13 points in the first half is not going to get it done. You have to make open shots which we didn’t do all night,” Hansen said.

            The boys have a short break before traveling to Rochelle on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

            Additionally, word became official that the Kaneland boys will meet up with the Geneva Vikings in play at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

            Tip-off is set for 8:45 a.m. Fans are able to buy tickets for $23 and also watch the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic at 1 p.m. Tickets need to be purchased by Wednesday, Dec. 17. The Western Sun Conference clash will be the first of 12 high school games this season taking place before Bulls contests. The game takes the place of the Tuesday, January 6, 2009 game at Geneva.

Bowling suffers losses to Sycamore, IMSA

by Mike Slodki          
            Wins for the Lady Knights bowling squad have been just out of reach.

            The good news is is that the reach is getting shorter.

            Kaneland (0-4, 0-2 Western Sun Conference) dropped a 2,993-2,620 matchup with rival Sycamore at Four Seasons Sports on Dec. 3. Kaneland took a game from Sycamore for the first time in 15 years.

            Monday saw IMSA come to AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora and take a 2,613-2,540 match.

            Against Sycamore, senior cornerstone Cassie Wilson bowled a 487 series, followed by Kathleen Moravcik’s 483 series. Emily Curran bowled a 453 series.

            Wilson also came through with a 185 game and a 179 game, the two highest for the Lady Knights. Both games were key in the first head-to-head matchup of the night which saw Kaneland take a game from the Lady Spartans.

            “It’s an important day and we feel like we can’t get too down and keep improving,” Wilson said.

            Against IMSA, Holly Thomas had a 488 series, followed by Jessica Stebbins’ 475 and Moravcik’s 444. Top games were Thomas’ 200 and Moravcik’s 182.

            The JV troops had a 1,965-1,853 win over IMSA thanks to Amy Kuryliw’s 359.
Coming up for the Lady Knights: the Moline Invite on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and a home matchup with Lisle on Monday, Dec. 15.

Grapplers tear through Saturday quad

Kaneland wrestlers earn three wins at Rochelle meet

            What’s the best remedy for a 1-5 dual meet start if you’re Kaneland wrestling?

            How about going to town on three opponents on Saturday.

            Kaneland improved to 4-5 after a successful outing at Rochelle High School’s gym.
In three matchups, the Monty Jahns-led Knights defeated host Rochelle 48-19, Bremen High School of Midlothian 63-12 and Lemont High School 37-32.

            Highlights against the Hubs included 135-pound entry Emiliano Ponce nabbing a 7-6 win with a takedown in the final period.

            Kyle Davidson, at the 140-pound mark, stuck a pin at the 4:42 mark.

            Jay Levita almost pulled out a win in the 145-pound match, down 10-8 in the final period, but lost 13-12 in a valiant effort.

            In the 103-pound match against the Hubs, Ryan Goodenough pulled out a 4:51 pin for a victory. In the 112-pound meeting, entry Tyler Esposito earned a pinfall in 1:44.

            Josh Kuefler won his meeting in the 119-pound range in just 27 seconds due to a pinfall.

            At this time a year ago, the Knights were 5-4 in dual meet action. At that very meet at Rochelle a year ago, Kaneland beat Bremen 60-21, but lost to Rochelle 40-33 and lost to Lemont 46-27.

            In oncoming action, the Knights host Western Sun Conference rival DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m., and then travel to rival Glenbard South’s Raider turf on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Willey won’t run for 4th term

Mayor led Elburn board during time of growth
by Martha Quetsch

            Since he took office in 1997, Elburn Village President Jim Willey has encouraged conversation and consensus with the goal of improving the community, he said.

            Willey, who announced Dec. 3 he will not run for re-election in April, said the many major projects undertaken by the village during his tenure required that leadership style.

            Among those was planning Elburn’s Blackberry Creek subdivision from inception, including establishing conservation principles and an historic street-name pattern into its design, he said.

            Willey consistently has promoted making the community “better, not just bigger,” negotiating with developers for impact fees and public amenities, from parks to bike paths.

            “It opens up a completely different conversation with them,” Willey said. “The important thing is that the town have a vision and ask for that. Any time I said no to a developer, the plan got better later on.”

            Another village achievement since Willey took office was bringing two new elementary schools to Elburn, Blackberry Creek and John Stewart.

            “There were big issues to work out, from location to design to impact fees,” Willey said. “Everybody had to be on board—the village, the (Kaneland) School District and the developers.”

