No fireworks for Elburn, without a new sponsor

Chamber cancels Day in the Park
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—It costs money to put on a free event: $16,000, to be exact, when you’re talking about paying to execute the Day in the Park and the fireworks display in Elburn.

Day in the Park has taken place every weekend after July 4 but one since 1997. Sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, it has been a chance for people to enjoy a day of free, family-oriented activities at Lions Park and stay to watch the fireworks at night.

However, because of the event’s cost, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce is saying “no, thanks,” to staging Day in the Park in 2011. The chamber recently suspended its sponsorship and has no solid plans to start up the event again in the foreseeable future.

“We took a $6,000 hit this year,” Day in the Park chairperson and Elburn Herald Design Director Leslie Flint said. “Unfortunately, it rained on Sunday afternoon, and we weren’t able to charge for parking. We usually bring in $5,000 to $7,000 from parking. We asked ourselves, ‘Is it worth losing the chamber for the fireworks?’ We decided it wasn’t.”

Besides the $10,000 the chamber needs to pay for the fireworks, the organization requires even more money to pay for portable toilets, trash receptacles, park rental, and insurance for Day in the Park. Police protection and traffic control, alone, cost $1,000. Add that to the work involved in putting on the event, and the event takes a toll on chamber members

“We put in a lot of hours, a lot of time and a lot of money, and with no gain to the chamber,” Flint said. “We have never made money, but we’ve at least broken even, and we’re OK with that.”

The chamber itself survives on membership dues from local businesses and events like Aleburn, mud volleyball at Elburn Days, an annual golf outing and a winter dinner. Due to the weak economy, the organization has seen the business donations it usually counts on dwindle.

“It’s always been a fight to get money to do the fireworks,” Flint said. “We’ve seen fewer and fewer volunteers, fewer donation and lesser amounts in the donations we receive. There are only so many things you can do to raise money without stepping on the toes of other groups.”

The chamber put on two pork chop dinners in an attempt to raise funds for Day in the Park expenses. Flint said while it’s a good way to benefit both the Lions Club and the chamber, the Chamber only makes $2.50 on each dinner.

“We have to sell a lot of pork chops to make $16,000,” she said.

Despite efforts to get the word out about how expensive this free event is to put on, the results were disappointing, as were some comments the chamber received after this year’s event.

“We put forth effort over the last two to three years and put in a lot of work,” Flint said. “It’s been disappointment to everyone in the chamber. It’s disappointing to hear the negative feedback; that people would complain about a free event. We can’t change the weather.”

The chamber will not stand in the way of any other organization that wants to assume sponsorship of Day in the Park in the future.

“We don’t want to deprive Elburn of fireworks,” Flint said. “If someone comes up with a check for $15,000, why would we not have the event?”

Sharing future boundary bounty

[quote]by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Board decided Monday to keep the door open to finding common ground with Cortland on where the two villages’ boundaries meet, but they want more equitable terms.

Since 2002, when growth was sweeping the communities of Cortland and Maple Park, the two villages envisioned the day when their borders would meet. Even though growth has slowed, the villages still are envisioning how far each will expand.

At issue are the shared revenues at a possible I-88 interchange and its four corners of potential commercial development.

Cortland has offered a 70-30 split of the revenues and a sharing of the property and sales taxes only, rather than comprehensive revenue sharing, said Maple Park’s Village Attorney, Kevin Buick.

The village had assumed a 50-50 split and the establishment of a zone from which the villages would share revenue. The concept is based on a local model of DeKalb and Sycamore’s agreement along Route 23. The Maple Park Board did not react favorably to Cortland’s offer.

“We do our share, they do their share and we get 30 percent,” Maple Park trustee Mark Delaney said.

The Elburn Herald contacted the Cortland Village Administrator about the Maple Park Board’s reaction but did not receive a response before press time on Wednesday.

Village President Kathy Curtis questioned whether Maple Park should continue the negotiations with Cortland.

“I don’t know how many thousands of dollars we have spent on drafting this agreement over the years. It’s been on the agenda for 10 years. We’ve spent $1,200 just this fiscal year. How can we keep investing this money and not (be) making strides?”

However, the board determined that an agreement is necessary to protect Maple Park’s interests.

“Even if there is no revenue sharing agreement, we need to draw the line in the sand,” Delaney said. “We have to get how far east they go and how far west we go.”

Wastewater plant takes top priority

Road extension plan on village’s back burner
by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Monday postponed starting work on the Schrader Road extension agreement, citing more current concerns for the revenue-strapped village.

Trustee Debra Armstrong said the village has more pressing priorities than extending Schrader for future development.

“We agreed to only spend money on what impacts the village today,” Armstrong said. “What are we getting out of it now? It might not get done in the next 20 years.”

The proposed extension, with a railway overpass, would be a major outlet for the planned Meadowbrooks residential development on the east side of the village.

