Sept. 17 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.

Sugar grove
• Gabriel Coyomani-Cielo, 41, of the 1600 block of Dearborn Avenue, Aurora, was arrested at 8:56 a.m. Sept. 1 for driving with a suspended license, unlawful display of license plates and operating an uninsured vehicle. Sugar Grove police stopped the GMC Suburban Coyomani-Cielo was driving after running the plates and having them come back as registered to a 1997 Honda. A court date was set for Oct. 1.

• A resident of the 300 block of Sutton Court, Sugar Grove, reported Sept. 3 that two unauthorized charges had been made to his debit card. The two charges, both in the amount of $39.95, were made in July and August 2010, from Spanish Fork, Utah.

• Enrique G. Gonzalez, 26, of the 500 block of High Street, Aurora, was arrested for driving with no valid license and speeding in a school zone at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 3. A Oct. 1 court date was scheduled.

• Thomas Zarate, 19, of the 1800 block of Lilac Lane, Aurora, was issued five citations after a traffic stop in Sugar Grove Sept. 4 shortly after 4 p.m. Zarate was cited for speeding in excess of 55 mph, driving while his license was suspended, improper display of a license plate, no valid registration and operating an uninsured vehicle after he was stopped on Galena Boulevard. A court date was set for Oct. 15.

• Keith J. Li Fonti, 39, of the 2500 block of Daisy Lane, Crest Hill, Ill., was arrested at 7:39 a.m. on Sept. 7 after Sugar Grove police pulled him over for having no insurance on the registered license plates. Li Fonti was charged with operating a vehicle when the registration was suspended for no insurance, driving while his license was suspended and operating an uninsured vehicle. A court date of Oct. 15 was scheduled.

• Jeffery P. Megenhardt, 24, of the 300 block of Evanslawn Avenue, Aurora, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after the motorcycle he was operating left the road on Merrill Road in Sugar Grove at 9:26 a.m. Sept. 7. Megenhardt was transported to Mercy Center in Aurora.

• Joshua Schmitz, 20, of the 1500 block of Oswego Road, Naperville, Ill., was charged with disobeying a traffic control signal after an accident at Galena road and Route 47 at 4:44 p.m. on Sept. 13. No one was reported injured in the accident.

• Nicholas J. Seidelman, 18, of the first block of Marnel Road, Montgomery, was charged at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 with driving an uninsured vehicle after the vehicle he was driving struck a vehicle ahead of him that was yielding to an emergency vehicle on Route 47. The initial impact caused the second car to hit another vehicle. No one was reported injured in the accident.

A wonderful life — memories of Bruce Conley

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—George Bernard Shaw once said, “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”

It’s hard to imagine a person who lived more, worked more, and gave more than Bruce Conley. His death last Saturday from cancer cemented in people’s minds that his life was thoroughly used in ways that will leave a lasting impact on individuals, families and this community.

“I’ve always thought of Bruce as George Bailey,” said Carol Alfrey Director of Conley Outreach Services. “Humble, selfless, able to laugh at himself and totally unaware of the impact he had on others’ lives. And like George Bailey, he truly had ‘A Wonderful Life.’”

[quote]That impact was repeated over and over by friends and family members since his death on Saturday afternoon. His work as a funeral director for Conley Funeral Home was only part of what he accomplished.

“All those years he wore a suit, but underneath he was a great dad,” Ben said. “When I was young, I was asked if I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I wasn’t sure about that then, but I knew I wanted to be like him. The funeral director was the vehicle, but it was him I wanted to be.”

Who he was can only be illustrated by the stories and memories people have of him. His sister, Karen Howard, recalled last December when she was rushed to the emergency room and ended up in an intensive care unit.

“He got there not long after I did. Even though he was in chemo himself, he spent the night in my room and wouldn’t go home,” she said. “That’s who he was. He did for others.”

Cheryl Hackbarth received Bruce’s help not only during her husband’s death but years later, when her husband’s car, which she cherished, was totaled in an accident.

“He knew I was upset and asked me what I wanted to do. I jokingly said I wanted a funeral for it. He said, ‘Whatever you want. We’ll say some words.’ He dropped everything,” Hackbarth said. “He always put others first.”

Chris Halsey, who worked with Bruce on developing an innovative graveside sound system, said that Bruce was always a positive person and comforting to people in their time of need and distress.

“I always heard the term ‘unconditional love’ for many, many years, but until I met Bruce, I truly didn’t know the meaning of it,” he said.

Bruce was a huge part, not only of his own children’s lives, but also the lives of his nephew and niece.

“He was Shelia’s ‘Prince in Shining Armor’. When he would leave on Monday mornings to go back to college, she would sob when he told her goodbye,” Howard said. “He also wrote a song ‘Troubleshooters’ that he and Bill would sing when they went off on an adventure.”

Helping kids was one of the many dreams that Bruce made come true. Most recently this summer, he was pleased to take part in the grief camp at the Conley Farm, a dream that he was able to see realized.

“He knew that the kids would take to being outside with ample space and the gardens and the creek. They could soak in the sunshine and be able to run around. It would be different than being in rooms,” Howard said. “He drew such inspiration from being at the farm.”

One moment that Howard said has become precious to her is the afternoon right after Bruce’s diagnosis, when she and Bruce walked the creek at Conley Farm, up one side and down the other. They talked and laughed a lot.

“I told him that this was the first time we had ever done something like this and that we would have to do it again. You realize that it’s one of those things you’re blessed to have. The creek has a different meaning to me now,” Howard said.

Talking and laughing with people was one of Bruce’s greatest strengths. Halsey recalls a time he drove to Chicago with Bruce to get parts for the new sound system.

“We never stopped talking—about everything. He could converse on any topic. We got so engrossed I missed two exits,” Halsey said.

Dave Anderson, mayor of Elburn, said that Bruce’s sense of humor and ability to express himself always impressed him. When Anderson owned the grocery store, Bruce would come in for a snack, and they would have fun between the two of them.

“Bruce, the undertaker, would ask me how I was, and I’d say ‘Not ready!’ We’d laugh. He had a sense of humor like his father, Chuck,” Anderson said.

Ben said that Bruce’s goofy nature and sense of humor was not showcased because of what he did for a living, but it was definitely who he was.

“It’s what I hold in my heart. I was lucky to have him for a dad,” Ben said.

Anderson was also impressed with the journal writing that Bruce did on Caring Bridge, the website for cancer survivors.

“He put into words what a lot of us have felt or a lot of us have thought. It is a very unique ability,” he said.

Creativity was one thing Bruce had an abundance of, and he used it in every aspect of his life, from playing the trumpet and writing songs to writing books to creating remarkable and meaningful funeral services.

