Church sale will boast many craft items

by Martha Quetsch
Annette Theobald has coordinated the St. Gall’s Church rummage sale during Elburn Days since 2004. A focus emerges for each annual sale based on people’s donations, she said.

“Every year, it seems like we have a different theme,” Theobald said.

This year, craft supplies will be the highlight of the sale. The reason is, St. Gall’s received a multitude of craft items from a local resident who no longer wanted them. St. Gall’s designated a special room this year to accommodate the craft items.

“We had a crew of more than eight people, who loaded eight cars from the house with craft supplies,” Theobald said.

Theobald said she and other sale volunteers have not yet opened all of the boxes the resident gave them. She added that items that don’t sell during Elburn Days will be donated to organizations such as Wayside Cross and the Cancer Federation. St. Gall’s designated a special room this year to accommodate the craft items.

Last year, someone donated many lighthouse items, so that was a sale highlight. Another year, the sale featured an inordinant number of pasta-making machines.

“It just depends upon what the trend is,” Theobald said.

Proceeds from the St. Gall rummage sale will benefit church programs.

Other charitable organizations can stop by before the sale closes on Saturday afternoon to pick leftovers they think they can sell.

Rummage event details

St. Gall Church’s 22nd annual rummage sale, in the parish hall and basement classrooms, will be full of household goods, books, sporting goods, electronics, toys, home-improvement items, small furniture, bikes, lamps, tools, shoes and clothing. St. Gall Parish Hall is located at Route 47 and Shannon Street.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A bake sale will also be held both days. A bag sale starts at 1 p.m. that Saturday, during which items other than clothes will be offered at half price. Proceeds will help meet parish needs. For information, call (630) 365-6030.

Festival’s community stage full of fun

Schedule of events set for Elburn Day’s community stage
by Mike Slodki
Somehow, some way, Elburn Days will attempt to pack an astounding amount of fun on the community stage from Friday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 23.

On Friday, Ronald McDonald will bring his brand of fun following the Elburn Days Parade at 7:30 p.m. Also at 7:30, 2008 Teen Elburn Idol Alyssa Parma will open on the main stage for Catfight.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., A Factor Dance Company brings the moves.

On Saturday, the next generation of Elburn Idol will shine during its finalist competition from noon to 1 p.m.

Jazzercise will hit the stage from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.

Following shortly after will be Excel Gymnastics and Rebel Cheerleaders showing off their talent.

From 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. comes the Pretty in Pink Dance Exhibition, and all preschoolers can come on over to the stage for a free dance class with Miss Maggie.

At 4 p.m., the teen Elburn Idol runner-up gets set to sing on stage as an opening act for Back Country Roads.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. sees the grooves of M&M Dance Explosion, while a hula hoop contest keeps the fun going on the stage from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., the spotlight goes onto the 2009 Teen Elburn Idol winner, who sings on the main stage and opens up for Red Woody.

From 7:45 to 9 p.m., St. Charles North High School Band “The Public” plays its rock and alternative originals and covers. The band is made up of John Welte, Ben Hodges, Jake Fulk, Kyle McDonald and Andrew Filipos.

On Sunday, the second annual talent contest takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by the second annual ice cream eating contest, sponsored by Colonial Ice Cream. The contest will be for ages six and under, 7-12, 13-17 and adults. Prizes are to be awarded for first through third place, with all participants receiving a certificate.

At 3 p.m., the junior Elburn Idol runner-up sings on the main stage opening for Deep Six.
3:30 to 4 p.m. features a dance party for kids ages 7 to 10, with the opportunity to go up on stage to learn hip hop dances.

From 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., M&M Dance performs again.

At 6:30 p.m., the final community stage fun for another year takes place with the junior Elburn Idol winner on the main stage, opening for 7th Heaven.

Community stage schedule
Subject to change

Friday, August 21
7:30 p.m.: Ronald McDonald
8:30 p.m. A Factor Dance Company performs

Saturday, August 22
Noon “Elburn Idol” Finalist Competition
2:30 p.m. Excel Gymnastics and Rebel Cheerleaders
3:45 p.m. Pretty in Pink Dance Exhibition: bring your
preschoolers to the stage for a free dance
class with Miss Maggie
4:30 p.m. M&M Dance Performs
5:45 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest
7:45 p.m. Teen Band/Dance, “The Public”

Sunday, August 23

1 p.m. 2nd Annual Talent Contest
2:15 p.m. Second Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest
Sponsored by Colonial Ice Cream.
Ages 6 and Under, 7-12, 13-17,
and adult categories.
Prizes awarded to 1st , 2nd and 3rd.
All participants receive a certificate.
3:30 p.m. Dance party for ages 7-10
4:15 p.m. M&M Dance performs

Community churches gather to worship

Elburn Days offers an ecumenical church service
by Susan O’Neill
Elburn Community Congregational Church member Kay Johnson has been coming to the outdoor church services at Elburn Days for more than 20 years.

“I like being outside,” she said. “It’s a peaceful, nice and pleasant place to worship, and it gives me a feeling of being in communion with nature.”

The Elburn Days ecumenical church service begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at the main stage.

The presentation of the worship service is often shared by one or more churches in the community. This year, the Rev. Jeffrey Dire of the Elburn Community Congregational Church will be joined by the Rev. Gary Augustine of the Evangelical Fellowship Church and the Rev. David Kletzing of the Hope Anglican Church in conducting the service. Kletzing’s congregation currently meets in the Congregational Church building on Sunday evenings.

Worshippers may either sit in the bleachers or bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.

“It’s always nice to share the service with other congregations,” Johnson said.

Elburn Days briefs

1 for you, 1 for me …
The Elburn Lions Club will host a 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be on sale at various locations throughout Lions Park during the entire festival. The drawing will be held on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Profits will go to projects that aid the community and the seeing impaired.

In step
The annual Elburn Days parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.

This is the 80th Elburn Days Parade. The parade will have approximately 90 units, including bands, floats, fire engines, antique cars, clowns and more.

Additionally this year, Ronald McDonald will entertain the children as he rides through the parade in his special truck. The parade theme this year is: “Celebrating 80 Years of Service, 80s Style.”

The parade will last approximately 90 minutes and will open the festival as it ends at Lions Park. The parade route will be southbound through Elburn on Route 47.

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1 in 3,500 = Camaro
This year, the Elburn Lions Club will raffle off a new 2010 Camaro 2LT/RS Package or $25,000, winner’s choice.

