Express strives to be area’s team

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—When any travel baseball or softball team does well, word tends to get out.

When a team like the Elburn Express wants to be something more than a team with a high winning percentage, it helps to get the word out, as well.

With the season coming to a close with this week’s area tournament in Geneva, the time is now for spreading the word about a team that wishes to be something for everyone.

“The girls program is relatively young and we are trying to build a reputation for the program based on this years success,” U14 coach Dan Kolzow said. “We’re just trying to get the word out, for everyone that would like to volunteer. They don’t even need to have a child that’s trying out.”

A program that had 22 girls try out for the U14 level, the Express, which plays its game at a donated Lions Park West, wants to increase its numbers.

“We lost some really good girls to other travel softball teams, and we’d really like to get the community involved,” Kolzow said.

The season goes from May to July and already has a U16 and U12 team.

The U14 crew had nine girls return to this year’s team and were 19-12 as of last week.

“We have tournament fees, equipment and gym rental, we’d like the community to get involved and there are sponsorship opportunities. We want this program to be a viable option for softball and for parents to get involved and for sponsors to be active,” coach Scott Boan said.

The Elburn Express is open to players in the Kaneland School District. For tryout and volunteer information, look at the inside page of Sports and consult

Why not Wasco?

Wasco’s 12U baseball team recently took home the 1st Place trophy from the June 28 Rockford Round Robin Tournament.  Pictured are:  Austin Wheatley, Gunnar Stanke, Trevor Dunne, Cole Nelson, Ryan Walsh, DJ Walsh, Stephen Kleefisch, Jake Esp, Jacob Lindstedt, Matt Krajewski, Steven de la Torriente, Mikey Malawski.  Coaches:  Mike Stanke, Bruce Krajewski, Mike Malawski and Ken Walsh. Courtesy Photo

Community will benefit from Solheim Cup event

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The village of Sugar Grove is well-positioned to meet visitors attending the Solheim Cup, village trustee Melisa Taylor said on Tuesday. Taylor told the other board members that the village’s expo tent is in a good location on the grounds of Rich Harvest Farms, where the Solheim Cup will be held.

Taylor said that every person who enters Rich Harvest Farms to attend the event will have to walk past the Sugar Grove tent. Locally based water garden company Aquascape, Inc. has agreed to build a water feature in front of the tent, to capture people’s attention.

The Solheim Golf Tournament, which features the best female players from the United States and Europe, will be held at the Sugar Grove golf course the week of Aug. 17-23. Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) planners estimate that thousands of national and international travelers will attend the prestigious event.

Taylor, one of the village’s liaisons to the planners of the Solheim Cup, said that during the planning process, the LPGA has been very gracious with those in the community.

To assist the newly formed Sugar Grove food pantry, she said LPGA organizers agreed to let visitors into the first practice day on Monday, Aug. 17 at no charge, if they bring at least four canned food items for the food pantry.

The Kaneland golf team will raise funds for the team by parking cars during the event, and the culinary class at Kaneland High School will have the chance to work along with the Solheim Cup’s executive chef.

“The (LPGA) has been extremely good to our entire community,” Taylor said.

In an effort to assist the newly formed Sugar Grove food pantry, LPGA organizers agreed to let visitors into the first practice day on Monday, Aug. 17 at no charge, if they bring at least 4 canned food items for the food pantry.

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

(815) 895-5454
15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Super Late Models
Fast Time: Joe Dynek, Kingston
Trophy Dash Winner: Pete Hatch, Burlington
Heat Winners John LeSage, Elburn; Jerry Robertson, Cortland; Charlie Olson, Kingston.
Semi-Feature Winners: J.C. David, Geneva.
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; Joe Dynek, Kirkland; Jim Klingel, Kirkland.
Late Models
Fast Time: Reno Markham, Kirkland.
Trophy Dash: Marcus Allen, Sleepy Hollow.
Heat Winners: Kevin Ramey, Sleepy Hollow; Herb Moag, Oswego, Chris Parker, Elgin.
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; T.J. Markham, Kirkland, Charlie Olson, Kingston.
Heat Winners: Tim Ludke, St. Charles; Danielle Heath, Kingston.
Feature Winners: Derrick Decker, Palatine; Danielle Heath, Kingston..
Powder Puff
Heat Winner:Megan Decker, Palatine.
Feature Winners: Missy Ermel, St. Charles; Danielle Heath, Kingston; Megan Decker, Palatine.
Compact Combat
Heat Winner: Stacy Roach, Kingston.
Feature Event Winners: Jake Greensley, Cortland; Stacy Roach, Kingston; Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Super Late Models
Trophy Dash: Kyle Smith, St. Charles.
Demo Winner: In Memory of Tim Haase.
Powder Puff
Trophy Dash: Danielle Heath, Kingston.
Heat Winner: Jan Cunz, Cortland; Danielle Heath, Kingston.
Feature Event Winners: Missy Ermel, St. Charles; Mallory Jackson, Carol Stream; Amy Memoli, Carol Stream.
Compact Combat
Trophy Dash: Tim Runge, Lake Zurich.
Heat Winner: Chad Askeland, Sycamore; Jake Greensley, Cortland.
Feature Winners: Chad Askeland, Sycamore; Jason Schnupp, Rockford; Jake Greensley, Cortland; Dennis Tynan, Villa Park; Tim Runge, Lake Zurich.

