ST. CHARLESâ€”The United Way of Central Kane County and its volunteers announced their $500,000 goal for this year, to support 27 local agencies and its 41 programs.
The annual campaign kick-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a continental breakfast, complements of the Colonial Cafe, Target, and Costco.
This yearâ€™s event will be hosted by Riverwoods Christian Center, 35W701 Riverwoods Lane, St. Charles, from 8 to 9 a.m., with 99 percent of the dollars raised in the community remaining in the community.
â€œWe are determined to make our ambitious goal so United Way can continue to create a better tomorrow for people who live and work in the communities we serve. Your United Way contribution is an investment in the quality of life in the Central Kane County area and is greatly appreciated,â€ said Vice President of Campaign Matt Richardson.
For more information about the United Way of Central Kane County 2009-10 campaign, volunteer opportunities, or becoming a member of the local Board of Directors, contact Paula Yensen at (630) 377-1930 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
â€¢ Friends of Jason Gouldâ€”
For Leukemia & Lymphoma Research
Vizio, Wii, American Girl Doll
and Trk Bike
Winner to be drawn Sept. 12
at St. Charles Moose
â€¢ Jmc3 Foods week of lunches
Candy Mitchell, Shabbona, Ill.
â€¢ Kane County Cheifs of Police
Association Harley-Davidson Super
Glider Custom and five HS T.V.s
Winners to be drawn Oct. 16
in Bloomington, Ill.
â€¢ National Bank & Trust
â€œFourth of Julyâ€
â€œFun in the Sunâ€
Dr. Ken Baumruck
â€œGo Cubs Coâ€
â€œIce Cream Dreamâ€
â€œYour World Discoveredâ€
â€œA Season of Hopeâ€
â€œA Round Townâ€
â€œWorld Champion Chicago Cubsâ€
â€¢ Old Second $100 Menards Gift Card
Joe Sikon, Elburn
â€¢ Tastefully Simpleâ€”
Judy Graney $25 Gift Certificate
Mary Kahl, Maple Park
â€¢ Wounded Soldiers Fundraiser
Lake Geneva Fishing Trip,
56â€ Toshiba T.V., $500 Home Depot Gift
Card, Kalahari Water Park Excursion,
Leather Jacket and Sweetheart Night Out
Winners to be drawn Sept. 19
at Hughes Creek Golf Club
â€¢ American Legion Auxiliary Post 630
Rich Hall, Maple Park
Ethel Reynolds, Elburn
Martin Drendl, Elburn
â€¢ Elburn Lions Club 50/50 Raffleâ€”
$2,160 pot; winner receives $1,080
Mike Schramer, Elburn
â€¢ Elburn Lions Club
2010 Camaro 2LT/RS or $25,000
Roger and Vicki Wurtz, Hinckley, Ill.
DEKALBâ€”Financial aid applications for the fall semester of the NIU Community School of the Arts are now available online and in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University.
Students 18-years-old and younger who want to pursue their study of the arts, but who cannot afford the cost, are invited to apply for help through the program. Students may apply for scholarships for private music lessons, classes, and ensembles, as well as for art and theatre classes. The fall semester begins in September.
The deadline for financial aid applications is August 31.
The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. There are approximately 80 teachers offering lessons on most musical instruments, as well as in art and theatre. More than 500 community people from nearly 50 towns and cities travel to DeKalb each semester for lessons and classes.
Application forms are available by calling the office at (815) 753-1450 or online at www.niu.edu/extprograms. The NIU Community School of the Arts is located in Room 132 of the Music Building.
COMSTOCK PARK, MICH.â€”The Midwest League announced its 2009 Postseason All-Star Team on Tuesday, and two Whitecaps, left-handed Pitcher Casey Crosby, a Kaneland High School graduate, and designated hitter Billy Nowlin, have been named to the squad.
Crosby has been stellar in his first full season of professional baseball. Heâ€™s 10-4 with a league-leading 2.41 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 104.2 innings with the Whitecaps this season. He was also named the MWL mid-season All-Star team this year.
Nowlin is batting .313 with 12 home runs and 73 RBI in 102 games with West Michigan this season. He is tied for the team lead in home runs and leads the team in RBI. He also sits second in the league in batting average.
Dee Gordon of the Great Lakes Loons took home Prospect of the Year honors and split the MVP Award with his teammate, Kyle Russell. Doug Dascenzo of Fort Wayne and Marty Pevey of Peoria were named Managers of the Year.
The Whitecaps return home Friday, August 28, to take on the Fort Wayne TinCaps at 7 p.m.