“He was such a visionary. He would just dream,” said Cheryl Kainz, Director of Programming for Conley Out Reach.

Kainz, a high school classmate of Bruce’s at Kaneland, came on board at the funeral home and joined in the creativity of making each service special and meaningful to the family. She creates digital scrapbooks that are given to the family.

“Bruce would say that the funeral is just the band-aid on the grief and that the scrapbooks were the Neosporin. They speeded up the healing process,” Kainz said.

Often their ideas would take them late into the night when last-minute inspirations came to them. She remembers when a farmer died, Bruce got the idea to build some barn doors. They stayed up to 2 a.m. making those doors. Another time, they hung animal pelts over the fence for a hunter who died.

“It’s going beyond and making things special. Bruce believed in celebrating their type of life. That’s what it’s about,” Kainz said.

So many people emphasized how much they learned from Bruce. Many saw him not only as a friend but as a mentor, including his own son.

“He taught me everything I know. I will take what he imparted and continue his lessons, his passion and his commitment,” Ben said.

Bruce’s wife, Kris Conley, said that sometimes they wondered if what they did mattered.

“We knew that it mattered, but still we asked ourselves if we were making any difference,” she said. “It was amazing; people did not wait until he died to tell us that it did. They told us before, so that he knew. I think that will help Ben in his work, that what he is doing does make a difference, that how you care for people matters.”

In the end, those closest to him say that his spirit remained positive and his faith strong. The family is comforted that the important things were said and that little miracles of timing occurred, so that his kids could be home before he passed.

Darlene Marcusson said that she learned so much from Bruce.

“We learned not only how to live well, but also how to die well,” she said.

It was Bruce’s wish that memorials be made directly to Conley Outreach to continue the work he started.

Dennis A. Anderson

Dennis A. Anderson, 67, of Elburn, passed away on Sept. 8, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Ill. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. For information, call (630) 365-6414 or visit

Anna Kozik

Anna Kozik, 100, of St. Charles, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center, where she had recently made her home.

She was born Aug. 8, 1910, the daughter of Paul and Suzana (Hrokus) Sladek in Czechoslovakia.
She grew up near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, and attended local schools.

Anna was united in marriage to Paul Kozik in Czechoslovakia on Jan. 29, 1928. They traveled back to the United States to make their home.

They lived in Chicago for a time until 1943, when they moved to Ramm Road in Maple Park, where they made their home for many years. Anna continued to live on the family farm after Paul passed away in 1984. Due to declining health, she moved to Provena Pine View Care Center in 2004.

The care of her family was Anna’s number-one priority. She worked on the farm, made their house a home and worked as a housekeeper for several local families.

Anna was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church for many years.

Anna’s farm garden helped to feed generations of family and friends. Freezers and shelves held the harvest that always came on her birthday. On that day, a party was held and instead of giving gifts, everyone found themselves laden with gifts from her garden and kitchen. Smells of cooking and baking often permeated the home and held the promise of home-cooked meals, birthday cakes and cookies. She was a loving grandmother to not only her grandchildren, but to anyone who crossed the threshold. She will live long in the memories of those who loved her and will not soon be forgotten.

She is survived by her son, John P. (Patricia) Kozik; four grandchildren, John P. (Cathie) Kozik Jr., Molly (Jeff) Horn, Stephen (Chie) Kozik and Thomas Kozik; five great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Anna Kozik, Michael E. Kozik, Quinlan Kozik, Emily Kozik and Mary Horn; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life followed visitation at St. Gall Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Anna Kozik 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

Link, Warner wed May 22, 2010

Jeff and Cheryl Link of Elburn announce the wedding of their daughter, Alyssa Link, to Michael Warner, the son of Tom and Dee Warner of North Aurora, on May 22, 2010.

The ceremony was held at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, with the reception following at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

The matron of honor was Julie Pirtle of Hampshire, Ill., cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Cristi Spang of North Aurora, friend of the bride and groom; Shannin Miller of North Aurora, friend of the bride and groom; Mallory McCormick of Merrillville, Ind., cousin of the groom; and Christina Marrassa of Downers Grove, Ill., friend of the bride. Flower girl was Ava Poss of St. Charles, friend of the bride and groom.

Best man was Rick Warner of Naperville, Ill., brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Brian Carew of Aurora, Jason Frantzen of Aurora, Matt Hills of North Aurora, Josh Lopez of Plainfield, Ill., and Mike Bovelli of North Aurora, all friends of the bride and groom.

Ushers were Mark Bozik of North Aurora, Adam Miller of North Aurora, Joel Fullmer of Aurora, and Mike Rippinger of North Aurora, all friends of the bride and groom.

Ring bearer was Alec Poss of St. Charles, friend of the bride and groom.

The bride is a 2006 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora, and was a student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

The groom is a 2002 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora and was a student of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. He is a lieutenant in the Sugar Grove and North Aurora fire protection districts.

After a honeymoon in Bora Bora, the couple reside in North Aurora.

Waubonsee announces August graduates

Sugar Grove—More than 150 local students earned degrees from Waubonsee Community College this summer semester.

Students finishing their studies in August 2010 include, from Elburn, Ashley Clinton, Erin Flanagan and Samantha Schwenk; and from Sugar Grove, Matthew Abraham, Alex Bowden, Benjamin Hankes, Tony Howe, Melinda McCormack, Melissa Mirocha, Steven Schmidt, Melissa Schnidt and Price Shoemaker V.

Church news for Sept. 16

Celebrate High Holidays
with Fox Valley
Jewish Neighbors

Geneva—Celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days in the Tri-Cities with Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN). Whether you are Jewish or part of an interfaith Jewish family, and whether or not you are a member of a neighboring synagogue, you are invited to spend time with your Jewish neighbors.

A Yom Kippur Service will be held Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at FVJN. Break-the-Fast will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the Geneva History Center (immediately north of FVJN). This family-friendly and interfaith-friendly potluck will include signaling the ending of Yom Kippur with the blowing of the shofar.

For additional information and upcoming events, visit

Benefit bread, soup, salad
luncheon set for Sept. 26

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.

Sugar Grove UMC
annual fall rock concert

sugar grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will hold its annual fall rock concert on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church’s 40-acre farm site at 4S633 Harter Road.

For information, call (630) 466-4501 or visit

St. Peter offers series
for returning Catholics

Geneva—St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva, will conduct an ongoing series called Catholics Returning Home on six consecutive Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Cabrini room, lower level of the church, beginning Sept. 22.

These sessions are for nonpracticing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith. For more details, call (630) 232-0124.

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.


