On cloud nine

Elburn resident Lilly Zwiers, 8, won a contest to meet the members of the popular music group the Jonas Brothers. The group recently performed in Chicago, and Lilly was able to meet them before the July 11 show at the Allstate Arena and have this photo taken. Courtesy Photo

Village President sells building after buyer receives liquor license

Liquor code change allowed for indirect interest in the business
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson sold his building at 107 N. Main St. on July 23 to Kevin Schmidt, three days after Schmidt obtained a village liquor license for the site, Village Attorney Bob Britz said.

Anderson said it was under contract for the previous two months, and under negotiation since February. Schmidt said he would not buy the building unless the village granted him a Class A liquor license for the site, so that he could open a tavern there.

Schmidt applied for the liquor license on May 13, a few days after Dave Anderson took the oath of office as the new village president.

A May 19 letter drafted by Schmidt’s attorney stated that Dave Anderson and Kevin Schmidt had reached an agreement for the purchase of the property, but that one term of the agreement between the parties was that the sale was contingent upon Schmidt being approved for a local liquor license.

On June 15, village trustees created a new available Class A liquor license but Schmidt was not granted a Class A license until July 20.

The village liquor code stated that a liquor license could not be issued to a business in which the village president or a village trustee had any direct or indirect interest.

Britz told village officials June 15 that removing the word “indirect” from the local liquor code first would need to take place, so that the local code matched the state liquor code, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said Tuesday.

The state, however, did not require the removal of the word “indirect” from Elburn’s liquor code. In addition, the village has approved other liquor licenses without changing its liquor code wording.

Britz, while he has been village attorney for Elburn, also has served as Anderson’s private counsel on legal matters including real estate transactions.

Britz and village staff then drafted an ordinance for the wording change, which trustees unanimously approved July 20. Trustee Bill Grabarek, as Deputy Liquor Commissioner, granted a Class A liquor license to Schmidt directly after the July 20 meeting, Britz said.

“I thought that with the word ‘indirect’ still in, there would have been a potential issue,” Grabarek said Wednesday. “The issue was that because the mayor (Dave Anderson) owned the building, basically we needed to knock out the word ‘indirect,’ to avoid the appearance of impropriety.”

The license Grabarek granted Schmidt was one of two available Class A licenses, another of which the board approved earlier that evening, July 20.

Youth with rare illness granted wish

By Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Sheehan family’s Elburn backyard looks a lot different than it did a month ago, when Kids Wish Network arranged for the installation of a huge swimming pool. For Caden Sheehan, 10, who suffers from a serious illness, life is much different, too.

Now, Caden and his siblings, Jacob, 13, and Brenna, 6, can cool off, swim and romp in the water anytime they want. During recent hot weather, the pool was well-used.

“We went in it every day,” Caden said.

The gift came about after the Kids Wish Network called his aunt, Liz Ruzick of Plano, a fundraiser for the organization, asking if she knew of a child who might benefit from having a wish granted. She told the fundraiser of her nephew, Caden, and his struggle with a life-threatening illness.

Kids Wish Network contacted Caden’s parents Lily and Jim Sheehan, to offer to grant his wish.

Caden has chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction, a rare disorder that slows digestion and can cause blockages. For Caden, having this disorder has meant four intestinal surgeries and constant intestinal problems. He is often nauseous and has very weak muscle tone.

“He has been in and out of occupational and physical therapy,” Lily said.

Caden has to receive 75 percent of his nutrition in liquid form through a G-tube in a portal on his chest. Luckily, the tiny portal does not prevent him from swimming.

Caden’s mom said he was thrilled when he learned his wish would be granted.

“He was like, ‘Wow, it’s terrible that I have this (illness), but then to get something like this, for them to give that to me…’ He was just very excited, very impressed,” Lily said.

Caden’s mom is glad he chose the pool. She said not only will it offer lasting entertainment for him, but a fun form of exercise to strengthen his muscles.

“It will be great physical therapy for him,” Lily said.

Jim said the organization would give Caden anything he wanted, within reason. At first, Caden could not decide what he wanted most.

“He went back and forth. He had a couple of other choices, as far as his wish,” said his dad, Jim Sheehan.

Initially Caden wanted to meet an actor from “High School Musical,” then he was thinking of going to Legoland in California, and finally he decided on the pool.

Caden decided on the pool because the fun would last a lot longer than a trip or meeting a celebrity.

