Feb. 4 Village notes

Parking permits available for residents near Metra
ELBURN—Residents of the neighborhood on the southeast side of Elburn near the Metra station may pick up their 2010 resident parking protection district permits at the Police Department, 301 E. North St.

The village created the parking protection district three years ago to deter commuters from parking in the neighborhood near Metra to avoid the commuter lot fee.

The following streets comprise the parking protection district: Nebraska Street (First Street to Third Street); Kansas Street (First Street to the east end); South Street (First Street to Third Street); Third Street (Nebraska Street to South Street); Second Street (Nebraska Street to South Street); First Street (Union Pacific Right-Of-Way to Oak Drive); and Oak Drive (from First Street to the east end).

Police issue tickets to commuters who park on those streets but will not ticket vehicles bearing the parking protection stickers. Neighborhood residents also may obtain parking stickers for visitors, so that their vehicles are not ticketed.

Elburn officials say yes to free promotion
ELBURN—Elburn will participate in the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau to allow the organization to promote village attractions.

The St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau will list Elburn attractions in its tourism publications at no cost to the village.

The Elburn Village Board members decided Monday that the village should participate, a move that the Development Committee recommended last week.

The only expense related to participating would be if the village of Elburn decided to place an advertisement in one of the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau publications, the organization’s executive director Amy Egolf said.

The St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is supported by city and state funding. The Bureau works with the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, which will include Elburn attractions in state visitors guides at no charge to the village.

The village will have an opportunity to renew its participation annually.

Company hired to find possible leaks
MAPLE PARK—The village of Maple Park will pay $1,700 to locate possible leaks in 4.5 miles of water main pipes. The Village Board on Monday decided to hire the Arlington Heights company, Find That Leak, to use telemetry technology to determine whether the leaks are causing excess flow.

Trustee Mark Delaney, a member of the Infrastructure Committee, said if leaks are identified, the village will need to determine the cost to repair the pipes and when to move forward with the project.

Church News for Feb. 4

Bethany Lutheran Church
offers annual dinner

Batavia—The public is invited to the annual Bethany Lutheran Church Dinner Dance from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Bethany Ministry Center Gym. Experience the atmosphere and music of “Yesterday” while dining on a full menu including prime rib prepared by Chef Jim Smigo.
Live dinner music will be provided by Alan Spear, and post-dinner dance music will be spun by DJ Doug Clark. Cost is $20 per person. For tickets, contact Bethany at (630) 879-3444.

Calvary Episcopal hosts
Mardi Gras game night

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church invites the public to an authentic Cajun dinner in a festive Mardi Gras setting.
Then join in the fun of a variety of board or card games, or bring your own to share.
Admission is free for this adult social event; please bring your own beverage.
The fun begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church, located at 222 S. Batavia Ave. For information, call (630) 879-3378.

Life Church sponsors viewing of ‘Furious Love’
St. Charles—Life Church of St. Charles is sponsoring a viewing of the movie “Furious Love,” which will be shown Sunday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Arcada Theater, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $5 each.
Tickets may be purchased at www.gotlifechurch.com or by calling (630) 443-8822.

Haiti: An urgent
call for help

Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., invites the public to respond to the earthquake victims in Haiti by purchasing and bringing to the church new items from the following list of personal care items:
One gallon size resealable plastic bags, hand towels, washcloths, combs (large and sturdy), nail files or fingernail clippers (no emery boards), bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes (single adult-size brushes, individually wrapped), adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages, toothpaste (4.5 oz or larger—expiration date must be at least one year in future). These items will be assembled into kits and distributed in Haiti by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
People wanting to make financial donations can do so directly online at www.umcorhaiti.org for general Haiti relief or to www.intlchildcare.org to support relief efforts through Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Checks can also be made payable to “Sugar Grove UMC,” designating Haiti Relief in the memo and mailed to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554.
The church is located one block west of Route 47 and one block south of Cross Street, across from the Sugar Grove Community House.
For questions, call the church at (630) 466-4501 or visit to www.sgumc.net.

Kaneland teachers to take a vote on Friday

by Susan O’Neill
Kaneland—Kaneland teachers will take a vote on Friday, Feb. 5, whether or not to re-open salary negotiations with the district. The union representing the teachers, the Kaneland Educators Association (KEA), will announce its decision on Monday, Feb. 8.

According to KEA representative Linda Zulkowski, the KEA leadership met last Friday. They are facilitating an on-line question-and-answer session with the teachers this week, leading up to the vote.

Zulkowski emphasized that the re-negotiation, should the teachers vote in favor of it, would only address the salary increases. She said they informally discussed several options, but they will not discuss anything formally until the vote is taken.