Photo gallery below story
Knights run over crossover foe Dixon, 55-6
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Looks like Kaneland Knights football is putting the rest of its schedule on notice.
The visiting Dixon Dukes certainly noticed.

In the first crossover Northern Illinois Big XII contest for Kaneland, the Knights saw both the offense and defense contribute in a 55-6 win over the visitors.

For KHS, it’s their first 3-0 start since the prolific season of 2006, and for coach Tom Fedderly, that falls largely on one aspect of the game.

“It’s all senior leadership,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “These kids want to be a good team. They’ve been through it. They know what it takes, and they’ve got a lot of pride.”

The game featured a running clock due to a 40-point margin, which was achieved on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Sean Carter.

For KHS, it’s the first time a running clock has been accomplished in regular season play since 2006, when KHS beat DeKalb.

“Our offensive line did a great job. Joe had a lot of time, and I thought the receivers executed their routes well,” Fedderly said.

Kaneland cruised on the strength of Joe Camaliere’s five touchdown passes and 10-for-15, 279-yard day through the air.

The leading rusher was backup QB Ryan Fuchs with 32 yards.

Carter had 77 yards receiving on three catches and two scores, while Blake Serpa had 110 yards recieving.

Play of the Knight
While the Kaneland ‘D’ might have been tired of being on the field in the first half, the O wasn’t tired of scoring. Taking the field for the first time with under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter after Dixon ran 15 offensive plays, QB Joe Camiliere threw a bullet pass to a striding Blake Serpa for a 63-yard touchdown on the Knights’ first play from scrimmage. The scoring play gave KHS a 14-0 lead in the first.

For Dixon, Preston Lumzy had 114 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

The party started early, before the KHS offense even got the ball. Three holding penalties plagued things at first, but then a failed pitch attempt by Dixon resulted in linebacker Nick Michels scooping up the ball at the 12 and running in for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 1:06 into the game.

“When the fumble happened, (Taylor) Andrews came up and made a hit. I saw the ball pop out, hesitated a little bit, and picked it up,” Michels said.

Dixon had another sustained drive but had to punt, leading to Camaliere hitting Blake Serpa for a 63-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 6:31 to go in the first.

The first quarter scoring ended on a 38-yard slot pass to Quinn Buschbacher with 2:59 to go to make it 21-0.

In the second quarter, Serpa scored on an 11-yard TD run for a 28-0 lead with 8:38 to go in the half. Dixon’s Lumzy broke into the scoring column with a two-yard scamper with 4:58 to go to make it 28-6 with 4:58 to go, and Camaliere’s 45-yard scoring pass to Carter 32 seconds later made it 35-6. The first half scoring concluded with a 47-yard strike to Serpa with 1:21 to go to make it 41-6 at the half.

After the clock-busting Carter touchdown, Fuchs closed the scoring out with a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:28 to go in the third.

In the earlier sophomore contest, Kaneland won 42-6.

Kaneland goes for a fourth straight win against the NIB-12 West school LaSalle-Peru on Friday, Sept. 17.

Top photo: Knight Tyler Callaghan (6) stifles Dixon Dukes RB Preston Lumzy during Friday’s 55-6 win in Maple Park. Photo by Ryan Wells

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 1 0 3 0 119 41
Kaneland High School 0 0 3 0 132 40
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 1 96 20
Morris Com High School 0 0 2 1 94 41
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 1 71 40
DeKalb High School 0 1 2 1 61 55

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School 1 0 3 0 54 29
Geneseo High School 0 0 3 0 105 27
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 2 1 98 35
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 1 2 41 62
Dixon High School 0 0 0 3 33 138
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 3 6 135

Lady Knight XC sees bright spots with slim lineup at Wauconda Invite

WAUCONDA—Still working to get a full lineup from injuries and illness, the Lady Knights cross country team went north and saw some individual fortunes turn that way, as well.

The Wauconda Invitational had Kaneland field a select group of varsity and JV runners. Team-wise in the F/S race, Lake Forest took the meet with 59 points, followed by Cary-Grove (89) and West Chicago (140).

Sophomore Ashley Castellanos finished fourth overall in the frosh/soph race with a time of 17 minutes, two seconds, beating Lake Forest’s Lisa Bennatan by five seconds.

In ninth place, Abby Dodis finished the course in 17:20.

Anna Piazza took 40th with a time of 18:36. Teammate Morgan Modaff took 107th with a time of 20:13.

Varsity action saw Crystal Lake Central win the meet with 48 points.

The top runner for Kaneland was Shaela Collins at 22:37, good for 102nd place out of 172 runners.

Coming up for KHS girls cross country: hosting the Eddington Invite on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Elburn Woods.

VB nabs 3 wins, starts NIB-12 conference play

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball began the week with a satisfactory performance in Bartlett, and ended with its first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII win.

With a 2-2 showing at the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, and a two-game drubbing of host Morris on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 7-6 (1-0 NIB-12).

Kaneland began Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18 loss to Bartlett, but rallied to overtake Dundee-Crown by a final of 25-21, 25-10.

The third match came against Belvidere North and ended with a 27-25, 25-12 loss.

Never separated far from their opponents in the first game, Kaneland never took the lead. Although tied at 25, BN won out, despite strong front line play.

The second game had KHS tied 8-8 at one point, until it fell victim to a 17-3
run to end it.

“We just needed to come out better in that first part,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “We can’t just wait for them to score a bunch of points and catch up. We need to learn to start out each game ahead. It’s still early in the season, and we’re trying to figure out how to fix that.”

In match four, Kaneland solved Larkin of Elgin 25-13, 25-19.

Kylie Siebert had 44 receptions and 43 digs on the day, while Taylor Bradbury added 35 assists and eight aces.

Against Morris, Katy Dudzinski had 10 kills and an ace, while Jess Lubic added six kills, 13 assists and two aces.

Kaneland now hosts DeKalb in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Grace Fabrizius (14) offers up a serve in Kaneland’s third match of Saturday’s Bartlett Tournament, a 27-25, 25-12 loss to Belvidere North. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS tennis has unbeaten week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If tennis fans were wondering how the current talent on the roster would come together and produce on the courts, it’s been good so far.

Going 2-0-1 in dual meet competition this week, the Lady Knights improved to 5-3-1. On Tuesday, Kaneland swept host Morris in Northern Illinois Big XII action 5-0. Thursday had the Lady Knights edge visiting Rochelle 3-2, and a historically disappointing rivalry with host Rosary on Monday ended in a 3-3 deadlock.

Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski won their matches in straight sets on Tuesday, as did the doubles units of Madi Limbrick/Maria Rossi, Caiti Ellefsen/Megan Hanlon and Maddy McMullen/Stephanie Rosenwinkel.