            Since Willey took office, Elburn has replaced several million dollars worth of worn-out streets. The need for that improvement made Willey want to run for office, he said.

            “I felt very strongly we needed to work on these streets,” Willey said. “They were in very, very bad shape.”

            The street repair project also included installing sealed manholes to make the stormwater system tighter, he said.

            Among other village accomplishments during the past 11 years were bringing a commuter train station to the village, for which choosing a site and other decisions were “huge challenges” for the Village Board.

            “We had to work with so many different entities—the village, the county, state and federal agencies, and the railroad. Basically, we had to put together a five-way deal.”

            A particularly challenging task for Willey and the Village Board was meeting a federal mandate to remove radium from Elburn’s water.

            He and the trustees spent many months studying and debating several remediation methods, choosing one that could save the village millions of dollars in the future compared to other options, Willey said: installing a radium filter on each village well, including one in Blackberry Creek paid for by the developer.

            Willey said he worked hard to garner support from village trustees for the purchase of property on the north side of North Street, for Prairie Park and a new public works complex on the site to replace the former dilapidated facility on First Street at the railroad tracks.

            “The village really needed to acquire this property,” Willey said.

            Since Willey became village president, Elburn established new business complexes, including the Jewel-Osco complex and the future Walgreens center. Negotiating for village receipt of the full sales taxes from commercial developments was a must for Willey.

            “We need the revenue for our town,” Willey said.

            Making sure revenue meets expenditures will be the biggest challenge for the future Village Board under the leadership of a new president, Willey said. With the economic downturn and fewer housing starts, village revenue from building permit fees and sewer connection fees could drop significantly, he said.

            “The Village Board will have to manage the reduction in revenue, and make tough decisions about what can stay and what can go,” Willey said

            Willey said he based his decision not to run for village president for a fourth term on a promise he made to his wife Cathy, who passed away suddenly in 2006. In addition, he wants to focus on his work as director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice, a position he has held for the past two years.

            Previously, he had a dental practice at 135 S. Main St., Elburn, for 26 years. He and Cathy raised two sons in Elburn, twins Andrew and David. Both sons are pursuing doctoral degrees, David in Slavic languages at Yale University and Andrew in classic studies at the University of Minnesota.

            Willey was a village trustee from 1995 to 1997. In his first Village Board President race, he defeated incumbent Mike Stoffa. In the 2001 municipal election, Willey defeated Jack Hansen. Willey was unopposed in the 2005 race for the office.

            Elburn resident Dave Anderson announced last month that he will be a candidate for village president in 2009.


Lady Knights point-shy in two losses

            Lady Knights girls basketball can taste the wins just out of its reach, but lately the end of games have been sour.

            On Friday, the Lady Knights lost to host DeKalb 37-36 and on Monday, KHS lost to host Rochelle 42-41. Both games saw leads in the fourth quarter expire.

            The Lady Knights now sit at 1-7 on the season with an 0-3 record in the Western Sun Conference.

            Vs. the Barbs the Lady Knights went just 15-for-37 and 5-for-9 from the foul line.

            Brianna Hurst led the Lady Knights with 10 points and Katie Hatch added eight.

            Kaneland and DeKalb were tied at 12 after one and went into the locker room deadlocked at 20. After the third quarter in which the Lady Knights and Barbs were still tied at 28, DeKalb pulled out the win in the fourth.

            Hatch had a solid game at the home of the Hubs with 10 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

            Chassidy Mangers had eight points and four rebounds.

            The Lady Knights enjoyed an early 14-8 lead at the end of one quarter, and still had a 23-17 lead going into the locker room. Rochelle closed to within 32-30 after three, before the Hubs’ 12-9 run encompassing the fourth quarter sealed the deal.

            Lower class action during the week had the freshmen lose to Glenbard South on Saturday. Kylie Siebert had 11 points.

            The sophomores lost to Rochelle on Monday by a 37-20 final.

            The next challenge for the girls is not until Wednesday, Dec. 17 when Kaneland plays at the Oswego East Tournament. The Lady Knights are set to play Oak Park-River Forest at 6:30 p.m.

Virginia ‘Ginger’ (Campbell) Fraley Goodwin

            Virginia “Ginger” (Campbell) Fraley Goodwin, 93, of Elburn, formerly of Sugar Grove, Elmhurst, Naperville and Florida, went home to Heaven on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.

            Ginger was born Jan. 8, 1915, to Oscar and Ruth (Moody) Campbell, in Mound City, Ill. The family moved to Naperville in the 1920s.

