Historical Society features work of early 1900s Kaneville artist

by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville Historical Society invites the public to view the artifacts of the Ravlin family on Sunday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grace Ravlin, born in 1873, was the youngest child of Needham Nicancor Ravlin of Kaneville and Frances West Ravlin of Geneva. When she was 16, Grace’s life began the transition from farm girl to that of a budding artist, when she attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.

She came back to teach in the old 1855 school in Kaneville, but soon went back to study in earnest at the Art Institute. After completing her studies there, she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

At the age of 33, Grace went to Europe to hone her craft. From 1906 to 1922, her painting excursions took her to rural France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain and North Africa, where she painted in Morocco and Tunisia.

Closer to home, she also painted in Mexico and New Mexico, where her work was displayed at the Museum of New Mexico’s 1917 opening show. Her work has also been displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago and in many Parisian museums, as well as in many homes and businesses in the United States.

Her long letters home to her sister Alta in Kaneville described her experiences, the scenery and sights she saw and the other artists she met. These letters became the foundation for a book nearing completion by her great niece Alta Ann Parkins/Morris with Eva Moore, “A Nontraditional Woman The Life and Letters of an American Artist.”

More recent Kaneville members of the Ravlin family include Dr. Lloyd Ravlin, who practiced medicine in Kaneville during the 1950s, and his father Harold Ravlin, a local farmer, some of whose land became the Ravlin Subdivision, attached to the southwest portion of Kaneville.

Photo: Lynette Werdin’s grandmother Lettie Lovell Phelps (2nd row left) and Grace Ravlin (1st row right) were friends and members of The Mandolin Club. Courtesy Photo

Display of artifacts from the Ravlin family
Lovell Street across from the
Kaneville Township Fire Station
Sunday, June 14
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
during Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast

Tom Runty will demonstrate his steam engine to entertain children of all ages. Karl Kettelkamp will share his knowledge of Indian artifacts.

3 new liquor licenses requested

New pubs, Rosati’s want to sell alcohol
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Three Elburn businesses, including Rosati’s and two pubs that could open downtown this summer, asked the village for liquor licenses.

One petitioner, Kevin Schmidt, plans to open a sports bar and grill at the former The Grocery Store site at 107 N. Main St. He said it would have tables for eating and nearly 30 seats at the bar.

During the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday, Schmidt asked if the village would waive its requirement that a business be primarily a restaurant, rather than a bar, to sell liquor while allowing children to eat there.

“I would think you could make an exception, so that kids with parents could eat at the tables. Otherwise you could have some angry citizens in Elburn,” Schmidt said.

The village allows Papa G’s to sell liquor in its restaurant, which has many families with children as customers, because the majority of its sales come from food, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said.

Michael Rafferty is remodeling the former Emma’s restaurant space at 117 Main St., where he intends to open an Irish pub and restaurant in August. He is seeking a license to sell beer, wine and spirits.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said they could petition the village separately for permission to have children in a business whose sales are mostly from alcohol.

Rosati’s owner A.J. Hussein plans to move his carryout business at 107 Valley Drive in two months to a larger site in the Jewel complex across the street. He wants to sell beer and wine in the new dine-in eatery.

The Village Board will decide whether to grant the liquor licenses after reviewing an ordinance drafted by staff allowing for the new licenses.

Police chief asks for more officers

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith wants the village to restore Police Department staffing to nine full-time officers, and create three new part-time police positions.

On Monday, Smith asked the Public Safety Committee to recommend including the additional Police Department salary expenditures in the village’s 2009-10 budget.

The department has had eight full-time officers since the village promoted Smith to police chief in May. Under the previous police chief, Jim Linane, Smith was the department’s commander; that position is now vacant.

Smith said by filling the full-time vacancy, the department’s three patrol shifts would be staffed by full-time officers at a level that has existed for four years, which he said is necessary to ensure officer safety and response time.

Smith also said he wants to add three more police officers to the department’s part-time staff, which currently has eight officers.

Smith cited several reasons he wants to increase the number of part-time police. He said the availability of the department’s current part-time officers is becoming more limited due to the requirements of their full-time jobs elsewhere.

In addition, the village’s police responsibilities have increased, he said. For example, this year, the Kane County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management Agency will not be able to help with police services during the Elburn Days festival, because the officers will be needed at the Solheim Cup in Sugar Grove the same weekend, Aug. 21-23.

“I’d like to bring in experienced part-time officers for Elburn Days,” he said.

Community Development Director David Morrison agreed with Smith.

“The cost is minimal, and in the interest of public safety, I would recommend it,” Morrison said.

The cost for three more part-time officers would be up to $900 for uniforms plus an average pay of $20 hour, with no overtime or benefits, Smith said.

Depending upon experience, the additional full-time officer would be paid between $46,362 and $53,670 with benefits, Smith said.

The committee agreed to recommend the budget allocation, but it will be the Village Board’s decision whether to increase police staffing when it approves the new budget before July 31.

