Church changes name to reflect community focus

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn church where the Rev. Gary Augustine is pastor has a new name that reflects its new direction, he said.

The former Evangelical Fellowship Church is now called Elburn Community Church.

“Our desire is to reach the community—to move toward the idea of looking at the whole community in the work the church does, taking care of people, praying for people,” Augustine said.

The church recently formed a prayer group that meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the church, 506 N. Main St. Members spend about an hour praying for individuals who have asked them to, whether because they are jobless, ill or experiencing another difficulty. The group prays for anyone who asks.

“We want to let people know that whether you come to our church or not, we are available to you,” Augustine said.

Likewise, the prayer group’s membership is open to people outside the church, and new members are welcome.

Similarly, Elburn Community Church invites individuals from throughout the area, regardless of their religious affiliation, to special Sunday services it will hold in the future. Those services will focus on praying for people, too.

Augustine said he also likes the new church name because it is simpler and easier for people to pronounce and remember.

Minor injuries in crash at Route 38 and LaFox Road

COUNTY—Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Campton Hills Police Department responded to a traffic crash with injuries at Route 38 and LaFox Road in unincorporated Campton Township just after 3 p.m. on Sept. 9.

According to police, a semi-tractor driven by Nurdin Brzovic of Wheaton, Ill., was traveling east on Route 38, approaching the intersection of LaFox Road. The semi-tractor failed to stop for the red light and struck a Dodge Ram 2500, driven by John Kalchbrenner of Oak Lawn, Ill., who was turning east on Route 38 from southbound LaFox Road. After the impact, the Dodge truck was pushed southeast from the intersection into the Lord of Life Church parking lot. Eventually the Dodge struck two unoccupied vehicles, a 2003 Chevy S-10 which was parked next to a 2003 Pontiac Montana Van.

Brzovic and Kalchbrenner were transported to Delnor Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Brzovic was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobey a traffic control device.

Geneva Wedding Walk set for Sept. 20

GENEVA—Anticipating your perfect wedding is exhilarating. Getting to that dream day, however, can mean a lot of work and stress, unless you are working with the right people.

The 2009 Geneva Wedding Walk on Sunday, Sept. 20, provides those people all in one place, to lessen the stress and heighten the excitement.

The event is sponsored by Geneva Bride, a group of Geneva-area wedding boutiques committed to making a wedding everything the bride and groom imagine. Geneva Bride members include wedding planners, florists, decor designers, caterers, owners of unique venues and boutique dress shops, photographers, jewelers, salons, rental companies, hotels and providers of custom invitations, cakes and treats, and financial planning services, travel companies and more. There are multiples of nearly every kind of business, for a wealth of choices.

Admission is $25 for a bride and two guests, and includes a wedding planner, goodie bags, three wedding magazines, plus favors and handouts from vendors. Brides also will have the chance to win a honeymoon in Aruba or Cancun. To be eligible for the honeymoon trips, brides must stop at each vendor and have their tickets stamped.

“The Chicago area is a top destination for weddings,” said Elizabeth Wray, owner of Elizabeth Wray Design and co-chair of the event. “That makes it very difficult for a bride and groom to sort through the many options available to them. Geneva Bride brings together more than 40 experienced vendors, under a spectacular tent, all well-versed in what it takes to make the day everything everyone involved wants it to be. It eliminates some of the confusion and a lot of the stress.”

Registration for the Wedding Walk will be form 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees will then visit participating stores in the mall, and have their tickets checked. From 2 to 5 p.m., participants will visit in the Wedding Walk tent with the remaining participating vendors, receive giveaways and goodies, and watch continuing fashion shows.

The Geneva Wedding Walk sets itself apart from other expos, where vendors commonly are culled from a wide geographic area.

“Who wants to have a florist in the southern suburbs and a photographer from the North Shore?” Elizabeth Wray said. “This is one-stop shopping. A bride can have a dress fitting, then visit her wedding cake baker and wedding reception venue, all in the same afternoon.”

“We are showcasing Geneva and the unparalleled services Geneva has to offer brides, grooms and their friends and families,” said co-chair Anton Engelmann. “Even if the wedding itself isn’t here, it’s so convenient to have a number of your vendors—distinctive, established vendors—in one place. Brides love it. Mothers of brides appreciate it as well.”

Participating stores within the Geneva Commons outdoor lifestyle mall include Harry & David, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and annabella salonspa.

Geneva Bride grew out of the first Geneva Wedding Walk, held in January 2008 in downtown Geneva. That event attracted brides from throughout the Chicago area and beyond, and was so well-received it has become a semi-annual event.

Geneva Commons is on Randall Road in Geneva, between Williamsburg Avenue and Bricher Road.

