Spring Bluff Nursery hosts open house

In observance of 30 years of business, Spring Bluff Nursery, 41W130 Norris Road, Sugar Grove, will hold an open house celebration on Saturday, April 25. Activities include free talks at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on spring maintenance and plant division, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on tree and shrub pruning. A demonstration on how to make decorative rabbit and squirrel guards for your plants will be held at 11 a.m.

In addition, complimentary sharpening of gardening hand tools will be offered to the public all day. A garage sale of nursery leftovers and one-of-a-kinds” will also be held. Cake and coffee will be served to celebrate the 30th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (630) 466-4278 or visit www.springbluffnursery.com.

Bike-to-Metra guide

The village of Elburn, in cooperation with the League of Illinois Bicyclists, is producing a Bike-to-Metra guide for the village. The guide will contain a map with preferred bicycle routes around the Metra station, as well as bicycling and railroad safety tips.

“This is another way that the village can encourage alternative transportation use,” said Erin Willrett, community development director. “By providing a guide with a map and safety tips, we are giving the residents the tools they need to achieve a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.”

The guide was made possible and is 100 percent funded by the Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS) grant from the Illinois Commerce Commission. This guide will educate bicyclists and drivers about railroad and roadway safety with the goal of reducing railroad trespassing incidents.

Editorial: Goodbye, Dr. Willey

There is not a current employee of the Elburn Herald who worked here when anyone other than Elburn Village President Jim Willey served in his office.

Through the growth, and then the lack of it; through the radium, and then its removal; through all of the ups and downs of small-town governance, Jim Willey was a vital go-to person for information and insight about the community.

He coined the phrase “Better, not just bigger,” and agree or disagree with any of his decisions, no one can argue he didn’t try and live up to that phrase.

Look at some of the decisions and projects worked on during his tenure, and it is clear that Willey does not lack in persistence. Bringing Metra service to the village took years; the Anderson Road bridge project is still on the to-do list; and there is finally, after years, light at the end of the tunnel with the train whistle project.

These are just a few examples of how ideas or projects—once placed on his project list—eacremain there until completed or all options are exhausted.

It is logical to assume that his persistence is what led him to a career path from an Elburn dentist to the director of the Council on Dental Practice at the American Dental Association, which is also the career advancement that heavily influenced his decision not to run to retain his seat this year.

We, at the Elburn Herald, wish Willey the best of luck in the future.

And to incoming Village President Dave Anderson, prepare to be inundated with regular phone calls and visits.

Letter: 2009 Corn Boil seeks volunteers, donations

The 2009 Sugar Grove Corn Boil hometown celebration is off to a wonderful start.

We have great new bands lined up, an exciting new carnival coming to town, free activities for kids and adults and the best darn fireworks display in the area, thanks to the Sugar Grove Lions Club.

The Corn Boil Committee is working hard to keep our tradition of family fun and entertainment at family affordable prices.

We need volunteers every year, and this year is no exception. So if you were waiting for an invitation to join in and volunteer in whatever way you can in your hometown event, here it is. Call the Corn Boil hotline at (630) 466-5166 and leave your name and number, and a volunteer will call you back.

Local business people have been extremely generous to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, but even they have limits. So if you can’t volunteer to work for a few hours, maybe you would like to make a contribution to the fireworks. Local businesspeople and residents who have enjoyed past firework displays or who plan to come this year are invited to make any size donation they can afford. Donations can be sent to The Sugar Grove Corn Boil, P O Box 225, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Checks should be made out to The Sugar Grove Lions Club.

A surprise to most people is that the not-for-profit Corn Boil Committee donates everything, except seed money for the next year’s event, back to local groups and organizations right here in Sugar Grove.

Sponsorship will be needed more than ever this year. Please visit our website often, as it is ever changing. It can be found at www.sugargrovecornboil.org. So save the dates July 25, 26 and 27, and join us for an inexpensive family mini vacation without leaving town.

Kevin M. Geary
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thanks for support

I would like to thank all the people that supported me. It was disappointing not to be re-elected. However, I am honored and proud to have served the village of Elburn for eight years as their trustee.

I also want to congratulate Dave Anderson, Ken Anderson Jr., Jerry Schmidt and Jeff Walter for their election to the Village Board.

Tom Burgholzer

Letter: Thank you, Elburn!

I want to thank the voters of Elburn for getting out to vote on Tuesday, April 7, and especially for entrusting the care of the village to myself and the other newly elected board members.

Electing three new members to the board sends a strong message, and please rest assured that your message has been received. I am looking forward to working with the new board president and all of the other trustees to build on the great things that have been done and to further the vision of making Elburn into the community that everyone who lives here brags about.

I also want to thank my wife, Carrie, and my family, without whose support and encouragement I would not be in the great place that I am today. Thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who supported me by putting out signs, by talking to their friends and neighbors and by voting.

Again, thank you for this incredible opportunity to serve you, the village of Elburn.

Jeff Walter

WCC offers free concerts

Waubonsee Community College will present four free concerts in the auditorium of the college’s Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. No advance tickets are required.

The Steel Drum Band takes the stage Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., while the Waubonsee Chorale will perform on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. The Jazz Ensemble and Rock Band will each perform 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, respectively.

Call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2500.

FVCC Students of the Month

Kaneland High School students Patrick Brennan (Auto Technology II) and Cassie Wilson (Early Childhood I) were named Students of the Month for March 2009. To receive this honor, students are selected by their program instructors for demonstrating the ability to do excellent work and accomplish goals for their particular career training during the past month.

Elburn cadet spreads word about West Point

After May 23 graduation, Nick Dieter will train for Army platoon leadership
by Martha Quetsch
West Point Cadet Nick Dieter of Elburn is among a select few students responsible for representing the military academy during visits to high schools nationwide.

In mid-March, Dieter traveled home a few days before spring break to participate in the Cadet Public Relations Council (CPRC).

While in the area, the 22-year-old visited his alma mater, Marmion Academy in Aurora, along with Wheaton Academy and Geneva and West Chicago high schools.