St. Gall looking for donations for rummage sale

ELBURN—St. Gall, 120 Shannon St., Elburn, is accepting donations for its 25th Annual Rummage Sale. All items must be in clean and usable condition, and must be able to be lifted by one person.

Drop-off hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon.

The rummage sale, billed as the “second-largest in Kane County,” will take place Aug. 21-22, with proceeds benefitting the St. Gall Parish.

For more more information, call (630) 557-2819 or e-mail

2009 Corn Boil—schedule of events

Friday, July 24

3:30 pm Opening ceremonies, ribbon cutting, flag raising

4-11 pm Park opens

4 pm Arts and crafts/business booths, food vendors, beer tent sponsored by the SG Fire Fighters Association

4-7 pm Pork chop dinner Sponsored by SG Fire Fighters Assoc. Auxiliary

4-11 pm SG Library Friends used book sale

4-11 pm Bingo Sponsored by Kaneland McDole Elementary PTO

4-11 pm Carnival rides and games open

6:30-7 pm Citizen of the Year Award

7-9 pm Scramble (‘50s-’70s music) performs on stage

9:30-11 pm Tin Horse (country rock) on stage

Saturday, July 25

10 am-11 pm Park opens

7:30 am 5k run (community house)

10 am Arts and crafts/business booths, food vendors

10am-9:30pm SG Library Friends ued book sale

10 am-4 pm Bingo sponsored by Kaneland Music Boosters

11 am-4 pm Clowns, Castle Bank/childrens ID

Noon-2 pm Waubonsee Steel Drum Band
Noon Beer tent sponsored by SG Fire Fighters Association

Noon-11 pm Carnival rides and games

2-2:45 pm Jazzersize demo (main stage)

2:45-3 pm M&M Dance demo (main stage)

4-9:30 pm Bingo sponsored by Kaneland Middle School PTO

4:15-5 pm Rocky’s DoJo demo (main stage)

6-8 pm 7th Heaven (rock) performing on stage

8:30-11 pm “Hair Bangers Ball” (rock) on stage

9:30 pm Fireworks Sponsored by the SG Lions Club

Sunday, July 26

11 am-6 pm Park opens

11 am-2 pm Children’s contests

11 am-6 pm SG Library Friends used book sale

11 am-6 pm Arts and crafts/business booths, food vendors

11 am-6 pm Bingo Sponsored by Kaneland Peer Leadership Group

Noon-6 pm Beer tent Sponsored by SG Fire Fighters Association

1 pm Fire Fighters Association water fights

2-4 pm The Duke Band (‘60s to present day rock)

Noon-6 pm Carnival rides and games open

6 pm Park closes

NIU announces Spring 2009 dean’s list

Northern Illinois University anounced its dean’s list for the spring of 2009.

Local students named to the list include Stephanie Dietiker, Kelsey Drendel, Krista Escamillo, Ian Essling, James Gust, Alex Arnold, Meredith Haring, James Harrison, Jessica Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Joseph Krachala and Dominick Parillo, all of Elburn; Kelsey Borg, Danilla Colosi, Cherlyn Ladford, Rachel Mcdowell, Drew Olson, Ashley Schultz and Amy Seyller, all of Maple Park; Raquel Debartolo, William Homan, Linda Huber, Emily Krickl, Sarah McLennan, Kara Payne, Monica Ratlu, Brittany Schirmer, Ashley Schroeder and Lindsay Stahl, all of Sugar Grove.

Students enrolled in the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Visual Arts, and Health and Human Sciences must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale to be named to the dean’s list. Students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

AU shows student art

Gregory Cheatham of Sugar Grove is among several Aurora University student artists exhibiting paintings, drawings and photography in the school’s ninth-annual student art show, which runs through September 7.

The display is free to the public in the Schingoethe Gallery in Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise Place, Aurora.

The exhibit is part of AU’s 2008-09 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Quinn graduates from basic training

Army National Guard Pfc. Sean Quinn graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During nine weeks of training, Quinn received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Gail Quinn of Sugar Grove, and brother of Callie Matheny of Aurora.

Quinn is a 2003 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School.

Boor named to dean’s list

Jillian Boor of Elburn was recently named to the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester at Marquette University.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a minimum course load of 12 credits and a minimum grade-point average of 3.7.

Boor will graduate in December 2009 with a dual degree in criminology and social welfare and justice.

WIU announces Spring 2009 graduates

More than 1,550 students earned academic degrees after the spring 2009 semester at Western Illinois University’s Macomb and Quad Cities campuses, and through extended studies. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 1,250 students.

