Copier rental will cost $322 monthly

SUGAR GROVE—Under a new contract with Kinoca Minolta, the village of Sugar Grove will lease a copy machine from the company for $332 per month.

The Village Board unanimously approved the 48-month contract on Monday. The lease is for the Public Works building copier. Village staff considered quotes from Canon, Nexus and Kopy Kat before choosing to lease the machine from Kinoca Minolta.

Editorial: Patriot Day

Guest editorial
by William L. Enyart
Major General ILARNG
The Adjutant General

Nine years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, our country experienced major devastation in New York, across the country and across the world. As we reflect on memories from those tragic events of Sept. 11, let us be mindful of the contributions our Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have made in the last decade to defend our nation.

Since Sept. 11, we have deployed approximately 9,600 soldiers and 8,800 airmen in support of operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). In January 2003, we deployed three of our units as part of the first groups in support of OEF and OIF to Iraq. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Chicago; 244th Army Liaison Team in Chicago and 633rd Personnel Services Battalion in Crestwood were the first Illinois National Guard units mobilized.

Like those we lost on Sept. 11, we will also never forget the 33 soldiers and one airman who have fallen in the line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice since Sept. 11. Of the 34, 19 have died in Afghanistan and 15 in Iraq. On Patriot Day, and every day, we remember the loss of those heroes, our brothers and sisters, while remembering the families, friends and loved ones they have left behind.

Over the next year, there are seven different groups deploying from the Illinois Army National Guard to continue our mission; 709th Area Support Medical Company in Peoria; Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A7 in Springfield; Illinois Army National Guard Agricultural Development Team in Springfield; 661st Engineer Company in Sparta; 1644th Transportation Company in Rock Falls; 1244th Transportation Company in North Riverside and Detachment 36 Operational Support Airlift Agency in Decatur.

This Patriot Day, let us not only remember the past, but also look forward to a more secure future. Please take a moment of silence on Saturday and reflect in honor of those we lost Sept. 11 and the ones we’ve lost defending our great nation.

Ceremony for 9-11 in Elburn

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Paul Wdowicki will host his eighth annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony on Friday in his garden at 405 N. Second St., Elburn. He hopes for a strong turnout for the event this year.

The public ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, the day before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Wdowicki plants his Garden of Memories every year in honor of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including firefighters. Wdowicki was a volunteer firefighter for Glenview Rural Fire Department for 18 years.

Because of recent medical problems, Wdowicki has not been able to care for the garden as much as he would like and was not sure he could host the ceremony again this year. He decided to go ahead with the event, however, after local Explorer Scouts from the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department offered to weed and trim the garden earlier this week.

The Scouts, along with Elburn firefighters, will be on hand for the ceremony on Friday, during which they will raise two flags in the garden and then lower them to half-mast. Wdowicki’s flags were custom-made and include a depiction of the New York skyline when the Twin Towers still stood.

The event also will feature a blessing by the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department chaplain.

Last year, a few neighbors were at the remembrance ceremony, but Wdowicki said everyone in the community is welcome.

“I really hope more people attend this year,” he said.

Longtime MP Public Works director says he will retire Nov. 1

by Lynn Meredith
Maple Park—The Maple Park Village Board received a shock at its meeting on Tuesday when President Kathy Curtis announced that Public Works Director Eric Pinion was retiring.

“He handed me this letter tonight, and I said, ‘I’m not going to like this, am I?’” Curtis said.

Pinion, who has held the post as Public Works Director for 27 years, will retire as of Nov. 1.

“I really don’t want to, but I want to,” Pinion told the board. “It’s time.”

Pinion has been, more or less, a one-man show in the Public Works Department and knows where the pipes are buried. Trustee Debra Armstrong said that they would have to do brain surgery to garnish all the information about the village that he has in his head.

His department handles snow removal, mowing and trimming, general building repairs, meter reading and replacement and vehicle maintenance. It also coordinates events like Fun Fest and makes sure the grounds are kept clean.

Pinion, 67, said he’s tired. He said the 12-hour days and canceled vacations add up.

“I enjoy what I do. I enjoy talking to the people. I don’t know any strangers. But I want to relax for a while,” Pinion said, and then added, “But I’ll find something. I can’t sit still for long.”

Mosquito pool at Lions Park tests positive for West Nile

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Kane County Health Department on Aug. 30 collected a mosquito pool from a trap in Lions Park in Elburn that tested positive for West Nile virus.

Tom Schlueter, Health Department public information officer, said the department recently has found positive batches in all parts of the county.