Visit to register and see the participating boutiques and venues. Space is limited for the Geneva Wedding Walk event.

Children’s resale offers bargains on children’s clothing, toys and more

NORTH AURORA—Looking for a way to save money on your children’s clothing this fall? Check out the Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club fall resale on Sept. 19.

The resale features gently used fall clothing for boys and girls (sizes infant through preteen). Other gently used items for sale include shoes, boots, winter coats, holiday outfits, dress-up, toys, videos, outdoor equipment strollers, baby furniture, maternity clothing, books and other items for babies or children. Beverages and home-baked goods will be available for purchase at the sale as well.

The resale offers bargains on gently used children’s items and typically attracts hundreds of shoppers. It also provides a way for club members to sell some of the items their children no longer use or have outgrown.

The sale is open to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse, located on Route 31 and Mooseheart Road between Batavia and North Aurora. Admission to the sale is $1 and items with yellow tickets will sell for half price from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers are encouraged to come early and bring laundry baskets for their shopping convenience. No backpacks, bags or closed containers are permitted at the sale.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale is given back to the club to cover club expenses and, in part, to support club events such as a breakfast with Santa and a summer picnic. Money also has been donated to various groups, including a homeless shelter, and to aid families in need.

For additional information about the club or the fall resale, please visit the club’s website at or call (630) 375-7511.

Aleburn offers big band, beer, brats and bags

Oktoberfest-style event returns to Elburn
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The second annual Aleburn, a fall-themed evening of music, food and family fun, will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Elburn.

About 100 people attended the 2008 Aleburn last fall. This year, its organizers have made a few changes to the event, to create even more interest.

“We’re trying to make it more family-friendly,” said Leslie Flint, a member of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce and Design Director at the Elburn Herald.

The chamber hosts Aleburn with the Elburn American Legion. The outdoor event takes place behind the Legion Hall in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Admission to the event will be free. Last year, Aleburn charged $5 per person.

“With the economy, we’d rather have more people there and not take in as much at the door,” Flint said.

One addition to Aleburn is a bags tournament. Registration for two-person teams starts at 2 p.m., and the event begins at 3 p.m. The cost is $30 per team, and a cash prize will be awarded.

An 11-member big band will play a variety of music including swing. Ream’s Elburn Market is sponsoring the band.

For children, Touch a Truck is a new activity Aleburn will offer. Kids can climb onto a plow and a tractor, and see inside police cars and fire trucks.

Aleburn is designed to bring people to downtown Elburn to see what it has to offer, Flint said.

All the food vendors are local, including Paisano’s, Ream’s and Party Animals.

Beverages for sale will include Oktoberfest beer, light beer, several different wines and soda. At the food booths, visitors may purchase steak sandwiches, bratwurst, frankenbrats and sauerkraut from Ream’s, pizza and reuben sandwiches from Paisano’s and an assortment of desserts from Party Animals.

Lions announce raffle winners

ELBURN—The Elburn Lions Club announced its September 2009 raffle winners.

Andrew Whitlock of Zionsville, Ill., won $150. Chris Unger of St. Charles won $100. Ken Hall of Maple Park, Peter Leuziuger of Elburn and Robert Donegas of Geneva all won $50.

Winners of the $25 raffle included Bob Burkholder, Rick Westerlin, Rob & Tom, Harry Neely, Tar Babies and Ron, Tom and Ken, all of Elburn; Elburn Seniors; Venus Fuentes and Nancy & Jerry’s of Aurora; Earl Mortenson of North Aurora; Gordy & Mary Siebert of Huntley, Ill.; Donna Kunstman and Cathy Shumway of St. Charles; Jenny Lienau of Geneva; Ray Brownfield of Naperville, Ill.; Gene Schick, Floyd Brown and Colette Roncoli of Elgin, Ill.; Laura LaGrand of South Elgin, Ill.; Lynn Rex of Lombard, Ill.; R. Randall Norris of Elkhorn, Wis.; Terry Kildeg of Okemos, Mich.; Joe Gulvas of Whiting, Ind.; and Travis Halsey and Denis Popchet of Fairbanks.

9/17/09 Police blotter

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

• Raelene Marie Thryselius, of the 100 block of Briar Lane in Geneva, was arrested at 11:29 p.m. Sept. 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped her for crossing over the center line and weaving within the driving lane. She also was cited for improper lane use and operating an uninsured vehicle.

• Andrew J. Green, 19, of the 4600 block of Clifton Avenue in Chicago, was arrested at 9:52 p.m. Sept. 11 for driving without a valid license. Police stopped him for making an illegal left turn from Route 38 at Route 47 in Elburn.