At the schools, Dieter provided encouragement and information to students interested in West Point, ROTC, the other service academies or any of the armed forces.

“It is helpful for prospective students to talk with someone who was in their shoes only four years ago as I was,” said Dieter, a 2005 Marmion graduate and former Kaneland Middle School student.

“When I was in high school, I wanted to know as much about West Point as I could, and when I got the chance to talk to cadets, I took full advantage of those opportunities,” Dieter said. “Coming to West Point is a big commitment, and I wanted to know as much about my future as a I could. Now that I am a cadet, I feel it is my obligation and duty to give students who are interested the answers to any questions they might have.”

Dieter and other CPRC cadets have an opportunity to visit their hometowns before Thanksgiving, spring and summer leaves to spread the word about the United States Military Academy.

During his local school visits, Dieter talked to about 10 prospective candidates, and about 30 students interested in the armed forces in general, he said.

At Marmion, Dieter talked to students during both the junior/senior and sophomore/freshmen lunch periods, said Marmion Director of College Guidance Dan Thorpe.

“We introduced him, and kids on their own went up to ask Nick questions. He is very knowledgeable about West Point,” Thorpe said.

Dieter lets high school students know that attending a military academy after high school is quite different than going to a regular college or university.

“I try and give them an unbiased representation of what life is like at a military academy or in the military, i.e. it is not always the most glorious lifestyle and it is definitely not easy,” Dieter said.

Dieter tells students that military academies have no frat parties and have no tolerance for underage drinking. Cadets have mandatory formation meals at least twice a day during the week, mandatory uniforms, mandatory athletics, mandatory class, and mandatory responsibilities.

“I am always encouraged by students who are still interested when you start listing off many of the hardships that are presented by attending a military academy,” Dieter said.

Marmion hosts the CPRC visits each year for students interested in finding out about military careers. Currently, 12 Marmion graduates currently are enrolled in military academies, Thorpe said.

West Point selects its CPRC cadets carefully, since they represent the academy and the military. They must be in good standing militarily, physically and academically to participate.

Academically, Dieter has maintained above a 3.6 grade point average every semester, so he has been on the Dean’s List for each of the seven semesters he has been at West Point. He has taken extra classes and is doing an independent study this semester for the honors program.

At West Point, Dieter is majoring in honors-level geospatial information in the Geography and Environmental Engineering Department.

In his military training, Dieter is in company D-2 and has served as a team leader, squad leader, military development sergeant, platoon leader and regimental S-4. He was on the drill team for his first two years at West Point, which took up the majority of his time, he said.

Also an athlete, Dieter played company athletics to include floor hockey and tackle football. His company’s football team won the Brigade Championship last year, and was the Regimental Champion last fall.

In addition to the CPRC, Dieter belongs to several organizations at West Point. He is a member of the West Point Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Last summer, he served as an assistant Platoon Leader with a regular Army Infantry unit at Fort Bragg, N.C.; conducted applied research collecting soil samples, terrain data, and GPS coordinates of test facilities at the Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greeley, Alaska; and did an internship working in the Defense Solutions department at the Environmental Science Research Institute.

What’s next for the cadet?
Nick Dieter will graduate from West Point on May 23 and will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army the same day. After a short summer leave, he will go to Fort Benning, Ga., to complete the Basic Officer Leader’s Course, the Infantry Officer Leader’s Course, Jump School and Airborne School. After completing all of that training, he will go to his first duty station with a light infantry unit to serve as a Combat Platoon Leader at Fort Campbell, Ken.

When a dog sounds like a goose

by Gwen Allen
If Rover’s cough lasts longer then 10 days, he may be suffering from more than a cold.

Like humans, canines and felines are susceptible to upper respiratory infections. Referring loosely to any cough in a dog, the term “kennel cough” is an actual condition caused by one or more organisms.

Craig Zabel, a veterinarian for Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, said most commonly, the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica is the culprit in an actual case of kennel cough, which results in a chronic case of coughing.

“It can be identified as a dry, hacking cough, and it sometimes sounds like a goose honking,” Zabel said. “It’s hard for them to stop (coughing) and really can’t be controlled. So they don’t sleep well and neither does their family. It’s really miserable.”

He said although there is no treatment, antibiotics are often given to control secondary infection.

“Sometimes their throat can get raw and irritated,” Zabel said. “So it can get infected, and that is something we can treat, but not the actual cough.”

The name kennel cough may have originally been given as it is easily transmitted from one dog to another, specifically in places like a kennel. Zebel said with one cough, the infected animal can spread the illness through the air to other animals. He said it can also spread when animals touch each other or when food, drink or toys are shared.

Ironically, he said a kennel is probably the last place a dog would catch the virus today, thanks to modern medicine.

“There is a vaccine, and kennel owners are now against boarding animals that are unvaccinated to point that they are pretty religious about it,” Zebel said. “The problem is once it gets into a community, it sticks around for awhile, because it spreads from dog to dog efficiently. They are more likely to catch it at a puppy class, the park or at the groomers.”

The vaccine, which costs approximately $16 at the Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, is still not widely used. Zebel said some owners are apprehensive, especially those who don’t feel that their pet is at risk.

“Some people don’t see the merit in vaccinating against an un-fatal disease,” Zabel said. “But since there is no way to treat it and once they have it, it has to run its course; it can be a real headache.”

Unless a dog is in isolation from other animals, specifically from other dogs, he said the vaccine is highly recommended.

Wartburg Castle Singers to tour Brazil

The Wartburg College Castle Singers of Waverly, Iowa, will present concerts throughout Brazil during the college’s one-month May term. The Castle Singers includes Stephanie Anderson of Elburn. She is the daughter of Robin and Linda Anderson.

The vocal jazz ensemble scheduled music workshops and concerts from April 25 through May 14. Stops include Porto Alegre, Ivoti, La Jeado, Joinville, Curitiba, Rio, Novo Hamburgo and more.

Accompanied by a rhythm section, the Castle Singers specialize in all types of vocal jazz music, from swing and blues to Latin and cool. Singers are chosen by audition and represent most of the college’s major areas of academic study.