“The activity is higher this year than last because of the hot temperatures, not only in Kane but in other parts of the state,” Schlueter said.

Schlueter advised residents to take steps to avoid the spread of the virus.

“It (West Nile) is in our community and the tips for preventing its spread are simple but important: Remove standing water, cover your arms and legs when mosquito activity is at its highest in the early morning and evening, and use insect repellant.”

Train hits man on Elburn tracks in apparent suicide

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A 48-year-old Aurora man was struck and killed by a train in Elburn at 11:13 p.m. on Saturday. Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the death was a suicide.

“He stepped out in front of the train intentionally,” Smith said.

Police concluded the incident was a suicide because of evidence they found at the scene, including a cloth briefcase containing personal items and a note.
“It appears he planned to do this,” Smith said.

The victim was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific freight train on the north side of the tracks east of South First Street in Elburn. The initial point of impact was approximately half way between the Elburn Metra platform located at 422 East Railroad Ave., and the Metra maintenance yard, located at 1000 East Railroad Ave.

Police will not release the victim’s name until they have notified his relatives. The victim had been reported missing to the Aurora police department earlier in the day on Saturday.

The power of a dream

Family helps church bring Christian singer to Kaneville for concert
by Lynn Meredith
KANEVILLE—The far-fetched vision of one Kaneville family is making a dream come true for their church and community.

The Wendlings, members of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, dreamed big enough to persuade Grammy-nominated musician Paul Colman to perform in the village on Saturday, Sept. 11, and also to share his message of faith at the church during the next morning’s service.

Australian-born singer and song-writer Colman travels the globe singing, speaking and sharing his songs, thoughts and faith. He has released 15 recordings, both solo and with various groups. He played with the Aussie rockers, The Newsboys, until 2008. Since then, he has been touring and recording in the studio.

The story of how this international musician came to book a performance at the Kaneville church is one that Russ Wendling is happy to tell. The story proves that it never hurts to ask, no matter how far-fetched something might seem, he said.

The Wendlings’ youngest daughter, Anna, 13, is a huge fan of Paul Colman and The Newsboys. The family had the opportunity last summer to attend a concert he headlined in McHenry at a Family Faith Night.

“It was awesome to see our favorite. We really enjoyed it,” Russ Wendling said. “Usually he plays at mega-churches for thousands of people. This venue was smaller, about 500 people.”

That smaller venue is what got Anna thinking out-loud on the way home from the concert with her parents.

“‘If Paul Colman would come to McHenry,’ she asked us, ‘do you think he would come to Kaneville?’” Wendling said. “We laughed a little bit at the thought. We went on dreaming about it as if it couldn’t be a reality. But I always say, it never hurts to check into things.”

Check in, he did. First he called his contacts at the K-LOVE radio station. They referred him to a booking agency which then referred him to a family friend of Colman’s. Wendling was surprised when he sailed through the list of referrals. Each contact answered his call on the first ring.

“I got goose bumps,” Wendling said. “Usually in these situations, it’s a series of voice mails and I’ll-get-back-to-you’s. But they each picked up on the first ring. This just doesn’t happen. I knew that God was working.”

In an e-mail, the musician agreed to play on Saturday. He then went on to ask if he could preach to the congregation on Sunday morning. Wendling was amazed that this international performer, busy with touring and a new CD release, would want to preach in their church.

Kaneville United Methodist officials then had to decide what the church could afford to pay Colman for his appearance. A small church has a small budget, Wendling said, and Colman’s usual fee was twice what they could fathom paying.

Eventually, they proposed splitting expenses with a church in Lake Zurich that wanted Colman to perform on Friday. To their delight, Colman agreed to split his fee and travel expenses between the two churches.

“It’s been an amazing process,” Wendling said. “It’s been a learning thing for all of us and a teaching thing for my kids. It never hurts to ask.”

Paul Colman

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11
Kaneville United Methodist Church
General seating, $15.
Call (630) 557-2483 to reserve tickets.

Sho-Deen must pay village for development-related consultants

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Sho-Deen, a Geneva developer with plans to build a residential and commercial development on the village’s east side, objected again to paying for village consulting work related to the project, but village officials did not relent.

The Village Board on Monday decided in a 3-2 vote that Sho-Deen must pay for a $3,500 village consultant report that the developer said is unnecessary.