This special edition Camaro is on display at Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn. The car is Inferno Orange and its leather seats have orange inserts with special chrome wheels. Tthe 2LT model level, RS Package also has special headlights, special instruments and a spoiler. Its 304hp, V6 engine gets 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Tickets for a chance to win this vehicle cost $20 and are available from Elburn merchants, Lions Club members or at Elburn Days in the ticket booth at Lions Park.

Get your tickets early, as there are just 3,500 tickets available. The winner will be drawn on the Sunday night of Elburn Days, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m.

The winner need not be present during the raffle, but you must buy a ticket to be eligible. For additional details, a picture of the vehicle or to purchase raffle tickets via the mail-in form, visit

Have a cold one

The Elburn Lions Club will again host a beer garden, which is adjacent to the Main Stage.

The types of beer available this year will be Miller Highlife and Miller Lite.

Additionally this year, the club will offer Mike’s Hard Lemonade—lemonade and cranberry flavors; water is also available for purchase.

On Sunday at noon, the duo of Pete and Tim return to the beer garden for another year’s performance. This is an extremely popular place during the Main Stage performances.

No alcohol beverages are allowed outside of the beer garden. The beer garden is restricted to individuals 21 years of age and older. There will be a secured area for families where adult beverages may be enjoyed. Ticket sales end a half hour before closing.

All sorts of sales

Elburn Days wouldn’t be Elburn Days if it wasn’t for the sales throughout town.

The annual sidewalk sale and flea market, sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, will be held in downtown Elburn on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale is based on local and home based businesses. Take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy the various products featured in this very popular event.

The annual craft show is growing in popularity, and recently relocated to just north of the North Pavilion at Elburn Lions Park. The show runs on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The show highlights many one-of-a-kind products—quilts, music boxes and jewelry to hard-to-find outdoor garden accessories and doll clothing. The Craft Show is sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsored by St. Gall Catholic Chuch, the annual Rummage and Bake Sale are donated by the community, and the profits generated benefit St. Gall parish needs.

Items for sale include: sporting goods, clothing, home goods, electronics and jewelry. A bake sale features homemade pies, cookies, breads and local produce. Hours are Friday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From the Elburn Days Chairman

This year’s Elburn Days Festival will be held on Friday through Sunday, August 21-23 at Elburn Lions Park. The annual event will kick off with our traditional parade Friday evening. The theme for the parade this year is “Celebrating 80 years of Service 80’s style.”

The Elburn Lions Club is pleased to present the 80th annual Elburn Days. This event has a long tradition of providing great family fun for our wonderful community and the surrounding area.

The Elburn Lions Club, the village of Elburn, our community members and organizations take great pride in this annual event and work hard to provide fun for people of all ages.

The motto of Lions clubs is “We Serve,” and without the help and support of the entire community, the Elburn Lions Club would not be able to provide the charitable help and support that we provide. I am honored to serve as the chairman for this year’s event and to carry on the tradition of providing a venue for the community to celebrate the third full weekend in August where our families can enjoy all of the activities of Elburn Days.

Please join us and enjoy Elburn Days at our park.

Tim Klomhaus
Immediate Past President, Elburn Lions Club
2009 Elburn Days Chairman

‘Celebrating 80 years of Fun in the Community’

Festival theme complemented by parade’s ’80s flair
by Martha Quetsch
Put on your old preppy clothes with collars turned up, tease your hair until it’s really big, and you’ll fit right in at the Elburn Days parade.

The 80th annual Elburn Days Parade, at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, has the theme, “80 Years of Service, ’80’s Style.”

Every year, local Lions Club members decide on a different theme for their summer festival, Elburn Days. For the 2009 event, the Lions decided the parade would have its own theme.

“We thought it would make it easier for people to come up with float ideas,” Lions member Tim Klomhaus said.

Klomhaus said he and a few other club members brainstormed, and the ’80s theme was an obvious choice.

“That was the one that really jumped out at us,” he said.

The theme for the event, overall, is, “Celebrating 80 Years of Fun in the Community,” reflecting the eight decades the summer festival has taken place in the village.

Last year’s Elburn Days theme was “Knights of the Blind Since 1929,” for the charitable contributions the Lions Club has made to organizations assisting the seeing impaired from the time it was established in Elburn.

Who’s No. 1?

Recalling the chart-topping songs from this week in the ‘80s
1980: “Magic,” Olivia Newton-John
1981: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
1982: “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor
1983: “Every Breath You Take,” The Police
1984: “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker, Jr.
1985: “Shout,” Tears For Fears
1986: “Glory of Love,” Peter Cetera
1987: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2
1988: “Roll With It,” Steve Winwood
1989: “Right Here Waiting,” Richard Marx
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The top-grossing movies
1980: “The Empire Strikes Back,” $141 million
1981: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” $115 million
1982: “E.T. – The Extraterrestrial,” $228 million
1983: “Return of the Jedi,” $168 million
1984: “Ghostbusters,” $130 million
1985: “Back to the Future,” $104 million
1986: “Top Gun,” $79 million
1987: “Three Men and A Baby,” $81 million
1988: “Rain Man,” $86 million
1989: “Batman,” $150 million
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What’s new in ‘09

Festival has new features
by Martha Quetsch

First all-day bag-book sale
The Friends of the Town & Country Public Library always offers a chance for people to buy a bag filled with books for a few dollars, but in the past, the special discount has been limited to the last two hours of the Friends’ two-day book sale. This year, the Friends will offer the bag-book sale during the entire second day of the event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We will start it when the doors open,” Friends member Joan Hansen said.

Patrons may fill a grocery bag (supplied by the Friends) with books, and pay just $2 per bag or $5 for two bags. Collectible books are excluded.

Another addition: RC on-road race
Hobbytown USA offers an off-road remote control race on Sunday during Elburn Days and this year also will feature an on-road race at the festival on Saturday at noon. It will take place in the Lions Park parking lot, where contestants can compete against others with similarly equipped remote-control cars and trucks, racing them on an obstacle course.

The hobby store has an on-road race twice a month at its shop in St. Charles, from May through September. At the Elburn Days on-road race and those held at the store, competitors can earn points toward winning trophies and prizes at the end of the season from Hobbytown U.S.A. For entry cost information, call the store at (630) 587-1256.

Fresh entertainment: HiFi Superstars
HiFi Superstars will take the Elburn Days main stage for the first time at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Lions Park. Combining a ’70s rock vibe with crunchy, modern, pop-rock energy, HiFi Superstar delivers originals with a vintage rock sound, as well as old-school classics.