Calvary Episcopal hosts plant, yard sale

Calvary Episcopal Church will host its annual Plant and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time the church will also host an indoor Spring Showcase Vendor Show. Admission is free and the public is invited to all events.

Following the sale, Calvary will have a barbecue dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Diners can choose from a pork chop, chicken or combination dinner for $10. Although drive-up orders are taken, advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

Proceeds from the day’s sales will fund the church’s outreach ministry, which includes such local agencies as Hesed House and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts annual spaghetti lunch benefit

Sugar Grove United Methodist’s Annual Spaghetti Benefit Lunch will be held Sunday, May 3, at the Sugar Grove Community House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This benefit event seeks to generate funds to repair flood damaged houses in Oakville, Iowa. For more information, call (630) 466-4501. All voluntary contributions should be made payable to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, designated for Iowa Disaster Relief.

Curves donates 4,000 pounds of food

Curves of Geneva and its clients donated more than 4,000 pounds of food to the St. Peter Community Food Pantry.

The need for help from food pantries is greater than ever. Curves’ clients literally doubled the amount of food donated this year over last year.

Steffanie Barringer, owner of Curves of Geneva, said the food drive was a contest between the Curves in Elgin and the Curves in Geneva. The losing manager promised to wear purple hair for a day. Steffanie and Elgin manager Stephanie Ross agreed their members did so well, they each wore purple hair for a day.

“We are just happy to be able to help those in need during this economic slump. We both have great, caring members,” Barringer said.

“We greatly appreciate the generous donation from Curves,” said Joe Cannizzaro, who is one of the pantry leaders. “Since last summer the number of families utilizing the pantry has increased by 30 percent.”

The ministry currently provides food and hygiene items to 275 families twice a month. St. Peter Community Food Pantry has been serving the Fox Valley for more than 20 years and is run by a 100 percent volunteer workforce. The church donates the space and other operating expenses. Monetary and nonperishable food and hygiene items come from church members and food drives organized by local organizations and businesses. Questions about the pantry or inquiries about hosting a food drive can be directed to St. Peter parish center at (630) 232-0124, ext. 444.

Keith Beebe’s 2009 NFL Mock Draft

Fake it until you make it.

by Keith Beebe

To some people, the NFL Draft is a spectacle where teams get together to play Russian roulette in front of millions watching live on television; throwing unnecessary amounts of money at their draft selections and sending die-hard, dedicated fans into angry fits that warrant the need for a good strait jacket.

To others though, the NFL Draft represents that magical moment where a bad team can become a good team and a good team can become a dynasty. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected four future Hall of Famers in the 1974 draft and then went on to win Super Bowl IX, X, XIII and XIIII, cementing them as the official dynasty team of the 1970s. The late-‘80s Dallas Cowboys used the draft to transform their team from a 1-15 laughing stock to a three-time Super Bowl champion in the mid-‘90s. And everyone knows about the New England Patriots selecting Tom Brady with the 199th pick of the 2000 draft.

Whether you tune in with the hopes of watching your team improve or witness another team completely go down in flames, everyone can agree on one thing: the NFL Draft and high drama go hand-in-hand.

So without further delay, let’s get to this year’s first round draft projection:

1.Detroit – Matthew Stafford, QB Georgia

The assembly line isn’t the only thing in Detroit that needs rebuilding. Practically an NFL version of the Washington Generals, the Lions need help at, well, every position, so drafting a franchise quarterback is probably a good place to start.

2.St. Louis – Jason Smith, OT Baylor

The release of Orlando Pace, who was once left tackle royalty in the NFL, almost guarantees the Rams will use this pick on the aggressive, bullish Baylor lineman. Though a bit undersized at 309 lbs, Smith’s gritty disposition – not to mention his ruthless, almost hilarious dominance of Big 12 defensive ends – has scouts viewing him as the most solid left tackle in this draft. Somewhere, Steven Jackson is smiling

3.Kansas City – Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest

While the Chiefs continue to float interest in other players – probably with the hope that a team coveting Mark Sanchez (Denver, come on down!) will trade up in order to get him – the reality is that new general manager Scott Pioli wouldn’t ever pass up a linebacker with Aaron Curry’s ability. Projected as the slam-dunk pick of this draft, Curry will immediately provide the Chiefs with impressive athleticism and leadership at the outside linebacker position.

4.Seattle – Mark Sanchez, QB USC

This is the part of the draft where things could get interesting. Seattle’s abominable 2008 season suggests they might be headed for rebuilding mode, but the acquisition of T.J. Houshmanzadeh in March and key additions on the defensive line have the Seahawks’ fortunes looking up in 2009. Sanchez has the talent to become a pro bowl-caliber passer, and learning under Matt Hasselback certainly won’t hurt his cause. Left tackle is also an issue, so don’t be too surprised if the Seahawks play it safe and pull the trigger on Eugene Monroe.

5.Cleveland – Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech

Possibly the most gruesome, dysfunctional defense in the AFC, the Browns would be wise to get a game changing defender like Brian Orakpo at this spot. However, Braylon Edwards’ pending departure to another team and Donte’ Stallworth’s pending departure to a correctional facility have the Browns thinking wide receiver all the way with this pick. Luckily for the dawg pound, Michael Crabtree is the best wideout prospect in this year’s draft. Now if they could only figure out who’s throwing to him…

6.Cincinnati – Eugene Monroe, OT Virginia

No team could be happier about Eugene Monroe’s minor draft slide than the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s unrealistic to expect quarterback Carson Palmer to stay healthy when he has the Steelers and Ravens mauling him to death a combined four games a year, and a huge prospect like Monroe can help keep those AFC North edge rushing linebackers where they belong: off of the quarterback.

7.Oakland – Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri

While the Raiders have serious issues on their offensive line, it’s highly unlikely Al Davis (who in his current senile state probably shouldn’t even be making draft picks for the Raiders) will resist the temptation to take a burner of Maclin’s caliber. The Mizzou speedster should immediately bolster a young offense featuring the likes of Darren McFadden and Zach Miller. This season will also be JaMarcus Russell’s last opportunity to prove he wasn’t a colossal waste of a number one pick, a fact foretold by the signing of journeyman Jeff Garcia.

