La Fox lawyer sentenced to jail for theft

Kane County—A La Fox woman convicted of stealing $137,000 from her St. Charles law firm has been sentenced to probation and jail, and ordered to repay her former law partner.

Ann M. Day, 52, of the 1N6 block of Harley Road, La Fox, was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon to 48 months probation and 180 days in the Kane County Jail. In addition, she was ordered to repay to her former law partner the $137,937.27 she was convicted of stealing. Day is to pay the restitution in monthly installments of $2,873.

Day was convicted Oct. 2, by Judge Sheldon of 12 counts of theft, four a Class 1 felony and eight a Class 2 felony, and 16 counts of forgery, each a Class 3 felony. Judge Sheldon heard the case in May 2009. Day 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 checks to herself 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 $137,937.27.

At a hearing Oct. 9 to set a sentencing date, Judge Sheldon granted a state motion to revoke Day’s $2,500 bond and ordered her into custody.

According to Illinois law, Day was given day-for-day sentencing, as well as credit for 62 days served in the Kane County Jail.

Lions announce raffle winners

Elburn—The Elburn Lions Club announced the December winners of its monthly calendar raffle.

Winning the $500 prize was Jackie Hendrix of Cary, Ill. The two $150 winners were Felicite Bond of Elgin, Ill., and the Elburn Seniors in Maple Park. Winners of the $50 prizes were Joe Fidler of Geneva, Pat Dallesasse of Elburn and Linn Dierschow of Elburn.

The $25 winners were Elaine Kitileson of DeKalb, Dave Gulvas of Crown Point, Ind., Julie Hougas of Crystal Lake, Ill., Ken Hughes of Fairbanks, Jenny Lienau of Geneva, Tom Lappa of St. Charles, Jeff Bielinski of Denmark, Wis., Bekky Thompson of Fairbanks, Lanee McCartney of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeff Jordan of Elburn, James Rumsa of Algonquin, Ill., Tar & Chips of Elburn, Mike Gorney of St. Charles, David Himmelman of Reading, Penn., Jenny Lienau of Geneva, Ben A. Smith of Constantine, Mich., J.C. Gillett of Elburn, Keith and Tiffiny Callaghan of Maple Park, Mark Hednck of Geneva, Linda Torres of Batavia, Jan Halsey of Elburn, Susan Thanepohn of Sandwich, Ill., Nancy Faber of Maple Park, Bob Pickrone of Elburn, and Martha Hartmann of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Police investigate gunshot in downtown Elburn

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of an incident during which one of its officers discharged his weapon in downtown Elburn the evening of Nov. 18.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said Monday that he expects to conclude the investigation this week.

“No judgement has been made yet,” Smith said.

Meantime, the officer has been taken off active duty, Smith said.

The incident occurred when the Elburn officer was attempting to apprehend a suspect who had fled on foot from the Metra station from a North Central Narcotics Task Force investigation officer, Smith said.

The Elburn officer located the suspect in the 100 block of East North Street and discharged his weapon while in pursuit of him, Smith said. No one was injured in the incident. Smith said because the investigation has not been concluded, he could not say whether the shot fired by the officer was a warning shot.

Smith said that Elburn police officers are prohibited from firing warning shots.

Smith said that once the internal investigation is complete, he will decide the status of the officer’s employment, which could include suspension or termination. If he recommends termination, the Village Board will make the final decision, Smith said.

The Elburn Herald first reported the incident on its website on Nov. 20.

PIE club members gain experience and friends on Denmark trip

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—Kaneland High School PIE Club (Partners in International Education) student members packed a lot of learning and interaction into their trip to Denmark this fall to meet their counterparts at the Vestre Skole High School.

The two groups of students had much to share with each other about what it is like to grow up in their respective homelands.

A major difference between the two countries is that education is free to any Danish citizen who wants one – from kindergarten through 12th grade, and on through college. The Danish government pays for the student’s housing as well as for his or her college tuition, Kaneland High School teacher and PIE advisor Brian Willis said.

The Kaneland students visited every kind of school during their stay. Willis said that although the Danish education schedule is similar to that in America, the Danes take their education more seriously. More responsibility is placed on the students themselves to keep up with their studies and to be successful, he explained.

“They don’t test their kids,” he said. “It’s like, ‘We’re done with geometry; hope you’ve got it.’ No one’s calling mom or dad to say you’ve flunked your test.”

By the time students reach gymnasium, their version of high school, many students have already begun to specialize in a career path.

Kaneland High School student Dennis Brettman said he was impressed with the level of education students were receiving at the gymnasium.

Student Kory Harner said that many of the Danish students spoke three languages. He added that they used laptops quite a bit more than students do here.

To pay for everyone’s education and the other services the government offers, the tax rate is about 50 percent, Willis said. This makes the cost of a $25,000 car closer to $50,000.

There is at most only one car per family, Harner said. Some of the teachers don’t even own a car, Willis added. And with gasoline at more than $6 a gallon, biking is a significant mode of transportation.

“They hardly had any traffic,” Harner said. “Everybody walked or rode their bikes to work or school.”

The students made use of this preferred transportation when they went sight-seeing in Copenhagen. With bike paths eight feet wide, biking to their destinations was a lot easier than it would be here.

Harner, a three-sport Kaneland athlete, enjoyed learning about the different types of sports the Danish people play. While he was there, he attended a professional women’s handball game.

The students also had a good time teaching each other their native sports. The Kaneland students learned to play handball and soccer, and they taught the Danish students how to play softball and football.

Everyone lived with a Danish family during their stay. Harner said his host family enjoyed playing games, and although their house was smaller than the typical house in the states, they did have a flat screen television.

“They were close as a family,” he added.

The PIE club began after a group of nine Kaneland High School students traveled to Romania in October 2005. According to Willis, the trip was so successful that the extracurricular club was created to continue to foster these types of relationships with students in other countries and to encourage the exchange of cultures and curriculum.

The experience that the students gained from the trips can’t be put in a book or shown in a movie.

“It can’t be duplicated,” Willis said.