In late May, Sho-Deen representative David Patzelt told Elburn officials that the developer wanted to move forward with the Elburn Station project as soon as possible. At that time, he also said he would like the village to curtail its use of consultants in the development planning and approval process for the proposed Elburn Station development. The village has required Sho-Deen and other developers to pay for all village-consultant work related to their projects.

The Elburn Village Board approved Sho-Deen’s basic concept plan two years ago for a 681-acre residential and commercial development from just north of Route 38 at Anderson Road and south to Keslinger Road. The project currently is in the preliminary planning phase, which includes engineering reports concerning stormwater management requirements.

During the past several months, Sho-Deen’s engineers, as well as engineers working for Kane County, prepared stormwater management reports for the area of the county project that will extend Anderson Road through the Elburn Station development to Keslinger Road. Sho-Deen and the county are awaiting federal approval of those stormwater management reports.

Elburn officials plan to have the village engineering consultant, Rempe-Sharpe, produce its own stormwater management report. Sho-Deen objected to having to pay for the village consultant’s report.

“We don’t want to pay Rempe-Sharpe for what (our engineer), the county engineer and the federal government (Federal Emergency Management) have already reviewed,” Skidmore said.

Trustees Jeff Walter, Ken Anderson and Gordon Dierschow said they believe the developer should pay for the village consultant’s work, but Trustees Jerry Schmidt and Patricia Romke said the village should bear the cost.

Although he was not required to vote, Village President Dave Anderson said it is the village’s responsibility to complete its own stormwater management report.

“We would be remiss as a village if we did not do due diligence,” Anderson said.

Trustee Schmidt, however, said the village engineering report was unnecessary.

“It seems like we go engineering-broke around here,” Schmidt said. “Three engineers already (will have prepared reports). I think we should work with the developer and get the project home.”

The reason Trustee Jeff Walter wants the village to conduct its own stormwater management engineering study for the Anderson Road extension area is to make sure Elburn Station will not have flooding issues.

“If it becomes like Mallard Point (a Sugar Grove subdivision with frequent stormwater flooding) in 15 years, what are we going to do, go back to the county?” Walter said.

Elburn Station background

Sho-Deen Inc. first presented the proposal to the village in January 2007. The development location is on the east side of the village between Route 38 and Keslinger Road. Access to the south side of the development will require the extension of Anderson Road to Keslinger.

Plans for Elburn Station feature single-family homes on lots ranging in width from 30 to 80 feet; multi-family housing within a half-mile around the Metra station with density up to 12 units per acre; and commercial areas on the north and south sides.

The total number of planned residences is 3,009, including up to 1,000 multi-family units.

Village gives parking access to health clubs

by Keith Beebe
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve a planned unit development amendment that would grant the health club Division One a permitted-use access to parking.

Village Trustee Mari Johnson abstained from the vote because she is a member of the health club.

The amendment added health clubs to the list of businesses approved for permitted use of parking lots 1-7 in the Landings subdivision. Health clubs were previously granted only a special-use access to parking.

“We’re excited to have a new business opening up in the Landings, and it’s great to see a retail space get taken up,” Village President Sean Michels said. “(The health club) is a great addition to the village.”

The Landings parking area is divided into eight lots, with the eighth lot serving the Landings Office Park.

The village enacted its Landings subdivision amendment after the Plan Commission on Aug. 25 voted 5-0 in favor of recommending the Village Board approve the amendment to the Landings PUD ordinance.

“It’s great for the community to have places to go, and I think we’ve got a lot to be proud of with the businesses coming to town,” Michels said.

Infrastructure improvements on horizon

MAPLE PARK—Thanks to grant money, Maple Park is making its way toward funding improvements to its infrastructure.

The village received a $100,000 Department of Commerce Economic Opportunities grant to mitigate flooding in three areas of town. The work must be completed by July 2012, under grant restrictions.

The village also received a $50,000 grant to repair the roof on the community center. The concrete parapet wall needs significant masonry work to fill cracks and holes before roof repair can begin, village officials said. Trustee Pat Lunardon said that she has received several quotes that place masonry costs at $20,000.

Village officials expect that money from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be available in 2011 to improve portions of the existing water main system. The mains need replacement to ensure that the system has adequate water pressure, said Jeremy Lin, principal engineer for the village.

Bornemann named to 4-H Hall of Fame

The Illinois 4-H Foundation named Jeff Bornemann (back left) of Sugar Grove as one of 37 inductees to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff. Together, the 37 members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 have been involved with 4-H as members and 4-H club leaders for more than 869 years. Bornemann was recognized as a 10-year member and longtime volunteer. Courtesy Photo

Maple Park Fun Fest 5K results

As part of the Maple Park Fun Fest activities, the Romp in the Park saw runners and walkers take to the streets on Saturday for either the 5K run or two-mile walk.