8.Jacksonville – Andre Smith, OT Alabama

Smith neglected the end of his senior season (suspension), the NFL combine (personal meltdown) and his own pro day (running shirtless!) with the nonchalance of a seasoned sociopath. And yet, Jacksonville is about as far as he’ll fall in this draft. Unbelievable. And while they have been constantly reiterating their interest in pursuing only “character” players, the thought of playing in the defensive end-stacked AFC South without a quality left tackle will have the Jags quickly singing a different tune if Smith falls to them. Ah, football: a game of compromise.

9. Green Bay – B. J. Raji, DT Boston College

The Pack’s defense isn’t scaring anyone over the age of seven, and while they have major holes in the secondary, there’s little doubt that adding a defensive tackle like Raji will get Green Bay’s defense on the right track in a hurry. Equally adept at stuffing the run or rushing the passer, Raji is a rare talent and the most complete defensive tackle in this draft.

10. San Francisco – Brian Orakpo, DE/LB Texas

It’s doubtful a defensive guru like Mike Singletary would even consider passing on a bull rusher like Brian Orakpo at this spot, especially since middle linebacker sensation Patrick Willis has almost no one to help him out on the laughable 49er defense. An edge rusher like Orakpo would create all sorts of problems in an NFC West division filled with sub-par offensive lines.

11. Buffalo – Michael Oher, OT Mississippi

Buffalo’s decision to trade Jason Peters to Philadelphia almost certainly guarantees they will take a left tackle at this spot, and while Oher isn’t as well-known as Jason Smith or a Eugene Monroe, he is a devastating presence on the left side of the offensive line and did an adequate job of blocking against fast, aggressive SEC defenses. Hopefully Buffalo decides to pay their left tackle this time.

12. Denver – Everette Brown, DE/LB Florida State University

The good news for Denver is that Everette Brown is one of the best pass rushers in this draft and shows a great, quick first step in his pursuit to the quarterback. The bad news is that he can’t also play quarterback for the Broncos. You just know the Jay Cutler fiasco is going to haunt this organization, regardless of what owner Pat Bowlen says or how many first round picks they got in the trade with Chicago.

13. Washington – Tyson Jackson, DE Louisiana State University

Considering their defensive line problems, it would almost certainly be in Washington’s best interest to draft a solid, technique-oriented defensive end like Jackson, who would provide the Redskins with a player adept at stuffing the run (which is sort of necessary since the Redskins see Marion Barber III, Brian Westbrook and Brandon Jacobs each twice a season). Jackson might not be a pass rushing monster, but at least his presence on the defensive will help Washington forget they were completely fleeced for Jason Taylor.

14. New Orleans – Chris Wells, RB Ohio State

The Saints’ secondary is depressing to say the least, and Jonathan Vilma could really use reinforcements at the linebacker position, but no one will deny the offense is booming in the French Quarter, and Reggie Bush has no chance for success running out of backfield unless New Orleans can pair him with a big running back who has the speed to take it to the house at will. Enter the Ohio State standout who should provide Drew Brees with yet another offensive weapon (which seems somewhat unfair– he threw for over 5,000 yards in 2008).

15. Houston – Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State

Yes, the Texans seem almost perversely interested in USC outside linebacker Clay Matthews, but taking him with the 15th selection would be a real reach, and having Malcolm Jenkins fall to them at this spot would be a sign of good fortune for a defense which really needs help in the secondary. Mario Williams looks like he is about to become the NFL’s next dominant defensive end, so drafting a corner/safety who can help shut down opposing passing games might give Williams a little more time to physically assault AFC South quarterbacks.

16. San Diego – Rey Maualuga, LB USC

The Chargers tend to like inside linebackers from USC, and the re-signing of LaDainian Tomlinson and franchising of Darren Sproles means San Diego probably won’t be in the market for a first round running back anytime soon, which means the Bolts will be looking to add a powerful interior linebacker to play alongside Shawne Merriman. Merriman and Maualuga: it even sounds painful.

17. New York Jets – Josh Freeman, QB Kansas State

No one is buying the Jets’ claims that they aren’t looking to draft a quarterback. Questions linger over the Kansas State standout’s decision-making and consistency, but one look at the Jets’ current qb roster begs the question, “Could they really do any worse?”

18. Denver – Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia

You know your running game is bad when you’ve used seven different running backs in one season, which is why it makes perfect sense for the Broncos to draft a powerful tailback like Moreno who will surely give Kyle Orton a solid running game to work with. Things are looking up in Denver already…

19. Tampa Bay – Peria Jerry, DT Mississippi

The Bucs aging defense is in serious need of an overhaul, and what better place to start than with a defensive tackle like Jerry who will help keep opposing interior linemen off of the Bucs’ linebacker corps which, until recently, possessed the age and agility of a senior citizen community. Tampa could also choose to roll the dice and go with Vontae Davis at cornerback. Hey, Aqib Talib worked out, so anything can happen.

20. Detroit – Robert Ayers, DE Tennessee

It would seem cruel, but not unusual, to call this pick a compromise, but Detroit would really like for Michael Oher to land at this spot – a scenario which seems unlikely after the Bills jettisoned their malcontent left tackle Jason Peters to the Eagles. So instead, the Lions get a promising DE in Robert Ayers who can hopefully provide a spark to a listless, uninspired Lions defense.

21. Philadelphia – Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State

The Eagles could really use a running back at this spot, but drafting Donald Brown with the 21st selection might be a reach and there isn’t a safety on the board worth taking in the middle of the first round. Luckily for Philadelphia, their consolation gift is powerhouse tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who will be a total match-up nightmare for NFC East teams and seems like a great fit for a city that once booed Santa Claus.

22. Minnesota – Eben Britton, OT Arizona

The Vikings, for reasons beyond everyone’s comprehension, are sticking with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, and because Minnesota’s offensive line is close to resembling the Berlin Wall at this point, drafting a lineman like Britton to lock up the right side will provide Adrian Peterson with arguably the best run blocking in the league.

