Trustees to prioritize infrastructure needs

by Martha Quetsch
Maple Park’s next Committee of the Whole meeting will be a workshop during which trustees will develop a list of infrastructure project priorities. The meeting will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Maple Park Civic Center.

The infrastructure project list will be the only item on the meeting agenda. Trustees will evaluate Maple Park’s infrastructure needs, including future streets and sidewalk repairs, to determine which projects the village should address and when.

Knights to return to United Center Feb. 20, 2010

The Kaneland boys’ basketball team will play Geneva High School this season at the United Center, before the Bulls game against the Philadelphia 76ers, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $28 and will go toward admission into the Kaneland vs. Geneva game as well as the Bulls vs. 76ers game at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at Kaneland High School through Brian Johnson at brian.johnson@kaneland.org or by calling (630) 365-5100 ext. 347.

The school said it needs to sell as many tickets as possible by Oct. 31.

Last season, Kaneland lost to Geneva on New Year’s Eve at the United Center 58-39.

Photos from last season’s game:

Information via Kaneland’s Twitter feed

Kaneland @ DeKalb preview

Kaneland (4-2, 3-1) vs. DeKalb (1-5, 0-4) 1 p.m. at DeKalb High School

Saturday afternoon’s contest could make for a rude homecoming if you’re
DeKalb.

Kaneland will be raring to get the offense going after submitting its lowest
output of the season on Friday in a 21-7 loss to Glenbard South, while
DeKalb is hosting homecoming on the grounds of DHS after losing a 55-0 game
to Geneva on Friday.

The Knights will be coming off of their worst offensive output since an Oct.
17, 2008 matchup with Geneva, 42-7. The Knights were victims of a Geneva
team winning its 17th Western Sun outing in a row.

While this marks the final WSC meeting between the Knights and Barbs, the
two teams will still be conference mates in the new Northern Illinois Big 12
beginning in 2010. Kaneland has won the previous three meetings with the
Barbs by a combined score of 133-28.

The Barbs have lost five in a row after kicking the Coach Marty Sanders era
off in style with a 38-12 win in week one over Ottawa. Sanders’ previous
head coaching stop was the Kewanee High School Boilermakers from 2003-2007
in which the NCIC school went 11-34.

Here’s where to go:

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No officer in charge while chief sought

Village also plans to hire five more part-time police
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials soon will interview police chief candidates, and hope to fill the long-vacant position by early December. Meantime, the Police Department is operating without an officer in charge, following Officer Chuck Slater’s resignation in September.

The village has received 11 applications for the full-time police chief position, which will pay an annual salary of no more than $48,800.

“We don’t have any flexibility on the salary amount,” Village Personnel Committee Chairman Debra Armstrong said. “We don’t have the financial resources.”

The position also offers a $600 medical stipend per month.

Police chief candidates must have seven years of full-time experience in law enforcement, with at least three years in a supervisory position.

The deadline for police chief applications is Friday, Oct. 9, after which the personnel committee will review the candidates’ qualifications and recommend approximately five people for the Village Board to interview. The village also will conduct background checks of the candidates and require them to have drug screenings.

Maple Park has been without a police chief since June 2008, when village officials decided against renewing former Chief Steve Yahnke’s contract.

In addition to hiring a new police chief, the village of Maple Park plans to employ up to four more part-time officers.

Currently, the village Police Department has five part-time officers. With that staffing, the Police Department can only provide law enforcement in Maple Park for about eight hours per each 24-hour day. Village officials want to improve that situation by adding officers.

“We want to make sure all shifts are covered,” Armstrong said.

The Personnel Committee recently interviewed four candidates for police officer, but discontinued interviewing this week.

“We decided to wait until the police chief is hired and let him hire his team,” Armstrong said.

The hours that the Police Department currently covers depend upon what is going on in the village, but patrolling the streets during busy traffic hours and maintaining safety at school bus stops are priorities, Armstrong said.

During times when Maple Park police are not on duty, the Kane County Sherrif’s Department responds to emergencies in the village.

Police officer candidates must have three years of law enforcement experience. The wage for a part-time police officer is $16.50 per hour.

Lead MP officer said he resigned at board’s request

MAPLE PARK—Former Maple Park Police Officer Chuck Slater said Wednesday he resigned from the Police Department in early September at the Village Board’s request.

He said the board did not give him a reason for wanting him to leave the department, where he had been officer in charge for the past 16 months.

Village Personnel Committee Chairman Debra Armstrong would not disclose whether or not the board asked Slater to resign, since the issue is personnel related.

“All that I can say is that he submitted his resignation, and we accepted it,” Armstrong said.

While the Police Department does not have an officer in charge, Armstrong said she has that role.

Slater worked for the Maple Park Police Department for 6-1/2 years, he said.

The village of Maple Park did not make a public announcement about Slater’s resignation.

Former Maple Park Village President Ross Deuringer said he believes Slater was a valuable employee.