Elburn residents receiving honors and degrees included Sean Kozak, (Summa Cum Laude—GPA of 3.9 or higher), Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration; Nick Levita, Bachelor of Arts, Communication; and Nate Macklin, Master of Arts, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration.

Sugar Grove residents receiving degrees were Joseph Mandele, Bachelor of Business, Management and Kate Stralka, Bachelor of Social Work, Social Work.

Corn Boil caters to the public

The 2009 Sugar Grove Corn Boil is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 24-26, and its goal is to be public-friendly.

To that end, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil seeks to be a community event where friends and family come together to have fun.

The Corn Boil opens at 4 p.m. on July 24, as does the beer tent. The corn, always the Corn Boil highlight, can become even more exciting with lemon pepper spice, garlic spice or seasoned salt available for flavoring.

A variety of food is available at the food court. Many of our vendors have returned year after year to offer their unique foods. Favorites include Annabell’s pork chop on a stick, corn dogs and curly fries from Crusin’ Concessions, the Genoa foot-long Italian sausage, and lemon shakeups. Consumers are reminded to follow the “no alcohol on school property” law and keep the drinks on the north side of the sidewalk and snow fence. Everyone is invited to pick up the park. Trash barrels are located throughout the park, and event organizers appreciate your effort to help be good neighbors as well. Please toss your trash before you leave the park.

Handicapped parking is available on Main Street in front of the school. In addition, a special shuttle will be made available by J&S Construction to pick riders up at this parking location and transport them to the event. For people parking west of the event in Village Hall or the Sugar Grove Library parking lots, an on-street shuttle service will pick up passengers along the route between Municipal Drive and the south end of Corn Boil at Grove and Snow streets. J&S Construction is making available its brightly decorated hay wagon to shuttle visitors into the Corn Boil from the Sugar Grove Village Hall and Sugar Grove Library parking areas.

The pre-sale ticket advantage continues for any of the carnival unlimited ride times. This is a discount for the same ticket, good for one rider, during one unlimited ride time, which will be available in the park for the cost of $20. Discounted unlimited ride tickets are available at Castle Bank—Sugar Grove, American Heartland Bank & Trust, and Old Second Bank—Sugar Grove until 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

There are three Corn Boil carnival unlimited ride times: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Carnival goers may purchase a $20 unlimited ride ticket for use, by one rider, during an unlimited ride time. The ticket is sold at a ticket booth in the carnival area.

In the interest of safety, “no parking” signs will be posted by directive of the Sugar Grove Police Department and Sugar Grove fire chief; they will indicate that no parking is allowed on the hydrant side of the street. Bicycles, skate boards or roller blades are not allowed at the Corn Boil. Dogs, other than service dogs, are not allowed.

Corn Boil has a cooling station with First Aid facilities. The bingo tent offers a shady space to sit and relax. The tent will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday; noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Free, live entertainment is a staple of Corn Boil. This year, the event features a lineup of music ranging from the Waubonsee Steel Drum Band, rock, country-rock and ‘50s-’70s rock. Free demos are scheduled from local dance studios, do-jo’s and exercise groups.

The Corn Boil Committee owes a debt of thanks to the Corn Boil’s current sponsors, who so graciously help each year. This event has free admission, thanks to the support of the event’s sponsors.

Following is a list of sponsors.
Stage sponsor: The Solheim Cup
Platinum sponsors: Castle Bank; The Daily Herald; Engineering Enterprises, Inc.; The Elburn Herald; Genoa Pizza; Harris Golf Carts; Hinds Trucking; J&S Construction; The Chronicle; Metrolift, Inc.; Old Second National Bank; Provena Mercy Medical Center; Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Sugar Grove Firefighters Association; Sugar Grove Lions Club; Sugar Grove Fire District; Sugar Grove Police Department; Sugar Grove Public Library; Village of Sugar Grove;; Waste Management, Inc.; and WSPY TV/Radio
Gold sponsors: Advanced Realty Consultants; Baker, Diana; Born, Lisa; Carroll, Bob; D&S Painting; John Shields Elementary School—District 302; Lindsay & Associates, Inc.—structural engineers; Lisa Cavalier Ameriprise Financial Advisor; Markus, Donna and Al; Mid America Financial Group—TM; Attorney Steven B. Ekker—Momkus McCluskey, LLC; Paluch, David and Deborah; Plumb, Kim; Quist, Jim; River Front Chrysler Jeep, North Aurora; Scimeca, Ross & Linda; SIGNFx, LLC; Sugar Grove Park District; Sugar Grove Public Library Friends; Swatek, Gerald
Silver sponsors: Healy Chapel; Law Office of William T. King, Jr.; Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson; Waubonsee Community College
Entertainment sponsors: Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Blue Peak Tents; Quik Impressions Group; Volkman Insurance Agency, Inc.
Special Friends: Hollywood Casino; Sugar Grove Animal Hospital.
Friends: Spring Bluff Nursery, Inc.; William F. Keck CPA, Kane County Auditor

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is held in Volunteer Park, west of Route 47, just off Main Street in downtown Sugar Grove behind Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. For more information about the Corn Boil, call the Sugar Grove Events Hotline at (630) 466-5166, listen to WSPY 1480 AM and 107.1 FM or visit
Courtesy of
Beverly Holmes Hughes
Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee

Photo: Two Sugar Grove brothers with the 2007 Corn Boil medallion. File photo

Get up and dance!

