Forest Preserve District sponsors summer bike safety clinics for kids

COUNTY—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is encouraging its youngest citizens to ride safely this summer, by hosting two “bicycle rodeos,” designed to teach bike safety to children.

The first bike rodeo is Saturday, July 11, at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. The event will take place at the lower shelter, nearest the lake. Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave. The second bike rodeo is set for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Great Western Trailhead, south of LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Dean Street. Both events are from 1 to 4 p.m.

The rodeos will include helmet-fitting stations, bike safety checks, tips on how to see and be seen on a bike, how to watch for potential hazards, and use of hand signals. The rodeos will include a riding course to teach young riders how to be safe and test their skills. Bike rodeo participants must bring their own bikes and helmets to participate. Forest Preserve officers will teach the course along with volunteers from local trail and rider groups and bicycle shops.

Each child who completes the bike rodeo will receive a certificate of completion. Plus, the district will give away free back sacks to the first 50 kids who complete the rodeo at either location.

“Families should bring their bikes and helmets and enjoy our wonderful trail system with the kids, after the rodeo course,” Police Chief Mike Gilloffo said.

There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP. Call the Community Affairs Department of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at (630) 444-3064.

SG library becomes reality

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The outside of the new Sugar Grove Public Library building is nearly finished.

On Tuesday, the project manager from Cordogan, Clark & Associates, Inc., Therese Thompson, and Sugar Grove Library circulation services manager Michelle Drawz went through the final details on the building’s interior.

One could almost visualize a library patron curled up with a good book near the fireplace in the quiet room, a group of high school students discussing a shared project in a study room, wide-eyed children listening to a story in a special room just for them, or two friends taking a moment for a cup of coffee in the Book Nook Cafe.

Thompson shared the credit for the amenities the building offers with the community. She said there was a great deal of public input about what residents wanted in a new library, as well as feedback from the library staff.

“This building is fantastic,” Drawz said. “You could fit four of our old libraries in here.”

The 27,430-square-foot building, located at Municipal Drive and Snow Street, replaces the old 6,000 square-foot library at Main and Snow streets.

Therese Thompson
Therese Thompson

“This building is fantastic.
You could fit four of our
old libraries in here.”

Michelle Drawz
Library Circulation Services Manager

New building:
27,430-square feet at
Municipal Drive and Snow Street

Old building:
6,000 square feet at
Main and Snow streets
“Nooks and Crannies Tour”
of the new building on
Saturday, Aug. 1

Grand Opening
on Saturday, Aug. 8
Old library will close on
Saturday, July 11

SG Fire Dept. loses deputy chief

Fire Chief will take on duties
by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Deputy Chief Dave Adler left the Sugar Grove Fire Department last month, and Fire Chief Marty Kunkel said there are no plans to replace him.

“I will absorb his duties and responsibilities,” Kunkel said.

Although Adler’s contract had been renewed, Kunkel said the department is in a very tight budget year and everyone is looking for ways to trim expenses.

“We’re all in difficult times,” he said. “Next year’s going to be tough.”

Kunkel said that Adler moved to California to visit his daughter and to explore the opportunities there.

“He’s a great loss for us,” Kunkel said. “We’re going to miss him.”

Adler was in charge of training and operations for the township fire department.

Editorial: Make a difference for our soldiers serving overseas

As belts continue to tighten in the midst of a struggling economy, the level of philanthropy is suffering along with budgets.

Yet, for many, the things that can make the most difference cost little, if anything.

For example, Fox Valley Troop Support, based in St. Charles, offers support to U.S. military service members deployed overseas by sending care packages and letters to them.

The organization offers a program to help families learn how, with just the time spent to write a handwritten letter, they can make an immeasurable impact on the days of our troops serving overseas.

The program, set for Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m., “will guide participants on how to write a heartfelt message to brighten a soldier’s day and will provide information on how citizens/students can help prepare care packages to troops stationed overseas.”

The event will be led by the organization’s co-founder, Sarah Giachino. According to the group’s website,, Giachino became active in supporting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan after discovering the impact letters from home had on her father as he served in WWII. The site says that in 2001, she discovered hundreds of love letters between her parents throughout her father’s deployment from D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge. Recognizing the impact remaining connected to home had on her father, she began sending hundreds of letters and care packages to the veterans currently serving overseas.

The group’s other co-founder, Kathy Tobusch, became active in her support of our troops after her sons were deployed to Iraq. She regularly sent them letters and care packages, and through them, learned about the many soldiers serving our nation that never received anything from home.

Once the two women learned of each other, Fox Valley Troop Support was born.

Visit the site, and it will take but a minute to realize how little has to be spent to make a tremendous difference in the lives of those willing to make the greatest sacrifice on our behalf. A few extra items thrown in the shopping cart, a few minutes to write a letter, and you have made a difference in someone’s life.

Making a difference does not have to require a budget-breaking donation or a time commitment beyond what you are able to make. Oftentimes, literally a few dollars and a few moments of time—and the act of spending that time telling someone, “I’m thinking of you, and wanted to say thank you” can have an impact that goes beyond dollar amounts and formal volunteer activities.

For information about the July 14 event held in the Community Room at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd Street, Geneva, call (630) 232-4951. For information about the group itself, other volunteer opportunities, or how you can turn just a few dollars and a few moments of time into a soldier’s brighter day, visit

Letter: A thank you from Steel Beam Theatre

Steel Beam Theatre (SBT) is a professional, non-equity theater in historic downtown St. Charles across from the Hotel Baker. Founded in 2001 by Executive and Artistic Director Donna Steele, SBT produces quality live entertainment at an affordable price for over 10,000 people annually.

