William ‘Bill’ Lloyd Parker Jr.

William “Bill” Lloyd Parker Jr., 75, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Bill served his country in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and returned home to marry Marietta Fredrich on Feb. 4 of that year.

He was a long-time resident of the Elburn area and a pilot with United Airlines for more than 22 years.

A private person at heart, Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping and hiking and was a voracious reader.

In addition to his wife, Marietta, of Elburn; he is survived by three siblings, Jane Brown, Mary (Boyd) Loptien and Virginia Fowler; one brother-in-law, Jim Sane; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Fredrich and Laura Louise, who died at birth; his parents, William Lloyd Parker Sr. and Sara Camille (Ray); one sister, Sara Sane; as well as two brothers-in-law, Warren Brown and Leonard Fowler.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, the care and keeping of his cremated remains will be entrusted privately to his family. There will be no public services. Assistance provided by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to provide a bench for walkers at the Nelson Lake Preserve and to benefit other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the William Parker Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through the same address.

Grace Mary Lesher

Grace Mary Lesher, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Children’s Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 2008, in Naperville.

She is survived by her parents, Andy and Collen Lesher; siblings, Meghan, Allyson, Jack and her twin, Kate; grandparents, Jeff and Carol Grady, Greg and Mary Lesher; great-grandfather, Walter Frydrychowicz; uncles, Bob Lesher, Patrick Lesher and Brian (Cathy) Grady; and cousin, Madeline Grady.

Grace was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Grady.

The family would like to give a special “thank you” to the doctors and nurses at Edward Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Baylor Medical Center for their compassion and relentless care of Grace.

A memorial visitation was held from Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. A prayer service followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Childrens Fetal Center waystogive.texaschildrens.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=752. To donate by phone, call Kim Harris at (832) 824-6806 or Holly Trueblood at (630) 527-5187.

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

Norma Jean Bornemann

Norma Jean Bornemann, 83, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at The Tillers Health Care Residence in Oswego. She was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Edward and Clara (Giese) Delaney.

Norma Jean was a charter member of the Montgomery V.F.W. Post No. 7452 Women’s Auxiliary. She was united in marriage to John Bornemann on Sept. 12, 1953, at Our Savior Lutheran Church by Pastor Peter Kruntz.

She is survived by her two sons, John (Mary) Bornemann of Plainfield and Jeff (Kay) Bornemann of Sugar Grove; her five grandchildren, Andrea Bornemann and Chase Bornemann of Sugar Grove, Michael (fiancee Regina Arras) Bornemann of Seattle, Wash., Brian (fiancee Jenna Fracaro) Bornemann of Joliet, and Timothy Bornemann of Plainfield; many nephews and nieces; her special niece, Norma Anderson; her brother, William Delaney of Cincinnati, Ohio, and her brother-in-law, Fred Neupert of Montgomery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bornemann, who passed away in 2000; her brother, Ronald Delaney and her sisters, Viola Neupert and Hazel Gunnerson.

Mrs. Bornemann’s family would like to thank the staff at Tillers for their care and compassion during her time of need.

In keeping with Norma Jean’s wishes, there will be a memorial visitation at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, on March 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. A private burial will take place at Little Rock Township Cemetery.

For more information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Robert Jeffery ‘Jeff’ Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1926, at his home in Oswego, Ill., the son of the late Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell) Rogerson; son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage and Janet (Mel) Trapp, along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will take place Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL 60506 with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation will also be held on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave a condolence.

MP may get in line

Federal stimulus bill presents opportunity for village
by Lynn Meredith
For the right project, there could be money available from the federal stimulus bill for use in Maple Park, but the possibility comes with caveats. Village Engineer Ralph Tompkins spelled out for the Village Board what it needs to consider in applying for this money on Tuesday.

“Some things have become very clear about how things are going to work, and some things are as muddy as they ever have been,” Tompkins said. “What I’m talking about is money that is going to come through the Illinois EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). It is only good for sanitary and water projects. I’m not talking roads. I’m not talking storm sewers. I’m not talking buildings or anything like that.”

All projects will be funded by the IEPA low-interest loan program that has been in place for decades. A village would apply for the loan, and if eligible, it would get a loan at about 2.5 percent. The stimulus money would be new funds added to the money available for low-interest loans, so the pot is bigger, Tompkins said.

For example, on a $1 million project, the loan would be written for $1 million. The IEPA would forgive $250,000, or 25 percent. The village would never have to pay back that money. The remaining $750,000, or 75 percent, is loaned for 20 years at zero percent interest.

“It’s a pretty good deal. You still have to come up with the 75 percent, but you don’t have to come up with it up front. You can pay if off over 20 years,” Tompkins said.

Due to the amount of paperwork to apply and the cost to the village for that work, Tompkins recommended that the village not apply to get a loan on a small project. He said that a water main project or a sanitary sewer replacement were appropriate projects. Storm water improvements cannot be done under this program.

Tompkins also pointed out that the key to getting the loan is speed. Therefore, the water tower project isn’t far enough along to be ready in time to qualify.

“The only criteria is who can get it submitted, approved and bid first. There’s a fixed amount of money, and when it’s gone, nobody gets any more,” Tompkins said.

The board plans to take up the topic at a combined Streets and Water and Sewer Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m.

Board considers restructuring debt

by Lynn Meredith
The Kaneland School Board faces a financial choice when it comes to how to pay off debt in a time of no growth. As an expected balloon payment of $1 million looms this fiscal year, officials are looking at alternatives.