The students have maintained the friendships that they forged while they were in Denmark.

“We keep in touch on Facebook,” Harner said. “I have 20 friends from the trip.”

Photo: PIE Club member Cara Zagel (center) poses for a picture with two of her Danish counterparts. Courtesy Photo

Spirit of the season

Fifth-graders make a local family’s Christmas brighter
by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—Brooke Simmons was one of five Kaneland John Shields Elementary School students chosen to pick out presents for a family adopted by fifth-graders through the Holiday Spirit program. She and the other students joined their teachers on Friday afternoon to purchase presents with money collected by the students.

Brooke said she does not know the family that will receive the gifts, nor does she need to know. What she imagines are the smiles on their faces as they open their presents on Christmas Day.

Fellow student Lexie Guerra said the family they adopted includes a mom and dad, a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. She and the other shoppers had a list of some of the things the family wanted, along with their sizes. She said that some of the items the children asked for, such as jackets and pants, made her think about the fact that not everyone has the things that she and her friends take for granted.

In addition to the clothes for the children, the girls bought twin baby dolls for the girl, and the boys bought Legos for the boy. Zach Woodward said they had fun picking out a Legos starter kit and a Legos police kit.

The teachers purchased gift cards for the parents.

Fifth-grade teacher Dan Rutter said that he and the other teachers were inspired by fourth-grade teacher Lee Hoover. She has motivated the students in her classes for years to participate in Holiday Spirit by choosing several children at random to go shopping with her and join her for dinner afterward.

Rutter said that, given that there were 116 fifth-graders, the teachers set a goal of $150. However, the students quickly surpassed that.

Although they were told they could collect money from others to donate, many of the students gave their own money. Some children donated the money they earned doing chores or babysitting; others emptied out their pockets; some like Brooke, relinquished the money she received from her birthday.

“The money just came flowing in every day,” Rutter said. “The kids wanted to do it themselves.”

Lexie said she was happy to know that she and the other students in her class were part of giving someone else a reason to be excited about Christmas.

“I know they’re getting important stuff that they actually need,” she said.

Photo: Kaneland John Shields Elementary School fifth graders and teachers wrapped up a shopping trip last Friday, when they used the money collected from the students to purchase clothes and a few toys for a family they adopted through Holiday Spirit.
Courtesy Photo

Holiday Spirit reaches into the community
Holiday Spirit was created to help Kaneland area families who are experiencing financial crises during the holiday season, Kaneland John Shields social worker Nicole Pryor said.

A parent may have lost a job, an illness or other tragedy may have presented serious financial challenges, or families may have lost their homes.

A joint effort between the Kaneland School District, service and professional organizations, churches and local businesses, as well as Conley Outreach and West Towns Human Services, the Holiday Spirit will help 55 families this year, Pryor said.

Some of the money is raised through events such as Breakfast with Santa during Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove. In addition, school grades, such as the ones at Kaneland John Shields; clubs and organizations, such as local Brownie troops; area churches, banks and pre-schools adopt one or more families for the Christmas holiday.

Pryor said the focus is mainly on the children, and families receive needed clothing for them, along with a few toys. Gift cards may also be purchased for the adults, including gift cards for gasoline.

4-H finds fundraising niche at Elburn Co-Op

Members offer coffee, donuts and lunches for donations
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Lincoln Highway 4-H Club found an ideal place to raise money—the Elburn Co-Op in Maple Park. For the past few Saturdays, club members have offered coffee, donuts, and lunches for donations to company employees and farmers dropping off their grain.

Club parent Anne Gorenz said her husband came up with the idea.

“We were driving past the co-op on Meredith Road one day, and (he) saw the long, long line of trucks and said, ‘That is how you guys (the 4-H club) could earn money, selling coffee, donuts and hot dogs to the people waiting in line,'” Gorenz said.

Gorenz and club leader Kim Halverson gathered a group of 4-H members the following Saturday, Nov. 21, and for donations served up coffee and donuts in the morning and hot dogs for lunch at the co-op. Since then, the club has been at the co-op every Saturday, making about $80 each time for the club.

Farmers and co-op members give whatever donation they want in exchange for the morning and afternoon treats. Gorenz said the response has been positive.

“The drivers and employees at the co-op are most welcoming, appreciative, friendly and very generous to the kids,” she said.

Co-op manager Cory Davidson is among company staffers who have donated money in exchange for hot dogs and hamburgers, having given about $30 so far to club members he just cannot turn down.

“These kids are really good salesmen,” Davidson said.

The club has expanded its Saturday offerings to include chili and BBQ beef, Italian beef and pork chop sandwiches, as well as soda, chips and desserts made by 4-H families.

Club member J.C. Gillett, 17, said he believes many people are generous with their donations because they know it is for a good cause. The money generated by the project will help fund 4-H community projects, including buying trophies for 4-H competitions, and supporting the Angel Tree children’s gift program, Easter and Halloween programs at the Maple Park Community Center.

Gillett has helped with another aspect of the fundraiser, selling raffle tickets at the co-op In conjunction with the food-for-donations effort. The raffle tickets are for a $250 gift certificate to Reams Elburn Market.

Reams donated the gift certificate, and the co-op purchased the coffee and donuts, to help with the 4-H fundraiser. The co-op also has allowed the 4-H’ers to use its golf carts to travel down the line of vehicles often 30-deep alongside the grain elevator.

The 4-H club plans to hold the Saturday fundraiser at the co-op as long as there is a desire and a hungry audience, Gorenz said.

“Until the crops are all out of the fields, there will be lines of people hauling in, and Lincoln Highway 4-Hers will be there to help ease the grumbling stomachs of those waiting,” she said.

Photo: Lincoln Highway 4-H Club members, from left, Megan Wiesbrock, Catherine Gorenz and Elena Halverson, took a break during the club’s Saturday fundraiser at the Elburn Co-Op in Maple Park. Club parent Ed Gorenz joined them in a tractor at the co-op while indulging in a hot-dog lunch. Courtesy Photo

Editorial: Community focuses on giving, not receiving

As the holidays approach each year, concerns are often raised that the season has become too materialistic and commercialized.