“I don’t know why he was fired,” Deuringer said.

Marching band comes home #1

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—The Kaneland High School marching band’s hard work this summer paid off on Sept. 26, when it took first place in its class, as well as best percussion, best color guard and best overall effect in a marching band competition held in Rockford.

The seventh annual Phantom Regiment Band Fest featured a total of 10 bands in the northern Illinois area. Not only did the Kaneland band win recognition in its class by size, but Kaneland came home with the second-highest score overall.

Band teacher Aaron Puckett said the group did an excellent job during the competition and had worked hard to put their show together. They have been practicing for the past four months.

“This is definitely noteworthy,” Puckett said. “It was a big boost to the esprit de corps.”

According to Puckett, most of the 81 members joined the band in fifth grade, the first time it is offered to students as a class. He said that most of the students also take private lessons on their instruments, in addition to practicing with the band during the week.

The band plays during half times for football games, in parades for village festivals and in several marching band competitions during the year.

This is the first time the band has won a first place award, he said.

“It’s really fantastic,” High School senior and drum major Chelsea Robert said. “To win the first competition of the season is a big boost. The band’s really motivated this year.”

Robert, who played saxophone in the band for the past six years, said the marching band is like one big family.

“Everybody contributes to something really big,” she said.

She said that marching while playing an instrument is probably the hardest part.

“It’s very much a sport,” she said. “We train, compete, practice. There’s a million things you have to think about.”

Robert said the color guard adds a good visual element to the music. High School junior Brock Feece, also a drum major, said the band is playing well-written music this year.

Feece said the band members have stepped up their game this year.

“It’s exciting to see it pay off,” he said.

The band plays in two more competitions this year; one in Marengo the weekend of Oct. 10 and11, and the Illinois State University High School Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Photo: Kaneland marching band members practice for their next competition in Marengo on Saturday, Oct. 10. Photo by Susan O’Neill

State shortfall worsens village budget woes

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove’s budget deficit to increase by $100,000, due to state funding shortfall
SUGAR GROVE—The Village Board on Tuesday explored ways of increasing revenues and decreasing expenses, but a recent notification from the state of a $120,000 decrease in funding to the village may force officials to take a harder look at their options.

Although the board’s discussion in September of the fiscal year’s first quarter budget factored in a deficit of approximately $60,000, the shortfall from the state nudges the village’s deficit for the 2009-10 fiscal year budget closer to $200,000, Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said.

Board members considered various revenue enhancements, including implementing a towing fee for drivers and greater truck overweight enforcement. On the expense side, Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said that implementing furlough days for non-union village employees would save the village $5,250 per day, but said that would likely lead to a reduction in services to residents.

Eichelberger said the village would send another letter to the police union, requesting that it accept a reduction in their pay for its employees. Earlier this year, the village sent the union a letter asking for a pay freeze for its employees, but received no response. According to their recently negotiated contract, the 12 police officers received two pay increases this year, for a total average increase of 8 percent.

According to Eichelberger, village staffing levels are down 20 percent of what they were a few years ago. The current staffing level of 40 full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees is down from last year’s approved level of 47 FTE. Three village employees were let go earlier this year.

He said that with the pay freeze earlier this year for non-union employees and an annual increase of $713 to employees for their health care benefits, he did not recommend the addition of furlough days, which would come to an average cost of $219 per employee per day.

The village’s general fund still has $1.1 million in reserves. Eichelberger said this amount is separate from the budget, which defines spending for the year, and is similar to a savings account in an average household.

Hannaford Farm LLC in default

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday declared Hannaford Farm LLC in default on its obligations for public improvements within the Hannaford Farm development.

The improvements that were the developer’s responsibility include the final grading of streets and completion of sidewalks, among others, and will cost $2.2 million to complete.

The board granted authority to the village clerk to contact Benchmark Bank, the developer’s insurer, demanding that the money be released. Once Benchmark Bank receives the letter, it has seven days to respond, Village President Sean Michels said. However, bank representatives have told village officials it would likely fight the action in court.

“Unfortunately, it’s just a sign of the times,” Michels said.

He said the Hannaford Farm developers took out a $2 million loan in 2004 to develop the subdivision, for which they are paying $100,000 a year in interest. Without the sale of homes due to the failing economy, Michels said they have no income with which to pay the interest, property taxes or to maintain the property.

The development was originally proposed for 142 single-family homes on 122 acres of land off of Merrill Road, west of the Lakes of Bliss Woods subdivision. As of the end of last year, there were 24 lots owned by individual owners.

Michels said the village had hoped to avoid going to court.

“The only people who get rich are the attorneys and no work gets done,” he said.

A group of Hannaford homeowners got together last weekend to mow, weed and plant flowers in some of the common areas.

“My compliments to the Hannaford Farm residents for getting some things done over the weekend,” Michels said.

“We’re just saddened by it all,” Hannaford Farm resident Rachel Rockwell said.