“I really had to focus on my cross-court and down-the-line shots,” Jurcenko said on Tuesday. “I made sure I got my first serves in.”

Jurcenko also likes the way the team is headed.

“We lost eight girls last year. Bringing in a whole new doubles lineup and going to a new conference could have hurt us. At this point in time, everyone is getting into their groove,” Jurcenko said.

Against the Royals, Jurcenko, Napiorkowski and the team of Sam Williams/Jordyn Withey took home straight-set wins.

The singles crew took a sweep of the Hubs, while McMullen/Rosenwinkel and Williams/Withey won their doubles match.

Coming up for Kaneland is a home matchup vs. Bartlett on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Junior Maria Rossi gets ready to return the favor during a 6-3, 6-2 doubles win for herself and junior Madi Limbrick on Tuesday in Morris. Photo by Mike Slodki

Holm, juniors spur Kaneland boys XC

PEORIA—Whatever the fortunes of the Kaneland High School boys cross country team this season, the Knights have a gelling core that will give those fortunes a fighting chance.

At cross-country hub Detweiler Park in Peoria, Kaneland finished eighth out of 36 teams at the Woodruff Invite.

With 321 points, KHS outlasted Aurora Central Catholic, which had 341 points. Just ahead of KHS was Woodstock at 313 points.

The top three squads were Normal U-High at 64 points, Burlington High School of Iowa at 151 points, and Yorkville at 163.

Kaneland anchor Trevor Holm showed what he was capable of with an eighth-place finish at 15 minutes, 30 seconds, just five seconds shy of a school record.

In 58th place was Clayton Brundige at 16:29, a personal best by 30 seconds. Teammate Nate Rehkopf took 74th with a time of 16:42.

With a 16:49 effort, Grant Alef took 81st place.

More PR times came Kaneland’s way thanks to Jake Ginther in 108th place (17:16), Tommy Whittaker in 130th (17:35) and Devin Swearingen in 137th (17:40).

“We are a slow starting team looking to build some momentum these next 3-4 weeks,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “It’s going to be a very formidable challenge, battling in the new NIB-12, and through the State series. We have confidence in or boys and the direction we’re heading.”

The direction the Knights are headed is toward Saturday, Sept. 18, and the annual Eddington Invite event at Elburn Woods.

Golf takes care of H-BR, Yorkville, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Don’t look now, but the Kaneland golf roster (4-2, 2-0 NIB-12) could be stacking some wins together, thanks to stacking productive shots.

On Sept. 8 at Hughes Creek, the Knights routed Hinckley-Big Rock 160-227, and solved host Yorkville at Blackberry Oaks on Thursday by a final of 156-161.

Against the Royals, the best scores were courtesy of Troy Krueger at 38, Zach Douglas at 39 and Hayley Guyton at 40.

In the razor-thin win against the Foxes, Josh Schuberg earned a 37, followed by Guyton’s 38 and a 40 from Krueger.

Guyton emerged with a nice score but felt she could have done even better.

“I was parring every single hole and it was an exciting round, but on the last hole I had a decent approach shot, but it hit the tree and went into the water,” Guyton said.

Tuesday had Kaneland use a 39 from both Adam Grams and Douglas in a 163-171 win over Sycamore

The Knights go with Indian Creek to visit Plano on Monday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Junior Zach Douglas lines up his put during Thursday’s win over Yorkville. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS soccer holds off IMSA, suffers two L’s

KANELAND—When it comes to soccer, the match often comes down to a strong finish.

In that respect, it appears Kaneland soccer is still trying to find its soccer legs.

Although the Knights did squeeze in a win between two setbacks this past week, the KHS crew sits at 3-4 in 2010.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, had the Knights lose to Hinckley-Big Rock along Route 30 by a 1-0 final.

Thursday had host Kaneland solve the IMSA Titans in a 3-2 affair, and on Tuesday, visiting DeKalb beat the Knights 4-0 in the first ever Northern Illinois Big XII meeting for the two schools.

The Royals broke a scoreless tie in the second half, as the Knights saw an injury to starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue.

Thursday’s win opened the scoring gates and had Kaneland expand a 1-0 halftime lead with two goals in the second 40 minutes. Derek White had two goals, while Kushstrim Ismali supplied the other.

Against the Barbs, KHS gave up three first-half goals to fall behind.

Ahead for the Knights is a battle at Morris on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Editorial: He inspired us all

The world lost some of its richness on Saturday, when news of Bruce Conley’s passing made its way through our communities.

Whether directly or indirectly, anyone who lives or works in the area has been touched by his grace, his kindness and his caring.

He has been the calming voice to so many as they struggled through their darkest hours, and he has been the soft smile that spreads as the darkness begins to lift.

Just by his calm and quiet nature, he inspired anyone who was fortunate enough to come into contact with him. There were no routine conversations with him, as every interaction with him, in some way, made it clear just what it means to fully care about your fellow man, whether they be a stranger, a friend or a loved one. The fact was, strangers, friends and loved ones were all loved, were all cared about in a meaningful way that left its mark every time.

Every conversation, regardless of its content or nature, ended with a lingering feeling of brightness, a sense that you, as well as everyone else, truly matter.

He accomplished and “did” so much in his life, there is not enough room in this space, or truly any space, to recite it all. Yet, for many of us, the striking thing about Bruce Conley was not what he “did” but who he “was,” and who he continues to be in our memories and in the ways he continues to inspire us just by thinking of him.

There is no way to adequately capture the essence of a man who was so much to so many people for so long. Like was so often the case through the years, Bruce put it better than any of us ever could:

‘The Gift of Remembrance’
“It has been said that when someone dies, ‘that someone,’ becomes a memory, and ‘that memory’ becomes a treasure. What hasn’t been said is exactly how this all happens. Speaking now, as one hoping to help my own family claim this ‘gift of remembrance’ when the time comes for me, I realize there are no ‘short cuts,’ it’s all in the un-wrapping. Like the tiny chicks who must peck their way out of their own shell in order to have the strength to survive, each of us must un-wrap our own gifts, in order for mourning to turn those memories into treasures.”
—Bruce Conley,

Letter: Always there

Bruce Conley and I played “Taps” together for over 25 years on Memorial Day in Elburn. We rarely planned before the ceremony. We both just showed up and played our parts.

Bruce and I could usually see each other across the cemetery. We would simply nod at each other and begin. I would play first and then Bruce would play the haunting “echo.”

The last year we played together, I didn’t see Bruce standing in his usual spot. I remember thinking to myself, “I wonder if Bruce is here?”