“This agreement would be between the village and the landowners, that if we ever get out there, they will donate the land to us to be annexed,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

The board voted during its Monday meeting to draft the Schrader extension agreement at a later date. The cost to draft the agreement, including legal fees and a desk-top survey expense, will be approximately $1,000. Planning Commissioner Art Maercker said the road extension is part of the village’s Comprehensive Plan.

Curtis said the board currently should focus on building a new wastewater treatment plant instead, which is necessary to attract and keep development.

“We have nowhere to flush the toilets,” Curtis said. “I don’t know why we are thinking about anything but a wastewater treatment plant. We should be thinking of nothing else than that, 24 hours a day.”

The village needs a larger wastewater treatment plant before any future development occurs in Maple Park, village officials said. Another planned subdivision is a 469-home development that John Clare Ltd. intends to build at County Line Road and Route 38. John Clare Ltd. several months ago obtained a five-year extension from the village for starting the project.

The new wastewater treatment plant will have computerized flow monitoring, holding tank, pump station and other features. It will replace the existing plant on Maple Park Road, which consists of an aerated lagoon.

The village last spring pre-applied for a $5 million Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan funded by federal stimulus money to pay for the new plant. The village could obtain the low-interest loan as early as next spring.

School acre annexed on Harter Road

Village also changes the parcel’s zoning
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday annexed an additional acre of Kaneland School District property along Harter Road.

The School District did not own the one-acre parcel along Harter Road when the Village Board originally annexed the Harter Road Middle School site in February 2007.

The Village Board also rezoned parcel from E-1 Estate Residential District (E1) to Business Park District (BP), a change the School District requested.

The School District developed the Harter Road site in 2008 with a middle school building, parking lot and athletic fields. The village amended the annexation agreement in April 21 to allow the School District to make landscaping modifications.

An annexation agreement amendment the Village Board also approved on Tuesday allows the School District to make minor improvements to the property without seeking other annexation amendments from the village.

“There (are) simpler ways now to make minor modifications now that they’ve developed the Harter Road site, and that’s what we’re trying to help them with,” Village President Sean Michels said.

“We’re just trying to streamline the (School District’s) approval process,” Michels said.

VNA launches annual flu shot clinic

St. Charles—VNA of Fox Valley will launch its annual flu shot clinic program on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, at the Pheasant Run Home Show in St. Charles.

“When deciding when to get a flu shot, I urge people to consider the fact that the peak flu season in Illinois occurs in January and February,” said Dr. Robert Manam, VNA’s Medical Director.

It takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the antibodies to develop and provide protection against infection.

“I recommend that most people get their flu shot in the early fall,” he said. “Studies do not show a benefit of receiving more than one dose of vaccine during a flu season, even among the elderly.”

In 2010, VNA will conduct 85 public flu shot clinics in 40 different communities in Kane, Kendall, DuPage, McHenry, Lake, and Will counties.

VNA’s community flu shot schedule is posted at Those who are homebound and in need of a flu vaccine are encouraged to contact VNA’s Customer Care Department at (630) 978-2532 for details on VNA’s at-home immunization service.

Immunization costs are as follows: flu shot—$25; pneumonia shot—$50; Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) shot—$35. VNA accepts cash, checks (payable to VNA of Fox Valley) or Medicare Part B for flu and pneumonia shots.

VNA of Fox Valley
flu shot clinic program
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 25 & 26
Pheasant Run Home Show
St. Charles

Those who are homebound
and in need of a flu vaccine are encouraged to contact
VNA’s Customer Care Department
at (630) 978-2532

Dennis Allen Anderson

Dennis Allen Anderson, 67, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, due to complications of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

He was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Geneva, the son of Sten and Margie (Allen) Anderson.

Dennis grew up in Elburn on a dairy farm. He attended local schools and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1961. Later, he attended Eastern Illinois University.  

Dennis entered the U.S. Army in 1966. Stationed in Germany, he proudly served his country for two years.

Dennis and Leona were married on July 5, 1969, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

Dennis worked for several years for Jewel Food Stores. Later, he worked for the Kane County Department of Transportation until his retirement. 

Dennis was a faithful and lifelong member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake. He also was a 40-year member of the Elburn American Legion, Post No. 630, and a member of the Elburn Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. In addition, he served on the board of trustees for the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Leona; two sisters, Stena Warne of Mesa, Ariz., and Donna Grimes of Belvidere, Ill.; nephews,  Gideon Warne and Lowell Dean Oranger; nieces, Tena Simpson, Kimberly Lang and Shauna Pena; great-nieces and nephews and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake or the International Mesothelioma Program. Checks may be made to the “Dennis A. Anderson 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

Phil A. Kuzlik

Phil A. Kuzlik, 69, of Chapin, S.C., formerly of both Chicago and Elburn, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2010.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn 60119.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made and mailed to any of the following charities: Palmetto Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 100199, Dept. 274, Columbia, S.C. 29202 or the East lake Community Church, ACTS Metro, 10057 Broad River Road, Irmo, S.C. 29063. Tributes may also be forwarded in his name to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at

Pydynowski, Sheahan to wed

Steve and Eileen Pydynowski of Bloomington, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Pydynowski, to Mike Sheahan, the son of Molly and Harry Hartman of Beaumont, Texas, and Matt Sheahan of Naperville.