Spend any amount of time watching the inundation of commercials and how early in the year retail outlets begin setting up for the season, and it is easy to see how that concern exists.

Yet, read through this week’s edition—as well as many past weeks—and it seems clear that a tremendous amount of our local residents feel the focus should be more on giving than on receiving.

Whether it is children donating their own money to help purchase necessities and holiday gifts for families in need, such as those in the story on page 1A by Susan O’Neill; or the packed house attending the Maple Park Family Fund raffle and fundraiser, like in the photo series on page 6A taken by Martha Quetsch; or the farmers donating money to local 4-H members while waiting for their turn at the Elburn Co-Op, featured in the story on page 5A, it seems as through every week there are numerous examples of local residents helping each other.

It is heartening to see that as needs increase, so does the response from those who can give.

New tavern seeks exception from sign ordinance

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—After Elburn officials debated for years about what types of signs were appropriate for the village, they crafted a sign ordinance and approved it March 31. Since then, businesses, including the new Schmidt’s Towne Tap have asked to erect signs not allowed under the ordinance.

Tavern owner Kevin Schmidt asked for a variance to erect a primary sign that would hang perpendicular from his bar at 107 N. Main, which he intends to open by Dec. 25.

A primary hanging sign is prohibited under the current village sign ordinance. Schmidt wants the sign because it would draw more business to his establishment, he said.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said during the Village Board meeting Monday that if current village officials want to allow signs such as primary hanging signs, the ordinance should reflect that, and not require variances.

“My concern was, because we took so much effort in putting together the sign code, should we be granting variances right away?” Grabarek said.

“I would rather amend the sign code first,” Grabarek said.

Following Grabarek’s comments, the Village Board decided to hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 14, to decide whether to change the ordinance to allow primary hanging signs to accommodate Schmidt’s request without a variance; he wants to have his sign up before opening his tavern.

Trustee Jeff Walter recommended changing the sign ordinance to include parameters on the appearance of the hanging signs the village would allow.

“I think this (Schmidt’s sign) is the look we are looking for,” Walter said.

Walter wants the village to consider revising the sign ordinance. He does not want the current restrictions of the sign ordinance to hold up Kevin Schmidt’s sign.

Kaneville Historical Society elects leadership

Kaneville—The following people were elected for the Kaneville Historical Society: Karen Flamand, President; Lynette Werdin, Vice-President; Sandra Weiss, Secretary/Treasurer.

The Historical Society is looking for new members and volunteers. There are many ongoing projects that need helping hands. Many ideas were discussed in recent meetings for the upcoming year to bring in funds and be more visible in the community.

To become a member or volunteer, please call Sandi Weiss at (630) 557-2450, Lynette Werdin at (630) 557-2202 or attend the monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Kaneville Village Board room.

The Kaneville Historical Society is looking for family stories from Kaneville families, past or present. Anyone with stories should contact either Karen or Sandi, or mail to the Kaneville Historical Society, PO Box 7, Kaneville, IL 60144.

Sugar Grove village notes

Plan Commissioners waive meeting stipend
Sugar Grove Plan Commissioners voted at the Nov. 18 meeting to waive their meeting stipend of $25, in a gesture to assist with the village’s budget shortfall. With seven commissioners, the estimated cost savings for the village is approximately $175 per meeting.

The Plan Commission generally meets once a month with all members in attendance.

Village joins gas franchise consortium
Sugar Grove joined the Northern Illinois Municipal Natural Gas Franchise Consortium, which will give the village and other participating municipalities greater negotiating power with natural gas utilities. Sugar Grove is the Steering Committee representative for the Metro West Council of Governments.

The formation of a consortium also reduces the cost to each municipality of drafting, negotiating and finalizing a new gas franchise. The agreements are for contracts for village services, and do not apply to individual resident’s contracts.

Village considers truck weight restrictions
Sugar Grove is considering seasonal weight restrictions on certain village roadways in order to protect the roads and reduce maintenance costs.

The changing of seasons between winter and spring creates conditions known as freeze-thaw cycles, which increase the chance of damage to the asphalt, Streets and Properties Supervisor Geoff Payton said.

Heavy trucks and equipment on the roads can make the problems worse. Payton said the restrictions could be implemented in the spring to keep the heavier trucks and equipment off village roads during these critical times. Firefighting equipment, school buses, garbage trucks and village-owned vehicles would be exempted.

Dugan, Granart, Wheeler and Hankes roads and Prairie Street are the roads under consideration.

Marijuana worth $5.2 million seized, six arrested

Kane County—A five-month multijurisdictional investigation into a multi-million dollar marijuana trafficking ring has resulted in several arrests and the seizure of more than one ton of marijuana with a street value of more than $5 million, according to a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Six Chicago-area men are charged as part of the investigation, which was led by the North Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF), a multi-agency unit that investigates drug, firearm and gang offenses in Kane, DeKalb and McHenry counties. The investigation began in July and also included the efforts of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly M. Orland, who heads the office’s Narcotics Prosecution Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the DuPage County Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

The investigation culminated with the Nov. 23, 2009, seizure of 2,300 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $5.2 million, eight vehicles and approximately $480,000 in cash.

Authorities believe the seizure is one of the largest resulting from an investigation into suspects living in Kane County.