I played the first three notes and waited. Sure enough, Bruce’s sparkling trumpet answered mine.

Bruce had decided to play from a concealed spot that year, but he didn’t bother to tell me in advance. Bruce’s “echo” was hidden from the crowd, and the effect was mesmerizing.

It was also a moment of profound surprise and reassurance to me. I couldn’t see Bruce, but he still was there.

As I pen this now, I think Bruce had a greater plan in mind for me that day. He was preparing me for the time that he wouldn’t be there, and letting me know that I could always find him in the invisible.

I haven’t been playing my trumpet as much as I used to, but I treasure the memories of playing “Taps” together with Bruce. And, I will always hear Bruce playing “echo” in my mind.

Dr. Jim Willey

Letter: Elburn Chamber suspends fireworks

A year ago, the president of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce received a call from the Los Angeles Times for an interview concerning our Fireworks Day in the Park.

The Times was doing a story on the mass cancellations of Fourth of July fireworks programs all across America due to the economy and wanted to know how our small town could keep doing them. It really hadn’t occurred to us not to.

The Elburn Chamber truly enjoyed putting on a fireworks program for 12 out of the last 13 years, hoping only to break even on the event. The dollars came mostly from local businesses that generously sponsored it through donations and by purchasing banner ads for the day.

But in the last two years, the economy has hit these businesses hard, and extra money for this event just isn’t there. The chamber tried to raise the needed funds through other means, and for those who participated in them, we thank you very much. Still this year, the event went $5,000 in the hole, and that is beyond the resources of the chamber to sustain. A decision was made to suspend chamber-sponsored fireworks in Elburn until the economy recovers.

The decision was not an easy one and came only after much debate. Some residents of Elburn have wondered if the fireworks weren’t just a waste of money. I, for one, did not agree with that sentiment, but in the present economy and with so little dollars available for more pressing needs, it doesn’t make sense to continue them. That however, doesn’t mean that some other organization couldn’t decide to take up the project. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lion’s or other service organizations, or even the village of Elburn, could host them if they desired. But at least for now, the chamber cannot.

Those of us on the chamber thank every one of you who have participated in one way or another to help with these events over the years. The fireworks events gave us wonderful memories and enriched the days of our lives. Maybe one day in the future, they will again.

Pastor Gary Augustine

Letter: September 11, 2010 … 9 years later

What does it mean to us … as a community, as a nation?

Do you recall where you were when the news of the attacks on America started to seize the airwaves?

What did you feel when you learned that the lives of thousands of people were extinguished by the heinous acts of terrorism, or, war on our society?

Sadly, many of us were frozen in our tracks as we saw replay after replay of those horrific events that unfolded before our very eyes.

The thoughts of “what’s next” continued to take over our daily thoughts.

Many people displayed American flags, drove with their headlights on, held vigils to make us one community, one nation, standing together, shoulder to shoulder to fight this enemy that we may have not seen before … or heard of.

Where are we today, in 2010? Do we remember?

Do we realize that we are still in a fight to protect those very freedoms still yet today?

My deployment to the World Trade Center Attacks in 2001 changed me dramatically from who or what I was on Sept. 10, 2001 … or did it?

I served the World Trade Center Task force for over 100 days, deployed by the U.S. Department of Justice to the FDNY (Fire Department New York). The unit I was in has now transitioned over to the newly formed (in 2003) Department of Homeland Security.

The sights, the people, the folks I worked with are now indelibly implanted in my mind on a daily basis, and changed the focus of my work for the America I serve.

I grew up here in the Fox Valley; this is my home, and I have been all over the world in the last several years.

As my deployments to the Mideast over the last 36 months have shown, there is no place like home.

Do we remember the higher state of security back in 2001 and 2002?The countless hours our police, fire, emergency medical personnel, our emergency management, our public health teams have prepared for to protect us, the citizens in the event of another event?

All of that training has propelled us into a higher state of readiness for all risks—all hazards, be it natural or man made events.

The Fox Valley is not unique; we have villages, township’s, cities and counties that have all enhanced their planning over the years.

But we need your help too.

As you have heard the public officials telling people to be prepared, we ask that you do the same as well.

Food, medicine, clothing, flashlights, records, etc. all need to be readied for the “Next Event.”

It could be a fire, flood, tornado, ice storm or man-made event that would overtax the public safety and service agencies.

Be prepared, make a plan, and get ready.

Take the responsibility for your own safety in your hands, and be prepared to help others. Take a first aid and CPR class; get your emergency supplies ready. We have friends, family and neighbors who have special needs; be prepared to help care for them as well.

We can not do this alone. Let’s help each other as we did in 2001 and 2002.

It’s the way of one nation, one community, one team, one fight.

Michael J. Fagel
Sugar Grove

Letter: Bill Foster and energy policy

Congressman Bill Foster touts his experience as a businessman and a scientist. Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten his background when it comes to his energy policy.

As a businessman, he should know the best solutions are derived from those closest to the problem and not from some distant bureaucracy. As a scientist, he should know that the controversial “global warming” findings are far from settled and require further research. But as a politician, he embraces big government programs that have stalled the current economic recovery.

His campaign website calls for a mandatory, worldwide pricing mechanism for CO2 and greenhouse gasses, including a cap-and-trade system for the U.S.

Congressman Foster does not explain how this pricing mechanism would work, nor what differentiates this scheme from the one he voted against. Whether such a system would actually lead to a reduction of green house gas emissions is uncertain. What is certain is that any such system would increase the burden of government regulation in the economy, increase the cost of manufacturing for all companies and increase the amount of uncertainty businesses would have to face when making hiring decisions.

If enacted, these job and economic growth killing ideas would stifle the economy, leaving millions of more Americans out of work. While every American values the environment and the need to preserve it for future generations, Congressman Foster seems to value the uncertain science of global warming over the real needs of out-of-work Americans today.

Instead of the heavy handed, top-down system that Bill Foster supports, Randy Hultgren believes that creating incentives for newer, clean energy technologies will harness the spirit of American ingenuity and lead to new industries, which will create both jobs and markets for tomorrow’s energy resources. Support Randy Hultgren on Nov. 2.

Kent Alcott

Five sisters to appear on Family Feud Thursday

by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—Five sisters, all Kaneland High School graduates, took a shot that they could get on the game show Family Feud, and they succeeded.

The Turk sisters, who grew up in Maple Park, wanted to give their father, Joe, a special birthday present for his 80th birthday. He was the one, however, who came up with the idea.

“You, girls,” he told them one day when the family was gathered, “you’re just way too intelligent. You’ve got to get on a game show.”

