Make ‘back-to-school’ easier for families in need

Delnor’s Giving Tree creates opportunity for community to help

Geneva—This is the time of year for buying school supplies, rearranging schedules and everything else that goes along with getting back to school. Many children, however, are anxiously awaiting their first day of school because they will not be able to afford needed school supplies.

This is where Delnor’s Giving Tree can help.

In July, Delnor has joined efforts with the Regional Office of Education and Lazarus House to collect school supplies to help children have a great start to the new school year, and everyone in the community can help do their part as well.

Give back to kids going back to school

Vacations, late nights, sleeping in and hours of playing video games each day are about to end for many children. These events will soon be replaced with meeting new and old friends, a daily schedule, sports and homework. However, for many children, having the proper school supplies is financially out of reach as many families in the Fox Valley are being affected by the current economic situation.

For the entire month of July, Delnor will collect much-needed school supplies. It is a good time to think about how you might give back to make this the best school year ever for at least one student.

Consider donating the following items for a child in need, items will be collected through July 31. For a complete list, visit

Items needed include: Crayola washable markers; 24 box of crayons; #2 pencils; pink erasers; pencil boxes/cases; colored pencils; pocket folders; spiral bound notebooks; 1 inch, 3-ring binders; loose leaf paper; backpacks (new or gently used); glue sticks; Fiskers scissors (new or gently used); rulers; pens; post-it notes; clipboards; yellow highlighters; boxes of tissues; ziplock baggies (sandwich or snack size).

An actual ‘Giving Tree,’ located in the Delnor Hospital atrium, allows for employees to easily drop off their contribution. For community members, making a donation is simple, just pull in to the entrance of Delnor Hospital and the valet parking staff will take donated items and place them by the Delnor Giving Tree. Valet is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Delnor Hospital, located at 300 Randall Road, Geneva, is part of Delnor Health System.

Village will close street temporarily

ELBURN—The village of Elburn will close east North Street from First to Main streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. The Village Board on Monday approved Knuckleheads Tavern’s request for the closure, to allow for hundreds of motorcyclist patrons to park in the street that day outside of the tavern before a charity bike run.

Donna Mae Crook

Donna Mae Crook, 76, of Elburn, formerly of Lily Lake, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

She was born Dec. 15, 1933, in Elmhurst, Ill., the daughter of Donald and Mable (Anderson) Talty.

Before she was 1, her father took a different path. Mable then married Edward Reinink Jr., who became the man she always saw as her father.

Donna jumped on a train each day to attend Wheaton High. Her younger years were filled with happy memories and times spent in the family-owned meat market and general store, Andersons, in Elmhurst.

She found love very early in life and caught the eye and the heart of William Crook. They were united in marriage on Oct. 21, 1950, in Warrenville, Ill. Donna and Bill spent many years raising a family and making their house a home.

When Bill became afflicted with MS, Donna became his caretaker for more than 20 years. Their love increased with every day; their bond becoming unbreakable until his passing in 1993.

They began their new life together on the family farm for a time until 1953, when they moved to Lily Lake. They built a new home two years later. After Bill’s passing in 1993, Donna moved to live with her son, Tom, and his family for the next 13 years.

Donna’s heart was big enough to care for the world and everyone in it. For most of her years, she was affectionately known by all as “Grandma.” She never met a stranger, and very few ever left without having their lives changed for the better.

Never one to brag about herself, Grandma could do anything. She worked on the farm, at a pickle company for a time, worked as a welder, and later worked many years in the restaurant industry. Grandma worked at The Farm Inn in Wasco, Campton Inn in Lily Lake, and later at the Kountry Kettle in Elburn.

Family was most important in her life, so for the next many years she helped take care of her grandchildren, spoiling them rotten and loving every moment. Grandma was a fixture in their lives, present for every step and every accomplishment.

She went back to work after the grandkids were grown at her best friend and daughter Linda’s restaurant, Gert’s Place in Batavia, before dedicating her energy and care for the next many years at the Valley Sheltered Workshop until December 2009. It was the perfect place for a woman with an unlimited amount of love to give, and it didn’t take long for her to adopt “her kids” as her own. They adopted her as well, and the legend of Grandma grew exponentially.

Later she was featured in several newspaper articles lauding her hard work and determination, and deemed her the reason for the continued success of the shelter. After meeting Grandma, no one was ever the same, and the mark she left on the hearts and minds of all she knew will last for generations and beyond.

She is survived by her son, Tom (Deborah Lee) Crook of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Ted Crook, Jenny (Jason) Peak, Billy Norton, Eleni (Mark) Zelazoski, Cynthia Higgins, Kit Crook and Cody Crook; seven great-grandchildren, Emma Peak, Danielle Norton and her daughter, Lilly Ann; William Norton Jr., Brandy Norton, Joey Melby, Ashley Zelazoski and Derek Zelazoski; one sister, Charlene Terlecki; many nieces, nephews and a countryside of “family” that will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; daughter, Linda Runge; son, Willy (Doreen) Crook; sister, Kaye Brogie; and brother, Ed Reinink.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 31, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in hers name to benefit Valley Sheltered Workshop and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donna Crook Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Sugar Grove Corn Boil schedule

Friday, July 23
4 p.m.: Arts and crafts, business booths,
carnival, beer tent
4 to 11 p.m.:
Sugar Grove Library Friends book sale
Bingo—Kaneland McDole PTO
5 p.m.: Opening ceremony to honor our
troops on the main stage
6:30 p.m.: Citizen of the Year presentation
7 p.m.: 1969 on the Main Stage
9:30 p.m.: Tin Horse on the Main Stage
11 p.m.: Park closes

