Addison Noelle Ryan

Eric and Laura Ryan announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Noelle, on Dec. 10, 2009.

She was born at Delnor-Community Hospital, and weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. She was 20 inches long.

Her maternal grandparents are William and Cynthia Hiltenbrand of Kaneville, and Terry Mack of Hollywood, Fla. Her paternal grandparents are Ron and Paula Ryan of Mt. Olive, Ill.

Great-grandparents are David and Lynette Werdin of Kaneville, and Batiste (John) and Pauline Regis of Christopher, Ill.

Addison was welcomed home by her big brother, Ethan, 2 1/2, and big sister Alyssa, 4 1/2.

Guest editorial: Nonprofits struggle through difficult times

Guest editorial
by Marilou Jones
Director of Communications
Donors Forum
At a time when the need for nonprofit services is growing, nearly half of Illinois nonprofits had to make cuts in full-time staff last year as a result of financial woes. This is one of several disconcerting findings in Donors Forum’s recently released report, Economic Outlook 2010: Illinois Nonprofits Still Reeling After Rough Year.

In November 2009, Donors Forum, a membership association of more than 1,000 grantmakers, advisors and nonprofits in Illinois conducted an update of the prior year’s economic outlook report. The results of the survey—not surprisingly—show grantmakers and nonprofits alike are feeling the harsh effects of the economy.

Seven in 10 of the nonprofits surveyed (71 percent) reported they had decreased their budget in 2009, and nearly as many (66 percent) reported that their operating reserves had declined. Indeed, 63 percent had only three months or less of reserves, and only 11 percent had more than 12 months of reserves.

There are few indications that any relief is coming. Well over one-third of grantmakers (37 percent) plan further decreases in their giving levels, while 20 percent plan increases. These plans reflect grantmakers’ concerns about nonprofit sustainability. More than four in10 grantmakers (42 percent) reported that they had increased their focus on support for nonprofit capacity building and sustainability in the past 12 months, and more than half of those gave specific examples of strategies they were employing.

These concerns occur at a time when 67 percent of nonprofits reported an increased demand for services—holding steady from a year ago, but a distinct increase over the last five years. However, the number of agencies reporting a coinciding decrease in their ability to meet that demand increased to an alarming 41 percent from 21 percent a year ago.

Nonprofits also reported declines in funding. The most commonly reported cuts were in foundation giving, with 68 percent of nonprofits reporting such declines. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) also reported declines in government funding, and 40 percent of nonprofit respondents reported delays in receiving government payments (reimbursements for services provided to the public) during 2009, most frequently (91 percent) from the state.

Of those affected by late payments from the state, 97 percent indicated that the delays caused cash flow problems, leading to short-term borrowing, delaying payments to vendors, and service and staffing cuts.

“While grantmakers and nonprofits alike have had to make spending cuts, they continue to seek creative solutions for supporting the programs and services nonprofits provide,” said Valerie S. Lies, Donors Forum’s President and CEO. “Grantmakers are changing funding strategies to bolster nonprofit sustainability and target the most effective programs.

Nonprofits are also making tough programmatic and strategic choices, while pursuing new and more aggressive fundraising approaches. To continue to serve our families and communities, nonprofits will need the steadfast support of individual and institutional donors, as well as timely reimbursements from government funders that contract with nonprofits to provide vital human services.”

The full report is available at DFoutlook2010 or on Donors Forum’s website

Donors Forum strengthens philanthropy and the nonprofit community in Illinois by providing resources—education, networking, public policy leadership, research, library services, publications, and a website —for grantmakers and nonprofits. In so doing, Donors Forum increases the ability of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector to meet the needs and enhance the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout Illinois.

Letter: Michigan and the United States

Let’s compare the governor of Michigan and our president. Both of them are Harvard educated, which is not in itself a bad thing. Both of them are extremely liberal. Both of them had absolutely no practical experience in business, either running a company, being responsible for hiring people, or worrying about what stock holders might think prior to gaining their political office. Both of them think that they know what is best for the common citizen.

Now, let’s take a look at how Michigan has been doing since Jennifer Granholm became the governor. For the last 46 months, Michigan has led the country in unemployment. She has increased business taxes that affected over 60 percent of the companies in her state, a majority of them small businesses. She increased income tax by 17 percent without cutting a budget that continues to grow. The Michigan governor spent billions of stimulus dollars in infrastructure that she predicted would create tens of thousands of jobs that didn’t materialize. She also mandated renewable power standards that were backed by government subsidies, adding even more to the woes of the state.

We can now look at the most inexperienced president to ever sit in the Oval Office and worry about the direction of the nation. Our unemployment rate is at its highest in decades, growing at a substantial rate even after he stated we needed to pass the “stimulus” bill to stay under 8 percent unemployment or face Armageddon. What actually happened with the “stimulus” bill was that we borrowed an incredible amount from China to pay for a myriad of pork barrel legislation that did absolutely nothing to save or create a single job.

Next, he is proposing to increase taxes on all the businesses in this country. What, you haven’t seen any legislation for that? You did, but it was in the Bush era and the tax cuts that he got passed are set to expire next year. But you did hear about the “penalties” that Obama wants imposed on the evil, big banks. Those are the same banks that the liberals have been railing against because they aren’t lending to small business. And, these are the same banks that have paid back the TARP funds, with interest, after several of them were forced to take the money.

So, all of the people experienced in business in the president’s cabinet and inner circle suggest—wait, there aren’t any people that have been out in the business world where you have to worry about meeting a budget and can’t print money. So, with the growing deficit that he is creating, we are certainly going to have to increase taxes to pay for his policies at some point or face the devaluation of the dollar, spiraling interest rates, and hyperinflation.

This is just one year into his presidency, long enough for his plans and ideas for America to take effect—and oh what an effect. We all have an example of the direction our country will continue to go if we continue down the path the president is taking us, just by looking at Michigan. I for one don’t want to travel down that path with the president.

