Letter: Vendors, supporters made event a success

The staff at Ellis House and Equestrian Center would like to thank the following vendors for participating in the first annual Earth Day Event on April 24th: Open Range Southwest Grill, The Care of Trees, Belfry Bees & Honey, Three Rivers Public Library, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Becky’s Flowers, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Voluntary Action Center, Contrary Mary’s Green House, The Catering Gourmets, Cutting Edge Catering & Events, Positive Body Care, The Office Works, Inc.

Despite the weather, we had a good turn out and we couldn’t have done it without all of you.

A special thank you goes out to Timber Creek Inn & Suites who sponsored the event. Please visit their website at www.timbercreekinnandsuites.com to virtually tour their facility.

She was beautiful music to our ears … Autumn Selover, Harpist. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.

Thanks to Joliet Tent for keeping us dry and to Uncle Bub’s for the mouth watering barbecue.

Our appreciation to Lights of Learning for donating the Earth Day raffle basket valued at $150.

Countless thank you’s to the volunteers here at Ellis, you should be proud knowing we would not exist without your generosity of time and talent.

Kendall County Board, Forest Preserve Staff and Voters for the vision of “Conservation through Recreation”.

Finally, to all the folks who braved the weather and came out to participate and celebrate Earth Day with us.

Tina Villarreal
Event Coordinator
Ellis House and Equestrian Center
Kendall County Forest Preserve

Letter: Friends, volunteers, residents support library

The Sugar Grove Library Friends would like to thank our Library District residents and those who joined us from surrounding communities in helping to make our National Library Week Used Book Sale a tremendous success by purchasing the reading materials offered at our sale.

We also thank everyone who has thought of the library with their generous used book donations since our new library opened eight months ago. A special thank you to the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, especially Lt. Brendan Moran, for hosting several used book drives.

Thank you to our hard working Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes and her incredible staff for assisting us with the preparations needed for the sale throughout the several weeks of preparation. Waubonsee softball coach Perry Clark, village trustee Mari Johnson and the Sugar Grove Park District are so appreciated for helping the Library Friends with transportation, securing tables and volunteers and so much more.

Without the strength of the Women’s Waubonsee softball team and Kaneland High School Knights wrestler’s coach Jeremy Kenny, Zack Ganz (junior) and David Barnhart (freshman) and David’s mom Suzanne Barnhart, we could never have moved so many of the heavy boxes of books from our storage unit and on to the sales tables.

Local businesses like Heartland Commercial Properties LLC, American Heartland Bank-Trust, Nick Bumba, Nick’s Custom Furniture, The Book Nook Cafe, and Pepsi were all responsible in different ways for helping with the book sale, and we hope residents remember to support these local community members.

Support from the Library Friends of the Batavia Library and the Elburn Town and Country Library Friends is also appreciated.

This newspaper allows us always to get the word out in the press releases they published on the sale.

I would like, last but not least, to thank the Library Friends, the amazing volunteers who help us with every used book sale, all of our events and in our used book store.

All donated items are sorted and go to our library first to be put on a library shelf or to replace a book which may be worn that is currently on the shelf. Books not used are turned over to the library volunteers to be sold in the used book store or at a book sale, and the proceeds are returned to the library for reading materials and programs.

Remember to help your community library and also help the earth by donating your current reading materials. Current books, CDs and DVDs are a simple way for taxpayers to help the library curb its costs, resulting in a huge savings for our communities.

Pat Graceffa
Library Friends President
Sugar Grove

Letter: Chamber names scholarship winners

Every year, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce hosts a Winter Dinner and Silent Auction. The proceeds from this event go toward a scholarship fund that the Scholarship Committee awards to an applicant from Kaneland High School.

This year, the success of the dinner and auction allowed the committee to award two $1,000 scholarships to KHS seniors Natalie Swieca and Kevin Szatkowski.

Natalie will be attending Aurora University in the fall, while Kevin will be heading to the University of Iowa. Congratulations and best of luck to these two college-bound KHS graduates.

Niko’s Lodge in Wasco did a great job in hosting these events this year on Feb. 20. All items that were in the silent auction were generously donated by our Chamber members. Without them, this could not have been possible.

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer driven organization committed to serving local businesses and helping to foster a spirit of community in the Elburn area.

For more information on the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, feel free to call the Chamber office at (630) 365-2295 or e-mail us at info@elburn.com.

Jessica Impson
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Letter: Legion thanks residents for support at drawdown raffle

The Elburn American Legion Post No. 630 would like to thank everyone who supported our raffle ticket drawdown.

The $100 winners are Steven Itman of Maple Park, Mike Swederski of Elburn, Terry Lamb of Elburn, Milt Johnson of Elburn, Ann Lambert of Lily Lake, Penny Griesman of Batavia, Dennis Moutray of Maple Park, J&R Herra of Elburn. The $2,500 winner was Froehlich Lupee of Elburn.

We hope to have your support again next year.

Dennis Richmond
Raffle Chairman

Letter: Help Fill the Boot

The Elburn Fire Department will host a fill-the-boot campaign to help raise money for The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp “I AM ME”.