All cases will be heard in Kane County Court, in front of Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon in Courtroom 319 at the Kane County Judicial Center. The cases will be jointly prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Each of these men is in custody at the Kane County Jail charged with one count of cannabis trafficking, a Class X felony punishable with a sentence of between 12 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and up to a $400,000 fine:
• Edwardo Alanis-Garcia, 43 (d.o.b. 10-17-1966), of the 200 block of North Street, Melrose Park. Bail has been set at $5 million. His next court date is Dec. 10, 2009. Case No. 09CF3310.
• Jose Arriaga, 36 (d.o.b. 1-12-1973), of the 9700 block of South Commercial, Chicago. Bail has been set at $10 million. His next court date is Dec. 11, 2009. Case No. 09CF3313.
• Joseph Lichay, 48 (d.o.b. 9-27-1961), of the 113 block of Fleetwood Street, Huntley. Bail has been set at $10 million. His next court date is Dec. 11, 2009. Case No. 09CF3315.
• Fabricio Mendiola, 36 (d.o.b. 12-27-1972), of the 3000 block of South Eves, Chicago. Bail has been set at $5 million. His next court date is Dec. 8, 2009. Case No. 09CF3312.
• Santos Nunez, 48 (d.o.b. 11-6-1961), LKA Calumet Street, Chicago. Bail has been set at $5 million. His next court date is Dec. 9, 2009. Case No. 09CF3316.
• William Santana, 41 (d.o.b. 6-13-1968), of the 800 block of Waverly, Elgin. Bail had been set at $5 million but was reduced Dec. 4, 2004, by Judge Sheldon on a defense motion to a $100,000 cash bond. His next court date is Dec. 11, 2009. Case

Authorities allege that the men were involved in a scheme to bring the marijuana to the Chicago area for distribution. Significant activity that led to the marijuana’s arrival in Illinois occurred in Kane County.

The case remains under investigation.

“I am very proud of the work of Kane County ASA Kelly Orland in these cases, her role in the investigation of these offenses, her work in bringing these charges and her efforts with the other law-enforcement agencies,” Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti said. “This may be the largest single seizure of cannabis that the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has ever been involved with.”

“This case is another example that large scale drug-trafficking operations are occurring in the suburbs and across municipal boundaries. This is not just a big-city problem,” said Master Sgt. Bill Backus, director of the NCNTF. “It is investigations like this one that showcase the benefits of being involved in multiagency units, such as the NCNTF, which allows us to attack the drug problem from a wider perspective with a variety of resources.”

The charges against Alanis-Garcia, Arriaga, Lichay, Mendiola, Nunez and Santana are not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Chiefs’ Jackson nabs Region IV player honor

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College men’s basketball player Nigel Jackson was named the NJCAA Region IV Division II District B Player of the Week for his all-around performances during the first week of December. In the Chiefs’ four games last week, Jackson booked 65 points, making 10 of 16 from three-point range and 12 of 15 shots inside the arc. The Proviso West High School graduate also made 11 of 14 shots from the foul line, handed out nine assists and hauled in 27 rebounds while leading the Chiefs to the title of the “Battle on the Hill” Tournament at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby.

On Dec. 1 in a 76-70 loss at Sauk Valley, Jackson scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds in limited action. He then led the Chiefs (8-3) to three straight tournament wins over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Against Milwaukee (WI) Area Technical College Jackson made 9 of 10 shot attempts on the way to tallying 24 points. The 6-foot-3 guard hit 6 of 7 from three-point range, grabbed seven rebounds, registered five steals and handed out four assists in the Chiefs’ 70-63 victory. In Waubonsee’s 87-61 victory over Rock Valley College he netted 23 points, hauled down 11 rebounds and dished out three assists. Jackson capped off the weekend by helping Waubonsee win the championship game over Harper College. The sophomore tallied 11 points, snagged six boards and recorded two assists in the Chiefs’ 75-66 triumph.

Officials urge drivers to take it slow

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials urge motorists to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter driving conditions.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Tollway crews and Illinois State Police (ISP) are making final preparations to get the state’s frontline winter teams and equipment ready for emergency operations for the upcoming snow and ice season.

“IDOT has a proven track record of effective, timely snow and ice removals from our roadways, and this year will be no different,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “ … it’s important for motorists to get ready now because Illinois weather can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. We want to assure every Illinois driver that safety is our first priority.”

IDOT also stressed the department’s commitment to the continued use of salt conservation practices even with prices of the commodity coming down from last year.

Snowbelt states have experienced two harsh winters in a row and most states, including Illinois, have used more than twice the average annual tonnage of salt in both winters.

During the 2009-10 winter season, more than 3,900 employees and 1,900 pieces of equipment will be deployed as needed by IDOT to keep state routes clear and passable. Last year, the agency spent $82.3 million on snow removal, spreading 488,300 tons of salt and logging 836,000 labor hours.

For years, the Illinois State Police and IDOT have worked together to urge motorists to drive defensively in winter weather.

“The winter season can produce rapidly changing weather patterns and unfavorable conditions. Snow and ice covered roads can significantly impede the flow of traffic, increase traffic congestion, and create adverse driving conditions. If motorists must drive in these conditions, they should plan ahead and allow sufficient time for travel,” said ISP Director Jonathon E. Monken. “The Illinois State Police reminds motorists to travel at safe speeds, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and use properly fastened seatbelts or child safety seats. In addition to driving safely, motorists should ensure their vehicles are properly maintained, and be prepared with updated supplies in their emergency car care kit in the event a vehicle becomes disabled.”

Monken also reminded motorists that state troopers will be enforcing Scott’s Law, or the “Move Over Law,” which requires drivers to yield to moving emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles, displaying oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights. Additionally, a driver is required to change lanes, if safe to do so, or reduce speed and proceed with caution when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights.

On the Illinois tollway, 194 plow trucks and 27 front loaders are ready to combat snow and ice storms this winter across the 286-mile Tollway System. The tollway has a supply of about 82,200 tons of salt, 46,200 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 7,800 tons of angular crushed stone. Stockpiled salt supplies are well in excess of the average amount used over a single winter season. Average annual salt usage per year over the last 10 years is about 67,300 tons.

“As the Illinois tollway completes roadway rebuilding and widening projects spanning more than 120 miles across Northern Illinois, drivers will find congestion relief and fewer potholes this winter,” said Illinois Tollway Acting Executive Director Michael King. “But we still encourage drivers to slow down for winter conditions and watch out for snow plows working to clear the way and other drivers who may not be taking necessary precautions.”