Developer mum about Keslinger Plaza’s future

Commercial property for sale, escrow account still delinquent
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn officials are uncertain about whether a proposed commercial center at Route 47 and Keslinger Road they hoped would bring more retail stores and tax dollars to the village will ever be built, since the developer isn’t saying.

Developer Grobmar Investments President Ken Marino on Friday said, “I don’t want to comment,” when the Elburn Herald asked why the Keslinger Plaza property on the northwest corner is now for sale and whether the company still intended to develop it.

The Village Board last November approved Grobmar’s final plan for three of its four commercial lots at the corner, which included a bank facility and retail space. However, village officials told Marino that the company would have to maintain a $20,000 escrow account to proceed with the Keslinger Plaza development, to make sure village costs related to the project were covered.

In January, Marino indicated in a voicemail to the village that he did not intend to make the escrow payment, Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said.

A few months ago, Grobmar posted a for-sale sign on the property.

If Grobmar wants to proceed with Keslinger Plaza, it first must bring its escrow account balance up to the $20,000 amount required by village ordinance. The village previously required Grobmar to maintain a $10,000 balance, but doubled it last fall because the account was seriously delinquent, Morrison said.

When the Elburn Herald asked Marino Friday whether the company planned to submit the escrow money to the village in the future, he said, “I’m not going to get into it.”

Village officials notified Grobmar in a letter in May about escrow delinquency and the violation, encouraging the developer to comply with municipal ordinances so that Keslinger Plaza can be developed.

“We have heard nothing further,” Morrison said.

No tenants ever named for retail center
Since Grobmar Investments approached the village with its proposal for Keslinger Plaza more than two years ago, the company never identified any retail tenants that had signed on for the commercial center.

Grobmar negotiated unsuccessfully in 2007 with Castle Bank to open a facility at Keslinger Plaza; Castle officials instead plan to open a branch next to the new Walgreen’s in Elburn, at the northeast corner of Route 47 and Route 38. (See related story about the Walgreen’s complex)

No neighbors named yet for new Walgreens

Developer seeks other businesses for commercial corner
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—Walgreens, which opened this month in Elburn, is the anchor store for the Prairie Valley North Commercial Center at the northeast corner of Routes 38 and 47, but so far, it’s not anchoring anything.

The commercial complex offers more than 15,000 square feet of additional available retail space. However, village officials do not know what retail tenants the developer has found for the complex, if any.

Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison has not been able to reach the developer, National Shopping Plazas this week, as he had hoped, to inquire about the commercial center’s progress.

The Elburn Herald contacted the developer’s leasing office on Tuesday to ask whether the company had found any additional retail tenants for the Walgreens complex.

Leasing agent Carol Cutler said, “There are possibilities. I am waiting for signed leases,” but she declined to name any potential future tenants.

Prairie Valley North Commercial Center is bordered by Route 47 on the west, First Street on the east, Walker Drive on the north and Route 38 on the south.

Photo: Walgreens is open in Elburn, the anchor store for the Prairie Valley North Commercial Center at the northeast corner of Routes 38 and 47. Walgreens is adjacent to more than 15,000 square feet of available retail space in buildings under construction to the north and the east of the pharmacy. Photo by Martha Quetsch

Bank planned for complex wants more time

by Martha Quetsch
DeKalb-based Castle Bank, which plans to build a branch next to the new Walgreens in Elburn, asked the village to allow up to two more years for the company to pursue the project.

The Elburn Planning Commission reviewed Castle’s request on Tuesday and recommended that the Village Board approve it.

Castle representatives did not give a reason for wanting the extension.

This is the second extension Castle has requested. Last fall, the village granted Castle a one-year extension, permitting the bank to start construction by Dec. 31, 2009. The village’s original approval in 2007 required Castle to start building by Dec. 31, 2008.

Village to pass its own stimulus package

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday agreed on a short-term reduction in developer fees to encourage residential growth within the village. The package includes a $5,000 reduction in impact fees and the elimination of transition fees.

The reductions will be in effect for up to 35 homes and until at least Oct. 31, 2010, with some trustees arguing for an extension to Dec. 31 of next year.

“I’m not confident that it will spur the economy, but I think it might encourage some people to take a look at Sugar Grove,” trustee Rick Montalto said.

Trustee Tom Renk agreed, and said it was a step in the right direction.

According to Sugar Grove Development Director Rich Young, the total number of buildable lots in Sugar Grove is in the 400 range. The village issued one building permit this year. Although trustee Kevin Geary said he would like to ensure that the reduction in fees is reflected in a decrease in the home price, Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said there was no way to guarantee that.

Impact fees vary by development and by the size of the home being built, with fees ranging from $3,500 to $16,000.

The transition fees, which are collected on behalf of the village, School District, Park District, Library District and township, were initiated in Sugar Grove due to the volume of growth taking place several years ago. The idea was to fill in the gap between when a new household began utilizing services and when taxes from that home reached the taxing bodies providing the services.