WCC Steel Drum Band brings party music to Saturday of festival
by Martha Quetsch
The soothing sound and syncopation of steel pan music is intoxicating, said Waubonsee Community College Steel Drum Band coordinator Gibby Monokoski.

“It has a heavy-base back beat that makes people want to dance,” said Monokoski, who is WCC’s music department director.

“Even if you’re in a bad mood, it just cheers you up,” he said. “It’s fun party music.”

The WCC Steel Drum Band plays a lot of Caribbean- and African-influenced music, including selections from Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album and other covers.

But Monokoski said the band’s sound is not limited to traditional tropical styles.

“For steel pan music, there’s a broad repertoire that includes everything that exists now, including classical, rock and jazz,” Monokoski said.

What really makes listeners want to get up and move to the music are bosonova and reggae numbers, he said.

The band’s 10 members play drums of various sizes. Different sized drums produce different sounds, Monokowski said.

Performing at many local festivals and parades, the WCC Steel Drum Band is an entertainment fixture at the annual Corn Boil.

“We’ve played there for 15 years,” Monokoski said.

The WCC Steel Drum Band will take the stage from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Corn Boil.

The instrument
The steel drum, or steel pan, originated in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the 1940s. It is usually played in ensembles called steel bands.
A traditional steel drum is made from the end, and part of the wall, of an oil barrel. The barrel’s end surface is hammered into a concave shape, and several areas are outlined by chiseled grooves. It is heated and tempered, and domes are hammered into the outlined areas; the depth, curvature, and size of each dome determines its pitch.
Melodies, complex accompaniments, and counterpoint can be played with rubber-tipped mallets on a single drum.
Source: Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Photo: The Waubonsee Steel Drum Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., July 25 at the Corn Boil. File Photo

Keep the pace

Corn Boil 5K takes off Saturday
by Mike Slodki
The 2009 edition of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil 5K run/walk gives local runners a chance to celebrate the weekend with some sweat.

With the race headquarters now changed from the Sugar Grove Community House to the Sugar Grove Park District office at 61 Main St., the race fesitivities begin at 6:15 a.m. Saturday with packet pickup and registration.

At 7:15 a.m., stretch and warmup takes place. The runners are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. with the walkers (not timed) at 7:35 a.m.

The awards ceremony kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

The race will have splits announced at the one- and two-mile marks, and is a flat, fast, two-lap course through a quiet residential area.

The race will have commemorative T-shirts at the end and refreshments as well to go with the awards ceremony. Results will be posted on race day with results cards available to all finishers.

Results will be posted within 12 hours to and

For more information, call (630) 466-7436, ext. 12, or e-mail

Photo: Dany Saldana (226) of Aurora, Ed Saloga (288) of Sugar Grove and Anne Schuette (309) of Sugar Grove battle to the finish at the 2007 Corn Boil 5K. Race day signup begins at 6:15 a.m. at 61 Main St., Sugar Grove. File Photo

Photo gallery: Kernel enjoys the Corn Boil; All about: Corn

Kernel had a great time at the 2008 Corn Boil—and can’t wait for the 2009 edition.
Illustrations by Ben Draper

All about: Corn

• The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows.
• There is one piece of silk for each kernel.
• A bushel of corn contains about 27,000 kernels.
• Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
• Corn is an ingredient in more than 3,000 grocery products.
• One bushel of corn can make 33 pounds of sweetener,
32 pounds of starch, or 2.5 gallons of ethanol fuel.
more facts after the gallery >>

Corn is used in the production of alcohol and distilled spirits, corn syrup, sugar, cornstarch, synthetic fibers such as nylon, certain plastics, in the manufacture of wood resin, lubricating oils and synthetic rubber, as an abrasive, corn cob pipes, corn oil, margarine, saccharin, paints, soaps, linoleum and gasohol.

Corn is the third most important food crop of the world measured by production volume, behind wheat and rice. In terms of acreage planted, it is second only to wheat.

Washington, Mo., is known as the Corn Cob Pipe Capital of the World.

Mexico’s per-capita corn consumption is almost 400 pounds, while in the United States it is about 160 pounds and in India only about 15 pounds.

World corn (for grain) production for 2005 was 686 million metric tons. U.S. production for 2005 was 282 million metric tons.

In 2005, 52 percent of the U.S. corn acreage was planted with genetically modified seed.

China produces about 19 percent of the world’s corn crop, about 4.5 billion bushels. (2004)

According to the Agricultural Council of America, U.S. farmers account for 41 percent of the world’s corn production. (2007)

In 2002, about 9 billion bushels of corn were produced in the U.S., and the largest-producing states were Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Indiana.