Ten years ago, the district issued debt certificates of participation to pay for the additions onto John Shields and John Stewart elementary schools. The plan was to pay these off through developer donations, with one large payment in 2010 paid from money from the Williams Ridge development. With the district halfway through the payment schedule and growth coming to a halt, the anticipated money did not materialize.

The district has the opportunity to restructure the debt certificates to meet its payments. Linda Matkowski, PMA financial advisor to the district, said the current interest rate market is lower right now, making it a good time to restructure to avoid making the nearly $1 million payment this year. She presented the pros and cons to the board at Monday’s meeting.

“It would clearly be a drain on cash to pull the money out of the system if you didn’t have to,” Matkowski said. “You should look at restructuring the debt right now because it saves money on the debt service payments.”

Matkowski presented two options, beyond doing nothing and paying the $1 million out of the operations funds.

“We can refund the 1999 COPS (certificate of participation). We can re-level the existing payments. You’ll pay a little more every year, but you won’t have the big balloon payment. Or, in light of what’s happening currently financially, one of the options is to give a two-year ‘principal holiday,’ so to speak. You’ll still pay interest payments, but it would give you two years of much-reduced payments, and you’ll stretch the debt out a few more years,” Matkowski said. “That would give you about $900,000 worth of benefit as you get out to 2013 or 2014.”

The first option of leveling the debt allows for more savings, but results in a tighter cash flow. The second option of deferring the debt service provides a greater cushion of cash but stretches the debt out longer.

Board members will study the options, and officials will talk with the Financial Advisory Committee to get input. They expect to return to the discussion at the March 9 board meeting.

WCC students give new Student Center good reviews

by Susan O’Neill
Students visiting the new Student Center’s Café and Coffee Bar and using its other amenities on Monday morning agreed that the new building is a definite plus for students. Whether they were meeting friends between classes, accessing the WiFi or the bank of computers, the students said the new center is a welcome addition to campus life.

Waubonsee students and moms, Jennifer Kenneavy and Amy Mabrey, dropped their young daughters off at the Waubonsee Magnet Place Pre-school at 9 a.m. on Monday and stopped in at the new Café and Coffee Bar until their 10 a.m. classes.

Kenneavy, a North Aurora resident who is studying sociology at Waubonsee, said she usually comes to the student center to have coffee and read and catch up with homework before class.

Mabrey, an Oswego resident who is taking the basic science classes required for a nursing degree, typed on her laptop.

“I’m typing something to e-mail to my teacher,” she said. “I don’t even have to print it out.”

The entire building is Wi-Fi-accessible, allowing students to access the Internet and their e-mail from anywhere.

The two women used to go to the old student center in the Dickson building before this one was built last year. They both said the new building, completed in time for the new semester, is much better.

“The quality of the food is so much better,” Kenneavy said. “They use fresh ingredients and the coffee is good.”

Situated in the center of campus, the building has numerous windows that look out onto a wooded area of mature oak trees.

Batavia resident Jason Castillo, who is working on two majors, comes to campus every day. Castillo said the new Student Center is very open and bright. He also likes the color scheme.

Kimberly Marzullo travels from Leland to campus on Mondays and Wednesdays to take the first two years of general requirements toward a teaching degree. She sits at one of the computers in the lobby available to students.

She spends the hour she has between classes catching up with friends and family members on Facebook. She has a computer at home, but said these are so convenient.

When she is not using a computer, she sits in the lounge and does homework between classes. She said it is calm and quiet there.
“This (center) makes you feel like you’re really at a college,” she said.

These comments reflect much of what Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek, other school officials and involved students hoped to accomplish with the new center. Sobek presided over a party celebrating the grand opening of the center on Friday.

Designing the space took approximately seven months, according to Dr. Deborah Lovingood, executive vice president of educational affairs and chief learning officer.

“It was a successful and positive experience,” said Lovingood. “We ended up with a beautiful and inspirational design that we hope will motivate students to achieve greatness.”

The 58,000-square-foot, $17 million building located in the middle of campus was also designed to be the figurative heart of the campus. The new building provided the opportunity to house under one roof all of the most important student-centered activities and services.

Several of the service departments’ staff said they have already experienced an increase in traffic since the move. Career Services manager Teri Cullen said the number of people her department has seen has doubled since December.

Students used to have to go to three buildings on opposite ends of the campus to access the services they currently find in the new building.

The “one-stop-shopping” design of the new building includes a gathering spot for students to meet and hang out, as well as a place to add a class, obtain career counseling, pay a bill, join a club or apply for financial aid.

The student center is the last of four buildings recently added to the campus as part of the school’s 2020 college master plan. During the past three years, the college has opened a campus operations building and a new 46,590 square-foot science building with state-of-the-art technology, as well as a 56,000-square-foot academic and professional center.

Funding from two successful college referendums in 2002 and 2003 supported the construction of the new buildings and made implementation of the plan possible.

Waubonsee Community College is Illinois’ second fastest-growing community college, Sobek said. With that growth, the college has also seen a dramatic increase in the number of full-time students, as well as the number of traditional age students. Sobek said these students are looking for a more engaged student experience and more student activities.

Having everything they need in one place will allow new students to hit the ground running, she said.

“We hope it will be a vibrant hub for student life for many years to come,” Sobek said.