Winning first place overall in the 5K was Adam Millburg with a time of 19:13. Second place overall went to Scott Peterson with a time of 19:17. Coming in third was Eric Woodworth with a time of 20:53.

Winners for all age divisions
14 and under
Men: Adam Millburg (19:13)
Women: Theresa Alef (27:46)
Men: Aaron Klein (21:12)
Women: Amanda Hurst (23:13)
Men: Zach Stavinsky (22:33)
Women: Kelsie Morway (23:29)
Men: Scott Peterson (19:17)
Women: Rebecca Schwantes (20:56)
Men: Eric Woodworth (20:53)
Women: Ingrid Rames (24:00)
Men: Tim Norris (21:10)
Women: Kathy Rangey (25:21)
Men: Frederick Schwantes (21:53)

Leslie L. Volkstorf

Leslie L. Volkstorf, 34, passed away suddenly on Sept. 1, 2010.

She was the loving daughter of Charles H. and Mary E. (nee Andersen) Volkstorf; dear sister of Carl (Khandie) Volkstorf, and the late Jeffrey and Lori Ann; and dearest aunt of Matthew.

A visitation and funeral service were held Saturday, Sept. 4, at Colonial Chapel in Orland Park, Ill. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Operation Blessing or Gentle Rohi Ministry are appreciated. Express your thoughts and condolences at

Phil ‘Santa’ Kuzlik

A celebration of life for Phil “Santa” Kuzlik, 69, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at East Lake Community Church in Chapin, S.C.

The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, S.C.

An additional memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St, Elburn.

Phil died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Born in Chicago, he was the son of the late Theophil and Marianne Alaksiewicz Kuzlik.

A member of East Lake Community Church, he served as a church usher and member of the greeter team. He was a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago. In addition, he had many hours of mechanical, plumbing and electrical training.

He loved working for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and was supportive of all law enforcement branches. A man with a kind and giving heart, he played Santa during the holidays. He was always ready to help people and was the one others turned to when things needed to be fixed.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Pamela Olson Kuzlik; daughter, Denise Feltes (Jack) of Sugar Grove; son, Bob Kuzlik (Stephanie) of Dixon, Ill.; daughter, Kathryn Hofmann (Scott) of Elburn; son, Michael Kuzlik of St. Charles; daughter, Pam “Pammy” Kuzlik (Chris Busch) of Cleveland, Tenn.; stepsons, Jerry Carroll (Linda) of Lakeland, Fla., Randy Carroll (Toni) of Guyton, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, Anthony Stover, Anna, Sarah and Emma Feltes, Julie and Victoria Kuzlik, Chase Hofmann, Ciarra and Dylan Busch, Adeline, Isaiah and Joshua Carroll; sisters, Therese Kuzlik, Luanne Thiel Dehar (Allan); many unofficially adopted children; and beloved dogs, Maggie and Molly.

Special thanks to the staff of Palmetto Health Richland for their extraordinary care of Phil and his family.

Memorials may be made to Palmetto Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 100199, Dept. 274, Columbia, SC 29202 or East Lake Community Church, ACTS Metro, 10057 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC 29063.

Please sign the online guestbook at

Solis, Zielinski wed Aug. 28, 2010

Greg and Mary Clare Zielinski are pleased to announce the engagement and wedding of their son, Tim Zielinski, to Annie Solis, daughter of Frank and Barb Solis of Davenport, Iowa.

Tim is a 1998 graduate of Kaneland High School in Maple Park, and a 2002 graduate of Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, earning a bachelor’s degree in logistics and transportation management. He is currently employed at Sears Holdings Corporation in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Annie is a 1998 graduate of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa, and a 2002 graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. She is currently employed by Hillstone Restaurant Group in Chicago.

Annie and Tim were married Aug. 28, 2010, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, with a reception at TPC Deere Run Golf Course in Silvis, Ill.

Erickson Foundation awards scholarships

The Arnold and Mildred Erickson Charitable Foundation, Inc., awarded $49,600 in scholarships to graduates of Kaneland High School and Burlington Central High School.