Saturday, July 24
7:30 a.m.: 5K Run/Walk
8 a.m. to noon: Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Support Our Troops Car,
Truck, Classic Tractor, Motorcycle Show
10 a.m.: KidZone—Fascinating Faces
by Laurie; free face painting until noon
Arts and crafts, business booths
Cards for Troops
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
Sugar Grove Library Friends book sale
10:30 a.m.: KidZone—
Shutterbug Baby Photo Contest—
Winner announced at 4 p.m.
11 a.m.:
KidZone—Traveling World of Reptiles
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bingo—Kaneland
(KMS & KHS) Music Boosters
Noon to 11 p.m.:
Carnival, food vendors, beer tent
12:15 p.m.: KidZone—SG Library storytime
12:30 p.m.: KidZone—
Balloon Toss Competition
1 p.m.: Kidzone—Mac and Cheese Contest
2 p.m.:
Kidzone—Magic by Amazing Tim Adams
3 p.m.: Kidzone—Amazing Balloon Twister;
free games and activities
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Bingo
4:30 p.m.:
Kidzone—Kane County SWAT Demo
8 p.m.: Burn the House on the Main Stage
9:30 p.m.: Infinity on the Main Stage
Nightfall: Fireworks
11 p.m.: Park closes

Sunday, July 25
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sugar Grove Library Friends book sale
Bingo—Kaneland Peer Leadership Group
11 a.m.: Kidzone—Fascinating Faces
by Laurie; free face painting until noon
Noon: Teen Rock on the Main Stage
Noon to 6 p.m.:
Carnival, food vendors, beer tent
12:30 p.m.: Kidzone—Radio Disney Road
Crew; music, dancing, games, prizes
1 p.m.: Fire Fighters Association water fights
2 p.m.: Kidzone—SG Library storytime
2:30 p.m.:
Kidzone—Corn Boil 500 Big Wheel Race
3 p.m.: Kidzone—Amazing Balloon Twister
4 p.m.: 28 Days on the Main Stage
Kidzone—Pie eating contest
5:30 p.m.: Kidzone—Santa’s Summer Visit
6 p.m.: Park closed, clean up, tear down

LillyCakes: No silverware needed

Idea leads to specialty business in four months
by Paula Coughlan
MAPLE PARK—In the spring of 2010, Kelly Sieben’s sister was teaching a class on homemade baked goods in Wisconsin when one of her students brought in small cakes on a stick to share with the ladies in class. She immediately called Kelly.

“My sister knows I’m creative and like to bake and felt I could make these,” said Siebens, of Maple Park.

The next four days she worked around the clock on sizing and shaping the cakes and suddenly it all came together.

Siebens brought the cakes to her vacation Bible school, and after that, it snowballed–or perhaps a better word is cakeballed—into a home business that sometimes consumes 14 hours a day. Mothers who taste the cakes ask her if she would be willing to make some for birthday parties and other events.

“It’s an easy dessert that immediately impresses your guests,” Siebens said. “And men seem to like them the most. No slicing, no falling off a plate—just pick up the cake and eat it.”

News about Seiben’s creations soon spread by word-of-mouth and through Facebook. When she decided to have a contest on her Facebook page to create the most interesting advertisement for her cakes, one of her Facebook friends linked her to Fox News. The next thing she knew she was on the show, which aired July 12 in Chicago.

Lilly Siebens, 5, of Maple Park, enjoys a pink-bear specialty LillyCake that her mother, Kelly, made for a client’s baby shower. Kelly Siebens named her new business after her daughter. Courtesy Photo

Then, the word of her LillyCakes was out to all of Chicagoland. Seibens’ mother drove from Indianapolis last week to help her bake and fill orders for 50 dozen cakes. Her mother regularly makes the drive when she or her sister needs help with their businesses.

Seibens said the secret to the cakes’ taste is mixing the frosting in with the batter and then dipping the cakes in chocolate. They are super-moist, but learning to shape them and make sure they’d stay on the stick took a great deal of practice. She will do any design people request, such as children’s characters and apples for teachers. One of the most popular requests is baseballs.

Seibens will ship or deliver the cakes, or you can pick them up at her home. When shipping LillyCakes, she insulates them with two ice packs and Styrofoam peanuts. One of her regular customers lives in West Virginia, and Seibens overnight-ships the cakes at 4 p.m. so they arrive by noon the next day.

Since Seibens’ kitchen has been turned upside down, she dreams of one day having her own shop. Her husband and stepdaughter both volunteered their time to assist; and her 5-year-old daughter Lilly, the namesake of the business, is her constant helper.

Siebens still cannot believe what has happened.

“Before April I had never heard of these cakes, and I had no idea that by July I’d have a thriving business,” she said.

Cupcakes on a stick
Visit www.facebook/lillycakes1
For pricing, flavors and styles, click ‘Info’ and then click ‘Photos’to view various cakes.

Contact information for LillyCakes
Kelly Seibens, owner
or call (815) 405-8342

Maple Park Lions milestone

Public invited to celebrate club’s 50 years of fun, charitable fundraising
by Paula Coughlan
MAPLE PARK—In 1960, the DeKalb Lions Club sponsored the chartering of the Maple Park Lions Club. Meeting at the Blue Moon Restaurant in Elgin, Ill., that April, the new chapter elected its officers including a Tail Twister and Lion Tamer.

For those unfamiliar with Lions lingo, current Maple Park Lions President Larry Stachura explained the purpose of these two official club positions.

“The Tail Twister promotes harmony, good fellowship and enthusiasm at meetings through the judicious imposition of fines on members,” Stachura said. “He himself may not be fined unless by unanimous vote. The Lion Tamer is the custodian of club property such as flags, banners and gavels and is the sergeant at arms during meetings.”

Ken Hinchy has been part of the Maple Park Lions Club longer than any of its other members—more than 40 years. He said what he likes most about the club is the camaraderie with his fellow Lions. Hinchy has participated in many of the club’s fundraisers over the years.

“One of my favorites is when we raise money by selling roses for Mother’s Day.”