What we need is some solid governance with the understanding that the government is not there to create one single job but to create an environment in which the people of America can work, create businesses, find the next technology that is needed without government direction, and continue to be the most incredibly free country that God ever graced the Earth with.

David Selenis
Maple Park

Letter: Republican reformation: honest competence

I deeply appreciate the landslide support that voters in the Republican Primary provided for me and our volunteers. It is a privilege to work for you, and I will do my best for you and your family.

The people I serve just want honest competence from their government. I have learned that constituents will forgive me for making mistakes, as long as I learn from them, and if they can trust that I won’t lie to them and won’t steal from them.

Voters reject “profiteering by politicians” and dishonest incompetence. The clear message, at least in our Republican Primary, was:
• Tell people the truth.
• Serve constituents, not the powerful political potentates.
• Shrink government and restore our pride in traditional American values—enough with the apologies and bowing to foreign dignitaries.
• Bring our jobs back—we must get back to work.
• Do our work, as government leaders, out in the open through persuasion; stop the behind-the-scenes manipulation and coercion.

I call for an upheaval and reformation of the Republican Party based upon the clear message from our voters. Actions that can be taken immediately include:
1) Return the power of directly voting for party leadership to “the People.”
2) Anyone, at any level of government, who is found enriching himself, his family or friends beyond his statutory pay should immediately be fired and prosecuted. Zero-tolerance for self-serving corruption is our standard.
3) As soon as the winner of the Republican governor nomination is identified, Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican Chairman, should resign for interfering and taking sides in this Republican Primary and for doing nothing to effectively stop his predecessor from spending $5 million to attack his opponents (after having promised to monitor and enforce clean campaigning standards).
4) The Kane County Republican Chairman should resign so that we can credibly begin the work of reconstructing a reformed Republican-led coalition of Republicans, independents, and disillusioned Reagan Democrats. “Less government, more individual freedom” will be our objective and slogan.
5) The current Aurora Republican Chairman is already stepping down. The new elected chairman should work hard to rally the Reform Coalition around recruiting and supporting candidates who will practice honest competence.
6) Denny Hastert should return to the U.S. Treasury the $500,000 per year that he is receiving, as former Speaker of the House, to employ three staff members whom he pays over $100,000 per year each and $6,300 per month rent, and a taxpayer-paid SUV for his use … all while he lobbies for foreign governments and private interests. If we, the people, don’t voice our criticism, these wasteful abuses of power will continue.

Republican voters have spoken. We need to conduct a thorough scrubbing of our Republican Party procedures and behavior in order to maximize our appeal to all voters in the November General Election … and to fulfill our campaign commitments in actual public service.

Senator Chris Lauzen
25th Legislative District

Conley Outreach welcomes new grief facilitator

Elburn—Lora Windsor, LCSW, CADC, CT, has been helping families in the valley area for 15 years and has specialized in grief counseling for the past five years.

Motivated by her own experience of loss at age 26 when her husband died, she guides individuals and families in the bereavement journey. A licensed clinical social worker affiliated with Conley Outreach, Lora will facilitate three monthly topic-oriented grief support groups—Friendship Night, Mourning After and Grieving Parent Support Group.

This is a new format that allows individuals to drop in, attending as many groups as they wish, and explore as many topics as they wish with other adults who are also grieving. Group participants will develop a better understanding of their unique grief journey, learn coping skills, and have the opportunity to share their experience with others.

For three years, Windsor facilitated a group for parents whose child died from drug-and-alcohol-related causes, and for one year, she facilitated a group for adults whose partner died from cancer. She has also helped many bereaved individuals and families at her private practice in Geneva.

On the first Thursday of each month, beginning March 4 at 7 p.m., Windsor will facilitate the Mourning After group for young widows and widowers, and young adults who have lost their partner to death. The group will focus on grief issues specifically related to losing one’s partner to death—for example, layers of loss, unfinished business, and adjusting to a new identity.

On the second Thursday of each month, beginning Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., Windsor will facilitate the Grieving Parent Support Group for parents whose child has died. The group focuses on issues that grieving parents often face—for example, family members grieving differently, traveling many paths, and setting priorities.

On the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Windsor will facilitate the Friendship Night group, which is open to adults grieving a loss through death. This group focuses on the common elements of grief, whether the loss is one’s child, one’s parent, one’s sibling, etc. Examples of topics that will be discussed are grieving styles, tasks of grief, and preparing to grieve.

All groups meet at Great Lakes Leadership Center, 526 N. Main St., Elburn. Please call Conley Outreach at (630) 365-2880 for directions and for monthly topics. Windsor may be contacted at or by phone at (630) 204-0447.

WYSE Club compete at Waubonsee

by Ali Boan
Kaneland Krier Executive Editor

Kaneland’s WYSE Club members participated in a competition at Waubonsee on Feb. 9 that put both their brains and pencils to the test.

The team took second place in the Waubonsee Community College regionals and have now further advanced to the NIU sectionals on March 16.

“A special thanks goes out to Mr. Bryan Kuntsman for allowing his music students to attend the competition, and to all the Kaneland staff for their contributions to these students academic success,” Sharon Beck, WYSE Club sponsor, said. “It takes an entire school to help these students attain the academic achievements, and they realized that at this competition.”

The physics team earned three first-place medals by seniors Kasey Osterello, Jordan Rego and Tyler Thompson. A second-place finish went to senior Eric Dratnol, along with a third-place finish to senior Joe Garlinsky.

The engineering graphics team had a one-two finish with senior Logan Markuson in first and Dratnol taking second, while senior Tara Groen broke a long spell for Kaneland and placed second in the chemistry event.

Tyler Thompson added another first-place medal in biology, and the English team took third place, earned by Alex Morefield.

Finally, the mathematics team took it to the limit with a third-place medal by senior Kevin Krasinski, a second-place medal by Angie Humphrey, and a first-place medal by junior Keara Palplant.