Your Elburn firefighters, paramedics and EMTs will be taking donations at the corner of Route 38 and Route 47 on May 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Please stop and help us support this very important camp for the children that have experienced injuries from burns.

Matt Hanson
Elburn Fire Department

Church news for May 6

Sugar Grove UMC
hosts benefit luncheon

Sugar Grove—A spaghetti luncheon will take place at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., on Sunday, May 23, from noon to 1 p.m.

Free will donations will be directed toward the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s mission to work for peace, love and compassion for God’s children everywhere. The community is invited to share in a meal of spaghetti, garlic bread, salads and desserts.

Call (630) 466-4501 for information.

Swedish children’s
choir performs May 15

Batavia—”Simply Swedish … Simply Good” is the theme of the annual benefit Swedish pancake breakfast, presented by the Swedish American Children’s Choir on Saturday, May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

The breakfast will feature Swedish pancakes, sausage, Swedish cardamon coffee cake, lingonberries, juice, milk and coffee.

Also available will be a bake sale, Scandinavian gift items for sale and live Swedish music, including a brief performance by the Swedish American Children’s Choir. All proceeds from the event will be used to defray expenses for the choir’s upcoming tour to Door County, Wis.

The choir is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and composed of children 4 through 18 from the Fox Valley and surrounding suburbs. They present performances of Swedish songs and Scandinavian dances throughout the area.

Breakfast tickets are by reservation only, and carry out orders are available.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 through 10 years old, and children under 4 eat free.

Call (630) 414-9700 for reservations.

Clarice M. ‘Clem’ Wood

Clarice M. “Clem” Wood, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center in St. Charles, where she had recently made her home.

She was born July 13, 1931, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., the daughter of Edwin and Helen (Paulson) Gilkey.

In 1939, the family moved to a farm in the Elburn area, and she graduated from Elburn High School. Following high school, Clem went to college for a year before having the distinction of being the first waitress at the local Dairy Joy and worked at the Kountry Kettle for 20 years. She then spent more than 30 years working between the stacks at the Elburn Library.

Clem’s brother had a good friend in Frank Wood, and before long, the introduction was made, and then history was made as well when they were united in marriage in 1954.

They began their new life together in Batavia for a time before moving into town for a time. Many years were spent on a farm on Keslinger Road until they made their home in town once more in 1970.

Clem was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elburn American Legion, Post 630. She also was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

Clem was a picture of opposites at times. In her younger years, she rode her pony, Amigo, was a “biker” and later a librarian. She was a crafter who enjoyed crocheting and macrame but also bowled more than 40 years of frames and knocked down thousands of pins on a local league. She enjoyed garage sales but also trips to Chicago to see the latest play.

Her biggest passion and pastime, no matter her age, was playing cards, especially Liverpool Rummy. Clem was known for her softball skills, and later her coaching skills, leading team after team to local championship games, many times hoisting the trophy after the final out. Her grandchildren were the best part of her life, and the years of memories were chronicled by the “quirky” one-of-a-kind gifts that no one else could ever, and most likely will ever, give. Thousands of memories, hundreds of gifts, and 78 years were the legacy she left those who loved her most.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; two daughters, Deborah A. Faber of Maple Park, and Jami B. (Todd) Haffner of Elburn; four grandchildren, Christopher (Kari) Faber and their daughter, Addison of North Aurora, Michelle (Charlie) Worthley of Geneva, Matthew Haffner of Elburn and Casey Haffner, also of Elburn; two siblings, Jean Harrington and Robert (Jan) Gilkey; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Gilkey.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate her life to follow at 7 p.m., Friday, May 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Town and Country Library in Elburn. Checks may be made to the “Clarice Wood Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Community center offers senior coffee social

Elburn—Home Bound Healthcare will offer a free coffee social at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center on Monday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m.

All seniors in Elburn and the surrounding community are invited to attend. Debbie Walsh from Home Bound Healthcare will be on hand to discuss other ideas and activities she will offer at the center.

State health department recognizes National Infant Immunization Week

Illinois—Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold encouraged parents to talk with their health care provider during National Infant Immunization Week about ensuring their child is up-to-date on immunizations.

Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective and successful public health tools for preventing disease and death. Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease in the United States, parents are often unaware that their children are at risk for so many serious and life-threatening diseases.

“Although vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and mumps are at an all time low in the United States, these diseases are still around, and continued vaccination is a must,” Arnold said. “There are some children who cannot be vaccinated for either medical reasons or they are still too young, so it is important parents continue to have their children vaccinated to help protect their communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.”

National Immunization Survey data shows approximately 80 percent of children in Illinois receive the recommended series of vaccines by age two. The series includes:
• four DTaP—diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
• three Polio—poliovirus
• one MMR—measles, mumps and rubella
• three Hib—Haemophilus influenza Type b
• three Hep B—hepatitis B
• one varicella—also known as chickenpox

Arnold said that immunizations are extremely safe, because vaccines are thoroughly tested before being approved for public use and monitored carefully by doctors, researchers and public health officials. Vaccines not only prevent disease, they reduce the costs associated with missed time from work, doctor visits and hospitalizations.