The price for a dozen roses from the Maple Park Lions is $15. Stachura said that all funds that the Maple Park Lions Club raises at its events go back into the community for numerous charitable purposes.

“Although fighting blindness is the Lions main focus, the Lions contributions are far reaching,” he said.

Through the annual rose sale and dozens of other fundraisers each year, the Maple Park Lions have been able to pay for eye exams for the needy and vision testing for diabetes, paint the Legion Hall, and buy a computer for the Fire Department ambulance.

Every year, the club also gives scholarships to students from the Fox Valley Career Center in Maple Park. This year’s scholarship recipient was Stuart Hopkins, who will attend Waubonsee Community College.

The club also joined with the Rockford Lions, hosting events for the blind such as skiing, bowling and dances, and this fall, the club will offer a screening for retinal diabetes.

About the club
Source: Lions International
Maple Park Lions Club has a membership of 26 men and three women. To become a member, a person must be invited to join by someone currently in the club.

The Maple Park Lions Club is one of 45,000 charters in 190 countries that are part of the International Lions organization. In 1925, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind,” she could not have possibly imagined the impact of Lions commitment to blindness prevention, a club brochure states.

Lions International has established eye banks worldwide, funded ground-breaking research on leading causes of blindness, organized eyeglass recycling and helped hundreds of thousands of visually impaired people develop productive skills. Through SightFirst, launched in 1990, the Lions have approved more than $280 million in grants for humanitarian services, disaster relief, immunizations, and vocational assistance.

Lions International was founded by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917.

Economic development remains top village goal

SG officials see county impact fee as deterrent
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—At the top of the Village of Sugar Grove’s strategic goals list are enhancing economic development and restoring the village’s reputation with both residential and commercial developers.

“Our biggest goal is to promote the village and be developer-friendly, because we’ve been fighting that a bit over the years,” Village President Sean Michels said. “And by doing that, we hope to attract new residential developments, as well as new business developments, too.”

The Sugar Grove Village Board on July 20 reviewed its short-term and long-term strategic goals that it put into place in early 2009.

The Village Board focused a great part of its discussion on attracting business developments to the Village; several trustees expressed their desire to see more businesses relocate to Sugar Grove. However, the Kane County Transportation Impact Fee currently is a deterrent for anyone interested in making their business a part of the community, village officials said.

“That fee can be quite substantial because it’s based on the square footage of the facility, so we’re trying to minimize that (fee) and work with the county to earn credits,” Michels said.

“And in some cases, if it’s a good-size business that means enough to the development of community, we’ll even pay for that County Transportation Impact tax,” Michels said.

Board trustee Kevin Geary supported the idea of business relocating to the Village because it could create more jobs for the community.

“It has to be related to creating jobs,” Geary said. “I would like to see a multi-governmental board put together to explore through the county, school district, township and village and see if there is some way we can find some dollars to encourage businesses to relocate out here.”

Among the village’s other strategic goals are improving relationships at the state and federal level; networking with neighboring communities; establishing a transportation bike plan; reviewing current zoning ordinances for adjustment; and achieving an AA bond rating.

Village officials have postponed pursuing several other goals because of budget concerns, such as updating the village’s comprehensive plan, evaluating the current Route 47 corridor development plan, finalizing a street maintenance and transportation plan and purchasing a future Public Works Department facility site.

Businesses ask for expanded liquor-sales hours

[quote]by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Two Elburn business operators want the village to expand the number of hours they can sell alcohol under the current municipal liquor code.

Kevin Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Towne Tap in downtown Elburn, asked the Village Board on Monday for permission to open his bar at 11 a.m. on Sunday instead of at noon as currently allowed under his Class A liquor license.

Currently, restaurants, clubs and taverns may not sell alcohol on Sundays until noon. However, liquor stores in the village may sell packaged liquor starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Schmidt said since the village allows liquor stores to sell alcohol Sunday morning, bars should have the same privilege.

“I want to be able to open the doors (of Schmidt’s, a sports bar) at 11 a.m., for the pre-game shows,” Schmidt said.

Also on Monday, Hughes Creek Golf Club manager Heather Espe requested that the village allow clubs that hold a Class F liquor license, including Hughes, to begin selling alcohol at 9 a.m. on weekdays and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We have golfers who want a beer or a bloody Mary at the (course) turn,” Espe said. “It would be a nice added bonus for us, since our competitors (Bliss Creek Golf and Tanna Farms golf clubs) can do it.”

Trustee Jerry Schmidt said he supports both the proposed Class F and Class A liquor code changes.

“I think it’s good for Elburn,” Schmidt said.

Trustees Gordon Dierschow and Patricia Romke also said they support allowing the earlier liquor sales.

If the Village Board approves the Class F and Class A ordinance changes, all businesses in the village that hold those liquor licenses would be affected, not just Schmidt’s and Hughes Creek.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said he is hesitant about permanently allowing the sale of liquor at bars before noon on Sunday, as opposed to just permitting a temporary variance during football season.

Grabarek said that before the board votes on the proposed liquor-code change for Class A licenses, he wants to gauge community sentiment about the issue.

“Do they really want the bars to open at 11 a.m. (Sunday)?” Grabarek asked.

The Village Board possibly will vote on the proposed changes on Monday, Aug. 2.

Liquor stores in Elburn, which hold Class C liquor licenses, would not be affected by either proposed liquor-code change.

Police, fire chiefs agree on burn permit changes

ELBURN—The Elburn Police Department currently issues burning permits for outdoor fires. However, Police Chief Steve Smith suggested during the July 12 Public Safety Committee meeting that the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department should do the inspections for burn permits.

“We are inserting the Police Department and the village administration into something we don’t know as much about,” Smith said.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan agreed and said the Police Department still would enforce burning code violations.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said village staff will bring the issue to the Village Board for a possible change in the municipal code allowing for the Fire Department to conduct burning permit inspections.

“I think it’s a great idea to work together,” Willrett said.