The amount of the transition fees also varies by development, size and price of home, from $200 to $5,800.

Eichelberger said that the cost of a failed or failing development has become more evident within the village during the past several years.

“Builders and developers are struggling to survive, costing the village into the thousands (of dollars) of staff time, providing services the developer should have, and attorneys’ and engineers’ fees that will likely not get reimbursed,” he said. “If this helps developers and builders survive, it ends up being a huge benefit to the community.”

The board will take a formal vote on the proposal at its next board meeting.

Batavia offers house for sale for $1

Batavia—The city of Batavia is seeking a buyer for the house currently located at 12 S. River St. (South Route 25) to purchase the home for $1.

The house sits on property the city purchased as a potential redevelopment site. Rather than demolish the building, city officials are offering the building for sale to the general public first. The prospective owner will be responsible for moving the house to another location.

The city is offering a 30-day window for someone to express an interest in buying the house. An additional 60 days will be granted for the prospective buyer to work out the details to have a moving company relocate the building.

Upon removal of the building, the city will grade and seed the site as there are no specific redevelopment plans at this time. If no interest is shown in purchasing the building by Nov. 1, 2009, the city will proceed with demolition of the building next spring.

Additional information on Batavia can be found on the city’s website, www.cityofbatavia.net, or by calling the Community Development Department at (630) 454-2700.

Fair games

Parent volunteer Karen Gagne paints pink swirls on 3-year-old Brooklynn Mondroski’s cheeks during the Blackberry Creek Elementary School Fun Fair Oct. 2 in Elburn. Hundreds of people attended the event, which featured a host of games and other activities for children. Photo by Martha Quetsch

Campton Township assessments published

Campton Township—The 2009 assessment changes for Campton Township were published today, October 1, 2009 in the Elburn Herald.

To obtain information about a Campton Township property, call (630) 513-5430 or visit www.camptontownship.com.

To obtain complaint forms and a copy of the Rules and Procedures of the Kane County Board of Review, call (630) 208-3818 or visit www.kanecountyassessments.org/BOR.htm.

Pursuant to state law, the deadline to file 2009 assessment complaints for properties within Campton Township is Monday, Nov. 2. No 2009 complaint for property in Campton Township can be accepted after that date.

Low-Raided

Knights struggle all game long in 21-7 loss to Glenbard S.
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—In less than desirable conditions, Kaneland football neither reigned nor poured it on Friday.

Glenbard South came into enemy territory for the Knights’ homecoming and came out with a 21-7 win.

Kaneland drops to 4-2 (3-1 Western Sun Conference), while Glenbard South improved to 4-2 (3-1 Western Sun Conference).

This marked the third straight victory for the Raiders over Kaneland. The Knights had not beaten the Raiders sincer 2006. The game marked the last outing between the two football programs for the foreseeable future, due to the dismantling of the WSC, effective at the end of the school year.

The Knights amassed just 125 yards of total offense and succumbed to Glenbard South’s 353 total yards. GS quarterback Trace Wanless passed for just 83 yards, but had a touchdown pass and rushed for 148 himself with a touchdown.

“He’s a special player and a great athlete,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said about the Raiders signal-caller.

Joe Camaliere was 9-for-18 for 92 yards and a touchdown. Ryley Bailey had two catches for 48 yards.

The scoring started on Glenbard South’s third drive, when on the fourth play, Wanless completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nick Slezak in the flat for a touchdown. Glenbard South’s score gave them a 7-0 lead with :28 left in the frame.

Kaneland fought back with its first drive of the second quarter, with a 7-play, 64-yard drive. Bailey caught a screen and followed his blockers for a 42-yard touchdown that came with 8:13 remaining in the half to tie the score.

Kaneland’s offense struggled thereafter, coming up empty on five second-half drives.

Meanwhile, Glenbard South took the lead (14-7) for good on a 10-yard TD run by fullback John Hentges, capping an eight-play, 60-yard drive with 7:33 left in the third.

After the Knights punted away, Wanless called his own number on the second-play of the next drive and scored on a 52-yard run with 4:46 to go in the third for a 21-7 lead.

The Knights players and coaching staff look to rebound against DeKalb on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10.

DeKalb comes into the contest at 1-5 (0-4) on a five-game losing streak, and got trounced 55-0 on Friday at Geneva.

“We told them next week’s the biggest game of the season, and we want to see how they respond and prove themselves every week and get better,” Fedderly said.

Photo: Knight Joe Camaliere (12) tries to evade Glenbard South tacklers for a positive gain during Friday’s 21-7 loss. The Homecoming night contest marks the last conference outing between the two programs. Photo by Ben Draper

Boys XC rocks Pretzel Invite

Kaneland High School boys cross country snacked on their competitors at the Pretzel Invite on Saturday.

The annual event, hosted by Freeport High school, yielded a productive outing, with six of the top 10 varsity finishers representing the Knights in a first-place team finish.