Options discussed include furlough days and spreading out the contracted increase between two years, taking a portion this coming year and the remainder the following year.

Knight boys victim of Rochelle sharpshooting

by Mike Slodki
Maple Park–No matter the gameplan for familiar competition, it’s tough to guard against a Rochelle Hubs boys basketball crew that springs for 10 three-pointers.

Such was the case on Friday as the Knights fell to the host Hubs by a final of 77-63, seeing their record fall to 12-7 (4-5 Western Sun Conference).

Propelled by 10 treys, including five by Seth Anderson, the Hubs kept the Knights at bay.

The Knights were paced on the hardwood by Dave Dudzinski with 22 points, while Ryley Bailey added 12 of his own. Anderson had 22 for the Hubs.

Rochelle went to the foul line a massive 37 times, converting on 23 opportunities. Kaneland went 13-for-22 from the line.

Rochelle led after one frame by a 17-13 clip and increased it to 38-32 after the first half. While Kaneland kept up with the Hubs and trailed 56-50 after three, the lead widened and the Knights were outscored 21-13 in the fourth.

“The loss to Rochelle basically has brought us back to the basics defensively,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “We have really concentrated on our defensive intensity and we have made adjustments to the way we pressure the ball and play in the passing lanes.

Meanwhile, the sophomores were helped by Trever Heinle’s 24 points in a 63-54 win over Rochelle.

The varsity Knights hope to take a win on Friday, Feb. 5, at Yorkville and against the visiting Sycamore Spartans on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Kaneland wrestlers handle Hampshire, Marengo

Maple Park–Finishing their last regular season meet on Saturday, Kaneland is going at a pretty good clip to make something happen at Saturday’s packed regional.

Traveling north to Marengo, Kaneland took care of the host Indians by a 42-27 dual score, and wiped Hampshire out with a 48-21 result.

Kaneland’s dual mark is now 17-9 after the two wins.

Against Marengo, Esai Ponce (103 pounds), Devon Scholl (130), Kyle Davidson (145) and Jimmy Boyle (285) all had pinfall victories.

In Kaneland’s win over the Whip-purs, Ponce, Tyler Esposito (119), Scholl, Joe Levita (135), Mark Southern (145) and Chris Sabal (152) all managed pinfall wins.

Now, the Knight grapplers head off to the IHSA Class 2A individual regional in Belvidere on Saturday, Feb. 6. The regional also includes Belvidere, Belvidere North, Burlington Central, DeKalb, Hampshire, Marengo, Rockford East and Sycamore.

The sectional takes place at Sterling on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Lady Knights defeated by WSC rival Rochelle

Unfortunately for the Kaneland High School girls basketball squad, the results of the first quarter of Friday night’s contest against visiting Rochelle failed to be duplicated.

After going out to an 8-7 lead on the Lady Hubs in Maple Park, the Lady Knights fell victim to a flurry of points in the second quarter and eventually lost 61-44.

The Lady Knights now sit at 5-18 (0-9 Western Sun Conference) with four regular season contests remaining.

Emily Heimerdinger led the way for KHS with 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Kaneland was 16-for-29 from the foul line, while Rochelle was 11-for-21.

After KHS led 8-7 after one, Rochelle came back and turned a deficit into a 22-17 lead. The Lady Hubs then tacked on eight straight points to go into the locker room up 30-17.

Kaneland closed the chasm to 44-32 at the end of three before Rochelle outscored the hosts 17-12 in the final eight minutes.

Kaneland has now lost six contests in a row; the last win coming on Jan. 9 at Burlington Central.

Sophomore action had the Rochelle troops beat Kaneland 41-27 on Friday. The freshmen “A” group beat Yorkville on Saturday by a final of 46-16.

The freshmen “B” team came away with a 50-11 win over the Lady Foxes.

The Lady Knights have a varsity contest on Friday, Feb. 5, at Yorkville, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo: Lady Knight Tesa Alderman attempts a foul shot during Friday evening’s 61-44 loss to the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs. Alderman had six points. Photo by Ben Draper

Bowlers end regular season, gear up for sectionals

Kaneland bowling fell just 28 points short of matching Illinois Math & Science Academy during a battle at St. Paul’s School in Aurora on Thursday afternoon.

With the 2,220-2,192 loss to the Titans, and a 2,625-2,298 loss to visiting Lisle on Monday afternoon, the Lady Knights fall to 3-10 overall in dual competition with a 1-6 mark in Western Sun Conference play.

Leading the way for KHS was an impressive performance from Jessie McHenry, who bowled a 521 series. Holly Thomas bowled a 447 series, followed by Tierra Lee’s 437.