23. New England – Brian Cushing, LB USC

Former general manager Scott Pioli is in Kansas City now, so don’t be surprised if the Patriots’ draft scheme seems a bit… altered. That said, Bill Belichick still likes versatile outside linebackers, which means he’ll just eat up the idea of a multi-faceted player like Brian Cushing falling to New England at this spot. UConn cornerback Darrius Butler is also an option here.

24. Atlanta – Percy Harvin, WR Florida

Linebacker and cornerback are both areas of serious concern in Atlanta, but Matt Ryan’s mind-blowing rookie season has the Falcons looking to add more offense to an already explosive receiver corps. Percy Harvin’s world class speed and versatility will take a lot of pressure off Atlanta’s running game, which could lead to Michael Turner having an even more successful year in 2009.

25. Miami – Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina

It’d be unlike Bill Parcells to go with a wideout in the first round, but the Dolphins really can’t expect raw offensive weapons like Ted Ginn Jr. and Davone Bess to consistently produce unless they are paired with a go-to receiver like Hakeem Nicks. A smooth wideout with sure hands and an ability to create openings and beat double teams, Nicks can be Michael Irvin to Ted Ginn’s Alvin Harper – a concept which will seem much deadlier once Chad Henne takes over as Dolphins quarterback sometime within the next year.

26. Baltimore – Vontae Davis, CB Illinois

While the Ravens would love to provide quarterback Joe Flacco with an armada of offensive weapons, it’s no secret Baltimore’s aging defense is beginning to slow down, which is an area where a physically gifted player like Vontae Davis can immediately contribute.

27. Indianapolis – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland

Indianapolis’ defense was anything but stellar last season, and the strong ground games exhibited by the other three teams in the AFC South means the Colts might want to think about addressing the interior defensive line with this pick. But this is Indy we’re talking about, and they’ve never been a team to pass over a big, blazing fast receiver like Heyward-Bey. The Colts’ offense is exponentially faster with the Maryland burner on the field.

28. Buffalo, Darrius Butler, CB UConn

The Bills’ secondary was close to nonexistent last season, which is why it’s a no-brainer to draft an agile, playmaking corner like Butler at this spot. A relentless defender with great footwork, Butler should immediately provide a boost to Buffalo’s defense.

29. New York Giants, Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers

This selection shouldn’t be a surprise since the Giants’ offense practically went down the toilet after Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg last November. Britt is a big, fast, physical receiver who will punish NFC East corners and give Eli Manning the tall, sure-handed receiver he sorely missed during the end of the 2008 season.

30. Tennessee Titans, Larry English, LB Northern Illinois

The Titans defense isn’t nearly as strong as it was last season, thanks mostly to the departure of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, so boosting the pass rush with a talented defensive end/outside linebacker like Larry English might be a good idea for the Titans to explore. A receiver like Brian Robiskie could also be an option for Tennessee at this spot.

31. Arizona Cardinals, Donald Brown, RB UConn

Despite Edgerrin James’ inspired effort during the playoffs last season, it’s clear that he just isn’t going to work out as the Cardinals’ number one running back, which means an intelligent, agile player like Donald Brown could be in Arizona’s future. What Brown lacks in sheer athleticism, he more than makes up for with his work ethic.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers, Max Unger, C Oregon

The Steelers defied logic and won a Super Bowl with an incredibly lousy offensive line. Now that Pittsburgh expects to have both Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall healthy for 2009, they should probably think about upgrading their protection with a versatile player like Unger who can play most of the positions on the offensive line.

Bliss Road Closure Update

The Kane County Department of Transportation begins major work on Monday, April 20 at the intersection at Bliss and Merrill roads. Bliss Road from Route 47 to Main Street Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday for four months. The Sugar Grove Police Department will be as active as possible in strictly enforcing local traffic only.

The detour rerouting of traffic away from the area means increased traffic on neighboring streets and subdivisions (and their neighbors). With the nicer weather and school out soon for the summer, children will be out playing, riding their bikes and crossing streets to get to their friends, the park, or chasing a lost ball into streets. Village President Sean Michels asks that residents and others take special precautions in driving through these neighborhoods.

The improvements to the intersection will improve motorists’ visibility and will ultimately mean safer driving for all in the area, Michels said.

source: press release

Sugar Grove Police catch Jewel thief

Jewel thief caught in act Police searching for accomplice

Timothy M. Fredericksen, 40, of the 2400 Block of N. Farnsworth, Aurora was arrested for felony retail theft at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 when Sugar Grove police caught him running from the Jewel-Osco Food store on Route 47 and Galena Blvd. in Sugar Grove.

Jewel-Osco employees contacted the police to report that Fredericksen had walked out of the store pushing a cart with bottles of liquor worth more than $300. As employees followed him from the store, a female accomplice fled in her vehicle leaving Fredericksen standing in the parking lot. Fredericksen abandoned the cart and fled on foot. He was taken into custody by police about two blocks from the scene.

Police are still searching for the accomplice who was described as a white female with grey hair and a white shirt.

Anderson asks Elburn department heads to resign

by Martha Quetsch
Elburn’s Village President-elect Dave Anderson said Tuesday he asked the village’s four department heads—the police chief, administrator, public works director and community development director—to resign.

He said he will interview them starting next week with the possibility of re-hiring them.

“I just think that it’s proper, from a procedural and protocol standpoint, for a new administration,” Anderson said. “I want to make sure that appointed officials, myself and the Village Board, are on the same page. For the most part, I think we are.”

Village Attorney Robert Britz said the department heads do not have to resign until Anderson takes office Monday, May 4.

“They do not have an obligation to resign until (Anderson) is sworn in,” Britz said.

Britz said under Illinois law, village presidents appoint department heads annually for one-year positions, with the advice and consent of their village boards. He explained that the timing of the one-year period typically coincides with the fiscal year, which begins in May.

The village hired Police Chief Jim Linane in 2001, Village Administrator David Morrison in 1999, and Public Works Director John Nevenhoven in 2008, and created and filled the Community Development Director position with Erin Willrett in 2008.