Residents of the village of Kaneville have long considered themselves a community, long before the village was recognized as such by the state, complete with official borders and a government entity.
We recall that for years before the villageâ€™s incorporation in 2006, we would often receive news items, letters to the editor, and other communications signed by residents, complete with â€œof the village of Kaneville.â€
They are a perfect example of how a community does not need official designation to be one. They have long recognized that the word community means far more than what can be defined by a unit of government.
In fact, nine years ago and for several years before that, the community of Kaneville held a festival each summer to create an opportunity for residents to get together and have fun.
However, for the past eight years, there has been no summer community event that has drawn community members together. And yet their sense of community continued and even strengthened; culminating with their decision to pursue incorporation as an official village.
And now that they are a community in both spirit and law, members of the community are bringing back that annual summer festival.
Kaneville Fest will run from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 28-30, complete with book sales, volleyball games, picnics, an outdoor movie, and much more.
If you have lived in Kaneville for long, you know about the strong sense of community that thrives there. For you, this event will be a celebration of that.
If you are new to Kaneville or live in a different village, then you are invited to visit the festival and become a part of that community.
The long-term residents of the village of Kaneville and the pre-2006 community of Kaneville are proof that borders do not define communities, people do.
Therefore, if you are reading this, you are a member of the community, and we hope to see you there.
What says happy kids more than ice cream? The ice cream eating contest held Thursday at Aliceâ€™s Place in Elburn brought out kids of all ages. Siara Boughton won first place in the 4-6 age group, Noah Treadway got to the bottom of things in the 7-9 age group and Blake Feiza took a comanding lead in the 10-12 age group. Photos by Leslie Flint
by Susan O’Neill
With the completion of the new Kaneland middle school and renovations on the current middle school nearing completion, the School Board on Monday discussed the status of additional potential projects. The ability to pursue these projects was made possible due to construction estimates that came in at $10 million under the original estimates.
A portion of the money, $50,000, was set aside to replace one of the two well pumps that serve the Meredith Road campus. The pump was 26 years old and running at 15 to 20 percent capacity. The district spent $57,000 to resurface the Kaneland High School track, which will extend its use for another eight to 10 years.
This year, the district spent $500,000 to repave and repair some of the schools’ parking lots. The board will decide soon whether or not to allocate more funding for additional paving.
One project the board decided not to pursue was the renovation of the public restrooms below the press box at the Kaneland Peterson Field football stadium Although the initial project was for a more minor remodel, once new construction began, the school would have had to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements by widening bathroom stall doors and installing hand rails. This would have created a net loss of one stall in each bathroom.
During the summer, the bathrooms were given a fresh coat of paint, and board member Ken Carter said he thought they looked fine for now.
Based on safety concerns, all board members present (Deborah Grant was absent) agreed that the $1.4 million to extend Esker Road to Wheeler Road would be money well spent. The extension provides for multiple exits to the new Harter Middle School, which will relieve traffic at the beginning and end of the school day.
An estimate of $1 million to build a storage facility at the Harter Middle School caused the board to decide to re-evaluate the need, use and design of the facility. The plan for the facility, which began as a storage facility to keep athletic and other equipment, was expanded to include a concession stand and bathrooms for athletic events.
â€œIt’s being called the $1 million shed,â€ Board President Lisa Wiet said.
The board decided at Monday’s meeting to establish a subcommittee to study the need for the facility and its uses. Two board members, Bob Myers and Ken Carter, volunteered to work with members of the Facilities Planning Committee, (a citizens group that makes recommendations), potential users of the facility, as well as the administration to come up with a solution.
Although district adminstrators recommended another bond sale this fall, several board members suggested having further discussions about the remaining projects before another bond sale takes place. The next scheduled bond sale for $10 million is currently set for spring 2010.
â€œBefore we have another bond sale, I really think we need to discuss what our priorities are and what we want to spend our money on,â€ Meyers said.
Installation at crossings could allow for train whistle reduction by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”Wayside horns are the way to go in Maple Park to reduce train whistle noise, according to the village’s Planning Commission. The Commission on Aug. 21 recommended that the Village Board approve pursuing the project.
The Planning Commission’s proposal is to install wayside horns at the County Line Road and the Liberty Street rail crossings. With the stationary horns, the crossings could meet federal safety requirements for a semi-quiet zone.
Wayside horns emit their sound only in the area of the crossing, producing less noise than train whistles, whose blares can be heard throughout the community. Train whistles would only sound if the wayside horns were not functioning or engineers saw potential hazards on or near the tracks.