Beck said that strong performances by senior Kevin Hodge and juniors Danielle Thomas and Cara Zagel also helped secure the team’s advancement to sectionals.

Village focuses on unkempt residential properties

Officials will use encouragement, enforcement
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials intend to address the issue of residential property appearance, having received complaints about yards with vehicles parked on them or that are strewn with junk or weeds.

“We are going to try to beautify Maple Park,” Police Chief Michael Acosta said Tuesday. “It’s a quality of life issue.”

The village will start the process by simply talking to homeowners about making improvements.

“We’re going to try to get people to voluntarily keep up their properties,” Acosta said.

In the future, the village will conduct a village-wide canvass to determine what properties need attention and may be in violation of village ordinances. The Village Board decided Monday to have the village building inspector, International Codes Consultants and Inspections, Inc. (ICCI), of Oswego, do the canvass at a cost of up to $800.

ICCI will provide the village with a list of addresses that are not in compliance with the village code. Violators who do not respond to a request from the village to comply could be fined, and then prosecuted for continued noncompliance, Village President Kathy Curtis said.

The building inspector and Acosta will work as a team on this compliance/enforcement process, Village President Kathy Curtis said.

Cupboard almost bare at Sugar Grove Food Pantry

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—The shelves at the Between Friends Food Pantry of Sugar Grove are not empty, but they are a lot less full than they were just a few weeks ago.

When the food pantry opened in Sugar Grove three months ago, it was serving 11 families. According to Sugar Grove resident and Village Board member Melisa Taylor, 67 families are currently obtaining food from the Sugar Grove location. Taylor came up with the idea for a local food pantry.

“Churches are letting their members know,” Taylor said. “They’re learning more about the food pantry.”

In addition to more families in need coming to receive food, donations have fallen off somewhat since the holidays, she said.

“I’m so grateful for what people have already done, but this is a year-round thing,” she said. “People are still losing their jobs. Every week, there are new people.”

Taylor said that the people who show up at the pantry, located in the rear of Engineering Enterprises, Inc. in Sugar Grove, would rather not have to be there. She recalled a family who came last week, where the parents had been out of work for six months to a year.

“They’ve used all their resources and savings, and now they’re officially in trouble,” she said. “They’ve been trying to stand on their own two feet, and now they need help.”

Fellow Sugar Grove resident Pat Graceffa had some advice for people who think that in order to help, they have to give a lot. Thinking in this way makes it seem so overwhelming, that they might end up not helping at all, she said.

“Things are very tough for everyone, so please only help if you are able to, but all donations of even a can of soup are truly helpful and appreciated more than you know,” she said.

Taylor said that donations of money can go a long way, as well. The food pantry purchases items such as milk, butter and eggs from the Sugar Grove Jewel Food Store for less than a regular customer would pay. In addition, food pantry volunteers can purchase food at a significant discount from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

According to its website, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), chartered by the state of Illinois to provide food to those in need, acquires donated food and financial support from retailers, manufacturers, corporations, community resources, and individuals. NIFB distributes the food to hungry people through a network of more than 520 non-profit food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other food assistance sites in 13 northern Illinois counties.

“As a member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, we can purchase needed food items at greatly reduced rates,” Taylor said. “For example, $2 at the food bank buys eight boxes of name brand cereal. Make your donation go further and let us do the shopping.”

Donation drop-off locations
• Sugar Grove Animal Hospital
• Green Acre Cleaners
• Sugar Grove Village Hall
• Sugar Grove Library
• Old Second Bank
• Sugar Grove Remax
• Aurora Candlewood Suites
• Kaneland McDole
Elementary School
• Sugar Grove United
Methodist Church

Most-popular items
• Spaghetti sauce
• Pastas
• Pancake mix and syrup
• Boxed dinner mixes
• Canned fruits
• Canned veggies
• Juices
• Breakfast cereals
• Baby food
• Sugar and flour
• Soups and stews
Personal care, household items
• Laundry detergent
• Dish soap, cleansers
• Baggies, garbage bags
• Diapers (infant, adult)
• Shampoo, conditioner
• Soap, other toiletries
• Tissues, toilet paper
• Feminine products

Beloved pets need a home and food too, so pet food donations are also appreciated.

You may mail your tax-deductible donation to Between Friends Food Pantry of Sugar Grove, P.O. Box 509, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

For more information, please call (630) 466-0345 or visit

The food pantry is located in the back of Engineering Enterprises, Inc., at 52 Wheeler Road in Sugar Grove.

Board begins cuts to address $2.6 million deficit

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board voted on a couple of measures to begin formally addressing the district’s $2.6 million budget deficit for the 2010-11 year.

The administration, with feedback from the various cost centers, the community and the board, identified several scenarios for the board to consider that would close the budget gap.

The board came up with a variation on one of the scenarios that would eliminate five high school clubs and activities and replace sixth- and seventh-grade competitive sports with an intramural program.

The board also decided to defer all technology replacement costs for next year, which cut $230,000 from the 2010-11 budget.

“I can’t in good conscience put money into technology when we’re losing teachers,” said board member Deborah Grant, who had previously proposed that the board consider cutting from the technology budget.

School administrators agreed to a wage freeze for next year, which eliminated another $48,000 from the budget.

The board discussed raising student fees for textbooks and other curriculum-related fees, as well as those associated with sports, clubs and other activities. Although they did not take a formal vote on the issue, the straw poll taken was 4-3 against raising them.

“I don’t see that a fee increase, unless it’s huge, will have an impact on our budget, but it has a big impact on limiting participation in activities,” board member Bob Myers said.

Several parents in the community forum had recommended the increase of fees as a way to save some of the sports and other activities. However, several board members said they thought it might limit a number of students from participating in some of the activities due to family budgets.

“I know it’s a quick fix, but I don’t think it’s fair,” Myers said. “The average family struggles with some of these fees now.”

School Board President Lisa Wiet said that, in addition to the parents who said they would gladly pay the fees to keep the programs from being cut, she also heard from others that caution should be exercised with this option.