With 26 points as a team, KHS beat Rock Falls (79) and Rockford Boylan (93) out of the top three.

Junior Trevor Holm won the course with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds, followed by Boylan’s Matthew Melloch at 16:20. Following him was Knight Dominic Furco in third at 16:30. Joe Levita finished sixth at 16:45, while Logan Markuson took seventh at 16:45.

Edgar Valle finished ninth with an effort of 16:49, while Matt Reusche finished 10th at 16:51.

The Knights’ younger crew also found victory with a 22-point, first-place effort in the frosh/soph race, beating Freeport (62) in the five-team gathering. Nate Rehkopf, Conor Johnson and Clayton Brundige finished 2-3-4.

Overall, KHS coach Chad Clarey had much to be pleased with.

“We continue to have our work cut out for us,” Clarey said. “To see them carry out the plan for each race was exciting. A day like today was not possible without the full summer’s worth of training.”

With a full lineup, the Knights could be a force to be reckoned with come postseason.

“Trevor Holm won his first varsity race, and dominated from the start. He’s taken some nice initiative this fall, and is clearly becoming an important piece of our puzzle,” Clarey said.

Volleyball drops match to GS

While Lady Knights volleyball continues to look strong against formidable Western Sun Conference teams, there still is room for improvement.

On Tuesday, Kaneland lost a home battle with Glenbard South by a final of 27-25, 25-21. Despite Jessica Lubic’s 12 assists and two blocks, the Lady Knights are now 7-8, with a 5-4 mark in Western Sun Conference play.

Abby VanDerHeyden added three kills for the effort.

On Sept. 26, Kaneland hosted freshmen and sophomore volleyball teams at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove in lower-level tournaments.

The freshmen Lady Knights placed third with a 1-2 record. Their lone win came against Burlington Central in a 23-25, 25-17, 15-13 match. Previously, Kaneland lost to Dekalb, 25-18, 25-11, and to Rosary 25-14, 25-20.

DeKalb, with a 3-0 record, took the invite over Rosary with a 25-9, 25-13 win.

The Kaneland sophomores finished fourth with a 1-2 record, but managed a 25-15, 25-15 win over DeKalb. DeKalb’s 25-22 win over Burington Central sealed its championship.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Oct. 15, KHS volleyball hosts Dig Pink Night-Volley for the Cure. With the Lady Knights facing Geneva, the freshman “A” and “B” matches begin at 5 p.m. in the West Guym, while the sophomore match starts at 5 p.m. in the main gym.

Volleyball skills contests begin after the sophomore match, and the varsity match begins at 6:30 p.m. Pink volleyball shirts will be on sale for $10. A silent auction will also take place, with all profits from the evening benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Strang gets top-10 finish in Freeport for girls cross country

Lady Knight runners had a successful outing at the colorfully named Pretzel Invite, hosted by Freeport High School on Saturday.

Coach Doug Ecker’s roster managed a second-place finish with 68 points, falling behind just Winnebago High School, which had 50 points.

The top runner in the race was Winnebago’s Tessa Hoefle at 18 minutes, 52 seconds. The lone top-10 runner for the Lady Knights was junior Andie Strang, who completed the course in 19:51. Teammate Ashley Castellanos was next for KHS at 20:17, good for 11th place. Abby Dodis finished 14th at 20:28, while Lisa Roberson took 18th at 20:51.

“The 60 second split 1-5 was very important,” Ecker said. “Roberson, (Kris) Bowen and (Shelby) Koester really gave us that lift to earn a trophy … I thought it was a good team victory.”

Kaneland’s frosh/soph contingent took third overall with 56 points. Arianna Espino (22:07) and Jessica Stouffer (22:08) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

The girls head out to the Sterling Invite on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m.. Kaneland was set for the Byron Handicap Invite on Wednesday.

Golf sends three to Class 2A Sectionals

With the end of the regular season, the Knights golf team goes home as a unit, but several individual golfers fight another day.

At Class 2A regionals for the boys golfers at Senica Oak Ridge Golf Course, hosted by LaSalle-Peru, Knights Josh Schuberg (83), Troy Krueger (83) and Zach Douglas (85) advance to sectionals at Emerald Hill GC on Monday, Oct. 12.

Last Wednesday in Yorkville, the Knights finished fifth out of eight teams at Whitetail. With a score of 330, the Knights beat Sycamore (337) and Rochelle (338).

Yorkville was the Cinderella winner at 307, while Batavia (318), DeKalb (322), Glenbard South (322) and Geneva (325) rounded out the standings.

Andrew Morreale of DeKalb shot a 75 to gain the individual medalist honor.

Hayley Guyton, who now goes her own route to compete at girls postseason at Timber Point Golf Course, shot an 80 to excel for Kaneland. Troy Krueger shot a 96.

Guyton placed first at the Belvidere North regional with a 78. She advances to the Rockford (Guilford) Sectional at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford on Monday.