Kathy Turk Claesson took that idea and ran with it. She and her sisters started checking the Family Feud website to see where auditions were being held. Lo and behold, the next audition was being held in Schaumburg, Ill. Claesson sent an e-mail saying that five gregarious sisters wanted to be on the show for their father’s birthday, and enclosed the photo of the sisters they had taken for their dad. Within two weeks, the show asked them to audition.

“I have no idea if the e-mail had anything to do with getting accepted,” Claesson said. “It may have just been that we got it in early, but when we auditioned we didn’t see five sisters there. It was like it was meant to be.”

Out of approximately 100 families auditioning, the show’s producers selected 10 after each participated in a mock game. Family Feud coaches encouraged them to express positive energy and enthusiasm as they played the game. Something must have impressed the producers about the Turk sisters, because the family was asked to stay for another audition that same day, which was videotaped. The sisters returned home to wait on the results.

“Our expectations were not that high at all,” Claesson said. “We went to have fun.”

Two weeks later, the Turk sisters received an invitation to attend a taping, but they were not guaranteed that they would get on the show. From then on it was a whirlwind as the sisters and their family made speedy travel plans. In all, 13 other family members made the trip to Orlando, Fla., including Joe Turk and his wife, Evey Yagen, and eight of his nine granddaughters.

“It was a wonderful experience for all of us to travel together,” said another sister, Rose Turk Miller. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The Turk sisters did it right. Using money from their vacation travel fund, they bought matching aqua shirts and rented a limousine to take to the airport. There, they received a lot of stares and questions as they made their way to the terminal.

“People came up and asked us if we were in a singing group,” Miller said. “They asked us what the occasion was. We even stayed on the plane after everyone got off and had our pictures taken with the pilot and co-pilot.”

At the taping in Orlando, the sisters made their mark during rehearsal, where the final families were selected. They were again coached to be bubbly and enthusiastic and about the “do’s and don’ts” of being on camera.

“Steve Harvey really made you feel comfortable,” Miller said. “He would ask personal questions like he was really taking an interest. He made us not nervous.”

Miller added that Harvey was hilarious.

“It was like going to a comedy show,” she said.

The sisters also were impressed with the production staff.

“The people couldn’t have been better. To us it seemed like they made you feel they were pulling for you to win,” Claesson said. “One producer, Carlos, told us, ‘Don’t leave before we give you a hug.’ We felt like celebrities.”

The sisters can’t divulge before the show airs whether they won the game. To find out, tune in to WPWR My 50 on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Village will release developer line of credit

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the release of a line of credit from Family Bank & Trust Co. following the development of Landings Lot 3.

The line of credit release follows the final review of the development, indicating that the developer made all of the required improvements to the lot.

TriCity Family Services is seeking William D. Barth Award nominations

Geneva—TriCity Family Services is seeking nominations for the 26th Annual William D. Barth Award.

Established in 1985, the Barth Award recognizes one individual who has made a significant and positive impact, through community service, on the central Kane County area.

Nominees must be individuals whose investment in the community, and concern for those living here, is shown by an ongoing involvement in community life. The award recipient will exemplify the legacy of William D. Barth, a founder of TriCity Family Services and a dedicated community leader.

The award will be presented at the annual Barth Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Riverside Reception and Conference Center in Geneva.

Nominations must be submitted in writing by Oct. 1. A William D. Barth Award Nomination Form is available, but not required if equivalent information is submitted. Nomination form and a list of prior awardees is available at

Send nominations to Miranda Barfuss, TriCity Family Services, 1120 Randall Court, Geneva, IL 60134, send by fax to (630) 232-1471, or e-mail to

Call (630) 232-1070 for more information.

Bruce H. Conley

Bruce H. Conley, 60, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at his home,                        surrounded by his loving family. Bruce finished the race and claimed the promises of his Savior to whom he long ago gave his heart and who guided and sustained Bruce through all of his life. He has fought the good fight; he has finished the race.

Bruce Herbert Conley was born April 13, 1950, in Elburn, the youngest child of Charles and Winifred McMurray Conley. Though the family home was at the corner of Reader Street and Main Street, the whole block and the surrounding yards were open to being a young boy’s playground. Bruce would “hunt tigers,” play cowboys and Indians and spend hours swinging in his grandparent’s backyard, where sometimes he could be heard singing, “O, My Papa.”

Hayfever and allergies often limited his outdoors activities, which may have helped him learn to express himself through music and writing. In addition to dealing with his allergies, he worked hard to overcome a serious problem with stammering.

Bruce attended Elburn Grade School and Kaneland High School, where he excelled in music and graduated with the class of 1968.

He began playing coronet in the fifth grade and took private lessons at Dee Palmer’s in DeKalb. Hours of practice, in time, earned him his dream instrument, a Bach trumpet. He played it in high school and college, at many family “jam sessions” and until recently, in tribute to many veterans as they were laid to rest. As a teenager, his music took him another direction and he, along with three other boys, became The Uther Days, a rock band later also known as Denver Green. Bruce played lead guitar with Dave Johnson, Steve Gliddon and Bob Hamblen making up the rest of the band. Following graduation, he attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill., where he majored in music.

During his senior year in high school, Bruce began training as an aid at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles. There was a cute, petite blonde in the same class who quickly caught his eye, and then his heart. Kristine McConnaughay was a junior at St. Charles High School, and soon she and Bruce found that they had more in common than the aid classes at the hospital. It was young love that would one day grow into a lifetime of commitment; a love much deeper than either imagined in those early, teenage years.

Their courtship began while they were both in high school and grew as they both graduated and went off to college. After his freshman year at North Central, Bruce transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., where he began studies in Mortuary Science.  Subsequently, he studied psychology at Wisconsin State University in Whitewater, Wis., and mass communication at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb before entering the U.S. Army Reserve in 1971. He returned home and was employed as an on-air announcer at WKKD-FM in Aurora.

On Oct. 7, 1972, Bruce and Kris were united in marriage at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, where Kris sang to him the words he had written to the melody of “Bless This House.”

They settled into their home on South Main Street in Elburn and the everyday workings of married life. That same year, Bruce made the decision to return to his mortuary science studies and began attending Worsham College in Chicago, where he graduated in 1973 and joined his parents in the family business, becoming the third generation to do so.

Bruce and Kris moved to his grandparent’s former home, north of the funeral home, and Chuck and Winnie moved into the house on South Main Street, where Sunday dinner found four generations gathered around the table each week.

On Oct. 11, 1975, Bruce and Kris were blessed with the birth of their son, Benjamin Hale. In 1982, the birth of their daughter, Sarah Louise, made their family complete and quickly outgrowing the home they were in. In 1983, when the opportunity arose to obtain the Reeves house, Bruce moved his family across the backyard to their new home on Main Street.