            Ginger married Morrill Fraley in 1935, and they had five children. After Morrill’s death, the two oldest daughters went to live with their aunts. Ginger and her three youngest children resided in Mooseheart for five years, where she met and married a wonderful man, Ralph Goodwin, in 1956 and spent 15 wonderful years together until Ralph’s passing in 1971.

            She is survived by her daughter, Kay (Paul) Keiner, and her children, Paula Keiner, David (Kathy) Keiner and Chris (Denise) Keiner; her daughter, Mary Fraley (Givler), and her children, Camille Givler, Mark Givler, Jennifer (Armin) Weber, and Ruthe (Andy) Ory; her son, Guy (Char) Fraley, and his children, Guy (Amy) Fraley, Dawn (Kevin) Miller, Kevin (Caroline) Fraley, Brenda (Chris) Warren; her daughter, Ginny Fiene, and her children, Travis (Tammy) Fiene, Heather (Roberto) Arocho, Joshua (Jennifer) Fiene; her daughter, Charlotte Lee (Tim) Parrilli, and her children, Julie (Coby O’Connor) Parrilli, Daniel (Tina) Parrilli, Elizabeth Parrilli and Mary Parrilli; and 31-1/2 great grandchildren.  

            Ginger was preceded in death by her first husband, Morrill; her second husband, Ralph; her parents, Oscar and Ruth Campbell; her sisters, Margaret Campbell and Delores (Herman) Thom; her brother, Ben (Audrey) Campbell; and her granddaughter, Kathleen Rose Parrilli. Also preceding her in death were her sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte Fraley Davis, Dwight Davis, Jerry Fraley, Herman Thom, Audrey Campbell, and Sheldon and Helen Goodwin.

            Ginger leaves many very special nieces and nephews and trusted caregivers, including her hospice “angels.”

            Her family will deeply miss her.  

            Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m., at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 8 p.m., at The Healy Chapel 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Interment will take place at Chapel Hills Garden West in Oakbrook Terrace. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the funeral home to be given to the many charities that Mrs. Goodwin supported. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit

James Rexroat Thompson

            James “Rex” Rexroat Thompson, 90, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Kaneville, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.

            Rex was born Feb. 16, 1918, and raised in and near Macomb, Ill. He attended Western Academy High School and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western Illinois University (Western Normal School).

            While in college, he met Maxine Kernal through a mutual friend. They married on Dec. 27, 1941. Both were school teachers at the time, but Maxine had to quit her job because married women were not allowed to teach in that part of Illinois in 1941. Rex taught and coached at Pleasant Plains, Ill., until 1946.

            In the fall of 1946, Rex and Maxine moved to Kaneville, where they put down roots that would last many years. Rex was both teacher and coach at Kaneville High School. After Kaneville High School closed in the mid-1950s, Rex served as principal of Kaneville Grade School, as well as social studies teacher and basketball coach for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

            As the area grew, the Kaneland School District was formed, and when Kaneland Junior/Senior High School opened in 1958, Rex returned to full-time high school teaching. He taught American history, economics and civics until the fall of 1962, when he moved on to St. Charles High School. He taught there until both he and Maxine retired in 1978 to spend part of each winter in Boynton Beach, Fla., where they had purchased a co-op along with a group of longtime friends from Macomb.

            The young boys he coached at Kaneville High School and grade school still remember Rex fondly. Though decades have passed, play-by-play accounts of the life and times of “Coach Thompson” still fill the room whenever teammates gather. 

            Rex and Maxine raised their family in Kaneville and lived there until Maxine died in 1980. During their years there, they were members of the Kaneville United Methodist Church. Rex was active in the Blackberry Masonic Lodge No. 359 AF&AM in Elburn, and both were active members of Eastern Star.

            Following Maxine’s passing on Dec. 18, 1980, Rex continued to spend winters in Florida. He moved from the east coast to Venice, Fla., in 1988. In 1990, he sold his house in Kaneville and changed from a snowbird to a full-time Floridian. There he enjoyed golf, cards and kept a faithful eye on the Chicago Cubs, along with a number of other college and professional teams. He continued to play golf and make his home in Florida until after he suffered a stroke in the spring of 2007, and moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to live in an independent living facility near his daughter, Ann.