Recently, the Batavia Mothers’ Club and the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club made monetary donations to fund scholarships for tuition fees for the children’s theater. Because of these two generous organizations, four children have attended the SBT Summer Camps and have learned confidence, poise, team work, as well as public speaking and acting skills.

On behalf of the SBT Board of Directors, I would like to thank the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club and the Batavia Mothers’ Club for realizing the significance and importance of Steel Beam Theatre and the positive impact of its educational programs on our youth.

Dana Teichart
SBT Board President

Letter: My night at Hesed House

On a recent Friday night, I had the opportunity to share in a unique experience. The staff and supporters of Hesed House staged a camp out on their front yard, showing passersby and those gathered what the future of the homeless could look like if the proposed DHS budget cuts take place.

We listened to the success stories of those people whose lives have been changed by Hesed House. We shared stories around a makeshift campfire, helping children as young as five make s’mores, knowing that later their mother would be taking them inside Hesed House, their “home” for the night. Most of us then retreated to our tents and sleeping bags except for two young men who chose to sleep under the stars, experiencing fully the concept of having no roof to call our own.

At 58, I had some reservations about sleeping on the ground in an unfamiliar urban setting, but I could think of no better way to show my support for Ryan Dowd and the staff of Hesed House. I’m really glad I did. I got to know Ryan and his terrific staff. I got to see firsthand the respect and care they have for their guests. I got to hear their stories. I got to eat the same breakfast they received that morning. Then I got to go home, shower, go about my Saturday not having to worry about where I would sleep that night.

Unfortunately, the future of Hesed’s guests is very much at risk. We need our elected leaders to get to work to fix our state’s budget problems so that people like the guests at Hesed House, the women and children at Mutual Ground, the men and women in recovery at Gateway and the rest of our communities’ most vulnerable residents can continue to receive the services they need. It is time our leaders need to realize that this system is broken and needs to be fixed.

My daughter asked me if my overnight experience on Hesed’s front yard was an “eye opener?” I knew, before Friday, what Ryan and his crew do on a daily basis. What the experience did do was give me a greater appreciation for all those who serve the neediest among us. Thank you to Hesed for the opportunity. I would invite all our leaders to spend a night at Hesed House or an evening at Mutual Ground before they get back to work on the budget and see for themselves what those dollars actually mean in peoples’ lives.

Jerry Murphy
Executive Director, MH & MR Services, Inc.
Mental Health and
Mental Retardation Services, Inc.

Letter: Spelling Bee a success

The Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging and I recently teamed up to sponsor a centuries-old celebration, a community spelling bee. A large room full of people cheered the friendly rivalry between the contestants, many of whom remembered the glory of grade school successes and just wanted to see if they were still on top of their game. Boy, were they ever!

American Idol had no edge on the tension that grew as the words became increasingly more difficult. Open to those 50 and over, the event was a testament to the importance of a strong, core education and life-long learning.

There are many folks to thank for the day’s success. All the brave contestants, of course; Bob Ament, Ruth Cleary, Pat Feeley, Bob Jones, Susan O’Neill, Kathleen Ramsey, Bette Schoenholtz, Barbara Weber, Bob Wyngard and Claudia Wyngard.

Chief Marty Kunkel welcomed us to the Sugar Grove Fire Station. Librarian Beverly Hughes provided the largest dictionary ever seen. Jenkins Trophy provided the awards. Superintendent Dr. James Rydland taught us all the many pronunciations of every word.

It was a great event, and everyone agreed we’d do it again in 2010. First place winner Susan O’Neill and second place winner Barbara Weber will advance to a regional competition. Those winners then have a mega spell-off at the Illinois State Fair.

I’ll be rooting for them.

Kay Hatcher
50th District State Representative

Letter: Think local, support the SG library

Transparency, accountability, responsibility—actions we all seem to desire from our federal and state governments. Depending upon who you talk to, we are told by our government representatives that we need or don’t need bailouts, tax increases and more spending. Listen to both points of view on the same subject discussed for a half hour and soon you truly do not know who is correct and what they are right about. But the one real truth is that the individual tax payer has little control on exactly how their federal and state tax dollars are being spent today.

On a local level though, we are allowed to have referendums. This great democratic process, allows us to argue a specific question back and forth among ourselves for things that may or may not truly help our own towns and counties. We finalize the question when we choose to vote.

Several years back, over 2,000 voters chose to build the Sugar Grove Public Library but since that time those same voters have not stepped up to vote for the separate referendum required by our state to fund the new library. This library will serve over 15,000 library residents who live in Prestbury and other parts of Aurora, parts of Montgomery, all of the Village of Sugar Grove and most of the Sugar Grove Township residents.

If it is truly transparency, accountability, and responsibility that you want, then it is Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes and her staff you should thank for figuring out new convenient patron hours, resolving staffing issues and figuring out how to build a well-laid out, energy efficient, community minded building well within the voters budget.

Meetings regarding every step of building this building were advertised and the public was invited. Every decision made for the new library was done so at public meetings and publically recorded, every dollar spent was accounted for and the bookkeeping is available at the library for anyone who cares to take a look.

So please remember when your federal and state taxes are being increased and the funding for branches of your local government (the library, schools, park districts, fire and police departments, etc.) are further decreased by those who have the power to do so in Springfield and Washington, remember that your local tax dollars are spent by local people you know and trust and the results of their hard work make your community an even better place to live.

Naming opportunities and donations to the collection are available, and needed, now. The current Secretary of State has said that a new library would not be built in Illinois with an operating rate as low as that of the Sugar Grove Library. The operating rate—.08—has not been raised in over 30 years, yet people still complain about transparency, accountability, responsibility when it is really still alive and well in your local government!

Patricia Graceffa
Sugar Grove Library Friends President

Elburn Police blotter

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

• Viviana Arias, 22, of the 600 block of Sheridan Street in Aurora, was arrested at 10:07 a.m. July 5 for driving while her license was suspended. Police stopped Arias for speeding, as she traveled north on Route 47 near South Street in Elburn.

• Someone shot an arrow into the garage door of a residence in the 700 block of North First Street in Elburn sometime between 2 p.m. July 3 and 4 p.m. July 4. The home’s resident found the arrow, a light blue Thunder Express with a 3-foot shaft, embedded in the door.

Knights baseball a summer job

KHS summer roster getting cuts in league
MAPLE PARK—Infielder Jake Fiedler makes his way to base on a walk, then takes a quick opportunity to steal second out from under the nose of Aurora Christian on Tuesday.

The returning Knight baseball asset’s jersey and pants are already covered with dirt, and he pauses to dust himself off as best he can.

Yep, this is Kaneland baseball.

The Brian Aversa-led crew is getting some needed batting and pitching time as the Knights are cleat-deep into the summer league.

Tuesday featured Kaneland taking on visiting Aurora Christian under overcast-turned-to-drizzly skies and came away with a 12-0 win.

Hurler Kyle Davidson was the winning pitcher, and Jake Tickle showed power with a home run.

Aversa, even with the convincing win, feels a game like Tuesday only tells a small part of the story for these summer warriors, who are currently 14-9.

“We’ve seen great play overall from guys like Tickel and (catcher) Tyler Callaghan and guys like Aaron Hayman,” Aversa said.

While the wins are nice, Aversa stresses that they aren’t looking at the win column as the be-all, end-all in this break before student open the books again.

“We want to get guys some playing time and see what they’re able to do out there,” Aversa said.

With 10 games left in the season, the Knights are still full of pleasant developments.

“Overall, our defense has improved at a surprising pace. We look a lot better on defense,” Aversa said.

Monday, July 20, sees the start of the IHSA summer league playoffs against teams in the area.

Meanwhile, the regular season continues with a matchup against West Aurora on Thursday, July 9, at 5 p.m.

The Knights then travel to a tournament at Northern Illinois University set for Saturday, July 11.

Monday, July 13, is a clash with host St. Charles North, while the regular season ends on Thursday, July 16, vs. Batavia.

PHOTO: Knight Kyle Davidson was all over the diamond during Tuesday’s 12-0 handling of visiting Aurora Christian. Davidson, shown here batting, was the winning pitcher in the game for Kaneland. Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland football 2009 slate released

Last meetings with Batavia, Geneva, Glenbard S. on tap
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland football’s 2009 slate features the same slate, save one.

No longer suiting up against Marmion Academy of Aurora, the Knights will square off against visiting Huntley High School on Friday, Sept. 4.

The usual opening contest of Kaneland-Burlington Central stays status quo, with the ‘09 version taking place in Maple Park on Friday, Aug. 28.

The final Western Sun Conference schedule kicks off at Rochelle on, Friday, Sept. 11, followed by another road contest at Sycamore on Friday, Sept. 18.

Batavia comes to town on Sept. 25, as does Glenbard South on Oct. 2.

The final three games of the season feature the Knights headed to DeKalb High School, rather than Huskie Stadium, on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. for the Barbs’ homecoming, Oct. 16 vs. Geneva for Senior Night and a jaunt to Yorkville on Friday, Oct. 23.

Coach Tom Fedderly’s Knights finished 5-4 in the regular season, with a 23-21 loss coming at the hands of future Northern Illinois Big 12 mate Sterling in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.

Western Sun Conference Schools Week 1 opponents
Batavia vs. St. Charles North
DeKalb vs. Ottawa @ Northern Illinois U.
Geneva @ St. Charles East
Glenbard South vs. Glenbard West
Rochelle @ Corliss (Gately Stadium)
Sycamore @ Streator
Yorkville vs. St. Francis

SG Park District announces tryouts

The Sugar Grove Park District announced tryouts for the Kaneland Youth Travel Baseball program. 

Five teams may be formed for the 2010 season for players that are 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14 years old or younger as of April 30, 2010. These teams will play a competitive schedule in the Kane County Bronco League, with league games generally played during the week and tournaments on weekends. The season runs from mid-April thruogh July. Indoor practices begin in January. 

Fees will be between $250 and $400 per player, depending upon fundraising efforts and the number of tournaments anticipated.  Tryouts will be held at the Sugar Grove Sports Complex on Wheeler and Dugan roads. Please attend only one tryout date. Call the Sugar Grove Park District at (630) 466-7436 for more information.

10-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 pm
11-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11:30 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11 am
12-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 pm
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am
13-year-olds @ Field 1
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11 am
14-year-olds @ Field 1
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11:30am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am

KHS honor roll 2009

High Honor Roll
9th grade
Upashruti Agrawal, Lauren Allen, Abby Bend, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Lauren Companiott, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Tyler Fabrizius, Jacob Ginther, Kristen Glover, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Courtnie Holland, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Thomas King, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, Austin McElderry, Anna Novotny, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Alexa Reger, Nathan Rehkopf, Karyn Ribbens, Kayla Rivera, Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Dana Schultz, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Mackenzie Theisen, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Kalani Tovar, Delani Vest, Marissa Villafuerte, Mercedes Walper, Nicholas Wielgos, Isaac Williams, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt
10th grade
Priscilla Aguilar, Grant Alef, Taylor Andrews, Stephanie Breen, Jocelyn Cabral, Elaine Cannell, Cory Clausen, Jessica Corbett, Emily Darrow, Lacey Eberle, Caitlin Ellefsen, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Amy Fabrizius, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Allison Grossmann, Emily Heimerdinger, Amanda Helfers, Guillermo Hernandez, Andrew Hladilek, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Corey Landers, Alexandra Leonhard, Christian Limbo, Jessica Lubic, Bernice Marsala, Katie Meuer, Danielle Micek, Abby Michels, Richard Miller, Sarah Morgan, Brian Olson, Nicole Ott, Keara Palpant, Brooke Patterson, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Alyson Rehr, Mackenzie Rich, Alicia Robinson, Linnea Scherer, Joshua Schuberg, Hannah Schuppner, Elizabeth Smith, Andrea Strang, Danielle Thomas, Holly Thomas, Brooke Thompson, Samantha Vazquez, Samantha Wantuch, Breanna White, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker, Michael Wille, Caitlyn Young, Cara Zagel
11th grade
Jenna Bartel, Andrea Bruce, Danilo Bruno, Scott Burgholzer, Derek Bus, Emily Butts, Kristyn Chapman, Megan Cline, Stephen Colombe, Lindsey Dodis, Eric Dratnol, David Dudzinski, Joseph Garlinsky, Lily Garrison, Megan Gil, Trever Grimoldby, Tara Groen, Rebecca Hauge, Kevhlub Her, Joseph Herzer, Kevin Hodge, Katlin Howard, Angela Humphrey, Amy Husk, Haley Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Elizabeth Kennedy, Brett Ketza, Kevin Krasinski, Taylor Krause, Micaela Lane, Kelsey Lenhardt, Logan Markuson, Melanie Mazuc, Vincent Micek, Alexandra Morefield, Brianne Myers, Joss Nicholson, Zachary Nolte, Alyse Olson, Tara Olson, Kasey Ostarello, Kylen Pattermann, Justin Phillips, Lisa Roberson, Chelsea Roberts, Michelle Rodgers, Danielle Rose, Paula Ross, Patrick Ruffolo, Kelly Shaw, Nikki Smith, George Spirakis, Natalie Swieca, Kevin Szatkowski, Edgardo Valle, Elizabeth Webb
12th grade
Angelica Acosta, Emma Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Lindsay Bartel, Kathryn Bergman, Ryan Blake, Emily Curran, Kelly Davies, Stacey Davis, Margaret Dawe, Lindsay Douglas, Samantha Eichelberger, Matthew Galica, Ashley Girard, Lauren Gould, Caitlin Haag, Matthew Haffner, Erica Hankes, Erin Hanold, Sarah Harant, Samantha Hauser, Devin Mae Heath, Jordan Herra, Alexa Hill, Rebecca Holloman, Michael Jenny, Hayden Johnson, Leina Kameyama, Emily Kenkel, Casey Komel, Kathleen Kuhar, Angeline Tracy Limbo, Anna Limbrick, Curtis Lubic, Chassidy Mangers, Briana Minogue, Kathleen Moravcik, Evan Olson, Madeline Osman, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Perren Palpant, Kelaine Patterson, Jordan Pinkston, Emiliano Ponce, Michael Pritchard, Nicole Prusinski, Jacqueline Ream, Bryan Renaud, Brody Root, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Kristen Rusnok, Kristen Sanecki, William Schaid, Meghan Schiber, Christine Schieve, Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Spence, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar, Cristofer Vargas, Yasintorn Wongwoottisaroch, Victoria Yurachek, Joanna Zielinski, Jennifer Zmrhal

Honor Roll
9th grade
Erin Arndt, Rebecca Arnold, Dhurata Azemi, Raymond Barry, Madison Bluml, Jordyn Boley, Zachary Brown, Acalia Cleaver, Andrew Correll, Ashley Cottier, Ashley Diddell, Alex Dorado, Zachary Douglas, Katelyn Dudzinski, Mitchell Gemini, Ariel Geraghty, Ryan Goodenough, John Goodrich, Matthew Grimm, Samantha Hansen, Samantha Heinle, Austin Henkelman, LaQuanda Hood, Seleana Isaacs, Jordan Jones, Sarah Kitz, Denitza Kolev, Ryan Kolk, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Amber-Rose Lano, Cesar Lazcano, Ashton MacKenzie, Aracelli Magana, Jacob Mazuc, Nicholas McCarney, Kayley McPhee, Julianne Miller, Brendan Morgan, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Austin Paulson, Sierra Perteete, Jordan Phillips, Edker Pope, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Josias Rodriguez, Angela Schramer, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Meggen Southern, Dalton Stewart, Michael Tattoni, Carolina Tovar, Amber Urich, Bryan Van Bogaert, Savannah Webb, Taylor White, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski, Erin Woodill
10th grade
Athina Ajazi, Yesenia Ayala, Kristina Bowen, Taylor Bradbury, Patrick Bratschun, Kayla Burns, Tyler Callaghan, Josiah Camiliere, Shaela Collins, Lauren Crites, Jonathon Delgado, Cali Dickerson, Andrea Dimmig Potts, Brian Dixon, Nicholas Dodis, Michelle Dugan, Tyler Esposito, Zachary Ganz, Angelica Garza, Damien Gilbert, Hayley Guyton , Michael Hammermeister, Megan Hanlon, Anna Henrichs, Elizabeth Hylland, Kelsey James, Kellie Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Allison Jones, Pamela Katsigiannis, Dylan Keith, Maria Kernychny, Skyler King, John Kintz, Kristen Krajewski, Nathan Krauz, Cameron LeBlanc, Mark Merfeld, Kaitlin Munyon, Joshua Nahley, Derek Nordine, Angela Parillo, Angelica Perez, Jimmy Ramirez, Stewart Ream, Kendall Renaud, Keith Runde, Colleen Ryan, Nicole Rymarz, Curtis Secrest, Briana Stark, Charlene Steininger, Bethany Swartz, Robert Thorson, Erich Turk, Alexander Vallejo, Logan Vines, Christian Williams, Ryan Wozniak, Robert Zachara, Kelsey Zollinger
11th grade
Danielle Anderson, Randi Bader, Ryley Bailey, Brittany Bauer, Robert Bergstrom, Chloe Bluml, Dennis Brettman, Edgar Celaya, Jaclyn Diehl, Scott Dienst, Brock Dyer, Andrew Eberle, Olivia Fabrizius, Angela Filippin, Kalina Flamand, Sabrina Gabriele, Lauren Gallucci, Colleen Gebauer, Jeffrey Gillett, Dylan Good, Tyler Hamer, Aaron Hayman, Matthew Ikemire, Jaclyn Isham, Lindsay Kahl, Tessa Kuipers, Caitlin Larson, Brandie Mattice, Jessica McHenry, Donald McLennan, Thomas Orr, Sean Paulick, Brenda Petersen, Izatmar Quiroz, Jordan Rego, Matthew Reusche, Connor Risch, Erin Rocha, Erin Rodway, John Scholl, Alyssa Snyder, Bradley Staker, Daniel Steinmiller, Cody Stults, James Tarchala, Benjamin Tennant, Kayla Thompson, Jacob Tickle, Xavier Torres-Valdovinos, Abigayle VanDerHeyden, Katie Walton, Nicholas Zimmer
12th grade
Cecelia Anderson, Jacob Astin, Garrett Austin, Kathryn Banbury, Joshua Bloome, John Brennan, Michael Chavez, Paul Davies, Laney Deligianis, Samantha Dixon, Alycia Donais, Kevin Durrenberger, Kelsey Fletcher, Alyssa Galvan, Eric Geiger, Lindsay Gierke, Mallory Gigl, Sally Gorenz, Kristen Hamer, Laura Hansen, Kathryn Hatch, Adrian Hernandez, Erin Heyob, Amanda Hilton, Mallory Huml, Brianna Hurst, Sonja Isaacs, Jenna Ivkovich, Krista Johnson, Lydia King, William King, Christopher Kovacic, Meghan Krajewski, Robert Kuti, Nathan Lewis, Robert Locke, Dylan Luse, Grant Mooney, Brittany Nelson, Michael Nguyen, Alexandra Olson, Daniela Parra, Benjamin Paulus, Troy Pritchard, Scott Proctor, Frank Reyes, Leah Richards, Paige Rogers, Sara Rose, Luis Ruiz, Joseph Ruppel, Samantha Sills, Kyle Slamans, Joseph Spitzzeri, Zachary Stavinsky, Jessica Stebbins, Kyle Stryczek, Annelise Weiss, Rick White, Lauren Whittaker, Cassandra Wilson, Mariella Zavala, Dana Zimmer

Ortiz, Souders to wed

Jose and Ermelinda Ortiz of Melrose Park, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Ortiz, to Rodger Souders, son of Roger and Blanca Souders of Kaneville.

Erica is a graduate of Elmhurst College and Loyola University Chicago. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. She is employed at Loyola University as a pediatric nurse at the Ronald McDonald’s Childrens’ Hospital.

Rodger is a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and Northern Illinois University. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a master’s degree in sport management.

The couple will be married by Pastor Leo Fossa at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Melrose Park on August 1, 2009.

Campbell wins broadcast awards

St. Ambrose University student Steve Campbell of Maple Park won top honors in both radio and television from the Iowa Broadcast News Association. The awards were received for his work at St. Ambrose radio and television stations, KALA-FM and TV-11. Campbell took first and third place in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play radio category, and second place for TV-11 in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play TV category.

Hill wins Elburn Post No. 630 essay contest

Alexa Hill, daughter of Cliiff and Pat Hill of Kaneville, won the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 630 Americanism Essay Contest.

The theme for the essay was “Where are the American Heroes of Today?”

Hill will continue on to the district competition.

Hill plans to attend Waubonsee Community College with a major in business. She is currently the store manager at Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville.

NIU announces spring graduates

Northern Illinois University held commencement ceremonies in early May for its 2009 spring graduates.

Local residents receiving undergraduate degrees included Timothy Benham, Ian Essling, James Harrison, Rosemarie Heuman, Jessica Johnson, Benjamin Sanecki, Linda Sloan, Dawn Wiseman and Ryan Young, all of Elburn; Vanessa Wolbers of Kaneville; Megan Lockwood of Maple Park; Brandon Buchberger, Gloria Deutsch, Jeffery Johnson, Calan Kinnally and Bryan West, all of Sugar Grove.

Local residents receiving graduate degrees include Julie-Ann Fuchs of Kaneville; Sarah Kneller and Kerry McCune of Maple Park; Jennifer Belken of Sugar Grove.

Murphy receives scholarship at EIU

Kevin Murphy of Sugar Grove received the Gene Seymour Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship from Eastern Illinois University.

The award is presented to an EIU junior or senior majoring in journalism that has been involved significantly in the sports journalism department at the Daily Eastern News.

Murphy is a 2006 Kaneland High School graduate.

Haas earns scholarship

Amanda Haas, daughter of Stephen and Caryn Haas of Elburn, received a Red and Black Scholarship worth $1,000 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri.

The scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT score.

Haas graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in January.

Grace UMC and St. Mary’s VBS

MAPLE PARK—Grace UMC and St. Mary’s of Maple Park will be hosting their Crocodile Dock Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.

The VBS will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, July 20-23, with parents invited to a special kids presentation Friday, July 24, at 6 p.m. with a sundae bar to follow.

Registration information for the VBS can be found at Grace UMC or St. Mary’s of Maple Park. Parents may sign their children up at

More information is available by calling (815) 739-4168.

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow, 69, of Marshall, Mo., died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Born Feb. 5, 1940, in Aurora, she was the daughter of the late Bennett Wesley Shoop and Mabel Irene Elliott Shoop. On Aug. 16, 1991, she married Jim Morrow who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall since 1973 and was born and raised in Kane County. She was a secretary at Bueker Middle School for many years and was a lifelong church member. She had served as chairman of Saline County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was active in Meals on Wheels. She played in the Marshall Municipal Band and loved to play bridge with friends and travel with her family.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brett Moore and wife Donetta of rural Higginsville, Mo., and Brian Moore and wife Tammy of Concordia, Mo.; one daughter, Jody Oellien Mason and husband Kevin of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Leah Stein and husband Dennell of Moberly, Mo. and Rachel Neal and husband Lynn of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Dale Shoop of Elburn; one sister, Arlene Hibbard of Carol Stream, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Oellien.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Randy Shannon and Bobbie G. Morrow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery south of Marshall.

Memorials may be made to Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Friends may sign the online register book at

Virginia E. Mueller

Virginia E. Mueller, 82, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of St. Charles, passed away at her daughter’s home in Paw Paw, Mich., Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009.

She was born June 14, 1927 in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Gladys Klotz.

Virginia grew up in Frankfort, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and carpenter. She attended local schools and, in time, began working locally.

She was united in marriage to Clarence Mueller on Dec. 8, 1946, and together, they began a lifetime of sharing the toils and triumphs of dairy farming. They settled south of Wasco in 1953, working the soil, tending to the cows, raising their family until 1978 when a change in the wind sent them packing to Florida. There, they ran a vacation/fishing resort until their retirement in 1990.

She was a faithful member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church, Lake Wales.

Virginia was gifted with her hands and crocheted and sewed intricate table cloths and doilies that will be handed down for generations. She also was a dairy and home economics 4-H leader. In short, there was nothing that she couldn’t do. She could get anything to grow and also laid a claim to the biggest strawberry patch and canned more than 800 quarts of fruit every year. When company came, she was the first to offer a bite to eat and in no time flat would lay out a spread fit for a king. The “best mom ever,” Virginia not only left her unique footprints for generations to follow, she left a loving and indelible impression in the hearts of her family.

She now leaves five children; Larry Mueller of Adams, Wis., Ronald (Sylvia) Mueller of Garden Prairie, Ill., Susan (Kevin) Lockhart of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonnie (Joe) White of Elburn, and Nancy (Greg) Huggins of Sugar Grove; 13 grandchildren: James Mueller, Heather Mueller and her children Skyanne, Nevada and Ashley, Brent Mueller, Brian (Crystal) Mueller and their sons Cole and Bryce, Scott (Sarah) Mueller, Amy Lockhart, Kelly Lockhart, Aaron (Debra) White and their children, Aidan and Ethan, Jason (Kelly) White and their children Kathleen and Nicholas, Jennifer (Adam) Samuelson, Ryan White, Dustin (Nicole) Huggins, Jacob Huggins; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of good friends.

She now joins her parents, Frank and Gladys Klotz, birth father Allen Morris, husband Clarence and one daughter Sandra Mueller.

Visitation was Friday, July 3 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit hospice, Lake Wales Lutheran Church and other charities. Checks may be made to the “Virginia Mueller 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

John J. Gigl

John J. Gigl, age 45, passed away suddenly Monday, July 6, 2009, following complications from an aneurism on June 22, at Central DuPage Hospital in Wheaton, Ill. Taken too soon, he leaves dreams unfulfilled but will live on in their hearts, walking side by side with them as an angel.

