Kaneland lunch menu for Sept. 14-18

KHS and LMS menu:
Mon: Taco with toppings, refried beans, peaches, cookie, milk.
Tues: Meatball Sandwich, tossed salad, corn, pears, juice bar, milk.
Wed: Deli sandwich, pretzels, carrots & celery with dip, pineapple, milk.
Thu: Corn dog, tri-tater, cooked carrots, applesauce, jello, cookie, milk.
Fri: Cheese pizza, tossed salad, peas, yogurt parfait, cantaloupe, milk.

Dorothy Wojtal

Dorothy M. Wojtal, 82, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Ill.

She was born March 26, 1927 the daughter of Joseph (Angeline) Borek in Chicago.

Dorothy grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and attended local schools.

After graduating with the class of 1945, Dorothy worked at Avondale Savings and Loan as a teller. In January of 1950, she met the love of her life, Bill Wojtal, and following a whirlwind courtship, they were married on Oct. 14 that very same year.

They began their new life together in Chicago while Bill worked for two paint companies, and she continued to work for Avondale for a time before moving to Alliance Savings and Loan, which after several mergers became Bank of America. Dorothy retired as an assistant vice president in 1989. In 1991, Dorothy and Bill moved to Elburn behind Lions Park and made 18 years of memories, including the homecoming of their grandson, Peter, before Bill’s passing in February 2009. Declining health brought Dorothy into the care of Pine View Care Center in St. Charles until she moved to Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin, where she would be closer to her family.

Dorothy was a devout Catholic and faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, as well as the Polish Women’s Club and Elburn Seniors Club.

Dorothy was a crafter at heart and spent her time meticulously making baby and doll clothes, knitting scarves, hats, and loved to cross-stitch dogs and flowers for friends and family alike.

There was never a puzzle that Dorothy couldn’t conquer. The more pieces it had, the more her eyes would light up, and the speed in which she completed dazzled her friends even into her last months.

When her hands weren’t busy with needles, hooks or pieces, Dorothy loved to fill in daily crossword puzzles, Sudoku and word search magazines. She also grew over the years an extensive Pipka collection that eventually numbered over 200 ceramic statues.

Dorothy now claims the promise of her Savior and joins her beloved husband only months after his passing. Although she leaves behind broken hearts and falling tears, her memories will help heal the hurt and her legacy will help dry the tears of her friends and family.

She now leaves one son, Eugene (Denise) Wojtal, and their son, Peter, all of Burlington, Ill.; seven nieces and nephews, Paul (Mary) Borek, Pam (Mike) McDonald, Jim Borek, Connie (Bill) Piotrowski, Barbara (Ken) Littel and Susan (Jay) Picone, and Mary Pilat; two sisters-in-law, Helen Borek of Chicago and Pauline “Aunt Lee” Borek of Phoenix, Ariz.; a very special family friend, Sharon (Ted) Gressick and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; husband, Bill; three brothers, Frank Borek, Walter (Bernice) Borek and Stanley Borek, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:45 p.m. with a wake service to conclude visitation beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A Mass to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at St Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

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

Josephine Stredde

Josephine Stredde, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, at Jennings Terrace. She was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Waltonville, Ill., the daughter of the late Alva and Cecelia (Carson) Baldridge.

Josephine graduated from Waltonville High School in 1932 and moved to Aurora. On June 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Carl Stredde. After Carl’s death in 1985, she continued to maintain her Montgomery home until 2004, when she moved into Jennings Terrace. Josephine will be remembered for her red hair and manicured nails.

She is survived by her four nephews, Al (Diane) Baldridge of Sugar Grove, Charles (Linda) Baldridge of Marshall, Wis., Ernest (Martha) Baldridge of Kaneville, and Fred Baldridge of Hinckley; three nieces, Betty (Phil) Koukol of Oswego, Ill., Dorothy (Bill) Hanson of Elburn, and Gay (David) Lewis of Big Rock.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Stredde; and her brother, Clyde Baldridge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Healy Chapel 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Visitation will be begin at 10 a.m. and run until the time of service. Interment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or to leave a condolence, visit www.healychapel.com.

Sharon Nier

Sharon Nier, 61, of Elburn, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.

She was born Nov. 21, 1947, the daughter of LaVerne “Bud” and Charlene (Wood) Ritchey in Aurora. Sharon grew up in Troxel, Ill. When she was 16, the family moved to the outskirts of Kaneville and later to the old Schleifer place.

Sharon graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1966 and began working for Farmer’s Insurance Group. She also helped her parents operate the Elburn Dairy Joy and worked part-time at Gliddon’s Drug Store. In November of 1968, Sharon began what would become a 31-year career at Richardson Electronics, Ltd. Although some predicted she would not last long, her determination and penchant for details moved her up the line through the years from assembly to engineering clerk, to accounting and to executive secretary to the Vice President of Manufacturing before retiring on Dec. 31, 1999, as the senior inventory control clerk.

On March 21, 1970, she was united in marriage to Gene Nier. They began their new life together in a house on South Street in Elburn. It was there they transformed the house into a home and made many improvements and thousands of memories.

Sharon turned their back yard into a virtual haven for a remarkable spectrum of birds, including Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, Gold Finches, White Breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers and many others. She also was fond of caring for her fox or red squirrels, as well as the grey and the little chipmunks for which her backyard was a playground. She knew what they loved to eat and saw that they had a year-round smorgasbord. Sharon’s knowledge of the birds was truly encyclopedic, and she enjoyed imparting that knowledge to her nieces, nephews and friends.

Sharon was a member of the “Women of the Moose” since 1975. She also bowled on mixed and women’s leagues through the 1970s and ‘80s, until her job became too demanding and she had to stop bowling.