In the 1930s, before the machines were available, a farmer could harvest an average of 100 bushels of corn by hand in a nine-hour day. Today’s combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour—or 100 bushels of corn in under seven minutes.

Fresh corn on the cob will lose up to 40 percent of its sugar content after six hours of room temperature storage. The sugar is converted to starch.

Corn was domesticated about 10,000 years ago, most likely from a lost ancestor from the highlands of central Mexico. The oldest remains of corn found at archeological sites in Mexico resemble popcorn-type corn.

Corn is not only an important food for man; more than 50 percent of U.S. production is used for livestock feed.

The official grain of Wisconsin is corn.

Nebraska is the ‘Cornhusker State.’

The world record for eating corn on the cob is 33 1/2 ears in 12 minutes, held by Cookie Jarvis.

Corn always has an even number of rows on each ear.
A corn ear is actually an inflorescence that produces nearly 1,000 female flowers.

These flowers, or potential kernels, are arranged in an even number of rows (usually from 8 to about 22 rows). Row number is always an even number because corn spikelets are borne in pairs, and each spikelet produces two florets: one fertile and one sterile.

Most things in nature have an even number of rows or lines. Watermelon has an even number of stripes as does, cantaloupe, etc. Think of it this way. One cell divides into two—as cell division continues, there is always an even number.

courtesy of

G. David Rivers

G. David Rivers, 71, went to be with the Lord early Monday morning.

Dave was born in Newton, Mass., and grew up in Belmont, Mass. He was from humble beginnings and grew up in rough neighborhoods. He became a Christian when he was in high school and literally fought his way out of being a leader of his local gang to follow Christ. Dave worked his way through Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. He graduated with a major in theology and several minors.

He served in the professional ministry for 12-1/2 years as assistant pastor, youth director, pastoral counselor, and director of Christian education.

He later built a successful career in financial services. The last year of his working life was spent substitute teaching at local middle and high schools in Mililani, Hawaii. He loved sharing stories of the young kids or people he had helped wherever he worked. Many were touched by him.

He loved his iPod, and listened by the hour to Il Divo, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond and many other favorites. He enjoyed Southern Comfort, duct tape, the beach, playing guitar, and puppets—and dreamed of taking them to brighten children in the hospital. But music, of really any kind, was his overall passion.

While David had several favorite churches over his lifetime—David spent his last months playing congas in his church’s band. It brought him much joy.
He will be partying in heaven, loving the music, and carefully preparing a place for all his family to join him.

He was welcomed into Heaven by his mother, Ottolene Belban.

He is survived by one uncle, Charlie Rivers; his wife, Kristin Rivers; five children and their spouses, David and Dee Rivers, Mark and Pam Rivers, Sarah and Sean Garratt, Rachel and Jay Boulay, and Devorah Rivers; his 12 grandchildren, David, Joshua, Tamara, Sharaya, Dyana, Misha, Laura, Caitlin, Jessica, Jesse, Ethan and Hannah; and also by his great-grandchildren, Brittany and Emma. They were all a treasure to him, and he was very proud of each of them. Being an only child growing up, family was always very important to Dave. He will be deeply missed.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church West Oahu, Mililani, Hawaii, on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the service. David will be laid to rest at Miliani Memorial Park and Mortuary, 94-560 Kamehameha Highway, Waipahu, Hawaii. Graveside service for family and close friends will be Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m.

Severe weather can create stressful situations for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease

More than 500,000 Illinois citizens impacted by Alzheimer’s disease
STATE—Recent severe weather conditions in Illinois have prompted the Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter to remind the public that loved ones with dementia will need extra help in the event of a weather related emergency.

Weather conditions during the summer months in Illinois can include tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flooding and many other extremes. All of these situations can significantly add to stress levels and cause confusion for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s, stress and confusion can lead to risky and distressing behaviors, such as wandering off, agitation and surprising emotional outbursts.

“Currently in Illinois there are nearly 350,000 Alzheimer’s/dementia Caregivers,” said Erna Colborn, president and CEO of the Greater Illinois Chapter. “It is imperative that your caregiving plan include what to do in the event of a weather related emergency. It is also important that you register your loved one with MedicAlert+Safe Return, a national database that will help reunite lost loved ones with their family and friends, available through our association.”

For more information call the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit

Prepare an Alzheimer’s-specific ‘emergency kit’
• Sturdy footwear
with Velcro
• Incontinence
• Something familiar to
hug (pillow, toy)
• Extra medications,
• A copy of the person’s
medical history,
insurance, Social
Security card, power
of attorney
• Contact information
for physicians
• The Alzheimer’s
Association 24-hour
Helpline number
(800) 272-3900
• Favorite items
or foods
• Recent photograph of
the person

If you know a disastrous situation is about to occur
• Get yourself and the person with Alzheimer’s to a safe place.
• Alert others (family, friends and medical team) you are
relocating; give them contact information.
• Give the person’s medical history, medications and
physician information to someone other than the
primary caregiver.
• Purchase extra medications.