The bottom line is that, unless the increase in fees was substantial, the additional money generated would not be enough to make up the difference in the costs of some of these programs.

“The fees will never cover our expenses,” McCormick said.

The board will take a final vote on cuts, including specific personnel actions, at its March 8 meeting, and will resume the fee discussion again prior to spring break.

State bombshell could double deficit

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—State budget woes will soon become Kaneland’s problem, as the district’s budget shortfall could grow to nearly $5 million.

Late last week, the administration learned of the Illinois State Board of Education’s published budget scenarios for the coming fiscal year, which would translate to a loss of state aid of up to $2.2 million for 2010-11.

Facing a potential loss of state funding ranging from $1.4 million to $2.2 million, the Kaneland School District will need to come up with a plan for next year’s budget that will include further reductions in teaching positions, Kaneland School District administrators told the School Board on Tuesday.

The School Board’s recent discussions regarding proposed budget cuts addressed the initial $2.6 million budget deficit. The additional shortfall in funding from the state could nearly double that number, creating a hole in the budget as high as $5 million, administration officials told the School Board on Tuesday.

With a total budget of $48 million, the potential cuts would make up a full 10 percent of the district’s budget.

Although Kaneland officials have not been given any specific information about funding cuts from the state of Illinois, a call placed to the district’s financial advisers, PMA, confirmed that they had heard the same projection.

“It is important to know that while all of this information is still preliminary, it is the first time Kaneland has seen a real number representing a potential loss in state funds,” Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Jeff Schuler said.

District Superintendent Charles McCormick said that the district must develop contingency plans within the next month that would address the huge potential shortfall, given that any personnel cuts for next year must be communicated by March 22.

Using a worst-case scenario, McCormick said that if the administration could come up with $700,000 in non-teaching cuts, it would still require that they find another $1.5 million cuts in teaching staff. With each teaching position averaging $50,000, this would be the equivalent of cutting 30 additional teaching positions.

“The state is in abysmal condition,” he said. “We’d better plan accordingly.”

The board will discuss the proposed reductions in force that will give them the flexibility to respond to the state funding crisis. The board will discuss the plan, what school officials are calling phase two, at the next School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 22.

Burchell proposes intramural activity plan

Although proposed budget cuts would eliminate competitive sports for the sixth- and seventh-graders, middle school principal Rick Burchell proposed a variety of intramural sports to replace the more expensive programs.

In a memo to Associate Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Burchell said that, in addition to the existing clubs, music programs and activities such as the yearbook and student council, he foresees offering activities such as volleyball, tennis, flag football, cross-country, soccer, ultimate Frisbee/Frisbee golf, basketball, pickle ball, badminton, wrestling and track.

According to Burchell, these activities could be offered for approximately a quarter of the cost of the current program, while expanding after-school participation to include the sixth-graders.

In addition, running the programs immediately after school, from 2:40 4:10 p.m., would also free up the facilities for possible use by community groups and clubs, such as the Sugar Grove Park District, Kaneland Youth Football or Kaneland Cagers, in the evenings.

Photo gallery: Mr. Kaneland 2010

Contestants ham it up and show off their talent and their appearance at this year’s Mr. Kaneland contest. Nine high school boys participated in the show, featuring a talent contest, casual wear and interview segment and an auction in which members of the audience paid to have them as their own personal assistant for a day to raise money and awareness for the Delnor Center for Breast Health. Edgardo Valle (right) won the crown, but all the boys were winners on Friday night, as they captured the audience with their talent and stage presence. Check out all the photos below, which are also available at
Photos by Susan O’Neill

New retail center contingent on water main project

by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—The Maples commercial development at Route 38 and County Line Road cannot move forward until the village improves an aging water main, possibly with a county grant.

Bob Browning, of The Maples developer, Integritas Systems, LLC of Yorkville, submitted a proposed development agreement to the village Feb. 8.

“The Maples will have to wait for our answer until the village knows if it will get the grant,” Village President Kathy Curtis said during the Maple Park Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.

In its proposed agreement, Integritas Systems stated it will be responsible for another needed public works improvement project, as village officials previously requested. That project is a sanitary sewer connection, which the company will pay for and install.

The village water main project, on the northeast corridor of the village, is needed to provide the appropriate fire flow requirements from the water tower to The Maples, Curtis said. The improvement is not exclusively for The Maples, however.

“This project needs to be done regardless,” Curtis said. “The infrastructure is old and does not meet today’s size requirements.”

The village is seeking a $300,000 Kane County Community Development Block Grant to help pay for the $400,000 project. The village will likely know by early March whether it will receive the grant, she said.

Integritas Systems first proposed The Maples in November 2009. Plans for the development include small retail businesses, a restaurant and office rental space.

Village study proposes water, sewer fee increase

Board to discuss issue Feb. 22
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The revenue-strapped village of Elburn could boost its budget by $463,200 per year by charging every household in Elburn a $20 base fee for water and sewer service, according to a Public Works Department study that village officials requested.

Elburn officials have been considering boosting revenue by raising residents’ sewer and water charges since the village had to dip into its approximately $5 million reserve fund to cover a $2 million shortfall in its 2009-10 budget. A deficit in the water and sewer fund was a significant part of the deficit in the nearly $7 million budget.

Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven issued the results of the water and sewer rate study to village officials in a Feb. 12 memorandum. The memo states that the water and sewer operating and capital funds experienced a deficit of $543,413 between February 2008 and November 2009, a drop attributed to the decrease in water and sewer connection fees from new-home construction.

The village’s water rate for residents has been $2.69 per 100 cubic feet since 2005. The sewer rate of $2 per 100 cubic feet since 1986.

The proposed $20 base fee would be in addition to the fee for usage, which would be based on the existing rates. Currently, the minimum monthly bill for water and sewer service is $10, which includes usage.

The Village Board will discuss the proposed $20 base fee for water and sewer service during the Monday, Feb. 22, meeting.