SG authorizes pavement marking

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday authorized the 2010 Pavement Marking Program.

Preform Traffic Control Systems, Ltd. of Elk Grove Village, Ill. will perform the work. The Kane County Division of Transportation hired the company for the project in April, , which will remark portions of Main Street, Cross Street, Norris Road and Denny Road, at a total cost of $9,000.

Village will pay off certain road bonds

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday approved a resolution providing for the retirement of certain municipal indebtedness through the use of motor-fuel tax funds.

The village issued $590,000 of general obligation alternate revenue source road bonds in July 2008 with the intention of using motor-fuel tax funds to address indebtedness.

Village officials will propose a similar resolution each of the next three years.

Kane County postpones Health Department cuts

Proposal calls for slashing state-funded programs
by Keith Beebe
COUNTY—County officials on July 13 postponed making a decision on proposed Kane County Health Department budget reductions for 30 days, offering a mini reprieve for several programs and as many as 62 employees whose positions will be terminated if the board approves the cuts.

The County Board chose, instead, to seek out another way to ease the Health Department’s current financial strain without eliminating several of its programs.

“I am just hoping I can put my vote forth towards solving the problem,” Kane County Board member Drew Frasz (Dist.26-Elburn) said. “We obviously want our Health Department to be fully staffed, and we certainly don’t want to have to cut anyone.”

About half of the Health Department’s funds currently come from Illinois state grants; however, the state currently owes Kane County between $1.5 and $1.7 million for services already provided. If the budget amendment goes into effect, the County Board no longer will accept several grants for certain health programs because of the state’s inability to follow through on its financial responsibilities.

“Paul (Kuehnert, Kane County Health Department executive) is advising everyone to not rely on state funds,” Frasz said. “And if there’s no positive movement in a positive direction in the next 30 days, we’ll have to vote in favor of the cuts.”

Despite the grim outlook, Frasz credits Kane County Board member Cristina Castro (Dist. 20-Elgin) with attempting to salvage Health Department positions by pushing to postpone budget cutbacks.

“Cristina basically came up to me and said, ‘Thirty days isn’t going to make or break us,’ and I give her a lot of credit for trying to make a difference,” Frasz said.

Anticipating the possibility that the County Board may approve the proposed budget cuts, Health Department officials are working on finding other providers for clients needing certain state-grant-funded services that the County no longer would provide.

“The Health Department is working closely with the state and two federally qualified health centers (Greater Elgin Family Care Center and the Visiting Nurses Association of the Fox River Valley) to assure a smooth transition of case management services that would be discontinued by the Health Department,” Kane County Public Relations Officer Tom Schleuter said.

Grant-funded programs at risk
Source: Kane County Health Department
Kane County Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert recommended that the county reject certain state grants that fund some health programs. He said the Health Department’s budget cannot absorb the programs’ cost if the state does not come through with the money. If the County Board approves the budget revision, the county no longer will accept the state grants that fund programs including Family Case Management and Women, Infants and Children.

Kane County’s Family Case Management program has about 6,000 clients, and the Women, Infant and Children program has about 2,000 clients, many of whom both programs serve.

Maple Park officials studying revenue options

by Tammy Swanson
MAPLE PARK—In times of increasing revenue constraints, Maple Park officials are trying to stay ahead of the financial curve.

In 1997, Maple Park residents approved a referendum for a capital bond issue for the village’s sewer system. If the village does not extend the bond issue past its expiration in 2011, existing property taxes for the village will drop 33 percent, or about $90,000, according to an Austin Meade Financial report.

Village trustees listened to a financial overview from Dan Denys of Austin Meade Financial at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday.

Denys presented trustees with three potential options to avoid this loss of revenue. Maple Park could approve a new bond issue, approve taxes for nonreferendum bonds or approve a general tax increase.

The village is in the early stages of looking at these options.

“Last night was the first introduction to the concept of extending the bond issue,” Village President Kathy Curtis said Tuesday.

Village officials will continue their discussion at the Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Village will interview engineers

MAPLE PARK—Six, engineering firms have submitted proposals to the village of Maple Park for a potential contract to provide engineering planning and consultant services for public works projects.

Each firm outlined its cost structures and services. The firms detailed their engineering experience, proposed fee structure, and availability to attend Village Board meetings and work on current and future infrastructure projects.

The companies submitting proposals included Baxter & Woodman, the village’s current engineering firm; Howard R. Green Company; Lintech Engineering; Rempe-Sharpe & Associates, Inc.; Scheflow Engineers, Inc.; and Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Maple Park trustees reviewed the proposals and decided to invite three of the firms back for future interviews: Lintech Engineering; Rempe-Sharpe & Associates, Inc. and Scheflow Engineers, Inc.

July 23 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.

• Andrew S. Hoelscher, 27, of the 6300 block of North Francisco Avenue in Chicago, was arrested for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him on Keslinger Road at Route 47 in Elburn, for improper lane use.

• Armando Alfaro, 33, of the 4200 block of Maple Avenue in Stickney, Ill., was arrested at 3:21 a.m. July 18 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police stopped him on Route 47 at Kansas Street in Elburn, for speeding.

Sugar Grove
• A dog belonging to a resident of the 100 block of Main Street, Sugar Grove, got past its owner and ran out a door around 6 p.m. on July 15, and attacked another dog. The other dog was being walked by a resident of the 200 block of Maple Street, Sugar Grove. The injuries to the attacked dog were reported to be minor. The owner of the dog that attacked said the dog, a pit bull, was current on its vaccinations. No charges were filed in the incident.

• A resident of the first block of Terry Lane, Sugar Grove, reported fraudulent charges had been made on her debit card July 16 between 8:55 and approximately 10 p.m. The resident believed they dropped their card at the Citgo Gas Station in Sugar Grove after paying for gas. A total of over $410 was charged to the card, including almost $140 at local gas stations and a $273.18 purchase at Village Liquors in Sugar Grove. On July 17, an employee at Village Liquors described the individual that made the purchase as a black make in his 20s, with short hair. He was driving an older model GMC SUV that was either dark gray or blue in color with no front license plate and an Indiana license plate with a small B or and E, and the numbers 4435. A video capture of the suspect was also taken at the store.