• Randy D. Johnson, 55, of the 500 block of Orchard Street in Dallas City, Ill., was arrested at 12:10 a.m. Sept. 10 for driving without a valid license. Police stopped him at Route 47 and Kansas Street in Elburn for having no front plate.

• Sean M. Summerville, 20, was arrested at 11:07 p.m. Sept. 13 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Route 38 east of Anderson Road in Elburn for having illegal red front parking lights. Summerville is a resident of the 400 block of Norton Avenue in Arlington Heights, Ill.

• Nicholas A. Salemi, 19, of Glen Oak Lane in St. Charles, and Garrett M. Walden, 19, of Campton Drive in Elburn, were arrested at 4:09 a.m. Aug. 30 for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. Police stopped the vehicle in which they were passengers at the intersection of Route 38 and Route 47 after seeing that it did not have a working rear plate light.

Kane County
• A fatal accident occurred on Sept. 13. At approximately 1:45 a.m., Kane County Sheriff’s deputies, along with members of the Elburn and Campton Hills Police Departments, responded to the area of Route 47 and Empire Road in Lily Lake for a report of a crash with injuries.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered that two vehicles were involved. One person was ejected from a vehicle and two people needed to be extricated from one of the vehicles.

The initial investigation reveals that a grey Ford Escape with four occupants was traveling north on Route 47 south of Empire Road. A Buick Regal was traveling south on Route 47 and entered the northbound lane of traffic and struck the Ford Escape.

The driver of the Buick, Evan A. Florian, 23, of the 1000 block of Meadow Lane in Sycamore, was transported to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.

The driver of the Ford, Lawrence Sova, 38, of the 4000 block of Crestwood Street in McHenry, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. A passenger, Anita Schwake, 88, of the 1500 block of North Madison in Woodstock, was pronounced deceased at Delnor.

The other two passengers also were taken to St. Joseph. They are Heather Sova, 33, of the 4000 block of Crestwood Street in McHenry, and Nancy McMillan, 52, of the 1500 block of North Madison in Woodstock.

Sheriff’s Deputies issued Florian two citations; one for driving in the wrong lane and the other for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team continue to investigate the crash.

Lady Knights finish 11th in Wauconda

Having to deal with the hilly Lakewood Forest Preserve course as well as tough competition from rivals to the north, Kaneland Lady Knights cross country applied itself quite well on Saturday.

Finishing with 310 points, the Lady Knights finished 11th.

Crystal Lake South took first with 131, followed by Glenbard East with 140, Lake Zurich with 168 and Cary-Grove with 169.

Crystal Lake South’s Marianne Collard won the course with a time of 18 minutes, 27 seconds, followed by Johnsburg’s Kelly McNeely at 18:49.

Topping the Lady Knights was Andie Strang, who finished 20th with a time of 20:03. Fellow Lady Knight Kris Bowen was the second-highest finisher on the roster with a time of 21:03, good enough for 53rd. Lisa Roberson was 74th with a time of 21:42. Shaela Collins took 87th with a time of 22:03.

Golf outshoots Rochelle, drop matchup with Yorkville

It was a win some, lose some week for the Knights golf squad.

On Monday, KHS golf lost a 155-175 decision to the Yorkville Foxes.

However, Kaneland followed that up with a Tuesday win vs. Rochelle by a 165-173 mark to bring its record to 2-4 in dual action.

Yorkville’s Conor McCormack shot a 32 against the Knights. The top score for the Knights was asset Hayley Guyton, who shot a 41. J.C. Gillett managed a 43, while Josh Schuberg shot a 44. Hayden Senese was close behind with a 47.

The JV roster lost a 177-188 matchup with Yorkville despite the best efforts of Rhys Childs and Ryan Goodenough, who both shot 45.

On Thursday, the Knights lost a 157-166 battle with the DeKalb Barbs. Cody Schmitt of DHS shot a 38 to clinch medalist honors, while Guyton and Gillett shot 41’s. Schuberg and Tyler Hochsprung shot 42’s.

Against the Hubs, Troy Krueger shot a clutch 38, while Tyler Hochsprung managed a 42, as did Guyton.

Schuberg and Senese both shot 43 in the winning cause.

The JV Knights defeated Rochelle, 177-213. Luke Kreiter propelled Kaneland to a win with a 43 score, followed by Dan Miller at 44.

Kaneland gears up for host Glenbard South on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Golf follows that matchup with a home clash against Indian Creek and Plano on Monday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.

Knights unleash offense in 33-12 win at Rochelle

by Mike Slodki
ROCHELLE—On Friday in Rochelle, it wasn’t the Knights who were left in a purple haze.

Despite spotting the host Hubs the first touchdown, Kaneland High School football kept its composure in a 33-12 victory to improve to 2-1 (1-0 Western Sun Conference).