Students receiving the awards include Hannah Bergman, Karla Blanco, Kelsey Borg, Bethany Doty, Michael Doty, Joshua Ehlers, Katherine Fabrizius, Page Foster, Margaret Gannon, Allison Gibble, Elizabeth Gibble, Lindsay Gruenke, Daniel Hagberg, Alexa Hill, Veronica Jenssen, Haley Johnson, Brittany Laggett, Nicholas Laggett, Samantha Laggett, Carrie Lund, Logan Markuson, Erin Martin, Joseph Martinez McWhorter, Emily Moxness, Christopher Ott, Stacy Pauli, Lauren Perucco, Lisa Roberson, Patrick Ruffolo, Joseph Russo, Shelly Santo, Ashley Schultz, Megan Shumaker, Taylor Slager, Julia Smith, George Spirakis, Kathleen Stover, Michael Sullivan, Brian Towell, Ashley Turk, Marissa Vokening, Samantha Wallace, Jennifer Weatherhead and Mariella Zavala.

Scholarship information is available at, and all application materials must be received by March 1, 2011, for scholarships pertaining to the 2011-12 academic year.

Zygulski promoted to master sergeant

Jolie Zygulski has been selected for promotion to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Zygulski is an orthopedic administrative services supervisor assigned to the 59th Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The master sergeant (select) has served in the military for more than 16 years.

She is the daughter of Linda Bellow of Eunice, La., and Jones Vidrine of Sparta, Tenn.

Her husband, Paul, is the son of Robert Zygulski of Elburn, and Judy Jurek of Pasadena, Texas.

She graduated in 1992 from Eunice High School and received an associate degree in applied science in 1999 from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Church news for Sept. 9

Geneva Lutheran offers country western worship
Geneva—Geneva Lutheran Church invites the public to its country western communion worship service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12.
Following the service, everyone is invited to mosey around the “GLC Ranch” for the rest of the day’s activities.
Attendees are asked to don their best western wear, with prizes given to best dressed. Photos will be taken, country line dance lessons will be available, as will a number of games, activities and ways to give back to the community.
More information is available at Anyone interested in attending the dinner can RSVP to the church office, (630) 232-0165. Geneva Lutheran Church is located at 301 S. Third St. in Geneva.

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.

Knights’ high gear offense shines at Huntley, 40-12

by Mike Slodki
HUNTLEY—That wasn’t powerful wind gusts fans felt on Friday at Huntley High School.

That was a Kaneland football squad successfully exacting gridiron revenge on the Red Raiders for last year’s week two loss.

The residual effects of the Knights’ offense and defense working on all cylinders was a 40-12 handling of the Huntley Red Raiders.

For the first time since 2006, the Knights have begun the season 2-0.

Successfully negating the 17-14 week two loss from Sept. 4, 2009, in Maple Park, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly won’t need to worry about this non-conference clash being one that got away.

“The main thing we concentrated on was trying to improve our mistakes from last week,” Fedderly said. “The guys really took it to heart. We practiced really hard this week, and we had a lot of pride in wanting to have a good first half.”

Kaneland outpaced Huntley in total yards, 347-239, and put up 15 first downs compared to Huntley’s eight.

For KHS, Joe Camiliere was 8-for-12 for 144 yards through the air and two scoring strikes. The senior also rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

After a two-yard Blake Serpa touchdown run with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter to go up 7-0, Camiliere felt the Knights were on the right track.

“We wanted to get going early,” Camaliere said. “We only made one mistake and had a lot of things open. We did a great job of executing.”

In the second quarter, KHS completed a five-play, 52-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Davidson from Camiliere, who rolled out of pocket. The score with 10:51 to go in the half made it 14-0.

With Huntley still struggling to get things going, Kaneland took over, and on the third play of the drive, got a seven-yard run up the middle for a Camiliere touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 8:04 to go in the second quarter.

After another three-and-out for Huntley, Camiliere went down the Knight sideline for a 42-yard TD run with 5:41 to go for a 27-0 lead that went into halftime.

Taylor Andrews
Knights LB Taylor Andrews did his part on both sides of the ball, but it was an instance on defense that sunk the hopes of the Red Raiders on Friday. Down by four scores, Huntley QB Tim Lycos tried to take the team’s fortunes into his own hands, but late in the second quarter, fumbled. Andrews pounced on the ball at his own 13, which sent the Knights into the half on a high note.

In the third quarter, the Knights got a 52-yard touchdown pass from Camiliere to Taylor Andrews (two catches, 65 yards) in stride for a 34-0 lead with 9:10 to go.