The bride-to-be is a 1998 graduate of University High School and 2003 graduate of Bowling Green University. She is employed at the Schaumburg School District No. 54 as a first-grade teacher.

The future groom is a 1999 graduate of Schaumburg High School and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He is employed at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District as a firefighter/paramedic.

Both are proud union members.

Boor, Neumann to wed

Bob and Leslie Boor of Elburn, along with Ken and Jean Neumann of Sugar Grove, announce the engagement of their children, Jillian Boor and Daniel Neumann.

Jillian received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University. Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Jillian and Daniel are both graduates of Kaneland High School.

The couple plans to wed in the fall of 2011.

Church news for Sept. 23

Two Guys and
Free Spaghetti slated

St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.
With their friends, Joe Ryan and Matt Rhead have provided these dinners on the last Sunday of each month since April 2009. Carry-out is available. For information, call (630) 890-6586

Servants of the Holy Heart
celebrate 150 years

Batavia—Join the Sisters, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, on Sunday, Sept. 26, as they celebrate their 150th anniversary.
Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m., followed by an open house with refreshments. The celebration takes place at the convent, 717 N. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Those wishing to attend are asked to call (630) 879-1296 to ensure there is space to accommodate everyone.

Benefit bread, soup, salad
luncheon in Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a benefit Bread, Soup, Salad, and Dessert Luncheon on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 S. Main St., Sugar Grove.
All members of the community are invited to come and share in food and friendship. Michelle Curry, Director of Mutual Ground, Inc., will give a short talk about their chartered, not-for-profit social service agency, which serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in southern Kane and Kendall counties. Free-will donations will support Mutual Ground’s objectives. Call (630) 466-4501.

Dark Knight for LP: Kaneland takes 56-7 win

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Much like the summer hours that tick away into fall, the chances for the visiting LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers ticked away with every scoring drive put together by the Kaneland Knights.

When it was all said and done, the Knights saw another running clock go to their advantage on the gridiron in a 56-7 handling of LP.

With the win, Kaneland improved to 4-0, the first time it has done so since 2006 and the third time in the last six campaigns.

“We were talking all week about how we need to fine-tune everything as we get into conference play,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We’ve got a tough game at Rochelle, and I’m feeling pretty good about our team.”

Putting up 574 total yards, including 327 yards on the ground, the Knights finished their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover slate on a good note.

Knights signal-caller Joe Camiliere was 9-for-14 for 235 yards and a touchdown.

The leading rusher for Kaneland was Central Michigan University-bound Blake Serpa, who rumbled for 118 yards and two scores on nine carries.

Camiliere also rushed for 74 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Quinn Buschbacher caught two balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, and incidentally, had his third touchdown of the season called back on a penalty.

KHS came up empty on its first drive, but after forcing a punt, Taylor Andrews used the second play of the next drive for a 42-yard touchdown run. Andrews weaved his way through blocks and avoided the Cavalier defenders.

“I’ve just got to give credit to the O-line,” Andrews said. “It was Serpa on the lead block and I just followed.”

Andrews followed that up on the next drive with a 13-yard touchdown around left end for a 14-0 lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, LP used a one-yard quarterback sneak by Zack Cinotto to close within 14-7 with 11:14 to go in the second quarter, but KHS scored 21 points in the space of 6:31 to go up 35-7 at halftime.

With 7:31 to go, Serpa plowed in from the three-yard line.

Play of the Knight
When Kaneland puts a massive amount of points on the scoreboard early and often, opponents often feel compelled to air it out. When they do, secondary personnel like (8) Jacob Razo will be waiting. Razo made a great interception after bobbling a rainbow of a pass from LaSalle-Peru near the end zone and gave Kaneland the ball already up 21-7 with under 4 minutes to go in the first half.

After a Jacob Razo interception, Serpa avoided tacklers and drove toward the left corner on an exceptional 60-yard TD run, where he dove for the corner from the three-yard line. Just before the half, Buschbacher scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass by following his blockers.

The three second-half touchdowns were scored on a Camiliere sneak with 2:46 left in the third quarter, a 7-yard Curtis Secrest touchdown run with 10:33 remaining in the contest, and a Nick Fornero 13-yard touchdown run with 3:34 to go.

The East part of the NIB-12 schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with a trip to Rochelle. Of the previous four meetings, the Knights have dropped only one, in 2007. The Knights have split the last six meetings overall with Rochelle.

The Knights sophomore squad won over LP, 38-0.