“He said, ‘A pool is something that I can use all the time; if I go to Legoland, that’s just four days,’” Lily said.

Businesses helped make it happen
Several area businesses and individuals contributed time and materials last month to install the swimming pool that Kids Wish Network gave to 10-year-old Caden Sheehan of Elburn:
• Swim ‘n’ Play
• Peterson Pool Service and Supply
• W.M. Olsen Inc.
• Russell Automotive
• Martin Overstreet
• Jim and Marylin Swift
• Todd Martin
• Weiland Excavating
• Al Hint Trucking
• James Self
• KW Electric
• Lowe’s

Photo: Caden Sheehan took a dip Saturday in the swimming pool that Kids Wish Network had installed in the Elburn youth’s backyard in June. The organization granted the wish for Caden, who suffers from a rare digestive disorder.
Photo by Martha Quetsch

Developers approach Kaneville about annexation

by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLE—Long’s Meadow developers recently approached the village of Kaneville with an annexation proposal after the Kane County Development Department rejected their requests for concessions on county infrastructure requirements. However, village officials are not in a hurry to take on the potential risks such a decision would entail.

Infrastructure requirements from Kane County and the economic downturn have stalled progress on the Long’s Meadow Subdivision for the past two years. When developers presented plans for the 40-lot, 70-acre plat along Dauberman Road to Kane County for approval, county planners told them they would need to provide a turn lane into the subdivision and relocate power lines, at a cost of $500,000.

In an attempt to decrease the length of the turn lane needed, the developers requested a decrease in the speed limit along Dauberman Road from the Kane County Department of Transportation. This request was rejected, and several weeks later, the developers approached a subcommittee of the Kaneville Village Board with an annexation proposal.

The proposal included a decrease in the size of the lots, down from 1.5 and 1.25 acres per lot to 1.25 and 1 acres per lot. The resulting open two to three acres would be allocated for a public park or a ball field.

Developers also proposed a phased-in development timeline, in which three to four lots would be developed each year over three to five years. The first phase would start with lots on an extension of Locust Street, as opposed to Dauberman Road, which would have deferred the expense of the required turn lane on Dauberman Road.

However, village officials and the Kaneville Fire Department said they could not agree to only one point of entrance into the development, due to safety issues, and that Dauberman Road would still need to be used as a construction entrance.

Kaneville Village President Bob Rodney said that board members have expressed concern over the potential liability the annexation could create for the village.

“It’s highly improbable that homes would move within the next couple of years,” Rodney said. “If the developer goes belly-up, the village is still responsible for the maintenance of that property.”

Even with a homeowners association, three or four homes would not be able to afford to pay for street maintenance and mowing of the common areas should the development become stalled, he said.

Rodney said the developer is trying to remain optimistic about the future of the subdivision.

“But he doesn’t have a crystal ball about what’s going to happen over the next couple of years,” he said.

In the meantime, the property is becoming an eyesore and a potential health hazard, according to Rodney. Rodney said that although the village has requested that the developers mow the property, this has not been done, and the resulting un-maintained property has created a mosquito-breeding ground and a wildlife refuge, attracting coyotes and deer that have wandered into the adjacent neighborhoods.

In addition, he said that a farmer who owns a field next to the property has complained that the weeds are spreading to his cornfield and interfering with his yield.

The Kaneville Village Board will reach a final decision on the possible annexation at its next regularly scheduled board meeting on Aug. 20.

Residents invited to review, comment on comp plan

by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville Plan Commission invites residents to an open house at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, to review and comment on a draft comprehensive plan for the village of Kaneville and the surrounding planning area.

Village President Bob Rodney said the plan represents two years of hard work on the part of commissioners, who used input solicited from numerous local land owners and results from a survey sent to all village residents to create a final draft plan.

“They received some very valuable input,” Rodney said. “Nobody wants dramatic change.”

Plan Commission Chair Joe White and commissioners worked with Kane County Development Department planner Janet Hill and more recently, with Land Vision planning consultant Walter Madziarz to create the plan. The village was able to hire Madziarz with funds from a Kane County Community Development Block Grant.

The draft includes plans for land use, transportation, housing, agricultural preservation and other topics.

Kaneville Plan Commission
Open House

Residents to review, provide
feedback on draft comp plan
Thursday, Aug 13
6 p.m.
Kaneville Community Center

MP Village attorney: New committees operating legally

Trustees will vote on formal ordinance to establish them
by Martha Quetsch
Maple Park—New village committees that Maple Park President Kathy Curtis formed after being elected in April have been meeting even though the Village Board has not approved an ordinance formally creating the committees.