The Knights slipped past the Hubs in Maple Park a year ago, 16-12, and have now split the last six meetings with the school.

“Our kids were real mature over the week,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “They worked hard. If you play steady, good things can happen.”

On Friday, Kaneland won the first down battle 21-16.

Despite losing the rushing battle by a 169-127 count, the Knights outgained the Hubs throughout the night, 389-210.

The offensive road to success went through quarterback Joe Camaliere. No. 12 went 21-for-31 for 262 yards with three touchdown throws and no interceptions. The signal-caller also carried the ball 11 times for 87 yards. Rochelle’s Josh Bernardin ran for 101 yards on 25 carries.

Knight Ryley Bailey caught nine passes for 89 yards, while Blake Serpa caught five balls for 95 yards.

Rochelle began the contest with its run-based offense working like clockwork. An 11-play, 71-yard drive ended with an eight-yard touchdown run off tackle by Evan Tracy. The score with 5:57 remaining in the first made it 6-0.

Kaneland stormed back with some key runs by Camaliere and a pass to Serpa. The Knights made Rochelle jump offsides on two consecutive plays before Camaliere evaded Hubs defenders on the way to a 12-yard scoring run. The extra point by Kevin Szatkowski made it 7-6 for the Knights with 3:41 left.

The Knights defense stifled Rochelle in the second quarter and even got sacks from Alex Barron and Tyler Callaghan on consecutive plays.

With the first half about to close, Kaneland got to work at the Rochelle 39. Passes to Quinn Buschbacher and Taylor Andrews set up shop at the 27, where a Camaliere pass to Bailey resulted in Bailey lateralling the ball to running back Eric Tattoni for a 27-yard touchdown. The “hook-and-ladder” play came on a pivotal third-and-15 and gave the Knights a 14-6 lead with 12 seconds left in the half.

“That was a big momentum shifter,” Fedderly said. “We’d tried it last week and it got batted down, but Ryley made an unbelievable toss.”

“We just wanted to see if something would work,” Camaliere said. “Ryley just executed it great.”

In the third, Rochelle fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Bailey. Thus began a nine-play, 99-yard drive that ended with a 39-yard scamper by Camaliere for a 20-6 lead with :40 left in the third quarter.

Rochelle scored on a Gabe Montes five-yard touchdown run with five seconds left in the game, but not before Kaneland got a 15-yard scoring pass to Bailey with 8:00 left to go up 27-6, and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Serpa with 4:49 to go made it 33-6.

In sophomore action, Rochelle handled Kaneland 28-13. The freshmen won over the Hubs 44-6 on Monday.

Kaneland travels to Sycamore on Friday, Sept. 18. The Spartans are coming off a win vs. DeKalb at Huskie Stadium.

Play of the Knight
While it was the offense that gave Rochelle headaches for most of Friday night, it was the defense that might make Hubs QB Brett Metzger feel after-effects.
Two consecutive sacks by the Knights in the second quarter had the Hubs’ struggling offense come up empty once again. The first one by Alex Barron (93) resulted in a six-yard loss.

Knights kick H-BR, Yorkville to curb

Now that’s more like it, if you’re Kaneland soccer.

The Knights evened up their season slate at 3-3-1 and started the final Western Sun Conference season off right with a Wednesday, Sept. 9, win against Hinckley-Big Rock, 4-1, and a win on Tuesday vs. Yorkville, 3-0.

Taking on the visiting Royals, Derek White’s goal in the first half helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie at halftime before Gennaro Garcia, Jordan Escobedo and Chad Swieca found the net in the second half. White had two assists, while Garcia and Thanassi Pesmajoglou did, as well.

Against Yorkville, White, Alex Gil and Kevin Szatkowski scored goals, while Pesmajoglou, Pedro Perez and White contributed assists.

Coming up for Kaneland soccer: a visit to Aurora to face the IMSA Titans on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:45 p.m. and a visit to Somonauk on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m.

Volleyball stops Raiders, loses to Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
On Thursday, things were looking dire for Lady Knights volleyball (4-5, 2-1 Western Sun Conference) against host Glenbard South.

Having already dropped one game by a 25-15 score, the Lady Knights struck back and won two in a row to take the match, 25-18, 25-13.

The Lady Knights took home a victory thanks in large part to the performance of Katy Dudzinski. Dudzinski put forth 10 kills and two blocks in the affair.

“We came out against Rochelle with a lot of force and energy,” Dudzinski said. “We weren’t having fun in the first game, so in the second and third game we came back and really exploded. It was all about getting back to how we can play.”

“It’s a little bit sweeter when you’re down after one game and come back to win the last two,” coach Todd Weimer said. “The girls are super excited, and we can’t wait for next week.”