Other safety tips include
• Plan ahead and make sure before you head out:
is your trip necessary?
• Don’t crowd the plow—remember, a snowplow
operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see
them, but they may not see you.
• Watch out for black ice—roads that appear clear may
be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas—
all are prone to black ice.
• Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to
prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
• Dress warmly for the weather—dress in layers of loose-
fitting, lightweight clothing in anticipation of
unexpected winter weather emergencies.
• Do not travel unless absolutely necessary—if you do
have to make a trip, check the forecast and plan ahead
with safety in mind.
• Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.
• Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains
jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer
fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets,
non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Always wear a safety belt.

Motorists are urged to check travel conditions before any trip. You may get interstate condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the internet at

Dec. 10 area 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.
• Someone who counterfeited an Elburn man’s driver’s license was arrested by Hobart, Ind., police at 3 p.m. Nov. 24. The offender also used the victim’s license information to open 14 credit cards, and with those, spent $34,000. The offender was arrested in Hobart for driving with a counterfeit driver’s license and on nine felony counts of fraud and identity theft.

• Eric C. Ludolph, 39, 2724 Squaw Valley Trail, Aurora, allegedly stole $31.68 worth of gasoline from a gas station in the 900 block of Main Street in Elburn. The store manager reported the theft at 12:50 p.m. Nov. 28.

• Christina L. Schultz, 27, 966 Liberty Drive, Elburn, was arrested at 6 p.m. Nov. 24, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police arrested Schultz after a witness reported seeing her driving recklessly and blocking traffic on Route 47 in Elburn after she stopped in the street. Police found the offender in the driver’s seat of her vehicle near her residence.

• Richard W. Lodor, 35, 29 Sonora St., Montgomery, was arrested at 9 p.m. Nov. 30 on Route 47 at Shannon Street in Elburn, for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him for driving while having a nonfunctioning headlight.

Sugar Grove
• Someone fraudulently charged $131 on Nov. 30 on a Sugar Grove resident’s bank account from Old Second Bank.

• Dawn M. Ladwig, 26, of the 200 block of Fox Chase Dr., Oswego, was charged with operation of a vehicle when registration suspended, driving while license suspended and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. She was eastbound on Galena Boulevard from Route 47.

• Tyreese C. Lindsey, 23, of the 1800 block of Lilac Lane, Aurora, was charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license at 6:57 p.m. on Nov. 30. He was northbound on Route 47 from Galena Boulevard.

Bowling continues nice start

by Mike Slodki
It’s early, but the Kaneland bowling roster will definitely take this inviting start.

With a hard-fought win on Monday evening at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb over non-conference rival IMSA, the Lady Knights are 2-1 with a 1-0 record in Western Sun Conference play.

The Lady Knights took it to the Titans by a final of 2,364-2,209, marking their second dual win in a row after losing their opener to Morris on Nov. 30.

The girls also took third out of 14 teams at the Dundee-Crown Tournament on Saturday.

Holly Thomas once again led the way as the junior had a match-high series of 509 against the Titans. Following her were teammates Molly Lambert at 417 and Jessica McHenry at 412.

High games were bowled by Thomas and Lambert at 177 and McHenry at 170.

“We’re doing OK, with Holly averaging 170,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “The other girls are hot and cold—inconsistent. Fortunately, we’ve had occasional decent scores from the others. We need to get a few girls to average in the 150s or higher in order to be even more competitive.”

In the JV matchup, Kaneland lost a close 1,763-1,760 battle despite the best efforts of Amy Kuryliw, who bowled a 412 series.

The varsity roster looks to beat host Sycamore on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Four Seasons.

Wrestlers leave opponents looking up at lights

Three dual wins on Saturday has grapplers unbeaten
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Ask the likes of Bremen, Lemont and Rochelle high schools if they had a nice weekend.

If it concerns wrestling, chances are they would have rather not faced Kaneland.

For on Saturday, the Knights of the square mat continued their hot start at 9-0 in dual competition.

The Knights beat Western Sun Conference rival Rochelle by a final of 58-17, beat Bremen 65-3 and got past Lemont 30-26.

Falls were accomplished by 103-pounder Esai Ponce (technical fall 5:59), 112-pound Dan Goress (3:55), Devon Scholl at 125 (3:10), Dennis Brettman in the 130-pound match (:57), Mark Southern in the 140-pound clash (4:19), 152-pounder Kyle Davidson (4:00), and JT Webb, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a reversal and pin at 1:30.

“This is a really big meet,” said Webb. “I knew I had to do it for my team. I was on my back and I knew I couldn’t lose.”

Competitors like Davidson are among those who KHS coach Monty Jahns will be counting on for the season’s duration.

“Kyle is aggressive and his confidence level is high right now. He’s moving well and scoring points,” Jahns said.

The win against Rochelle proved a nice barometer for where the coaching staff felt the team was at.

“On our feet, defensively and in the bottom position, I think we were aggressive. We weren’t as aggressive on the top position as we needed to be,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said.

Nick Michels took his match with a pinfall in 5:46, and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle won with a fall in 3:31.

Southern (1:53), Davidson (5:16) and Webb (1:46) earned pinfall wins in the rout of Bremen.

Scholl (5:12), Davidson (1:42) and Boyle (3:42) took the pinfall wins against Lemont, with Goress pulling out an overtime win, 4-2, in the 112-pound match.

The wrestling crew heads to DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in a Western Sun battle.

Photo: 112-pound entry Dan Goress makes life difficult in a 65-3 team win vs. Bremen on Saturday. With additional wins over Rochelle and Lemont, the Kaneland Knights’ undefeated start has produced a No. 10 ranking in Class 2A by
Photo by Ben Draper

Three WSC foes get upper hand on Lady Knights hoops

by Mike Slodki
The Knights fell to 2-8 and 0-3 in Western Sun Conference play with a tough week vs. Glenbard South, DeKalb and host Rochelle.

With the visiting Raiders handing the Lady Knights a 62-40 loss on Dec. 2, Kaneland went only 16-for-51 from the field and 8-for-19 from the free throw line. KHS was led by Kelly Evers’ 13 points. Tesa Alderman and Andie Strang had two steals apiece.