McHenry’s games of 183, 170 and 168 were team-highs.

The JV team came out on the short end of a 1,730-1,689 result.

Sabrina Gabrielle paced the Lady Knights with a 432 series.

Aganst the visiting Lady Lions, Thomas bowled a 482 series and was buoyed by a high game of 169.

McHenry bowled a 426 series, while Kuryliw bowled a 375 series.

Left for Kaneland bowling is a trip to Four Seasons in Sycamore for the 18-team sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6. Fellow WSC schools DeKalb, Geneva, Rochelle and Sycamore are also in the sectional, along with previous opponent Huntley.

Photo by Susan O’Neill

Letter: Attention veterans

Do you know what benefits are available to you? Do you know who to contact to find out about those benefits? How about pensions or compensation, lost discharges, GI loans, correction of records, or any other number of benefits or information you need as a veteran?

There will be a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Elburn American Legion. You do not need to be a member to attend, just a veteran, and we will help answer those questions. We will have three people available to give you answers.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at 112 N. Main St., Elburn, park in the rear.

Norbert Lund

Letter: KHS Health and Wellness day a success

I recently took part in the Kaneland High School Health and Wellness Day, which was last Tuesday.

It was very well organized. The spaces for the exhibitors were clearly marked in the gym, and there was plenty of staff around.

Several students helped me set up my equipment and helped me bring it back to my car. They were pleasant and eager; even though it was a very windy and cold day. I conducted spinal screenings to detect scoliosis for the students. They were all polite and interested. I was able to answer their questions about the spine and the nervous system. There were sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks available for the vendors.

I would like to thank Brian Willis and the staff there for inviting me. I think they did a great job. I was able to meet some of the other vendors who are also interested in drugless, whole health. Overall, it was a great experience and I was able to get back to my office to treat patients later in the day. We have some wonderful youth and teachers here.

I hope that the school will do this again in the future.

Kenneth E. Baumruck, D.C.
Elburn Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Letter: Win or lose—Here are the facts

I take exception to Mr. Dennis Ryan’s comments in a letter to the editor in last week’s Elburn Herald.

He should research his points thoroughly before he puts things in writing. I am sure people read his letter and took his misinformation as fact.

Unfortunately, Mr. Ryan has not taken the time to research his points and blames Sugar Grove or myself for many of the issues that we have no control over.

The Mallard Point issue is preying on the misfortune of the homeowners, which should never happen. Sugar Grove, the Rob Roy Drainage District and Kane County are working to develop a long-term solution to a sump pump problem that, for the past 15 years, had not been an issue. This problem started when the area experienced heavy rains in the fall of 2008. Until then, the subdivision was not experiencing storm water issues.

Look at the history of the Big Rock boundary dispute. Sugar Grove has been in Big Rock Township for over 20 years with various businesses that the village supplies water to. Certain people in Big Rock feel that Sugar Grove should de-annex this property and move out of Big Rock Township, which would be a disservice to the existing businesses that rely on village services. These same people wanted to annex over 7,000 acres to prevent Sugar Grove from annexing further into Big Rock.

Do you realize the tax dollars that would have been lost for the School District, Fire District and so forth if this would have occurred? Sugar Grove would much rather have entered into a boundary agreement like it has with all its neighbors to the east.

Unfortunately, you need two sides to talk, and Big Rock did not want to talk. Due to Sugar Grove’s efforts, much of the property has not been annexed so that annexation agreements can still be negotiated.

Look at Sugar Grove’s planning map, and you will see that Sugar Grove does not show any plans for development into Kaneville Township. The update to Sugar Grove’s Land Use Plan was done prior to the incorporation of Kaneville. Sugar Grove met with Kaneville Township officials to preserve an area for the village of Kaneville. It was with the help of Sugar Grove that Kaneville incorporated a smaller area so they could focus on their immediate needs.

To those living in the areas between Interstate 88 and Main Street, don’t listen to Mr. Ryan, he only wants to instill fear in you. The village has no interest in annexing any property in this area unless asked to do so by a developer. Only then would the village annex the property if it benefits the area. One such plan is to improve the interchange at Interstate 88 and Route 47 and to provide commercial development to diversify our tax base. Having a complete interchange would not only benefit Sugar Grove, but the entire region.

Please explain to the two children that almost lost their lives in a horrible traffic accident on Route 56 why our police should not ticket motorists speeding through the village. Nearly 90 percent of the tickets issued in Sugar Grove are to people speeding 15 mph or more over the posted speed limit.

