NIU announces spring dean’s list

Northern Illinois University announced its spring 2010 dean’s list.

Local students include Caitlan Ayala, Stephanie Dietiker, Jon Gustafson, Meredith Haring, Spencer Johnson, Erika McIlnay, Matthew Ritschdorff, Samantha Stammet, Mary Trotier, Andrew Weissenburger, Kelsey Drendel, Corinne Lenhardt, Dominick Parillo and Troy Thorgesen, all of Elburn.

Maple Park students include Kelsey Borg, Crystal Edwards, Amy Rivers, Amy Seyller, Daniel Twait, Matthew Jenny and Alexis Weber.

Sugar Grove students include Jonathan Easto, Janelle Harner, Linda Huber, Rachel McDowell, Sarah McLennan, Monica Ratiu and Sofia Zafar.

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, Robert, 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 degree in 1999 from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.


Kaneland holds off host Rockets in opener, 37-22
by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—When it comes to season openers, Kaneland can’t think of a better way to begin the football season.

In fact, the Knights haven’t been able to think of a better way to start things for six straight years.

The team offered a glimpse of what might be down the line, but was played evenly for much of the contest. While giving up the occasional big play, the Knights took advantage of opportunities presented on both sides of the ball.

“We put the challenge to the guys in the second half that we have to answer the call and can’t be a team that hurts ourselves,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We played better in the second half.”

Third-year signal caller Joe Camaliere had more incompletions than caught passes, going 15-for-32 for 114 yards, but threw for three touchdowns along with one pick.

The senior was also the leading rusher for the squad, rushing seven times for 69 yards and a score.

WR Quinn Buschbacher caught four passes for 24 yards.

“I had a couple drops, but I just tried to get back in there and help the team as best I could,” Buschbacher said.

The junior also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back in the third quarter.

“That’s just football. Hopefully, I can get another one next week,” Buschbacher said.

Rocket standout Tre Llanes rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries for a touchdown.

Senior Tim Maroder, who switched to running back after two years at QB, suffered a knee injury on a screen pass in the first quarter and is projected to be lost for the season.

The first real scoring opportunity came for the Knights after a punt snap went over Chandler Crary’s head and was pounced on at the Rocket 4-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor Andrews caught a pass in the left corner of the end zone six seconds into the second quarter.

With 2:41 remaining in the half, BC’s punt snap went airborne and out the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 KHS lead. Kaneland added to that on a six-play, 40-yard drive after the free kick, thanks to Sean Carter’s 11-yard TD catch on the left side of the endzone with 2:05 to go making it 16-0.

KHS WR Sean Carter
PLAY OF THE KNIGHT: Knights WR Sean Carter didn’t wait for a welcome to varsity action. He broke the door down. On a third-and-10 from the BC 26-yard line in the second quarter, and KHS muddling through three of four incompletions, Carter caught a pass and raced to the sidelines for a 15-yard gain. The next play had Carter catch an 11-yard TD pass to give KHS a 16-0 lead with 2:05 left in the first half.

Kaneland’s three fourth-quarter touchdowns came on a six-yard strike to Kyle Davidson with 11:51 to go making it 23-8, a Camaliere sneak with 7:00 to go making it 30-16, and a Blake Serpa touchdown run with 1:49 to go to cement the 15-point margin.

The sophomores emerged victorious over the Rockets with a 37-21 win over BC.

Kaneland battles host Huntley on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:15 p.m.

A year ago, Kaneland lost to the Red Raiders 17-14.

Kaneland and Huntley were conference mates as recently as the 1960s, as part of the Little Eight Conference.

Huntley, currently residing in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, is coming off of a 44-34 loss to Wauconda on Friday.

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 1 0 42 7
Sterling High School 0 0 1 0 20 10
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 0 1 21 28
Dixon High School 0 0 0 1 13 34
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 0 1 7 42
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 1 6 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 1 0 57 12
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 1 0 49 6
Yorkville High School 0 0 1 0 41 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 1 0 37 22
DeKalb High School 0 0 1 0 28 21
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 0 21 14

Top photo: Knight Curtis Secrest (16) separates Rocket QB Ryan Ritchie from the ball in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 37-22 season-opening win for Kaneland. Photo by Ben Draper

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Tennis overcomes early struggles

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—A busy week for Lady Knights tennis had key players show progress.