            He is survived by two daughters, Ann Ramos of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Sue (Chuck) Tudor-Norris  of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, Gregory (Renee Garrels) Tudor of Portland, Ore., and Alexandra Tudor of Fort Collins, Colo.; one sister-in-law, Margaret Brock of Brookfield, Ill., and one brother-in-law, Roy Kernal of Macomb, Ill.; one niece, Luan Barry of Macomb, Ill.; a special friend and neighbor, Dode Bodnar of Venice, Fla., and a “family” of good friends near and far.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; his parents, James Rexroat and Edith (Senn) Thompson; one sister, Helen Walker, and one brother, Keith Thompson.

            A memorial visitation and a celebration of Rex’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Ill. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon. A luncheon will follow at the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

            A memorial has been established in Rex’s name to benefit the Kaneland Holiday Spirit program for needy families. Memorials checks may be made to Kaneland Holiday Spirit and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.    Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at For information, call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Doryce Strom

            Doryce Strom, 94, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Bethany Healthcare Center, Dekalb.

            She was born March 16, 1914, at home in Wasco, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Olson) Johnson. Doryce attended Wasco Country School, to which she enjoyed riding with her sister, Myrtle, on their pony, King. Doryce went on to graduate from St. Charles High School with the class of 1932.

            Following graduation, Doryce continued to live and work on the family farm and attended the Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, where she met her husband, Allan Strom. They were wed there on June 2, 1945, and they lived in St. Charles on Cedar Avenue until 1951, when they moved to the now historic, Garfield Farm, which had been Allan’s family home since 1922. Doryce and Allan farmed there until 1970, when they moved to Francis Road near Maple Park. 

            Like many young farm couples of that day, Allan and Doryce had a dairy herd and later, beef cattle, and Doryce had an egg route with some customers, even driving out from Chicago. Through the years, Doryce also worked at the Campana Company in Batavia, and later at National Electronics, Geneva, as well as Richardson Electronics near Elburn. 

            Though Doryce worked hard all of her life, she enjoyed sewing and Sunday evening card and board games with her children and family. Life revolved around her family and relatives, whose lives were integrally woven into the tapestry of her life. She was also a die-hard Cubs fan whose passion for the team only increased as years passed. To her dying day, she knew the names of all the players and even when they lost the 2008 pennant, her devotion never wavered—as a true Cubs fan. She was still enthusiastic about “next year.”

            In 2004, Doryce became a resident at the Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb.  There her social life actually blossomed amidst the caring and sharing she experienced with staff and residents alike. 

            She was a lifelong member of the Grace Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed singing alto in the choir. Doryce was also an enthusiastic member of the “U-go-I-go” circle of girlfriends that met for decades, and in later years, became a birthday and lunch group.

            She is survived by one daughter, Eileen (Jack) Nelson of Stoughton, Wis.; one son, Mel (Vera Wheeler) Strom of Culver City, Calif.; four grandchildren, Andrew (Rebecca) Nelson of Sheboygan, Wis., Katrina Nelson of Green Bay, Wis., Natasha (John Murphy) Wheeler of Los Angeles, Calif., Daniel (Jessica Quintanilla) Wheeler of Los Angeles, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Grace and Lily Nelson, Gabriel and Tatiana Wheeler, and Aleksander and Nikolas Wheeler; three sisters-in-law, Rose Strom and Doris Turner, both of Maple Park, and Harriet Strom of Geneva; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

            The last family member of her generation, she was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and five siblings, Hazel Ekstrom, Dorothy Pratt, Lloyd Johnson, Raymond Johnson and Myrtle Crusoe. 

            Her visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Visitation will continue at church on Friday, Dec. 12, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., with services to follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex will officiate, and interment will conclude at Whitney Cemetery, Burlington Road, Wasco.

            A memorial has been established in name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church, Bethany Health Care and DeKalb County Hospice, as well as other favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Doryce Strom Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at

Dec. 5 Elburn village notes

by Martha Quetsch

Some residents unaware of burning ban

            Elburn police issued several warnings last weekend to residents who violated the village’s new ordinance prohibiting leaf burning.

            Police Chief Jim Linane said although the village has issued informational flyers about the ordinance taking effect June 1, and local newspapers published information about it, many residents still are not aware of the change.

            “We do everything possible to educate them, but we still are missing them,” Linane said.

            Under the new ordinance approved by the Village Board in May, residents must bag their leaves and other yard waste, such as grass, trimmings and brush, for disposal.

            The village’s garbage hauler, Waste Management, picks up yard-waste bags at no additional charge to customers; however, residents must purchase them. Large, paper, yard-waste bags are available at stores, including Jewel in Elburn.