He was Nov. 19, 1963 the son of Myron “Mike” and Patricia “Patt” (Cooper) Gigl in St. Charles.

John grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1982 from St. Charles High School.

John attended Elgin Community College as well as Waubonsee Community College, where he studied engineering.

John met his wife in the winter of 1985 when he was out with some friends. Names and many laughs were exchanged and two years later they were united in marriage on Dec. 5, 1987.

They began their new life together in Elgin where they welcomed their daughter Mallory on Mother’s Day 1991. They made their family complete with the birth of their son Christopher on April 13, 1993. A year later the family moved to Elburn where they have since made their home.

John entered the working world at a Japanese Machine Tool Company and traveled much of the time. He also worked for SDRC in Melrose Park, Ill., where he was lead engineer for Navastar, a turbo diesel engine. The last 10 years John worked with his brother-in-law at SolidWorks, a premier world renowned mechanical design software company with offices based in Boston, Mass. Although John hailed from the small town of Elburn, he held many technology patents and worked on thousands of products used every day in all industries and walks of life.

John was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

John was fun personified. His life was filled with non-stop jokes and laughter. A kid at heart, other children drew to him and in no time he turned them from mild-mannered little kids into a frenzied free-for-all much to their delight and to the chagrin of their parents. His children were his life and he would do anything for them or with them including being “made up” by his daughter complete with a full line of cosmetics. Never officially a coach, he was the Dad who helped whenever, whatever. Known as “Papa John” to Mallory and Christopher’s friends, he knew them all and had a nickname for each. He was passionate about cars and the NHRA, especially the Force Team. Every Sunday he would descend into his basement with beer and cheese in hand to watch his favorite drivers rip up the racetrack. His cars were never stock as he’d buy a new car and immediately rip out and re-machine parts to match his own unique vision. Aside from the family car, John also had an RX7 you could hear for miles. His heart beat to the sounds of the rock ‘n’ roll legends. From Van Halen, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, ACDC, Spinal Tap and more, when the stereo was turned on, it was turned up to full volume. Family was first in his heart and memories were made every step of the way including the yearly trip to Green Lake, Wis., where the kids waterskied all day long. His laughter will echo through the years and bring smiles to everyone he knew for a long time to come.

He now leaves his loving wife, Lora, two children Mallory Gigl and Christopher Gigl; his father, Myron “Mike” Gigl of Geneva; two brothers, Robert (Lynn) Gill and their children, Geoffrey and Tyler, of Keller, Texas and Richard (Melissa) and their children Erin and David, Gigl of Brighton, Mich.; one sister, Alison (Bob) George and their daughter, Lily of Red Hook, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Kathy Osman, of Sugar Grove; sister-in-law, Chris and Monty Jahns, and their children Matt and Quinn, of Sugar Grove; brother-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Osman and their children, Molly and Layne, of Yorkville; several aunts, uncles and cousins, a close family of friends, and his black lab and best friend Gertie. John leaves hundreds who will always remember him and the smile he always left on their hearts.

He now joins his mother, Patricia “Patt” Gigl, father-in-law, David Osman, and his beloved Roxie who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, also at the funeral home. the Rev. Christina Vosteen, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Plano, Ill., will officiate.

Cremation will follow the service and private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorials in his honor to benefit a college fund for his children. Checks may be made to the “John Gigl Memorial” and directly deposited at Old Second Bank, Elburn or mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Delos G. Bunce

Delos G. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away July 2, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by the love of his family and now reunited with the love of his life, Vivian, who died in June of this year.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Artesian, S.D., the son of Arthur and Gretta (Hess) Bunce.

He attended local schools in his hometown of Artesian and continued in Kaneville when the family settled there in 1937.

He married his sweetheart Vivian Harrett in 1941 and spent the next 68 years of memories with each other, side by side.

Shortly after his marriage, Delos began serving his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Upon return to civilian life, Delos and Vivian made their home in Montgomery before moving to Lasher Road and finally settling in Aurora in 1973.

He began his working life as an electrician and worked several jobs before landing at Durabilt Manufacturing where they made farm equipment and school desks. They retooled during the war so they could manufacture parts to support the troops. Later he worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a maintenance man before rising to the rank of Maintenance Supervisor by the time he retired 37 years later.

He was a faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Delos was a perfectionist. If he worked on something, you could be sure it was done right. He was a dependable man with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children. He loved a good joke and could entertain others when he played his harmonica and spoons. He was especially gifted in the kitchen, on the grill and he only got better with age. Delos reminisced to his children about his younger years spent during the Dust Bowl era in South Dakota when he had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn’t get lost, especially when the dust piled high like snow and covered the fence posts. Delos had immense pride in his family and often praised them as they grew up. Those times will now echo through the generations as he lives on in their memory.

He now leaves two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, wife Vivian, son Larry Bunce, one grandson Jeremy Mahan, and a great-grandson Erin Martinek, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private family-only.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Delos Bunce 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

A-Ram invades Kane Co.

Aramis Ramirez helped fuel a Midwest League record crowd as the Cubs third-baseman joined the Class A Peoria Chiefs on a minor league rehab assignment. 14,872 fans packed Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva to see Peoria beat the Kane County Cougars in a 7-1 affair on Friday.
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Drivers urged to comply with posted speed limits

Photo radar vans click to capture speeders in work zones
STATE—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) alongside Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Tollway want to remind motorists construction season is underway and warn that tough laws are in place to buckle down on speeders in work zones. Legislation that was signed into law back in 2004 targets drivers who openly disregard work zone speed limits and endanger the lives of construction workers and other drivers. The enforcement of this legislation has been effective in reducing work zone fatalities by over 50 percent.