After a Tim Lycos to James Davis 43-yard scoring pass with 7:22 to go in the frame, Huntley closed to within 34-6, but Camaliere scored on a 28-yard run after a fake exchange with 5:12 to go in the third to make it 40-6. Huntley’s last score came on a Lycos run from the two-yard line with 8:22 remaining in the game.

The sophomores lost to Huntley, 30-29.

Kaneland battles visiting Dixon on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

For the Knights, this will mark the first game in Northern Illinois Big XII history with a crossover opponent.

The Dukes come into the contest at KHS with an 0-2 mark. Dixon lost to host Rock Island Alleman by a 49-14 clip on Friday. The Dukes finished 2-7 a year ago as a member of the NCIC, and last made it to the postseason in 2006.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 2 0 99 28
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 0 90 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 2 0 77 34
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 0 64 6
DeKalb High School 0 0 2 0 48 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 1 41 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 2 0 91 21
Sterling High School 0 0 2 0 41 29
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 1 1 64 28
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 1 1 28 62
Dixon High School 0 0 0 2 27 83
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 2 6 82

Top photo: Knight Joe Camiliere (12) lets nothing get in his way en route to a long touchdown run during Friday’s 40-12 win at Huntley. Photo by John Di Donna

Lady Knights volleyball plows through H-BR, Geneseo

KANELAND—The Lady Knights improved to 4-4 in the early outset of the season after a 25-13, 25-10 sweep of the host Lady Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, followed by an Northern Illinois Big XII crossover with visiting Geneseo. The Lady Knights beat the Maple Leafs 25-27, 25-15, 25-22.

Against H-BR, Katy Dudzinski had 14 kills, two aces and five digs. Teammate Jess Lubic added 17 assists, four digs and three kills.

Malory Groen had five kill,s and Kylie Siebert added 12 digs and three aces.

The sophomores beat the Lady Royals 25-10, 25-14.

The freshman squad won by a final of 25-13, 25-16.

Against Geneseo, the Lady Knights got 13 kills and two blocks from Dudzinski, and a 10 kill, 21 assist, three block effort from Lubic.

Asset Taylor Bradbury had 13 assists and two aces. Siebert added 18 digs, two aces and 16 receptions.

Sophomore action on Saturday saw KHS win 25-14, 25-10, and the freshmen handled their match 25-14, 8-25, 25-13.

The Lady Knights storm into the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11.

KHS girls XC has productive week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Through two meets this week, the only thing able to stop the Lady Knights cross-country crew is sickness.

Saturday had the Lady Knights tackle the Oregon Invite, while Tuesday had Kaneland host East Aurora and Yorkville with only one regular varsity competitor to its name.

On Saturday along Route 64, no team scores were kept, but senior Andie Strang powered through the three-mile terrain in windy conditions with a 19 minute, 58 second effort.

Sophomore Abby Dodis finished third overall at 20:43. Freshman Sydney Strang took sixth overall at 20:57, and Ashley Castellanos took eighth at 21 minutes.

On Tuesday, Kaneland won the meet with a 25 score, followed by Yorkville with 45 and East Aurora with 74.

Castellanos won the course with a 22:52 time, and was glad to help the team, despite being hampered by the elements.

“I’m actually struggling with allergies,” Castellanos said. “It’s really tough not having the girls that are out to run with. I’m not used to it.”

Teammate Shaela Collins finished second at 22:59. Carolina Tovar took sixth with a time of 23:59, and Ariana Espino finished seventh at that same time.

Photo: Shaela Collins of KHS girls cross-country takes to the Elburn Woods course during a 22:59 effort on Tuesday against East Aurora and Yorkville. Photo courtesy of

Boys Cross Country outpaces rivals

ELBURN—On Tuesday, the Knights cross-country team built a nice block toward eventual success this season.

They built it on the strength of their feet.

Hosting Yorkville and East Aurora at Elburn Woods, the Knights’ 24 points outdid the efforts of the Foxes (58) and East Aurora (78).

“It’s very early in our campaign, but we like what we see, and hopefully our depth will begin to shine as the calendar switches to October,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

The charge was led by Trevor Holm with a 16 minute, 43 second time. Teammate Clayton Brundige finished third at 17:49. Nate Rehkopf, with a 17:51 mark, finished fifth and Kaneland’s John Meisinger took seventh at 18:20.

Kaneland travels to Peoria Woodruff for an invite on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Photo: It may have been close in pockets of the race, but Kaneland’s Nate Rehkopf flew to a 34-point margin of victory against Yorkville and a 54-point gap over East Aurora on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of

Knight golfers fall at Sterling in NIB-12 action

STERLING—In a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover matchup, Kaneland golf was passed over.