If the Village Board approves of the proposal in September, the next step for the village will be to apply to the Illinois Commerce Commission for approval of the wayside horns as a safety measure allowing for a semi-quiet zone in Maple Park, Planning Commissioner Dale Weir said.
The plan as proposed could involve reducing the number of crossings in the village to two, by closing the Pleasant Road crossing.
Elburn recently installed wayside horns at its First Street and its Main Street rail crossings. Several months earlier, DeKalb acquired wayside horns for its downtown crossings.
Wayside horns are planned for crossings in La Fox, funded by state money Kane County Board member Drew Frasz successfully sought for the county.
Weir and Frasz are expected to present more information on the proposal during the Sept. 21 Committee of the Whole meeting, answering questions and outlining funding options.
â€œMaple Park still has a lot homework to do,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said.
At the Sept. 21 meeting, Weir and Curtis plan to ask trustees whether they want the village to proceed with a cost/benefit analysis of the project.
The cost for each crossing is approximately $100,000. Maple Park could receive state financial assistance to pay for the wayside horns under a county project, spearheaded by Frasz, to install stationary horns at crossings westward from La Fox to just beyond Maple Park if the county obtains enough state funding.
MAPLE PARKâ€”On Sunday, Sept. 6, Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park will host an â€œAntiques and Applesâ€ Tractor Show to benefit the Kane County Farm Bureau (KCFB) Foundation.
â€œWe’re going to raise funds for the KCFB Foundation through a number of activities at the event and we’re going to make sure folks have a great time in the process,â€ said Wade Kuipers, who owns and operates the farm with wife Kim. â€œThis is a great way for farmers and tractor enthusiasts to show off their tractors, and at the same time show their support of the KCFB Foundation and everything it does for young people in our community.â€
The farm and the Orchard Shop and Bakery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with music, food and fun activities for all ages. The Antique Tractor Show will run from noon to 4 p.m. Other activities at the event will include a petting zoo, pedal tractor raceway, rides on the Johnny Popper Grain Train and live music.
â€œWe hope folks come out to the farm to have a good time, enjoy and learn about the antique tractors, and contribute to a worthwhile cause,â€ Kuipers said.
To register a tractor for the event, call Bev at (815) 827-5200.The $10 tractor entry fee will go entirely to the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation. In addition, the farm will donate a portion of the proceeds from each visitor to the U-pick Apple Orchard to the Foundation.
Kuipers Family Farm is located at 1N318 Watson Rd in Maple Park.
For more information on the Apples and Antiques Tractor Show, contact Kuipers Family Farm at (815) 827-5200.
For information on sponsorship opportunities for this or similar events to benefits the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation, contact Steve Arnold at (630) 584-8660.
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Sugar Grove police arrested former Sugar Grove resident Stephen Dale Matthews on Aug. 19 for criminal damage to property, after he reportedly damaged 29 vehicles in the Sugar Grove area on the morning of Aug. 6.
The majority of the damage was in the form of scratches from a stone or other sharp object to vehicles parked on Arbor Avenue, Calkins Drive, Bristol Court, Chelsea Avenue, Bedford Avenue, Cross Street and Rolling Oaks Drive. There was also a smashed mailbox.
Profanities and derogatory descriptions of individuals were scratched into the hoods, trunks and sides of the cars. Some of the scratches were fairly deep, and will require the replacement of the automobile panels. Damage done to the cars ranges from $400 to $3,100 per car, for a total of about $20,000.
Matthews, 18, currently lives in the 200 block of West North Street in Dwight, Ill., where police there are investigating similar damage done to vehicles. He was charged with criminal damage to property, a class 4 felony, for the vehicle with more than $3,000 in damage, and criminal damage to government-supported property, a class 3 felony, for damage done to a vehicle owned by Kane County and driven by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez.
There was also one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property for the mailbox. Additional charges are pending as the department receives estimates from other victims whose cars were damaged. Citizens are encouraged to get an estimate for damages and file a police report with the Sugar Grove Police Department if they believe their cars may have been involved in this incident.
Matthews is currently out of jail on a $25,000 bond. His first court date is Friday, Aug. 28.
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Elburn resident Joe Kasper, a specialist with 333rd Military Police Unit of the Illinois Army National Guard, returned Wednesday from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Kasper’s parents, Kim and Tim, welcomed him back in Freeport, Ill., during a ceremony at the Illinois Masonic Temple, during which Go. Pat Quinn was scheduled to speak. The Kaspers were thrilled at the return of their son and his unit, which was engaged in combat while in Afghanistan.