Photo: Waubonsee Community College unveiled its new 58,000-square-foot Student Center Friday at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus. In addition to being a one-stop shop for students with a cafe, coffee bar, computer workstations and free wireless Internet, the building also houses the college’s admissions, registration, financial aid, counseling, and other core student-service departments. Photo by Mary Herra

Elburn girl makes it to top of Hustle Up the Hancock

Victoria Clinton of Elburn finished first among all women ages 1-11 in the 12th annual Hustle Up the Hancock in Chicago. Over 4,000 people competed in the 94 floor climb up John Hancock center in a fundraiser for lung disease research programs of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

11-year old Victoria led the way to the top for all participants under the age of 11 with the impressive time of 14 minutes, 14 seconds. She finished 100th out of over 4,000 climbers. Victoria’s finish is over six minutes faster than the winner from last year’s winner in that age division. The first place finisher was Terry Purcell of Springfield with a time of 9:31. Participants in the event ranged from age 6-77.

The climb is expected to raise $1.3 million by March 20 for the Respiratory Health Association local investment in lung disease research.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, more than half of the climbers have been touched by lung disease. Funds raised from this climb will go a long way toward helping us find cures for lung cancer, COPD and other lung disease.

Climbers’ times can be found at www.lungchicago.org.

Curious kid

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Three-year-old Caden Miller came to the Town and Country with his grandparents to meet Monkey George, as he is known to Caden. The rest of us may know him as Curious George, and he visited the library Saturday. The library event featured Curious George stories, plus a chance for children to meet the famous character. Photo by Sarah Rivers

Swimmer Alef represents Knights at State Championships

Knights sophomore Grant Alef fell just short of qualifying for the next day of competition at the IHSA State Swim Meet that took place at New Trier High School on Friday.

Alef, in his second consecutive State gathering, finished 15th in the 500-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100-yard backstroke. Swimmers needed to finish in the top 12 of those events to qualify for Saturday’s races.

Alef finished the freestyle in 4 minutes, 39.36 seconds, just .54 seconds behind the last qualifier. Downers Grove North’s Burke Sims at 4:24.74 was crowned the event’s champ on Saturday.

The sophomore swam the backstroke in 52.57 seconds, .21 off the qualifying time. Jacob Jarzen of Jacksonville was the champion at 49.16 seconds.

Alef was joined by fellow Knights Shane Fergus who competed in the 50-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, and Kendall Renaud in the 100-yard Butterfly and 100-yard backstroke at Sectionals.

Maintaining Mayberry

Elburn wants to keep historic downtown alive
by Martha Quetsch
Many Elburn residents wish their historic downtown was still as bustling as Mayberry. In response, locals have adopted strategies to make it happen.

The latest initiative to boost downtown vitality is the Shop Elburn First program, which the village is working on with the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s to promote businesses and let residents know what we have here,” Community Development Director Erin Willrett said.

Through the program, residents will receive coupons for local shopping, highlights about new and existing businesses, and information about how retail sales tax can help the village. The promotional materials will be enclosed in residents’ water bills, so the program will not require mailing costs.

“It’s all about getting the word out,” Willrett said.

Panel’s advice pans out
Elburn was the subject of a study on growth planning conducted in 2004 by the Technical Assistance Panel of Campaign for Sensible Growth. As part of the study, residents shared with the panel characteristics they wanted to preserve in Elburn, one being the village’s hometown “Mayberry” atmosphere.

The fictional TV community of Mayberry, which some people compare to Elburn, had a barber shop and a diner downtown, just like Elburn does. Mayberry also had a lot of other stores, including a pharmacy and a grocery, which downtown Elburn no longer has.

After Jewel-Osco opened at Route 38 and Main in 2007, downtown Elburn lost two retailers, Gliddon’s Pharmacy and The Grocery Store, both in the 500 block of North Main Street. Another store in the same block, Sears appliance store, shut down in 2008 after less than two years in business.

The advisory panel suggested that the downtown not try to compete with new big-box stores; instead, the village should promote a niche market in its historic business district, keeping it vital with specialty shops.

Indeed, stores that specialize have fared well in downtown Elburn, while other non-niche shops have struggled or closed. Among those specialty-shop successes are Ream’s Meat Market and Party Animals. Ream’s owner Randy Ream’s decision to specialize in sausages has been a boon for business, he said. Party Animals, a gift shop that also hosts children’s parties, is doing so well that its owner, Cindy Thul, moved it down the block last fall to a larger space at 166 N. Main, the former Gliddon’s.

More measures designed to boost retail
To ensure that if retailers want to open in Elburn they have prime space including downtown sites, the village adopted a new ordinance in 2008. The ordinance prohibits new financial institutions from locating in prime retail sites or within 1,000 feet of the same type of business. The village’s goal is to keep retail space available for stores and restaurants that will produce sales tax and draw people to town, Planning Commission Chairman Pat Schuberg said. The village already has five banks in Elburn, and two others are slated for construction.

To make the downtown more attractive to new businesses, the village several years ago started a façade improvement program. Through the program, the village splits the cost with business owners for improving their storefronts.

Organizations help promote downtown
Elburn Lions Club is doing its part to bring more people to the downtown. In 2007, the Elburn Lions Club hosted a farmer’s market every Sunday during the summer at Lions Park. Opening the farmer’s market was among suggestions four years ago from the Technical Assistance Panel for community revitalization. The Lions had such success with the first farmer’s market that the club brought it back again in 2008.

The chamber created a new event in 2008, Aleburn. Chamber member Leslie Flint said the beer festival last fall had a good turnout, so the organization may hold it again this year.

Photo: By Sarah Rivers

Residents seek flooding resolution

by Susan O’Neill
Mallard Point residents still had questions for the village on Tuesday night after project engineer Mark Bushnell explained the findings of his inspection of their storm water management system.

Bushnell, a project engineer with Trotter and Associates, said he found mud and overgrown vegetation blocking the water flow from the subdivision, causing the neighborhood’s drainage problems and flooding. Bushnell said the blockages are likely the work of beavers and muskrats.