“The new committees have been working, as our legal counsel advised that we could,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

The Village Board will vote on the official ordinance establishing the village’s three new committees at its next meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 4, Curtis said.

Curtis in May reduced the number of village committees from six to three, with the goal of streamlining work on village issues. The board planned to pass an ordinance July 7 changing the committees’ number, but because of an oversight by village officials, the ordinance was not prepared for the meeting, Curtis said.

Also during the July 7 meeting, trustee Terry Borg asked the village attorney, Pat Bond, whether the new committees could legally operate before the board approves the ordinance.

Bond said they could legally operate only if they were “special committees.” Since that meeting, a lawyer for Bond’s firm, Bond Dixon and Associates, informed Curtis in a letter July 9 that the three new committees arguably are special committees.

“Assuming the trustee members of the new committees were appointed by the Village President as provided in 1-5-6 of the Maple Park Village Code, the committees are arguably special committees and therefore could continue to function as such until the ordinance formally establishing them is adopted,” the lawyer, Keith Letsche said.

The new committees are Personnel and Communications; Finance, Public Relations and Development; and Infrastructure.

Among tasks that the new committees face includes finding and recommending a new police chief, which will be the work of the Personnel and Communications Committee: Curtis wants that to happen by Sept. 9.

The village previously had six committees: Finance, Streets, Water and Sewer, Parks and Grounds, Police and Planning.

In the letter to Curtis, Letsche also stated that any attempt to legally challenge the actions of the three new committees, on the grounds that the ordinance providing for them had not yet be adopted, would likely be unsuccessful. The reason is the creation of committees is not required or provided for by state statute, but is wholly discretionary, and committees do not take final actions on board or council matters, Letsch added.

Municipal Drive done in time for Solheim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fat in sewer spoils sample

by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—In testing treated wastewater at Elburn’s plant in June, village engineers found a fecal chloroform violation. Village Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said fats in the sewer system could be the culprit.

“They believe it relates back to fats, oils and greases getting into the tank,” Nevenhoven said.

The engineers, from Baxter Woodman, addressed the problem by increasing the chlorine in the wastewater, Nevenhoven said.

“We are watching it closely so it doesn’t happen again,” Nevenhoven said.

He said restaurant owners must prevent grease from getting into the sewer system by using fat traps.

“The restaurants have to pay people to haul the grease away,” Nevenhoven said.

The Kane County Health Department and licensed plumbers check the traps when they are installed to make sure they work properly.

“The grease traps are there, but if they are not cleaned, not emptied, off the grease goes,” Nevenhoven said.

The village cannot check the traps unless they are outside the restaurants and unless it hires a licensed plumber to do the check.

Village trustee Ken Anderson suggested that the village increase public education about the need to keep grease traps clean.

7/30 Police blotter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evers named to Loras dean’s list

Loras College Provost Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D., announced the names of students who achieved dean’s list status for the 2009 spring semester. Traci Evers of Sugar Grove was named to the list.

A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.

ISU announces spring 2009 dean’s list

Seven local residents were among the 506 students named to the Illinois State University spring 2009 dean’s list.

The local students include Bryant Storm, Michael Thorgesen and Amy Weissenburger, all of Elburn; Samantha Perr of Maple Park; and Kathleen Cruger, Amber Fessler and Katelyn Rogers, all of Sugar Grove.

To be named to the ISU dean’s list, students must have a grade point average that places them in the top 10 percent of their class.

Donations, volunteers needed at Hosanna!

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host its annual School Supply and Clothing Giveaway on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. Other area churches participating include Bethlehem Lutheran, St. Mark’s Lutheran and St. John Neumann Catholic.

Volunteers are needed for set-up at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9; clothing sorting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday, Aug. 10-14 and again from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 10-12. Volunteers are also needed to help pack at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and to help at the Giveaway from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15. Especially needed at the giveaway are bi-lingual speakers (Spanish/English) to help with communications.

Donations accepted include new and gently-used backpacks, coats and jackets for any age, clothing in sizes infant through high school, pencils, glue sticks, eight-count classic color washable markers, 24 count crayons, blunt and pointed scissors and wide-ruled and college-ruled filler paper. Cash donations are also gladly accepted. All donations can be dropped off at Hosanna! and the other participating Churches Aug. 9-13.