HiFi Superstar’s debut CD, “New Revolution,” featuring the song “Milk and Honey,” first opened the doors to a broader audience and led to an exclusive spot on “The Great Independent Rock CD, Volume 1.” The band has opened for national headlining acts including Stryper, Cheap Trick and American Idol’s Bo Bice.

The band’s sound has been compared to that of Cheap Trick, The Knack, Rooney, Weezer, the Raspberries and the Gin Blossoms.

Although HiFi Superstar is known for its melodic rock sound, the band is not afraid to occasionally flirt with an R&B groove or infuse a bit of funk into the mix, the group’s website states (

Rock out at Elburn Days

Festival features three days of wide-ranging music
by Mike Slodki

There’s no better place to rock out in late-August than the main stage at Elburn Days.

You may even get to hear some ‘80s hits, with the overall arcing theme of the entire weekend of “celebrating 80 years of service 80’s style.”

The collective rocking begins Friday on the main stage, with the five-person band HiFi Superstar playing from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

All about the power pop and vocal harmonies, HiFi Superstar plays both original and covers, and will have just come off a performance at Blues Bar in Mount Prospect.

The band has two CDs that have been released, “New Revolution” and a self-titled effort.

From 8 to 11 p.m., the band Catfight displays its musical talent on the main state. The five-person band is not only a fixture in the Chicago area, but has also mixed it up at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Rockford’s On the Waterfront, and provides live at-bat music at Alexian Field during Thursday night home games for the Schaumburg Flyers. At Elburn Days, you can hear anything from Journey to Gnarls Barkley.

Saturday’s Main Stage action starts relatively early with the musical talent of He Said She Said. Influenced by anything from Blondie to the Beatles and featuring both male and female lead vocalists, He Said She Said is made up of Tamara, Kerry, Richard and Matthew.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Back Country Roads takes the stage with its co-ed brand of acoustic country. Based out of DeKalb, Mary Noren, Kyle Miller and Brian Miller look to sing the tunes from acts like Dierks Bentley to Miranda Lambert.

Local act Red Woody takes control on Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Now in its 10th year, “Red Woody is a high energy cover band specializing in ’70s, ’80s,’90s and ’00s radio rock hits,” according to

Playing anywhere from MVP’s Street Dance in Sycamore to Starbuster’s in DeKalb, Red Woody is made up of Matt Miller on vocals, Keith Beebe on guitar, Ron McConkey on drums, Doug Wielert on bass, John Stephenson on guitar, Stan Dembowski on guitar and Cyril Wochok on guitar.

On Sunday, the main stage will see the invasion of five-piece band Deep Six. Deep Six plays several genres of rock and even country, with hits like “Funk 49” from James Gang to “Alive” by Pearl Jam. Deep Six will also be playing Yorkville’s Hometown Fest and has also played Blarney Island in Antioch recently.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 7th Heaven takes the stage with its five-piece band capable of original or covers. Playing in its third decade, the band released “Live at Durty Nellie’s” in 2005. 7th Heaven is made up of Mark Kennetz, Richie Hofherr, Keith Semple, Nick Cox, and Michael Mooshey and are going to be fresh off a performance at Grayslake Summer Days on Saturday.

The beer garden on Sunday will feature Pete and Tim from noon to 3 p.m.

HiFi Superstar
Main Stage • Friday, Aug. 21 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Combining an infectious ‘70s rock vibe with crunchy, modern, pop-rock energy, HiFi Superstar has established themselves as a notable presence among Chicago’s musical skyline.

Billboard Award winners for their song, “Milk and Honey,” they know what it takes to deliver fresh originals with a vintage sound as well as old school classics that have been refreshed and packed with their own unique flavor.

HiFi Superstar is eager to bring their groovin’ style and feel-good music to a new generation.

HiFi Superstar enjoys a unique and broad appeal across generations. Playing everywhere from clubs in the city and suburbs, to community festivals, churches, schools and private events—their entertaining style, versatility and ability to engage crowds of all sizes has secured their place in the hearts of a wide-ranging fan base.

Their debut CD, “New Revolution,” featuring their song “Milk and Honey,” first opened the doors to a broader audience, grabbing them an exclusive spot on “The Great Independent Rock CD, Volume 1”. The band has also had the opportunity to open for national headlining acts, including Stryper, Cheap Trick and American Idol’s Bo Bice.

Their second CD, “HiFi Superstar,” has been described as a great example of crunchy power pop a la Cheap Trick, The Knack and contemporaries such as Rooney and Weezer. Others have noted that the power chords and smooth harmonies recall the Raspberries and Gin Blossoms. And though HiFi Superstar is known for their melodic rock sound, they are not afraid to occasionally flirt with an R&B groove or infuse a bit of funk to the mix.

Noted for their memorable musical hooks with solid vocal harmonies … in addition to a great musical performance, these guys are just fun! Their songs are upbeat and just a plain good time. Whatever vibe you get from the stage at a HiFi Superstar show, you’ll no doubt feel the passion of a band on a mission.

Some have said that we all need the positive influences we can get in the world today. Well HiFi Superstar has their sights set on bringing their jacked up, feel good, pump-your-fist-in-the-air convoy to you!

If you’re looking to inject an upbeat, fun, or positive vibe into your life … no ordinary star will do. You’ll want HiFi Superstar!
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Main Stage • Friday, Aug. 21
8 to 11 p.m.
Chicago-based, all-girl band Catfight has played the Joint in Las Vegas, opened for Snoop Dog, Tommy Lee, Styx, Night Ranger and on and on … played a multitude of festivals including Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Rockford’s On the Waterfront, colleges, weddings, mitzvah’s, private and corporate events.

There is practically nothing this band has not done and probably nothing they wouldn’t do. This high energy, fun, sassy, sexy performance is packed full of popular music from Kelly Clarkson to The Killers and will leave you wanting more, more, more! Get out to a Catfight show and enjoy the party!
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He Said She Said
Main Stage • Saturday, Aug. 22 • 1 to 3:30 p.m.
He Said She Said shows can best be described as rock solid pandemonium, designed to make you kick up your feet and party.

What exactly does that mean? For starters, HSSS features both a male and female lead vocalist, both with outstanding dynamic range and versatility. Lead vocalist Tamara Mooshey (who also sings with 7th Heaven) shows off her high energy and passionate vocal stylings through an eclectic mix of current and classic favorites; sort of Katy Perry meets Stevie Nicks combo. Lead vocalist and guitarist Kerry Ridout brings a quiet, cool persona to the mix. He has an old school rock voice that takes you back in time, resembling Paul McCartney or Elvis Costello.