Sugar Grove does not have sole control over the housing market. The Kaneland School Board made a decision to construct a new middle school based on the number of developments that were planned throughout the entire School District, not just the developments in Sugar Grove. It is comical to me that last March, Sugar Grove was faulted for not growing fast enough. Nevertheless, Sugar Grove worked with the School District and the other communities to implement higher fees on new homes to avoid referendums to pay for new schools due to growth.

Builders and Realtors fought these fees, but it was known that taxpayers would not support another referendum to pay for growth.

You cannot have it both ways Mr. Ryan. In the last paragraph you blame Sugar Grove for its failed developments and now you say we are too extravagant. Which is it? Sugar Grove’s business parks are 90 percent built out. The village recently extended roads and infrastructure to attract additional retail and commercial businesses. A new commercial building is under construction, and plans are being reviewed by the village for a new retail center. Sugar Grove has a mixture of housing, from starter homes to high value homes. This mix of commercial, retail, housing and open space make Sugar Grove one of the premier communities in northern Illinois.

Win or lose on Tuesday, I am very proud of the campaign that I have run and very proud of Sugar Grove. I have stuck to the facts and not trashed anyone’s family or made false statements. If my opponent, or his sympathizers, would have shown what projects he was personally involved in or what significant legislation he was able to pass, I would not have run. Since he could not, I only felt it was my patriotic duty to bring his record to the attention of the public, and run a race based on fact, not personal attacks.

Sean Michels
Sugar Grove
Village President
25th Legislative District Candidate

Letter: Thank you for book donations

We want to extend our thanks to Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Geneva Commons and their customers for donating more than 4,000 children’s books to Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley during their Holiday Book Drive.

Many of these wonderful books were given to the children of our adult learners as holiday gifts. Others will be used to help adults read and speak English more effectively during 2010. We are also “spreading the wealth” by sharing your book donations with other non-profit organizations who serve children.

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley provides free, one-to-one literacy tutoring to adults in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, Campton Township, LaFox, Lily Lake, Wasco and Wayne. Lessons help people learn to read, write, understand and speak English better.

On average, our adult learners read at a third grade level. Many are parents who want to help their children succeed in school. Your generosity will help our volunteer tutors unlock the wisdom and enjoyment that these books contain for our adult learners and their families.

For more information about Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley and the work we do, visit www.lvfv.org.

Peg Coker
Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley

Suicide Prevention Services seeks hotline volunteers

Batavia—Suicide Prevention Services is seeking hotline volunteers to help reduce and eliminate suicide and suicide attempts. Training of new volunteers is scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 6, at the organization’s office in Batavia.

Call (630) 482-9699, ext. 227, to learn about how you can volunteer to make a difference.

Suicide Prevention Services offers local and nationally networked hotlines, survivor support groups, low-cost depression screenings and many other community relations activities throughout the year. Visit www.spsfv.org for more information.

Feb. 2 Election Results

Below are the local unofficial results from the Feb. 2, 2010 primary election. Winners names are in bold.

District Representative 14th Congressional District

Democratic candidates
Bill Foster—25,071
Republican candidates
Randall M. “Randy” Hultgren—34,472
Ethan A. Hastert—28,575

State Senator 25th District

Democratic candidates
Leslie N. Juby—8,492
Republican candidates
P. Sean Michels—9,444
Chris Lauzen—22,110

State Representative 50th District

Democratic candidates
Linda Healy—4,435
Republican candidates
Keith R. Wheeler—7,344
Kay Hatcher—8,468
Bob McQuillan—2,462

Kane County Clerk

Democratic candidates
Ghafran Chishti—12,242
Republican candidates
John A. “Jack” Cunningham—30,139

Kane County Treasurer

Democratic candidates
Republican candidates
David J. Rickert—24,125
Bob Kovanic—7,347

Kane County Sheriff

Democratic candidates
Pat Perez—13,435
Republican candidates—too close to call, awaiting absentee count
L. Robert Russell—15,531
Donald E. Kramer—15,570

Kane County Board District 5

Democratic candidates
Republican candidates
Bill Wyatt—1,152
Melisa Taylor—1,332

Kane County Board District 25

Democratic candidates
Republican candidates
Bob Kudlicki—1,447
Thomas (T.R.) Smith—1,863

16th Judicial Circuit (Grometer Vacancy)

Democratic candidates
Republican candidates
Fred M. Morelli—17,910
Kevin T. Busch—28,050

16th Judicial Circuit (Kane County Vacancy)

Democratic candidates
John G. Dalton—7,584
Michael C. Funkey—5,407
Republican candidates
Thomas Patrick Rice—5,841
Robert L. Janes—4,115
D. J. Tegeler—3,065
Leonard J. Wojtecki—5,374
David R. Akemann—12,880


Sugar Grove Library Proposition to increase the limiting rate

Martha Louise Volkening

Martha Volkening, 85, of rural Hampshire, left this earthly plain on Feb. 1, 2010, the result of a stroke she had suffered on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Martha was born on March 28, 1924, in Flint, Mich., the daughter of Rev. Percy and Roberta Ward Spangler. Martha was the youngest of four girls.