Her family includes one step-son, Steven (Stacy) Nier and their children Drew and Katie, of Hale, Mo.; one brother, Ron (April) Ritchey of Elburn; seven nieces and nephews, Dawn (Keith) McLaughlin of Millington, Ill., Kelly Ritchey of Elburn, Dana (Alan) Herra of Elburn, Kim (Mike) Paulus of Sugar Grove, Susan Henne of Kaneville, Jeff (Cara) Nier of Hinckley, and Mark (Bethany) Nier of Chilton, Wis.; her mother-in-law, Doris Nier of Kaneville; one sister-in-law, Karen (Leonard) Heinberg of Kaneville, one brother-in-law, Myron (Lenore) Nier of Hinckley; 16 great-nieces and nephews, Jeff, Kevin, Charles, Kyle and Katie McLaughlin, Charlene, Natasha, and Jackson Herra, Chris and Ben Paulus, Nick and Melanie Henne, and Alex, Kourtney, McKenzie and Harrison Nier; three great-great-niece and nephews, Xavier, Luke and Mylie; and a family of close friends who will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene; her parents, LaVerne “Bud” and Charlene Ritchey; one sister, Sandra Carroll; and her father-in-law, Arnold Nier.

Following direct cremation, a private family graveside service will be held at Kaneville Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Sharon’s wish was for you to plant something for nature in her memory. A memorial has also been established in her name. Memorials checks may be made to the Sharon Nier Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Charles E. ‘Chas’ Barsic

Charles E. “Chas” Barsic, 54, of Maple Park, passed away at his home on Sept. 5, 2009, after succumbing to cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his family, who cared for him right up to his last days.

He was born Nov. 13, 1955, the son of Joseph and Edna “Babs” (Neisendorf) Barsic in Geneva.

Chas grew up on County Line Road in Maple Park with his parents, two sisters and three brothers, and continued to live in the family home until his death.

He attended Maple Park grade school and graduated from Kaneland High School, where he attended Mid-Valley Vocational School for drafting. This education gave him the foundation for his 30-year career at Caterpillar in Montgomery.

He retired as a design engineer from Caterpillar in October 2003. After his retirement, Chas loved to spend his time living life to the fullest, riding his Yamaha motorcycle nearly every day and spending as much time with his family and his friends as he could.

Following his father’s passing, Chas purchased and continued to live in his childhood home.

Though Chas never married, he dedicated himself to his family and friends. If you needed help, he was always there, and many can attest to the fact there was no better example of a Good Samaritan.

He was a faithful, dedicated member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church of Maple Park just down the street, often helping others at Mass, where he faithfully served as an usher.

Chas had many things in his life he loved, though none more precious than his nieces and nephews, who brought out the kid in him. When he wasn’t with his family or friends, Chas indulged in his love of flying, piloting his own Cessna for hours at a time.

Chas loved high-performance vehicles, especially his beloved Acura NSX or his Yamaha motorcycle. In high school, Chas was a multi-sport athlete who played many sports, including baseball, football and golf, although golf alone survived his path to adulthood. The game of golf not only gave him 30 years of happiness, but also much success, as evident from his many trophies.

He also loved to travel across the United States, visiting many parts of the country, especially the southern and western states. In later years, he used his breadth of knowledge and experience to begin designing his own house, as well as working on building his own experimental airplane.

He now leaves five siblings, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne (Mark) Gemmer of Maple Park and Jim (Brenda) Barsic of Elburn; nieces and nephews, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn. and Jennifer (Ben) Halverson of Chatfield, Minn.; Kaitlyn and Kaley Barsic of Elburn; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Kelsey Barsic, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service to follow at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

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

Blatner, Svoboda receive BS degrees from WIU

MACOMB—Sugar Grove resident Jodi Blatner and Elburn resident Michael Svoboda each earned a Bachelor of Science degree recently at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

Blatner earned a degree in health services management, while Svoboda earned a degree in geography.

Nearly 500 students earned academic degrees after the 2009 summer semester at Western Illinois University’s Macomb and Quad Cities campuses and through extended studies.

Church news: Sept. 9, 2009

ECCC changes worship times; to take part in Tri-Cities CROP walk
ELBURN—The Community Congregational Church announced that its regular worship schedule will resume on Sunday, Sept. 13, with Sunday school, adult Bible study, and choir meeting at 9 a.m. Worship will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Holy Communion celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.

After worship, all are welcome to coffee hour in the Fellowship Hall directly below the sanctuary.

Sunday, Sept. 13, is also Rally Day for the Sunday school, and all children are welcome.

Adult Bible study is held on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in Carrie’s Parlor, next to the sanctuary.

The church youth group meets each Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Under the direction of a dynamic young woman, Jessie VanDevelde, this group explores the place of faith in the lives of young people and includes food, fun and a variety of weekly and special activities.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and continuing each Wednesday, a Bible study and prayer time will be held at Community Congregational Church. Under the direction of pastor Dr. Jeffrey Dire and Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church in Elburn, the group will study scripture and apply the precept to “pray without ceasing.” All are welcome, regardless of church affiliation.

The Community Congregational Church is taking part in the Tri-Cities CROP Walk, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, starting at the Batavia United Methodist Church on Route 31 in Batavia. If you wish to be a walker in this event to raise funds to battle world hunger, please contact Linda Miller, Ministry Assistant, at (630) 365-6544 or stop in at the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit the church’s revamped website, www.ccc-elburn.org.

St. Charles Episcopal Fun Fest Sept. 13
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, will host its annual Fall Fest from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The event will feature children’s activities, a silent auction, musical entertainment and a special spit-roasted pork dinner included in the admission.

Pre-event tickets for the pork dinner are $10, and $5 for a hot dog plate.

All tickets sold at the event are $10.

Information on this event, education activities, fall worship, outreach and the outdoor labyrinth is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org, or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Calvary annual picnic Sept. 13

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church will host its annual church picnic and outdoor worship service on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The service will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Bear Cage at Fabyan Forest Preserve on Route 31 in Geneva. The picnic follows immediately. Bring a dish to pass.

Because of the event, there are no worship services at the church that day.

For further information, call Calvary at (630) 879-3378.

Faith family reunion is mission-minded
GENEVA—On Sunday, Sept. 13, Geneva Lutheran Church will host a Faith Family Reunion to kick off fall programs and Sunday school.

Guests, visitors and members are invited to celebrate Holy Communion at 8 a.m. in the main sanctuary. After the worship service at 9:15 a.m., mission-minded activities for all ages will begin, staged in and out of doors, weather permitting, with coffee, beverages and treats provided by the Missions Coffee House.

Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Shelf.

Among the many activities that morning will be a Lazarus House Homeless Shelter Lunchmaking Station, Thrivent Builds for Habitat for Humanity Nail-Hammering Challenge, and a CROP Walk Carry-a-Bucket-of-Water Challenge. Families can design a quilt square for a community quilt that will be sent to Lutheran World Relief, and anyone can try their hand at crocheting or knitting a row on a Prayer Shawl. The Third Street Mother’s Garden will feature the opportunity for individuals to plant a bulb in honor of a loved one.

Those who are musically inclined can play Name That Hymn and try ringing a hand bell or two. Children can enjoy playing Fun Fair games for prizes and zoom down the inflatable slide on the front lawn. Delicious treats will also be available during an All-Ages Cookie Walk.

Group games will start at 10:30 a.m., including bingo under the tent on the lawn. The culmination of the morning will be a Capital Campaign Victory Celebration and Reunion Picnic, which is free to everyone.

Anyone interested in attending may call the church office at (630) 232-0165.

Geneva Lutheran Church is located at 301 S. Third St. in downtown Geneva; the building is ADA compliant.

Cry Out America Sept. 11
GENEVA—Christians nationwide will unite together in prayer on 9/11 at county courthouses across all 50 states to pray for their community and for the spiritual condition of our nation.

Now eight years later, as part of the Awakening America Alliance (wwwawakeningamerica.us), Christians are issuing a spiritual wake call through Cry Out America, a historical, nationwide prayer gathering, on Sept. 11, 2009.

To learn more about the Awakening America Alliance, how you can get involved in Cry Out America, or to become an Alliance partner, please visit www.awakeningamerica.us or call 1-888-9-AWAKE-US.
Beginning Sept. 15
9:15-11:15 a.m.;
Tuesday & Thursday
7-9 p.m.

Lord of Life Church Route 38 & LaFox Road
(630) 513-5325 x31

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-ever garage sale.

Items for sale include household goods, tools, electronics, outdoor items, small appliances, books and toys.

Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to support 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 www.HosannaChurch.com.

St. Peters Barn Sale bigger than ever
GENEVA—The 2009 Barn Sale hosted by St. Peters Catholic Church in Geneva, will be the largest barn sale in history.

The sale is 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 over 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.

New to the Barn Sale this year is the Taste of Geneva. Barn Sale visitors will be able to purchase prepared food from a variety of vendors in the Geneva area, Gen Hoe, The Knights of Columbus, Aurellio’s Pizza, Little Owl and Tia Maria’s and much more.

Traditionally the Barn Sale auction was held on Sunday. This year, the Harvest Moon Auction and Barbecue will be held the evening of Sept 18.

To purchase auction tickets or for more information, visit www.stpeterbarnsale.com.

Bring a can, get some gumbo Sept. 26
GENEVA—Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva is offering a bowl of gumbo to anyone that brings non-perishable foods, paper goods or cash donations to the church on Saturday, Sept. 26. All donations will go toward stocking and transporting goods to a food pantry in Biloxi, Miss., in conjunction with an adult mission trip Rejoice Lutheran is hosting to Biloxi in October.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26, donors may either drop off donations in a special drive-through lane set up outside the church at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva, or they may enter the church between 3 and 6 p.m. to receive a free bowl of authentic cajun gumbo. During the gumbo giveaway hours, Rejoice members will also have a packing party as they load the donations in a truck heading for Mississippi.

“Four years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit, there was a huge outpouring of love and donations for the people in Mississippi and Louisiana who lost their homes, businesses and so much more,” said Amy Frazer, a Rejoice member and one of 27 missionaries going on the mission trip. “Unfortunately, many people in the storm areas are still suffering, and a large percentage of Biloxi residents live below the poverty line. We want them to know we still remember them and will do what we can to help.”

Recommended food donations (no glass, please) include: canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, canned ham, rice, pasta sauce, noodles, peanut butter and jelly. Diapers, baby wipes and toilet paper also top the list of needed items. Any cash donations will go toward stocking and transporting goods to the food pantry.

While in Biloxi, Rejoice missionaries will work on various projects to repair and rebuild homes for area residents.

Francis H. “Bud” White

Francis H. “Bud” White, 87, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love of his family following a courageous fight against a brain tumor. Though his body lost the battle, his spirit triumphed over all.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, the son of Edward and Susan (Schmal) White in Maple Park.

Bud grew up in Maple Park but moved to Beith Road before he started school at S.S. Peter & Paul Grade School in Virgil.

As most young men of his generation, he went to work as soon as he finished eighth grade. Bud was no different. He started hauling milk at the age of 15 and would continue for the next 37 years.

Bud and Lorraine Pobstman each had a friend that set them up on a date at the free movies in Maple Park. They sat on a plank and not only watched a movie, but watched their lives intertwine off screen for the next two years before they were united in marriage at St. Mary’s in Maple Park on May 4, 1946.

They began their new life together on the family farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. Many years later, the walls are filled with pictures and the air thick with memories of a growing family, a hard-working father and a loving husband.

Bud was a dairy man through and through and knew from a very young age the type of hard work, dedication and long days it took to make it work. He farmed with his brother for a time before working for two companies, Western United and Certified Grocers Inc., hauling milk from local farmers to the respective processing plants for 37 years.

Bud was a longtime member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Aurora Moose and a lifetime member, honorary board member and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award of the Elburn Lions Club.

Bud was a “certified corn shucker” and helped in the donation of eye glasses for the Elburn Lions Club, but his favorite times came when the “Cancer Kids” weekend came about and he got to work with all the kids.

Over the years, Bud grew a collection of toy tractors that he used as a farmer, beer steins—a celebration of his heritage, and had them all proudly displayed in his home.

When Bud and Lorraine went out, they made sure to have shrimp at Red Lobster, though if asked he said he could live on candy alone. Alaskan cruises topped the list of favorite destinations, along with trips to Europe, Hawaii, dozens of bus trips around the country and memories of the fun had along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Bud also loved to play 31 for nickels with friends and family. These and thousands more will be the legacy he leaves to his friends and family, especially his grandson, who will not soon forget him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine; one daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood and their son William of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Leona Thompson of Waterman, Ill.; two brothers, Robert (Beverly) White of Indio, Calif. and Arthur White of Waterman, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, his brother, Charles, and his sister, Betty Moore, who preceded him in death.