After Anderson takes office, he may decide to replace or rehire a department head; but if the Village Board does not agree on the decision, the existing department head may remain in place until the village president and board agree on a replacement.

The village president has the right to choose not to fill a department head position that previously existed.

“The discretion is with him,” Britz said.

Britz said Anderson may conduct employee interviews before he takes office, but may not make any binding decisions for the village.

Troutman inducted into Hall of Fame

Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame selects Sugar Grove instructor
by Susan O’Neill
Linda (Washburn) Hurry was 10 years old in 1985 when she began taking karate lessons at Rocky’s DoJo and Gym. When she was a junior in high school, she became Rocky Troutman’s first student to earn a black belt.

Hurry, who was in town to visit her parents in Big Rock for the Easter weekend, was happy to learn that Troutman was recently inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

“He was a great role model,” she said. “It was an honor to work with him. Even though it was more than 20 years ago, I still remember all the kicks and the questions.”

Hurry is one of the many students Rocky Troutman has dedicated himself to teaching karate and martial arts for almost 35 years. Troutman’s father opened the Champion Karate Studio in 1974 in Aurora, where Rocky earned his first degree black belt.

He opened Rocky’s DoJo and Gym in Sugar Grove in 1985.

Troutman said he and his five instructors, or senseis, have taught in the range of tens of thousands of students during that time. Troutman credits his induction to his years of promoting martial arts functions and his dedication and instruction to fellow students to keep the arts alive.

Hurry said it was unusual in the 1980s for a high school student to earn a black belt. She said she had always been extremely competitive and loved all kinds of sports. Although she was coordinated, she said she was not naturally flexible. Karate was something completely different, and it helped her to focus.

She explained that the winners of the sparring matches were determined based on points, not on hurting the other person. Points were awarded if you made contact with your opponent with your glove or your foot.

Hurry is currently a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force and will be promoted to full Colonel in the fall. She is stationed at Scott Air Force base near St. Louis, Mo.

She said her karate practice helped her gain many of the skills that led to her success in the military, particularly as she was moving up in the ranks.

“I learned discipline from a very early age,” she said. “Karate and martial arts is a very defensive practice. You learn to protect and to take care of others, and to support each other, exactly what you need to be successful in the military.”

She said that when she attended the Air Force Academy, her experience with Troutman helped her stay focused on what she was learning and not become stressed about learning new things.

“That foundation was invaluable to me,” she said.

Hurry said that Rocky’s provided a great family environment, and all of the
students felt that they were a part of one big family.

“It was a great way to grow up,” she said.

Troutman is a 6th Degree Black Belt. He said his interest in the martial arts goes back to the 1970s, during the time of Bruce Lee. He said that watching Lee, who also had a smaller stature, gave him the confidence to do what he has been able to do.

He began working with others to help them gain self-confidence. He explained that when a child is insecure, that child will avoid direct eye contact. Showing the student how to use eye contact to develop his or her concentration will also gradually build self-confidence.

Troutman said that although every person is different, if students have the desire, they all get more flexible, faster and more coordinated.

“At first, they think about every little move,” he said. “Then it starts to look effortless. A lot of it is mental. The confidence thing is huge.”

He said he also uses the martial arts to help children and others channel their energy in positive ways. He explained that fighting and point sparring are very different, in that sparring involves contact, but not with the intent to harm.

“If you hurt someone, your trophy is worthless,” he said.

Troutman enjoys making the martial arts accessible to everyone. On his wife Angie’s advice, he recently began offering a women’s kick-boxing class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. For an hour, about a dozen women jump rope, perform air punching and kicking drills, as well as hit and kick the bags.

“It’s a great work-out,” Sugar Grove resident Lisa White said.

White said she has been taking the class since last September, and that it is good for cardio-vascular training, strength and balance, as well as flexibility.

She said Troutman is very knowledgeable and patient with everyone, and is able to give a good work-out to everyone at their own level in the class.

“It’s fun and it’s not as hard as you think,” she said. “I get a lot out of it for the hour that I’m there.”

Rocky’s Dojo and Gym, Inc.
46 Terry Drive (Rt 47 & 56)
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554

Photo: Sensei Rocky Troutman of Sugar Grove’s Rocky’s Dojo and Gym was recently inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. A 6th Degree Black Belt, Troutman said he enjoys making the martial arts accessible to everyone. Photo by Sarah Rivers

Nine charged after party is broken up

Nine juveniles and adults were charged after Sugar Grove police, with assistance from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, broke up a party shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Sutton Court in Sugar Grove. Upon arrival in the area, police located several minors who had been at the party, and some had consumed alcohol. Police then gained consent to enter the residence, where they located other minors that were hiding in closets or behind furniture.

In using portable breath testing equipment, police found that some of the offenders had breath alcohol concentrations as high as 0.16, twice the legal limit.

Charged under a local ordinance with consumption of alcohol by a minor:
David Lehman, 19, of the 1000 Block of Geneva Drive, Geneva; Andrew Liddell, 19, of the 2800 Block of Woodside Ct. Aurora; Dana Zimmer, 17, of the 600 Block of Carlisle Ct. Sugar Grove; Savanna Castillo, 17, of the 300 Block of Sutton Ct. Sugar Grove; Michael Naydenoff, 18, of the ON300 Block of Sulley Drive, Geneva.

Jasmeen Castillo, 24, Connie Castillo, 22, of the 300 Block of Sutton Ct. and Anthony Westbrook, 21, of Mooseheart, were all charged under local ordinance with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Additionally, Connie Castillo was charged with obstructing justice.

Eric Castillo, of the 300 Block of Sutton Court, Sugar Grove, was charged under Illinois state statute with obstructing a peace officer, unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, and unlawfully permitting a minor to become intoxicated. Eric Castillo posted bond and was released with a court date of May 1, 2009 in the Aurora Branch Court.

Those charged under local ordinance will be charged fines ranging from $70 to $160.

Dewey Dash to help library buy computers

Sunday’s runners, walkers, also will honor Friends member Kim Urquizu
by Martha Quetsch
Town and Country Public Library’s fifth annual Dewey Dash 5K run and 1K walk on Sunday, April 19, will honor former Friends of the Library member Kim Urquizu, who passed away last year.

Urquizu, a mother of three who died at age 41 of acute monocytic leukemia, was a dedicated Town and Country Library patron; she often helped with library special events like the Dewey Dash, both as a participant and a worker, Library Director Mary Lynn Alms said.

The library also will use a portion of the money received to purchase books in memory of Urquizu. This year’s event also will help the library replace two aging word processing computers in the public computer room, Alms said.

Since its inception, the Dewey Dash has had a literary “ghost runner.” This year’s is Robert Benchley, a once-popular humorist and New Yorker magazine essayist. Past ghost runners for the Dewey Dash include William Shakespeare and Arthur Conan Doyle.

“We try to choose worthwhile authors people might not necessarily pick up and read, who once were popular,” Alms said.

Benchley quotes will be posted throughout the racecourse, which is between North Street and Route 38, east of Route 47 (Main Street).

The library has used proceeds from past races for improvements to technology. The first Dewey Dash in 2005 provided the funds to start the library’s computer classes for adults. Since then, the race has also funded additional public Internet computers and equipment.

As of Monday afternoon, 138 people had signed up for the Dewy Dash. The Dewey Dash’s highest turnout was 300, in 2005.

Participants may choose to run or walk either race. The entry fees are $15 for the one-mile and $25 for the 5K. Snacks will be available after the race for all runners and walkers. The first 300 entrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.

The one-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m., at the library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. The 5K course is USA Track and Field certified. Race-day registration is offered from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Onlne registration is available at www.elburn.lib.us, through Saturday, April 18.

Photo: Town and Country Public Library’s annual Dewey Dash on Sunday offers same-day registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
File Photo

Troop 7 celebrates 85 years

March 1 was a day of celebration for Boy Scout Troop 7 in Elburn. An 85th anniversary dinner and Court of Honor was held at Kaneland High School and attended by nearly 200 people. The attendees included past and present Troop 7 members and leaders along with their families, including the Mayor of Elburn, Dr. Jim Willey (adult volunteer) and Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels (Troop 7 Senior Patrol Leader and Life Scout).

The afternoon program, emceed by Senior Patrol Leader John Michek, included remarks by Elburn Village President Jim Willey, who issued a proclamation setting March 1, 2009, as Boy Scout Troop 7 Day in Elburn.

Former Scoutmaster Charles Schmidt presented the Eagle Scout award to Sam McQuilkin. Based upon current records, 81 Troop 7 members have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since the 1924 chartering. A total of 24 Eagle Scouts were present and recognized during the celebration-20 of whom were from Troop 7. Recognized also were Troop 7 scoutmasters, of which there have been 24.

Plaques were presented to three special friends of Troop 7: Tom Spalding, Randy Ream/Elburn Market and the Needham family, honoring them for their outstanding support and service to the Troop. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the volunteers who compose the Troop Committee and the committee which planned the 85th celebration. Also recognized were the sponsors of the event, C&D Auto Body and Fleck & Ulrich LTD of Elburn.

A video montage depicting each of the 12 Scout Laws was shown during the reception and dinner, along with a slide show of Troop 7 activities, created by Troop Historian Andrew Carroll.

Adult leaders displayed Scout uniforms dating back as far as the 1950s, Boy Scout books from their days as Scouts and various badges and patches. Each patrol set up a display to demonstrate a typical campsite: a tent, backpack, cooking equipment and knots that would be used around the camp.

Concluding the afternoon’s ceremonies was the Court of Honor, presenting merit badges, rank advancements, an Ad Altare Dei award and Philmont scarves to the Scouts of Troop 7.

The Community Congregational Church of Elburn is the chartering organization and has provided support and meeting space to the Troop for 85 years.

Arbor Day event to mark making trees count

by Martha Quetsch
Elburn recently was named a Tree City USA for the 10th year in a row, an achievement the village will highlight during its Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, April 25.

During the event, which is open to the public, the village will hold a drawing for a Gatorbag tree watering system and offer free, energy-efficient lightbulbs.

The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides technical assistance and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in American towns and cities.

Elburn also received the foundation’s Growth Award, for village programs during the past year including holding tree assemblies at local schools, distributing tree health information with residents’ water bills, inventorying the condition of trees in town, and offering a holiday tree recycling program, said Erin Willrett, the village’s community development director.

In addition, the village is planting 116 trees on parkways throughout the village to replace those the inventory showed were dying or in poor condition, Willrett said.

Community Arbor Day Celebration
10 a.m. Saturday, April 25
Veterans Memorial at Village Hall
301 E. North St., Elburn

Tree City USA
Elburn is one of 3,310 communities that
are currently a Tree City USA.
To qualify for the designation, the Arbor Day Foundation requires that a municipality have the following:
• a tree board or department
• a tree-care ordinance
• a community forestry program with a budget
of at least $2 per capita
• an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation
Source: The Arbor Day Foundation

Help children in those moments following a crisis

On the front page of this week’s edition of the Elburn Herald, reporter Lynn Meredith came across a Maple Park Police Department project that we feel is so worthwhile that we want to emphasize it in this space as well.

The department is participating in the With Wings and a Halo-R.E.A.C.H a Child program, in which police officers, ambulances and other crisis responders are supplied with children’s books to give to children during moments of crisis.

The idea is to give children something positive to focus on, other than the trauma they are facing. If children can be distracted, their minds occupied with something good, they may be able to cope with the immediate situation.

According to the organization’s website, www.withwingsandahalo.org, the idea for the project was born when author Paul Scott Gilbertson and his wife visited Ground Zero in May 2007. The website said the couple was impacted by the tragedy of Ground Zero and the inherent sadness of the crisis that led to the idea of creating a program to help children in those first moments after they face their own traumas.

Maple Park Community Relations Officer Buz Hodges said that each squad car will contain 12 to 15 books for children ages 3 to 15.