Village President Dave Anderson said he hopes that the Village Board decides on a water and sewer fee increase so that the village can put it into effect at the start of the fiscal year in June.

Village Bible Church to feed Haitian earthquake victims

Congregation seeks community help
by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Members and friends of the Sugar Grove Village Bible Church on Saturday, Feb. 20, will pack 50,000 meals to send to victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The meals will be sent to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, an organization with ties to Rockford-based Kids Around the World.

Kids Around the World is a Christian-based organization that builds playgrounds for children in places around the world. Dave Mogul, a Village Bible Church member, learned of the group when he traveled to Kurgistan last summer with them to help build a playground.

According to Village Bible Church outreach pastor, the Rev. Scott Capp, with the chaos and destruction in and around Port-au-Prince, many people have been transported to places as far away as the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, located eight hours north of the city.

The meals will be distributed through Kids Around the World, whose members will help pack the meals on Saturday.

“We plan to tackle 50,000 of the 500,000 meals Kids Around the World is striving to send,” Capp said.

The Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, in existence for 35 years, feeds approximately 10,000 people a day, Capp said.

The church put the word out of the need for volunteers a couple of weeks ago, and was overwhelmed with great people, Capp said. Although they will not turn anyone away who would like to help on Saturday, they currently have more people than money, he explained.

The food cost is 25 cents per meal, so they will need to come up with $12,500 to cover those expenses.

“We will trust in God to bring the money,” he said.

According to the church’s website about the mission to Haiti, one food package contains six servings and costs $1.50. Each package is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes by adding it to boiling water.

The food is a rice and soy mixture fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals, six dehydrated vegetables and chicken flavoring. Containing 52 percent protein, the meals are able to reverse the starvation process and its effects.

The church is trying in many different ways to provide practical outreach to the people of Haiti, Capp said.

“We want to show the love of God to these hurting people,” he said.

Amy Whipp, a church member who is also a doctor, traveled to Haiti at the beginning of February with a mission group to help out at an orphanage. She will tell her story at the church service on Sunday, Feb. 28.

The Rev. Keith Duff has challenged church members to consider taking in Haitian orphans, once the Haitian governmental restrictions have been lifted. He said the church’s goal is that 20 of their families will consider taking a Haitian child into their homes.

“God has given us so many resources,” Capp said.

Meal info
One box contains
36 packages,
costs $54 and
feeds 216 children

One pallet contains
33 boxes with 1,188 packages,
costs $1,782 and
feeds 7,128 children.

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If you would like to help
Meal-packing will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the
Village Bible Church, 847 Route 47 in Sugar Grove.
Please RSVP at • Donations may also be made online

Several factors considered in D-302 snow day policy

by Brittany Larsen
Kaneland Krier Reporter

When is it too cool for school?

The question has recently been asked by Kaneland High School students who drive to school down icy roads or shiver at bus stops.

The school “is kind of strict because roads are bad, and there are a lot of accidents,” freshman Dan Goress said.

“My bus took a sharp turn and it slid, and it freaked everyone out. The roads are really unsafe (in winter),” freshman Jordan Ginther said.

Several factors go into deciding when to call a snow day. Sheer accumulation and whether the roads and parking lots will be plowed in time are two. Visibility and wind also affect this decision, Superintendent Charles McCormick said.

A cold day can also be called when the temperature is -40 degrees or below, with windchill, McCormick said.

The size and location of the district are also factors.

“Our district is unique because of how many students we have driving on open country roads,” McCormick said.

To determine whether there’s a snow day, certain people drive on predetermined routes east and west of the school, on all directions of roads, at 4:30 a.m. Between 5 and 5:15 a.m., the drivers and administrators discuss road conditions and decide whether to call a snow day by 5:30 a.m., said Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent of business.

If a snow day is called, the district uses a phone system called Blackboard Connect, which calls students’ homes. The district selects the group to call, which on a snow day is every person in the system, and the system sends the message to employees and students. In 10 to 12 minutes, the system can make 8,000 phone calls—it calls the first three phone numbers listed in every student’s file, McCormick said.

Other schools’ decisions are not usually a factor, but administrators find out because of the Fox Valley Career Center, Fuchs said.

Snow days must be made up, so the school then adds a day to the end of the year for every snow day, for up to five days. After that, there is a waiver from the state, McCormick said.

Student activities on snow days vary.

“I usually go outside and build snowmen with my little brother,” junior Athina Ajazi said.

Some students take a different approach—Goress said he takes the opportunity to sleep in.

Photo: Icy conditions and snow accumulation are just two of the factors that go into determining whether or not District 302 cancels school on a particular day.
Photo by Patricia Lassandro

Near the epicenter: Earthquake shakes the homes of many Kaneland students, teachers

by Mel Mazuc
Kaneland Krier
Executive Editor

At approximately 4 a.m. on Feb. 10, an earthquake struck northern Illinois with a magnitude of 3.8.

According to Catherine Puckett of the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Information Center, there have been no aftershocks, but the USGS has estimated that about 11 million people in the area reported feeling at least mild shaking.

The earthquake occurred on the New Madrid fault line and could be felt in the neighboring states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Damage from that magnitude earthquake could include cracks in walls and items falling off of shelves, Puckett said.

“The damage is light,” she said.

Many Kaneland students and staff members were awakened by the earthquake, or were already awake when it happened.

“I thought it was wind blowing my apartment building,” PE teacher Kate Kania said. “It felt like my apartment building was going to fall down. I texted my sister to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. It was one of those things where you didn’t know if it was really happening or not.”

Though Kania said there were no signs that the earthquake shook her house, she said, “My jewelry box has necklaces hanging in it, and I could hear it shake. It was freaky.”

The earthquake startled Javier Martinez, social studies teacher.

“I jumped out of bed and ran to the door,” he said. “I thought a tree might have fallen in the yard.”