“Construction season is in full effect and we want to urge motorists to comply with the posted speed limits in all work zones. We want to send a message to motorists now to slow down in work zones,” IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig said. “If you are caught speeding in a work zone, at minimum you will be looking at a fine of $375, and while some may think that’s harsh, you cannot put a price on a life.”

The law states that first-time work zone speeders, including those caught on camera, will be hit with a fine of $375, with $125 of that sum going to pay off-duty State Troopers to provide added enforcement in construction or maintenance zones. Two-time offenders are subject to a $1,000 fine, including a $250 surcharge to hire Troopers, and the loss of their license for 90 days. Tickets received in a work zone require a mandatory court appearance.

This summer, five vans will be deployed across the state. The specially equipped vans are staffed by trained ISP officers who can take photographs of drivers speeding in IDOT and Tollway construction and maintenance zones. Tickets are reviewed and approved by ISP and will be issued by mail to vehicle owners. The registered owner will not be liable if someone else is driving the vehicle. Businesses and rental companies are required to provide the driver information for any violations occurring with their vehicles. To date, over 8,000 citations have been issued across the state. In addition, drivers who hit a worker are subject for up to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison.

“As the work zone season is well underway, we want to remind motorists of the importance of slowing down and staying alert when workers are present,” said Illinois State Police Director Jonathan E. Monken. “In an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries, Troopers will be out in force strictly enforcing the 45 mile per hour work zone speed limit, both for the safety of construction workers and motorists. Drivers can expect to see aggressive enforcement with increased patrol cars, photo enforcement vans and motorcycle units to help save lives on our roadways during this construction season.”

The work zone speeding crackdown is just one of the ways state transportation and law enforcement are working together to accomplish that goal. In 2003, there were 44 work zone traffic-related fatalities with five workers killed. 2007 showed a consistent decrease resulting in 21 traffic-related work zone fatalities with two workers killed.

“Enforcement efforts by Illinois State Police have played a critical role in keeping workers and motorists safe during the massive roadway rebuilding and widening projects underway on all of our Tollway, and the photo speed enforcement vans are a resource that drives home the message that speeding in construction work zones is unacceptable,” said Illinois Tollway Acting Executive Director Michael T. King. “Speeding, impatience, and driver inattention are the leading factors in work zone crashes, so we need drivers to slow down and stay alert in work zones for their own safety as well as our workers.”

Under the provisions of the Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act of 2004, Illinois State Police were given the authority to use cameras to enforce work zone speed limits in cases where workers are present. It also requires that signs be posted when work zone speed limits are being enforced by camera.

IDOT and Tollway officials stress the importance of complying with work zone speed limits even when workers are not present because of the dangers posed by features such as narrow lanes, lane shifts, reduced shoulder width, obstructions and drop-offs. Most people do not realize that over 90 percent of Illinois’ traffic related work zone fatalities are motorists.

For more information regarding photo radar enforcement, visit

WCC wins 5 communication awards

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College won five Awards of Excellence in the 15th Annual Communicator Awards Competition recently. The Award of Excellence is the top award in the competition, which is sponsored by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.

Competing against more than 7,000 entries, the college won awards for its Connect alumni publication, Waubonsee’s 40th anniversary finale special event, the holiday card, the fall 2008 credit schedule cover, and 40th anniversary “Fabulous 40” newspaper insert.

The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communication field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Construction begins on Harter Road

SUGAR GROVE—Construction work, which began Monday, will continue through September 1, 2009 on Harter Road just west of Route 47.

Harter Road is being widened to a three-lane cross section to provide turn lanes at the intersection of the new Kaneland Middle School campus. There will be intermittent single-lane closures during the daytime working hours, but no lane closures after sunset or on weekends.

Motorists are advised by the Kane County Division of Transportation to watch for equipment entering and leaving the roadways.

For more information, call (630) 406-7382.

Local youths perform hit Disney show on stage

‘High School Musical 2’ to be preformed by Noble Fool ensemble
COUNTY—Disney’s favorite High School Musical characters are back on stage as The Noble Fool Theatricals Youth Ensemble presents Disney’s “High School Musical 2.” After a sold-out success in 2006 with “High School Musical,” the sequel will be produced with a cast composed of nearly 50 teens and children from the Western Suburbs.

The Youth Ensemble is an exclusive, audition-only program for the best and the brightest young talent. Cast members have been working with theater professionals to learn and improve their acting skills.  They are learning choreography, music memorization and character development.

“Noble Fool’s ‘High School Musical 2’ cast reaffirms my passion and love of musical theatre,” said the director, Shellee Frazee. “I am so impressed with the work ethic of our cast and crew. When everyone feels that kind of passion and love for their art, the result is bound to be stellar.”                       
Local “High School Musical 2” cast members include Leah Richards of Sugar Grove, and Nicole DiSandro and McKenzie McMullan, both of Elburn.

“High School Musical 2” will be presented Saturdays, July 18 and Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m., July 25 at 1 p.m.; and Sundays, July 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. on the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage. Tickets are priced at $15.

Pheasant Run Resort is located at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.

For tickets, call the Pheasant Run Box Office at or call (630) 584-6342.