Down 11-2 in the first quarter, the Lady Knights went on an 8-2 run the final 5:19 to trail just 13-10 after the first eight minutes. Glenbard South used four baskets to go up 21-10 with 4:23 to go in the half. Kaneland benefited from two Alderman foul shots and a baseline jumper from Strang to close within 28-20 with 1:21 to go before the Raiders used two buckets, including a steal and layup at the buzzer, to go up 33-20 at halftime.

Glenbard South used the press to its advantage, making offensive opportunities difficult for KHS. A 13-point deficit ballooned to 18 with 1:27 to go. The Raiders went up 51-28 after three and lead by as much as 24.

“We just need to be more disciplined and not panic,” Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe said after the loss to the Raiders. “The biggest thing was the turnovers and easy layups. We get a rebound, turn it over, and it ends up two points at the end of the half. You have to go the full length of the court in three seconds, you can’t do it dribbling. It’s better to hold it than to put it on the ground.”

Against the Barbs on Friday in a 48-34 loss, Kaneland committed nine first quarter turnovers and fell behind 15-2 after the frame ended. DeKalb led by as much as 26-4 in the second quarter, when the Lady Knights found their footing. Down 29-12 at the half, Kaneland closed within 38-24 before deadlocking the Lady Barbs at 10 points apiece in the fourth. Kaneland was 13-for-35 from the field and 6-for-12 from the charity stripe. Mallory Carlson had six points and 14 boards on the evening. Saturday afternoon saw nine different Lady Knights get into the scoring column with Strang’s 10 leading the way, but it still ended up as a 63-39 setback in Rochelle.

KHS was 13-for-50 from the field and just 50 percent from the free throw line at 12-for-24.

The Lady Hubs were leading 12-6 after the first quarter and increased the chasm to 32-15 at the halfway mark.

Rochelle’s 18-8 run spanning the entire third quarter made it 50-23 before KHS outscored the Lady Hubs 16-13 in the final quarter.

In other girls basketball action throughout the week, the sophomores lost to Rochelle 52-36 on Saturday despite 12 points from Allyson O’Herron, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 43-37 final score. Kylie Siebert had 15 points and Malory Groen had 12 in the effort.

Photo: Kelly Evers scrambles for the ball during the Dec. 2 62-40 loss to Glenbard South. Evers had 13 points and six rebounds Photo by Ben Draper

Boys hoops conference clash fails to go way of Knights

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—KHS boys basketball kept afloat for three quarters.

It was the fourth quarter that sunk the Knights on Friday.

Victim to a 9-0 run and going nearly 10 minutes with just two points scored served a bad ending in a 44-40 loss to visiting DeKalb in a highly anticipated matchup.

The Knights are now 2-2 with a 1-1 record in Western Sun Conference.

“It was a big game and we lost, and I’m not a big fan of moral victories, but our guys are going to learn what it takes to compete with the big boys like the DeKalbs, Batavias and Genevas, and this was a good test for us,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said.

The Knights were led by Dave Dudzinski, who put a game-high 22 on the board in the effort. Kaneland held Dekalb at bay for three quarters before DeKalb found its way to the basket and outscored KHS 14-8.

Recent Illinois State University-signee Jordan Threloff had a team-high 16 points.

With Kaneland using a Dudzinski dunk with 27.8 seconds left to go up 32-29, things looked to be going the Knights’ way and they led 32-30 at the end of the frame.

DeKalb went on a tear, hitting six of its first eight shots to go up 42-35 with 55.8 seconds left.

Dudzinski showed an adept outside shooting touch and hit a three to close within 42-38 with 38.9 to go. Matt Cowans’ two foul shots closed within 42-40 after a foul gave the Knights possession, but with two turnovers coming on the next two possessions, DeKalb hit two foul shots to provide the final margin.

KHS faces visiting Yorkville on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

KHS Madrigal Dinner adds 4th show

Kaneland—With the 32nd annual Madrigal Dinner fast approaching, a fourth show has been added to accommodate the increasing ticket demand.

This year’s Madrigal dinner will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

The 7 p.m. Saturday show is already sold out.

Visit for information.

Church news for Dec. 10

Tanzanian band to perform at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
DeKalb—New Life Band from Tanzania will perform in concert Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 1915 North First St., DeKalb.

A potluck supper will begin at 5:30 p.m., giving participants a chance to enjoy a meal and visit with band members. The concert will follow at 6:30 p.m.

New Life Band, a mission to Tanzanian youth, was established in 1976 by Fortunatus Mabondo at the age of 15, when he recognized the need to bring hope to the youth of Tanzania, who were caught up in an atmosphere of poverty, unemployment, substance abuse and lack of direction for their lives.

Over the years, the New Life Band, Mission to Youth and Students, has developed an active and vibrant ministry to Tanzanian youth, primarily teenagers, through school visits, national youth camps and conferences, outdoor Christian rallies, concerts and performances, and one-on-one counseling and guidance.

These musicians reach out through their wide range of music from traditional African drum rhythms and close harmonies, to modern western style instruments with an African flare. They have toured in the United States and United Kingdom since the mid-1990s with concerts, discussions of their ministries and cultural exchange programs.

There is no admission charge for the concert; a free-will offering will be taken to support the New Life Band youth ministry.

For more information about the New Life Band, visit For potluck and/or concert details, contact Mary Lasits at (815) 758-3203 or visit

St. Mary’s of Maple Park hosts annual Christmas cookie sale
Maple Park—The St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas cookie sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park. Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound.

Advance orders may be placed until Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information or advance orders, call (815) 827-3302.

St. Peter Church offers Advent Mission
Geneva—St. Peter Church in Geneva will host an Advent Mission Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 15-17.
The mission will focus on Advent as a season of hope and anticipation. Advent sets the tone for all seasons of the Catholic Church calendar. Fr. Aduquo will discuss how this season permeates in a profound manner, and the reality of what it means to be a good and joy-filled Christian in all the circumstances of everyday living. The last day of the mission is focused on Catholics who wish to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Several priests will be available for the sacrament of Confession.
St. Peter Church is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Inquires can be directed to the parish center at (630) 232-0124.