â€œIt’s been a long year of praying and worrying, and we’re glad that they made it home without casualties,â€ Kim said.
Approximately 170 men and women making up the 333rd unit combat brigade team that included Kasper departed from the Illinois Masonic Temple in Freeport, Ill., Aug. 30, 2008, for Fort Bragg, N.C. From there, they headed to the war in Afghanistan, where they took part in Operation Enduring Freedom for nearly a year.
The deployment nearly a year ago that included Kasper’s unit was part of one of the largest military deployments in Illinois since World War II, with approximately 2,700 soldiers taking part.
A 2004 Kaneland High School graduate resident, Joe Kasper enlisted in the Illinois National Guard in December 2002. He did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
The Kaspers communicated with their son by e-mail and on Facebook while he was in Afghanistan. The family is planning an open house in September to celebrate his return.
Joe Kasper will enroll at Northern Illinois University in January, Kim said.
Photo: Soldiers from the 333rd Military Police Unit of the Illinois Army National Guard, including Joe Kasper of Elburn, were awarded the Combat Action Badge for their actions during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit returned to the U.S. Wednesday after nearly a year in Afghanistan. Courtesy Photo
School Board reconsiders option for â€˜Dirt Mountainâ€™ at high school
The cost of dealing with the mountain of dirt at Kaneland High School is turning out to be more than the School Board bargained for. A study recently conducted by Manhard Consulting explored two options for removing the pile of dirt left from the construction of the school auditorium: re-spreading the soil around the school property or hauling it away.
The cost to spread the stockpile of dirt on-site would be $374,357 versus $319,770 to pay someone to take it away.
Board members expressed concern over the amounts, especially when the district would be paying interest on the money spent.
â€œThere’s not a huge difference in cost for (option) one or two,â€ board member Cheryl Krauspe said. â€œThey’re both costing us significant money.â€
â€œI have a problem with purchasing bonds for things that are not capital projects,â€ Board President Lisa Wiet said.
Board member Bob Myer suggested that a third option would be to do nothing.
However, Superintendent Charlie McCormick said that the dirt would have to be removed at some point.
â€œIf not now, when?â€ McCormick asked. â€œIt’s not cost-free to keep it. There isn’t $300,000 in our operating budget to deal with it.â€
He said that unless the district takes care of it now, it may be another 10 years before the district has the funds to fix it.
The pile of dirt, located near the high school, was left over when the high school auditorium was built. The plan then was to use the soil during the construction of the Harter Middle School.
However, the dirt turned out not to be suitable on which to build a structure. For the past several years, the mountain of dirt has remained on the high school grounds.
When the estimates for the costs for the construction of the middle school came in at about $9 million less than anticipated this spring, the board began to prioritize a list of potential site and construction projects, should they decide to go ahead with the full bond sale amount.
The removal of the dirt pile was one item on the list of potential projects. Board members said on Monday that, other than the unsightly look of the pile, they do not have a good understanding of the potential impact that removing the dirt pile would have on drainage issues on the property.
â€œWe’re just not educated on this issue,â€ Wiet said. â€œIt’s been out there for two years, and the only reason we’re considering it is, the list of projects we put together because of the extra money.â€
by Susan O’Neill
Interim Kaneland High School Principal Greg Fantozzi is allowed to work only 120 days during a given school year, due to his retirement contract, so district administrators addressed the ripple effect this will have by assigning additional administrative responsibilities to current staff and filling in the gaps as needed.
With Athletic Director Leigh Jaffke picking up some additional administrative responsibilities, middle school teacher Pattie Patterman will assist Jaffke with the supervision of athletic programs and contests.
District Associate Superintendent Jeff Schuler emphasized that this is a temporary seasonal assignment, and the need for the position on a permanent basis, will be evaluated at the end of the school year. The stipend for the position for the fall season is $5,200.
Interviews will be conducted for the winter and spring season once the fall season is under way, Schuler said. Patterman will continue to teach eighth grade at the middle school.
Brian Kuntsman will temporarily assist the Dean’s Office with the overflow of disciplinary issues on a part-time basis. Kuntsman will continue to teach the first section of concert choir and the Madrigals, with Brandon Staker taking over his remaining concert choir section. Staker will be paid $11,822 for the part-time position.
Kaneland High School Special Education Department Chairman Jill Maras will become the District Special Education Coordinator, a new position in which she will perform staff evaluations, attend all individual special education meetings and assist in the supervision of school activities. Maras’ salary for the 2009-10 school year will be $72,000.