The band also boasts a high power rhythm section; both add a unique feature to the band. Rock steady Bassist Richard Dirkes-Jacks contributes a high energy stage performance and he loves to provide that tasty groove that calls you to the dance floor like a moth to a flame. Drummer Matthew Koller adds a whimsical and playful approach to the HSSS line-up. Think Ringo Starr meets Animal from the Muppets.

The HSSS set list is filled with diverse songs that everyone loves, spanning from the ‘60s to today’s current hits. The band also jumps through genres with ease, playing classic rock gems like The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” to dance party hits like Dee-Lites “Groove is in the Heart” and Pink’s “So What.” The band just as easily pulls off big arena sing-alongs like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Bon Jovi’s “Living on A Prayer” with their own special style that gets the crowd to feel like they are part of the rock and roll circus that is HSSS.

Finally, the energy on stage will make it clear that this band really enjoys one another and can feed off each other. The shows aren’t staged; everything is free flowing and spontaneous, keeping each performance fresh. HSSS combines this skilled musicianship, playful sense of humor and dynamic stage show every audience deserves. Come check it out and treat yourself to a good time.
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Red Woody
Main Stage • Saturday, Aug. 22
7:30 to 11 p.m.
Red Woody is a high energy cover band specializing in ’70s, ’80s,’90s and ’00s radio rock hits. Since 1999, Red Woody has been redefining what a cover band is all about. Red Woody puts you in the front row of your favorite rock concert. Covering artists such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Bryan Adams, Matchbox 20, AC/DC, John Mellencamp, Counting Crows, Kid Rock, Poison, Skynyrd, Lit, Nine Days and many more. Come experience the Red Woody sensation at an upcoming performance.
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Deep Six
Main Stage
Sunday, Aug. 23
3 to 6 p.m.
DeepSix offers Chicagoland extreme musical diversity. Modern, classic & alternative rock are blended with rockin’ modern country and packaged in a dynamic stage show that gets your venue or event singing and dancing along! Tribute quality vocals and instrumentation bring the hits to life at each and every performance. Check out a show and see why this is one of Chicagoland’s fastest rising bands.
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7th Heaven
Main Stage • Sunday, Aug. 23 • 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Lifelong friends committed to leaving it all out on the stage, NTD Records recording artists 7th Heaven boasts these and other incredible accomplishments.

The lead singer, winner of the British TV version of American Idol known as Pop Stars, was brought in straight from Northern Ireland. He owns a gold disc on Jive records. The band has set attendance records at major night clubs across the tri-state region. Record sales nearing 30,000 units sold and digital offerings are available on iTUNES, Amazon, among others.

This is the premier Chicago festival act, according to prominent talent buyers in Illinois. The critically acclaimed website “Barstar” refers to 7th Heaven as one of the three best bands in Chicago.

Dead-on renditions of Def Lepard, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey and even U2 are delivered at a frenetic pace, driving audiences to literally be dancing in the streets. Musicianship, theatrics and that unmistakable Irish brogue fuel original songs that came straight from the radio playlist.

Are you a Cubs fan? Listen for 7th Heaven all summer long during telecasts and you will hear their current smash hit “This Summer’s Gonna Last Forever”.

This is the band your neighbors will be buzzing about for the rest of the summer. While the festivals only last a short time, for 7th Heaven’s fans old and new alike, they will remember the experience of seeing and hearing them now, because as their song says, “This Summer’s Gonna Last Forever.”
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Annual truck pull set for Saturday

by Mike Slodki
For 80 years, Elburn Days has been letting festival-goers run wild.

For 31 of those years, tractors have been getting stuck in the mud.

That’s just the way they like it.

Saturday, Aug. 22, brings the 32nd annual Truck and Tractor Pull to Lions Park.

The festivities begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the antique tractor pull, with registration beginning at Lions Park. Awards go to the top three finishers.

At 11 a.m., the 32nd annual Truck and Tractor Pull begins.

Sanctioned by the Illini State Pullers, the ISP governs all entry fees and rules.

The times are as follows:
5,000 lb. Naturally Aspiratred Tractors start at 11 a.m.; 6,000 lb. Stock Altered Tractors run at 11:30 a.m.; 6,5000 lb. Altered Stock Trucks run at noon; 7,000 lb Naturally Aspirated Tractors run at 12:30 p.m.; 11,000 lb. Modified Farm Tractors run at 1 p.m.; 6,500 lb. Super Stock Trucks run at 1:30 p.m.; 6,500 lb. Stock Trucks run at 2 p.m., while 7,500 lb. Diesel Trucks finish off at 2:30 p.m. Schedules are subject to change.

Cancel the diet

Elburn Days’ food deserves a break from the diet plan
by Mike Slodki
Want to sample mounds of area foods without having to go through the area?

Lions Park and Elburn Days 2009 is the answer.

Throughout the festival grounds, area business will be dishing out the goodies for kids and adults of all ages.

Vendors include Bev’s Popcorn, Genoa Pizza, Kaneville United Methodist Church, China Garden, Suzie’s Fun Food, Hill’s Country Store, T & D Concessions, Witters Concessions, Pancho’s Mexican Food, R & S Concessions and others.

The Elburn Lions Beef Stand returns to Elburn Days weekend for another year, and the Lions are set to grill their famous pork chops and BBQ chicken dinners on Sunday. The Community Congregational Church will also have their food tent featuring items like roast BBQ, cheeseburgers, hamburgers and homemade pies.

Also set to be at Elburn Days are a beef stand, hot dog stand and a root beer float stand.

Kaneland senior loses life in Campton Hills crash

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Police investigators are trying to determine the cause of a Campton Hills crash that killed Kaneland High School senior Kelsey M. Barsic, 17, of Elburn.

At 6:10 a.m. Tuesday, Campton Hills Police responded to the crash scene after residents reported seeing a vehicle against a tree at 41W323 Burlington Road. Police Chief Gregory Anderson said officers found Barsic dead in the vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu.

The Kane County Coroner’s office will establish the approximate time of death. Anderson said that based on the condition of the victim’s body, she had been deceased for some time. He said it was apparent that the injuries she sustained in the crash caused her death, although the coroner will make the final determination.

The westbound vehicle Barsic had been driving apparently left the south side of the roadway, traveled for a significant distance through an open field and struck a tree of about three feet in diameter, Anderson said. There was no apparent evidence of braking or steering maneuvers before the vehicle struck the tree, he added.

“The tracks in the grass showed the vehicle moved in a straight line across the field,” Anderson said.

Police and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are trying to determine the speed Barsic at which had been driving based on evidence at the scene.