Earthquakes are “rare in Illinois,” Puckett said. “The last earthquake was on June 28, 2004, with a magnitude of 4.2. It was 35 miles south of this earthquake.”

Puckett said that earthquakes are more common in southern Illinois because it is nearer to the New Madrid fault area.

The earthquake was caused by “the movement of tectonic plates,” science teacher Sally Wilson said.

Wilson was already awake when it happened, and thought “it was just really windy because the whole house was shaking,” she said. “Then there was almost a boom, and some more shaking. There was some movement on the shelves around me. I stopped for a second and wondered if I should be worried because I have small children. I stopped, but then I went back to reading.”

Aftershocks to earthquakes are “generally smaller earthquakes,” Puckett said. “They’re further apart.”

Because they are generally smaller, the aftershocks would cause less, if any, damage.

“I thought (the earthquake) was a wind wave,” freshman Tricia Selmer said. “I feel bad for California people. They get one, like, every day.”

The Kaneland Krier submitted this story to the Elburn Herald on Feb. 10. Contributing writers include: Julia Angelotti, Kylie Siebert, Hannah Dewar, Noelle Goodine, Denitza Koleva, Lauren Companiott, Emily Carr, and Diana Nuno.

MP community policing initiative begins

Officer talks to Girl Scouts about safety
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—A community policing initiative kicked off Monday in Maple Park with a presentation by officer Andy Rissman to local Girl Scouts about staying safe.

Maple Park’s new police chief, Michael Acosta, announced when he was hired in January that he wanted to enhance safety in the village by bringing police and the community together through children’s programs and resident forums with officers.

Acosta said Rissman is an ideal officer to provide such programs.

“He seems to have a knack for talking to people, and he really believes in community policing,” Acosta said.

Rissman volunteered to help with Acosta’s initiative, which also is designed to encourage residents of all ages to know and trust the police.

“The only thing they used to see in town was a squad car pulling someone over for speeding,” Rissman said.

Rissman encouraged the girls to feel free to talk to the police whenever they have a concern.

Girl Scout Emma Bohm, 11, of Maple Park, thought Rissman was “really nice” and said she would feel comfortable approaching him in the future, if necessary. Emma said his safety presentation was “great.”

“I liked that he talked about what to do if you are in a sticky situation, and how to get out of it,” Emma said. “I also liked how he talked about Internet safety, because I go on the computer a lot.”

During the presentation, Rissman offered a multitude of safety tips to the Girl Scouts, offering scenarios of possible dangers they might encounter and what to do under those circumstances. He told them to walk in groups rather than alone, to run and yell if someone tries to accost them, to bite an attacker’s hand so that he lets go, and to tell their parents if someone they do not know tries to communicate with them online.

Rissman also advised the Scouts to remember details such as the color and number of doors of any car whose driver approaches them, and the direction the vehicle goes; then, they can tell police and increase the likelihood that the perpetrator will be apprehended.

Other programs that Acosta is planning to teach safety and acquaint children with officers include puppet shows and storytelling.

Photo: During a community policing presentation at the Civic Center Monday, Maple Park Police Officer Andy Rissman encouraged his audience, a group of local Girl Scouts, to use the skills gained as Scouts to be leaders, not followers, to avoid unsafe or illegal activities such as underage smoking and drinking, and vandalism. Photo by Martha Quetsch

Speaker brings fresh approach to autism spectrum disorders

Kaneland—Deborah Lipsky, the author of “Managing Meltdowns,” will speak at The Dynamic Child, an all-day workshop at Kaneland High School on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Lipsky has Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning autism, but during the time she was growing up, no standardized category yet existed for that diagnosis. It is a tribute to her that, through her own determination, she overcame many odds and earned a master’s degree in counseling and education. She was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome much later, at the age of 44.

Today Lipsky speaks nationally, presenting, with a large helping of humor, her own solutions and strategies for coping with autism. She prefers to look at autism as a cultural difference rather than a disorder. She has a way of helping her audience feel what it is like to be autistic. Her presentations work to bridge the gap between non-autistic and autistic individuals. It is her hope that she will help non-autistic persons understand and communicate more easily with those who have autism.

Lipsky draws on her many interests to help get her message across. She raises goats, donkeys, chickens and horses on her farm, is a licensed a wildlife rehabilitator, and participates in Civil War re-enactments.

For information or registration for the Dynamic Child, call Community Therapy Services at (630) 444-0077 or visit

Guest Editorial: League of Women Voters supports Illinois Fair Map Amendment

by Kimberley Haag
Leage of Women Voters,
Geneva/St. Charles

The League of Women Voters of Geneva-St. Charles has launched a drive to win support for the Illinois Fair Map Amendment. In celebration of the League of Women Voters 90th birthday, the local group has set a goal of getting 900 petition signatures for the Fair Map Amendment in nine weeks.

This measure, in the form of an amendment to the Illinois constitution, would change the process for drawing up the districts from which state legislators are elected. Illinois House and Senate district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, following the completion of the U.S. Census.

“The current system of district map drawing is politically driven, producing gerrymandered districts designed to favor one party over the other,” said Janet Craft, co-president of the league, adding that “The Illinois Fair Map Amendment would move the power away from the State Legislature and closer to the people.”

The Fair Map Amendment places the power to redraw district maps with an independent, nine-member commission. None of the commission members can be a lobbyist, lawmaker, public official, state contractor, state employee or immediate family member of any of those positions. The commission would be guided by stringent, established criteria.

The amendment also ensures greater transparency. Meetings of the commission would be open and would invite the public to propose maps as well. Ultimately the General Assembly would vote on the proposed maps. A two-thirds majority would be required in both the Senate and the House. If the General Assembly fails to approve the proposed map, an alternative is provided by the Commission. If the alternative map is not approved, the commission will have the authority to decide.