For more information call (630) 584-6434, or e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.

Batavia production highlights Kaneland talent

by Susan O’Neill
Nearly half of the small cast of a locally produced play this summer share something in common—they are either Kaneland High School students or Kaneland alumni.

Elburn resident Lynn Meredith said she was surprised to find so many actors from Kaneland at the audition she went to for Shakespeare on Clark’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Meredith majored in theatre at Illinois State University after graduating from Kaneland High School. She was a cast member of the Chicagoland children’s theatre group Alphabet Soup during the 1990s, and continued her acting career when she lived in Cincinnati.

However, since she moved back to Elburn several years ago, she had not been on the stage.

When she saw the notice for auditions for the Batavia-based summer theatre production, she decided on a whim to try out. Meredith said she had been trained in Shakespeare, and had always wanted to try acting in a Shakespeare role.

She said that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of the bard’s lighter plays, with a fairly simple plot. She plays Titania, the Queen of the Fairies.

“The costumes are gorgeous,” she said. “As a fairy, I get to wear really fun things.”

She said the cast, although young, is very talented and the actors have a good grasp of what could be seen as difficult.

“I’ve been really pleased with how it’s turned out,” she said. “It’s a good production.”

Bryan Renaud, one of her fellow actors, graduated from Kaneland High School this year. Renaud, who soon turns 18, has been acting since he was seven years old, when he appeared in a Waubonsee Community College staging of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Renaud had roles in a number of plays while at Kaneland High School, including “As You Like It” last fall. He played Lumiere, a major role in “Beauty and the Beast,” staged at the high school this spring.

He has acted with the First Street Playhouse and performed in a number of Shakespeare on Clark productions.
Renaud has a lead role in this summer’s performance and plans to attend North Central College in the fall, where he will major in theatre performance.

“Acting is my focus,” he said. “This is what I need to be doing.”

The outdoor summer theatre is sponsored through a partnership of All Dressed Up Costumes, a costume rental company, and Batavia MainStreet.

All Dressed Up Costumes owner Julane Sullivan is also the director. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the summer theatre offering staged at Clark Island.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Staged on Clark Island in Batavia

Performances:
7 p.m. on Friday, July 31
and Saturday, Aug. 1
6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2
(75-minute act; no intermissions)

www.downtownbatavia.com
www.alldressedupcostumes.com

Cast includes Kaneland alumni
Lynn Meredith
Bryan Renaud
Nikky Prusinski

Kaneland students
Kasey Ostarello
Ben Tennant
Ryan Stasell
Kevin Krasinski

Photo: The Kaneland area is well-represented in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Shakespeare on Clark on Clark Island in Batavia. Many of the 18 members of the cast are current students of Kaneland or alumni. Pictured are some of the Kaneland students and alumni that are performing, including Nikki Prusinski, Bryan Renaud, Ben Tennant and Kasey Ostarello (Dan Bach of Batavia also pictured). The final performances of the summer are at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 1, and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Courtesy Photo

Editorial: Newspapers’ job not to serve as PR firm

We received some interesting feedback due to a story published on page 8A of the July 23 edition of the Elburn Herald, “Code change allows liquor license for space village president owns.”

What made it interesting was that for some, the feedback demonstrated a lack of understanding of the purpose of a community newspaper and the facts relative to this situation, or a perception of some of those involved that we have a bias that led us to write the story in the first place.

We feel that it is important for our readers to understand not only why we do what we do, but to understand how our community journalism mission applies to this specific situation.

First, our job as a community newspaper is to report what happens in our community. It can consist of stories that may be heart warming or heart wrenching. It may be an edition full of arrests and crime, or of fundraisers and examples of residents helping each other. We are not here to make anyone look good or look bad, it is the situation itself that determines that.

If those involved in the situation reported in both the July 23 and July 30 editions feel that the act of reporting what happened is inherently biased, then you do not understand the purpose of a community newspaper. We are not here to be the village’s, or anyone’s, public relations firm; and we are not here to make anyone or any group look good or bad. We are here to let our readers know what is happening in their communities

The average reader could conclude that the officials involved tried their best to avoid a conflict of interest and acted in a manner to remain beyond reproach. Likewise, the average reader could also conclude that officials used their positions for personal gain; that the building would not have sold when it did if it were not for the influence inherent in officials’ positions. The fact that the average reader could read the same set of facts and reach different conclusions means there is the existence of gray area in this situation.

One of the individuals providing feedback argued that if one were to remove the names and titles of those involved, the same result would occur, that everything would have happened in the same way and in the same timeframe as happened in this situation.

While that may arguably be true, it is also irrelevant to our coverage.

It is irrelevant because stating what, how and when something happened does not change the what, how or when something happens.

It is not the act of reporting that created a possible negative perception of what occurred, it is the event or situation being reported on.

If you do not want a negative perception to occur, you should act in a manner that does not allow for a gray area to exist.

Waubonsee Foundation awards more than $100,000 in scholarships

SUGAR GROVE—For the upcoming 2009-10 academic year, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation awarded 152 scholarships totaling $104,274 to 143 recipients. The following are local winners:

• John Acksel Memorial Scholarship
David Bartel, Elburn
• Birth Care Staffing Specialists, Inc.
Nursing Scholarships
Jennifer Wilcznski, Sugar Grove
• Penelope (Penny) Cameron Endowed
Scholarship
Anita Plachczynska, Sugar Grove
• Cari Carter Memorial Scholarship
Leah Richards, Sugar Grove
• Evar Erickson Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Arnold, Sugar Grove
• Geneva Lions Club Scholarships
Melanie Hatch, Maple Park
• Thomas L. Glass Memorial Scholarship
Mary Trotier, Elburn
• ICCSF-Illinois Association of Fire
Protection Districts Scholarships
Eric Geiger, Elburn
• Kaneland W.I.N.S. Scholarship
Alexa Hill, Elburn
• Jami Knowles Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Snow, Elburn
• Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarships
Anthony Gaudio and Anita Plachczynska, both of Sugar Grove
• Real Estate Brokers, Developers and
Realtors Scholarship
Kyle Slammans, Sugar Grove
• Shodeen Family Scholarships
Kevin Huber, Sugar Grove
• WCC Foundation Directors Scholarships
Ashley Wilczynski and Elaine Herkes, both of Sugar Grove

Maple Park Baseball league hosts tryouts

The Maple Park Baseball League will hold tryouts for the 12U Boy’s Travel Team. This team will compete in the Kane County Bronco League during the 2010 season. The season runs from mid-April through July. Fees start at $300 per player.

Players must be younger than 13 as of April 30, 2010. Tryouts will be held at the Maple Park Baseball Field on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact coaches: Jeff Violett (815) 827-3664 or Tom O’Shea (815) 827-3810.

11U Wasco Diamonds—Northern Ill. State Champs

The Diamonds took the 2009 Northern Illinois State Tournament in Rockford by beating the St. Charles Comets in the Championship Game 10-1. Front (left to right): Anna Geary, Ciara Wu, Emily Kisch, Stephanie Abello. Back (left to right): Elisabeth Brown, Olivia Cheatham, Jane Collins, Ali Dittrich, Abby Howlett, Rachel Fenn, Peyton DeChant, Kaitlyn Waslawski and Asst. Coach Mike Howlett. Coaches in back: Asst. Coach Jim Waslawski, Head Coach Shawn Geary
Courtesy Photo

SGUMC summer picnic Aug. 23

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist will host a day of food, fun and fellowship at the summer picnic for the Aurora Cluster United Methodist Churches on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Festivities begin at noon at the Harter Road farm, one-half mile west of Route 47, on Harter Road, and include worship, music, face-painting, hayrack rides, volleyball, water balloons and more.

The event is free and open to the public. Call (630) 466-4501 for more information.

Kickers accepting registrations through Aug. 15

The Fox Valley Park District is currently accepting registrations for the Kickers Soccer Club Saturday Youth soccer program that begins play in the fall.

The Saturday Youth League is for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. Co-ed teams are grouped according to age, with all games taking place on Saturdays at the Stuart Sports Complex on Jericho Road in Aurora. The seven-game schedule begins Sept. 12 and ends Oct. 24.

Fees are $50 for Park District residents, $65 for non-residents, $125 per family of three or more resident players and $170 per family of three or more non-resident players. Registration deadline is Aug. 15.

Registration forms are available at any of the Park District’s community centers and also may be downloaded at www.kickerssoccerclub.org. For more information, contact league director Lisa Trychta at (630) 375-7459, ext. 2.

Crosby named MWL Pitcher of the Week

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Midwest League announced on July 27 that West Michigan Whitecaps’ pitcher Casey Crosby has been named Pitcher of the Week.

Crosby, a 2009 Midwest League All-Star, is 8-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 86.1 innings of work with the Whitecaps this season. On Monday, Crosby tossed five hitless innings against the Kane County Cougars.

Crosby is the first Whitecap since Mike Hernandez in 2006 to win the award twice in a season. Ben Guez, Bryan Pounds, Luke Putkonen, Billy Nowlin and Ronnie Bourquin have each taken home the honor earlier in the season.

Local students named to Augustana dean’s list

Nine hundred thirty-nine students have been named to the spring term dean’s list at Augustana College for the 2008-2009 academic year. Students receiving this honor have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for courses taken during the 2009 spring term.

Local students earning the honor include Matthew Bowman (Elburn; art history), Tara Czepiel (Sugar Grove; biology and Spanish) and Patrick Manser (Elburn; general studies).

Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Carson selected for highest FFA degree

Sarah Carson of the Kaneland FFA was recently recognized at the 81st Annual Illinois FFA Convention as a candidate for the American FFA Degree.

After approval by the National FFA, Carson will receive the degree at a special ceremony at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership in the FFA—only presented to approximately one member in 700 of the more than 470,000 FFA members.

Elburn Express Travel Baseball and Softball announces tryouts for the 2010 season

All tryouts will be held at McNair Field in Elburn

Softball
All tryouts will be held at McNair Field in Elburn
Saturday, Aug. 1, Sunday, Aug. 2, Saturday, Aug. 8 & Sunday, Aug. 9
U12—8 to 9:30 a.m.; U14—10 to 11:30 a.m.; U16—12 to 1:30 p.m.

Baseball
11U—Saturday, Aug. 29; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
12U—Saturday, Sept.12; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
13U—Saturday, Aug. 22; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
14U—Saturday, Sept. 12; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 13; 12 to 2 p.m.

Athletes must resided within the Kaneland School District
For additional information, please go to Express the web site www.elburn.com/baseball/express

Letter: Will no one present the other side in this horn noise issue?

Speaking as a railroad fan—I just wish to make a statement.

You take away the horn – more people will die for failure to stop and listen. With distractions built into modern-day cars it is only time until metal-to-metal—with your child in between.

Have you ever thought what it takes to stop a mile long train? They are backing up trains into Iowa. Trains cannot afford to stop. Let us thank God that there is a means to make us aware of danger.

David Compton, Elburn

Letter: Current Kane County Government fails western townships

The July 23 Elburn Herald carried two letters detailing problems within this county’s government.

It is to the great credit of the Herald, as a local, independent paper, that these letters were printed. Too often the regional newspapers will not print such statements for fear of losing “access” to government officials.

Though both letters dealt with different topics, they identify some long-standing problems which affect all Kane County residents, but are of special concern to residents of the 10 townships of western Kane County. I believe these problems come directly from the lopsided structure of the County Board itself.

The Kane County Board has 26 members, plus its Chairman Karen McConnaughy. Of this total of 27, 25 represent the six Fox River townships, but only two members are allotted to represent 10 western townships, the largest portion of Kane County’s land area. Because of this imbalance, our interests and problems are not understood by Board members representing the “river towns” of eastern Kane County.

KCSO President Dennis Carroll well states that cutting Kane Sheriff’s Deputy staffing will have an impact on police operations, but the greatest impact will be felt in the 10 western townships. The urban communities located along the Fox River have their own municipal police agencies, but much of western Kane County—mostly rural—must depend on Sheriff’s deputies for accident and crime investigation, traffic control and patrol security. The Sheriff’s Department also has numerous court and civil duties, and its manpower is already stretched thin. I believe this is not understood (or is ignored) by those 25 urban County Board members who will not experience the delays in police response in rural areas that will be caused by planned cuts in Sheriff’s deputy staffing.

Another letter, from Circuit Court Clerk Deborah Seyller, details additional problems confronting Kane County’s justice system if further budget cuts are imposed. Her office is the nerve center of our court system—processing court orders, warrants, summons and trial records—all of which are duties mandated by law, and required to be performed in an accurate and timely manner. In short, budget cuts in the Court clerk’s office also affect the ability of the Sheriff’s Department to perform its duties, and of the courts to operate efficiently.

Ms. McConnaughy, County Board Chairman, states that “arrogance” prevents elected county department heads from making additional budget cuts, but has displayed her own arrogance by summoning them to a public meeting to explain why they haven’t made the cuts, as directed by her Board. As elected officials, they have accepted the responsibilities of their offices as defined by Illinois law. They have become knowledgeable experts in the duties and responsibilities of those offices. Yet, they are labeled “arrogant” for holding on to the funds and staffs necessary to perform their state-mandated duties. So, with these facts, I leave it to you to decide where true “arrogance” exists in Kane County government.

Kane County’s 10 western townships have a huge interest in the policies of our County Board. Unfortunately for us, the imbalance of the Board’s membership favors the Fox River communities, leaving us over-taxed, over-regulated, under-served and under-represented. One of the few strong voices we have comes from the Western Kane County Republican Organization which represents GOP voters in nine of the 10 western Kane townships. The organization has delivered the majority of Republican votes in recent County elections, and can choose to support, or not support, candidates for elective office.

If any improvement is made in this county’s government, it is the duty to both political parties to select “good government” candidates to get the job done. The election season is upon us. Candidate ballot petitions will soon be available. This is your county government. You pay for it. Work to correct it.
Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Golf only part of fun at Solheim Cup in SG

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

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

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

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

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

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

IDHS announces changes in WIC food program

New foods will improve nutrition for more than 300,000 woman, infants and children
STATE—The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced changes to the WIC Program’s food packages recently.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, WIC participants will be able to purchase fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread and healthier baby food items. IDHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. said the Illinois Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program (USDA-administered Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) food packages are changing to better meet the nutritional needs of all Illinois WIC participants. The food package is the list of foods covered by the WIC program.

“The WIC program helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy,” Adams said. “These changes will better support the nutritional needs of our WIC participants and promote the establishment of successful long-term breastfeeding for our mothers and babies.”

This will be the first major change to the WIC food packages since 1980. When the program was first established in the 1970s, food packages were developed based on deficiencies in the diets of low-income pregnant women, infants and children. Targeted nutrients included Vitamin A and C, iron, calcium and protein.

Nutritional needs of clients have changed over time, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its recommendations “WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change” in 2005. IOM provided USDA with a sound scientific basis for developing a new set of food packages for the WIC program, which better address the health concerns of child obesity and chronic diseases.

The new foods align with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. New foods added to the package include whole wheat bread, soft corn tortillas, brown rice, soy milk, baby foods including fruits, vegetables and meats, and fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Reductions in juice, milk, cheese and eggs, were made in order to align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and be cost neutral.

The Illinois WIC Program currently serves 313,000 low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children across the state. Illinoisans seeking more information may contact the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Nutrition, or visit www.dhs.state.il.us.

Pet vaccination is key to rabies prevention

COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department is reporting that two bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year. One was found in Elgin, Ill.; the other one in Dundee, Ill. Although both were discovered in residences, there were no human or pet exposures.

“As we head into the warm summer months, this is a good time to remind everybody about the importance of the preventative measures they can take to protect themselves and their pets,” said Paul Kuehnert, Executive Director of the Health Department. “Obviously, the most important measure people can take is to ensure that their pet’s vaccinations are up to date.”

Not only does the vaccine protect the pet, it also serves as a barrier of protection for people, Kuehnert said. Because many of the positive bats are discovered indoors, it is important to vaccinate pets even if they never venture out of doors.

Last year, Kane reported nine positive bats. Illinois recorded 113 confirmed cases of rabies in animals last year, all found in bats. Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois. A case of human rabies has not been reported in Illinois since 1954.

More information about rabies is available by calling the Health Department at (630) 208-3801 and asking for the Communicable Disease program. Exclusion remains the best way to prevent and control bats in a structure. Information about exclusion can be found by logging on to the Illinois Department of Public Health website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pcbats.htm.

Rabies prevention guidelines
• Rabid bats may exhibit no obvious abnormalities, so all contact with bats should be avoided.
• Where there is a likelihood of encountering bats, such as at children’s outdoor camps, people should be instructed not to touch bats.
• People should not be allowed to occupy a room in which bats are found until it is certain that no bats remain in the room and that the room has been sealed to prevent their re-entry.
• If a bat is found indoors, the structure should be thoroughly inspected for the presence of roosting bats.
• Exclusion remains the best way to prevent and control bats in a structure.
• Keep pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat, seek veterinary assistance for your pet immediately.
• Call local law enforcement or animal control agency for direction as to whom to contact for the remove of contained stray animals in your neighborhood.

For information about a referral for capturing bats or for instructions on submission of
appropriate specimens for testing, call Kane County Animal Control (630) 232-3555