Current staffing—Elburn Police Department
• Full-time Police Chief
• Part-time Deputy Chief
• One full-time investigation officer
• Two full-time patrol sergeants
• Four full-time officers
• Eight part-time officers

Attempted murder charges filed in Pouley Road incident

ELBURN—An Aurora man was charged with attempted murder at his home after police discovered a male near Elburn who had been shot multiple times.

On May 29 at approximately 2:20 a.m., the Kane County Sheriff’s Department and local police responded to the area of Keslinger Road and Pouley Road east of Elburn for a report of an injured subject in the roadway. It was discovered that the subject, a 22-year-old male Hispanic from California, had been shot multiple times. He was transported form the scene by the Town and Country Fire Department ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim has subsequently been released from the hospital.

Investigators from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department Investigation Division looked into the incident and identified Manuel Ramirez as the suspect.

Ramirez was located and taken into custody near his residence in the 1100 block of Sullivan Road in Aurora June 2. Detectives then executed a search warrant at his residence. During the search, detectives located a 9mm handgun and 1,814 grams of suspected cannabis.

On June 4, Ramirez was charged by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Ramirez is being held at the Kane County Correctional Center awaiting a bond hearing.

The charges against Ramirez are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Virgil committee forms to tackle septic tank issue

VIRGIL—Virgil Village President Debbie Washburn recently appointed a new committee, Wastewater/Stormwater Committee, to tackle the problem of lack of septic systems at some residences within the village.

The need for this committee was brought on by an anonymous complaint filed last year to the Kane County Health Department claiming there were some possible violations in town affecting the village environment. The complaint proved to be true in that septic tanks on some lots are not hooked up to a septic field, but instead hooked up to field tiles that drain into the Virgil Creek, Washburn said.

The Health Department gave the village an ultimatum to come up with a solution: Either plan and implement a village-wide sewer system or require those who are in violation to install a working septic system.

The committee’s first meeting was held June 4, and began by analyzing how many residents lots are in violation in order to determine its recommendation to the Village Board.

A septic survey will be sent to each resident this summer, with questions about the residents’ septic systems, or lack thereof. The data from the survey will be used to help analyze the problem and decide a route to take to solve this problem.

Members of the new committee are Brad Kriegel (Chair), Debbie Washburn (Co-Chair), Dave Kosarek, Bob Neisendorf, Colette Petit, and Pete Walker.

Maple Park notes

by Martha Quetsch
Board re-appoints village clerk
The Maple Park Village Board on June 2 approved the appointment of Claudia Tremaine as village clerk for 2009-10. Village President Kathy Curtis appointed Tremaine to the position, which she has held since the early 1990s.

Group to install picnic table

The Maple Park Family Fund will pay to install a picnic table on the south playground behind the Civic Center in memory of Marianne Delaney. The Village Board approved the installation Monday.

Township gives $10k for wayside horns

by Martha Quetsch
Blackberry Township Supervisor David Richmond presented a $10,000 check to the village of Elburn on behalf of the Township Board June 1, to help pay for the village’s wayside horn project.

“It’s our way of saying, from the township, ‘Thank you for taking the lead. We believe that what is good for the village is good for the township,’” Richmond said.

The Federal Railroad Administration approved the wayside horns as a safety requirement to allow Elburn to be a whistle-free zone. The wayside horns will direct their sound only toward the immediate area of pedestrian and vehicular traffic near the crossings. Trains still will blow their whistles if the wayside horn lights are not functioning, or if the locomotive engineer sees a safety hazard.

The project will cost the village approximately $200,000.

Letter: Thanks for supporting Elburn Baseball and Softball

The 2009 Elburn Baseball and Softball Fundraising Committee would like to thank the following people/businesses for their support:

Donations: 101.9 The Mix, Advanced Micro Lites, Amazing Grace Antiques, Arrowhead Landscape, BBK Sports, Bliss Creek Golf Course, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Bonk Family (Joe and Andrea), Carvel Ice Cream/Gust Family, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Wolves, Classic Cinemas, Delnor Health and Wellness, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Elburn Car Wash, Elburn Express, Funway, Geneva Commons, Grizzly Jacks Resort, Hair Directors, Hollywood Casino, Hughes Creek, Jewel of Elburn, JVC/ Marshall Family, Kane County Cougars, Kari Kuefler, Kim DeKruyff, Leyden Electric, McDonalds of Elburn, Medieval Times, Meijer, Museum of Science and Industry, NB&T Bank, Nemec Family, Paisano’s Pizza, Papa G’s, Party Animals, Pheasant Run, Randall 15 IMAX (Goodrich), Richwrap, Rosati’s Pizza, Sam’s Club, Sandy’s Cakes and More, Shady Hill Gardens, Shanne Kuipers Salon, Shedd Aquarium, Silpada Jewelry/Cindy Weber, Sisters ‘n Stitches, Solheim Cup 2009, Sport Speed Strength Conditioning, St. Charles Bowl, St. Charles Paddle Wheel Riverboats, Subway of Elburn, Such Family, Sybaris, Sycamore Family Sports Center, Sycamore Speedway, Tanna Farms Golf Club, Thomas Family (Jim and Cathy), Trader Joe’s, Uppercase Living/Natalie Dobbins, Vital Chiropractic, and the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation

Lane Sponsors: Alice’s Place, Country Automotive, Dr. Harry Krauspe DDS, ECCC, Edward Jones/Dan Kuczero, Elburn Dental, Kane County Landscape & Supply, Leyden Electric, McDonalds, Midtown Martial Arts, Midtown Martial Arts, Midwest Window & Supply, Old Second Bank, Party Animals, R F Houtz & Son, Schmidt family (Donna and Ed), Sisters ‘n Stitches, Sycamore Family Sports Center, and West Marketing.

Special “ Thank You”: American Ice Company, Kari Kuefler, Paisano’s Pizza, St. Charles Bowl.
Thank you all for coming out and supporting the 2009 Elburn Baseball and Softball’s fundraising event.

Sue Jones, Dawn Kuefler, Lisa Leyden,
Jeannine McDonald, Bernadette Such,
Cathy Thomas, Laura Treadway, Beth Woods
Fundraising Committee

Cougars host Cancer Survivors Day

GENEVA–More than 2,000 survivors and families attended the Kane County Cougars’ Cancer Survivors Day, presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, on Sunday afternoon. As part of Sunday’s 7-1 Cougars win over the Peoria Chiefs, survivors as well as family members and friends enjoyed a day at Elfstrom Stadium to commemorate all those who have courageously fought all types of cancer.

Fittingly enough, early morning rain showers led to clear skies before yesterday’s game as countless fans entered the stadium gates wearing purple—the universal color of all types of cancer. Various cancer treatment, prevention and counseling groups were present at the ballpark before the first pitch to take part in a pre-game victory lap parade around the field, led by Ozzie T. Cougar.

As game time approached, Cougars players and staff stepped onto the field for a pre-game autograph session wearing special purple jerseys to pay tribute to those in attendance, and fans responded with a standing ovation to signify the poignant moment.

Shortly after, the Cougars welcomed Dr. Edgar Staren, Chief Medical Officer from CTCA and cancer survivor himself, as well as David Blain on the field to each throw a ceremonial first pitch. Blain, representing all cancer survivors, was diagnosed with prostate cancer on his birthday in 2006.The purple-clad Cougars certainly got a boost from wearing the new jerseys as the team stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning before settling for the 7-1 victory. Cancer survivors and their families were then invited down onto the field immediately following the game to run the bases and put the finishing touches on the afternoon.

The Cougars have also planned a Breast Cancer Awareness Day for the August 30 game, as well as a Prostate Cancer Awareness Day on Fathers Day, June 21.

Silver Sluggers at WCC

Hitting camp helping countless kids for a generation taking place this week
by Mike Slodki
Sugar Grove—Many things that began in the 1980s are woefully out of style.

But if they offer a good product and rising returns every year, thriving is in the cards.

Such is the case with the hitting camp hosted by Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, now in its 25th year.

Kicking off on Monday and running through Thursday, June 11, the camp tutors athletes ages 8 through 14 in baseball and fastpitch softball.

“I think from our standpoint, we just want to give them a great experience,” Naperville North’s Mark Lindo said. “I can really see improvement from yesterday to today.”

The camp teaches aspiring players the fundamentals of hitting with emphasis on basic mechanics of the game.

At the end of each session, the younger and older kids split off and show what they’ve learned in a scrimmage.

Balancing work and play is what keeps the camp going, and even camp alumni come back and help, like Lindo’s son Sean, now an instructor.

“It’s definitely something I want to do in the future, and I can see myself as a coach one day,” said the younger Lindo, who played at Oswego High School and now plays for the Chiefs. “You really do see a difference in the kids from beginning to end.”

Estimating that the price of the camp has gone up just $20 since its inception, WCC athletic manager and baseball coach Randall echoes his fellow instructors in what keeps parents and kids coming back.

“It’s fun to see the kids progress from Monday to Thursday. We wanted something that’s reasonably priced and for kids to gain something out of it.”

Photo: Sandwich resident Christian Latham takes his hacks during Day 2 of the 25th edition of Waubonsee Community College’s Hitting Camp in Sugar Grove. The camp, running through Thursday, June 11, is run by Waubonsee’s Dave Randall and Mark Lindo of Naperville North. Photo by Mike Slodki

‘Tis the Season

The Kaneland High School freshman softball team completed a successful 2009 season. The team was coached by Kristyn “Stoney” Crawford. The team ended up being the conference champions with one loss and a record of 13-1. The members include: Grace Fabrizius, Ashley Cottier, Kyle Prost, Sarah McGinnis, Alexis Villarreal, Brittney Miller, Christina Janes, Malory Groen, Alexis Taylor, Megan Scott, Diana Nuno and Sarah Kitz. Courtesy Photo

Letter: Kudos to Barsanti in Barry case

Bravo to Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti for his valiant efforts to pursue justice in the shamefully sad and tragically premature death of 84-year-old Mary Barry, who died while utterly dependent upon her two middle-aged daughters for care.

This case must demand justice for Mary Barry’s sake, while setting clear ethical and legal responsibilities for caregivers—particularly those who benefit from their charge’s finances and resources.

From personal experience, I know first-hand the tremendous responsibility and precious experience of caring for a parent who can no longer care for themselves because of severe health issues. Without any assistance from siblings, the benefit of free housing or use of a parent’s financial resources that Mary Barry’s two daughters had, I managed to single-handedly care for my mother after she had a series of debilitating strokes. It may not have been the vocation I would have chosen, but circumstances dictated I take on the beautiful mission of caring for an aging parent, severely disabled because of health problems.

Despite the fact I needed to work two part-time jobs to support my mother and myself so I would still be able to meet her personal and physical needs, my mother never had a single bed sore. She was given the dignity all souls deserve. There were many difficult days, but never did my mother suffer physically or emotionally because of the extensive effort required to care for her.

As a former caregiver, it is inconceivable that both of Mary Barry’s daughters repeatedly failed to notice bed sores so extensive as to have spread to the bone. Caring for a disabled person necessitates constant vigilance in the normal course of daily hygiene and personal care. Just as in caring for a defenseless infant, caregivers of the disabled cannot help but observe physical and emotional changes during bathing, clothing, changing sheets, and feeding regimens. Indeed, it is a tremendous responsibility, which should either be a labor of love or, as a last resort, one delegated to qualified professionals.

For Mary Barry’s last days to be tormented as she lay saturated in feces and urine on a bed infested with ants, her daughters had to have been far worse than merely negligent. With more options than ever for outside assistance, in-home care for the elderly or nursing facilities, there are no excuses for the abysmal care Jill and Julie Barry provided their mother while living in her home and using her financial resources as they waited to collect an inheritance.

For the sake of Mary Barry and to enlighten people of the sacred responsibility they have to their parents as they age, I sincerely hope Barsanti is successful in prosecuting Jill and Julie Barry to the fullest extent possible under the law.

It’s time people realized “family values” don’t only apply to our children’s care and well-being.

Geraldine Zaha
St. Charles

Batavia Garden Walk set for June 20

KANE—“Primrose to Prairie” is the theme of this year’s garden walk presented by the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners on Saturday, June 20, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Seven gardens are open for discovery, from a stately property that was once part of the Underground Railroad to a former limestone quarry overlooking the Fox River.

This is the eighth garden walk for the Plain Dirt Gardeners. This event and the annual plant sale in May provide funds towards the club’s commitment to maintain the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary and for providing several college scholarships.

Tickets for the Garden Walk are $12.50 in advance and are available at the Batavia Park District, 327 W. Wilson St. Several local businesses are also selling tickets.

The day of the walk, tickets may be purchased for $15 at the Government Center, 1000 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

Stop by the Government Center for a complimentary tea featuring beverages, finger sandwiches and homemade desserts. There will be a raffle, plus many yard and garden items offered for sale.

For more information, call (630) 879-9638 or e-mail melissa.hyams@att.net.

More hardware

The Wasco Diamonds 12U took first place while the Wasco Diamonds 10U finished 2nd at the 17th Annual Sparks Invitational in Elgin on May 16-17. The 12U team defeated River Valley Rage for the championship. Team members include: (from left, bottom row) Lindsay Booe, Sarah Baurer, Kendyl Strack, Allison DuSell, Katie Fornoff, Teagan Pompa, Allison Hausl, Samantha Hausl, Bekah Harnish and Alyssa Lach; (top row) Emily Brodner, Jenna Stevens, Kate Peterburs, Olivia Bumbar, Lindsay Zdroik, Marissa Gagliano, Angela Morrow, Alyson Proper, Becky Karlinski, Morgan Newport, Megan Mahaffy, Meghan Gagliano, Alyssa Buddle and Sabrina Rabin. Not pictured 12U team coaches: Bill Morrow, Tim Mahaffy, Joe Peterburs, Jim Harnish and 10U team coaches: Glenn Hausl, Randy Pompa, Tom DuSell and Paul Gagliano. Courtesy Photo

Chiefs baseball nabs post-season honors

Sugar Grove–Seven Waubonsee Community College baseball players recently received post-season honors. Chiefs’ shortstop Mike Ray, outfielders Ryan Adams and Camden Decker, third baseman Ryan Payne, second baseman Jon Mueller, catcher Jason Schnulle and designated hitter Ryne Rende were recognized by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA Region IV Division III committee.

Ray, a sophomore from Sycamore, was tabbed All-ISCC First Team after hitting .444 in league action. The right-handed batter was also selected to the All-Region IV First Team, finishing the season with a robust .459 batting average in 37 games played, the third-highest single-season batting average in Waubonsee baseball history. Ray also scored 49 runs, drove in 38 runs, had a .541 on-base percentage, a .639 slugging percentage, booked 61 hits, and smacked 11 doubles, five triples and a home run. The fleet-footed infielder was perfect on the base paths, swiping 26 bases in 26 attempts.

Adams, a freshman from Geneva, was an All-ISCC Honorable Mention selection and was named to the All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ lead-off batter set a new Waubonsee single-season record for walks with 45, eclipsing Scott Kawall’s mark of 43 set in 1986. Adams finished the season with a .356 batting average, a team-leading on-base percentage of .556, and 24 stolen bases in 27 attempts. The left-handed hitting centerfielder also scored 52 runs, the fifth- highest single-season total in Chiefs’ baseball history.

Decker was named All-ISCC Honorable Mention and chosen to the All-Region IV First Team. A left-handed hitter from Waubonsie Valley High School, Decker batted .372 on the season with a team-leading 41 runs batted in. The freshman stroked 10 doubles and compiled a .512 slugging percentage.

Payne, another freshman from Geneva, was also tabbed All-ISCC Honorable Mention. The right-handed hitter struggled early in the spring before finishing strong en route to batting .297 overall. Payne drove in 30 runs and struck out just six times in 147 plate appearances, an average of just once every 24.5 times at bat.

Mueller, a graduate of Elk Grove High School, was the fifth Chiefs’ player recognized by the conference, also earning All-ISCC Honorable Mention and All-Region IV Second Team status. The left-handed batter finished with a .366 average with 49 hits, 37 runs scored, 26 runs knocked in and a dozen stolen bases.

Schnulle, a freshman from Woodstock High School, was tabbed All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ catcher batted .298 with seven doubles and three home runs, while driving in 35 runs on just 31 hits during the season.

Rende, a graduate of Coal City High School, was named to the All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ designated hitter finished with a .327 batting average, knocking in 28 runs, scoring 26 more, and ripping eight doubles to go along with a pair of home runs.

First bird in Illinois tests positive for West Nile virus

State—Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, recently announced that the first bird testing positive for West Nile virus in Illinois this year was found in LaSalle County.

“As we head into summer and temperatures get warmer, we’re going to start seeing more mosquito activity and an increased risk for West Nile virus,” Arnold said. “Although most cases of West Nile Virus are mild, the virus can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease. That is why it is so important to protect yourself against mosquito bites by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of any standing water around your home.”

The crow testing positive for West Nile virus was collected June 1 in Lostant, Ill.

Mosquito batches testing positive for West Nile Virus so far this year have been reported in Cook County.

In 2008, the first positive mosquito samples were reported May 23 in DuPage and Tazewell counties. Last year, 28 of the state’s 102 counties were found to have a West Nile positive bird, mosquito, horse or human case. A total of 20 human cases of West Nile disease, including one death, were reported last year in Illinois.

Surveillance for West Nile Virus in Illinois began on May 1 and includes laboratory tests on mosquitoes, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as the testing of sick horses and humans with West Nile-like disease symptoms. Citizens who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The first human case in Illinois is not usually reported until July or later.

Only about two people in 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness.

Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible.

Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Precautions include:
• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
• Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
• Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.
Public health officials believe that a hot summer could increase mosquito activity and the risk of disease from West Nile virus.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

H1N1 flu continues to circulate

STATE—The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,268 cases of H1N1 influenza in Illinois, and four people diagnosed with the virus, all with underlying medical conditions, have died.

“We must continue to take precautions to avoid getting sick—such as washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home if you’re sick,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director. “The H1N1 influenza virus continues to circulate in Illinois, in the U.S. and throughout the world, and everyone, but especially those with underlying medical conditions, needs to take steps to avoid getting the flu.”

Like seasonal influenza, some people may be at greater risk of serious complications related to novel H1N1 infection and illness. People who are at high risk of serious seasonal flu-related complications include pregnant women, children younger than 5, people with chronic medical conditions and people 65 and older. Examples of chronic medical conditions include diabetes, asthma, heart disease and lung disease.

Two of the Illinois H1N1 influenza related deaths were Chicago residents, one a suburban Cook County resident and the fourth a Kane County resident. For confidentiality reasons and out of respect for the families, the Illinois Department of Public Health is not releasing any additional information about the four deaths.

Arnold said the department will continue to monitor the state for signs of increased virulence of H1N1 flu.

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.

Stores comply with tobacco law
• A 17-year-old decoy agent working with the police attempted unsuccessfully to buy tobacco May 29 at each of the five businesses in Elburn that sell it.

Found to be in compliance with the law prohibiting the sale of tobacco to underage customers were Elburn Mobile, Elburn Liquors, Village Liquors, BP Amoco and Jewel-Osco.

The Police Department conducts the compliance checks periodically, through a grant from the state’s Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here program.

Rash of car burglaries
• Elburn police are investigating numerous vehicle burglaries that have occurred in Elburn within the past few weeks, most in the Blackberry Creek subdivision within several blocks of the Anderson Road and Independence Avenue intersection.

All of the burglarized vehicles were unlocked. Among items stolen have been GPS units, satellite radios and cash.

The police asked that anyone with possible information regarding the burglaries call Det. Pete Pavia, (630) 387-8737.

Rock pile pillaged
• Someone stole a pile of fieldstone rocks used for landscaping from property on West Reader Street in Elburn. The property owner reported the theft on May 30, and said the rocks were worth $200.

Speeder attempts to elude police
• Jacob R. Spohn, 19, of the 1100 block of Beed Avenue in Elburn, was arrested at 2:03 a.m. May 25 for speeding and attempting to elude police.

Police attempted to stop Spohn after seeing him speeding east on Keslinger in Elburn. Spohn did not stop although police followed him with lights flashing, into Blackberry Creek subdivision to a driveway on Beed.

Home burglarized, drugs stolen
• Someone broke into a house on Shannon Street sometime between 1 and 6 a.m. on May 23 and stole prescription pills including Alprazolam and pain medication. The home’s occupants reported the burglary and said they knew the suspect.

The suspect entered the house through an upstairs window. Police are investigating the incident.

• Michael S. Sheehan, 36, of Hinkle Lane in Schaumburg, Ill., was arrested at 1:22 a.m. May 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving without vehicle insurance. Police stopped him as he was southbound on Route 47 between North and Kansas streets in Elburn, for improper lane use.

Girl Scouts give to charities

Members of the Kaneland Junior Girl Scout Troop 694 earned a bronze award by running a food drive for local charities. The girls collected three shopping carts, an open loading cart and several additional bags of food for the Elburn Food Pantry. The girls also packed lunches for the Hesed House and packaged food for the Feed My Starving Children program. The girls are (back row, from left) Sara Lascola, Brianna Siedelman, Paige Krueger, Annmarie Franz, Sami Martens, Allison Dunlop and (front) Samantha Lederman. Courtesy Photo

TriCity Family Services recruits board members

COUNTY—TriCity Family Services, a private, not-for-profit human service agency serving the community members and organizations of central Kane County, is looking for board members to serve on the agency Board of Directors.

TriCity Family Services is dedicated to strengthening people and building community through the provision of quality, affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention and early intervention services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning.

The Board of Directors of TriCity Family Services accepts the responsibilities inherent in governance of the agency and for fulfilling its mission. Through their leadership, board members establish sources of funding, an adequate pool of volunteers and a superior professional staff to help TCFS meet its goals and achieve its mission of service in the community.

The TCFS Board of Directors seeks to continuously strengthen its impact by attracting individuals who are committed to meeting the critical needs of area residents for affordable, professional outpatient mental health services.

The TCFS Board values the many gifts a new director can bring to the table—time, talent, creativity, energy and a willingness to assist in increasing awareness of its mission and services in the community, and in cultivating relationships with current and prospective supporters. At this time, the agency is particularly in need of board members with skills in the areas of accounting and finance, marketing and public relations, and computer technology.

To learn more about becoming a board member at TriCity Family Services, please contact Jim Otepka, Executive Director at (630) 232-1070 or jotepka@tricityfamilyservices.org.

Student from Germany stays with Elburn family

ELBURN—The home of Mark and Miriam Howlett will host Carlos Hufschlag from Bornheim, Germany, who will arrive in August and attend Kaneland High School in the upcoming school year. Hufschlag’s visit is through the SHARE! Program.

The SHARE! Program has several exchange students needing host families for the upcoming school year. The students are 15 to 18 years old, speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. The host family provides a home away from home.

For more information on the program, visit www.sharecentral.org, or call (815) 357-8344.

Kids Have Fun in Summer Speech Group w/photo

MAPLE PARK—Community Therapy Services, a St. Charles provider of pediatric therapy services, offers a group called Motor Mouths every summer.

Motor Mouths is a speech group for 3- to 5-year-old children who are difficult to understand or who have delays in speech development.

A unique feature of this group is that it meets at the Blazing Prairie Stars therapy farm in Maple Park. The farm offers horses, donkeys, butterfly gardens, playground equipment and 22 acres of prairie land, which provide a motivating setting to base therapy activities.

Motor Mouths meets on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30, beginning June 19. A second session of Motor Mouths starts later in the summer on Friday, July 17.

For information about signing up for this group, call Community Therapy Services at (630) 444-0077.

Heartland Blood Centers host Guitar Hero blood drive competition

KANE—Heartland Blood Centers will host several special-event blood drives where blood donors will be entered in a Guitar Hero competition. Guitar Hero is a popular music video game where players are awarded points by correctly hitting notes, chords and sustains.

Each blood drive location will have three prizes awarded. The first prize of the competition is a $200 Best Buy Gift Card, second prize winner will receive a $25 Best Buy Gift Card and the third place prize is a Heartland Blood Centers T-shirt. Blood donors may designate someone in their place to compete in the Guitar Hero competition; competing is optional.

All blood donors present will receive a coupon for a free quart of Oberweis ice cream as an added incentive to donating blood. Blood drive locations and contact information listed below.

Due to the popularity of this event, appointments are strongly suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. For competition rules or to determine eligibility to donate blood, visit www.heartlandbc.org.

The blood drives are an added effort by the blood center to off-set the usual blood shortages that occur in the summer months due to a decline in blood donations.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

For additional information, call 1-800-7-TO GIVE or visit www.heartlandbc.org.

Guitar Hero Blood Drives
Thursday, June 18
2 to 7 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings
820 Commons Drive
For an appointment, contact
Jill Bernard at (815) 342-2149 or

Wednesday, August 5
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Heartland Blood Centers
3851 Main St., East Gate Commons
For an appointment, contact
Amy Smith at (630) 801-3149 or

Bridge Walk raises $175K for LivingWell Center

Geneva—Winston Churchill said, “We get to make a living; we give to make a life,” and that philosophy is shared by LivingWell Cancer Resource Center and its many volunteers and donors. It is because of this generosity that LivingWell can offer an extensive range of programming at no charge to cancer patients and their loved ones when going through a cancer diagnosis.

This spirit of generosity was further exemplified on May 16 at the 4th Annual Bridge Walk. One hundred-twenty teams registered for the event—1,250 walkers in total— raising more than $175,000 in support of LivingWell.

After days of raining, the sun finally came shining through the morning sky, helping to set the inspirational tone for the day. Everyone participating in the Bridge Walk was there because they had been touched by cancer in some way or another; whether they were a survivor, or had a loved one or friend afflicted with the disease. Whatever their personal reason, they all came together for this special cause.

Leading this year’s team fundraising totals with $4,585 was Linda’s Lions. Team captain, Carianne Paustian of St. Charles Family Medical Center, formed the team in honor of her co-worker and friend Linda Dall. Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago and won the battle. In January 2008, Linda was diagnosed again with cancer. As a friend and co-worker, Carianne wanted to do something to help.

When she asked Linda what she could do, she learned about the services of LivingWell and the Bridge Walk. Carianne knew then what she needed to do, and without hesitation, set the wheels in motion. She and her co-workers decided to form a team for the Bridge Walk, and submitted different team names to Linda.

In end she chose Linda’s Lions.

“Lions are males and females, and she wanted everyone to join in the Walk. We were certainly going to make a big roar and everyone was going to listen!” she said.

Carianne began spreading the word about Linda’s Lions; she advertised the team on the bulletin board at work, posted fliers around the office, and even had the grandchild of a doctor in the practice paint the front window with the team name. What started out as co-workers, family and friends forming a team grew well beyond that.

“We talked to everyone and anyone. Patients wanted to help, all of the physicians in the practice donated, and Linda’s church, St. Charles Free Methodist, got involved—we even had few corporate sponsors,” Carianne said.

By the date of the walk, the team had grown to 43 members strong; Linda was also there, walking the last mile of the Bridge Walk with her teammates.

Carianne summed up the experience as nothing short of awesome, explaining “there was so much positive energy. Everyone came together for a common goal: to support LivingWell and our friend Linda. One person can make a difference in someone’s life. You can make such a big impact just by helping some small way. It is rewarding for the person you are helping, and for you.”

So rewarding, in fact, that Carianne and her team of Lions are already planning next year’s Bridge Walk with the goal of increasing sponsorship and donations. “We will keep roaring like the lions we are and keep spreading the word about LivingWell.”

LivingWell organizers thanked the participants and volunteers.

“We have been blessed by incredible community support. These funds are critical for us to be able to help the nearly 7,000 people that will look to LivingWell to provide the support they need when faced with a cancer diagnosis,” said Nancy Vance, executive director of LivingWell Cancer Resource Center.

All money raised will support LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a community-based, not-for-profit center dedicated to improving quality of life for cancer patients and their loved ones. LivingWell offers information and education, as well as emotional support when going through this challenging time. All programs and services at LivingWell are provided free of charge.

For more information about LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, please call (630) 262-1111 or visit www.livingwellcrc.org.

Photo: Linda’s Lions, a group that took part in the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center’s Bridge Walk in May, walked in support of Linda Dall. The group raised $4,585 of the more than $175,000 raised during the Bridge Walk. Courtesy Photo

State Street Dance Studio takes leap forward with annual Studio Show

County—State Street Dance Studio, 9 N. Fourth St., Geneva, is in the final preparations for its upcoming annual studio show, “The Spinning Wheel.”

This year’s production marks the first time State Street will present a condensed version of the Tchaikovsky ballet “Sleeping Beauty” in both the matinee and evening productions on Sunday, June 21.

Students from the studio’s Ballet Training Program, along with dancers from ballet, character and predance classes, will take the stage with adults from the Fox Valley area and professional dancers to tell the story of Princess Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” for the first act of “The Spinning Wheel.”

The second act will feature dance pieces from the other disciplines taught at State Street, including tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop.

The Spinning Wheel will be held at The Paramount Arts Center in Aurora Sunday, June 21, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under.

For tickets and more information, please contact State Street Dance Studio at (630) 232-0444.

Business Competition Day winners announced

More than 200 students from 14 area high schools competed at Waubonsee Community College’s 30th Annual Business Competition Day on April 29. The event, which took place at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, was hosted by Waubonsee’s Business and Information Systems Division.

The top three finishers in each of the day’s 13 subject area contests received Waubonsee scholarships totaling more than $60,000. West Aurora High School turned in the best overall performance at Business Competition Day and so received one full Waubonsee scholarship to be given to the student of their choice.

First-place winners included Danish Ghazali, Batavia High School; Kyle Nusbaum, Yorkville High School; Kiersten Stokes and Mark White, West Aurora High School; Ivan Flores, Waubonsie Valley High School; Megan Mendoza, Kaneland High School; and Shane O’Neil, Yorkville High School.

Second-place finishers included Nikki Mandl and Sean Lyons, Waubonsie Valley High School; Cody Johnston, Oswego High School; Jacob Roberts, Plano High School; Stephen Ford, Serena High School; Ben Jacobson, Fox Valley Career Center; and Alexis Staley, West Aurora High School.

Third-place finishers included Kevin Cargo, Oswego High School; Matt Schuman, Fox Valley Career Center; Kelissa Peterson, Serena High School; Aaron Bryant, West Aurora High School; Cody Rios, Yorkville High School; Jorge Garcia, East Aurora High School; and Amanda Ingraham, Kaneland High School.

Marmion leadership programs award top honors

Marmion Academy’s leadership programs announced their new student leaders for the 2009-10 school year during awards ceremonies in May. Top students from each program were also recognized for their outstanding work throughout this school year.

During the awards presentation at the ceremony, 23 cadets were honored for their superior work and dedication to the program: AMVETS ROTC Medal, Post No. 103—senior Christopher Dukes of Elburn; Post No. 1197—senior Nicholas Assell of Sugar Grove.

The 40 cadets who received promotions for the 2009-10 school year will be honored at the Sabre Ceremony next September.

The Canterbury Award was presented to junior Ryan Roth, freshmen Nathaniel Green and Reid Weigelmann, all of Sugar Grove. The Canterbury Award was presented to students who have performed more than 40 hours of volunteer service during this school year.

Roth (128 hours) and Weigelmann (105 hours) also were presented with the Canterbury Award with Honors Award. This award was presented to students who completed more than 100 hours of volunteer service throughout their high school career

Marmion Academy, a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men, is a community dedicated to spiritual formation, academic excellence and leadership development. Marmion offers students a leadership track in addition to their college-prep curriculum. Students may choose to participate in either the Army JROTC or LEAD program.

To find out more about the Marmion Leadership Programs, visit www.marmion.org/academy/programs.html.

Rejoice Lutheran offers VBS June 15-19

Registration is under way for Rejoice Lutheran Church’s 2009 Vacation Bible School, which will be held the week of June 15-19.

All children who were in kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2008-09 school year are welcome to this year’s VBS, which is following the theme, “Jesus Recycles Our Hearts.”

VBS will be held at Rejoice from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday through Thursday, June 15-18. The Friday, June 19, session will be held at Heritage Prairie Farm and Market.

Registration and medical forms may be downloaded from www.rejoiceinthemission.org. The cost is $20 per student or $50 per family.

Rejoice Lutheran Church is located at 0N377 North Mill Creek Drive in southwest Geneva. For more information, call (630) 262-0596 or visit www.rejoiceinthemission.org.

Retirement open house set for Big Rock Pastor

Community members are invited to a retirement open house hosted by the English Congregational United Church of Christ for Pastor Byron and his wife, Kristin Henn.

Join them as they say goodbye after 11 years from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at 301 Rhodes, Big Rock.

Contact the church office at (630) 556-3986 for any questions.

Burlington UMC hosts annual rummage sale

The annual Burlington United Methodist Church Rummage Sale will take place Thursday through Saturday, June 18-20, at 195 Center St., Burlington.

Hours on June 18 are 5 to 8 p.m., June 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 20 from 9 a.m to noon.

Grilled hot-dog lunch specials will be available, and on the last day there will be a $3 “Bag Sale.”

For more information, questions or directions, call (847) 683-3535.