Blockages of the structures created to allow the storm water to drain has increased the level of the subdivision’s retention pond two feet higher and the wetlands to the south two-and-a-half feet higher than they should be. Bushnell estimated that there are 17 acres of excess storm water in the area.

The Village Board agreed to hire a contractor or have public works employees remove six inches of the vegetation blocking the structure at the southern edge of the development to allow the water to drain slowly to the south.

Village President Sean Michels said he was reluctant to clear out the entire blockage at once, because this would flood the property to the south. This property, which includes the retention pond, belongs to long-time area resident and Police Chief Brad Sauer.

But Mallard Point residents present at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting wanted to know why the village did not do more to protect the homeowners when the development was initially built.

When construction began on the Mallard Point Subdivision in the early 1990s, the developer improved an existing wetland for use as a storm water management facility. The first developer went bankrupt, and construction was completed by another developer who took over the project.

Typically, a homeowners association regulates maintenance in the common areas of a subdivision and collects fees with which to pay for it. Although there was a clause in the annexation agreement for the creation of a homeowners association, one was never formed.

During previous meetings with the village, Mallard Point residents have complained of standing water, flooded basements and excessive electric bills to continually run two and sometimes three sump pumps.

“Mistakes were made, and the village needs to take ownership,” said Blair Peters, who lives on Brookhaven Circle within the subdivision.

Trustee Mary Heineman said that unfortunately, the village is now learning from mistakes that were made at the time the subdivision was built.

Michels said that once the debris is removed, the next step would be to identify a list of items necessary for ongoing maintenance of the property.

“This would give us the ability to price that out,” he said. “Then, we’ll see what is involved.”

Village attorney Steven Andersson said there is a clause in the annexation agreement, which includes the Rolling Oaks Subdivision, that would allow the formation of a Special Services Area. Through the SSA, the village could charge residents an annual fee for the ongoing maintenance of the storm water system.

Trustee Mari Johnson said that although she sympathized with the Mallard Point residents, she wanted to make sure they understood that the trustees were not making a commitment for the village to fix the problem. She said there were a number of neighborhoods with drainage and flooding issues, and the village has to be fiscally responsible to the entire community.

Trustee Tom Renk said he believes it is the role of government to step in and take care of things that the residents cannot. Although he added that the homeowners have some responsibility for fixing the problems, he said he felt a commitment to work with them.

“A whole bunch of things have fallen through the cracks,” he said. “I think it’s our duty to follow through on this process.”

However, he added that the village could not write a blank check.

After the meeting, trustee Kevin Geary, also a Mallard Point resident, said he did not think that anything was resolved. He said that during the most recent rain, he had three inches of water in his own basement, and he did not think that dropping the height of the blockage by six inches would take care of the problem.

“Right now, we’ve got residents whose basements are flooding,” he said. “It’s a life-safety issue.”

There are approximately 250 residences in Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks combined.

Elburn police blotter

The following reports were obtained from the Elburn Police Department. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Warrant arrest
• Eric Smorovsky, 19, of the 11000 block of Cape Cod Lane in Huntley, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. March 3, on a warrant for failure to appear in court on fraud charges. Police stopped Smorovsky on Route 47 near Kansas Street in Elburn for speeding.

Underage drinking
• Timothy Christopher Watson, 19, of the 500 block of Fadia Street in Maple Park, was arrested at 1:20 a.m. Feb. 10, for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. The arrest took place after Watson flagged down a patrol officer in the 500 block of Main Street in Elburn to help him retrieve his possessions from his residence after he left because of an altercation with his roommate.

DUI, illegal drug paraphernalia
• Frank J. Pope, 18, of the 3300 block of Blackhawk Trail in St. Charles, was arrested at 5:16 a.m. Feb. 15, for driving under the influence of alcohol and possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. Police stopped him on Route 38 west of Anderson Road in Elburn for speeding. In the vehicle Pope was driving, police found a bong and two glass pipes containing marijuana residue.

DUI, no insurance
• Brett C. Cochran, 20, of Lasher Road in Sugar Grove, was arrested at 1:26 a.m. Feb. 15, on Keslinger Road west of Thryselius Drive in Elburn, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Cochran also was cited for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Silver lining

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Kaneland 6th Grade Silver Stars swept the Road to Success basketball tournament at Neuqua Valley and took first place on Feb. 21-22. This is the second tournament sweep for the Silver Stars after Stormin’ to the Hoop in St. Charles. The team is made up of girls from Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Elburn. The team also successfully completed a food drive this past weekend for the Elburn Food Pantry—donating 31 bags of canned goods to the charity. Top Row: Coach Joel Eaves, Samantha Payton, Katrina Paulick, Madeline Michaels, Julia Golbeck, Rachel Keske and Coach Fernando Saltijeral. Middle row: Madeline Saloga, Rachel Miller and Taylor Eaves. Bottom row: Emily Grams, Vanessa Saltijeral and Regan Prost. Courtesy Photo

Knights wrestling club sees success at Sycamore

Nine Senior (ages 13-14) wrestlers entered the IKWF Regional Tournament in Sycamore on Saturday for the Knights Wrestling Club, and all nine advanced to Sectionals in this year’s state tournament series, finishing in fourth place as a tem with 114 points. The Crystal Lake Wizards beat the host Sycamore Spartans 289.5 to 200 to win the Regional, and the Cary Matmen finished just ahead of the Knights in third place.