KHS gets kicks vs. Indian Creek, Rochelle

Kaneland Knights soccer weathered a lean week to take two out of three recent contests.

KHS took care of Shabbona’s Indian Creek High School in Maple Park by a final of 5-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Knights (6-10-1, 2-4 Western Sun Conference) found goals from Gennaro Garcia (twice), Derek White, Pedro Perez and Jack Tickle. Marcos Dorado added two assists.

On Saturday morning in Batavia, the Knights dropped a WSC match with a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

Anders Winquist-Bailey scored the lone goal for the Knights.

Against Rochelle in a road match, the Knights built a 5-1 lead on their way to a 6-4 win. Garcia, Winquist-Bailey, Jordan Escobedo and Alex Gil found the net.

The Knights, who are set to face Antioch in the Class 2A regionals at Kaneland on Tuesday, Oct. 20, host Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 8.

KHS boys hoops holding clinic

The Kaneland High School boys’ basketball coaching staff will host a players’ clinic on Oct. 24 for 1st-8th graders in the KHS east gym. The clinic will give the players an opportunity to meet the staff and also to receive coaching on basic fundamentals of the game. Players from sixth through eighth grades will also learn more about the offensive and defensive philosophies of the high school program. Additionally, each player will participate in different games. The following is a list of the times of the clinic: grades 1-5 will meet from 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.; grades 6-8 will meet from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There is no cost to participate in the clinic, but donations are welcome. Registration will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of each session. Contact Brian Johnson at brian.johnson@kaneland.org or (630)365-5100 ext. 347 with any questions.

Tennis loses to Syc., WSC meet next

While the Lady Knights and Lady Spartans played tennis under cover of darkness on Monday evening, it was no mystery about the final result.

Sycamore’s 5 1/2-1 1/2 win in a rain makeup meet sent the Lady Knights dual record to 4-7.

The lone Kaneland win on Monday was had by the No. 2 doubles tandem of Randi Bader and Kelsey Lenhardt in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 effort.

Liz Webb and Olivia Emmanouil battled to a 7-5, 6-7 tie, with Anna Buzzard and Megan Hickey before the match was called due to darkness.

The meet marked the last home meet for seniors Webb, Emmanouil, Lenhardt, Bader, Mel Mazuc, Tessa Kuipers, Liz Kennedy and Megan Kline.

KHS hosts the WSC meet on Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10.

Editorial: KHS student-athletes go ‘pink’

Kaneland High School student-athletes have more than mere school spirit; they have human spirit, and it will be on display at various sporting events in the coming weeks.

Current Kaneland athletes and groups will sport pink socks at upcoming events to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Linda Kelley, a KHS staff member in the school’s Athletic Department, will have approximately 100 pairs of pink socks on sale—for $4 a pair—for any Kaneland fans who wish to buy them and wear them at upcoming Kaneland events to help raise funds and awareness.

The Kaneland volleyball team will be the first to sport their socks when they face visiting Geneva on Thursday, Oct. 15. The KHS football team will don their pairs next, when they take on Geneva at home on Friday, Oct. 16. The KHS poms, band and rowdies will also show their support with their socks. Kaneland cross country will follow when both the boys and girls teams compete at the conference meet in Rochelle. Boys soccer will complete the show of KHS support for breast cancer research when they wear their socks in a regional contest.

The proceeds from the sock purchases will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Susan G. Komen fought a battle against breast cancer decades ago, and her determination to help improve the lives for other women facing the same battle inspired her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, to make a promise to do everything she could to end the need for the difficult battle that claims the lives of an estimated 40,000 women each year.

That promise turned into an organization that has invested more than $1 billion in the fight against breast cancer since the organization began in 1982.

It is a rare thing when someone can get dozens of teenagers to agree to do anything, let alone to spend money on pink socks to wear during athletic competitions.

Yet, that is precisely what happened at Kaneland, and it is clear that the school has a special group of educators, staff, and of course, students, when they all come together to show their support for a cause that may not have personally, or directly, impacted them.

Kelley will have the remaining socks for sale at the Athletic Department office until she runs out of them. We hope that every pair is sold, and every pair is worn, at each of the above-mentioned Kaneland events.

Linda Kelley can be reached at the Kaneland High School Athletic Department at (630) 365-5100, ext. 225, or by e-mail at lkelley@kaneland.org.

Oct. 8 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.

Elburn
• Victor M. Sallee, 60, of the 100 block of Hero Street in Silvis, Ill., was arrested at 1:33 a.m. Oct. 4 for driving while his license was revoked. Police stopped him for speeding, on Route 47 south of Keslinger Road in Elburn.

• Natasha R. Graham, 32, of the 1000 block of Meadow Lane in Rochelle, was arrested at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 on an outstanding warrant from DeKalb County for failure to appear in court. Police stopped her in the Metra station parking lot after she disobeyed a stop sign at Keslinger Road and Railroad Avenue in Elburn.