Reita V. Zanardi

Reita V. Zanardi, 92, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2009, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1917, the daughter of Alice (Harrison) and Hermann Jonas in Minneapolis, Minn.

Reita grew up in Minneapolis and attended local schools before her family moved to St. Charles in 1938.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Zanardi in 1938 in Springfield, Ill., but spent 71 of her memory-making years in the Fox Valley area.

Reita worked at many different manufacturing companies over the years, but the one thing that remained constant was her involvement in the area of quality control as an inspector. Her longest tenure was with Campana in Batavia.

She was a member of the Batavia VFW Women’s Auxiliary and served her community by being an election judge in Kane County for many years.

Reita had a joy for learning new skills and information that was charming and delightful, and possessed a manner that belied her years. Never too young to learn, she attended college in her 80s to enhance her piano playing abilities.

Never a stranger to hard work, Reita dedicated herself to each task and each job, whether it was in the working sector or just working in her garden. Summers and sunshine were a balm to her soul, and the time spent picking grapes for jam or sweet peas growing on a trellis were a treat unlike any other. The smells from the kitchen wafted through her home as she cooked and canned and passed on her knowledge to the next generations, even teaching her son Curt to make gravy.

When not in the kitchen, Reita enjoyed crocheting afghans and garments for her granddaughters. She also enjoyed traveling the U.S., memorializing each trip with a bounty of pictures. When she and her husband Joe began to attend flea markets, they never could imagine that a favorite pastime would become a passion. They soon became dealers specializing in old glass and pottery.

After Joe died in 1975, she continued dealing in glass and flea markets for many years. Late in life, she had a special friend in John Murphy, with whom she would share trips and activities that made her later years an adventure.

She now leaves her son, Curt (Marlene) Zanardi of St. Charles; two granddaughters, Heather (Norman) Pink of Aurora and Joanna (Matthew) Janecek of St. Charles; four great-grandchildren whom she called her “Angels,” Miles Janecek, Caden Pink, McCoy Janecek and Dante Pink; one sister, Betty McKamey of Dixon, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and a host of good friends.

She now joins her husband, Joseph; her brothers, Bud Stadler and John Harrison; and her good friend, John Murphy, who preceded her in death.

Private family services were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Reita Zanardi 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

Emma Rita Karch

Emma Rita Karch, 90, of Virgil, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Virgil, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (then) Kirchmann. She was married to George W. Karch.

Emma was a lifelong resident of Kane County and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. She was a graduate of West High School in Aurora. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and knitting. She made beautiful scarves, afghans and gloves for her family and people in need. She also loved to babysit for her grandchildren and friends in the community. She retired from Doan’s pill factory in Geneva after many years of service.

Emma is survived by two sons, George (Geri) Karch of Benton, Ken. and Jack (Pati) Karch of Manitowoc, Wis.; three grandchildren, Michelle Karch, Jack “J.B.” (Gretchyn) Karch and Todd (Aileen) Karch; six great-grandchildren, Madi, Cole, Katelyn Emma, Will, Alexandrea and Lea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and six sisters.

Her Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, with Fr. Perfecto Vasquez officiating.

Her visitation was Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at the church. A luncheon followed the Funeral Mass, and a graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Virgil Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Emma Karch in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-2833.

William Paul Jarvis

William Paul Jarvis, 89, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, at Hillside in Yorkville.

He was born Nov. 22, 1920, the son of Frank and Barbara (Esser) Jarvis.

Bill grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Although his formal education only took him through his sophomore year in high school, he was a very knowledgeable man.

Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 7, 1944. He served his country with valor and pride during WWII as a rifleman and postal clerk with Company 1, 85th Mountain Infantry, 10th Division in Italy.

Bill married his soulmate during a weekend furlough, Lois Gustafson, on Oct. 23, 1944. He would return to his bride on April 13, 1946, following his honorable discharge.

Bill would spend most of his life in his hometown of Aurora, where he was born and raised. In 1988, Bill and Lois moved to Sugar Grove.

He was employed by Trio Brass Foundry in Aurora for many years, eventually becoming manager until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, was past president and a member of the Tiger Club, the Phoenix Club and the American Legion in Sugar Grove, Post 1271.

Bill was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan through thick and thin. When he wasn’t rooting for his home team, he loved working in his garden. Whether it was flowers or vegetables, everything came up “roses.” He also enjoyed camping across Illinois and Wisconsin, but his favorite site was Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wis.

He now leaves his wife of 65 years, Lois; three daughters, Kay (Vince) Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Linda (Dave) Dugan of Leland, Ill., and Sandy (Daryl) Jones of Steward, Ill.; six grandchildren, Becky Chawgo of Lynnwood, Wash., Jeremy Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Josh (Anne) Thacker and their daughter, Isabel, of Montgomery, Adam Thacker of North Hills, Calif., Jason (Kim) Jones and their children, Halle, Quinn and Macie, of Yorkville, and Kristy (Chadd) Nelson and their daughters, Sophia and Olivia Nelson of Sugar Grove; one brother, John Jarvis of Aurora; a sister-in-law, Elnor Gustafson of St. Charles; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents; his brothers, Ralph and Francis; and sisters, Leona Bates, Marie Boylan, Margaret Ugoli and Catherine Castner, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed at 3 p.m. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Seasons Hospice and Hillside. Checks may be made to the “William Jarvis 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

We will forever be thankful to everyone at Hillside for their loving care for Dad and Mom. We also want to thank Seasons Hospice for their compassion during such a difficult time.

“Lord, help us find our way through the changes in our lives.”

Link, Warner to wed

Jeff and Cheryl Link of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Link, to Michael Warner, son of Tom and Dee Warner of North Aurora, Ill.

The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School and of Saint Ambrose University. She is employed by Heartland Blood Center as a phlebotomist.

The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School and Waubonsee Community College. He currently serves as a lieutenant in the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District.

The wedding ceremony will be May 22, 2010, at St. Peter Church in Geneva.