Against the visiting Marengo Lady Indians on Thursday, KHS pulled out a 4-3 win that came down to the final doubles match of the evening.

With a 6-1, 6-7, 10-5 win, Sierra Cruz and Nikki LeBlanc took care of business and allowed Kaneland the slim team win.

The No. 1 team of Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Maria Rossi lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. No. 2 tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon lost a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 affair, and No. 3 squad of Sam Williams and Jordan Withey lost a 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 matchup.

The singles battles had No. 1 competitor Lindsay Jurcenko win 6-3, 6-0, followed by No. 2 Amelia Napiorkowski’s 6-3, 6-2 win. No. 3 entry Madi Limbrick emerged with a 7-6, 7-5 win.

Wednesday saw Wheaton Academy come into Maple Park and sweep the Lady Knights in a 5-0 rout.

Saturday had Kaneland finish second at the Plainfield North Invite as a team behind Lemont. Jurcenko and Napiorkowski took their brackets, and Ellefsen/Hanlon finished second in No. 2 doubles.

‘I think the season’s going good so far,” Napiorkowski said on Saturday. “I’ve been on varsity for a year, so I try to use that experience.”

On Tuesday along Spartan Trail, the Lady Knights lost a 3-2 matchup despite wins from Napiorowski and the Rosenwinkel/Maddy McMullen team.

KHS is at Minooka on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Lady Knight Lindsay Jurcenko takes her swings during Saturday’s Plainfield North Invite in which she emerged queen of her bracket. Photo by Mike Slodki

Knight soccer finds its footing early

BURLINGTON—While not entirely sure of what the remaining seven weeks of the regular season will bring, the KHS soccer squad is doing well so far.

Hitting the Rocket Invite at Burlington Central High School on Tuesday, Kaneland played its first match in seven days and stopped Yorkville by a 5-1 final.

Nine minutes, 18 seconds into the matchup with the Foxes, the Knights got a goal from Alex Gil on a feed from Anders Winquist-Bailey.

With 27:12 to go in the first, Derek White put the ball in the net on an assist from Chad Swieca. The first-half scoring concluded with a Jordan Escobedo goal, thanks to an Anthony Parillo assist, with 22:16 left.

With the second half under way and KHS holding onto a 3-1 advantage, Gil scored again with a Thanasi Pesmajoglou assist with 33:42 to go to make it 4-1, and Winquist-Bailey put the final score in the net with a Pesmajoglou assist with 51 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the week, the F/S squad lost to Burlington Central by a 4-1 score on Thursday.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Knights continue their Rocket Invite journey against host BC at 6:30 p.m. The Knights square off against either DeKalb, St. Francis of Wheaton or South Elgin on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Boys XC takes care of area foes

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—Tuesday’s opening meet for the Kaneland boys cross-country roster seemed to serve two purposes.

The muggy afternoon skirmish with visiting Wheaton Academy and West Chicago provided a winning experience, as well as a learning experience.

The varsity rankings had KHS win with 27 points, compared to the Wildcats’ 37 and the Warriors’ 70.

However, toward the final leg of the three-mile race, Knight asset Trevor Holm was outpaced by West Chicago’s Gunnar Sterne, who beat Holm by seven seconds at 16 minutes, 46 seconds.

“Holm ran a good race, just outkicked by a better runner at this point. Lessons should be learned every week. He’ll be tougher for it,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said.

The next four KHS finishers were separated by 44 seconds. Clayton Brundige finished fourth at 18:11, Grant Alef finished sixth at 18:31, Nate Rehkopf finished seventh at 18:51. Jake Ginther took eighth at 18:55.

Alef was pleased as far as first meets go.

“I think it was a pretty good meet overall,” Alef said. “We definitely still have work to do and have a lot of room for improvement.”

On the JV side, Kaneland beat West Chicago, 15-72.

The race was highlighted by John Meisinger’s 14:34 on the 2.4-mile course, and Luis Acosta’s 15:05.

Future action for the Knights include a home matchup at Elburn Woods with East Aurora and Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: It’s a pack of Knights at Tuesday’s Elburn Woods encounter with West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.
Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland volleyball digs to 2-4 beginning

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If the Wheaton North Volleyball Classic would serve as an accurate barometer for how the Lady Knights volleyball team is doing, it looks like there’s progress, with more progress needing to be made for a successful campaign.