Visitation and wake service was Friday, Sept. 4, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate his life was held Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, with interment following at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in Bud’s name. Checks may be made to the “ Francis ‘Bud’ White” memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

Batavia Mother’s Club Foundation annual coat and clothing drive

BATAVIA—The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s annual coat and clothing drive, benefiting area families in need, will be held Sept. 14 through 23 at locations throughout Batavia.

Donations of clean, used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, sweaters, boots, pants, shirts, socks and shoes in good condition are needed in all sizes, from infant to adult. These items can be dropped off at any of the following Batavia locations: Batavia Elementary Schools, the Batavia Public Library, Curves on Wilson, and Foltos Tonsorial Parlor on Main Street.

All items are distributed to Fox Valley area charities and shelters.

For more information, call Michelle Brandseth at (630) 682-4831.

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in the Fox Valley area. Each year, the club donates more than $25,000 to local charities, including the Batavia Clothes Closet and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, whose activities support this mission.

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation is open to all mothers in the area who are interested in local philanthropic, service-oriented and community activities.

Visit www.bataviamothersclub.org for more information.

Family-friendly fundraiser for counseling center Sept. 16

Food, live music, farm games and tours slated
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Families may enjoy an evening of outdoor activities while helping support rural mental healthcare at the Hog Roast and Barn Dance “Friendraiser” on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn.

The event will benefit the Center for Rural Psychology (CRP) and Heartland Counseling in Elburn.

Highlights of the evening include live music by The Common Taters, barn dancing, farm tours, games for children, farm animals, and food including roast pork, lots of side dishes, local beer and wine, and s’mores by the bonfire at sunset.

“It’s a great social event,” CRP Associate Director Dr. Jeremy Bidwell said. “We have a lot of fun.”

Bidwell said proceeds from the Hog Roast and Barn Dance will help Heartland continue to provide affordable psychological counseling to community members from doctoral students being trained at the center. Heartland charges fees based on its clients’ incomes.

Bidwell said the event is an opportunity for the public to meet the Heartland and CRP staff and find out about the services they offer.

The CRP is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the mental health needs of under-served rural areas and provides direct services to Kane County residents through Heartland Counseling, its main clinic and training site, at 106 W. Pierce St.

Hog Roast & Barn Dance
The event is an annual fundraiser for the
Center for Rural Psychology and Heartland Counseling

Saturday, Sept. 26 • 4-8 p.m.
Heritage Prairie Farm
2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn (just west of Route 38)
Adults $35, college students $20, children pay their age. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/77765
(630) 365-0899, ext. 113

Heritage Prairie Farm, Old Second Bank,
Bob Jass Chevrolet, Michael Greenen CPA,
Two Brothers Brewery, Fox Valley Winery

$10.7 million collected from Voluntary Disclosure Program

SPRINGFIELD—The Department of Revenue 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 more than $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 www.tax.illinois.gov to obtain more information on Business Use Tax Voluntary Disclosure and apply for the program.

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.

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.

WCC receives honor from GFOA

SUGAR GROVE—For the 10th consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The award recognizes excellence in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Waubonsee is one of 16 community colleges in Illinois to receive the award for fiscal year 2008, and one of just 62 colleges and universities in the U.S. to receive it. All Illinois colleges receiving the award this year were community colleges. Overall, Illinois ranks first in number of college and university awards received, and fifth in total number of awards received.

According to a GFOA panel, the college’s comprehensive annual financial report met the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and an understanding of its financial affairs.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

St. Charles Mother’s Club new member kick-off meeting Sept. 21

ST. CHARLES—The St. Charles Mothers’ Club invites all area women to attend its annual kick-off meeting for the 2009-10 year. The event will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m on the second floor of McNally’s, 201 E. Main St., St. Charles.

The event is free to new or prospective members, $10 for members, and includes appetizers and a cash bar. For more information about the kick-off or membership, call (630) 217-MOMS (6667) or stcharlesmothersclub.org.

The St. Charles Mothers’ Club is a nonprofit organization that meets on the third Monday of every month usually at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the monthly meetings, the club offers other programs including playgroup, a book club, and mom’s nights out.

Hogfan party time!

The Hogfan truck was featured in the recent Elburn Days parade, to let people know about Jason’s Hogfan Party Saturday, Sept. 12, at the St. Charles Moose. The event will feature a pig roast, homemade desserts, a magician, music and raffles for adults and children. The fundraiser for leukemia and lymphoma research was named in honor of Jason Gould of Elburn, who died of leukemia and was a fan of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

For Hogfan Party ticket information, visit www.FriendsOfJasonGould.com.
Submitted photo

Operation Teen Safe Driving program ready for 3rd year

Groundbreaking program contributed to steep drop in teen road fatalities during initial campaign
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Transportation officials, along with representatives from the Secretary of State, the Illinois State Police and corporate sponsors, joined recently to kick off the third year of Operation Teen Safe Driving. The groundbreaking effort was designed to reduce teen crashes and save lives on Illinois roadways.

Operation Teen Safe Driving is a statewide initiative, spearheaded by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety. The program is augmented by sponsorships from the Ford Motor Company Fund and The Allstate Foundation and enlists young people to teach safe driving skills to their peers. This program has helped Illinois achieve a 10 percent reduction in teen road fatalities in the first seven months of 2009; teen fatalities dropped from 50 in the first seven months of 2008, to 45 during the same time period this year.

“We are very happy to work side by side with students statewide to help continue to reduce teen road fatalities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “We want the students who participate this year to take the program seriously, get creative and realize the power they have to help save a life.”

Operation Teen Safe Driving engages high school students in a competition to design community-based driver safety programs targeted at other teens.