The couple plans a honeymoon in the Fiji Islands.

Elburn native sings in concert choir

Senior Erin Peters of Elburn will sing alto in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Concert Choir.

The UW-Whitewater Concert Choir is a large mixed chorus made up of singers from across campus. Repertoire includes classical music of all periods, both sacred and secular, as well as global music. Performances are at university and local events, including concerts in combination with other choirs and the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra.

Letter: Open house raffle winners give back

The Wendling family of Sugar Grove was the grand prize winner of $1,000 credit on their account at the open house held in early November at the Sugar Grove Animal Hospital.

The Wendlings, owners of Rich’s Auto and Towing in Sugar Grove, generously donated half of their winnings to clients who are struggling financially to care for their pets.

Sugar Grove Animal Hospital’s open house on Nov. 7 was a success, with an estimated 600 guests visiting our facility. The afternoon started with a ribbon cutting ceremony from the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, where the hospital received a plaque commemorating the day.

The Hagberg family of Sugar Grove won a credit of $500, and Mari Johnson won $250, for credit toward medical care for their pets. Various raffle winners of several vendor bags included the Ireland family, the Higgins family and Amoni family.

The free toenail trims went over well with around 250 pets, including two guinea pigs and a ferret receiving pedicures that day.

It was great to see familiar faces and all of our potentially new clients. A special thank you to everyone who helped make this a success, including Amy Weiland of Amy Weiland Pet Photography, for all the pictures she took, Cindy Morettin of SuperDogz training for the dog agility demonstration, Bark Busters, Millie’s Pet Sitting and Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets (H.E.L.P.) for their bake sale; Connie Wilson for making the hospital look sparkling clean, Annette Ray for manning the popcorn machine, among many other random tasks; Melia Newby for all of her hard work; and to all of our families for being so supportive.

For further information, contact the Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, 110 Main St., Sugar Grove, by calling (630) 466-7387.

Julie Wortman
Sugar Grove Animal Hospital

Letter: Corn Boil donates proceeds

On Oct. 15, 2009, Corn Boil President Kevin Geary presented $8,000 in donations to a variety of community organizations.

Corn Boil 2009, held the weekend of July 24, 25, and 26, was a success. All the bills have been paid, the seed money for the 2010 event is banked, and the committee is pleased to share the proceeds with local organizations.

The Corn Boil meeting and presentation ceremony was held at Engineering Enterprises, Inc., 52 Wheeler Road in Sugar Grove.

The recognized groups include the Kaneland cheerleaders, Big Rock Park District, Sugar Grove Clown Ministry, Boy Scout Troop #7, and the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

They were each recognized for their activities, which ranged from time and effort of their members in husking corn for two full days, cooking and selling corn, and cleaning up the park.

The Kaneland High School Art Department was recognized for assisting in the design of the medallion. The Medallion Hunt has been a two-year tradition which helps generate excitement about the Corn Boil in the weeks before the event.

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, Sugar Grove Community House and Sugar Grove Park District were recognized for sharing their facilities with us for the days of set-up and then throughout the event. The committee made a donation to the fireworks fund for the Sugar Grove Lions Club. This year, they increased the budgeted amount for the 2010 fireworks contribution.

Between Friends Food Pantry and the Sugar Grove Historical Society were recognized for their contribution to the community.

The next Sugar Grove Corn Boil will mark the 43rd anniversary of this annual event. Please support your community by helping to plan this special event in 2010. Beginning in January, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Engineering Enterprises, Inc., 52 Wheeler Road, Sugar Grove.

The dates for the next event are July 23, 24 and 25. The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a volunteer run, community event, featuring three family-friendly and fun-filled days.

For more information about the 2010 Corn Boil, please visit, or you may call the Sugar Grove Events Hotline at (630) 466-5166. Look for Corn Boil 50/50 drawings at a variety of community events, including Holiday in the Grove and the Farmers Market.

Beverly Holmes Hughes
Library Director
Sugar Grove Public Library

Letter: Witnesses have to get involved

This is my first time writing a letter to you, but I wanted to comment on the bystander incident that happened at Richmond High School in California last month, in which a 15-year-old girl was gang-raped and beaten.

The worst thing about it? Many people saw it and didn’t do anything. It’s sad to say, but as many as 15 young men stood and watched, and some even took videos with their cell phones. To make matters worse, it happened just outside a school during the homecoming dance, the last place where something like that should happen.

This is one example that proves that people can be violent and uncivilized. I still can’t believe that we are living in a civilized society where so many people are apathetic. Whatever happen to the saying that “one person can change the world”? Or that “a crime against one innocent is a crime against all mankind”? It really says something about human beings.

I can’t imagine what the girl is going through. She was in the hospital in critical condition and her name has not been released.

Here’s what I have to say about this horrifying incident: the witness who does nothing is just as bad as the person who does harm.

Marina Alcantara
KHS student

Letter: Think before you tweet

The new craze sweeping across the world, and even Kaneland High School, is Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that, when used correctly, can be a great way to keep in touch. Unfortunately, there are people who don’t understand the proper way to use it, and update or ‘tweet’ about everything that happens to them in the two minutes since they’ve tweeted last.

I will admit I’m an avid Twitter user. I’m interested in what bands are performing where, and I also follow the Obama account to keep myself updated.

But, I’m sorry, no one needs to know that you have just brushed your teeth. I repeat: no one. It has gotten out of hand; it’s impractical and unnecessary.

Do not fear, though, there is a correct way to Tweet: Appropriate Twitter behavior includes tweeting only every hour, or a greater time span, and posting things such as “I’m going to (insert a place of importance),” “Go Knights/Bears/ Cubs/etc.,” or a light-hearted joke.

And the wrong way? It’s inappropriate to tweet every 10 seconds, or to post things such as the singular smiley face, whatever your cat just did, or that your boyfriend is cute.

So, when logging on to Twitter, really let what you’re about to say sit in your mind. Is it important? Is it relevant? If not, just click off the site.

Think before you tweet.

Madeline Haag
KHS student