Anderson said based on interviews with the victim’s family on Tuesday, Barsic had been at a friend’s house Monday night and was possibly going to another friend’s home when the accident happened.

It is not known yet whether Barsic was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Amy Renwick, of the coroner’s office, said toxicology test results could take up to three weeks.

Barsic was not wearing a seatbelt nor did the air bag deploy during the crash; if the victim had been wearing a seatbelt, she may have survived, Anderson said.

Conley Funeral Home is making the funeral arrangements for the Barsic family.

Kaneland High School officials learned of Barsic’s death on Tuesday. They said she would have started her senior year when classes begin Aug. 26.

Barsic was an outgoing, friendly girl who was enrolled in the health occupations program at Fox Valley Career Center, working toward her certification as a nurse’s assistant, Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin said.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8p.m., with a wake service to begin at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Gall Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will follow at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Kelsey Barsic 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

Keeping the elderly safe during summer heat waves

Health Care Council of Illinois provides tips for protecting seniors
When temperatures and humidity rise, Illinois nursing homes go on alert. Seniors are particularly susceptible to serious health complications from hot weather, including heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburns and dehydration. The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI), an association of nursing home professionals, offers valuable tips to the public on how to keep seniors safe and comfortable during this summer’s heat wave.

“Many seniors are on medications such as diuretics that make them more prone to the burning rays of the sun,” said Susan Duda-Gardiner, director of clinical services speaking on behalf of HCCI. “Just a short period of time in the sun can cause some major health complications.”

Based on the expertise nursing home professionals have gained in serving the elderly, the HCCI recommends everyone take the steps to protect seniors from extreme heat (located to the right).

One of the most important pieces of advice is that seniors should drink plenty of liquids during the hot summer months to make up for the loss of fluids due to sweat. Dehydration is a dangerous problem that can easily lead to hospitalization and become life-threatening to an elderly person.

As people age, their sense of thirst decreases and by the time an elderly person feels thirsty, he or she may already be dehydrated. Common symptoms of dehydration include confusion, poor skin elasticity, cracked lips, a dry mouth and a furrowed tongue.

The best form of hydration is drinking water. Stay away from drinks with caffeine because these beverages dehydrate the body. Seniors should consider carrying water bottles with them, such as those used by athletes, while spending time outdoors. On a regular basis, be sure to refill this bottle with water or a favorite non-caffeinated beverage to stay healthy. Seniors should always check with their physician to ensure that an increase in fluids is not medically contraindicated.

Sometimes seniors need reminders from family members, friends and caregivers to help them stay well-hydrated. Be sure to offer a variety of delicious beverages throughout the day to protect the health of a loved one, including offering a full glass of water to a senior when taking medications.

Tips to protect seniros from extreme heat
• Use an air conditioner to keep rooms cool. If air conditioning is unavailable, open windows on opposite ends of the house or building to cross-ventilate and increase air flow.
• Regularly attend to individuals who are most at risk for heat-related illnesses, including elderly people with heart, circulatory and pulmonary conditions. Many medicines, including those used for heart conditions, depression and allergies, also can make a person more sensitive to heat stress.
• Ensure that seniors are wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that allows the body to release heat.
• Seniors should always wear sun block when going outside, even if for a short period of time. Apply sunscreen one-half hours before heading outdoors. Not all clothes protect against sun exposure, so apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas, including under the sleeves and collar of a shirt or blouse.
• Wearing a hat that shades the face and covers the head is advised when spending time outdoors. Seniors who are sensitive to the sun should also cover their legs and refrain from wearing shorts.
• Seniors should always wear their sunglasses outdoors. Remember that the eyes of older people take a longer time to adjust from light to dark. When going indoors, a senior should take off his or her sunglasses before entering the building to prevent an accident. It also is a good idea to pause for several moments once inside the door, so that his or her eyes will have time to adjust to the diminished light.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is produced by the loss of normal fluids and salts in the body and results from exposure to heat, either indoors or outdoors. Some of the common symptoms of heat exhaustion include cool, clammy skin; a body temperature of up to 103 degrees; weak, rapid pulse; shallow and quiet respirations; and muscles that may be tense or contracted.

Treatment includes keeping the individual quiet, resting in a cool place and increasing intake of cool, non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated fluids. Consult a physician immediately if you believe an elder may be suffering from heat exhaustion.

Heatstroke is a more serious heat-related illness resulting from direct exposure to high temperatures or the sun. Heatstroke commonly affects individuals who are debilitated or fatigued. Symptoms include dizziness, weakness, nausea, spots before the eyes, ringing in the ears, bright red dry skin, rapid, strong pulse, and a body temperature of more than 103 degrees.

Treatment may include cooling off the individual, removing clothing, applying cool cloths, and giving him or her a sponge bath. Direct the individual to the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible, if you notice any of these symptoms.

IDOT launches new construction website

Website offers in-depth look into IDOT construction projects
STATE—Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig announced recently IDOT’s new innovative website, The Construction Zone Dashboard.

The website provides up-to-date information on active construction contracts, including those funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, after contract execution.

“This is one more way to offer more accessibility, accountability and transparency within our agency,” said IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig. “The public can get important information about projects in their communities in the convenience of their own home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just by logging on.”

The public can search for contracts by location, IDOT District, or contractor. The website also provides a means for viewing the location of the contract on a map. It also provides information on the current status of the project as well as the location of the work, how far along the work is and an estimate of the completion date.

For more information on projects in the area, visit the Construction Zone Dashboard, at

$10.7 million collected from Voluntary Disclosure Program

STATE—The Department of Revenue has collected more than $4 million from mailings sent to 591 Illinois businesses as part of its ongoing effort to educate taxpayers and enforce existing tax laws. Another 119 businesses, who did not receive the mailing, came forward and paid $6.7 million in Use Tax owed under Illinois’ existing Voluntary Disclosure program.

“More than 700 taxpayers now understand their Use Tax obligation and will be reporting in the future,” said Brian Hamer, Director of Revenue. “Given this success, we are opening the program to all Illinois business taxpayers.”

As part of its Business Use Tax Voluntary Disclosure Program, the department identified likely non-filing businesses and offered them the opportunity to register for and pay four years of Use Tax (instead of six) and to avoid penalties. Two mailings generated over $4 million in voluntary payments from 591 businesses.

Any business that pays income and withholding tax but is not registered to pay Use Tax can visit the department’s web site at to get more information on Business Use Tax Voluntary Disclosure and make application for the program.