“I am pleased and encouraged that the number of teen fatal crashes continues to drop since my Teen Driver Safety Task Force issued recommendations that led to the strengthening of Illinois’ graduated driver licensing (GDL) program,” said White. “During the first full year of the strengthened GDL program in 2008, teen fatalities dropped by 40 percent. In the first seven months in 2009 the number of teen driving deaths dropped by 10 percent when compared to the same time frame in 2008. This statewide program will continue to draw even more attention to the issue of teen driving and to the new law by utilizing the creativity of teens to develop effective safe driving messages for their peers.”

A total of 97 high schools participated in the program during the 2008-09 school year. Among the innovative ideas proposed by students were: holding safe driving poster contests, erecting billboards in locations that have high levels of teen traffic, awarding prizes for safe driving, and holding a demonstration in which students try to drive an obstacle course in a golf cart while text messaging. Students also came up with slogans like: “Could you live without me?” “Don’t Crack up, Buckle Up” and “Don’t be a buried treasure, hook on for life.”

Operation Teen Safe Driving was modeled on the nationally recognized Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life high school-based pilot project implemented in 2006 by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, IDOT, the Illinois State Police and local partners. This effort halted an epidemic of 15 teen fatalities in Tazewell County in 2005 and 2006.

Other state agencies involved in Operation Teen Safe Driving include the Illinois State Police (ISP), the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Also backing the Illinois campaign are national traffic safety groups, including: the Governors Highway Safety Association and RADD.

“The Illinois State Police understands the challenges teenagers face as they begin driving,” said ISP Director Jonathon E. Monken. “The Operation Teen Safe Driving program is an excellent medium for young drivers to use their creativity and innovation to reduce the number of teen motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.”

One of the leading issues in teen driver safety is underage drinking. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) educates teens, parents and educators about the consequences of teen drinking through its Don’t Be Sorry public education campaign to reduce underage drinking. The ILCC offers its resources to the students and schools as they develop their local safe-driving programs.

Public and private high schools around the state are encouraged to identify the major teen traffic safety problems in their communities, and to propose creative solutions to those problems. High schools that come up with the most creative solutions will be invited to participate in the Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life “Ride and Drive” safe-driving clinics at the end of the school year. These “Ride and Drive” events feature professional drivers giving young drivers rigorous behind the wheel driving exercises, including: hazard recognition/accident avoidance, vehicle handling/skid control and speed/space management.

For more information about Operation Teen Safe Driving and applications to participate in the effort, visit www.teensafedrivingillinois.org.

Musical has local actors, director

ELBURN—Aaron Thomann of Elburn will direct the Fox Valley Theatre Company musical production of “Children of Eden” this month.

The show at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre will feature more than 45 Fox Valley actors. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked” fame, and the story is based on a book by John Caird.

The first act covers the familiar story of Adam and Eve, their life in the Garden of Eden and the circumstances that cause them to leave, as well as the subsequent rift between Cain and Abel. The second act is set 1,000 years later and tells the tale of the family of Noah, told by Father-God to build a boat for the coming flood that will destroy the line of Cain.

Thomann, who previously directed FVTC shows “Les Miserables” in 2004 and “Footloose” in 2005, returns to the company to direct Eden. Thomann has directed or appeared in numerous productions throughout the Chicago area.

Ticket information
Children of Eden
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 11, 12, 18 and 19
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19
3 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20

Cost is $10 for adults
and $8 for students and seniors, and for those in groups of
20 or more.

To purchase tickets,
call the ECC Box Office at
(847) 622-0300
or visit www.elgin.edu/arts2index.asp
and click on the link for
Theatre and Dance Events.

Stop the spread of the flu by practicing good habits

COUNTY—With students back to school, the Kane County Health Department wants to remind the community that not only is the H1N1 flu virus still active, but we also have to be concerned about the seasonal flu.

Schools bring large groups of young people together in an enclosed area, which can help spread the virus. The Health Department is asking for everyone’s help in preventing the spread of H1N1 and the season flu.

“This fall we are looking at the possibility of battling two types of flu, the seasonal kind and the H1N1 virus. We can cut down on the spread of both by covering our coughs, washing our hands and staying home when we’re sick,” Paul Kuehnert, Health Department Executive Director, said.

The Illinois Department of Health has two hotlines available to answer questions about the H1N1 virus: 1-866)-848-2094 for English, and 1-866-241-2138 for Spanish. More flu information is available that Health Department’s web site at www.kanehealth.com, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.flu.gov. You can also follow the Kane County Health Department on Twitter at KaneCoHealth.

Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department announced recently that a second mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito sample pool was collected in St. Charles. The first detected in July was from the Montgomery area.

There was one reported human case in or Illinois so far this year. Last year, Kane County saw three human cases, in 2007 there were 13 cases. In 2006 there were four, 17 in 2005, two in 2004, none in 2003 and nine in 2002.

Stagnant pools of water can become excellent breeding grounds for the Culex species, the mosquito which is the most common mosquito to carry West Nile virus.

“If hot, dry weather returns, the Culex mosquito breeding activity could increase. Residents still need to take precautions against West Nile virus at least until the first hard frost,” Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said. “Until then, the potential exists to identify more positive mosquito pools and for human cases to occur in Kane County.”

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Following heavy rains and flooding, there is usually an increase in nuisance mosquito activity. The nuisance mosquito (Aedes species), which breeds in flood waters and temporary pools of water, does not typically transmit West Nile virus disease, but it is an aggressive and hard biter and is active throughout the day not just at dusk and dawn.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Kane County Health Department’s website, www.kanehealth.com or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

More information is available by calling the IDPH West Nile Virus Hotline at (866) 369-9710 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First human West Nile virus case in Illinois for 2009 reported
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2009. The St. Clair County Health Department reported a person in their 50s with onset of illness in late August.

“We’ve seen cooler temperatures this summer and not as much West Nile virus activity compared to warmer summers. However, this first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois should remind people that the threat is still there. People should protect themselves against mosquitoes by wearing insect repellent and by trying to reduce any standing water around their homes, especially with the upcoming holiday weekend,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

So far this year, 24 counties have reported mosquito batches or birds testing positive for West Nile virus.