SG Chamber recognizes 2 local achievers with scholarships

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—High School senior Jessica White has always loved math, so it makes sense that she will major in actuarial science at the University of Illinois this fall. She also hopes to minor in French, which will probably not land her a job, but she finds learning another language interesting, she said.

Her time at school just got a bit easier, at least the funding of it, due to a scholarship granted to her by the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Hers was one of two scholarships presented on Friday at the Chamber’s annual Golf Outing.

Each year, the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers scholarships to students who live in Sugar Grove, based on their academic achievements and their service to the community.

White, a 2009 graduate of Rosary High School in Aurora, was awarded the $1,000 Scholarship for Graduating Female High School Senior. Andrew Wood, a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, won the $500 Scholarship for Adult Continuing Education.

White, a Rosary St. Catherine of Sienna Scholar, National Merit Finalist and Illinois State Scholar, placed second in her graduating class.

“She only got one B in high school, and that was because the teacher made a mistake,” her father, James White, said with a laugh.

In addition to her academic successes, White has contributed many hours of service to her community, at Hesed House, through her church and for “Feed My Starving Children.”

She said that community service was an important part of her life during high school, and she wants to carry it with her into the next stage of her life. She said she is very appreciative of the chamber.

“It’s always nice to get recognition for all my hard work in academics and all the extra-curricular activities I participated in, in high school,” she said.

Her dad, a Sugar Grove attorney, said his daughter has been blessed with her gifts, but that she is successful because she has applied them with hard work and discipline.

“She goes above and beyond what other people would only think about,” he said. “How proud can you be of somebody?”

Wood majored in integrative honors biology and chemistry and received high distinction for his honor’s thesis. He volunteered on Saturdays at an extended living facility and weekdays at Dr. Howard Elementary School, and he instituted a weekly science assembly for the enrichment students at South Side Elementary School in Champaign.

He also helped with the sandbagging effort during the Mississippi flooding of 2008. He plans to attend Rush University Medical School in the fall.

No applications were received for the $1,000 Scholarship for Graduating Male High School Senior.

State budget includes funding for MP projects

MAPLE PARK—On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law bills that create the $31 billion “Illinois Jobs Now!” plan. Under the plan, the village of Maple Park will receive $140,000 in funding.

The plan is directed at reviving the Illinois economy through capital construction projects that create and retain jobs. Maple Park will receive $40,000 for the construction of a new public restroom at the Village’s Civic Center and $100,000 for stormwater management.

The village of Maple Park worked with state Rep. Bob Pritchard, (70th Dist.) and state Rep. Kay Hatcher, (50th Dist.), to secure these funds during the budget process.

The village’s Civic Center, a focal point for the community, will get a much-needed and accessible restroom facility for activities at the center, such as baseball games, basketball games, and the Maple Park Fun Fest.

“This improvement to the village’s Civic Center site has been sought after for some time now, and it is finally going to become a reality,” Maple Park trustee Suzanne Fahnestock said.

The stormwater management funding will be applied to issues identified in a 2008 study of flooding that took place in the village as a result of unprecedented rainfall.

“The village has several problem areas where stormwater has caused significant flooding, and the funds will assist in remediation efforts in these areas,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

The village looks forward to putting these funds to work as soon as they become available, Fahnestock said.

Securing good-paying jobs in Kane, Kendall, DeKalb Counties

REGIONAL—As unemployment continues to be an issue for residents of Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties, the River Valley Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has taken on the challenge of securing jobs in the area, for now and the future.

Focused on ensuring that businesses can compete in a global marketplace by helping them attain a highly qualified workforce, the River Valley Workforce Investment Board is committed to enhancing the local economy. Recently, the WIB launched Training for Tomorrow (T42), a workforce training program designed to protect the jobs of current employees while at the same time growing jobs that will be needed in the long term.

The training provided to participants is designed to improve skills so that employees can meet the needs of the current and future job market. The WIB received nearly $500,000 in federal stimulus dollars to be used for enhancing skills of the current workforce.

Workforce investment boards were created under a 1998 federal law called the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), mandated to create a workforce development system that meets the needs of employers for qualified workers and increases employment opportunities for residents. The River Valley Workforce Investment Board plays a key role in the economic development of Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties. Bringing together myriad employment, training and educational services, the Board provides a comprehensive and easily accessed system that supports the development of a skilled, well-qualified workforce. Through its network and its oversight functions, the Board works to streamline access for businesses to a qualified pool of job applicants. Additionally the Board oversees the workforce system that provides resources and services to help recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce. The system also provides a single source for jobseekers to learn about and utilize a broad range of employment, education and related services.