Top photo: Tyler Callaghan puts pressure on L-P quarterback Zack Cinotto. Photo by Ben Draper

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 1 0 4 0 160 41
Kaneland High School 0 0 4 0 188 47
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 3 1 148 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 3 1 113 59
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 2 85 95
DeKalb High School 0 1 2 2 75 72

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School 1 0 4 0 71 43
Geneseo High School 0 0 4 0 160 41
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 2 2 116 54
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 1 3 35 131
Dixon High School 0 0 0 4 48 190
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 4 6 176

Kaneland golf powers through Indian Creek, Plano in nice week

KANELAND—Kaneland earned two wins over rivals from the Interstate Eight Conference and the Little Ten.

Hughes Creek was the site of a three-team battle between Kaneland, Plano and Indian Creek. The Knights’ team score of 154 bested Indian Creek’s 169 and Plano’s 180.

Leading the charge for the Knights was an exceptional 38 score, shot by both Hayley Guyton and Josh Schuberg. Troy Krueger and Adam Grams both came through with 39 each.

Indian Creek’s Alex Bremner was meet medalist with a 36, while Plano’s top tally was Corey Clevenger with a 39.

Other scores for Kaneland included Zach Douglas with a 47 and Luke Kreiter with a 49 score.

Ahead for the Knights golf squad is a trip to the Genoa-Kingston Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m., followed by a road excursion to Belvidere North High School on Monday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

KHS tennis takes care of Yorkville

KANELAND—It figures that the only thing to stop Kaneland from exhibiting its tennis prowess would be the elements on Tuesday.

Interrupted by lightning, the third doubles match was stopped, but Kaneland still earned a Northern Illinois Big XII win over Yorkville, 3-1.

That followed a 4-3 setback to host Oswego on Monday and a 6-1 loss to visiting Bartlett on Thursday.

The dual meet mark for Coach Tim Larsen’s Lady Knights is 6-5-1, with a 3-0 tally in NIB-12 action.

No. 1 singles star Lindsay Jurcenko took her battle with Yorkville’s Lindsey Schlichting, 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 singles entry Amelia Napiorkowski won her match with Jess Bossong, 6-2, 6-2.

The doubles win for KHS was earned by No. 2 tandem Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon over Jess Arnfelt and Rachel Ems, 6-4, 7-6.

Against the Panthers on Monday, the singles were all won by Kaneland, including a first-ever varsity win for sophomore Jess Woodward in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 matchup.

The lone win over Bartlett was had by Sam Williams and Jordyn Withey in doubles action, 6-3, 6-4.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is the Rochelle Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

Boys XC takes seventh at Eddington

ELBURN—Kaneland boys cross country had to wade not only through 18 other full varsity teams, but also the weather at the annual Eddington Invite.

During intermittent storms, the Knights amassed 212 points, which was good for seventh place.

Crystal Lake Central (78), Jacobs (92) and Dundee-Crown (93) hit the top three.

“We finished strong, and we packed up well. We liked the way the boys responded to the delay in start due to lightning and soggy conditions. We’re making improvements that can’t always be seen in the race results,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

Kaneland cornerstone Trevor Holm led the Knights with a 15 second PR on his home course with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds, good for eighth place overall. Next for the Knights was Clayton Brundige in 39th place with a time of 17:34 and Nate Rehkopf in 40th place at that time. Both Knights improved their best time by 25 seconds each.

Grant Alef (18:14), Jake Ginther (18:15) and Tommy Whittaker (18:19) took up 62nd through 64th place.

Ahead for the Knights is their usual late-September trip to the Rock River Run hosted by Sterling on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

KHS soccer shuts out Morris

Kaneland ties rival Rochelle in storm
KANELAND—The young Knights took care of visiting Morris on Thursday by a final of 3-0.

The lone first-half goal was managed by Anders Winquist-Bailey with 28:58 remaining, thanks to an Alex Gil assist. Six minutes, 45 seconds into the second half, Anthony Parillo put the ball in the net after J.P. Minogue fed him the ball. The scoring closed with a Gil goal with 18:23, left against the Redskins.

Against the visiting Rochelle Hubs, a scoreless tie was stopped with 35:51 remaining in the contest due to torrential rainstorms in the Kaneland area.

Kaneland sits at 4-4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the new Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

KHS gets ready to take on host Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 23, and visiting Sycamore on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

The JV ranks continue to work wonders with a 2-0 win over Morris and a 4-1 win over Somonauk on Saturday.

Photo: There was some shoving during a goal kick in the first half of the Kaneland varsity soccer match against Rochelle on Tuesday. The official game was called early because of severe weather, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Photo by John DiDonna

Eddington Invite sees girls place 14th

ELBURN—Armed with six seniors in its arsenal at the Eddington Invite, the Kaneland High School girls cross country roster braved 16 other teams and finished 14th out of 17 varsity teams.

Still working to get a full lineup on race day, the Lady Knights’ 316 point total was better than Larkin’s 370, and behind Rochelle’s 293.

Geneva, with 42 points, took the meet. Crystal Lake Central (66) and Glenbard East (117) rounded out the top three.