Jessica Lubic also had 22 assists and five kills.

Against Sycamore, Kaneland lost 25-23, 25-19. Lubic added 15 assists and two aces.

In the Kaneland JV Invite, the Lady Knights finished fifth, earning a 25-8, 25-9 win over Elmwood Park. Geneva finished first.

The varsity Knights look to beat Batavia at home on Thursday, Sept. 17, and host Geneva on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Boys XC handles visiting rosters

by Mike Slodki
PEORIA—Kaneland boys cross country hopes to get more familiar with Detweiler Park in Peoria.

The site of the Class 2A State meet come the fall was also the site of the Peoria Woodruff Invite on Saturday, with the Knights finishing sixth in a field of 38 schools.

The 277 point total was ahead of rival Glenbard South (286) and Galesburg (292). Burlington High School of Iowa was king with 68 points, followed by Normal University at 196.

For KHS, Logan Markuson was tops with a time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds, good for 37th overall. Teammate Edgar Valle finished with the same time in 38th place.

Trevor Holm finished in 41st with a time of 16:18, and Joe Levita took 72nd with a time of 16:42.

“We were very pleased to finish sixth today. The talented field brought out the best in our team. Trevor Holm helped us to a faster start and his teammates responded,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey.

Next on the schedule for boys cross country is the annual Eddington Invite at Elburn Woods, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19.

Lady Knights tennis split WSC action; top Rochelle

by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights tennis (2-4, 1-1 Western Sun Conference) took a tumble against Batavia on Thursday, but righted itself on Tuesday at Rochelle.

The Bulldogs swept the Lady Knights 7-0 in Maple Park, while the JV team lost 6-1, with the No. 1 doubles tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon earning a 6-3, 6-3 win.

Against the host Hubs, the Lady Knights swept the singles side in impressive fashion in a 5-2 win. No .1 entry Lindsay Jurcenko won 6-3, 6-3. No. 2 competitor Amelia Napiorkowski took a 6-2, 6-1 contest, while No. 3 Madi Limbrick earned her first varsity singles win 6-4, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles team Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb emerged victorious, as did No .2 team Randi Bader and Kelsey Lenhardt.

“Real bright spots today,” Kaneland coach Tim Larsen said. “We lost a tough match to Batavia, but all the girls played strong and I could see it coming together. Their swings are approaching midseason form and that win for Madi is a big one.”

Limbrick, a sophomore, was glad to get that first varsity win under her racket.

“It really does feel good,“ Limbrick said. “I feel like I don’t have to worry as much any more. I just have to worry about my own game and not the other player’s.”

The next challenge for Kaneland tennis is a road excursion to DeKalb on Thursday, Sept. 17. The girls then go to the Yorkville Quad, set to serve at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

KSC reaches goal

The U-12 girls silver team of the Kaneland Soccer Club played in the Back to School Tournament in Elgin on Aug. 22-23 and took second place. The players are (front row, left to right), Rachel Doncel, Becca Geringer, Alison Jesionowski, Lauren Ortiz, Maggie Bend, Heather Diehl, Becky Richtman. (Back row, left to right), Coach Tom Richtman, Taylor Zitkis, Ashley Crotteau, Kristen Siebert, Jenna Harvel, Heather Ortiz, Dani Stevens and Coach Juan Ortiz. Courtesy Photo


The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival and Festival Performance Series had its first performance this past Saturday in the Kaneland High School Auditorium. The Magic of the Spellbinder was featured. The Spellbinder has entertained with stars like Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, and the Temptations.
Courtesy photo

Letter: Better way to use money for Prairie Parkway?

Last week I attended the Prairie Parkway event, but it doesn’t make sense to me. I drive to and from work every day on Route 47. Why not use the Prairie Parkway funds to widen Route 47? I heard Congressman Foster talk at this event about funding and the Stimulus Act. What he forgets is that mismanaged tax money comes out of our pockets. The people commuting every day get the short end of the deal. Mark Vargas, the Republican challenger for the 14th District was also there. I really liked his idea of a jobs task force instead of more roads to nowhere.

Aaron Priebe
Huntley, Ill.

Letter: Thank you from MP American Legion

We’d like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the Legion over Labor Day weekend during the Maple Park Fun Fest. We hope everyone enjoyed the music, food and fellowship. To the many family and friends of our legion membership, thank you for volunteering your time over the entire weekend to help make sure we had a successful beer garden and food booths and breakfast.

Bob Neisendorf
Maple Park American Legion Post #312

Letter: Remembering Al Bergquist

Elburn lost one of its best-known residents with the recent passing of Al Bergquist. Al was many people rolled into one: farmer, family man, motorcyclist, township road commissioner, Republican precinct committeeman and master storyteller, with a personal history filled with great stories to tell.