“Books will be the new tool the Maple Park Police Department will use to communicate with children in crisis situations,” Hodges said to Meredith. “The department’s and the organization’s mission is to ‘put a smile on the face of a child in the time of crisis.'”

The organization is based in Wisconsin and is attempting to expand throughout the Midwest. Currently, the organization is partnered with more than 60 communities in Illinois, and we hope to see that number increase, specifically in our readership area.

The group is actively seeking new volunteers to help spread awareness and get more communities involved. We urge you to visit www.withwingsandahalo.org and get involved. If you are an emergency first responder and your organization does not participate, we urge you to do so.

We would like to see all of our area police and fire departments follow Maple Park’s lead and help children in those crucial moments directly following a crisis or trauma.

On page 11A of the April 9 edition of the Elburn Herald, the day for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival was incorrect. The event is Sunday, April 19.

The Elburn Herald wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. If you know of an error, please contact:

Ryan Wells, Editor
123 N. Main St., Elburn, IL 60119
e-mail: info@elburnherald.com
phone (630) 365-6446

Books bring relief to kids in crisis

by Lynn Meredith
Children are often the forgotten participants when a crisis strikes. If a family is involved in an accident, the police are called to a domestic crisis, or there’s a fire, the parents are involved in filling out paperwork and talking with the police, but what are the kids doing?

That’s the question the Maple Park Police Department hopes to address as it participates in the “With Wings and a Halo” R.E.A.C.H program. The program supplies police officers, ambulances and other workers who arrive on the scene of a crisis with children’s books, not only to keep the kids occupied, but to put a smile on their faces.

“Books will be the new tool the Maple Park Police Department will use to communicate with children in crisis situations,” Community Relations Officer Buz Hodges said. “The department’s and the organization’s mission is to ‘put a smile on the face of a child in the time of crisis.'”

The organization is called “With Wings and a Halo” R.E.A.C.H. It began after children’s author, Paul Scott Gilbertson from Wisconsin, visited the site of 9/11 and thought of all the children affected by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. He created the program to help kids during tragedies.

“Each squad will carry a B.A.C.K. Be a Cheerful Kid packet with 12 to 15 books to be given to children involved in a stressful incident. The books are for children from 3 to 15 years of age and are donated to the police department at no cost by R.E.A.C.H.,” Hodges said.

Through individual donations, corporate gifts, grants and direct contributions, the organization has donated 60,000 books to departments in all 72 counties of Wisconsin and parts of Illinois. They have waiting lists for donations in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

“It’s a good thing for kids in a bad situation and one more tool for our underfunded police department,” Hodges said.

Letter: Violence is avoidable

The recent rash of horrible homicides and homicide/suicide incidents nationally has made all of us aware of just how important mental health and the services supporting mental health are in these chaotic times.

Many recent incidences of fatal violence appear to be the result of the stress, strain and ultimate despair for the individual involved. The bad news is that the times may not get better real soon. The good news is that violence, as a result of depression and despair, can be avoided.

In south Kane County, we are blessed to have not one, but two resources for those mentally in crisis. The first would be the Fox Valley Crisis Line, (630) 482-9393, operated by the Association for Individual Development. The second is the Suicide Hotline (1-800-SUICIDE or (630) 482-9696) provided through Suicide Prevention Services. These crisis services are supported by Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc. and the townships of Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Blackberry, Kaneville, Sugar Grove and Virgil with your local tax dollars.

If you or a family member are considering harming yourself or someone else, please call one of these numbers and get the professional support or help you need in order to prevent a serious tragedy. Violence due to anxiety and depression is preventable with the right help. Please ask for help to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Jerry J. Murphy
Executive Director
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc.
Local Mental Health Board for south Kane County

Letter: Thank you for your encouragement, vote

Now that the election results are in, and the campaign signs are put away, I would like to take the time to say thank you to those who encouraged me to run for the position of Sugar Grove trustee, assisted with my campaign, opened their doors to discuss issues with me and took the time out of their day to vote for me.

During the past month, I have knocked on approximately 1,200 doors to talk to Sugar Grove residents about the many issues that concern them and can honestly say that the people of Sugar Grove were eager to welcome me into their homes, discuss issues affecting their respective neighborhoods and share their visions for the future of the village.

This was a humbling experience for me and reinforced the reason why I moved to Sugar Grove 15 years ago. I would also like to congratulate the other candidates that were re-elected and commend all candidates for running such clean campaigns and sticking to the issues. I look forward to the challenges I will face during the next four years and hope to play a significant part in making Sugar Grove an even better place to live than it already is.

Rick Montalto
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thank you for your vote of confidence

I would like to thank the voters for their vote of confidence on April 7, when I was re-elected village president. I am excited about the future of Sugar Grove and look forward to serving as village president for the next four years.

I would also like to thank my wife, Valerie, and kids, as well as my friends, old and new, for their hard work on my behalf to get me re-elected.

A local election is no longer a one-person project. The work to get information out door-to-door, make phone calls, place yard signs and so on, is a lot of work for a village the size of Sugar Grove. As the saying goes, many hands make light work.

Just because the election is over doesn’t mean that I am not listening or willing to answer questions. I am always available to talk about what is going on around town. Please feel free to contact me through the village’s website, attend a board meeting or join me at a Coffee with the Mayor event to ask your questions. I enjoy talking about the future of the village.

Again, I sincerely appreciate the trust that you have bestowed in me, and I look forward to serving the next four years.

P. Sean Michels
Village President
Sugar Grove

Letter: Thank you for supporting our pancake breakfast

The Maple Park and Countryside Fire Protection District members would like to say thank you to all of the businesses that sponsored our pancake breakfast and to everyone that attended.

It is greatly appreciated to see the wonderful support that we receive from our community. The proceeds from the breakfast will be used to help us purchase Advanced Life Support equipment to be used on our ambulance starting in November of this year.

With your support we will continue to work towards providing our community with the best service and care possible. Again, thank you for making our breakfast a great success.

Kevin Peterson
Fire Chief
Maple Park and Countryside
Fire Protection District