Dan Goress (108) and Esai Ponce (89) led the way by winning their respective weight classes and running their season win totals to 27 each for the season. Three Knights, Joe Brasfield (156) Zach Theis (177) and Nick Sharp (215) were runners up in their respective weight classes.

Four wrestlers continued after wrestlebacks. Matt Osteland placed 4th to Theis at 177; Luke Kreiter (95) and Jordan Wolf (130) placed fifth in two of the tournament’s most competitive brackets, and Greg Harvey fought hard for his sixth place finish at 122.

In the Novice (ages 11-12) division, three out of four wrestlers advanced into next Saturday’s Sectional at Rochelle High School. Nathan Sowers led the way placing third at 115, Gabe Flowers was fourth at 122, and Drew Franklin placed sixth at 101. Austin Parks won two matches at 89 but did not place.

Riley Vanik led the Knights in Intermediate (ages 8-10), winning the 95-pound weight class with two major victories, while teammate Mitchell Jones placed fourth in the same weight class. Jacob Shearer (74) and Tim Richmond (84) placed third; Matthew Redman (66), Colin Gussman (74), and Zach Bosek (89) placed fifth; Nevin Thielk (66) and Noel Maysonet (89) both finished in sixth bringing the Knights to a fifth place finish in team scoring.

The Knights Wrestling Club had record turnout in the Bantam (8-under) age group this year. Logan Piercy, Zach Farris and Nolan Matthys were all crowned Regional Champions this year while Mason Herst, Orosco, Zane Pozen and Trevor Jones were runners up. Jace Black, Tyler Johnson, Spencer Matia and Brennan Kiefer all placed 3rd with Brenden Parks, Alex Binge, Jeff and Greg Larsen each finished in 4th place.

WBC has Cougar connection

Last Tuesday’s announcement of final rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic includes four former Kane County Cougars players, as well as a current field staff member.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera, a Cougar from the Midwest League championship team of 2001, will join Tigers teammates such as Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen in representing Venezuela. One of Cabrera’s infield partners at Elfstrom Stadium in ’01, Adrian Gonzalez will miss a portion of San Diego spring training to don the Mexican team jersey. The Dominican Republic team, one of the heavy favorites to win the tournament, will include outfielder Nelson Cruz, a Kane County alumnus from 2003. Cruz, who has reached the big leagues with Texas, will share a locker room with fellow Dominican Republic teammates Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz.

Team Australia will also have Cougars ties with the selection of Brett Roneberg to their national squad. Roneberg was a member of the Cougars during the 1998 and ’99 seasons. Finally, current Cougars athletic trainer Nate Brooks will serve in the same role for the South African team. Former Cougars pitchers Scott Mitchinson (Australia) and Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic) were originally part of their respective country’s provisional rosters, but were not chosen for the final roster.

First-round play kicks off at several venues beginning in early March, including the Tokyo Dome from March 5-8; Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from March 7-11; and Toronto’s Rogers Centre and Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City from March 8-12.

The second round is at San Diego’s PETCO Park and Miami’s Dolphin Stadium, with the games being played in those venues from March 14-19.

Dodger Stadium will host the semifinals and finals from March 21-23. Japan defeated Cuba to take home the first Classic championship.

DECA—Taking care of business

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier

How would you like to spend time with your friends, develop business skills, and meet people from all around the world?

“(DECA is) a club where members learn about business (and) marketing,” Advisor Tammi Conn said.

Members can have many different reasons for joining. Whether they want to pursue a career in business, or they just want to have a good time working with friends, members agree DECA is a great club.

“I’m interested in business, and (DECA) is a good opportunity to learn,” junior Liz Kennedy said.

“I was a new student and I wanted to learn abut business,” sophomore Hayley Guyton said.

On Jan. 29, 27 members of DECA attended a competition at Charlestowne Mall. Twenty-four schools attended this competition in preparation for state, which will be held in March.

If any DECA members from Kaneland qualify at state, they will have the opportunity to travel to the international competition in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA members from all around the world attend the international competition. These participants come from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, and other countries in Europe and Central America, Conn said.

“Last year, Beth Smith and I got fourth in a written event,” Guyton said.

The girls wrote about the Mr. Kaneland event.

Members who received awards at the competition on Jan. 29 were Jake Astin for Food Marketing Management, Christian Dillon for Accounting Applications, Lacey Eberle and Hanna Schuppner for Hospitality Marketing, Paul Davies and Dalton Fowler for Internet Marketing, Maddy Osman and Nikki Prusinski in Internet Marketing, Kathleen Kuhar and Lindsay Douglas in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Joe Ruppel for winning the Marketing Management Event.

VanBogaert named Horizon League Player of the Week

Loyola junior forward Elyse VanBogaert of Elburn and Rosary High School was named Horizon League Player of the week after averaging 21.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 76% (19 for 25) from the field in two games last week. VanBogaert is the first Loyola player to earn the honor this season.

VanBogaert opened the week strong, touching Youngstown State for 23 points on 11-of-13 field goal shooting in a 70-52 Loyola win. The 6-foot-1 post player scored seven of LU’s first eight points, helping the Ramblers open up leads of 19-0 and 29-5 before coasting to the win.

She was just as impressive on Saturday, knocking down 8-of-12 shots from the floor and finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds as Loyola dropped a hard-fought 67-62 decision to second-place Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.

VanBogaert has put together a solid junior season and ranks among the top seven in the Horizon League in three categories — points (12.2 ppg, 7th), free throw percentage (81.5%, 3rd)?and blocked shots (26, 5th).

Loyola wraps up its regular season this week with a pair of road games, beginning with a Thursday night clash at Wright State at 6 p.m. CT.