Geneva’s Tess Erhardt took the Elburn Woods race, finishing in 18 minutes, 41 seconds. Crystal Lake Central’s Kelly McNeely had a time of 18:49.

KHS was led by Andie Strang, who finished 25th overall with a time of 20:15.

Teammate Kris Bowen finished 57th with a time of 21:42. Shaela Collins ran a personal best of 22:10, and Kaitlin Munyon also ran a career-high in 84th place with a time of 22:37.

Next up for KHS is the usual Rock River Run stop in Sterling on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Photo: Kaneland senior Kris Bowen tries leaving the pack behind during Saturday’s Eddington Invite at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ryan Wells

VB drops 2 NIB-12 contests to DeKalb, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—When it comes to Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Lady Knights volleyball club plays against its share of tough competition.

See: DeKalb and Sycamore.

Hosting two former Western Sun Conference schools this past week, Kaneland lost in two straight games on Tuesday to Sycamore, 25-19, 25-11, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 25-6, 25-18 clip.

KHS saw its mark slip to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in NIB-12 play.

Against the vaunted Lady Spartans, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, and Taylor Bradbury had five assists.

Teammates Kylie Siebert had eight digs and an ace, while Jess Lubic added five assists and two digs.

Sycamore went out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, but with steady play and improved communication, the Lady Knights closed to within 22-19 before Sycamore closed the deal.

The Lady Knights saw fortunes unfold almost identically to the second game and fell behind 18-8, but there would be no closing of the margin. Sycamore would close the match on a 6-3 run.

“I don’t know if there was a whole lot of difference in game one and game two,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “It’s the same things we’re trying to fix right now. It’s just about playing smart volleyball. They’re very athletic and very skilled but just putting a lot of pressure on themselves.”

The sophomores lost to Sycamore 25-11, 25-19. The freshmen “A” team lost 25-14, 25-22, while the “B: team lost 17-25, 25-15, 26-24.

Up next for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Photo: Kaneland senior Jess Lubic moves in for the kill in recent volleyball action.
File Photo

Editorial: Should Elburn’s Day in the Park continue?

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce announced last week that it would indefinitely suspend the annual Day in the Park celebration, including the fireworks.

The decision was based on a combination of factors, each of which boiled down to not having adequate funding to continue them. In our current economy, pre-event donations from local businesses and fundraising activities with the public were not able to generate adequate funding, and the rainy weather on the day of the event led to far smaller funds raised at this year’s Day in the Park than expected or hoped for by the chamber.

In fact, after all was said and done, the event lost approximately $5,000, and as Gary Augustine wrote in a letter to the editor last week, “… that is beyond the resources of the chamber to sustain.”

Another challenge for the event has been a potential lack of understanding about what the event actually is and who puts it together.

Anecdotally, we often field questions from the public that suggest that many in the area believe the event and/or the fireworks are put on by, or financially supported by, the village itself. Other than approving the permit applications, the village plays no role in the Day in the Park or the event-concluding fireworks.

Rather, the event is planned and organized by Chamber volunteers; and the funding comes from donations, sponsorships, pre-event fundraising activities and the event itself.

We certainly understand the chamber’s decision to put the event on hold at least until the economy recovers. At the same time, we also would like to know the public’s general view of the event and if they would like to see it continue.

If there is sufficient public support for the Day in the Park and fireworks, we hope that a local group takes up Augustine’s suggestion that someone else could host the event in the future.

Let us know your views about the Day in the Park; visit and vote in our weekly web poll. What do you hope to see for the future of the Elburn Day in the Park? Would you like to see it continue and organized by a local group, or would you rather see it remain on hold until the local economy revives?

Letter: Kaneland parents have reason to be proud

This morning (Sept. 10), I was honored and thankful to have attended the Kaneland High School fire science 9-11 Observance.

It was wonderfully done. The students representing the program and local fire departments were respectful and professional in the flag raising and lowering to half-mast.

The group that sang the “Star Spangled Banner” were as good or better than most of the singers at professional sporting events.

The fireman from the Sugar Grove Fire Department that emceed the ceremony gave a moving and heartfelt memorial honoring the firefighters and police, who did more than their duty on that horror-filled day, racing into a doomed building to guide the victims to safety, saving thousands with their own lives.

I thank the school for inviting Elburn American Legion Post No. 630 to attend their ceremony as guests and witnesses. Kaneland parents, you can be proud of your young people.

Jim Elgar

Letter: Thank you for taking part in the 9/11 ceremony

This is a letter of thanks to the Elburn Fire Department, their Explorer Troop, the Elburn Herald, and the team that put together the ceremony on Sept. 10, 2010, at the Garden of Memories, dedicated to all the firefighters who have made the supreme sacrifice and the heroes of 9-11-01 and all our brothers in blue.

My special thank you to the advisors and the Explorers: Chief Callahan, Capt. Brian Schopp, Dan Campbell, Bob Stevens, Scott Sulak, Travis McKelvia, Jeremy Jorgenson, Luke Hesik, J.J. Yami, John Cherry, Cody Schaken, Derek Larson, Jason Birschback, Chris Garon and Nichole Callahan.