She was married to Henry L. Volkening on Oct. 5, 1946. She was a loving, devoted wife and mother. Martha and her husband, Henry, celebrated 63 years of marriage last year.

She was renowned for her many abilities, a highly creative and artistic woman, long involved in her faith communities, in leadership capacities, and a friend to many in need. Her many gifts blessed her family, friends and community. She operated a cake decorating business until she became unable due to a diagnosis of scleroderma in the late 1950s. In spite of her illness, she continued on, sustained by her faith, the prayers of many, her indomitable spirit and the grace of God.

Martha is survived by her beloved husband, Henry; her sons, John (John Schuh) Volkening of Chicago, Jim (Christy) Volkening of Sugar Grove; her daughter, Susan Volkening, who resides with and cares for her parents; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Mulder of Ozark, Mo., Joshua (Debbie) Volkening of Sugar Grove, Nick (Liz) Volkening of North Pole, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren. Martha leaves behind many wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends and neighbors who meant the world to her.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Kowalczyk, Roberta Hammer and Ruth Kingsley.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., (three blocks west of the Fox River and one block south of Route 64) St. Charles.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Fox Valley Bible Church, 4N780 Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, Ill.

Contributions in Martha’s memory may be made to Fox Valley Bible Church.

For information, call (630) 584-2000 or visit www.NorrisFH.com.

Where to find election results

Links to the various pertinent sites reporting local election totals:

Kane County

City of Aurora

Kendall County

DeKalb County

Henry County

Whiteside County

Lee County

DuPage County

Bureau County

Department on Aging provides tips to keep seniors safe, warm

Springfield—With the winter fully set in, Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is encouraging older people and their families to recognize that winter poses a special threat to seniors.

“Seniors should get their furnace checked each year to make sure it’s working properly,” Johnson said. “The state has a number of resources available that seniors can use so they aren’t left to make difficult decisions like, whether to pay their heating bills or take their prescription medications this winter. I hope that older persons, their families and those who care for them will take these practical, simple steps to prepare for the colder temps ahead.”

Seniors should make sure they set their thermostats above 65 degrees. Older persons are at a higher risk to falling ill during the cold winter months. People who lower the thermostat to reduce heating bills risk developing hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition in which the body temperature drops dangerously low. At increased risk are older people who take certain medications, drink alcohol, lack proper nutrition and who have conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

In dealing with cold weather, seniors are encouraged to:
• Dress in layers, both indoors and outdoors.
• Keep active. Make a list of exercises and activities to do indoors when you can’t get out.
• Eat well and drink 10 glasses of water daily. Stock up on extra non-perishable food supplies, just in case.
• Keep extra medications in the house. If this is not possible, make arrangements now to have your medications delivered.
• Have your house winterized. Be sure that walls and attics are insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Insulate pipes near outer walls, in crawl spaces and attics that are susceptible to freezing.
• Make sure you and your family know how to shut off the water supply in case pipes burst.
• Prepare your vehicle by checking wipers, tires, lights and fluid levels regularly. Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. Plan long trips carefully and travel by daylight with at least one other person.
• Protect against fire. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, buy one. Make sure space heaters are at least three feet from anything flammable. Do not overload extension cords.
• Do not shovel snow or walk in deep snow. Plan for someone else to shovel the snow. The strain from the cold and hard labor could cause a heart attack; sweating can lead to a chill and even hypothermia.

For more information about program services to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966, or for TTY (hearing impaired use only) call 1-888-206-1327.

Presentation set for parents, providers for small children

If you have ever had a question about the social, emotional, behavioral, or developmental growth of infants through 5-year-old children in childcare, a training session to explore the free services and support offered to childcare centers and home providers through the Caregiver Connections program offers answers.

“Introduction to Mental Health Consultation” will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the TriCity Family Services offices, located at 1120 Randall Court, Geneva.

TriCity Family Services early childhood mental health consultant Mandy Semenik, MS, LPC, will present this topic geared toward parents and childcare providers, two in-service hours are available for childcare providers.

Advance registration is preferred. Call (630) 232-1070. Entrance fee is $5 per attendee. Fee waivers are available based on need.