• An employee of the Sugar Grove Park District reported to police on July 16 that someone had damaged a sign, a bird house and a post with a small caliber weapon. A damage estimate was not given.

• At approximately 4:23 p.m. July 16, an employee of Genoa Pizza, 44 Cross St., Sugar Grove, reported two individuals paid with counterfeit $50 bills. The suspects entered the restaurant 10 minutes apart, paid for a small purchase, each with a $50 bill, and left. Suspicious, the employee brought the bills to Old Second Bank, where a teller there confirmed the bills were counterfeit. The suspects were filmed by in-store security cameras. The first suspect was described as a white male with a skinny build in his mid-teens, wearing a dark gray shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect was described as an Hispanic male with a skinny build and black, short-cut hair, wearing a white tank top, blue jeans, and a black and white checkered backpack. The bills will be sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

• A resident of the 200 block of Gillette Street, Sugar Grove, reported on July 19 someone had tried to break into his 2002 Lexus two weeks prior. According to the report, it was not clear if the incident occured in Sugar Grove. The damage to the car was estimated at $700.

• Cary Budach, 51, of Hawthorne Avenue, Bensenville, Ill., was arrested on a warrant out of Lake County and also for having no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured vehicle, after police stopped him July 19 at 8:19 a.m.

Editorial: Corn Boil kicks off Kaneland’s community festivals

The time of year for local, community festivals is upon us, and as always, the first one is the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

From Friday, July 23, through Sunday, July 25, the area behind Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, 85 Main St., will be full of food, fun and entertainment for three days.

The three-day festival is funded through sponsorships, donations and various fundraising efforts that occur throughout the year.

While the festival continues to grow each year—with more events, more entertainment and more people— the sagging economy of the past couple of years has begun to place some pressure on the event’s finances.

For example, the Sugar Grove Lions Club, which is responsible for the Saturday fireworks show, is short by more than $2,500 as of this week. With just a day left before the festival kicks off, we share the organization’s hope that patrons and/or organizations will lend their support and help ensure that all aspects of the festival will continue in the future.

In addition, we hope you, the members of our Kaneland communities, take advantage of our hometown festivals, which will take us right through the beginning of September.

The Corn Boil in Sugar Grove starts the Kaneland community festivals off, and it is certainly not one to miss.

With traditional fair fare like the carnival, food, craft vendors and business booths, as well as more-unique offerings like Kids Zone activities, shows and demonstrations, plus a variety of live music at the soundstage during each day and night at the festival, there really is something of interest for everyone and any age.

These are the types of events that connect each of us to each other and each of us to our communities. If you are from Sugar Grove, Elburn, Maple Park or Kaneville, you share something in common—you are part of the Kaneland communities. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to connect and support each other—and of course, have lots of fun and corn as well.

Beverly ‘Bev’ A. Siebert

Beveraly “Bev” A. Siebert, 71, of Yorkville, formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Beverly was born July 7, 1939, in Mattoon, Ill., the daughter of Paul and Lois (Grant) Jones.

Bev grew up in Mattoon but moved to the Elburn area in 1949 and attended local schools.

On June 30, 1956, Beverly married her high school sweetheart, David Siebert. They made their home in California for a time but soon returned to Illinois, settling in the Elburn-Kaneville area, where they would share most of the next 48 years together. David and Bev moved to Yorkville in 1996. She continued to make her home there following David’s passing in 2004.

Though Bev worked at various jobs over the years, she made it her job to raise her children and care for David. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her children, even pulling them in a wagon for over eight miles to a friend’s home who had a swimming pool. She truly made her house a “home,” making not only delicious meals but everlasting memories.

When the holidays came around, Bev was unofficially credited with inventing Chex Mix, a mixture of seasoned cereal now sold in bulk, but was once uniquely her own. She was firm but fair with her children, but when grandchildren came along, Bev found her calling, taking them shopping, teaching them how to bake, and she attended nearly all the various school events. Her family was her life, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

She is survived by three children, Paula Siebert of Yorkville, Terry (Sarah) Siebert of Manatee County, Fla., Trent (Dawn) Siebert of Sugar Grove; four grandchildren, Krista (Jay) Lutz and their son, Jayden, of Manatee County, Fla., and Jake Siebert of Oswego, Ill., Kylie and Tyler Siebert of Sugar Grove; one sister, Claudette Liehr of Oswego, Ill.; many nieces, nephews; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a step-father, Walter “Bertie” Gregory; husband, David; and brother-in-law, Rick Liehr.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 24, with a service to conclude visitation at noon at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Beverly Siebert Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at

Track Roundtable: Claypool talks with Markuson

Editor’s note—To further commemorate the noteworthy accomplishments of the recently completed track season, in which Kaneland’s team finished second in the state, the Elburn Herald is pairing a Knights track personality from years past, and an athlete who is a recent graduate. Their comparing of stories and memories will be a regular feature this summer. Mark Claypool is Chairman and COO of Optima Worldwide Limited. He was a member of the class of 1977 and is the all-time leader in points garnered for the Kaneland Boys Track team. Claypool went on to compete for the University of Illinois track team and was a Big Ten champion and All-American. Multi-event athlete Logan Markuson is second all-time for points gathered in Kaneland boys track and is joining the University of Minnesota track team in the 2010-2011 school year.

ELBURN HERALD (EH): Mark, you came along and gave this year’s team whatever experience and wisdom that you could give them. How did your arrival to the team this year come about?