In such situations, the taxpayer is required to remit the tax directly to the Department of Revenue. All states that administer sales taxes have a complementary use tax that prevents an out-of-state retailer from gaining a tax advantage over in-state retailers.

Use Tax is most commonly due when a taxpayer makes a purchase from a retailer outside of Illinois who does not collect Illinois tax. Examples include:
• A bank has office chairs shipped to it from a company in Ohio that does not collect Illinois tax. The bank owes Illinois Use Tax on the price of the chairs.
• A dentist buys tooth brushes to give patients from a New York mail order firm. The dentist owes Illinois Use Tax on the cost of the tooth brushes.
• A wholesaler that operates a warehouse in Illinois buys a fork-lift in Missouri and no tax is charged. The wholesaler owes Illinois Use Tax on the price of the fork lift.

Waubonsee to offer U of I Agriculture classes

SUGAR GROVE—Local students can now take agriculture classes offered by the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at Waubonsee Community College’s tuition rate, thanks to a new partnership called the ACES ACCESS program. The program will offer four of the university’s introductory agriculture courses to local community college students through distance learning. The first course of the program, Introduction to Animal Science, will begin Monday, Aug. 24.

The online course will be taught by a University of Illinois instructor and will require students to travel to the Champaign-Urbana campus for two Saturday laboratory sessions. Students completing the course will earn four semester hours of college credit that can be applied to an associate degree at Waubonsee and also transfer to four-year universities with agriculture programs.

To learn more or to register for the course, visit or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2319.

Koos joins Teach for America

National Teaching Corps Receives 35,000 applications—a new record
ELBURN—A native of Elburn has joined Teach For America, the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

The recruit is Erica Koos, a graduate of Kaneland High School and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Koos joins Teach For America’s incoming corps of 4,100 teachers, the largest in its 20-year history. With a record 35,000 applications for the 2009 corps, only 15 percent were accepted. These outstanding recent college graduates were selected for their leadership abilities and strong record of achievement. The 2009 incoming corps members earned an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6, and 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates.

Each year, Teach For America attracts a significant percentage of graduates from the nation’s top schools. This year, at more than 130 colleges and universities, over 5 percent of the senior class applied, including 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League institutions. Teach For America was the No. 1 employer of graduating seniors at more than 20 schools, including Georgetown University, Spelman College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Koos will teach in St. Louis.

In the 2009-10 school year, over 7,300 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members will head to classrooms in 35 regions across the United States, including a record seven new sites: Boston; Dallas; Milwaukee; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Nashville, Tenn.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Wilmington, Del.

Beyond their corps commitments, two-thirds of the nearly 17,000 Teach For America alumni across the country are working full-time in education. Nearly 400 Teach For America alumni serve as school principals or superintendents, more than 500 work in government or policy, and 26 serve in elected office.

This fall, 7,300 corps members will be teaching in 35 regions across the country while 17,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity For more information, visit

2009 Solheim Cup schedule

Aug. 17-23—Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove

MONDAY: Player Practice

TUESDAY: Player Practice
Solheim After Sundown Event

WEDNESDAY: Player Practice
Past Captains Exhibition and Autograph Session

THURSDAY: Player Practice
Pro-Junior Four-Hole Challenge
Opening Ceremony

FRIDAY: Four Four-ball Matches
Four Foursome Matches

SATURDAY: Four Four-ball Matches
Four Foursome Matches

SUNDAY: 12 Singles Matches
Closing Ceremony

Parkway tree removal, replacement requires board OK

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn could spend nearly $12,000 to extend its program for removal and replacement of dead and dying trees on residential parkways.

The Planning Commission on Aug. 4 decided to recommend that the Village Board approve the project, including a 50-50 program through which property owners may have parkway trees removed and split the cost with the village.

Many trees, particularly those affected by the emerald ash borer, are slated for removal and replacement by the village at its cost. However, the 50-50 program allows for the removal of trees more immediately than the village plans, if the property owner desires.

“We have a list of trees needing removal, but we cannot remove all of them this year,” said village employee Jim Stran, who is coordinating the tree project.

The tree removal and replacement proposal next goes to village committees on Monday, Aug. 24, for discussion. Following their review, the proposal will go to the Village Board, which will decide whether to proceed with the project that could begin this fall, Stran said.

Most of the trees the village wants to remove are diseased maple and ash. This year, 24 trees are targeted for removal and 20 trees for planting. Many of the trees that would be planted if the board OKs the project will replace those that the village removed in the past.

Replacement trees will include linden, locust, various maples and others.

KC Sheriff’s Dept. makes traffic plan for Solheim available on website

SUGAR GROVE—In preparation for the Solheim Cup golf event, August 17-23, the Kane County Sheriff’s Department has made the normal traffic plan available on This event will take place at the Rich Harvest Farms near the Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove and expects to bring approximately 90,000 people to the area. In an effort to inform area residents of the roadways that will experience higher than normal traffic this map has been made available. Sheriff Pat Perez encourages all area residents to take the opportunity to review the map and expected traffic patterns. The map will remain on the web site through the event.

The map shows the expected normal traffic route; however there may be circumstances that necessitate this route being modified. In the event there is a modification to the route, an additional press release will be sent out. In order to access the map from the website, click on the 2009 Solheim Cup tab on the departments home page.

During the event there will be directional signs on the routes, with Illinois State Police stationed along the route to steer traffic.

Support after infant loss

Footprints, a bereavement program for parents and adult family members who are coping with a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death, will be presented by Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice (FVVH).

The program begins on Aug. 26 and meets Wednesday nights through Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. There is no cost to attend the program, but registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 18.

During the six-week program, participants will come to understand that grief is a normal, natural process and will learn the differences between how men and women grieve from a couple who lost their baby several years ago. Participants will also learn how to identify a support system to assist them in meeting their needs at this difficult time. Managing special dates and holidays will be discussed and participants will engage in discussion about considering pregnancy after loss and how they know when they are ready to move on.

Footprints sessions are led by a licensed professional and an experienced co-facilitator. The program is offered four times a year, but for those with immediate grief needs, short-term individual counseling is available between sessions. Spanish translation is available.

For more information or to register for Footprints, call (630) 232-2233, or e-mail

LivingWell offers cancer survivor discussion

Aug. 20 presentation will address post-treatment issues
Geneva—LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a provider of non-medical support at no cost for people living with cancer, will host a presentation on Life after Cancer: A Survivor Panel Discussion.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at LivingWell in Geneva and is open to the public. This program is free, but registration is requested at (630) 262-1111.