            Compost piles for organic waste are allowed under the ordinance as an alternative to bagging.

Wastewater treatment plant to have new pumps

            The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved a contract with Gaskill and Walton Construction Company to replace three aging lift station pumps at the village’s wastewater treatment plant, for $80,400.

            Trustee Bill Grabarek said that unlike the old pumps, these all will be the same brand. Village officials expects to obtain and install the pumps within approximately four months.

            The village replaced another one of the plant’s four lift station pumps earlier this year, paying Mississippi Valley Pump $17,291 for the project.


Sewer, stormwater systems study to target problems

by Martha Quetsch

            Elburn will undertake an extensive study of its sewer and stormwater drainage systems to determine how heavy rainfall contributed to the overwhelming of the sanitary sewer in mid-September.

            The study also will look at stormwater drainage in areas that had street and yard flooding to see whether the elevations conform to the subdivision design drawings, village engineer Bill Gain of Rempe Sharpe said in an outline of the project during the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday.

            Village Administrator David Morrison said the goal of the study is to learn where the problems lie. In addition to using a consultant for the study, Morrison said the village will rely on village staff to reduce the cost.

            Gain said among possible sources of infiltration of stormwater into the sewer system could be leaking joints in the sewer main, sump pump connections and foundation drain connections.

            Study findings will determine whether the village or property owners need to make improvements to prevent stormwater flooding and residential sewer backups in the future.

            Also on Tuesday, trustees directed village staff to seek bids for replacing three aging lift station pumps at the wastewater treatment plant. A fourth pump recently was reconstructed.

            Village officials said the lift station pumps did not fail, but were overwhelmed by the massive rainfall. Gain said Cambridge sewers were running over half full on Sept. 15 when they should be running less than 10 percent full.

            The study will include surveying potential overflow routes to locate a route that will allow drainage away from the Cambridge subdivision, where storms flooded some streets and yards with several feet of water.

            Village President Jim Willey said because Blackberry Creek has a separate lift station pump, the flooding did not stem from the subdivision.

            The village asks that all residents, whether they received flooding problems or not, to reply to a village survey. Call (630) 365-5060 or e-mail

            The survey is available at the Village Hall or HERE.


Girls basketball drop one to GS; earn first win over St. Francis

Raiders hand girls loss in WSC opener

by Mike Slodki

            While it initially looked like Kaneland girls basketball had Glenbard South’s number on Tuesday night, it was the Raiders who deep-sixed the Lady Knights.

            A hot first quarter couldn’t carry over to the last three, and Kaneland lost its first Western Sun Conference affair by a 50-37 clip.

            In the final of last week’s Burlington Central’s tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Kaneland got revenge on St. Francis 62-37. St. Francis solved Kaneland a year ago in the same setting.

            The Lady Knights are now 1-5 to begin the year and 0-1 in the conference.

            Chassidy Mangers had a team-high 11 points for the Lady Knights on Tuesday, and Alyssa Galvan had 10, but the Lady Knights had a sub par shooting night going 13-for-45 and just 10-for-20 from the foul line.

            “It just kind of snowballs,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Four or five people start trying to do too much and we commit turnovers and start throwing long passes. Glenbard South is a good team and they’re well coached and they took advantage of it.”

            The Lady Knights roared out to a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but then committed a total of 19 turnovers in the middle two frames. Kaneland trailed 26-24 at halftime and 38-32 at the end of three.

            In the fourth, a baseline jumper by Mangers brought KHS within 41-34 with 4:56 left. Sara Rose hit a layup to close within 41-36 with 4:23 to go. A Katie Hatch foul shot with 3:39 to go made it 41-37 but Glenbard South upped the aggressiveness and made it to the foul line for six separate trips and put the game out of reach.

            Sara Rose had a productive 20-point night vs. St. Francis, while Katie Hatch added nine. Kaneland went 26-for-55 from the field, but 10-for-22 from the foul line. The Lady Knights also had 27 assists.

            The Lady Knights went up 10-8 after one and took advantage of a 17-3 second quarter to go up 27-11 at halftime. KHS was up 44-22 after three before the final eight minutes.

            In sophomore action, the Lady Knights dropped a 45-17 decision at Hampshire in its new gymnasium last Tuesday On Monday, Glenbard South defeated Kaneland 24-20. The sophomores sit at 0-5.

            The girls are at DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 5 and go to Rochelle on Monday, Dec. 8.