Mark Claypool (MC): I’ve been watching the teams over the years. Coach Drendel and Coach Baron have asked me to come in and speak to the team at different parts of the year, and I used to run against Logan’s dad,
Jay, and he ran for Batavia. So we got to know each other pretty well back then, and I’ve watched Logan since he was a freshman and seen how well he was doing at scoring varsity points. I was interested in Logan’s progress and saw how well the team was doing as a whole, and saw that this team could really do something down at county and State.

I wanted to be there somehow and support them and show them that Kaneland history lives on and that somebody from the past cares about it. So, I went to a couple of the meets, and initially nobody even knew I was going to be there except for Mickey Marin, a sophomore who actually found me on Facebook and asked how to run a 400, and so I gave him some pointers and went out to see how he and the team would do, and went to the Peterson Prep first. I had a chance to see some of the other guys run, and saw Logan come out of the starting blocks and thought he might need some pointers. So a couple of the guys and I struck up a friendship and to know I was there to support them.

I went to the County meet as well and thought they had a real shot to be the first team since ’75 to win. It’s real hard to compete against big schools like that and to have the kind of showing Kaneland had. They gave it their best.

Anyway, I was interested in the team as a whole and then in the individuals as I got to know them, just because they’re quality young men and they worked hard and the coaches all said it was a special group. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of team.

EH: Talking with Baron for the Preview article in March, he mentioned the team had a very high ceiling. He didn’t know how far they’d go, but that they were capable of great things.

Logan Markuson (LM): Definitely. Back in seventh or eighth grade we had like eight kids in track, I think it was 12 actually. But our coach called us “The Dirty Dozen.” I knew that as our group moved through high school, as a group like that moves through high school, you become friends. We hung out throughout the years and that was nice. It was nice to see how we worked out and how we progressed during those four or five years. I think just having that friendship and training, it just went hand in hand.

EH: Did your team have a senior core that you came up with, similar to Logan’s?

MC: Yeah, we had a pretty good cross-section. Back then we seemed to have sophomores, juniors and seniors all participting, but we had a pretty good core group of seniors, in the 4×880 relay and the 4×440. We had a good group of seniors for sure in ‘77. In ‘75, we had the Ackermans, the Bishops and Larry Will. A big thing for Bruce Pederson was senior leadership. He always talked about that as a key.

EH: With both of you being relay guys, you hear people often say the 4×400 is the biggest event of the meet. Describe what you go through in a very competitive event like that.

MC: Often times, it can decide who finishes first or second or third.

LM: We came down to a few of those this year.

MC: There’s always a lot riding on it. There’s a lot of pressure on those four guys to go out and perform and not drop the baton. It’s something where the teams all know that this is it. It’s often the last race, and you’re performing as a group. As you get to the end, you see your team colors and the team is jumping up and down. I never heard a whole lot. I never paid too much attention to the buzz but I could tell there was excitement. At State championships there was always the roar of the crowd, but you’re in such a zone you don’t even pay any attention. For us, that’s what it was like, and I saw it was like that downstate for you guys.

LM: Yeah, it was like that for us. In the 4×4, it’s definitely lots of pressure. I like to think of it as a “who’s got the most guts” kind of thing. It’s at the end of the meet, and some of these bigger schools like to run a fresh team. For a smaller school like us, we’re coming back after two or three races. It’s like “this is my last event of the night and I don’t have to run any more,” and lay it all down on the field.

EH: Can the finish dictate your mood for the week, or how you practice leading to the next meet?

LM: Yeah, it can a little. In indoor conference, I was supposed to run the 4×4, and was having some injuries, and ran on a different team. It was a two-point difference headed into that race, and our alternate team won it. That whole week, going into our first outdoor meet, we were stoked. We were like “that was amazing.” Training ahead, it just sets the mood for the whole week.

We just came off of that and see what we could do next week.

EH: Coaching has to be quite strong in a season like this. What did your coaches stress and what kind of personality did they show while coaching?

MC: Track and field is so diverse. You’ve got weight events and pole vault, hurdles, sprinting. Every one of these events has it’s own set of techniques. It’s a very difficult thing for a finite group of coaches to be real good jacks-of-all-trades. But Kaneland’s been very fortunate over the years. Back when I was there, Bruce Pederson was an icon, and everybody looked up to him. He’s still my greatest mentor, and I still talk to him a couple of times a year and he’s in St. Augustine, Fla. He would set the tone mentally.

LM: I’ve loved the coaching. It’s not just “go to practice and do your workout.” It’s “go to practice, and if you’re feeling bad, give them a call.” They’re not just your coaches, we really got to develop a friendship. Just the time and effort they put into it, you can tell they’re really dedicated. I would think it’s hard to do with a family and everything. I was fortunate to have such great coaches. I really don’t think I’m going to find something like this anywhere else.

EH: Mark, you competed in Big Ten track, what was the time like for you and what can Logan expect?

Claypool and Markuson
Knights track great Mark Claypool shares some mementos from his athletic career with KHS standout Logan Markuson at the Elburn Herald office. Photo by Ryan Wells

MC: Well, I went down to the University of Illinois on a full ride. It is a whole different ballgame. You’re suddenly living on your own, you’re away from family, and your freshman year is a whole different scenario. It becomes almost a profession that you’re doing, because you’re expected to be there at such and such a time and you arrange your class schedule around that. You get tutors to help you because you’re spending so much time in the afternoon and early evening, and you’re really working hard. With what Logan’s going to be doing, decathlon and heptathlon indoors along with everything else he’ll do, he’s going to be working on an awful lot of stuff. It is entirely a different ballgame. You’re going from a team with some real standouts like Logan with some success at State, and you’re amongst others who also are at the top of their game. All of the sudden, you’re not just a standout on your team. You’re one of many, many fine athletes on a team of fine athletes. So, it’s an eye-opener the first time you run and you’re wondering “why is everyone right here with me?” Leave your letter jacket at home, don’t take it to school there. That was high school, now you have to perform at an entirely different level. Minnesota’s a powerhourse and returning Big Ten champions.