Fantozzi will work full-time at the beginning of the school year, tapering down to a two or three day per-week schedule. Fantozzi will be paid a daily rate of $600 for 120 days, for a total of $72,000.
by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLEâ€”After an eight-year hiatus from a summer festival, Kaneville is ready to party again. This weekend, Friday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Aug. 30, Kaneville residents and anyone who wants to join them will gather in the downtown area around Harter and Main Street roads.
The festivities begin with a library book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, with the evening closing with a free movie shown on the outside wall of Hill’s Country Store, complete with free popcorn and pizza. The movie will be appropriate for children.
A variety of crafters will sell their creations on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while business owners demonstrate their products and services.
Check out the Underground Railroad quilt, made by Karen Heinberg, which is being raffled off to support the Kaneville Historical Society. Listen to the story behind the symbols and colors of the quilt while purchasing a ticket. The winner will be chosen at the Kaneville winter festival in December.
Youngsters may pet the Angora fur of Mary Stough’s rabbits.
Activities for the youngsters take place on Saturday, and include all kinds of races and contests with small prizes. Kids of all ages can participate in the water fights with the Kaneville fire-fighters’ supervision.
Volleyball begins at 10 a.m., and anyone can join in the fun. Sign up for the bags tournament, which starts at 2 p.m.
Local food vendors will sell a variety of food, including hot dogs and brats, and Food for Thought will offer pulled pork from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Back Country Roads will perform from 7 to 9 p.m., and Maple Park resident Roger Kahl will set off the fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.
Sunday morning begins with an outdoor church service at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, and a community picnic begins at noon (bring your own blanket and food). The car show lasts from noon to 3 p.m, when the awards presentation will take place.
Softball games are at 2 and 4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28 â€¢ 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29 â€¢ 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30 â€¢ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Based on the numbers, Elburn Days 2009 proves successful by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Elburn Lions Club treasurer Alan Lee has been running the Elburn Days beer gardens, a big money-maker for the club, since 2003, and also has been the organization’s treasurer for several years. Lee said he is confident that this year’s Elburn Days was profitable.
Although it rained Friday evening, the entire event was not affected by storms as some past festivals have been, with fair weather reigning the remainder of the weekend.
â€œAll in all, it turned out a lot better than we expected,â€ Lee said.
Lee said sales overall were good from tickets to vendors, but the Lions have yet â€œcrunch the numbersâ€ and determine costs for the event.
Lee said the car raffle had an exceptional year; all tickets were sold before Friday of Elburn Days. In addition, the Lions Beef Stand had its best year ever, and the Beer Garden sales eclipsed the record year of 2005.
Lions volunteer Pam Hall helped to raise donations in a financially difficult year and was able to secure new businesses reflecting an increase of 11 percent in sponsorships from the prior year, Lee said.
The Lions donate most of the festival profits to organizations benefiting seeing and hearing-impaired individuals, and to other charities.
â€œWe are very fortune the community supports our charities,â€ Lee said. â€œIt is a compliment to all our volunteers.â€
Profits from an event held during the festival, the St. Gall’s rummage sale, were high, sale coordinator Annette Theobald said. The rummage sale made about $9,000, which is better than what it has brought in the last few years, she said.
The St. Gall’s rummage sale proceeds support church programs and projects.
Victim was vendor, daughter of former SG village trustee by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Jennifer Weber, 49, was pronounced dead after being transported to Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva following an apparent seizure during the sidewalk sale Friday on the 500 block of Main Street in Elburn.
Weber’s cousin, Paula Keiner of Elburn, said they set up their Elburn Days booth at 5:15 a.m. that day, for the Tastefully Simple franchise they own. At about 10 a.m., they were sitting at the booth in front of Dave’s Barbershop when Weber put her head down on the table. Keiner thought her cousin was just resting, since they had gotten up early that day. However, Weber then appeared to be having a seizure and was struggling to breathe, Keiner said.
Keiner said after she called 911, Elburn paramedics arrived immediately, conducted lifesaving measures and transported the victim to Delnor.
Weber, a resident of Aurora, was married to Armin Weber and had two children, Jessica, 25, and Dean, 22. She was the daughter of former Sugar Grove trustee Mary Fraley.
I am so tired of the lies that we are hearing from Obama and the Democratic party concerning the so-called Health Care bill. When you hear them talk, they constantly deny what the bill actually says. If this bill passes, it will interfere with your entire way of life. It is so socialistic that we will not recognize the freedom that we now have.