In addition to the League of Women Voters, the amendment is supported by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, Better Government Association, Common Cause—Illinois, and Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

“Anyone who is interested in reducing corruption in Illinois should sign a petition for the Fair Map Amendment,” stated Kim Haag, League co-president. She added, “Our members will be reaching out to friends, neighbors, organizations, and the general public to explain the amendment and ask for signatures.”

Statewide, the goal is to obtain 500,000 signatures by April 15 to assure that the amendment is placed on the November ballot.

For additional information or to sign a petition, contact the League of Women Voters of Geneva-St. Charles,

MP village notes

Incident plan will
reflect national standards

MAPLE PARK—The Village of Maple Park will establish an incident plan that adopts the standard procedures of the National Incident Management System.

Maple Park’s fire and police chiefs will develop the plan, Village President Kathy Curtis said Monday. Having the plan will allow the village to be eligible for federal incident management grants for streamlining management of emergency personnel, communications, facilities and resources.

NIMS is a federal initiative to improve the readiness of government agencies on the state, local and national level to address potential terrorist threats.

Board will discuss Kaneland request
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board will discuss whether to renew an intergovernmental agreement with Kaneland School District at the village’s next Committee of the Whole meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15.

District Superintendent Charles McCormick has asked all Kaneland villages to renew their four-year agreement with the district to provide developer impact fees to the schools.

Village officials cited the changing housing market and the differences in development among the Kaneland communities as reasons for wanting to study the issue further before making a decision.

Feb. 18 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.

• John R. Smith, 44, of the 300 block of East Kansas Street in Elburn, was arrested at 6:14 p.m. Feb. 13 for domestic battery.

• Alejandro E. Medrano, 23, of the 1400 block of Larkin Avenue in Elgin, Ill., was arrested at 5:52 p.m. Feb. 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped him for speeding on Route 47 at Pierce Street in Elburn. He also was cited for lacking vehicle insurance.

Go LONG—KHS grad sets Elmhurst record

by Mike Slodki
NAPERVILLE—The journey to the top is over.

Kaneland High School 2006 graduate Lyndsie Long of Sugar Grove made Elmhurst College women’s basketball history on Tuesday night at Merner Fieldhouse in Naperville, scoring a team-high 18 points in a 79-67 win at North Central College and becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.

“I always had a goal to be the all-time leading scorer at Kaneland, too, and it didn’t happen,” Long said. “This started freshman year, and I kept it in the back of my head, and now I finally did it.”

Fans with sign
Several well-wishers of Lyndsie Long had a finished product to their countdown in the Merner Fieldhouse bleachers at NCC on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Slodki

A senior, Long was 11 points away coming into the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) contest.

Long has amassed 1,788 points, eclipsing Karen Kinsella’s mark of 1,780.

The record-breaking basket came two minutes into the second half on an offensive putback, only after a couple of missed foul shots and field goal attempts that left her tied with the record going into the halftime break.

“I was like, ‘this can’t be happening’,” Long said. “I was trying not to be nervous, and of course you’re going to be because you know it’s right there in your hands. I was stuck on 10 for awhile, and I wanted to get it so I didn’t have to worry about it.”

Elmhurst, with the win, improved to 16-8 (9-4 CCIW) and secured a berth in the postseason tournament.

Long, now averaging 24.1 points per game, drove through more noteworthy roadblocks on her way to college basketball history in the games leading up to Tuesday.

In a 75-68 win over North Park University on Saturday, Long scored 30 points and hit four three-pointers to become Elmhurst’s all-time leader in trifectas with 160.

Record-breaking shot
Lyndsie Long’s offensive putback early in the second half on Tuesday at North Central College leads to a place at the top of the Elmhurst College record books. Courtesy of Steve Woltmann

On Feb. 10 in an 85-84 heartbreaker loss to visiting Carthage College, Long set a single-game scoring mark for the Elmhurst Bluejays with 45 points, breaking a record that stood for 24 years, and set a CCIW record that stood since 1994.

Long, who provided a major component of Kaneland girls basketball squads along with Jessica Lund, Kelsey Flanagan, Sarah Coppert and Kaiti Roy, sits at second place in the Lady Knights’ scoring list behind current Waubonsee women’s basketball coach and Aurora University standout Dana Wagner.

Elmhurst ends its regular season hosting Wheaton College on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Knights sink Sycamore on Williams basket, 48-46

by Mike Slodki
SYCAMORE—Donovan Williams had plenty to say about the finish between Kaneland and Sycamore on Friday night off of Route 23.

He let his shot do the talking.

Putting up only six points, the senior had the two most important points of the game, sinking a 12-foot jumper with five seconds left to break a tie-game and propel the Knights to a 48-46 win.

“We had a set play and I was supposed to come off that screen,” Williams said. “It was supposed to be an alley-oop but they left me open and I just took the shot.”

Williams handled most of the point duties due to Ryley Bailey being shelved due to leg injury.

“Ryley usually handles point guard, but I feel comfortable bringing it up whenever I can,” Williams said.

The season-series sweep gives KHS a 14-8 record with a 6-6 record in the final Western Sun Conference season. Three regular season games are left.

Center Dave Dudzinski led the Knights with 13 points, as did Steve Colombe. Sycamore’s Sam Ford had a game-high 21.

In the fourth, Chaon Denlinger nailed a shot 13 seconds into the fourth to close within 40-37. Sycamore missed on five straight shot attempts until Taylor Andrews of Kaneland put back a Dudzinski miss and was fouled.

The ensuing foul shot tied the game at 40 with 4:28 to go.

“Taylor didn’t play the whole game until then,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “Taylor seems to find holes a lot and he got the ball, went up strong and makes a huge free throw to tie the game. That definitely gave us momentum.”

Dudzinski converted an offensive board with 3:33 to go to put Kaneland ahead 42-40, and Kory Harner’s three-pointer with 2:48 left gave KHS a 45-40 lead. Sycamore cut it to three with 1:59 to go and Ford’s two free throws with 54.0 seconds left cut it to one point.