Like the generations that preceded him, life was built around family (which included a large extended family and the countless families that he served), faith and Bruce’s dedication to helping the bereaved through his work and his writing.   

Throughout his career, Bruce was passionate about helping grieving children, and in 1975 he penned “Butterflies, Grandpa & Me,” a story and coloring book illustrated by his sister, Karen, and written to help explain death, grief and the funeral to children. Through the years, thousands were published and used by funeral homes, churches and hospice programs along with his later book, “Handling the Holidays,” and “Plain Paper Poems,” which contained poems written by Bruce and Karen. Bruce also wrote a number of bereavement pamphlets, several of which were translated and used in bereavement groups in South Africa. His publications, produced by Conley Publications, are still used across the country by those who are dedicated to helping grieving families.

His writing and speaking on grief attracted him to a number of self-help programs that began in the early ‘80s across the Fox Valley.  Bruce was instrumental in the founding of Compassionate Friends, Survivors of Suicide, the Widowed Persons Service, Fox Valley Hospice, and later, DeKalb Hospice, among other programs.

In 1983, he founded Elburn’s first counseling center with Dr. Del Hagin of Aurora College. That effort would grow beyond bereavement to become Conley Outreach Community Services, which incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1995. Bruce was always keenly aware that death brought with it many changes in the lives of families he served and saw grief-care as something that needed to go hand-in-hand with the broader scope of community services.

In the fall of 1985, that “broader scope” caused Bruce to take on the challenge of saving the old Elburn Elementary School as a community center. With the help of others, he succeeded and founded the Elburn and Countryside Community Center as a not-for-profit organization. Without the benefit of tax or municipal support afforded other Kaneland communities, the organization supported itself as a business incubator while saving the gym and playground for the children of the community.

Through much of the ‘90s, Bruce was involved in state and national associations concerned with bereavement care. In 1995, he led the first conclave between the National Hospice Organization and the National Funeral Director’s Association, and in 1998, he chaired the Association for Death Education and Counseling national conference held in Chicago. In 2000, his focus returned home to take over the West Towns Network, a tax supported program of 708 Inc., which became a service of Conley Outreach. His passion for bringing programs and services to the rural community substantially expanded the program. In 2001, Bruce joined visions with Dr. Michael Mangis and Dr. Donald Preussler of Wheaton College to create another not-for-profit organization, the Center for Rural Psychology, which took over the counseling arm of Conley Outreach to become Heartland Counseling.

Bruce’s ultimate vision for combined bereavement and community care found dimension in his dream of a barn raising on the grounds of the Ravlin homestead in Kaneville, which he acquired in 1997. Though the barn never became a reality, many of the programs and services he envisioned did evolve at the farm through the tireless efforts of volunteers who created a lush prayer garden there and made use of existing buildings to host programs and gatherings. In 2005, Bruce and Kris moved from Elburn to make their home at the Conley Outreach Farm in Kaneville. Bruce loved the quiet beauty of the farm, peaceful babble of the creek and the glory of countless sunrises and sunsets. It was an endless source of inspiration to him as he returned to his writing.

While raising his family and working for better community programs, Bruce followed in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents in a ministry of caring that served grieving families not only from his hometown of Elburn but from many surrounding communities as well. There with a caring arm of support, words of comfort and tireless effort to help, Bruce took his work and his care to schools, churches and homes; wherever he was needed.

When tragedy struck in local schools, he responded with guidance for teachers, students and parents alike, helping them to create meaningful and healing goodbyes. Through his efforts, counseling was made available to students and teachers who had been touched by tragedy. In the aftermath of those losses, he helped schools create crisis teams and programs to meet the needs of students.

Bruce was a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, ADEC, Blackberry Lodge #630, AF & AM, Elburn and the Community Congregational Church, Elburn.

Bruce and Kris’ love story was nurtured by, and grew with, faith and loving family ties; enriched and strengthened by an unshakable belief in God’s plan for their lives. Bruce wrote countless songs and stories that left special memories in the hearts of his children, niece, nephews and friends. There were songs of faith, songs for travel and adventure and even a song for “going to get a Christmas tree.” His most recent song, “My Offering, The Vision,” was penned in the last days of his life. Life values were a part of bedtime stories, and evening prayers and life lessons were taught by example. When Kris’ parents each faced serious health concerns, Bruce and Kris made room for Kris’ mother to live with them for a time. Later, Bruce’s mother made her home with them as well. Young people always found the door open both in times of fun and times of difficulty.

Bruce loved children and spent many years developing programs to help and to teach. He was a much-loved uncle to his niece and nephew and great niece and nephew. Then, he became a grandpa and “kids” took on a whole new meaning. He was a devoted grandpa who was never afraid to get down to their level, join in the fun, jump in the pool, and be as boisterous and hilarious as they were. He had special greetings for each one and always a “Ding-how” when they left. He wrote songs for each of them and a masterful Christmas story, “Bethlehem Kids,” which included not only his grandchildren but several other children who held a special place in his heart. The songs and the stories will remain, but perhaps the greatest gift was the lap that always had room for one more, the arms that embraced each child, the unconditional love and prayers that blessed each child.

Family went well beyond his wife and children to include his “work family,” which over the years changed in number and name but not in the relationship he had with them. Bruce was a man with countless visions for new programs, creative ways to celebrate life and ways to bring help to those in need. Throughout the months of his battle with cancer, he wrote inspiring journal entries on Caring Bridge that were read by thousands of people across the country. Even then, his thoughts were how to help others, but he did not realize how many he had touched with his God-given skills, caring, words, vision and faith, until the responses to those entries began to fill the guest book pages of Caring Bridge.

Bruce leaves his devoted, loving wife, Kris of Kaneville; his son, Ben (C.J.) Conley of Sugar Grove; his daughter, Sarah Conley of Seattle, Wash.; four beloved grandchildren who were the delight and sunshine of his life, Andy, Em, Matt and Mikey Conley; his sister, Karen (Les) Howard; his niece, Sheila (Phillip) Albano and their children, Nick and Katherine; his nephew, Bill Howard, all of Elburn; and his sister-in-law, Karen (Bill) Wooton of Geneva and their son, Daniel Wooton, also of Geneva; and his aunts and uncle, Ruth McCloud and Ralph (Ferne) Conley, all of Batavia. In addition, he leaves an extended family of cousins and their families, a devoted family of staff who have shared so much of themselves with him, and a countless host of friends whose lives have touched his through the years. Lastly, he leaves to those he loved these words: “the job of the visionary is to place the vision so that others can grab hold and then make it their own.” 

He is preceded in death by one child in infancy; his parents, Charles and Winifred Conley; one brother, Wayne, in infancy; his paternal and maternal grandparents; his father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Gladys McConnaughay; and one uncle, George McCloud.

Visitation will be held at the Orchard Community Church, 101 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 8 p.m.            

A service to celebrate Bruce’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Orchard Community Church. Pastor Kathy Lawes, a longtime family friend, will officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit Conley Outreach. Checks may be made to Conley Outreach or the Bruce Conley Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family at the same address or through the web at

Bee-stings lead to crash, serious injury

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Tuesday, July 13, 2010, should have been just another work day for Sandwich resident Pete Moore. Instead, it was the day when the 33-year-old father of two almost lost his life.

Moore was working a side job that morning on a home in Montgomery when he was attacked by a swarm of bees that were living beneath a piece of siding he had just removed. Moore was stung several times but chose to try and work through the pain he was in. It was moments later when he discovered that he had a rash and was beginning to swell.

“It became hard for him to breathe, (so) he decided to take himself to the emergency room at Rush-Copley (hospital in Aurora),” said Moore’s mother, Michele McCarthy. “He was on Route 30 and had to pull over (because) he thought he was going to pass out.”

Moore tried to park his truck on the side of the road but passed out while shifting, leaving the vehicle in reverse, McCarthy said. To make matters worse, while Moore was unconscious his foot hit the gas pedal and his truck spun through four lanes of traffic. Moore’s truck avoided contact with all other vehicles on Route 30 but went airborne after crossing the highway and landed in a K-Mart parking lot before colliding into the store’s wall.

Paramedics soon arrived and took Moore to Rush-Copley.

Suffering a serious spinal injury, Moore spent the next seven days in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit before moving on to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton for six weeks. According to his mother, Moore remains in a wheelchair because his mobility is still limited. He is also suffering from depression as a result of the accident, and will not know his prognosis for at least six months.

“Pete has (run) his own career for the past 15 years and now has no income (as a result of his injuries),” McCarthy said.

Benefit in Sugar Grove
A fundraiser for Pete Moore
will be held
Saturday, Sept. 18,
2 to 10 p.m.
Fraternal Order of Police
building in Sugar Grove.
Open to the public, the event will have a carnival theme and feature games for kids, a dunk tank and a bean bag tournament for adults.

There will also be several raffles to raise money for both Pete and his family.

KMS hosts assemblies to combat cyberbullying

Kaneland—Kaneland Harter Middle School students will attend grade-level assemblies on cyberbullying on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

A member of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office will provide information on Internet safety, cyberbullying and ways to help victims.

The assemblies will be held at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. Any Kaneland parents, guardians or community members that would like to attend may do so. For information, e-mail Kris Weiss at

KC State’s Attorney appointed to circuit court

Kane County—The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 2 appointed Kane County State’s Attorney John A. Barsanti as a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael J. Colwell.

The appointment is effective Dec. 1, 2010, and terminates Dec. 3, 2012.

Barsanti, elected as state’s attorney in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, has a total of 27 years as a prosecutor dating to 1979, when he first joined the office.

Barsanti received his bachelor of science degree from Carroll College and his juris doctorate from Kent College of Law in Chicago in 1977. He worked for two years in the Illinois Department of Labor before joining the state’s attorney’s office.

He also worked for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office from 2000 to 2004.

Barsanti is a member of the Capital Litigation Bar—qualified to try death penalty cases—and was appointed to the Capital Litigation Screening Committee by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. He is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, has been a criminal law instructor at Waubonsee Community College, and has served as a faculty member at training seminars for the State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.

He was born and raised in Cicero, Ill., and has been a resident of Kane County since 1972. He is married, and the couple has four children.

The Kane County Board will appoint an interim state’s attorney to serve the duration of Barsanti’s term, which expires Nov. 30, 2012. Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay said she plans to create a panel of members of the judicial and legal community to identify and interview candidates, and that the board would act with the advice and consent of the panel. McConnaughay said she expects to announce the members of the panel early next week.

Golf outing raises funds for schools

Kaneland Foundation invites community members to event
by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Looking for a great excuse to hit the golf links before fall starts? If so, then you’re in luck, as the Kaneland Foundation will hold its annual golf outing and dinner on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bliss Creek Golf Course.

The Kaneland Foundation encourages community members to take park in the golf outing, a fundraiser that has taken place every year since 1990. People can even choose to skip the golf and just enjoy the dinner if their short game isn’t up to snuff. And if anyone has difficulty putting together a foursome, the folks at Bliss Creek will be happy to pair you up with others attending the event.

“We are hoping to have 80 to 100 golfers attend, and a few more usually attend the dinner,” event organizer Chuck Liss said. “Any level of (golf) skill can play. (The event) is set up as a golf scramble, so skill level doesn’t really matter.”

So far, approximately 45 people have signed up and paid to participate in the outing, Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said.

“Hopefully that number will increase through this week (with) additional registrations,” Schuler said.

The Kaneland golf outing typically raises $10,000 each year, Liss said. The Kaneland Foundation in the past has spent profits from the golf outing on things such as an elementary school field trip to a retirement community, the opening of the elementary school library, scales and balances for the Harter Middle School science curriculum and high-school peer tutoring supervision. The Foundation has not determined for what purpose it will use the proceeds from this year’s golf outing.

Sign-up under way

To register for the
Kaneland Foundation’s
annual golf outing and/or dinner
Thursday, Sept. 16

Contact Chuck Liss
at (630) 774-8574 or the
Kaneland Superintendent’s office
at (630) 365-5111, ext. 109.

The deadline to sign up for the
golf outing is Sept. 13.

Kaneland lunch menus

Monday, Sept. 13: Chicken Caesar salad, carrot sticks, garlic bread, peaches, Jell-O
Tuesday, Sept. 14: Taco salad, refried beans, Spanish rice, pears
Wednesday, Sept. 15: Breaded spicy chicken sandwich, oven fries, corn, pineapple
Thursday, Sept. 16: Egg casserole, tri-tater, blueberry muffin, applesauce
Friday, Sept. 17: Pepperoni pizza, carrots, celery, tossed salad, frozen yogurt, cantaloupe

Fun Fest facts cited

MAPLE PARK—Roger Kahl, Maple Park Park Fun Fest Committee member, reported to the Village Board on Monday about the success of last weekend’s events.

Kahl said the craft and vendor show had 56 booths; the festival sold 400 raffle tickets; the American Legion Post 312 sold 742 breakfasts; and 1,250 people purchased wristbands in the beer garden.