• Someone broke into a vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 800 block of Independence Avenue in Elburn and stole a radar detector valued at $180. The burglary took place sometime between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

• Matthew J. Dennis, 20, of the 100 block of East St. Louis Avenue in East Alton, Ill., was arrested at 2:14 a.m. Sept. 26 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Keslinger Road west of Anderson Road in Elburn, for having only one headlight.

• Jon D. Gustafson, 24, of the 600 block of Stetzer Avenue in Elburn, was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Sept. 26, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped him as he was southbound on Route 47 near Reader Street in Elburn, because his rear license plate light was out.

• Someone made a 4-foot-long scratch on the hood of a 2007 Volvo parked in the Jewel-Osco lot at 800 N. Main Street in Elburn sometime between midnight and 12:15 a.m. Sept. 26.

• Two stacks of wooden pallets were stolen from the rear of a property in the 600 block of East north Street in Elburn, sometime between Sept. 18 and 21. The stolen items were valued at $300.

County
• A La Fox woman has been convicted of stealing $137,000 from her St. Charles law firm in 2004.
Ann M. Day, 52, of the 1N6 block of Harley Road, La Fox, was convicted Oct. 2, by Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon of 12 counts of theft, four a Class 1 felony and eight Class 2 felony, and 16 counts of forgery, each a Class 3 felony. Judge Sheldon heard the case May 11, 12 and 14, 2009. Day had waived her right to a jury trial.

From January to October 2004, Day operated a scheme in which she intentionally deprived her law firm of funds, instead pocketing the money for her personal use. Day would:
• Deposit checks made to the firm into her personal account
• Forge her partner’s name on checks written to the firm and then deposit the money into her personal account
• Write to herself checks from the firm’s checking account and then alter the firm’s ledger to misrepresent the purpose of the reimbursement.

As a result of Day’s actions, the law firm was deprived of $137,237.27.

Judge Sheldon issued his verdict in writing. The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will request a sentencing hearing. Day faces a sentence of probation or between four and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Day remains free on $2,500 bond.

Day served as the Elburn village prosecutor from 193 to 1997, a position that no longer exists.

80 years young

Oct. 1, 2009, marked a milestone for the Town and Country Public Library District of Elburn—its 80th birthday. To celebrate the occasion cake was served all day. As an added bonus, patrons who share an October birthday are invited to stop by during October for a birthday surprise. Tech Services Deb Smith, Adult Services Catherine Korthals, Director Mary Lynn Alms, Circulation Manager Kathy Semrick and Youth Services Dwayne Nelson helped the mascot Watson cut the cake to start the festivities.
Courtesy Photo

Be fire prevention smart— don’t get burned

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10
Residential fires caused by electrical defects account for a significant number of total blazes each year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, last year home electrical problems accounted for 67,800 fires, 485 deaths, 2,305 injuries and $868 million in property losses. Many of these fires are preventable.

As part of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10, Safe Electricity, an electrical safety public awareness program, urges consumers to be aware of electrical hazards. Take time this month and make it a regular habit to inspect all appliances, cords and plugs.

“Check for loose wall receptacles, loose wires or loose lighting fixtures,” said Mike Ashenfelter, building safety inspector and member of the Safe Electricity Advisory Board. “Listen for popping or sizzling sounds behind walls. Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that spark and flicker.”

Electrical plugs and cords usually deteriorate gradually, making damage difficult to detect. Inspect all appliance cords and plugs for wear at least once a year. Make sure they are not frayed or cracked, placed under carpets or rugs or located in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple them to walls, floors or other objects.

“Overloaded electrical systems can be a dangerous prelude to fire,” Ashenfelter said. “Dimming lights when an appliance goes on, a shrinking TV picture, slow-heating appliances, fuses blowing or circuits tripping frequently are signals of overloaded circuits.”

Overloaded electrical outlets or circuits that supply power to several outlets are a major cause of residential fires. Overloaded outlets and circuits carry too much electricity, which generates heat in undetectable amounts. The heat causes wear on the internal wiring system and can ignite a fire.

To prevent overloading, Safe Electricity recommends the following:
• Avoid using extension cords on a permanent basis and never plug more than two home appliances into an outlet at once.
• Use only outlets designed to handle multiple plugs. Each outlet or circuit should not exceed 1500 watts, so give special consideration to appliances that use 1,000 or more such as refrigerators, hot plates, irons, microwave ovens, dishwashers, heaters and air conditioners.
• Avoid plugging large appliances into the same outlet or circuit. If a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows frequently, immediately cut down on the number of appliances on that line.
• When looking over electrical wiring and fixtures, look at light bulbs as well. Check the wattage to make sure light bulbs match the fixture requirements. Replace bulbs that have higher wattage ratings than recommended. Make sure they are fastened securely so they don’t overheat.
• Know where your circuit breakers and fuse boxes are and how to operate them. Check the circuit breakers and fuses to make sure they are working properly. Fuses should be properly rated for the circuit they are protecting. If you don’t know the correct rating, have an electrician identify and label the correct size to be used. Always replace a fuse with the same size you are removing.
If an electrical fire does occur, take these steps:
• Call 911 or another appropriate emergency service
• If you must attempt to put out an electrical fire, use a dry fire extinguisher or baking soda. Never try to extinguish an electrical fire with water.
• If the fire is large, try to turn off the main power source. Do not try to handle the fire yourself.