Also, a thank you to the Wasco Nursery for their generous donation of mulch; and thank you, Martha Quetsch, for your terrific article.

The garden is open to the public. It is a beautiful place to sit and meditate, to watch the butterflies and birds, to reflect and say a prayer to our fallen heroes.

Paul Wdowicki

Letter: How he touched my life

It was a cold winter’s day in December, when I heard a knock at my door. When I opened the door, there stood two policemen, one with his head hung down to the ground and the other with a sad look, not only on his face, but in his eyes as well.

Come to find out, the police whom had looked so sad was Chief Smith of the Elburn Police Department. He was coming to do the hardest part of his job; he had to tell me that they had found my 17-year-old son’s body in an alley in Chicago.

My son was gone, a life cut short.

Mr. Smith stayed with me until a family member could arrive; he knew there was no way he could leave me alone.

I don’t remember much from that day; however, I do recall Mr. Smith telling me that I should call Bruce Conley, to get Michael’s body back to Elburn and to start making funeral arrangements. That was the last thing I wanted to to, yet it needed to be done.

So a family member did just that; they called Conley Funeral Home and spoke to Bruce. A short time later, Bruce was walking through my door.

With tears running down my face, I said to him, “Your kids are not supposed to die before you.”
And Bruce, a man whom I had never met before, looked at me as though he felt my pain, and said “I know,” and gave me a big hug.

Well, after the funeral was over and my family went back to their lives as though nothing happened, I was left alone. I knew I couldn’t do this by myself, so I once again called Conley’s funeral home.

Bruce was such a caring, loving and compassionate person who always knew just what to say to comfort me. We would spend countless hours talking about my son, my life and what kinds of things I could do to help me.

Bruce had become not only a funeral director to me, but a friend. He had a heart of gold; he was a gift from God to me. If it wasn’t for Bruce and the other staff members at Conley’s, I don’t know if I would be here right now. I have Bruce and all of them to thank, for helping me to move on with my life.

Bruce was a wonderful man, and anyone that knew him, I’m sure would agree. The town of Elburn grieves for you now, Bruce. You will be deeply missed.

To Kris and the Conley family, my heart goes out to you.

Cathy Reinert

Letter: Kaneland should adjust its focus

On Aug. 5, the Kaneland School District distributed a PDF file of the board review package. Included in the package is the G1 Treasurer’s Report. This report is 35 pages long, and in my view, is completely useless for managing the affairs of a $50 million enterprise.

I suggest making a change in the reporting, focus, and specifically a change in performance standards setting, monitoring and evaluation. My reports would be a single page, 35 lines of historical, seasonal spending, relationships, trends and per-unit accounting.

I have prepared a concept sample of the sort of financial reports the school administrators should be asked to prepare for the board, they are:
1. A report by subject
2. A resource allocation report
3. Some general statistics
4. Performance evaluation criteria for the school and its management

These reports would have annual trend analysis and monthly budget and spending versions as noted.

The School Board should be concerned with:
1. The performance goals and achievement of the school (the majority of its time should be spent setting and monitoring those goals).
2. The setting and evaluation of a general budget and resource allocation as presented here.
3. The general setting of policies for the system.
4. The hiring and compensation, and general performance evaluation, of the senior staff including only the superintendent and the principals.
5. Capital asset decisions and finance.
6. Advising the public as to the system performance.
7. Advising the public as to external elements positively or negatively affecting the system.

The School Board should not concern itself with:
1. Individual hiring decisions of teachers or staff.
2. Individual disciplinary decisions.
3. Individual line item spending decisions.
4. Anything to do with accounts receivable or payable (unless it is material, uncollectible, old, unanticipated, and/or contrary to the policies of the school system).

In summary:
1. Far too little time is spent setting, monitoring and dolling out consequences to senior management of the system’s performance goals.
2. The performance goals are wholly inadequate, monitoring and public reporting are non-existent.
3. The present reporting is incomprehensible, illegible, largely irrelevant and/or useless for the purpose of managing the school enterprise.
4. Material adversarial economic trends are taking place with entirely inadequate attention for corrective action; this would include healthcare and pensions.
5. Material adversarial external influences had taken place in the past, which have had a profound impact on the public welfare, and little to no attention or public explanation to these forces has taken place; this would include the $100-plus million liability created by municipal annexation agreements.

Jeff MacKenzie

Women helping women

[quote]Group offers networking, charitable opportunities
Lynn Meredith
KANEVILLE—Women helping women is a win-win situation, and that’s just what the local W.I.N.S. organization is all about.

W.I.N.S., which stands for Women Insight Networking and Service, is a business group that provides personal and professional development opportunities for Kaneland area women while also serving the community.

In 2005, four women from Kaneville who wanted to share their business skills and knowledge started the group. The idea caught on, and more and more women began attending the organization’s monthly luncheon meetings at Fireside Grill in Sugar Grove. W.I.N.S. currently has 60 members.