Employers in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties interested in the Training for Tomorrow program should contact the River Valley Workforce Investment Board at (630) 859-9923 or email

Industries targeted by T42
T42 is targeted at industries that will be the job providers of the future and whose current employees need their skills upgraded to be able to compete in a changing market. Those industries include:
• Healthcare
• Manufacturing
• Information Technology
• Agri-Business
• Transportation, Warehousing
• Hospitality Retail
• Finance Insurance
• “Green” focused businesses

Committee’s action looks to avert drastic cuts at Health Department

GENEVA—The Kane County Board’s Executive Committee, acting on the recommendation of the Kane County Board of Health, voted to move a resolution to the full County Board that would extend a $500,000 line of credit to the Kane County Health Department to maintain services and prevent imminent layoffs.

The credit line, which comes from the Board’s Riverboat Fund, will be secured by money that the state owes the department. These receivables, nearly half of which are more than 90 days old, total $962,000.

The full County Board will discussed the matter at its July 14 meeting.

“This action will allow us to continue full-service operations without exhausting our cash balance,” Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said. “However, we are by no means of out the woods. The Legislature still needs to return to Springfield and adopt a budget that is fair to all Illinois residents. Unfortunately, we are not expecting a quick remedy to Springfield’s problems.”

The lack of a fiscal year 2010 state budget had forced the Kane County Health Department to develop emergency revisions to its own budget that included issuing layoff notices to 58 employees. The Executive Committee’s vote delays that emergency action.

Unless the Illinois General Assembly approves a budget by early August, the Health Department will have to follow-through on its lay-off plan. And any budget that is passed by Springfield that does not fully restore public health funding will likely result in service cuts and layoffs.

“Without an adopted state budget, the Health Department on its own cannot afford to provide the public with many services it expects but that are funded by state grants,” Kuehnert said. “To be blunt, such cuts may put the health of our residents at risk.”

Kuehnert noted that the Health Department’s 2009 budget totals $10 million, with state grants totaling $4.35 million, or 43.5 percent. Local property tax revenue makes up about $2 million, or 20 percent of the budget. Fees collected for inspection and other services combine to make up the remainder of the budget.

Last fall, facing cuts in state grants, decreased local tax revenue and a decline in licensing and inspection fees due to the economy, the Health Department was forced to cut 25 full- and part-time staff.

“The action we took last year was drastic, but showed that we are fiscally responsible and have been good stewards of the public’s money,” Kuehnert said. “The level of cuts to public health still being discussed by the governor and some state legislators—up to 30 percent—will only seriously reduce our ability to provide these important services,” Kuehnert said.

Animal-assisted therapy: What pets can do for our health

Prescription medications and psychiatrists work hard to provide the suffering with help, but sometimes a sloppy, wet kiss from a furry friend makes for good medicine as well.

While not considered to be a conventional healing method, animal-assisted therapy has proven to increase the health of those in agony and bring comfort to those in need.

“The Delta Society defines animal-assisted therapy as a goal-directed intervention in which an animal meets specific criteria as an integral part of the treatment process,” said Kit Darling, the Infection Control Coordinator for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and owner of a certified therapy dog. “Animal-assisted therapy provides multiple benefits including fine and gross motor skills; verbal, tactile, and auditory stimulation; ambulation and equilibrium; decision making and instruction following; memory recall; and extended and concentrated attention span.”

With all of their abilities, it is clear that animals can provide an excellent service to humans. But how are these services positively affecting our health?

“People can benefit from human-animal interaction socially, psychologically and physically,” Darling said. “Animals encourage social interaction with others, increase activity levels, strengthen motivation, and restore a sense of well-being. They also have the ability to decrease stress, anxiety and blood pressure levels.”

Animals are used in many settings and with many different people to better the health of hurting individuals. Darling describes exactly how pets provide encouragement.

“Animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy may be used in physical, occupational, recreational, and speech therapy settings,” Darling said. “Animals do not judge people by their looks or disabilities. They simply want our attention. The pets that perform animal-assisted activities and therapy are anxious to meet people and bring a smile to someone’s face. Their attempts to please help create a sense of well-being in humans.”

Pets in these programs often relieve loneliness for the elderly who have lost a spouse or whose children have moved away.

“Pets can help the elderly by being companions,” Darling said. “Caring for a pet may help one feel a sense of purpose and increase activity, oftentimes helping with loneliness. Receiving a visit from a pet can support social contact, not only with the animal, but also with the person bringing the pet for a visit.”

But these furry companions are helping more than just the elderly. Animals can encourage the terminally ill and those recovering from extensive surgeries and rehabilitation programs.

“Pets can be comforting and calming, decreasing loneliness that may be felt throughout these difficult situations,” Darling said. “Animal-assisted therapy is useful in increasing fine and gross motor skills, verbal and tactile stimulation and ambulation, aiding the rehabilitation process. Sometimes, patients will respond to animals, even when they are not responding to humans.”

The miracles of pet therapy on human health are evident and real. Perhaps this is why Darling and her own pet actively participate in her local animal-assistance non-profit organization, Aggieland Pets with a Purpose.