Why do we not have our representatives here having town meetings? Why do we have a Senator from Ohio appearing here trying to convince us that this is a great bill? We can read what is in the bill for ourselves and as we have found out, the bill does not match the words they say. I wonder why my representative, Bill Foster (D), phone (630) 406-1114, e-mail email@example.com, will not hold a town hall meeting to explain why he thinks this bill is so good for us? For instance, on page 16 of the health bill, is a provision that makes individual private medical illegal. Or why on page 30 does the bill say a government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you will getâ€”and unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process.
Page 425 of the bill states that the government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time. Apparently when you die.
One more page of the 1,018-page bill is page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (Read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN). Health care for all illegals in this country is also a part of this bill. You need to get a copy of this bill for yourself. Go to http://blog.flecksoflife.com/ and get yourself a copy of the main points of each of the 1,018 pages, or print out the whole bill for yourself.
Folks, this is not my America. this is not the America many of us served and are proud of. You need to educate yourself. This so-called â€œhealth careâ€ bill will make you think we are living in a socialistic country. You need to call your representatives to make your opinion known. Here are a few phone numbers and e-mails: Obamaâ€™s White House, (202) 456-1111, and firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Bidenâ€™s number is (202) 224-8391. Senator Richard Durbinâ€™s (D) phone number is (202) 224-2152 or (312) 353-4952 and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, all of you need to get involved because the final bill that will probably come out of this mess will affect everything about you for the rest of your life. The people in Congress have forgotten that they work for us, and we need to get them back on track.
Remember, we have a primary election coming up in February 2010, and a November election in 2010. All the people responsible for creating such a boondoggle need to be replaced.
Thank you so much to the Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market for letting me sponsor and participate in the Farmer’s Market Dog Days of Summer event on Aug. 15. We had a fantastic turnout and hope everyone had as much fun as my husband, Russ, and I did. We met so many incredibly wonderful people, as well as people we already know, and enjoyed seeing everyone.
We are so proud to live in a community that is filled with such warm, friendly people; the community truly has a big heart and shows it.
A sincere thank you to Tina Cella, Pat Graceffa, Mari Johnson and all the volunteers for making us feel so welcome from the minute we arrived. We are so impressed with how well the Market is organized and all the vendors in attendance.
A special thanks to Cody, Finnegan, Dugan, Moose, Bella, Horseshoe, Indy, Bo and all the dogs that came out in the hot weather with their humans to be with us.
As a side note, after the Farmer’s Market we stopped for a quick lunch at the Book Nook Cafe and wow! The food was outstanding, to say the least. If you haven’t been yet, make it a point to. You won’t be disappointed in the Book Nook Cafe or our new, beautiful library!
I have watched the continuing debate over health care. In my view, the overarching issue is access to health care for the uninsured. I would suggest three simple solutions:
One, find a method and the means to pay for insurance for this group inside our existing structure.
Two, reform the tort laws that add to the overall cost of health care.
Three, change the law to let individuals buy high-deductible coverage with health savings accounts to facilitate and encourage improved individual choice on health matters.
I am sorry, but the current proposals, to the extent they can be comprehended, are a mess.
If you exercise poor judgement on this matter and vote for this proposal, I will vote against you in the next election, I will contribute to your opponent in the next election and I will work actively against you in the next election. Regardless of the opponent, I will continue to do so until you are defeated and removed from office.
Landscape scathed, but no one hurt by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Nancy Nelson was in her laundry room next to the kitchen at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 19. Elburn’s emergency sirens had sounded earlier and heavy rain was coming down, so she shut all the windows in the house except one in the kitchen. Suddenly she felt as though all the air was being sucked out of the room.
â€œI just headed straight for the basement,â€ said Nelson, who lives about a mile north of Route 38 on Route 47.
Right after going into the basement, Nelson heard a loud crack and crunch.
â€œI thought the house would be gone, for sure,â€ she said.
What she heard was a 30-year-old locust tree trunk breaking and falling on the roof of the house, caused by a 105-mph tornado.
When she came upstairs after the storm subsided, she was relieved the damage was not worse.
â€œI feel like we had a guardian angel,â€ Nelson said.
In the Nelson’s yard, many tree tops were gone, branches and leaves covered the grass and several 30- to 40-foot spruce trees were uprooted.
â€œIt amazed me, because they have roots that are six or seven feet long,â€ Nelson said.
Nelson’s husband, Randy, was driving home from playing golf just after 6 p.m. and did not know a tornado had struck until just before he arrived at his house and saw a tree on the side of Route 47 that was â€œtwisted like a pretzel.â€ When he turned into his driveway, downed trees and branches blocked his access.
Despite the extensive tree damage at the Nelson’s, flowers still flourished in a garden that was untouched by the tornado, even though it was right next to a tree that was destroyed by the storm.
â€œIt was kind of freaky,â€ Nancy said.
Cornfields in the tornadoes’ paths looked as though a herd of buffalo had tromped through them. Just north of the Nelson’s house, a vehicle parked in a driveway at 3N498 Route 47 was destroyed and two others were severely damaged, struck by debris during the tornado. Their owner, Frank Hudkins, said he had to have the vehicles towed from his property. He noted that all that was left of a farmer’s wagon next door were the wheels.
Hudkins said he was inside at 6 p.m. when he saw a huge tree trunk and debris fly south past his front window. When he looked out the back window, branches were blowing in the opposite direction. He said the event was so brief he did not have time to worry.
â€œIt didn’t last more than two or three minutes,â€ Hudkins said.
Hudkins said he feels lucky, too.
â€œNobody got hurt, and with all the trees falling, nothing hit the house.â€
At the house across the street from Hudkins’, a fallen tree left a huge, gaping hole in the roof. The Nelsons’ roof was intact other than shingle damage, but the couple still does not know the extent of destruction to trees on their 10-acre property, since some areas of the lot are densely wooded. The Nelsons’ property is for sale, and the property damage likely will be a major setback in trying to sell it, they said.
Assistant Fire Chief Tate Haley said the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department received an alert from the Kane County emergency dispatch center of a possible circular storm coming through Elburn just before 6 p.m. So, he got in his truck and started heading north from downtown Elburn on Route 47; about a mile past Route 38 he began to see debris and downed trees from the tornado that had just struck.
â€œI must have been right behind it,â€ Haley said.
A falling tree brought electrical wires to the ground during the storm at one home; firefighters monitored the site for safety until ComEd arrived to conduct repairs, Haley said.
National Weather Service
meteorologists confirmed that a
tornado occurred at about
6 p.m. on Aug. 19,
approximately one mile north of Elburn. The tornado was 40 yards wide at its widest point, with a
one-mile-long path. The peak wind associated with the tornado was
The National Weather Service also reported that a second tornado occurred two to three miles north
of Elburn in Lily Lake at about
the same time. The path of this
tornado was estimated at
1.5 miles long
30 yards wide.
With the latest corruption coming out of Downers Grove there could not be a more opportune time for Gov. Quinn and our legislators to support legislation that would get rid of Illinoisâ€™ biggest embarrassmentâ€”the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Our past governors and state legislators have not kept the word of their 1950s colleagues when they said that once the financial bonds were paid off the roads would become freeways. From day one we have not seen anything but corruption come out of the toll authority Taj Mahal headquarters in Downers Grove. A few headliners included shady land deals where the director went to jail; employees were caught stealing tollbooth coins and motorist fines; a consultant was paid $100,000 to study if their top executives were underpaid; raises of 10 to 95 percent were given for 40 top executives while Illinois citizens are losing their jobs and the countryâ€™s economy is going to pot. There was even a time when the executive director used the toll authorityâ€™s helicopter to go see his girlfriend, and in 2006 over $40 million of tollbooth collections was fed to the state treasury to be used for non-road expenditures. The list goes on and on and on.
A toll/tax is the least efficient way to pay for roads. Paying a toll/tax is unfair to the citizens living in the northern part of our state. While northern citizens are being double taxed to use their highways, tax money that they pay at the fuel pump is being used to pay for highways in mid and southern Illinois.
Another public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9. I ask you for what? How many public hearings do we have to have about toll authority corruption before our legislators take their heads out of the sand? This public hearing, as were the others, is nothing more than window dressing. They already know that the toll authority breeds corruption and they should know by now that the only way to correct the problem is to get rid of the sourceâ€”the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. We donâ€™t need or want this embarrassment for Illinois.
There is a new website with a â€œGet rid of the tollsâ€ petition for Illinois drivers to let their legislators know that it is time for the toll authority to goâ€”along with their unfair toll/tax: http://notolls-il.com.
I became quite frustrated with Congressman Bill Foster and his staff when I attended his â€œNeighborhood Office Hoursâ€ at the DeKalb Public Library on Aug. 11. Though I realize the staff was in DeKalb to assist local residents with federal benefits such as Social Security and Medicare, the congressman was nowhere to be found!
With healthcare reform, the struggling economy, and other hot-button issues at the forefront, I would have expected him to be there to hear concerns and answer any questions constituents may have. Yet those of us that attended the meeting to discuss federal legislation were left to express our concerns with a sheet of paper. Supposedly, it will reach Fosterâ€™s eyes.