The organization’s goal is to educate members on business matters. W.I.N.S. hosts speakers who talk on topics such as business planning, motivation and women’s health issues.

The group also chooses a monthly service project that members may support.

“The ladies on the (W.I.N.S.) board ask themselves, ‘Who can we benefit in our community?’” said the organization’s marketing director, Michelle Brokop. “One time we donated to the Elderday Center in Batavia. We brought Play Doh, glitter and craft paper to the meeting. When we made the donation, it was like Christmas Day.”

Each month, the group holds a 50/50 raffle that benefits the W.I.N.S Scholarship Fund at Waubonsee Community College. The recipient is a female student with clear business goals and a well-rounded background in serving the community. This year, the award went to Tara Olsen.

W.I.N.S members come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are self-employed business owners, others work for corporations, and some are educators.

“It’s a good, mixed bag of women,” longtime member Barb Nielson said. “It’s very rewarding to meet face to face.”

Members can be as active in the group as they want.

“Sometimes it’s an escape from being a mom, and they just come out to enjoy lunch,” Brokop said. “Others simply do the donation part and don’t attend the meetings.”

Nielson started participating in the group after years of belonging to chambers of commerce and leads groups. She recalls when the “good ol’ boys’ network” was in place, and networking took place over drinks or on the golf course.

“I heard of a women’s group offered in the Kane County area that was not affiliated with chambers, that would be other women in business,” Nielson said. “I find that women have more in common. Most are juggling children and jobs. They have many of the same issues and a different outlook (than men).”

Annual flu season—What you need to know

Flu vaccine is starting to arrive
Illinois—The upcoming annual flu season is anticipated to be unlike last year, but similar to previous years.

You only need one flu shot. During last year’s influenza pandemic, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended both a 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination and a seasonal influenza vaccination.

This year, the H1N1 strain, as well as two other flu strains, is included in one vaccine. This is similar to previous years in which three different flu strains were rolled into one vaccine. However, children younger than 9 who have not been vaccinated for influenza in the past will need two doses of the flu vaccine.

Both the IDPH and the CDC recommend everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older should make getting vaccinated a priority.

“Every flu season is different, and people are affected by the flu differently. Even healthy children and adults can become very sick from the flu,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold. “There are some people who cannot be vaccinated, such as babies younger than six months and those who are allergic to the vaccine. That’s why it is important for those of us who can get our influenza vaccine, to do so and protect those vulnerable populations who could become seriously ill.”

The flu vaccine is starting to arrive in Illinois. It will be available at local health departments across the state, as well as some doctor’s offices, health clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. The cost of the vaccine will vary by location, but it is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and by some insurance companies.

This year’s flu vaccine is made in the same way as past flu vaccines and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 100 million doses of influenza vaccine has been used in the United States each year and has an excellent safety record.

It is not too early to get your flu vaccine. You can be vaccinated in September and be protected throughout the entire flu season. The season typically runs from October through May, with the peak in January.

The vaccine is available in two forms, a flu shot or nasal spray. The flu shot contains inactivated, or killed, viruses. The nasal spry contains live viruses that are weakened. Neither vaccine will cause influenza.

To reduce the spread of influenza, it is also important to practice the 3 C’s:
• Clean—properly wash your hands frequently
• Cover—cover your cough and sneeze
• Contain—contain your germs by staying home if you are sick

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Scout helps youths with ADHD, Asperger

Participants sought for Eagle Scout program
by David Maas
SUGAR GROVE—Richard Williams, a junior at Kaneland High School, is attempting to reach the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout. To accomplish this, he must complete an Eagle Project and decided to undertake a program to help kids with the same disabilities he has.

In the fourth grade, the Sugar Grove youth was diagnosed with attention deficit syndrome. Later, before his freshman year of high school, Richard was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.

“Despite the challenges, (with) these two diagnoses present, he has held many positions in the Troop in the past, including Senior Patrol Leader,” said Sean Williams, Richard’s father, “When deciding on an Eagle Project, he wanted to do something to help others with the disabilities he has.”

Richard is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 3.

“New Frontiers,” Richard’s project, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn, for kids ages 8 through 14 with ADHD and/or Asperger. He is seeking participants for the event.

“(Richard) feels Scouting has helped him in dealing with the challenges of his disabilities, and wants to give others the same opportunities he had,” his father said.

The event will feature four stations and lunch; both are free to all participants.

“The stations are meant to expose the participants to the outdoors, as well as different communication, teamwork, leadership, and confidence-building activities,” Williams said.

A first-aid station will expose participants to basic first-aid skills, and a campfire-building/fire-safety station will teach youths the art of safely building and extinguishing a campfire.

Adults will be in charge of each station and also will lead each group, with parents accompanying their child’s group so they can observe the activities.

Richard plans to supervise the entire event, making sure participants correctly execute everything in his project plan.