Al was famous in the motorcycle world. At any cycle event I attend, when asked where I live, I answer “Elburn, Illinois,” and the next question is always: “Elburn! Do you know Al Bergquist?”

I first know Al in 1969-70 when I covered Sycamore Speedway’s cycle racing for local newspapers. Perhaps my happy friendship with Al came through our mutual interest in the world of motorcycles. Al rode and raced motorcycles for many years, was a champion dirt track and enduro racer, and a life member of the American Motorcyclist Association, for which he was also a referee for enduro events. In Al’s “flat truck” days, he rode Indian motorcycles for Bob “Tuner” Hansen, on of motocycling’s greats, who later prepared bikes for Dick Mann, the greatest all-around motorcycle racer America has ever produced. You had to be tops to ride for Bob Hansen! I have been told Al could have been U.S. pro motorcycle champion but he had a farm to run, and, as much as he loved racing, farm and family came first. He was proud of having raced against many of American’s best, and remained friends all his life with his great competitors, Wayne Pierce of DeKalb, Bill Baird (six-time U.S. National Enduro Champion) from Sterling, Ill., and the great Dick Mann.

When racing became part of his past, Al turned to long-distance road riding, touring much of the U.S. with Joan on their Honda Gold Wing trike. He was a rider almost to the end, and was well-known and respected for his motorcycle expertise by several generations of riders.

Many were the stories and many the cups of coffee Al shared with friends, neighbors and motorcycle travellers across the tables of Elburn’s Kountry Kettle Restaurant. He was a man whose opinions were as strong as the coffee he drank.

He will be sorely missed.

Dennis C. Ryan

Letter: Thank you from Bergquist family

The family of Al Burgquist wishes to thank everyone for all of their expressions of sympathy and prayers. We would also like to thank Pastor Phil Ressler of Lord of Life Church for all of his kindness and support, Conley’s for everything they did to make it a beautiful celebration of his life, and Vitas Hospice for their care during the last days of his life.

Joan Bergquist

Joanne E. Gehringer

Joanne E. Gehringer, 72, of Leland, Ill., formerly of Kaneville, passed away at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.

She was born Dec. 11, 1936, the daughter of Alfred and Norma (Hanson) Maier in Aurora.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joanne Gehringer 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

Church news: Sept. 17, 2009

Sunday School at SGUMC
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove, invites children (starting at age 3) and adults of all ages to their weekly Sunday School classes at 9:15 am.

The adult class will begin with the theme: “How to be a Christian without being Religious,” answering the questions, “Does God ever grade on a curve?,” “Is your faith more than fire insurance?,” and “How can all things work together for good?”

For more information,call (630) 466-4501 or visit

Harter Rock concert Sept. 19
SUGAR GROVE—The public is invited to a free outdoor Christian rock concert in Sugar Grove from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 19, at 4S633 Harter Road. Harter Rock features four bands, hayrack rides, volleyball, refreshments, and frisbee golf. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended.

For more information, call the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at (630) 466-4501 or visit

First-ever St. Gall golf outing Sept. 19; Gala event Oct. 3
ELBURN—St. Gall is hosting its first golf outing on Sept. 19 at Hughes Creek Golf Course, Elburn. A shotgun start will begin at 8 a.m. Lunch is included along with raffle items, door prizes and a chance to win a new car with a hole-in-one.

The cost for 18 holes plus lunch is $75 per person.

For reservations contact Rod Jandt at (630) 365-1322.

St. Gall will also host its second annual St. Gall Gala Event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Pheasant Run in St Charles.

The event features a silent auction, live auction and dancing with appetizer service.

The cost for the event is $25 per person.

For reservations contact Carrie Walter at (630) 365-3707.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church Garage Sale
ST. CHARLES—Want to get more for your money and support your community? From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will have its first garage sale.

Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to Lazarus House, the St. Charles-based homeless and transitional living center. This event will be held rain or shine.

Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Payment terms are cash and carry only.

For more information, call the (630) 584-6434 or visit

St. Peters Barn Sale bigger than ever
GENEVA—The 2009 Barn Sale hosted by St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.

The barn sale features more than 90,000 square feet of department store-style shopping at the Kane County Fairgrounds, located at the corner of Randall Road and Route 38 in St. Charles.

All items are pre-owned and are discounted heavily.

A country breakfast will be available at 7 a.m., with the sale starting at 9 a.m. on both days.

To purchase auction tickets or for more information, visit

Pierson named GROWMARK scholarship winner

ELBURN—Thirty-eight college students from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be able to continue their education with help from the regional agricultural supply cooperative, GROWMARK.