LM: I’m looking forward to it. I know, with the different ballgame, how busy it’s going to get. I’ve already kind of scheduled my classes, and I’ll probably have to work out in the mornings. Then class and then practice and maybe another class. They expect you to study two hours for every hour you’re in class.

EH: It’s only for four years, though.

LM: I’ll catch up on sleep when I’m older.

MC: Time management’s going to be key. It’s not just going to school, it’s school and athletics in there.

EH: In college sports, you’re not looking at a three-month season, especially nowadays. It’s almost a year-round profession.

MC: Absolutely, even in high school, you had to find something to keep yourself in shape. We were typically running three-lappers around the school. We would get heavy sweats and wrap towels underneath in the wintertime. We were outside in January and Feburary, below zero. I played basketball my freshman and sophomore years and that kept me in shape in the offseason. After sophomore year, I went to Purdue basketball camp and got hurt.

EH: Was Gene Keady not happy?

MC: Well, Bruce Pederson wasn’t happy. He said, “okay, that’s it. No more basketball for you.” I got my cast off in August and couldn’t run on it just yet, so I went out for the golf team.

EH: Mark, it obviously meant a lot to come back and be involved. Logan, can you see yourself coming back in 30 years if asked?

LM: If I was asked to come back and coach or do something else, I’d be happy to. My mom told me that she sat next to Mark Claypool at the Kane County Meet, and said he’d be willing to work with me on starts and I was just like, “Mark Claypool? That’s awesome.” I’d love to come back and help any way I could. Just because it’s really cool when others come back to share their memories.


The Sugar Grove Purple Crush were the first-ever undefeated Majors team, going 17-0 in tournament games. The league includes teams from Elburn, Maple Park and Sugar Grove. Jake Harte (front row, left to right), Adam Rivas and Cameron Pieczynski; Chris Diehl (second row), Ryan Muckerheide and Matthew Perry; Tristan Kinder (third row), Ryan Jobe, Elias Flores, Ian Armesy, Andrew Lesak and Levon McCannon; Coach Tom Muckerheide (back row), Coach Marty Pieczynski, Coach Ron Vickers and Coach Pedro Rivas. Courtesy Photo

Wasco fall ball sign-up

Registration for 2010 fall ball will began July 1. Players are welcome from all surrounding areas.

Practices will start Monday, Aug. 9, with games starting Saturday, Aug. 21. The season will conclude in October with playoffs.

Games will be played on Saturdays only at the home fields at Verhaeghe Field and Poyner Park.

Register online or download a form from the website. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. After that time, all registrants will be wait-listed and teams filled in as needed. This year’s registration fee is $99. For more information, please e-mail

Church news for July 22

Grace UMC, St. Mary’s offer vacation Bible school
Maple Park—Grace United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church will present vacation Bible school, with the theme “High Seas Expedition.”

The program will run from Monday through Thursday, July 26-29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.

Registration is available online at or call (815) 739-4168.

Lord of Life Church offers vacation Bible school
Elburn—Lord of Life Church, 40W605 Route 38, will offer its vacation Bible school program, titled Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace, from Monday through Friday, July 26-30, from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly.

For information or to register, visit, or call (630) 513-5325.

Kaneville UMC offers vacation Bible school
Kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Church (KUMC), 46W742 Main Street Road, invites children in preschool through sixth grade to SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School.

KUMC will be transformed into the Amazon rainforest, where kids will learn about God’s love for them from some of Jesus’ parables. They will also take part in music, games, crafts, snacks and storytellers.

The SonQuest Rainforest adventure begins Monday, July 26, and continues through Friday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration forms are available at the church, the Kaneville Public Library, Hills Country Store and the Kaneville Community Child Center. For more information or to register, call (630) 557-2245.

Avery Kyan, Oakley Michelle White

Jamie and Lisa (Molitor) White of Sugar Grove announce the birth of their daughters, Avery Kyan and Oakley Michelle, on May 17, 2010, at Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora. Avery weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and Oakley weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces.

They have one older sister, Jessica, and three older brothers, Casey, Bradley and John. Their grandparents are Ed and Virginia White of Chicago and Ron and Carol Molitor of Elburn.

Broderick Joseph Guthrie

Tyson and Michelle (Montalto) Guthrie of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Broderick Joseph, who was born May 26, 2010, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Rick and Carol Montalto of Sugar Grove, and Tate Randy and Joanne Guthrie of Elburn.

This is the couple’s first child.

Schiff, Hebel wed May 14, 2010

Sheila Schiff of Sugar Grove and James Hebel of Sandwich, Ill., were married May 14, 2010, in Negril, Jamaica.

The bride is employed by Fairview Dental in Aurora, and the groom is employed by James Olson Associates Land Surveyors in Yorkville.

The couple will reside with their children, Amanda, Vanessa and Ben, in Sugar Grove.

Letter: Thank you for supporting the Herra benefit

Wow, where do we even begin. The benefit at Lions Park on June 19 was absolutely amazing.

We will be forever grateful to those who planned and organized the benefit, those who donated items for the raffles and auctions, and to all that worked the benefit.

Thanks to all who came out to the benefit; we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As hard as we tried to get around and talk to everyone, we missed some of you and apologize for that.

To those who missed the benefit but have sent us cards with your thoughts, prayers and/or donations, we thank you. Everyone’s thoughtfulness means more to us than you will ever know.

We are so very fortunate to have the support of such wonderful family and friends.

Carol’s transplant process should begin within the next two to three weeks. Thank you all who have made this difficult time manageable.

Steve, Carol, Jordan,
Megan and Shannon Herra

Letter: Thankful for Bill Foster

As the country continues to rebound from its recent economic struggles, I am thankful for the hard work and independent record of Bill Foster.