A simple way to protect your family is to check the operation of the smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries twice a year. The National Fire Prevention Agency reports that roughly 60 percent of reported home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoking alarms.

Also develop and practice an escape plan twice a year in case of a fire. A good plan is known by all household members and includes an outside meeting location away from danger of the fire.

“The tragedies of electrical fires do not have to happen,” Ashenfelter said. “These problems can be difficult to detect, but relatively easy to prevent. Take these precautions to protect you, your home and your loved ones.

For more safety information, visit www.SafeElectricity.org.

Letter: Thank you

The family of Margaret Goldenstein would like to thank all those involved in the support and care of Margaret and her family following her tragic death.

Though the names and faces of those numerous caring individuals have been blurred by grief and the suddenness of our loss, the impact of their hours of dedicated service and caring actions have not diminished and will be felt for years to come.

Kay Goldenstein and family
St. Charles

Letter: Thank you for supporting Blackberry Creek Fun Fair

We would like to thank all the people who attended and helped make our second annual Blackberry Creek Fun Fair and raffle a success.

The Fun Fair and raffle came about because we wanted to combine our fundraising efforts with a community-wide event that families and kids would enjoy. We want to thank our numerous volunteers; parents, grandparents, teachers and school staff, all the middle school helpers and Boy Scouts.

We also want to express our sincere appreciation to our local business, Party Animals, for baking 500 cookies and manning the decorating booth all night long.

We want to thank Viking Office Supply for the free Halloween craft and donations, as well as Alice’s, Delnor Health and Wellness, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Elburn Fire Department, Hill’s Country Store, Jewel, Kuipers, Meijer, Ormond Pumpkin Farm, Reynauld’s Euro-Imports, 101.9 FM The Mix, Shady Hill, Subway, Sugar Grove Family Fun Center, Target, Town and Country Public Library, Vertical Endeavors and Bryan Cicchon DDS of Randall Ridge Dental for donating 400 goodie bags and pencils. We hope you will support these business that have helped us in these tough times.

Thanks for bringing the community together.

Tracy Healy and Robynn Pawlak
Elburn

Letter: ‘Throw the bums out’

Our constitution is being dismantled. We are not being represented by anyone. We say “No” and they vote as they please.

It doesn’t matter which party is in office. We are fed lies, and these lies are accelerating.

Everything must be passed quickly or the country will collapse.

I believe our House and Senate are feeding us with this offal so we are not aware of the power grab that is really going on. They don’t even take into account the cries and misery of their constituency.

Perhaps, we should all trek down to the local fast food restaurant and ask for a few of their paper crowns and send them to Washington, I do believe they would like to put them on because then they could openly show their edification to one another.

So I have to utter the immortal words of Casey Stengel: “Throw the bums out.”

Barbara A. Peterzak
Elburn

Letter: Toll authority board meeting demonstrates state’s waste

As a spectator attending a recent board meeting at the toll authority headquarters in Downers Grove I have to admit that I was impressed with all the seemingly influential, important board members.

In addition to the eight or 10 board members, the room was full of toll authority staff at a ratio that seemed to be three- or four-to-one. There was also a small delegation representing surrounding towns with an agenda to influence the board regarding their road needs; and there were two from the media.

As I was sitting through this three-hour meeting, I was thinking to myself, “What a waste of time of these influential, highly paid business men and women.”

The agenda was very elementary as they discussed the advantages of hot asphalt vs. cold asphalt to repair potholes and then spending more time talking about the life span of a road before its needing to be replaced. Another item included workmen’s compensation—how and when to pay. And then there was “employee training” to minimize injury on the job. In recent years, it seems that there have been a number of claims from employees hurting their backs while lifting coins in the counting room. There were other superfluous items on the agenda, but I left at noon, not able to give any more of my time.

It’s hard to believe that the Illinois Department of Transportation didn’t solve pothole and workmen’s comp problems many years ago and that today they are not working on essential road needs. By having a second department of transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, the cost for Illinois citizens is in the millions of toll/tax dollars collected each year to pay just for the administration cost. The dollar amount alone in salaries for all these people, board members, toll employees and others attending these meetings, must be catastrophic.

These board meetings are open to the public starting at 9 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Go see for yourself what I’m talking about.

We need to tell Governor Quinn and our state legislators that they need to put an end to this shameful waste. Illinois citizens can find more information by visiting www.notolls-il.com.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove