Long, Peters to wed

Diane and Gerry Long of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Danielle, to Kody Myron Peters, son of Darla Mason of Lemont, Ill., and Ricky Peters of Yorkville.

Ashley is a 2005 graduate of Kaneland High School, and a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Kody is a 2005 graduate of Kaneland High School and is currently in the United States Air Force, based in Arkansas.

The couple plans to be wed June 2010 in Maui, Hawaii.

Three state grants in jeopardy

by Susan O’Neill
Three state grants that support Kaneland School District programs are in jeopardy until the budget for the Illinois State Board of Education is approved.

The Kaneland School District received an e-mail recently from the State Board of Education that cautioned it not to spend money for the following grants prior to the state budget’s approval: Reading improvement Block Grant, $112,429; Career & Technical Improvement Block Grant, $31,364; Carl D. Perkins Grant (supports technical education), $151,200.

These grants, totaling approximately $195,000, support the reading improvement program and the career and technical education program with supplemental supplies, material and equipment, as well as a portion of the teachers’ salaries. In lieu of the state grant money, the district will have to use local money to fund these salaries.

If these programs are not cut when the state finalizes its budget, the district will be reimbursed from the state. Legislators went back to Springfield on Tuesday.

Dudzinski a center of gravity

With one more year at Kaneland, Knight gets summer work in at court
DEERFIELD—After going to the hoop, working in the paint and jockeying for position against some of the area and nation’s best, what was Kaneland Class of 2010 basketball weapon Dave Dudzinski ready to do after play concluded on Monday in the North Shore?

“I had a really good time, but I’m glad it’s over and now I’m going to go sleep for awhile,” Dudzinski said.

The 6-foot-9 center, who is getting looks from various Division I basketball programs, participated in the fourth annual boys high school Academic All-American Showcase at Joy of the Game in Deerfield, Ill.

The camp, recognized in USA Today and grabbing the eye of college coaches throughout the country, was home to high-achieving academic players with an overall average ACT score of 27.

Dudzinski, an honor roll student, played five games over Sunday and Monday at the NCAA-certified event.

“You get to play in front of coaches here. You get such a small window and you have to make the most of it, so I felt I had to come out here and perform well,” Dudzinski said.

Even at 120 players strong, the showcase provided Dudzinski ample room to show off center skills, which included 35 points in one outing.

“I got put on a really good team,” said Dudzinski who wore jersey No. 123 on the Spurs team. “I was with some players who were really good at sharing the ball, so I was really pleased with that.”

The showcase on Sunday and Monday was only the tip of the iceberg for Dudzinski’s time in Deerfield, as he also participated in the Chicago Summer Classic at the same Joy of the Game location on Waukegan Road.

The event showcased talent from around the Midwest and was covered by local and national media that included basketball periodicals like SLAM magazine.

Dudzinski, who was on his usual AAU outpost Naperville Velocity for the Classic, also was a presence at the Indianapolis Summer Showcase last week and scored 24 points and racked up 17 rebounds against a formidable Tennessee outfit.

Dudzinski is far from done, as he also balanced summer league ball for the Kaneland Knights and is headed to Orlando for AAU Nationals from July 25-31.

The incoming senior looks to take the floor for new varsity coach Brian Johnson and capitalize on a season that saw him average over 17 points, nine rebounds and almost two blocks per game.

Despite what seems like living at the court, the center was noticed right up until the very end.

“Even though I’d been playing for a week straight, some of the coaches here really liked my athleticism. It’s just about working really hard all summer long. You need every advantage, so the athletic advantage is real important,” Dudzinski said.

PHOTO: Kaneland High School athlete Dave Dudzinski drives to the basket on Monday morning as part of an academic all-american showcase at Joy of the Game in Deerfield. Photo by Mike Slodki

Just call them Batmen

The Kane County Knights took home the 2009 13U Yorkville Wooden Bat championship. Back row, left to right: Coach Jim Snyder, Dylan Nauert, Alex Snyder, Jesse Balluff, Coach Marty Fergus, Kaleb Schuppner, Shane Carmody, Coach Dan Nauert, Scorer Bill Balluff. Front row: Jack Fergus, Brandon Bishop, Danny Evers, Nick Stahl, Drew David, Nick Henne. The boys went 4-0 in the tourney. Courtesy Photo


The Kane County Xplosion 14U are now two-time State Champs after winning the Northern Illinois State Championship in Rockford on July 12. The Xplosion has taken four 1st place wins this season, two of them state tournaments, which were the Joliet Heritage State Championship with team members Allyson O’Herron awarded MVP, Katie Coleman, Alexis Villarreal and Clare Stribling awarded the All State Tournament and the Northern IL State Championship in Rockford, with team members Lanie Callaghan awarded MVP, Katie Neubauer awarded MVP Pitcher, Mckinzie Mangers, Meghan Fabian and Courtney Hicks awarded the All State Tournament. The team is now heading to Orlando for the USSSA World Series.
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Silver Stars tryouts

The Kaneland Silver Stars program for grades 5-8 recently held their tryouts for the 2009-2010 season. Several levels still have a couple openings. If you are interested in playing competitive basketball and missed our tryouts please call Chuck Liss at (630) 365-2565 or Tom O’Herron at (847) 308-4743 for questions or to arrange a tryout.

Wasco offering fall ball

Registration has begun for Wasco Girls Fastpitch Fall Ball. Practices start in August; games begin in September and end in October.

Players need to be registered for the grade they will be going into this fall.

Registration is $75 and goes from July 1-Aug. 1 (late fee applies after Aug. 1)

Learn hoops with Lyndsie Long

This special camp just for middle school girls will focus primarily on offensive skills including shooting, screening, driving and dribbling. Key aspects of defense like rebounding and shuffling will also be taught. The last day of camp will be loaded with fun, games and prizes while reviewing concepts learned.

Girls can register by calling the Sugar Grove Park District at 630-466-7436 or by visiting the SG Park district at 61 Main St. 9am-4pm. 

Session 1
Grades Entering 6th-8th
Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7
10 a.m. to noon
$50 (includes camp t-shirt)
Kaneland John Shields Elementary
School gym
Instructor: Lyndsie Long

Kane County XPlosion launching tryouts

The Kane County Xplosion is a girls travel fastpitch softball organization, made up of girls from all around the Kane County area.

Currently on their rosters are girls from Elburn, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Geneva, St Charles and Aurora, among other communities. One of the new home fields for next year is Kaneland High School.

The Kane County Xplosion, a competitive girls fast pitch softball organization, will host their tryouts for the 2009-2010 seasons on the following dates and locations. The Xplosion are looking to field teams at the U10, U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 levels for next season.

Thursday, Aug. 6 at KHS—6 p.m. for all ages.

Saturday, Aug. 8 at West Main Community Park 40W101 Main St. Batavia (near Main St and Fabyan Pkwy Intersection)
U10/12 Tryouts from 9-10:30 a.m. and pitchers /catchers from 10:30-11 a.m.
U13/14 Tryouts from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and pitchers/catchers from 12:30-1 p.m.
U16/18 Tryouts from 1-2:30 p.m. and pitchers /catchers from 2:30-3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9 at KHS
U10/12 Tryouts from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and pitchers/catchers from 12:30-1 p.m.
U13/14 Tryouts from 1-2:30 p.m. and pitchers /catchers from 2:30-3 p.m.
U16/18 Tryouts from 3-4 p.m. and pitchers/ catchers from 4:30-5 p.m.

If you cannot make one of these dates but would like a tryout or have any questions please e-mail kcxplosion@att.net or visit kcxplosion.com.

No train whistles, now no church bells

There will be no bells ringing on the hour from the Elburn Community Congregational Church—at least until the church gets its leaking roof fixed.

Here, church secretary Linda Miller (right) and church member Dave Royer detach the sound system for the carillon bells that chime in Elburn.

The church is running a “Give Your Fair Square” campaign to pay for the shingles to fix the leaks that have plagued the building. At almost halfway to its goal of 40 squares at $400 a square, the church is hopeful they can raise the funds.

For further information, call Miller at (630) 365-6544 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
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Laura J. Tyler

Laura J. Tyler, 50, of Elburn, and formerly of Beloit, Wis., died Monday, July 13, 2009, in Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva.

She was born June 3, 1959, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene and Marlis Underdahl Kasel.

Laura was a 1977 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and a graduate of the Minneapolis School of Technology. She married Richard T. Tyler on Sept. 1, 1979, in St. Jude Catholic Church, Beloit, Wis.

Laura was employed by the Kaneland High School District as the Accounts Payable Administrator. She enjoyed a healthy lifestyle that included hiking, reading and crossword puzzles. Laura loved to travel and was especially fond of her trips to Italy, Greece and Hawaii.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Tyler of Elburn; three children, Sarah Tyler of Ottawa, Ill., Justin Tyler and Melanie Tyler, both of Elburn; parents, Eugene and Marlis Kasel of Roscoe, Ill.; five brothers and sisters, Gale (Jim) Ramsey of Beloit, Wis., Valarie (Wayne) Boe of Taopi, Minn., Calvin (Carolyn) Kasel of Wauconda, Ill., Melissa (Darryl) McCabe and Bradley (Gina) Kasel both of Roscoe, Ill.; grandmother, Ruby Underdahl of Adams, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis., with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the time of service in the church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements.

A memorial will be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.

Donald D. “Don” Iverson

Donald D. “Don” Iverson, 76, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va. as well as Elburn, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009 following various health complications within the last two years.

He was born October 13, 1932, the son of Rudolf and Louise (Thompson) Iverson in Story City, Iowa.

When Don was four, the family moved to Hampshire, Ill., for a time before settling in Elburn in 1941. Don attended local schools and graduated from Elburn High School in 1950.

Don went on to Northern Illinois University for a semester before enlisting in United States Navy so he could serve his country in the Korean War.

Don was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon return to civilian life, Don received a basketball scholarship to attend Stetson University. He found a sense of home in Florida and after graduation in 1959, Don began working for New York Life, IBM as well as General Electric for a time.

Don was united in marriage to Diane Owen in May of 1968. Diane and Don adopted two children, Dean and Britt Iverson and made their home in Princeton Junction, N.J. for a time.

In 1977, the family moved to McLean and would make it their home for the next twenty years. In between starting and building a vast array of businesses, Don found love again when he married Shari Balthrope in McLean, Va., in 1998. Later, after he and Shari parted ways, Don moved back to Florida where he made his home in Clearwater Beach and continued to work until his retirement.

Don worked as a salesman for Honeywell, based in Philadelphia and had territories covering several states on the east coast. Don, having an entrepreneurial spirit, started his own business where he owned mobile health care units that traveled to different areas providing physicals to many people including military personnel and union members.

Later he would start a new company, this one named for himself, Iverson Technologies Corporation. Using IBM technology, he patented a way to prevent electromagnetic signals from being picked up from computers where they could be decoded and analyzed by foreign governments. His company was in high demand for some time and brought him in contact with nations around the world and a personal meeting with then President Ronald Reagan. He expanded the business and formed niche companies, one of which produced removable disk drives which then could be locked away for security purposes. When Iverson Technologies Corporation began to slow, Don founded another business, this time, a shoe company. Gamer Corporation concentrated on manufacturing and selling affordable footwear for athletes. He also founded International Kids, a company that specialized in the location of missing children.

Don was incredibly intelligent, had a mind for business and was featured in the Who’s Who series of publications. A salesman from birth, Don was always thinking, always planning, and almost always winning. He founded no less than thirteen companies, five of them offshore but through it all Don never forgot his roots in athletics and always had the most fun coaching kids’ football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, ample contributions to world industry and for never saying “quit.” More importantly, he will be remembered in the hearts and minds of his family and those who were lucky to call him friend.

He was a proud member of the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C.

He now leaves his children: Dean and Britt Iverson of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and one stepson, Josh Balthrope, Richmond, Va.; One granddaughter, Dora Iverson of Richmond, Va.; One sister, Betty Weston of Elburn; Former wives, Diane Iverson of Bonita Spring, Fla., and Shari Iverson of Richmond Va., both of whom have remained good friends; Several cousins and a family of friends the world over.

He now joins his parents and one brother-in-law, Mert Weston, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery will follow.

A memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Iverson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Dorothy L. James

Dorothy L. James, 91, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva.

She was born July 14, 1918 the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Horner) Lane in Rex 5, a coal mining town in Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Rex 5 and was a teenager when the family moved to Albia where she met and married Charles James on February 8, 1936, Albia, Iowa. They made their home in Albia for a short time before moving to Lovilia, Iowa. Over the next several years they lived in several surrounding communities.

Many years later, Dorothy took a job for a short time at National Electronics near LaFox and, though she had never done “piece work” in her life, her natural abilities quickly passed the others and she made her mark on the assembly line. In addition to her time “on the line”, Dorothy also cleaned houses for several families including the Rowe, Crawford, Goetz and Mercer families.

She was a member of the Elburn Mother’s Club.

Growing up during the depression years helped fortify Dorothy’s spirit as well as her work ethic and determination. It also showcased her “thriftiness” and an eye for a good bargain. A self proclaimed “queen of the garage sale”, Dorothy lived by the credo that, “You buy them whether you need them or not because after all, it’s a bargain.” In the kitchen, using portions as unique as her own hands, and known only to her, Dorothy made the best homemade noodles. Laughter was a mainstay in the James home and that gift was passed on to her children because she believed it bridged the gap during hard times. In her younger years, Dorothy played basketball as a center in high school. In later years, you could find her touring the countryside in her white Ford Taurus. If miles equaled memories, thousands were made and none will be forgotten.

She now leaves five children Deloris (James) O’Connell of Kaneville, Dixie (Richard) Schroeder of Batavia, JoAnn (Fred) Cregier of Geneva, Larry James of Elburn and Charlene Gerhinger of St. Charles.

Twelve grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother, Dean (Donna) Lane of Iowa City, Iowa and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, husband Charles, one son Paul in infancy, four siblings: Marie Hyde, George Lane, Harold Lane, Ferne Remmark; and three grandchildren: Tammy Gerhinger, Todd Olesen and Christopher James; one son-in-law Jerry Gerhinger who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Monday, July 13, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A time to share memories followed during a Remembrance Service. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite local charities. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy James Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

AAA launches new senior safety and mobility website

AURORA—AAA announced the launch of its new senior safety and mobility website, AAASeniors.com.

The website, which includes content and resources based upon extensive research, provides families of older drivers with valuable information related to senior mobility challenges and tools to help extend safe driving, and assist in difficult discussions about transitioning from driver to passenger.

“According to our research, many adult children of older drivers—the ‘sandwich’ boomers—are unaware that resources exist to effectively address the safety and mobility challenges of senior drivers,” said Brad Roeber, AAA Chicago’s Regional President. AAASeniors.com gives seniors and their families the tools necessary to create an action plan to help seniors manage the inevitable consequences of aging, continue to drive safely or transition to alternative modes of transportation, and remain independent.”

AAASeniors.com provides advice about how aging affects one’s ability to drive safely. Visitors can find a step-by-step guide on how to begin a conversation with an older driver about working together to develop a plan for the transition from driver to passenger. Additionally, visitors will find a variety of tools and resources, from educational brochures and driver improvement courses, to tips on choosing a vehicle, to skill assessment tools and free community-based programs.

“Many adult children, grandchildren and seniors will at some point be faced with a difficult decision about a mature adult’s ability to drive safely,” said Dr. Alexis Abramson, one of the nation’s leading gerontologists. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to be proactive in developing a plan of action based on factual, compassionate and objective information, such as that found at AAASeniors.com.”

People who are 65 or older represent the fastest growing segment of the country’s population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four drivers—more than 30 million—will be age 65 or older by 2030.

“With more Americans remaining active and living longer than ever before, the AAA senior driver safety tools and resources found on AAASeniors.com are designed to keep seniors safe and mobile as long as possible,” Roeber added.

AAA Chicago has represented roadway interests for motorists and pedestrians and serves as a leading advocate for various traffic safety and travel-related issues for more than a century.

For more information on any aspect of AAA Chicago, visit www.AAA.com, or call toll-free 1-866-968-7222.

Recall targets Colorado-based ground beef

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department is advising residents that JBS Swift Beef Company, a Greeley, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 41,280 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

These beef products were produced on April 21 and 22, and were shipped to distributors and retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. No illnesses have been reported.

The list of products subject to the recall is available at www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_034_2009_Release/index.asp.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

More information about food safety is available on the Health Department’s website, www.kanehealth.com.

Residents can help shape region’s future at meeting

SUGAR GROVE—The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will host a “GO TO 2040 Invent the Future Workshop” on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Academic and Professional Center on Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event is open to the public, and registration is not required.

Meeting attendees will share their opinions and help make decisions about the future of the Chicago area by using interactive software and keypad polling. Issues will include transportation, land use, housing, environment and natural resources, economic development, and human services.

CMAP is the regional planning agency for the seven-county area that makes up metropolitan Chicago. “GO TO 2040” is the agency’s official comprehensive planning campaign. For more information, visit www.goto2040.org.

Batavia man dies in Route 38 accident

A Sunday evening accident at the intersection of Route 38 and Anderson Road led to three injuries the death of a Batavia man.

Robert G. Schipp, 74, of Batavia was killed in a two-vehicle accident when Schipp’s southbound Toyota Prius was struck broadside by a Ford Freestar van that had been traveling westbound on Route 38.

Schipp’s passenger, Mary B. Schipp, 68, along with the van’s driver, John G. Steele, 74, of West Chicago and his passenger, Rita K. Steele, 68, were all treated for injuries at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.

The Elburn Police Department reported that the Route 38 was closed several hours during the investigation of the crash. The Elburn Police Department was assisted by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Campton Hills Police, members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and members of the Kane County Emergency Management Agency during the investigation.

The Elburn Police Department reported that this was the second fatal crash at that intersection in the past seven months.

From Elburn Police Department press release

Know dangers of backyard pools

American Leak Detection encourages pool safety with tips for proper pool maintenance
There may be no activity more synonymous with summer fun than the “splish, splash” of swimming in a backyard pool.

Unfortunately, however, there are hazards lurking in and around most pools that area families often overlook. In order to keep pool safety top of mind, American Leak Detection Serving Northern Illinois is offering local residents tips to prevent pool-related injuries. Whether you have a pool and spa or your family enjoys cooling off in a community pool, this information shouldn’t be missed.

“People tend to think that proper swimming skills can keep them safe when they’re enjoying a swim, but the reality is that there are dangers hiding within the mechanical components of the pool,” said Paul Roe, owner of American Leak Detection Serving Northern Illinois. “In particular, improperly maintained drains in swimming pools and spas can lead to serious injuries and even death. When it comes to protecting your loved ones, there are essential steps that need to be taken to ensure a pool does not pose any threats.”

Roe notes that while people of all ages and sizes are susceptible to the dangers of faulty pool drains, young children tend to be at the highest risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one in four drowning victims are children age 14 and younger. For every child who has died from drowning, another four have received emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

“The summer season is a carefree time of year, but that does not mean that area residents should take a carefree approach to proper pool maintenance,” said Roe. “In addition to following these tips, adults must remember to supervise children at all times when they are in the pool. Rescue equipment and a phone to use in case of an emergency should also be on-hand.”

For more information about American Leak Detection, serving Northern Illinois, call (815) 652-1000.

Safety precautions
• Replace old flat drain covers and never use a pool or spa with a missing or broken drain cover.
• For public pools, install anti-vortex drain covers. A simple retrofit to install anti-entrapment covers will protect both children and adults from body and hair entrapment in the suction outlets.
• Have a professional regularly inspect the pool or spa for entrapment or entanglement hazards. Ask them to clearly mark the location of the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump.
• Install a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) to automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected.
• If someone is trapped against a drain, immediately turn off the pump. Pry a hand between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal instead of trying to pull the person away from the powerful suction.

T&C Library offers local programs

“Read on the Wild Side” prizes and program continue
ELBURN—The library continues to offer many programs for patrons this summer. Below are two special children’s programs.

Visit the website, www.elburn.lib.il.us, to view a complete list of summer programs. There are still many prizes available for both children and adults.

The library will give a Hubert the Lion cookie jar from Harris Bank to the 1,000th child that registers for the summer reading program.

Magic show and workshop
Magician “Amazing” Tim Adamz will visit the library to present his “On the Wild Side” magic show at 1 p.m. on July 15.

Join Amazing Tim on a non-stop and hilarious adventure into the world of a reading safari. After his magic show, Amazing Tim will present a magic workshop at 2 p.m.

Fire safety day
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will present a Fire Safety Day for children at the library on Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Firefighters will show their fire truck, ambulance and fire protection equipment. They will also have several activities for all the kids that morning.

The Town and Country Public Library is located at 320 E. North Street, Elburn. Contact the library at (630) 365-2244.

Rep. Foster votes to increase funds for vets

Foster votes to enhance health care of women veterans and to shore up VA funding

STATE—Rep. Bill Foster (D-14) voted recently in favor of legislation designed to aid wounded veterans and the families of those killed in service.

“As the cost of everyday items like food, housing and medicine increase, it is important to ensure that the veterans benefits earned by those who have been wounded or the families of those killed in battle can keep up with the prices of basic necessities,” Foster said. “Making sure benefits match current living expenses is simply the right thing to do for our veterans and their families.”

Foster voted in favor of S. 407, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, which provides for an annual cost-of-living adjustment to veterans survivor benefits and disability compensation.

Foster also voted for H.R. 1211, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act. This legislation would expand and improve health care services available to women veterans. Some of the provisions of the bill include an assessment of women’s health care programs, medical care for newborn children of women veterans, enhancement of PTSD treatment for women, and the establishment of a pilot program for child care services.

“Our veterans have bravely fought to defend our country, and they deserve the support and resources they need to succeed back here at home,” Foster said. “With soldiers facing difficult conditions overseas, it is of the utmost importance that we provide both men and women with quality medical care and services so that they can lead healthy and prosperous lives.”

In addition, Foster voted for H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget and Reform Transparency Act, which provides Congress with greater ability and incentive to develop appropriation bills that best anticipate future demand for VA services. The legislation would ensure that the VA and other veteran care givers have peace of mind and stability in their budgets, allowing them to anticipate their future veteran care.

Village releases Bike to Metra Guide

ELBURN—The Village of Elburn, in cooperation with the League of Illinois Bicyclists, recently released its Bike to Metra Guide. The guide contains a map with preferred bicycle routes around the Metra Station, as well as bicycle and railroad safety tips.

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

The guide was funded completely by the Public Education and Enforcement Research Study grant from the Illinois Commerce Commission.

To obtain a copy of the map, visit Village Hall at 301 E. North Street, or visit www.elburn.il.us.

Lions announce raffle winners

ELBURN–The Elburn Lions Club announced its July 2009 raffle winners.

Marilyn Gould of Elburn won $250.

Winners of the $50 raffle were Tom McCartney and Jim Gillett, both of Elburn; Vince Allegra of Hinsdale, Ill., and Ken O’Brien of Luxemburg, Wis.

Winning $25 were Dana Battles, Rob & Tom, Emil Weiss and Jeff Miller, all of Elburn; Trudy/Walley; “Elburn Seniors” of Maple Park; Marilyn Fidler of Aurora; Julie Long, Hailey Gladd, Amy Steenson, all of Batavia; Eva Wood, Ryan Wessel and P. Mike Sheahan, all of Geneva; Brian Hauser and Jason & Jaclyn Cornell of Hinckley; Duncan Gilkey and Jenny Stanek of DeKalb; Kindra and Kristen Schumach of Yorkville; Autumn Conn of St. Charles; Bob Holland Jr. of Plainfield, Ill.; Joel McGuuire of New Lenox, Ill.; Katherine Chron of Northbrook, Ill.; Jim Gilliam of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Stan Andrie of Muskegon, Wis.; and Jr. English/Leslie Bunn of N. Charleston, S.C.

Fashion for your inner gypsy

Local designer making name for himself
by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLE—Joshua-Paul Angell has always had a creative streak. Growing up in Kaneville, he wrote poems, drew pictures, and was an editor for the Kaneland Krier while in high school.

“He was always thinking up something,” said his mom, Judy Angell.

When Josh was about 20 years old, he left Kaneville for Austin, Texas. He lived there for eight years, working as a home-care hospice nurse.

When he moved back to the area, he worked in retail for a time. Last winter, he decided to try making some extra money creating tie-dye shirts and selling them at a flea market.

He said his technique is different from that used to make other tie-dye clothing, in that he uses hemp rope to tie the clothing and does it all by hand.

“It takes me a long time to do it, but no one can duplicate my design,” he said.

He said that before long, people began asking for dresses, gowns and other types of clothing. While driving home from work about four months ago, he listened to his favorite singer, Stevie Nicks, sing “Gypsy.” Her words about freedom and feeling no fear seemed to click with him.

“Go with it, take a risk,” Nicks seemed to be saying to him, he recalled.

He called his district manager, quit his job on the spot and listened to “Gypsy” all the way home.

“I never felt better,” he said.

Since then, things have opened up for him. He has a website, and he has begun to get offers from local boutiques to place his clothing in their stores.

“He’s getting a great response,” said his uncle and fashion photographer, Michael Kostopoulos.

Kostopoulos has worked in the fashion business for more than 30 years. He has been able to provide some exposure for his nephew, dressing his models in Angell’s clothing for a few of his fashion shoots.

Recently, Angell was asked to design an outfit for the cover of Salon News, a magazine that circulates to 250,000 readers. The issue hit the newsstands this week.

Although his uncle was able to open a few doors for him, Angell is working hard to make his own opportunities, as well. He had more than 100 visitors to his booth at the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles last weekend.

He said attending local markets such as this is good exposure. He sells some of his original pieces for a reasonable price, while getting his name out there about the highend nature of what he does.

He currently has his line of clothing in the largest wholesale distributor in Chicago and a children’s boutique in Homewood, Ill. In addition, he said a number of beauty salons and designer consignment stores are looking at his designs to feature in their stores.

“Things are falling into place for him,” his mom said.

Models of all ages love to wear his creations. Although 6-year-old Maple Park resident Emma Bales is technically not a professional model – her mom let Angell use her pictures for his website—she had a great time and loves to wear the clothes from the photo shoot.

Emma Bales
Emma Bales
“I’ve never seen tie-dye like that before,” Emma’s mom Mindy Koz said. “He goes all-out, and it’s very unique.”

Angell plans to have a booth at the upcoming Kaneville Fest in August, where his former neighbors can get a first-hand look at his designs. He said he will also do a charity show in Bensenville, Ill., and the Threshing Bee/Steam Show near Burlington.

Koz said that she is glad to have Angell back in town.

“He’s always been enthusiastic about whatever he does,” she said. “It’s hard for you not to get excited with him.”

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Younger Hastert wants new generation of Republicans to show themselves

Federal budget woes spur 31-year-old Elburn resident to run for Congress
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The name “Hastert” is familiar to most local residents, as the last name of the Congressman who served District 14 for two decades.

It is also the surname of an Elburn resident running for the same Congressional seat in 2010, his son, Ethan.

Ethan Hastert, 31, moved to the village from an apartment in the West Loop. Ethan and his wife, Heidi, said they needed more space after the birth of their son, Jack, and liked Blackberry Creek.

“It wasn’t that Ethan thought one day, ‘Oh, let’s move to Elburn so that I can run for Congress in District 14,’” Heidi said.

Ethan said they chose Elburn because it is close to the Metra station and to his parents, who live in Plano.

“I wanted to be near my folks and near the train,” said Ethan, who commutes to his job as an attorney at Mayer Brown in Chicago.

His other major recent decision—to run for Congress as a Republican—also relates to family, not just his but those throughout the country, whose futures are threatened by financial decisions federal lawmakers have made this year, he said.

Hastert said he didn’t wake up one morning and decide to run for Congress, but that it was a gradual process stimulated by his concern at the beginning of the year by the level of spending coming out of Washington.

“Basically, in January, you saw the national budget go from a little under a trillion dollars to more than three trillion,” Hastert said. “I used to think it was going to fall on me and my generation to pay off the national debt. But now, I look at my 2-1/2-year-old son, and I realize it’s going to be him and his generation paying these debts off.”

Hastert is concerned that rising national debt, which could eventually exceed $20 trillion, will result in inflation that could financially cripple families, he said.

“For you, me, my wife, my son, every single one of us, what that equates to is, every individual in the United States shares $37,000 worth of debt,” Hastert said. “The only way to pay that off is to either grow the economy, and make $20.5 trillion look paltry, or you inflate your way out of it, so that means paying $150 for a loaf of bread.”

Hastert said the nation’s budget should not be excessive when families and businesses do not have that luxury.

“As a nation, we’re currently borrowing 50 cents on every dollar we spend,” he said. “If you or I ran our household or business like that … we wouldn’t be around very long. That’s very simple.”

For example, at his home, he would love to build a deck but said it wouldn’t be prudent spending.

“I would like to have a lot of things here. But right now, that is not my top priority,” he said. “I have other bills I have to pay. I don’t get everything I want. We have to start treating our national budget that way.”

Aside from his concern about the federal debt and inflation, another reason Hastert is running is to ensure a strong Republican Party in the future that includes young lawmakers.

“People are ready for the next generation of Republican leadership to start showing themselves,” Hastert said.

Some might say Hastert’s inexperience could work against him in his pursuit of such an ambitious goal—a U.S. Congressional seat. Hastert said he considered seeking a state lawmaker position but said he likes the people already in place.

“We have a fine complement of state legislators—two Republicans (Kay Hatcher and Chris Lauzen) who are doing a good job fighting the same problems in Springfield that we are having on the national level,” Hastert said. “So I have no interest in running there.”

For most of Hastert’s life, his father was a Congressman, which spurred his interest in national issues.
“It’s not to say that I don’t follow state or local policies or politics; it’s just a matter of my personal interest,” Hastert said.

He was 9 years old when his father became a Congressman in the late 1980s. But he was just 2 when his dad first ran for the Illinois Legislature, where he served as a state representative for six years.

“And my son is 2 now, as I get ready to make a run,” Hastert said.

As an attorney commuting to Chicago, Hastert is away from home for 12 or more hours each day. That work schedule does not give him much time to hunt, fish or cook, which are among his favorite hobbies. Lately, he devotes his spare time to his family and to getting out and meeting voters. He said he might take a leave of absence from work to devote himself to his campaign.

Hastert started reaching out to the public even before his June 5 announcement to the Elburn Herald that he intended to run. He attends a public event nearly every day, whether a parade or a city council meeting, to introduce himself to voters and find out what issues are important to them.

“I like to think that I generally know what concerns people, but I don’t know everything,” Hastert said. “You learn more by listening than talking.”

He said bringing more fiscal responsibility to government will not be the only focus of his platform. However, overspending by lawmakers is a concern that stands out in the conversations he has had with District 14 residents.

“The top thing on everybody’s mind is the economy,” he said.

Local candidate’s background

Ethan Hastert, 31, a Republican candidate in the race for 14th U.S. Congressional District in 2010, lives in Elburn’s Blackberry Creek with his wife, Heidi, and their son, Jack, 2.

Hastert received an undergraduate degree in business administsraton from University of Illinois in Champaign, where he met his spouse, and earned a law degree at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago.

He currently is employed as an attorney at Mayer Brown in Chicago. In his early 20s, he was an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

He is the son of former District 14 Republican Congressman and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who resigned in 2007 and was succeeded by Democratic Rep. Bill Foster, through a special election in 2008.

PHOTO: U.S. Congressional candidate Ethan Hastert enjoys some down time in his backyard with his son, Jack, his wife, Heidi, and their golden retrievers, Atlas and Odin. Photo by Martha Quetsch

Board moves forward with Mallard Point project

Approves step to establish future SSA
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Village Board on Tuesday approved a $14,000 contract with engineering company Trotter and Associates to conduct an on-site field tile investigation for the Mallard Point Subdivision and the adjacent Ogle property.

The unbudgeted project will be paid for with village funds, but may end up being charged back to the Mallard Point residents through a possible future SSA (Special Services Assessment).

Village officials and members of the Rob Roy Drainage District Board have been working for several months on a plan to resolve recurring groundwater and drainage issues in the Mallard Point Subdivision and the properties surrounding it.

The board also passed on Tuesday a resolution of intent regarding the establishment of an SSA in the Mallard Point Subdivision. The vote was 4-2 in favor of the resolution, with trustee Kevin Geary and Tom Renk voting against the resolution. Village President Sean Michels was not at the meeting.

Village attorney Steve Andersson explained that the resolution of intent does not establish the SSA, but gives the village the authority to establish one. He said that the resolution also starts the time clock, which allows the village to recapture funds already spent on projects related to the flooding and drainage issue, as long as they were spent within the last 60 days.

The village paid $10,000 in February for Trotter and Associates to inspect the retention basin and wetlands within Mallard Point. However, because this expense was prior to the 60 days, the village will not be able to recoup this from Mallard Point residents.

The current project’s cost of $14,000, as well as a previous one to complete a drain tile concept plan for the area south of Mallard Point to Jericho Road at a cost of $10,000, would be allowable expenses for the village to recapture through the SSA.

The resolution sets a maximum amount that could be reimbursed through the SSA at $100,000.

Although the resolution starts the time clock, there are a number of steps the village would have to take before an SSA could be established. Board members proposed Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a public hearing regarding the SSA.

However, according to Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger, the village will likely not have an answer by then to the biggest question residents will have—how much is it going to cost them?

“No one can say how much this is going to cost,” he said. “The earliest will be this fall, when studies are done.”

He added that the other unknown variable is how the costs for the various projects will be spread among how many residents. He said the village could be a year away from knowing the answer to that question.

Additional projects related to the flooding problems could be conducted by the Rob Roy Drainage District, which encompasses the Mallard Point Subdivision, the Ogle property and other property owners south to Jericho Road. These costs could then be recaptured by the district through an additional tax on the Drainage District residents.

Sugar Grove Public Works Director Tony Speciale tried to put the SSA question in perspective. He said that every subdivision the village has approved in the last five years or more, including Windsor Pointe, Windsor West, Hannaford Farms and Settler’s Ridge, has an established SSA, should any need to use it.

Although Eichelberger said that no one at this point knows how much these projects will cost each individual, he said it is more reasonable to say that it would be in the hundreds of dollars per year range, as opposed to thousands of dollars.

Montalto, who lives in Mallard Point, said passing the resolution was the fiscally responsible thing to do. He said he hoped the public hearing would be a good forum in which to address any misinformation that people are getting.

Trustees Mari Johnson and Melisa Taylor attempted to reassure the several Mallard Point residents who attended the meeting.

“Everything will be done in a step-by-step process,” Johnson said. “We want to get the right thing done.”

“We will not spend money frivolously,” Taylor said. “We will criticize every expense.”

Montalto informed the residents that both he and trustee Kevin Geary live in Mallard Point, and will be personally affected by the board’s decisions.

“We are managing this,” he said.

New committees can’t start without ordinance

Document not ready for trustees’ vote as expected
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—New village committees that Maple Park President Kathy Curtis formed after being elected in April cannot begin meeting until the Village Board approves an ordinance allowing for government structure change.

One of the new committees, Personnel and Communications, met June 22. During Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, trustee Terry Borg asked the village attorney, Pat Bond, whether the new committees could legally operate before the board approves the ordinance.

“No, unless you establish them as special committees,” Bond 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 Tuesday’s meeting, Curtis said.

The village is expected to prepare the ordinance for trustees to vote on at their next board meeting, Tuesday, July 22.

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

Under village ordinance, the village may have six committees: Finance, Streets, Water and Sewer, Parks and Grounds, Police and Planning. In place for the past several years, they have not functioned since Curtis announced their disbandment.

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.

Proposed Maple Park Committees
• Personnel and Communications
• Finance
• Public Relations and Development
• Infrastructure

Train-whistle blares won’t subside until at least August

Delay due to wayside horn company’s late paperwork
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn residents throughout the village will continue to hear train whistles blaring regularly for up to six more weeks, since alternate safety devices—wayside horns—were not installed at the end of June as Elburn had expected.

The project start was delayed because the installer, Railroad Controls Limited (RCL), was late in submitting documents to the Illinois Department of Transportation needed for permission to bore under Route 47, Community Development Director David Morrison said.

RCL obtained the permit this week and likely will start the installation Monday, July 13, Morrison said.

Village officials decided in 2008 to install the horns as a safety measure so that trains do not have to blow their whistles while rolling through town. The measure received Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval last year: With the wayside horn installation, the FRA will allow Elburn to be free, for the most part, of the train whistles heard throughout the village since locomotives started coming through in the mid 1800s.

The wayside horns will direct their sound only toward the immediate area of pedestrian and vehicular traffic near the crossings. Both the First Street and Route 47 crossings will have two wayside horns each, as well as a flashing “X” sign posted at a height of 20 feet.

The approximately 10-day installation will be followed by a 30-day waiting period, during which Union Pacific (UP) railroad will confirm the visibility of the flashing X sign to train engineers, as well as to make sure the wayside horn’s audio component is performing properly, Morrison said.

After the wayside horns are up and running, trains will still will blow their whistles if the “X” is not flashing, indicating wayside horn malfunction, or if the locomotive engineer sees a safety hazard, according to a letter from UP Public Affairs Director Thomas Zepler.

The village agreed in April to pay RCL $124,125 for the horns and installation at the First Street and Main Street crossings, with contract approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission and UP, which owns the crossings.

Among the many safety measures village officials studied for the past several years to meet federal regulations allowing for a whistle-free zone, the wayside horns was the least expensive, village officials said. Other ways they considered included installing a center barrier of pylons at the First Street crossing, for $400,000.

Ready to roll

Makenna Sikon, 6, was among more than 50 children who decked themselves and their bikes out in red, white and blue for a bike parade on July 4 in the Prairie Valley area of Elburn. The parade started in the 800 block of Shepherd Lane, and was led by a Kane County Sheriff's officer in his patrol car. Photo by Martha Quetsch
Makenna Sikon, 6, was among more than 50 children who decked themselves and their bikes out in red, white and blue for a bike parade on July 4 in the Prairie Valley area of Elburn. The parade started in the 800 block of Shepherd Lane, and was led by a Kane County Sheriff's officer in his patrol car. Photo by Martha Quetsch

Walgreens will be 2nd drug store for Elburn

Pharmacy expected to open within two months
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The new Walgreens in Elburn will open at the northeast corner of routes 38 and 47 sometime in August or September, company spokesman Robert Elfinger said. He said the fact that Osco is right across the street did not deter Walgreens from deciding to locate in there.

“We compete with other pharmacies, whether kitty corner or on the same block, all across the country. It’s not unusual,” he said.

Until 2007, Elburn had one drug store, Gliddons, located in downtown Elburn. Gliddons closed that year and since then, Osco has been the only pharmacy in the village.

Trustee Gordon Dierschow is excited that the village will have a second drug store, due to the sales tax it will bring and because it will be another local shopping option.

“It will have everything from soup to nuts,” Dierschow said.

Aside from pharmacy items and a drive-through lane, the store will feature a one-hour photo lab and a food section.

Walgreeens announced more than two years ago that it planned to locate in Elburn. The developer, National Shopping Plazas of Chicago, broke ground last November. The store was expected to open sooner, but Elfinger said the construction process, from obtaining permits to building, is not always predictable.

The closest Walgreens to Elburn are in Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles.

Stimulus money sought for public works project

Alternatives include applying for low-interest state loan
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park village officials hope to obtain federal stimulus money for a future water main replacement project in the village. However, they are not optimistic about their chances, so they have a backup plan.

Village engineer Ralph Tompkins said the village submitted its application to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program in April. He estimated that the ARRA program received 1,700 applications for project funding, and that 50 to 75 percent would be approved.

Trustee Terry Borg said another possible source of funding for the water main project is a low-interest (2.5 percent), 20-year loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The Village Board on Tuesday agreed to continue pursuing the IEPA loan along with the federal stimulus money, at Tompkin’s advice.

“These are state-revolving funds. There is no guarantee you will get it. But I would not recommend withdrawing the application,” Tompkins said.

Borg said a third option for paying for the $828,000 water main project would be using village funds, but that is the board’s last choice, since the project is not an emergency.

Village approves wind moratorium on energy

Officials want to study the issue for six months
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Village Board on Tuesday approved an ordinance for a six-month moratorium on windmills, wind turbines and other electricity-generating wind devices.

According to village officials, the purpose of the moratorium is not to prohibit these potential energy sources, but rather to take the time out to study the issue.

“Passing the moratorium in no way says the village is against wind-generating devices,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said.

Trustee Kevin Geary had brought the matter before the board in recent meetings, due to questions from several heavy-power-using industrial businesses in the village.

With the move toward more green and sustainable energy sources, as well as a 30 percent tax credit in the recent federal stimulus package reducing the cost to implement the technology, more communities are taking a look at this issue, according to Community Development Director Rich Young.

Trustee Bob Bohler raised some concerns about the potential for excessive noise generation and other problems.

“This gets complicated really fast, and the technology keeps changing,” Bohler said.

Trustee Melisa Taylor said the issue may also be complicated due to the airport nearby.

“There is no way we can sit here and say today what may or may not be appropriate,” Eichelberger said. “We want to encourage it, but encourage it in a responsible way.”

The moratorium may be extended longer than the six months, if the Village Board determines it needs more time to study the issue.