The rival Golden Warriors of Sterling took care of Kaneland with a 149-162 clip, lowering the KHS dual meet mark to 1-2.

Despite the less-than-positive result, encouraging showings took place at Emerald Hill G.C.

Hayley Guyton, Zach Douglas and Josh Schuberg each shot a 40 score, and Luke Kreiter managed a 42.

Coming up for KHS, a matchup at Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Tennis serves defeat to two foes

KANELAND—Not a bad week for Lady Knights tennis.

A better than average week has KHS at 3-3 in dual meet competition.

On Thursday, Kaneland hosted the larger DuPage Valley Conference school Glenbard North on Friday and won 4-2. On Thursday, Kaneland took care of host Minooka by a 5-2 final.

Against the Panthers, No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko beat Nicole Durante 6-1, 6-0, while No. 2 singles player Amelia Napiorkowski beat Elizabeth Bierman 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action, No. 2 tandem Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Gretchen Nichols and Erin Abell 6-1, 6-3. No. 3 team Caiti Ellefsen and Jordyn Withey came away with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Nikki Riscassa and Emily Laurila.

Against Minooka, Jurcenko (6-2, 6-0), Napiorkowski (6-0, 6-1) and No. 3 Nikki LeBlanc (6-0, 6-2) emerged victorious, while Ellefson and Megan Hanlon at No. 2 doubles took the win in a 6-7, 6-3, 7-3 win.

On Tuesday, the Lady Knights lost to IMSA by a 5-2 final, with Napiorkowski picking up a 7-6, 6-4 win and McMullen/Rosenwinkel winning at No. 3 doubles.

Kaneland’s next dual challenge is on Thursday, Sept. 8, against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs.

Knights fall to 2-2 on pitch

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Kaneland High School soccer roster would rather leave the loss from Saturday against the DeKalb Barbs behind, they can take something with them—the fact that Kaneland will meet DeKalb later on and try to even the score.

Saturday saw Kaneland lose to DeKalb in the third-place game of the Rocket Invite at Burlington Central High School by a 3-1 tally.

Coupled with a 3-0 loss to Burlington Central on Thursday, the Knights now sit at 2-2 four matches into 2010.

After a Joe Ferguson goal in the first half gave the Barbs a 1-0 lead, Kaneland came back on a goal by midfielder Thanasi Pesmajoglou to even matters with 11:23 left.

However, less than 60 seconds elapsed before Ferguson scored again to take a 2-1 lead.

Ferguson completed the hat trick on a penalty kick.

“We had many, many opportunities,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We didn’t capitalize on them. We had them in the second half with the wind, and we just couldn’t do it. I thought we played much better today than we did on Thursday.”

Against the Rockets, Kaneland gave up one goal in the first 40 minutes, and two in the second half.

South Elgin defeated BC 4-0 in the final matchup on Saturday.

For the Knights, they will try to start a positive streak on Thursday, Sept. 9, vs. IMSA.

Photo: Anthony Parillo (2) looks for a path through DeKalb during Saturday’s 3-1 setback at Burlington Central.
Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneville Crush tryouts

Kaneville Crush will have tryouts for 2011.

They will play a 16-game regular season schedule in the KCBL.

Tryouts will be held at the Kaneville East Pony field on Saturday, Sept.11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boys must turn 14 after April 30, 2011, to compete.

Fee will be around $300.

Any questions, contact Steve Gaulin (847) 561-8775.

Elburn Express tryouts

Elburn Express is holding baseball tryouts for its 11U team.

The tryouts will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.

The tryout is scheduled for McNair Field, and the Express requests arrival 15 minutes prior to start time.

For additional information or questions, contact David Dudzinski at (630) 244-6632.