They are recipients of GROWMARK-sponsored scholarships aimed at promoting higher education in agriculture and business.

Heather Pierson, the daughter of Dale and Tina Pierson of Elburn, was one of the scholarship winners. Pierson is majoring in agribusiness at Illinois State University.

“GROWMARK invests more than $47,500 annually on scholarships. We’re investing today for a return tomorrow,” said Steve German, GROWMARK university relations and member employment manager. “There’s a need for agriculture businesses to support formal education to strengthen agriculture.”

GROWMARK has been supporting college students with scholarships since the early 1960s. Today, they are awarded to students majoring in agriculture or accounting at 15 universities and colleges. Each educational institution is responsible for the selection process and awarding scholarships. University scholarship recipients are honored each year at the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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KC video gaming task force to hold 2 public hearings

GENEVA—The Kane County Video Gaming Task Force will conduct public hearings at the Kane County Government Center County Board room, located at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building A, in Geneva.

The first hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, and will be followed by another hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The purpose of these hearings is to allow for comments from Kane County liquor licensees, Kane County social service organizations, the general public and all other interested parties, regarding the recent state legislation permitting video gambling devices in establishments having liquor licenses. All persons desiring to speak and provide public comment shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. Persons are encouraged, but not required, to register to speak by contacting the Kane County Board office at (630) 232-5930. Registered speakers will be asked to participate first, and it is requsted that remarks be limited to five minutes.

Children’s resale offers bargains on children’s clothing, toys and more

NORTH AURORA—Looking for a way to save money on your children’s clothing this fall? Check out the Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club fall resale on Sept. 19.

The resale features gently used fall clothing for boys and girls (sizes infant through preteen). Other gently used items for sale include shoes, boots, winter coats, holiday outfits, dress-up, toys, videos, outdoor equipment strollers, baby furniture, maternity clothing, books and other items for babies or children. Beverages and home baked goods will be available for purchase at the sale as well.

The resale is a great way to find bargains on gently used children’s items and typically attracts hundreds of shoppers. It also provides a way for club members to sell some of the items their children no longer use or have outgrown.

The sale is open to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse, located on Route 31 and Mooseheart Road between Batavia and North Aurora. Admission to the sale is $1 and items with yellow tickets will sell for half price from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers are encouraged to come early and bring laundry baskets for their shopping convenience. No backpacks, bags or closed containers are permitted at the sale.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale is given back to the club to cover club expenses and, in part, to support club events such as a breakfast with Santa and a summer picnic. Money also has been donated to various groups, including a homeless shelter, or to aid families in need.

For additional information about the club or the fall resale, please visit the club’s website at or call (630) 375-7511.

IDOT accepts top highway safety award

Operation Teen Safe Driving Program is named the “gold standard” for teen safety programs
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received a national award today for its lifesaving teen safety program from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) during the group’s annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia. GHSA, which represents state highway safety agencies across the nation, recognized IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety along with its partners, the Ford Motor Company Fund and The Allstate Foundation for the Operation Teen Safe Driving Program. At the same event, GHSA gave its highest award to Senate President John J. Cullerton for his long records as a “Safety Trailblazer.”

The GHSA called the Operation Teen Safe Driving “the gold standard for developing a public/private teen driver safety program.”

“We are very pleased to receive this honor from the GHSA,” said IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig. “Our Division of Traffic Safety is a leader in saving lives and we will continue to work diligently to make sure every Illinois driver is buckled up every trip, every time and motorists of all ages are safe on our roadways. IDOT also applauds Senate President John Cullerton for the well-deserved recognition for his many decades of leadership in the area of traffic safety.”

GHSA said that “the Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program has clearly had an impact. Teen fatalities decreased from 155 in 2007 to 93 in 2008.”

Traffic safety officials have credited the sharp reduction in teen fatalities to two main factors: the teen driving program and a tough new set of teen driving laws championed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

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Hospital hosts 9th annual Walk for Women’s Wellness

GENEVA—Delnor Hospital will host the ninth annual Walk for Women’s Wellness on Sunday, Sept. 27, beginning at Gunnar Anderson Park, Geneva. All proceeds from this 5-mile walk benefit women through educational programming, preventive screenings and special events.

The walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. from the park, and follows the bike trail along the scenic Fox River.

All pre-registered walkers will receive a special walk T-shirt. Walkers who register the day of the walk will receive a T-shirt while supplies last. Participants will also be treated to complimentary seated massages courtesy of the Delnor Health & Wellness Center, free screenings and refreshments provided by Tasty Catering. In addition, there will be informational booths representing many Delnor services at the event and a raffle.

This year’s walk is underwritten by generous donations from the Delnor Hospital Auxiliary.