As a successful small businessman, Bill has real-world experience creating jobs and balancing a budget. He knows what it takes to grow a small business and can draw on this background to help create jobs here in the 14th District. His background and dedication to service prove his commitment to this district and the people he represents.

He is working hard to find real solutions and refuses to play the usual political games of false promises and constant pandering.

During his short time in office, Bill has already demonstrated his commitment to job creation through his efforts to protect Fermilab and develop a new health information tech center at NIU. He is creating jobs right here in the district and standing up for the jobs already here.

When someone new to politics shows that kind of passion and success, he gets my attention and has earned my vote. This is a great country, and we need leaders who are dedicated to the people they serve, not entrenched political interests. Bill Foster isn’t interested in the same old political games, just the plain old idea of working hard to represent his constituents.

We need to support Bill Foster and his continued efforts to create good jobs right here in the 14th District and keep America moving forward down the path of economic recovery.

Ronald L. Bedard

Delnor hits milestone in reducing infection

Geneva—Delnor reached a major milestone achieved by few other hospitals in the nation—the near elimination of two different types of hospital-acquired infections, and a reduction by half in total infections monitored as part of the hospital’s goal to improve patient safety.

One type of infection successfully prevented at Delnor is called a “central line associated bloodstream infection” (CLABSI) and can occur when a central line or large catheter is inserted into a major blood vessel to administer medications and IV fluids to patients. The second is known as a “hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,” (MRSA) infection, and is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

Either type of infection can become serious, or even life-threatening, and can extend a hospital stay, costing thousands of dollars in additional medical expenses, as well as discomfort and hardship for patients and their families, according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Keeping infections at bay
For the past 18 months, Delnor has had no hospital-acquired MRSA cases on patient units, an accomplishment the hospital credits to an initiative launched in 2008 by Delnor called “Project Zero.”

This effort was aimed at reducing all types of hospital-acquired infections, including preventing MRSA infections in the inpatient population.

“Infection rates at hospitals across the country are a big concern, and something people don’t often think about when going into the hospital,” said Steven Lewis, M.D., internist and infectious disease specialist at Delnor. “We started with a comparatively low infection rate, but were not satisfied. We take quality of care very seriously at Delnor and have excellent outcomes to prove it … Some people thought it was unrealistic that we set the bar at zero—and seemingly tried to achieve the impossible. But for CLABSIs and hospital-acquired MRSA, we’ve proven we’re able to achieve it.”

Since September 2009, Delnor has also had no cases of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), an accomplishment the hospital credits to a collaborative initiative launched over three years ago, adopting the IHI’s 100K Lives Campaign.

Delnor leaders attribute the hospital’s success to a top-down commitment to improving quality at Delnor that starts with the board of directors and administration and extends to physicians and hospital staff, including the IV therapy team.

“The team of 14 specialty certified nurses are responsible for inserting 30 central catheters per month, which comprises 75 percent of all central lines placed,” said Nancy Moran, IV therapy and outpatient infusion services team leader. “These lines are usually placed in patients receiving care in intensive care units, medical/surgical units, newborn intensive care units and surgical areas.”

Moran said Delnor’s ability to eliminate CLABSIs is due to the hospital’s adoption of strict clinical practices. She said that the IV team, as well as physicians, are required to follow the practices for every central line inserted.

“If at any time a member of the team feels that compliance has been compromised, they will stop the procedure,” she said. “We are very strict in following the standard of care.”

There have been no CLABSIs reported in the last 9 months and only one infection in the last 18 months.

What you can do to protect yourself
Lynn Skelton, infection preventionist at Delnor, encourages patients to take a proactive role in their health care by knowing what to ask and do before a catheter is inserted:
• Ask a doctor or nurse to explain why the catheter is needed and for how long.
• Ask the care giver if they will be using all of the prevention methods, including washing their hands with soap or an alcohol-based solution and wearing sterile gloves before touching the catheter or the area around it.
• Patients should notify their doctor or nurse immediately if the bandage over a central line comes off, becomes wet or dirty, or if the area around the catheter is sore or red.
• Patients should not let family or friends who visit touch the catheter or the tubing.
• Patients should make sure family and friends clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after visiting.

To learn more,visit for the Illinois Hospital Report Card.

Delnor Hospital, located at 300 Randall Road in Geneva, is part of Delnor Health System, which provides a broad range of health care and wellness services for the community.

Kaneland registration information

Kaneland—The Kaneland School District will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 25, with a full day of classes. Full bus service to all schools and full hot lunch service at the middle school and high school will be provided the first day of school.

If you are in the process of moving into the Kaneland School District, please register as soon as possible. Contact the appropriate school building to be certain that you meet the state residency criteria to attend the district’s schools. You are encouraged to visit the building before school starts. Each school will have an open house for new students. Please check a school’s website via to locate this information.

Also, please note that if a student is not registered by Aug. 1, bus service cannot be guaranteed for the first two weeks of school, depending on locations and other factors. If your child will be transported to or from an approved child care facility, please make sure you have filled out the necessary paperwork included in your registration packet by Aug. 1.

Additional information about the Kaneland School District, as well as information about the district’s registration deadline on Aug. 15, will be available in the Elburn Herald’s Kaneland Back to School Guide, which will publish Aug. 5.

Cool treats … on hot days

Nancy Crowe and her Cream King truck visited the Maple Park Kops and Kids at the Movies event July 9 at the Civic Center youth drop-in center. Children were able to select their favorite ice cream treat at no charge, said Police Chief Mike Acosta, who coordinates drop-in center events. The next Kops and Kids at the Movies will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, featuring ‘Peter Pan.’ Courtesy Photo

International exchange students need local homes

Kaneland—A local nonprofit exchange program is inviting local families to host international exchange students for the 2010-11 school year.

The teenage students come from more than 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have their own spending money and insurance.

Host families are responsible for meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment. STS Foundation has a local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year.

For information, call or e-mail David Keating at 1-800-522-4678 or