Pre-registration for this event is required, with a maximum of 40 participants. Send pre-registration requests to

Kaneland school menus

Monday, Sept. 20: Grilled chicken sandwich, goldfish, corn, peaches
Tuesday, Sept. 21: French toast sticks, sausage, tri-tater, pears
Wednesday, Sept. 22: Spaghetti, garlic bread, carrots, tossed salad, pineapple
Thursday, Sept. 23: Chicken wrap, celery, carrots, applesauce
Friday, Sept. 24: Grilled chicken, tomato soup, crackers, green beans, cantaloupe

Bid unnecessary for recent sewer repairs

ELBURN—Stormwater sewer repairs related to a five-foot sinkhole in a backyard in the 500 block of Cambridge Street in Elburn will cost the village $20,000.

On Tuesday, the Elburn Finance Committee reviewed a report from Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven. He said the repairs were to portions of the storm sewer that had collapsed or were susceptible to the return invasion of tree roots.

The contractor that Nevenhoven hired to complete the repairs, Gerry Snow, provided a verbal quote for the repairs on July 28. The village did not need to seek bids from other contractors because of the emergency nature of the repairs and because the expense did not exceed $20,000.

Annual Aleburn set for Saturday

by David Maas
ELBURN—The Elburn Chamber of Commerce, the Elburn American Legion and the Elburn Herald will host the third annual Aleburn beer and wine event Saturday, Sept. 18. It is an Oktoberfest-style event.

“It’s a fun little beer garden, and a fun way to spend the afternoon,” said Leslie Flint, coordinator for the event.

Aleburn will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Elburn American Legion Hall on Main Street in downtown Elburn. Admission is free, and parking is available throughout downtown Elburn.

In the beer garden, offerings will include light beer, Sam Adams Octoberfest beer and a wine selection. Local food vendors, including Ream’s Elburn Market and Paisano’s Pizza and Grill will be present, selling brats, cheddarwurst, pizza and other food items ranging from $2 to $5.

Aleburn also will feature live music, raffles, a bags tournament and Touch-a-Truck.

The bags tournament will take place at 3 p.m., with sign-up starting at 2 p.m. A $30 entry fee is required for each two-person team.

Touch-a-Truck is an activity for kids, featuring fire trucks, ambulances, tractors and other vehicles children may climb aboard. Children also will have an opportunity to meet local firefighters.

A new Aleburn feature this year is a barbecue cook-off, a contest starting on Saturday morning. Anyone from Kane or DeKalb counties may participate. The winner will receive a cash prize. The entry fee is $25. Pre-registration is required. Call the Elburn Chamber of Commerce at (630) 365-2295.

Beer and wine event
2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18
Elburn American Legion
parking lot
Free admission

Kaneland budget has $1.4 million shortfall

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved the School District’s 2010-11 operating budget of $46.9 million.

Although the operating budget expenditures total $46.9 million, the expected operating budget revenue, which includes education, operations and maintenance, transportation, and working cash funds, totals $45.5 million.

Therefore, the operating budget has a $1.4 million shortfall.

Certified staff will not receive raises for the 2010-11 school year. However, for 2011-12, they will receive a 5.6 percent raise. The district has projected salary increases of 3 percent for all staff in the next several fiscal years.

In the future, Kaneland may need to modify those percentages in order to reduce the anticipated deficit, district staff reported in Kaneland’s Deficit Reduction Plan for 2011-2014. The district is required to submit the plan to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Local, state police join to make Route 47 safer

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Officers from the Kane County Sheriff, Sugar Grove, Waubonsee Community College and Illinois State Police departments are working together on a two-and-a-half-week joint traffic enforcement that started Sept. 7 along the Route 47 corridor from Main Street in Sugar Grove to Blackberry Township.

The joint traffic detail, which will remain active until Sept. 24, is a response to the several serious and fatal automobile accidents that have occurred on Route 47, including an April 14, 2010, collision near Waubonsee Community College (WCC) that claimed the lives of two North Aurora teenagers.

“All the (local) agencies came together to discuss possible solutions to the traffic flow in front of the college, and this is part of an education (and) enforcement initiative to raise public awareness (along the corridor),” Kane County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Pat Gengler said. “There have been several serious crashes on Route 47, and we hope people will become more aware.”

To step up enforcement along the local Route 47 corridor, officers from the four agencies are working that stretch of road at the same time and are able to communicate on several different radio frequencies.

The Sheriff’s Department is dedicating at least one deputy per shift to the concentrated enforcement effort, Gengler said.

The law enforcement agencies timed the joint traffic detail to coincide with the start of WCC’s fall semester, when traffic in the area increases. Gengler hopes the joint traffic detail will promote safe driving along the corridor and educate local drivers of just how dangerous Route 47 can be.

“Route 47 looks like a country road in most places but has a high volume of traffic, and does allow for an increase in speed, along with a (fluctuation) from two to four lanes or four to two lanes,” he said.