In 2008, IDPH reported the first positive mosquito samples on May 23 in DuPage and Tazewell counties. The department reported the first human case of West Nile virus in 2008 on Aug. 11. Last year, 28 of the state’s 102 counties reported having a West Nile positive bird, mosquito sample, horse or human case. Twenty human cases of West Nile disease, including one death, were reported for 2008.

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois began on May 1 and includes laboratory tests on mosquitoes, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as the testing of sick horses and humans with West Nile-like disease symptoms. Citizens who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

Precautions against West Nile include:

• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.

• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

• Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.

• Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including flowerpots, clogged roof gutters, old tires and any other receptacles. Change water in bird baths weekly. Properly maintain wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish. Cover rain barrels with 16 mesh wire screen. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Waubonsee adds new library program

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Library Technical Assistant Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate Program is among the new offerings at Waubonsee Community College this year. Three of the program’s classes are offered this semester, including an introduction to technical services, as well as reference and research strategies.

Until this semester, the closest community college that offered this degree or certificate was the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Library Technical Assistants Merrill Poloian and Michelle Drawz, employees of the Sugar Grove Public Library, obtained their certificates at COD.

“It’s beyond checking out books,” Poloian said. “It’s the ins and outs of behind-the-scenes of the library.”

Poloian said the classes address the more technical aspects of library science, such as cataloging, technology services, creating a web page, and buying audio and media equipment.

Through the program, students also learn what questions to ask to find out what patrons are really looking for; how to choose the right books for the library’s collection based on the district’s demographics; and how to create displays, programs and events, based on the community’s population and its interests.

After students finish the classes, they complete an internship at a library other than their own to gain practical experience.

Town and Country Public Library Circulation Supervisor Cathy Semrick said that three people who work at the Elburn library have the LPA certificate.

Semrick said the library staff are thrilled that Waubonsee is offering the program.

“COD is just far enough that it makes it hard,” she said. “Several staff have expressed interest (in the Waubonsee program).”

Elburn employee Deb Smith, who works in technology services, said the certificate teaches all aspects of the library.

“It makes you well-rounded,” she said. “It introduces you to some things that you don’t already know.”

According to Noblitt, the programs offered at Waubonsee are designed to serve students who want to enter the library field, as well as those currently working in it. He said the Technology in Libraries course will be especially helpful to those in the field who want to update their skills and stay current in the evolving profession.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the five-county area served by Waubonsee employs 1,003 library technical assistants, with 38 average annual job openings.

“Working in a library setting is an extremely rewarding career that is solidly in demand,” said Mary Edith Butler, Dean for Communications and Library Services. “Today’s library staff works with more than just books. This is a career field that encompasses a great deal of technology and cutting-edge equipment, along with the great books.”

Tickets on sale for Festival Performance Series

MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival (KCFAF) is launching a new performing arts series this fall, including The Magic of the Spellbinder on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Kaneland High School Auditorium.

The Magic of the Spellbinder is the inaugural performance of the Festival Performance Series and tickets are on sale now.

Walter King, Jr., a.k.a. The Spellbinder, has entertained audiences across the country from the 2009 Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival to the Mirage and Stratosphere in Las Vegas.

The Spellbinder has exclusive experience and training in theater, film, and special effects. The Spellbinder is an African American Illusionist-Magician, who has performed with stars like Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, and the Temptations.

This show is appropriate for people 5 and older. For more information on the Spellbinder, visit www.magicofthespellbinder.com.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and $23 for a family ticket. A family ticket admits all the family members who reside in the same residence.

Purchasing presale tickets is encouraged. Ticket forms are available in all of the buildings of the Kaneland School District as well as the Kaneland website at www.kaneland.org.

Questions and comments can be directed to Maria Dripps-Paulson, executive director of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, at (630) 365-5100, ext. 180.

Ticket winners for the Magic of the Spellbinder
MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival announced the following ticket winners for the Magic of the Spellbinder, the inaugural event of the Festival Performance Series on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Kaneland High School Auditorium.
• Bridget Hankes-Ixpata
• Brandi Tyse
• Carol Harvell
Participants entered their names in a drawing at the Sugar Grove Farmers Market, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, and KanevilleFest to win free tickets to the Sept. 12 event. Tickets are now on sale for this event and forms are available at the main offices in all of the Kaneland School District buildings as well as online at www.kaneland.org.

Paisano’s owners seek help for building spruce-up

Village committee recommends $10,000 facade grant
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Annette Theobald and her husband take pride in the building they own at 106 N. Main St., Elburn, a 1930s structure that once housed a bank. Since 2003, it has been the site of their business, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill.

“It has a lot of history and charm, and we just want to keep that up,” Theobald said.

The Theobalds recently spent $9,000 to replace the upstairs windows, and plan several thousand dollars more in other exterior enhancements. To help pay for the project, they are seeking a grant from the village’s downtown facade improvement program.

With the financial assistance from the village, the Theobalds will be able to install new doors and siding, and paint, Annette told the village’s Development Committee on Aug. 24.

“We are focusing on the most needed repairs,” Annette said.

The village established the downtown facade improvement program a few years ago. So far, two property owners have taken advantage of it: Express Evaluations, 17 S. Main St., in 2007, and Elburn Dentist Richard Stewart this year, for his office building at 135 S. Main St.

The maximum grant amount under the village budget is $5,000 per property owner or tenant doing the facade improvements. Because both Express Evaluations and Richard Stewart were both owners and tenants of the buildings, the village awarded each a $10,000 grant.

The Development Committee decided Monday to recommend that the Village Board approve the same amount for the Theobald’s project.

Walter said the Theobalds should receive the $10,000 amount, because it has been the village’s practice to fund $5,000 each to the landlord and tenant, and combine those payments should the landlord and tenant be the same person.

Paisano’s occupies the building’s first floor, and owns two apartments on the upper level.

WCC sees second year of big increases in enrollment

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Enrollment at Waubonsee Community College continues to rise, with this year showing a double-digit increase over last year.

According to Waubonsee Community College spokesperson Jeff Noblitt, there are nearly 15 percent more students at the Sugar Grove, Aurora and Rush-Copley campuses taking classes this fall compared to 2008, when enrollment showed a 9.5 percent spike over the previous year.

This year, the total number of hours taken is more than 16 percent over fall 2008, on top of a 9.9 percent increase in hours over the year before, a trend that began six years ago.

More are becoming full-time students, Noblitt said.

“It’s partially driven by the economy,” he said. “The economic downturn has resulted in lost jobs and the need to go back to school to retrain for better jobs.”

“People have either lost their jobs, had their hours cut or are fearful of losing their jobs,” he said. “They see education as the way to boost their career.”

Noblitt said the college has also seen an increase in the number of traditional college-age students, as more begin their college career sat a two-year school before, transferring to a four-year college at the end of the second year.

“This way they can stay on track with their college education, and it saves a lot of money,” Noblitt said.

Noblitt said President Barack Obama made community colleges an important factor in what he feels will pull the economy forward. In addition, Vice-President Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor, has been a visible advocate of a community college education since the president took office.

People are also becoming more knowledgeable about what a junior college can offer, Noblitt added. With smaller class sizes and a more nurturing environment, the beginning student is more likely to succeed.

Increase in numbers of students enrolled at Waubonsee
2004-2005 2.4 percent
2005-2006 0
2006-2007 0
2007-2008 9.5 percent
2008-2009 14+ percent

Waubonsee to host job fair Sept. 18

SUGAR GROVE—The 8th annual Working for the Fox Valley Job Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Academic and Professional Center of Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

The event is free and open to the public. Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes.

For more information and to view a list of participating employers, visit www.waubonsee.edu/careerservices.

Given the current unemployment rate, this year’s fair is taking on an increased importance. It is part of Waubonsee’s larger “Brighter Futures” initiative, which seeks to provide resources and strategies to help district residents thrive in a challenging economy. Visit www.waubonsee.edu/brighterfutures to view a list of other upcoming events and free services.

The Working for the Fox Valley Job Fair is the result of a collaborative partnership among First Transitions of Oak Brook and Partners of the Illinois workNet Center, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Kane County Department of Employment and Education, and Waubonsee Community College, under the umbrella of the River Valley Workforce Investment Board.

Interpreters for the hearing impaired are provided by Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Blast from the past

This picture was recently rediscovered in a box of assorted items originally found in the Elburn Grade School Boiler Room in 1970 by Mark Strong. No information regarding the artist or framed picture was found with it. District officials hope that any Elburn Herald reader who has information about the picture or the artist will call Sharon Sabin at the Kaneland School District offices at (630) 365-5111, ext. 109.
Courtesy Image

Year 3 of Fedderly era begins with 35-0 win over BC

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—It seemed like old times on Friday night at Peterson Field.

For the visiting Burlington Central Rockets, it got old in a hurry.

For the host Kaneland Knights, they hope it never gets old.

For the fifth straight season, the Kaneland Knights took it to the Rockets in the opening contest of the football season by a 35-0 final.

Offense was highlighted by quarterback Joe Camaliere’s 13-for-27, 321 yard night with three touchdown passes. The junior also ran for two scores and passed for a two-point conversion.

Receiving stars included running back Brock Dyer, who caught three passes for 122 yards, including the opening score of the 2009 season on a 54-yard touchdown pass.

Kaneland receiver Ryley Bailey takes  to the air during the second quarter of Friday’s  35-0 win over Burlington Central. The Knights’ next challenge is Huntley at Peterson Field on Friday. Photo by Ben Draper
Kaneland receiver Ryley Bailey takes to the air during the second quarter of Friday’s 35-0 win over Burlington Central. The Knights’ next challenge is Huntley at Peterson Field on Friday. Photo by Ben Draper

Ryley Bailey caught five balls for 106 yards.

On defense, Derek Bus picked off a pass and recovered a fumble.

The Knights had 16 first downs throughout the evening, and won the total yards battle by a total of 411-106.

“It sure makes a big difference when we get a lot of kids back with experience,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

The party started early on the fourth play from scrimmage, when Camaliere found Dyer on a swing pass. With exceptional blocking by the BC sideline, Dyer hit the endzone on the touchdown pass 65 seconds into the game for a 7-0 lead.

	Knights DB Derek Bus saw his share of action on Friday night.  	While Burlington Central had a frustrating night defensively, the feeling spread to the offensive end as Bus recovered a Tre Llenas fumble at the Rockets’ 33-yard line in the third frame.  	The play eventually led to a Ryley Bailey TD catch to close the scoring.
Knights DB Derek Bus saw his share of action on Friday night. While Burlington Central had a frustrating night defensively, the feeling spread to the offensive end as Bus recovered a Tre Llenas fumble at the Rockets’ 33-yard line in the third frame. The play eventually led to a Ryley Bailey TD catch to close the scoring.

The scoring resumed in the second quarter when a seven-play drive ended on a one-yard run up the middle by Camaliere. Tyler Callaghan caught the two-point try to go up 15-0 with 9:57 to go in the first half.

After the Rockets fell on downs, Kaneland got back to work on a seven-play scoring drive, ending with Taylor Andrews dashing up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown pass after a short throw.

The score made it 21-0 with 2:32 left, and seemed to break the game open for good.

“I got open down the middle and Joe found me; it felt good to win tonight,” Andrews said.

With 22 ticks left in the second quarter, Camaliere failed to find an open target and took it in himself after a scramble. The six-yard score made it 28-0 going into the half.

The lone score of the second half came on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Ryley Bailey with 8:32 remaining in the third for a 35-0 edge.

Fedderly credited the offensive line, which came through in the trenches.

“We got everything tonight, and you can’t say enough about the offensive line. We told them that they determine how the game goes,” Fedderly said.

Lower-class action had the freshmen shutting BC down by a final of 16-0 on Monday, while the sophomores also got a win over the Rockets in a 27-21 affair.

The Knights gear up for the Huntley Red Raiders on Friday, Sept. 4, in Maple Park. Kaneland and Huntley were conference mates as recently as the 1960s, as part of the Little Eight Conference.

Huntley, currently residing in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, is coming off of a 28-23 win over Wauconda on Friday.

Golfers edge Spartans, fall to Marengo Indians

For now, everything’s coming up snake-eyes for the Kaneland High School golfers.

The Knights are 1-1-1 in dual competition, but came away with a tight win against rival Sycamore on Tuesday at Hughes Creek. That followed a 167-174 loss to Marengo on Thursday.

The win over Sycamore went Kaneland’s way after both teams were tied at 166. But the top four scores for Kaneland out-performed Sycamore’s top four entries.

Heroes for KHS included Hayden Senese (41), Troy Krueger (41), Tyler Hochsprung (42) and Hayley Guyton (42).

Sycamore’s Alex Schultz golfed a 37.

The JV Knights lost to the Spartans by a 175-188 mark. Top scores for Kaneland included Mitch Gemini’s 45 and Luke Kreiter’s 46.

Against Marengo, Guyton shot a 40 to get medalist honors, while Krueger and Josh Schuberg shot 43 each. Zach Douglas managed a 48. Marengo’s Jake Tucker keyed the Indians’ win.

The JV crew took care of business against the Indians with a 190-198 win. Knight Rhys Childs rose to the occasion with a 45 score, followed by Gemini’s 46, Ryan Goodenough’s 49 and Kreiter’s 50.

Photo: Josh Schuberg in action Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

Residents may sign up for phone alert services

MAPLE PARK—The village of Maple Park launched the Connect-CTY service, its new village-to-resident notification system. With this service, village leaders can send personalized voice messages to residents and businesses within minutes, with specific information about time-sensitive or common-interest issues such as emergencies and local community matters.

The village will use the Connect-CTY service to supplement its current communication plans and augment public safety/first responder services.

The village invites residents to participate in the service by providing their contact information. To sign up, click the Connect-CTY image on the village of Maple Park website: www.villageofmaplepark.com/connect.php.

Basking in the glow of Solheim Cup

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—More than 120,000 people from 49 states, as well as other nations, visited Sugar Grove during the week of the Solheim Cup. Five years of planning culminated in an international event that everyone is likely to remember for years to come.

The impact from the event was felt far from Sugar Grove. Trustee Kevin Geary said he was in a restaurant recently in San Diego wearing his Sugar Grove Corn Boil T-shirt, and a woman came up to him to ask about the Solheim Cup.

“She said from the TV, that Sugar Grove looked like a lovely place to be,” Geary said.

The Solheim Cup organizers, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), offered free admission to anyone who brought four items of non-perishable food for the new Sugar Grove Food Pantry. Trustee Melisa Taylor, organizer for the food pantry, said that more than 1,500 pounds of food was collected that day.

Taylor added that when Prom Catering, the catering service that provided the food for the Solheim Cup, realized what was happening, they donated six large vehicles of food they had not sold during the days. Taylor said she and others were able to bring tons of food to Hesed House, Lazarus House, Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry.

She said it was gratifying that the people organizing an international event such as the Solheim Cup were cognizant of the community in which the event was held.

Village President Sean Michels said that more than 8,000 hotel rooms in the Fox Valley area were booked for the event, and 1,900 articles were written that mentioned the Solheim Cup and Sugar Grove.

“The economic impact on Sugar Grove was huge,” Taylor said.

Board tables SSA decision until November

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Nearly 150 Sugar Grove residents attended Tuesday’s public hearing addressing the ongoing flooding in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions. The turnout was so large, village officials relocated the meeting to the fire station.

Ultimately, the Village Board decided to table a vote that would have allowed the village to establish a Special Services Area (SSA) to address the flooding issues.

Residents who attended the Tuesday night meeting spoke out against the formation of an SSA, with many saying the board is rushing to this decision without knowing how much the special tax will cost them.

There are approximately 250 residences in Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks combined.

In a letter to the residents, the village stated that the SSA tax for a $200,000 home could be as much as $1,000 per year, but officials do not yet have enough information to determine the costs.

“This feels a little premature to me,” Kyle Luetgert said. “If you don’t know how much it’s going to cost, why are we here now?”

Residents said they were concerned about their ability to pay the additional tax, especially given the current economic climate.

“A lot of people are out of work,” Mary Farley said. “I’m up to here with financial issues. Your timing is the worst possible.”

Others said they thought the village had some culpability in the subdivision’s problems, dating back to when the village approved building on land that was destined to flood.

Blair Peters told the board that he blamed the village for allowing the retention pond to be built when it did not meet specifications, and releasing escrow funds to the builder that should have been used to fix the problems.

“Now you’re asking us to trust you that you’ll do this properly,” Peters said. “We need more information. Some residents have already paid thousands of dollars to fix their own flooding problems.”

In fact, if the SSA is enacted, this will only cover the cost of maintaining the retention pond. Funding to repair the broken drainage tiles and lay a large drain tile from the Mallard Point Subdivision south to Jericho Road could end up the responsibility of property owners throughout the Rob Roy Drainage District, an area that includes Mallard Point. This would mean additional fees charged to the residents.

Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said he understood the residents’ frustrations, and that village officials began discussions about the SSA in order to keep the process moving forward. Funding for the studies and preliminary work has so far been paid by the village.

“The village is being proactive,” Village President Sean Michels said. “People in the village came to us last October and wanted us to do something to fix the problems. We have been moving forward with this. You all have to have some faith in us. We were elected by the residents of the village. We have a responsibility to them, as well.”

The board agreed to discuss the issue again at its Nov. 17 meeting, when Trotter & Associates Mark Bushnell said he hopes to have the study completed.

History of the problem
Problems with the neighborhood date back to the mid-1990s, when Mallard Point was first built. After the first builder declared bankruptcy, two others took over before it was finally completed. Difficulties determining who was responsible for what problems go back to the beginning.

Although the annexation agreement called for the establishment of a homeowners association, one was never created. A proposal to create a special services area tax on the residents to pay for the maintenance of the common property areas never went beyond the discussion stages.

Residents began approaching the village last fall, when drainage and flooding issues worsened, complaining of standing water, flooded basements and excessive electric bills to continually run two and sometimes three sump pumps.

The village contracted the engineering firm Trotter & Associates to study the problem. The study so far has identified blockages in the water flow through the retention pond and broken and missing field tiles, as well as the possibility of naturally-occurring underground springs as factors that could be contributing to the flooding problems.