Public invited to Candidate’s Night March 19

Sugar Grove Candidates Night will take place on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at 141 Main St. at the Community House in Sugar Grove.

Incumbent Village President Sean Michels is challenged by Perry Clark, former director of the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation.

There are three open village trustee positions. The five candidates are Robert E. Bohler, Rick Montalto, David Paluch, Thomas Renk and Joseph Wolf.

There are two open two-year library trustee positions. The three candidates are Christina Cella, Julie Wilson and William Wulff. There is one four-year term available. The two candidates are Sabrina Malano and Joan Roth.

There are three Kaneland School District Board open positions. The five candidates are Jonathan H. Berg, Kenneth L. Carter, Elmer Gramley, Cheryl Krauspe and Pedro Rivas.

There are three Sugar Grove Township Community House Board open positions. The four candidates are Lillie Adams, Dan Long, Stam Schumacher and Tim Wilson.

Each candidate in attendance will be introduced. Contested race candidates will provide a two-minute statement. Candidates for village president and village trustee will take part in a forum in which they will be asked a variety of questions.

Citizens may submit questions for the candidates in advance by sending an e-mail to Shari Baum, Executive Director, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry at sbaum@ sugargrovechamber.org.

Stroke, osteoporosis screening comes to Elburn

Residents living in and around Elburn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., will host Life Line Screening on Wednesday, March 11.

Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Four key points every person needs to know:
• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability
• 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke
• Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke
• Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Waubonsee to host parent’s night

The college process-deciding on a school, getting accepted, paying tuition, and taking care of other important details-can be complicated for both teenagers and their parents. To help give parents the information they need to navigate the process, Waubonsee Community College will host a Parent’s Night on Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Event Room of the Academic and Professional Center on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Parents of current high school students are invited to attend the free event that will feature speakers, campus tours, refreshments and a raffle for a $100 gift card.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.waubonsee.edu/parents or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

Blazing Prairie Stars provides children’s therapy programs

Blazing Prairie Stars, 47W635 Beith Road in Maple Park, offers therapy programs for children and youth. For information, call (630) 365-5550.

Super Sibs is a support group for children who have a sibling with a disability. Children learn from a variety of activities with horses as they explore issues regarding their own special families. This eight-week program is funded by Hoofbeats & Heartbeats, a not-for-profit organization.

Call (630) 365-5550 for more information.

Maple sugaring event held March 15

Come celebrate one of the sweetest signs of spring-maple sugaring-with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

The group will perform the time-honored tradition of maple tapping Sunday, March15, at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. This fun, free event runs from noon to 4 p.m.

Naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at drilling and setting a tap. We’ll simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup. During the “Sugarin’ Time” hike, you’ll learn how to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees. Plus, we’ll explore the art, science and folklore of the “sugar bush,” or maple grove, from early Native American times to the modern sugaring industry. You won’t want to miss this popular family-friendly event.

The Maple Sugaring Festival is cosponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the local Slow Food organization. For more information, call (847) 741-8350 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

A promise fulfilled

by Lynn Meredith
When literacy teacher Jenni Siebert sat down in the stylist’s chair in front of 20 eagerly waiting John Stewart Elementary girls on Feb. 26, she had more than a haircut on her mind—she had a promise to keep.

For the past two-and-a-half years, Siebert has been growing her locks long enough to donate to Locks of Love, the result of a promise she made to a student whose own hair had once gone to cancer patients until she herself was diagnosed with the disease.

“I knew she had given her hair to Locks of Love in July 2006 and was growing it out again for another donation when she was diagnosed (with leukemia),” Siebert said. “When she told me she was sad because she was going to lose her hair and wouldn’t be able to give another ponytail to Locks of Love for a while, I made her a promise.”

Siebert was inspired by Amanda Eckstrom when she had her as a first-grade student and Eckstrom found out she had leukemia.

“It was toward the end of the year. I’ll never forget it,” Siebert said. “She is one of the brightest students I’ve ever encountered. She sees things others don’t. Amanda has a gift. She sees the big picture.”

The promise to donate her hair in honor of the little girl who can’t while she undergoes treatment for cancer was a natural response for Siebert. Her own brother, Jason Gould, had leukemia. He passed away three years ago due to complications from the disease.

“In light of the illness that claimed my brother’s life three years ago and affected Amanda and her family so deeply, I feel obligated to do something. Leukemia seems to be an epidemic lately,” Siebert said.

Seven years ago, Siebert donated hair to the organization, just as she did this year, at the After Class Enrichment program at John Stewart Elementary. One of the classes offered for four weeks in February is hair styling. Sue Filek, owner of Hair Directors in Elburn, along with three of her stylists, volunteer to teach styling to the elementary students. On the last day of the class, Siebert came in and had her ponytail cut off as the girls watched.

“It’s a wonderful thing if you have hair that grows that fast,” Filek told the girls as she showed them the cut end of the ponytail. “See how much hair you have.”

During the years she was growing her hair, Siebert could not use highlights or bleach that would damage it. She cut about four inches off every six months to let the color grow out.

“It’s been a long two-and-a-half years, let me tell you,” Siebert said.

Siebert is quick to give credit to Eckstrom and remind everyone that leukemia is a disease that needs money for research.

“If I can get Amanda, leukemia and other cancers, or Locks of Love any of the credit they deserve, I’ll be happy,” Siebert said.

The family of Jason Gould is starting an annual fundraiser beginning with a pig roast on Sept. 12, 2009, at the St. Charles Moose to raise money to support leukemia, lymphoma and related research in Jason’s memory.