Join five cancer survivors for this panel discussion on the issues each faced once treatment ended and how they dealt with them. The questions addressed will include: What were their next steps? How have their lives changed? How do they deal with the fear of recurrence? What unexpected issues came up after treatment ended?

“No matter what type or stage of cancer we have had, we all have experienced a similar journey and similar fears and struggles,” said Susan Mielke, cancer survivor and panel discussion member. “Sharing our experiences helps others remember that they are ‘normal,’ and learning how one person manages those struggles can bring great insight to those who listen.”

Life after Cancer: A Cancer Survivor Panel Discussion is part of the Six-Weeks of Survivorship series focusing on optimizing health for cancer survivors.

Upcoming presentations include: Writing Your Life Story; Coping With Cancer-Related Neuropathy; Letting Go of Fear and Anger Through Meditation; Overcoming The Fear of Recurrence and I’m A Survivor … Now What? Attendees are welcome to attend any number of the presentations and are not obligated to be present for the entire series.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is a place where people living with cancer, their families and friends, can go for free information and support services that address the challenges of living with cancer.

LivingWell offers networking and support groups, educational programs, mind-body fitness classes, youth programs, a library, individual psychological and nutritional counseling and much more. LivingWell is located at 1803 W. State St., Geneva, and is online at

LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be contacted at (630) 262-1111. LivingWell is a certified 501c nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Delnor Heath System.

County offers property tax clinics

COUNTY—The Kane County Board of Review will offer nine Property Tax Clinics for Kane County taxpayers in 2009.

The clinics will:
• Help taxpayers understand how property taxes work, including an explanation of recent changes in the law.
• Dispel myths about taxes and assessments.
• Explain the appeal process, and provide the necessary forms and rules for filing appeals.
• Provide an opportunity for taxpayers to make sure they have all homestead exemptions to which they are entitled.

The first clinic will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and the clinics will continue each first and third Tuesday through Dec. 15. All clinics will be held in the auditorium of Building A in the Kane County Government Center Campus on Route 31 in Geneva.

Both taxpayers and practitioners (attorneys, appraisers, brokers, etc.) are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Board of Review office at (630) 208-3818 or visit

Maple Park village notes

by Martha Quetsch
Presentation on quiet zone pursuit set for Aug. 20
A presentation and public information session about developing a train-whistle-free zone in Maple Park will take place during the village’s Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the community Civic Center, 302 Willow St. The public is invited to attend and comment.

Village finishes sidewalk project
Maple Park officials decided Aug. 4 to pay Strada Construction the final payment for this year’s sidewalk improvement project.

The Village Board approved the $9,970 payment to Strada of Addison, a sum it had withheld until the company addressed a few areas of concern.

Strada was the contractor for the entire two-year sidewalk improvement project. The project cost $300,000, and the village received grant funding to help pay for it.

“They (Strada) put in 3.5 miles of sidewalks … it was well worth it,” trustee Mark Delaney said.

The project included replacing sidewalks in the village that were cracked or broken by tree roots, and installing them in areas where sidewalks had not previously been.

Ready for the Solheim Cup

Village completes prep for 30,000 visitors per day for golf event
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Village President Sean Michels said Sugar Grove is ready for the onslaught of visitors that begins on Monday, Aug. 17, when the 2009 Solheim Cup comes to town.

“The police departments are coming together; even the weather looks like it’s going to cooperate,” Michels said on Tuesday.

Michels and other village officials have been pushing hard to have the local road construction complete before the start of the prestigious international event. The Solheim Cup features the best female golfers in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in the United States against the top European-born players in the Ladies European Tour (LET).

The event, which takes place at Rich Harvest Farms at Dugan Road off of Route 30 in Sugar Grove, will run from Monday, Aug. 17, to Sunday, Aug. 23. Organizers estimate the number of visitors each day at approximately 30,000. Hotels in Aurora, Naperville and beyond have been booked for months.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has been extremely cooperative, Michels said. The Municipal Drive and Galena Boulevard extension was completed a couple of weeks ago.

The spectator guide for visitors to the event directs them to drive west on Interstate 88 and take the Route 56 exit into town. IDOT has promised that the repaving of Route 56 will be complete before the event, something Michels did not think was possible just a few weeks ago.

In addition, IDOT workers have been seen painting the steel bridges over routes 47 and 56 and mowing the grass bordering the roads in an effort to spruce up the area for visitors.

Village trustee Melisa Taylor said it probably did not hurt to mention the rumor that Olympic site selection committee officials will attend the Solheim Cup, to see how Illinois handles an international sporting event.

The Solheim Cup has been in the planning stages since 2004.

“It always seemed so far off,” Michels said. “It’s hard to believe it’s finally here.”

Elburn officials ponder pros, cons of video gambling

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn officials wonder if newly legalized video gambling is what they want for the village.

Video gambling in establishments with liquor licenses, allowed under an act Gov. Patrick Quinn signed into law July 13, will generate revenue for the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, including state-funded road and bridge projects.

Video gambling could generate an estimated $2,250 annually for the village in taxes for each gaming machine in Elburn, according to a report by the firm of Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics.

The state imposes a 30 percent tax on the net income from each video gambling terminal, featuring poker, blackjack or other games. Of that tax, one-sixth will go to the village.

Village Attorney Bob Britz told trustees on Monday that it will be 60 days, as required under the act, before the Illinois Gaming Board adopts rules needed to enforce the act, but final regulations could take more than a year to develop.

“It’s going to take awhile for the state to adopt regulations; so, the village has time to decide which way it wants to go,” Britz said during the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.

Village President Dave Anderson said he attended a meeting of the Metropolitan Mayors Conference in Chicago on Aug. 7, during which a presentation about the Video Gaming Act took place. He said presenters included representatives from the Illinois Municipal League and Chicago area municipalities.

“Other mayors said they are not sure what they want to do,” Anderson said.

A municipality may prohibit video gambling by passing an ordinance banning the machines within its geographical limits. Voters also may try to prevent video gaming; they would have to file a petition from at least 25 percent of registered voters of the municipality at least 90 days before an election; then, a proposition could be placed on the ballot asking whether video gaming should be prohibited.

Counties may ban video gaming by ordinance for unincorporated areas. For incorporated areas, the decision whether to ban video gaming is up to municipalities.

Village trustee Bill Grabarek said he wants the village to enact a ban on video gambling, which could be reversed later. For now, he wants to make sure Elburn disallows it until the village is certain it wants it.

“You’re not going to get family-oriented businesses (restaurants) in the village if you have five machines going clinkety-clank,” Grabarek said.

Grabarek called the additional tax money the village would receive, “chump change.”

Gaming machines will be regulated

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act July 13, allowing video gambling terminals in bars, clubs and restaurants with liquor licenses.

The Illinois Gaming Board has jurisdiction over all video gaming operations; local governments and police will not be responsible for administering or enforcing the act.

Under the act:
• video terminals, up to five machines per establishment, for games such as poker or blackjack, must be located in an area of the business that is restricted to people 21 and older. The entrance to this area must be in the view of at least one adult employee.

• video gaming terminals may only be played during the legal hours of operation allowed for the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the establishment.

• the maximum wager played per hand may not exceed $2. Additionally, the cash award for the maximum wager may not exceed $500.

• establishments that violate the act will be subject to fines and possible revocation of their liquor and video gambling licenses. Any licensee who knowingly permits a person under the age of 21 to use or play a video gambling terminal will be fined up to $5,000.

Source: Illinois Liquor Control Commission

Editorial—Community in the face of personal crisis: You can help

The weeks leading up to the start of school are hectic for any family. Supplies, clothes, registration forms, books, etc., have to be purchased, organized and ready to go by the start of school.

It can be enough for anyone to feel a bit overwhelmed; and we are sure there plenty of Kaneland-area families feeling that way right now, as the district gears up for the 2009-10 school year.

Now, take all of that progress amidst the chaos and throw it out the window. Imagine not only having to start that process over, but start everything—literally everything—over.

No home, no possessions, no warning.

That is precisely what happened to the Lawrence family Aug. 5 when their town home in Sugar Grove caught fire, leaving the family homeless just weeks before the family’s two children were set to start the year at Kaneland High School.

According to Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel, it took firefighters an hour to get the fire under control, and the family’s home was a complete loss.

Thankfully, the Lawrence family can take solace in the fact that they live in the Kaneland community. In fact, according to Elburn Herald reporter Susan O’Neill’s story, the community has already begun to step up and help out.

If you have lived or worked in our Kaneland communities for any length of time, you will know that these types of tragic circumstances fortunately happen infrequently. Yet, when they do, community members have a tendency to come together and help out. It is but one more example of the difference between a place where people live and their hometown.

While the community involvement that has occurred thus far is no doubt appreciated, the family remains without a home and in need. The Sugar Grove Castle Bank has established the Lawrence Family Benefit Fund account for donations. Deposits will be accepted at the Castle Bank at 36 E. Galena Boulevard, Sugar Grove or any Castle Bank branch. Gift cards for local department stores that will allow the family to purchase clothes and other needed items may be dropped off at the bank, as well.

Kaneville Public Library sees another tight budget year

courtesy of Ray Christiansen
Library Director

KANEVILLE—In approving its operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year, the Kaneville Public Library Board of Trustees faced another tight year.

With local revenues relatively flat, an uncertain or diminishing amount of support coming from Springfield, and rising operating costs, the board again made some tough choices. Not wishing to spend further from the library’s reserve funds, operating adjustments were called for.

Every effort has been made over the past year to control expenses, and there was agreement that the library did not want to reduce staff again this year, if at all possible. The only increase in library service fees approved was an increase in out-of-district card fees—to $150 per year per household— that would bring Kaneville more in line with other area libraries.

The past year saw several generous donations and grants that helped keep the collections growing, but several online database subscriptions are being considered for cancellation when renewals come due in the fall.

In an effort to control personnel and operating costs, the library will extend its temporary summer closing hours through at least December, when the budget and hours of operation will be reviewed.

While the library continues to be in no danger of closing, a lean operation is projected during the library’s 75th anniversary year.

For more information, please contact the library by phone at (630) 557-2441 or e-mail

Fire leaves SG family with nothing

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—A fire in Sugar Grove last week left a Kaneland family homeless and two youngsters and their mom with nothing but the clothes they were wearing at the time.

The fire, which started in the garage of the Lawrence family’s townhome on Capital Drive on Aug. 5, gutted their home and did structural damage to their next door neighbor’s homes on both sides.

Jordyen, a Kaneland High School freshman, her brother Ryan, a sophomore, and a friend were home at the time. All three escaped the house unharmed. Sugar Grove firefighters rescued one of their cats, but the other is unaccounted for.

“It took an hour to get the fire under control,” Fire Chief Marty Kunkel said. “Unit C (the Lawrence’s home) will have to be torn down completely,”

Although the fire is under investigation, Kunkel said there is nothing suspicious about its origin.

Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer said that a number of people within the community have stepped up to help the family.

“It’s a bad time for this to happen,” Sauer said. “People are getting ready to go back to school. Just think of it. They literally had nothing left.”

Kaneland High School Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin has been in touch with Melissa Lawrence, the mom. The family is temporarily staying with some friends in the area.

McFarlin said that the family’s friends, neighbors and church community have all been ready, willing and able to help.

“It’s been awesome,” she said.

Castle Bank employee Lisa Lund said that since Melissa and her children are currently staying with friends, they are still in the process of figuring out what they need.

“She’s just pretty overwhelmed,” Lund said.

Long Time: Girls hoops great gives back

by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVE—It wasn’t too long ago that Lyndsie Long was running up and down the court draining three-pointers against the likes of Batavia and Geneva, for highly successful Kaneland Lady Knight basketball squads.

The problem for opposing teams is that she still runs up and down the court at the college level, making life miserable for College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin teams.

However, during this week, she’s taking her tempo down a notch in an effort to teach. Long is hosting her first basketball camp for girls at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.

“I want to be a P.E. teacher, and I obviously want to coach basketball,” said Long, entering her senior year at Elmhurst as a P.E. major. “I’ve done a few camps this summer and thought that maybe I should try to do my own camp, and I set it up with the (Sugar Grove) Park District.”

Long scored over 1,500 points for those noteworthy Lady Knights clubs, along with teammates Kelsey Flanagan and Jessica Lund, and in 2005 helped lead Kaneland to a sectional championship contest.

Long eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for Elmhurst back in January for coach Tethnie Werner’s roster and was the first Bluejay to be named to an all-region team from and is a three-time all-CCIW member.

What better player for area girls to learn the game from?

“In my Kaneland days, I think I was more set on one aspect of the game. Now, I know the whole game, and I’ve learned so much from college players and coaches,” Long said.

Long’s Bluejays were 14-11 in the 2008-09 season.

Photo: Current Elmhurst College Bluejay and former Kaneland Lady Knight Lyndsie Long emonstrates some skills on Monday during her basketball camp, which takes place this week at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. Photo by Mike Slodki