Dudzinski made the first of two foul attempts with 43.5 ticks left to make it 46-44 until Ford tied it with a jumper with 25.9 to set up the final possession that led to Williams’ winning shot.

After calling timeout with 4.3 seconds left, Sycamore’s passes were too errant to make anything happen, and the clock ran out.

The Knights take on Geneva at the United Center in Chicago for the first time since Dec. 31, 2008, on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.

Kaneland wrestling sends Davidson, Boyle to Champaign

Photo: Heavyweight Jimmy Boyle makes his first appearance at State with the most wins in the 285-pound category of all the qualifiers in Champaign. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
Every IHSA wrestler with high aspirations has a goal of visiting Champaign in February for the State tournament.

In 2010, that group includes 145-pound Kaneland wrestler Kyle Davidson and 285-pound teammate Jimmy Boyle.

Thanks to third-place, do-or-die finishes on Saturday at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, Kaneland will once again have a presence down at State.

A year ago, coach Monty Jahns’ crew sent down Jay Levita at 135 pounds.

Davidson (36-10) defeated Richmond-Burton’s Connor Graves in the third-place match, thanks to a 5-2 decision.

“Going into the match, I beat him earlier this year, he was wrestling good and I was wrestling good,” Davidson said. “It didn’t really kick in for a couple hours.”

Kyle Davidson
Kyle Davidson, a 145-pound entry, finished in third place at the Sterling Sectional. File Photo
Davidson, who improved on his 2009 total of 21 wins, faces Ishmael Rempson of Rich Central High School (32-5) in a first-round matchup. The winner faves Triad’s Josh Ballard (45-5).

Even though Davidson lacks a first-round bye traditionally given to the higher seed, Davidson is right where he wants to be.

“If it’s better wrestlers that have the bye, then they’ll be looking down on me, and I can surprise them,” Davidson said.

Boyle comes into State at 40-4, the most wins out of anyone in the heavyweight division.

“I wanted to get to State with 40 wins, and there was a lot running through my head last weekend,” Boyle said. “I had to make sure I got out there and won.”

The junior, who beat LaSalle-Peru’s Jason Huebbe by a 3-1 decision in Sterling, has a challenge in Riverside-Brookfield’s John Schraidt (27-7) in the opener, with the right to face Springfield’s David Kasper.

“I like it because you get to wrestle right away and you’re not sitting around all day,” Boyle said.

Joining Boyle from other Western Sun schools in the 285-pound class is DeKalb’s Alex Robinson and Glenbard South’s Austin Teitsma.

Recent KHS wrestlers at State
2009-Jay Levita
2008-Jeff Stralka
2008-Sean Szatkowski
2007-Jake Goedken
2007-Quinn Jahns
2007-Sean Szatkowski
2006-Jake Goedken
2005-Marcus Goedken

Lady Knights eliminated by Rochelle in 3A opener

by Mike Slodki
There will be no repeating playoff opener success for Kaneland girls basketball in 2010.

Last year, the Lady Knights beat IMSA in an opening round duel in Maple Park before being eliminated by Hampshire.

This past Monday saw Kaneland be eliminated by the 3A regional host Lady Hubs of Rochelle by a 63-35 final.

The Lady Knights also lost at Sycamore on Friday, 62-52 and to Marengo 49-46 on Saturday, closing out regular season action.

Rochelle, the third-seeded outfit, was set to face (2) DeKalb on Wednesday, while (5) Sycamore, which upset (4) Burlington Central on Monday, was scheduled to meet the top-seeded Hampshire Lady Whip-purs in the other semifinal.

Rochelle improved to 18-10 (7-7 Western Sun Conference), and Kaneland finished its slate at 5-23 (0-14 WSC). Kaneland finished 8-18 a year ago.

Eleven different Lady Knights found the scoring column, led by Kelly Evers’ seven points.

Seventeen seconds into the game, Nicki Ott drained a shot for the first basket of the game until Rochelle senior Olivia Caron hit two quick three-pointers. Departing senior Mallory Carlson hit a shot with 4:33 to go in the frame to close within 9-4, but Rochelle scored seven in a row to close the quarter out.

The Lady Hubs then continued their 19-0 run into the second quarter until a Tesa Alderman basket with 2:43 to go in the half made it 28-6 and continued a 7-0 run by KHS.

Kaneland recovered somewhat from their 10-minute scoring drought and trailed 31-13 at the break.

Rochelle led by as much as 36 points with three minutes to go in the third. Evers’ basket with 53.8 seconds to go marked the final points of the season.

“We just didn’t play well, no excuses,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We had nothing to lose; they played well, we didn’t.”

Against the host Lady Spartans, the Lady Knights fell behind early in their last ever WSC game 17-6 after one quarter.

Kaneland righted its ship somewhat and outscored Sycamore in the second quarter by one point, going to halftime trailing 29-19.

The Lady Knights were behind 46-37 at the end of three before Sycamore outscored KHS 16-15 in the fourth.

Kaneland had three girls in double figures, led by Carlson with 13 points, followed by Kylie Siebert with 11 and Emily Heimerdinger with 10.

The Lady Knights were 15-for-25 from the foul line.

On Saturday against the visiting Lady Indians, Kaneland was led by Nicki Ott’s 14 points (4-for-4 FT) and Heimerdinger’s 10.

KHS was 19-for-62 from the field.

The two squads were deadlocked at 13 after one, with Marengo taking a 23-22 lead at the break.

KHS snuck ahead 34-32 at the end of the third quarter before Marengo’s Taylor Berman (19 points) hit three three-pointers and went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth to key a 17-12 fourth quarter.

Other girls competition had Batavia beating the Kaneland freshmen “A” squad 33-31 on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The sophomores lost to Marengo 50-29 on Saturday, but beat Sycamore on Thursday, 32-21.

Tosaw graduates infantryman unit training

Army Pvt. Steven W. Tosaw has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.

During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area.

Tosaw is the son of John Tosaw of Sugar Grove. The private is a 2009 graduate of Kaneland High School.