In addition, his Regional Outreach Coordinator couldnâ€™t tell me the last time Foster was in the DeKalb and Sycamore area for a meeting with the public. The staff member, however, did explain Foster will be hosting a tele-town hall discussion in the coming weeks. Judging by the number of people that showed up at the â€œNeighborhood Office Hoursâ€ to question him on pressing topics, I can see why Foster would want to hide behind a phone and be selective about the few constituents among thousands who will be allowed to speak during the conversation.
Clearly the 14th Congressional District deserves a representative that is forthcoming about his stance on issues which affect the country and doesnâ€™t send his staff to give vague answers to important questions. In short, we deserve someone that doesnâ€™t hide out when issues get heated.
The members of the Daniel Simpson American Auxiliary No. 630, Elburn, wish to thank the Elburn High School class of 1950. We appreciate the donation made and support given to our organization. With your donation, we can help support our many programs that help others.
Thank you again,
Elburn Unit No. 630
Vanessa Wolbers of Kaneville has been named a financial representative for Country Financial.
Wolbers recently completed the organizationâ€™s extensive training about the solutions Country offers to help clients become financially secure. The training also focuses on guiding clients toward successfully setting and achieving their goals.
She can provide clients with auto, home life and long term care insurance, annuities, mutual funds and college education funding options. She can also offer investment management, retirement planning and trust services provided by Country Trust Bank, which is part of Country Financial.
Wolbers earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in 2009.
She serves clients from her Country office at 1950 DeKalb Ave., Suite D, Sycamore. The office phone number is (815) 756-9536.
Rich Harvest Farms site of 16-12 win for U.S. over Europe at Solheim Cup by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, will have a tough road ahead if it wants to compare to the extravaganza put on in Sugar Grove this past week.
However, the site of the 2011 Solheim Cup has plenty to jump off from after an entertaining 16-12 win by the U.S. over Europe in Sugar Grove.
An estimated 120,000 visitors over the four-day period of play saw noteworthy golfers like Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel up close, and witnessed pride for country by a red, white and blue-clad United States squad that successfully retained the Solheim Cup title at Rich Harvest Farms.
After beginning with fourball and foursomes on Friday, Sunday was down to singles competition.
Pressel retained the Solheim Cup for the U.S. Team with a 3-up victory over Swedenâ€™s Anna Nordqvist to clinch the week. Pressel chipped to two feet and had her par putt conceded to give the Americans a 14-11 lead to clinch the 2009 Solheim Cup.
The high level of competition and skill was apparent throughout the clash, and U.S. golfers Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Pressel and Wie finished undefeated in head-to-head play, while Diana Luna and Janice Moodie did so for Europe.
For many fans throughout the week, it was a chance to see Europeâ€™s best up close, and for those across the Atlantic, it was a similar opportunity to hit the local links.
Spainâ€™s Tania Elosegui (1-2 in singles) tried to put it in perspective on Thursday.
â€œI think everyone is going to be nervous tomorrow, even the Americans. I think, I donâ€™t know, I think everyone is going to be nervous on the first tee. But thatâ€™s something that we have to manage to handle.â€
With the Junior Solheim Cup taking place at Aurora Country Club the same weekend, Europe coaching staff member Jonas Lilja of Sweden relished the experience.
â€œItâ€™s a chance to be able to play great courses and well-arranged tournaments. Definitely a great experience,â€ Lilja said.
After Ireland, the Solheim Cup returns to the U.S. to Parker, Colo., in 2013.
Photo: U.S. team captain Beth Daniel raises the Stars and Stripes after successfully defending the Solheim Cup title with a 16-12 team win that concluded on Sunday. Getty Images
Harter Middle School walk-through completed day before school opening by Susan O’Neill
The final walk-through of the Harter Middle School took place on Tuesday, just in time for the first day of school on Wednesday.
â€œIt’s been tight, but we’ve made it,â€ former Superintendent of Business Tom Runty said.
After Runty retired, he was hired back by the district to supervise the completion of the new school, as well as renovations of the current middle school and Blackberry Creek Elementary School.
â€œA lot of progress was made in a very short time,â€ he said.
Runty and Assistant Superintendent of Business Julie-Ann Fuchs credited the custodial and technology staff for working quickly and efficiently to get things done The final concerns had been to complete the roadway and to get the exits cleared for students to enter the grounds. Runty said that everything is finished on Harter Road except for some work on the road shoulders.
New students and their parents visited the school for the first time last Thursday, to orient themselves and find their way around.
â€œThere were a lot of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs,’â€ Runty said.