“We are trying to raise money for leukemia research and the funding of a vaccine that was developed by Ohio State that may have saved my brother’s life after his transplant,” Siebert said. “I’m hoping Amanda will be a guest of honor at the fundraiser. She’s such an inspiration to all of us.”

Photo: Teacher Jenny Siebert gets her hair cut by Sue Filek, owner of Hair Directors in Elburn. Mrs. Siebert is donating her locks in honor of former student Amanda Eckstrom (left) who is struggling with lukemia and used to donate her own hair to Locks of Love. Photo by John DiDonna

Raging Waves Job Fair Saturday, Mar. 7

Raging Waves waterpark is holding a job fair on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn about nearly 400 summer employment opportunities including managers, cashiers, lifeguards, parking attendants, landscapers, custodians, food service workers – and many more. Applications can be found on the Raging Waves website at www.ragingwaves.com.

All positions require that the applicant is 16 years old before May 25, 2009.

Letter: Disappointed in lack of attendance at candidate forum

Patricia Romke, I was at the Elburn Candidate Forum on Sunday and was very surprised that you did not attend.

They said you were out walking to get your message out.

All I know is that there were about 70 Elburn folks there to hear from the candidates, and you were not there. I can tell you that the three votes in my household will not be going your way. If you were too busy to take one hour out of your walking to talk to concerned folks, we got your message.

Life is full of choices, and you made a bad one by not attending Sunday’s event. To the rest of the candidates that attended, thank you for your willingness to serve and sharing your valuable time with the voters. And Patricia, I didn’t see you at my door, (and) I was only gone for an hour-and-a-half.

Jim MacRunnels
Elburn

Letter: Thanks for opportunity to meet the public

I just wanted to thank the Elburn Lions Club for hosting the spaghetti lunch held at Lions Park on Sunday, March 1.

I truly appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself and to speak as a candidate for the Blackberry Township Assessor. What a great way to meet the candidates. Thank you again, Lions Club, you are the heart of Elburn.

Bonnie Wilcox
Candidate
Blackberry Township Assessor

Letter: Mediacom demonstrated good customer service

For the record, I am not an employee of Mediacom, nor am I related to anyone at Mediacom.

I switched to Mediacom service-phone, cable, and Internet-in December from AT&T and a satellite company because I was able to get a very good combined deal saving me money and ending the blackouts when snow or heavy rain affected my satellite service.

I had a minor installation problem-technical in nature. Converter box and TV not in sync-480i vs 720p-whatever that means, and a billing installation problem. A second repair man dispatched the next day recognized the box/TV incompatibility problem and was able to fix it with a couple clicks of the controller, and carefully explained to me how to access the menu features if needed. Note: The box has to be turned off.

After not getting satisfaction from a service rep or his supervisor at the call center (replying to) my billing problem, I asked for and was promptly given the direct number to a Mediacom Vice President. I left a detailed voice message that evening and was pleasantly surprised when she called back early the next day, apologized, and had already fixed the bill to my satisfaction, and then some.

I’m retired now, but spent the last 30 years of my career managing customer service call centers and order fulfillment operations, so I believe I’m pretty well qualified to judge customer service performance. People answering complaint calls and service techs sometimes make mistakes or aren’t always as well trained as they need to be. The measure of good customer service, however, is how well the follow through, if needed, works. My experiences so far with Mediacom problem resolution have been very satisfactory. As a former customer service pro, I’m a very good complainer when I have a problem, but always go out of my way to compliment when I’m pleased by satisfactory and prompt problem resolution.

Bob Terry
Sugar Grove

Fresh and close to home

Fresh, locally grown produce is widely available throughout the year
by Keith Beebe
An integral part of country living is local food sources, and the options around the Elburn area offer a lot of variety.

Every year, farms such as Kuipers, Gould’s and Norton Produce grow items like apples, strawberries, raspberries grapes, tomatoes, sweet corn, squash, honey and pumpkins for the community to purchase and enjoy. Some even offer Christmas trees for sale during winter, though you probably shouldn’t try to eat any of those.

Peak seasons vary from farm to farm, as some open Labor Day weekend and run until Christmas, while others open in late-April and close after Halloween. Some farms focus on producing a few specific items, while others, such as Norton Produce and Yaeger’s Family Farm, take more of a jack-of-all-trades approach and produce different fruits and vegetables each month.

“We do try to raise something new or different each year, as new types of vegetables are introduced. Fresh asparagus begins approximately the first week of May, weather permitting; strawberry season begins approximately the first week of June, and is usually only three weeks long; raspberries follow shortly after strawberries, and several other fresh grown vegetables are harvested for sale around the middle of June,” said Benn Norton, son of owners Caryl and Dexter Norton.

Items such as potatoes, onions, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, beets and zucchini are just a few of the vegetables raised on the farm and harvested fresh each day, Norton said. The farm begins to sell tomatoes as June ends and then prepares for sweet corn season, which begins right after July 4. Sweet corn is sold until mid-September.

Yaeger’s Family Farm, which will celebrate its 42nd year of business in 2009, is open from mid-April to Halloween, and offers a staggering amount of products during the summer.

“We are well known for our home-grown bi-color sweet corn,” said owner Mark Yaeger. “We also grow beets, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and onions that are all available throughout the summer.”

Apples are also an extremely popular food item, and farms such as Kuipers and Plank Road Apple Orchard offer several varieties of the fruit.

“Our business opens each fall on Labor Day weekend when we begin harvesting apples. Currently we grow over 25 varieties of apples,” said Kim Kuipers, owner of Kuipers Family Farm.

Apple cider, produced by farms such as Gould’s, is also a popular item in the Kaneland area.