“I have been a volunteer since the organization’s formation and my dog, Dexter, was in the first group of animals evaluated,” Darling said. “Dexter is a long-haired dachshund that has touched many lives through animal-assisted therapy. He has helped school children, autistic children, the elderly and those recovering from strokes and trauma. I have seen several children talk to him about their problems and both adults and children talk to him when they were not talking very much to other humans. I thank Dexter that he allows me to go along and watch him work.”

Animal-assisted therapy and activity programs are providing support and increasing the health of those in need. Pets like Dexter provide unconditional love that can better our lives when it seems like nothing else can.

TOPS offers healthy cookout tips to spark up the grill

This summer, turn your oven off and take your family outdoors to fire up the grill for sizzling, healthy meals on a sunny day.

July is National Grilling Month, and it offers tasty timing for TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) to suggest nutritious alternatives to cook on a grill.

Registered dietitian Dena McDowell, M.S., C.D., nutritional expert for TOPS, suggests preparing lean ground turkey breast as an alternative to ground beef for burgers. She advises looking on food labels for ground turkey that is at least 93 percent fat-free. 

According to www.nutritiondata .com, four ounces of ground beef containing 10 percent fat has 240 calories and 12 total fat grams. Four ounces of ground turkey with 7 percent fat has 150 calories and 7 total fat grams. Four ounces of ground turkey with 1 percent fat has 120 calories and 1.5 total fat grams.

Here are tips from McDowell to keep your food fresh and healthy at a cookout:
• Trim the excess fat from meat before grilling to lower the fat in the end-product, as well as reduce the amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that are produced.
• Get creative and grill vegetables and fruits to add more texture and flavor to the meal. Use a grill basket (found at most hardware stores) to grill slices of peppers, eggplant, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and even corn on the cob. For a sweet dessert, try grilling pineapple and papaya slices. Add a little cinnamon for increased sweetness.
• Use a marinade that contains lemon, lime juice, or vinegar. The acidic nature of these marinades will reduce the amount of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) that are formed. AGEs can cause inflammation in the body and increase risk of chronic diseases such as cancer heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
• Keep food out of the danger zone (between 40° F and 140° F). Bacteria can multiply quickly if food is kept in this temperate zone. Keep hot foods hot, using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Keep cold foods below 40° F by keeping foods in coolers that have adequate ice.
• Cook beef to a minimum of 160° F or until the center is no longer pink and juices are clear. Cook ground poultry to 165° F and poultry parts to 180° F.
• Marinades diminish the charring of meats, which reduces the risk of developing heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These food components can increase risk of certain forms of cancer.
• Marinades that contain red wine, beer, or fruit juices (such as papaya or pineapple) will tenderize the meat and also prevent charring from taking place. This may reduce the amount of HCAs produced by an estimated 90 percent.

Never re-use marinades that have been used for raw meat, chicken, or fish.

Delnor Health Care Foundation names Bartel Award recipient

GENEVA—The Delnor Health Care Foundation recently announced the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Bartel Award: Elburn resident and new village president David L. Anderson.

Each year, the Bartel Award is given to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary support of, investment in and involvement with Delnor Health System and its affiliates.

Anderson was recognized for his achievement at a recent Delnor appreciation event held at the Herrington Inn in Geneva, where Delnor Health Care Foundation board chair Jace Murray introduced Anderson by congratulating him on his recent political victory, and recognized that his new role is just part of a long legacy of community service.

Anderson owned and operated The Grocery Store in downtown Elburn for 28 years, and also formerly served posts as a Kaneland School board member and 14-year Blackberry township supervisor.

“If you think that sounds like enough work for one plate, you would be remiss—because Dave did not stop there,” said Jace Murray, chairman of the Delnor Health Care Foundation.

Murray detailed Anderson’s long history of Delnor Health System leadership, which includes serving on myriad committees and as chairman of various hospital boards. Anderson was among the civic leaders who joined Delnor Hospital and Community Hospital into one organization, and was key in developing of Delnor Health & Wellness Center and garnering community support for Delnor Glen Senior Living.

Anderson also led the business division of Delnor Health Care Foundation’s successful Sophisticated Medicine—Close to Home capital campaign. This endeavor raised $10 million from community members to support the hospital’s new three-story, 100,000-square-foot expansion, two new operating room suites and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.

“This campaign will impact our entire community for years to come,” Murray said. “It brings the latest in healthcare technology and research in best practice, right to the hospital in our own backyard.”

Anderson said that is a benefit to everyone who lives in the Tri-Cities.

“A strong local hospital means a strong community,” he said. “My commitment to Delnor over the years has been an investment in health and wellness for all local residents.”

Longtime friend and nominator Fred Dornback said “David is a doer that makes a difference. He has been and continues to be a person that is keenly aware of community needs and the person from whom others seek an opinion on community issues.”

The Bartel Award was established in 1994 to honor Tom Bartel, a former Delnor Health System board member.

Photo: Delnor Health Care Foundation chairman Jace Murray (left) presents Dave Anderson with the 2009 Bartel Award. Each year it is given to an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership in service to Delnor Health System. Courtesy Photo