Letter: Lions say thank you to Elburn Days sponsors

The Elburn Lions Club would like to thank the following Elburn Days sponsors for their generous donation of services and contributions: A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair, American Bank & Trust Co, Aurora Tri State, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Bob Jo Cycle Co., Bob’s Repair & Golf Cart Sales, Collision Centers of America, Computer Network Management, LLC, Country Automotive, Inc., Daily Herald, Delnor Hospital, Dr. Harry Krauspe, DDS, Drs. Horton & Vranas, DDS, Elburn Coop & Blackberry Station, Elburn Herald, Elburn Radiator & Repair, Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Eyes on Elburn, Ltd., Fifth Third Bank, Fleck & Uhlich, Ltd., G. Snow & Sons, Geneva Construction Co., Hobby Town USA, Hodges Westside Truck Center Inc, Hogan Walker, LLC, Hughes Creek Golf Club, Inboden’s Meats, Ltd., J & R Herra Plumbing & Heating, Joe Dieter & Sons, Inc., Kane County Chronicle, Knuckleheads Tavern, LaFarge North America, Leyden Electric, Inc., M & M Dance, Mediacom Communications Corp., Metrolift, Inc., Midwest Window & Supply, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, Photocraft, Inc., Rempe-Sharpe & Assoc., Inc., Ross Electric, Inc., S & K Masonry, Inc., S & P Builders, Inc., Schenk Custom Builders, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, SH & D General Trucking, Inc., Skinner Amusements, Inc., St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Terry’s Lawn Service, The Care of Trees, The Morse Group, The Tech Shop, Inc., Tri County Coins & Collectibles, U.S. Specialty Packaging, Unilock Chicago, United Visual, Inc., Valley West Sandblasting & Painting, Inc., and WSPY FM 107.1.

With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to continue serving our community as well as assist in providing services worldwide.

Thank you again for your continual support of the Elburn Lions Club.

Pam Hall, Steve Hall, Cheryl Lee, Al Lee,
Allison Durham, Dennis Schenk,
Nancy Wilkison
Elburn Days 2010 Sponsorship Committee

Letter: Celebrating 5 years of LivingWell Cancer Resource Center

September is the fifth anniversary of the opening of the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, and I would like to recognize our community of supporters who have made our tremendous growth possible.

In five short years, LivingWell has provided over 30 programs and services to 8,217 cancer patients, cancer survivors, caregivers and family members facing cancer. All of our programs and services, including cancer education and nutrition; individual and family counseling, support groups; and wellness activities including yoga and massage therapy, are all provided free of charge to our participants.

Our ability to provide free services to everyone coming through our doors would not be possible without the incredible generosity of this very giving community. I would like to extend a special thank you to the Delnor Health System, who recognized the need for a community-based cancer resource center several years ago. We are also grateful to the thousands of community members and dozens of service organizations and foundations who support our mission.

The statistics are frightening: half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Giant strides are being made through research and better treatment outcomes, but more needs to be done.

Last month, the American College of Surgeons put forth New Standards of Care for Cancer, which specifically addresses the psychosocial needs of cancer patients. Just as the Institute of Medicine’s findings helped bring credibility to our programs back in 2007, these groundbreaking standards serve as validation for the mission and programs of LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. These newly proposed standards also reflect the changing landscape of cancer care, which now embraces the kind of care LivingWell was founded to provide.

Programs offered at our center have clearly shown to have significant impact. Participants of our programs have been shown to experience:
• Reduced distress
• Improved mental health and quality of life
• Decreased tension and anxiety
• Decreased depression
• Decreased helplessness and hopelessness
• Decreased preoccupation with health issues
• Increased self-confidence in coping with cancer
• Better compliance with medical treatment regimens

We have been humbled by tremendously positive feedback by our participants and through referrals from oncologists representing 19 hospitals and 26 oncology practices. Annual participant growth has exceeded 25 percent each year. We are now providing support care in seven hospitals and four oncology practices in Kane and DuPage counties.

On behalf of the board and staff of LivingWell, please know how much I appreciate your support of the hundreds of cancer patients and their families who have learned that they can count on LivingWell to make their journey with cancer a little bit easier.

Nancy Vance
Executive Director
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center

Letter: Kaneland High School test results an embarrassment

Is this the tipping point on why I should move to better school districts just a few miles east of here? I’ve asked my wife and myself this question several times.

It’s an embarrassment that Kaneland High School test scores resemble those of an inner city school with uninvolved parents, administrators and community leaders. Admit it. That’s what this looks like.

People’s impressions are that this is no longer a high achievement school district just west of Chicago, where students thrive in the nurturing pastoral settings of Kane County. We are now an area that appears to be riddled with uninvolved school leaders and administrators not willing to lead and make compelling decisions.

Where is the administration’s response to these test scores? I expected a more exigent reaction with a detailed, specific plan of action the moment these scores were released to the public. Instead, the next School Board meeting is not until Sept. 13. Then they will think about it, mull it over and get back to us when they get around to it—too late and too lackadaisical.

Maybe I won’t move to Geneva. Maybe I’ll stay and fight. Maybe I’ll run for School Board this spring.

Ted Koch
Sugar Grove