The cost to register is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Children ages 3 and under are free. Same-day registration begins at 7 a.m.

For more information about the Walk for Women’s Wellness or to pre-register, call the walk hotline at (630) 208-3338, or visit

Donald E. “Don” Haug

Donald E. “Don” Haug, 76, of Maple Park, died tragically following a car accident on Saturday, Sept. 12. On his way to one of his favorite fishing spots that fateful morning, Don left this world and entered his Heavenly home with rod and reel in hand, ready to fish in paradise.

He was born on the family farm on Feb. 14, 1933, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Mettle) Haug, in Marengo, Ill.

When he was small, they moved from the farm in Marengo to a farm in Virgil where Don and his siblings continued to help with chores on the family farm while attending local schools.

Don finished his schooling at Maple Park High School, then he promptly left to serve his country in the United States Army. He fought in the Korean War as a medic in 1950.

Upon his return to civilian life, Don began a 43-year career working for Elmer Larson’s gravel pit on Airport Road in Sycamore, Ill. He also drove a truck part time for Henry Theis, taking grain from the local elevators to other locations across the state. During the winter, Don plowed snow alongside Swede Severson and Slim Yagen, both then road commissioners, for Virgil Township, making sure the roads were clear and safe for his family and friends.

Don met the love of his life, Joan Pearson, in 1956 at the roller rink in DeKalb. What began on the rink was finished at the altar two years later when they were united in marriage on Oct. 4, 1958, at the Malta Methodist Church.

They began their new life together in Malta, Ill., for a time, before moving to their present home in Maple Park, where they raised a family of five children.

Don was a proud member of the Maple Park Volunteer Fire Department for many years, as well as a member and past commander for the Maple Park Legion Post 312. He was also a member of the Elgin Teamsters Union for many years.

Don loved to camp out under the stars and converted a 1951 Ford school bus to take his family camping along with friends and their kids for the weekend. After retirement, Don fished nearly every single day. Whether he was alone or with his family and friends, a rod and reel was all he needed to feel at home at his favorite local fishing holes in northern Illinois, Table Rock Lake, Lake Tanecomo in Branson, Mo., or Red Lake Ontario, Canada. When he wasn’t on the water he was on the links, enjoying time on the golf course. Saturdays and Sundays brought Don to the Maple Park Legion for games of Pitch as long as it didn’t interfere with his Chicago Bears on television. The winters drove both Don and Joan to Texas to visit friends and family where they enjoyed the respite from the cold and snow of Illinois. Later, his children grown with kids of their own, Don would always make time to go to sporting events, school plays and a myriad of graduations to cheer on and support his grandchildren. Gone without being able to say goodbye, his family and friends will pass on a lifetime of love and a legacy of stories about the man who was larger than life but as close as a memory.

He now leaves his loving wife of 51years, Joan, of Maple Park; five children: Tim (Cynthia) Haug of Cherry Valley, Ill., Jeff (Val) Haug of Sycamore, Curt (Brooke) Haug of Belvidere, Ill., Greg (Julie) Haug of DeKalb and
Dan (Christy) Haug of Sycamore; 11 grandchildren: Nathan and Travis Haug, Brandon and Brianna Haug, Jacob, Lucas, and Grace Haug, Rebecca and Emma Haug, and Zachary and Ian Haug; one brother, LaVern (Iris) Haug of Virgil; one sister, Carol Schultz of Sycamore; and many nieces, nephews and a family of close friends.

He now joins his parents, Joseph and Margaret Haug, mother and father-in-law, Spainer and Ruth Pearson, one brother, Eugene Haug and one sister, Virginia Haug, who preceded him in death.

Visitation and a Catholic prayer service were held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Meyer, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, will officiate and private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Haug 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

Mary Sinen

Mary Sineni, 94, of Yorkville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Hillside Healthcare Center. She was born on May 26, 1915, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Matise) Amodeo.

She loved to cook and bake and was especially famous for her cinnamon raisin bread, cheesecake and lasagna. She was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Oswego.

Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law, Charlene (Tom) Sineni-Jacobs; grandchildren, Tamara (Gregory) Poynter, Debra (Timothy) McGrouary, Michelle (Kevin) Craven and Joyce Jerolaman-Glynn; great-grandchildren, Christopher Poynter, Sean and Matthew McGrouary, Lucas Craven; sister, Connie Ousen; brother Joseph (Violet) Amodeo; and sister-in-law, Louise Amodeo.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; son, Jerry; stepdaughter, Marge Jerolaman; sisters, Rose (Raymond) Hall, Anna (Arthur) Price; brother, James Amodeo; brother-in-law, Eric Ousen.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service to be held at 3 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Burial will be private at Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside, Ill.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.