“We’re the third generation to run this place,” owner Tom Gould said, who runs the farm with his wife, Marilyn. “We sell fresh apple cider and we run a cider mill that was built in 1883.”

As fall approaches, pumpkins become the popular item for sale.

“In mid-September, our Pumpkin Farm opens and we begin harvesting many varieties of pumpkins for cooking, decorating and, of course, carving. We also grow many types of squash and gourds here on the farm, which are available for purchase in The Barn Store,” Kuipers said. “There are several farm markets in the area that are a wonderful source of in season fruits and vegetables,” Yaeger said. “It is always nice to know where your food comes from, and it is nice to be able to put a face with who raised it.”

Annual African American Health Fair set for March 7

The Kane County Health Department encourages participation in the fourth annual African American Health Fair, set for Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Aurora High School, 1201 E. New York St., in Aurora.

The fair is free and open to the public. Participants can listen to distinguished experts speaking on a variety of topics. Presentations, health screenings, exhibits, raffle prizes and entertainment will be provided during the day.

There will be a special guest appearance by Dr. Damon Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Pubic Health. Dr. Arnold is scheduled to make a statement at 8:30 a.m. on Kidney Awareness Month by the Kidney Mobile Unit.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Paul Crawford, who will speak about the prevention of chronic kidney disease. Other speakers include Lorna London, Ph.D, who will speak about stress management, Chad and Tabia Earl, certified fitness trainers from DuPage Fitness & Rehabilitation to speak about healthy eating and physical fitness; Pastor Julian E. Spencer from Main Baptist Church in Aurora to speak about promoting spiritual health. Emcee for the occasion will be Servant George Rayford, pastor of New Community Baptist Church.

This year for the first time, Girl Scout Troop 761 will host Children’s Health Fair and will have Girl Scout patches available for participants. Health screenings will be conducted from 8 to 11 a.m.; 12-hour fasting is required. The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Mobile will be onsite to perform blood pressure checks and kidney screenings. Provena Mercy Medical Center will perform glucose and cholesterol screening, and Aunt Martha’s Healthcare Network Mobile Unit will conduct prostate screenings for men.

Health presentations will begin at 11 a.m. A continental breakfast and hot lunch will be provided, as well as lots of raffles and giveaways.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Toya Johnson at (630) 518-8379 or Toya_Johnson@provena.org.

Disputed ending leads to Knights loss vs. Batavia

by Mike Slodki
On Friday night, Kaneland fans thought Mike Pritchard’s impossible shot at the end of regulation was a three-pointer.

So did the Kaneland Knights, and for that matter, so did Batavia.

The only two people who’s opinion on the matter actually counted was the referees, and they ruled Pritchard’s pump-fake trey try in the face of the Batavia defense was, in fact, a two-point basket.

The ruling allowed Batavia to exit Maple Park with a 54-53 win in the regular season finale. Footage taken by the Kaneland basketball team on video-camera showed while Pritchard landed inside the three-point arc, he took off from beyond the line.

Batavia finished at 18-7 on the regular season, while Kaneland’s final matchup of the year brought its record down to 13-12 (5-9 Western Sun Conference).

While the second season is about to begin for KHS, the sting of the regular season’s finale’s in was still raw after the conclusion of Friday night.

“It’s not right, and it’s not fair to the seniors,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said. “They bust their butts for four months for this night. We’ll be ticked for a while, but we need to get ready for Wednesday against Hampshire.”

Batavia’s Ben Potter had a game-high 21 points which included five three-pointers. The Bulldogs sunk 12 long range bombs on the night, compared to only four two-point buckets. David Bryant had 16 points.

Dave Dudzinski led the Knights with 19 points, while Brody Root added 10.

Up 48-44 in the fourth quarter, Potter hit a three pointer with 3:29 to go to cut it to 48-47. Dudzinski hit a twisting layup off the glass to go up 50-47 with 3:16 to go. Potter hit another shot to cut it to 50-49 with 2:11 left. Less than a minute later, Bryant was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit the ensuing foul shots to give Batavia a 52-50 lead with 1:39 to go. It was the Bulldogs’ first advantage since 3:47 remaining in the third. Dudzinski was fouled with 13:4 seconds left on a set play, but could only sink one of two free throws, and Bryant snagged the rebound and was fouled.

After Bryant hit the two opportunities and gave the Bulldogs a 54-51 lead with 12.7 seconds to go, it set in motion the final sequence.

Kaneland led and the end of the first quarter thanks to Dudzinski’s shot off the glass with 19.9 seconds left to make it 11-10.

Down 25-23 in the second quarter, Ryan Blake nailed a three-pointer with 1:31 left and Root soon followed with a coast-to-coast drive with 56.7 to go to go up 28-25 before the break.

Kaneland’s biggest lead came after a Joe Spitzzeri trifecta with 6:39 left in the third for a 31-25 lead.

The Knights were set to tangle with Hampshire on Wednesday at the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional. The second-seeded Knights last played the third-seeded (17-8) Whip-purs in a 51-44 loss on Jan. 31. KHS defeated Hampshire 51-43 on Dec. 27.

The winner faces Wheaton Academy, who beat Sycamore 66-48 on Tuesday in the regional final on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Story Update: The Knights suffered a 47-38 loss to Hampshire at the Burlington Central Regional Wednesday night, ending their season. They finished with a final record of 13-13.

Photo: Kaneland varsity center Christian Dillon gets a rebound in the fourth quarter of their senior night game against Batavia on Friday. The game ended in a close 54-53 Kaneland loss. Photo by John DiDonna