Despite the 2-3 record to begin 2010, Kaneland finished fourth out of 12 squads.

With Katy Dudzinski and Jess Lubic making the All-Tournament team, the Lady Knights lost their opening match to last year’s champ Oak Forest on Aug. 25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, and came back to beat Buffalo Grove later that night 26-24, 25-21.

Kaneland earned their one win on Saturday against Oak Forest, winning 20-25, 25-20, 25-23. The Lady Knights then succumbed to St. Viator by a 25-8, 25-22 margin.

Against the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, the Lady Knights lost 25-18, 25-16.

Post-tournament action had KHS losing to visiting Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 28-26, 25-22.

In meeting one vs. Oak Forest, an overzealous attack led to many balls going beyond the lines.

Kaneland was down 14-6 in the first game before closing to within 20-18 before Oak Forest pulled away.

Front line play from Lubic keyed a 19-6 lead in game two that led to the eventual eight-point win.

“What we saw in game two was very cool and very promising. We really haven’t fully unloaded yet,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said.

The Lady Knights fell behind by as much as 21-9 before the final loss.

Lubic had 12 kills and 28 assists, while Dudzinski added 17 kills and four aces.

In the win over the Bison, Lyndi Scholl had nine kills.

On Saturday, Dudzinski had 31 kills against Oak Forest. Against the Lions of Arlington Heights, Lubic had 37 assists and four aces, while Kylie Siebert had 24 digs against the Hilltoppers.

Taylor Bradbury had eight assists and an ace while Lubic had seven kills, 12 assists and 12 aces.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a visit to Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Despite five kills and one ace from Katy Dudzinski (right), KHS fell to rival Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22. Photo by Ben Draper

Golf takes swings at NIB12 foes

KANELAND—Kaneland golfers had a nice go of it at Rochelle Golf Club on Wednesday, Aug. 25, taking care of their conference rival by a 163-195 score.

They followed that with more dual action on Tuesday at Hughes Creek, but fell to the visiting DeKalb Barbs 154-163.

The Knights are now 1-1 in dual action.

Leading the way against Rochelle was senior standout Hayley Guyton who shot a 36, good for medalist honors. Teammates Luke Kreiter shot a 42, continuing his early-season momentum from an 80 score at the Geneva Invite. Josh Schuberg also shot a 42, and Adam Grams managed a 43.

Rochelle’s Calvin Anthenat was tops for the Hubs with a 40.

In JV action, Kaneland emerged with a 170-242 victory, thanks to Matt Yonkovich’s 39.

Against the Barbs, Guyton managed a 37 score, while Schuberg shot a 39 and Kreiter had a 43 tally.

The JV ranks came away with a 177-182 win.

Coming up for the varsity troops: a visit to Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.

Lady Knights XC runs to 1st place

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—It was anything but lonely at the top for Kaneland High school girls cross country.

With five of the top nine runners, Kaneland powered through for a win over West Chicago and Wheaton Academy at Elburn Woods on Tuesday. The Lady Knights had 19 points, compared to 38 for WC and 85 for WA.

Leading the course was senior Andie Strang at 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Shortly behind her was her sister, freshman Sydney Strang just two seconds behind.

Abby Dodis was third at 16:54.

“I was especially happy with Abby’s race today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “This was a good confidence builder for her.”

The sophomore beat her closest competitor by seven seconds.

“I feel like it’s a good first step. We’ve been working on staying in groups in practice, staying together and pushing each other,” Dodis said.

Kris Bowen finished fifth with a time of 17:12.

Next up for Kaneland is the annual Oregon Invite on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m.

Photo: Ashley Castellanos finished 8th overall Tuesday. photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneville Crush Tryouts

Kaneville Crush will have tryouts for their KCBL teams’ upcoming 2011 spring season.

They will play a 16-game regular season schedule in the KCBL, plus some weekend tournaments.

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.

This week in sports

Thursday, Sept. 2
Golf: V/JV at Sterling, 4 p.m.
Tennis: V at Minooka, 4:30 p.m.
JV vs. Minooka, 4:30 p.m.
VB: V/S/F vs. Hinckley-Big Rock, 4:30 p.m.
Soccer: V vs. Burlington Central (BC Tourney), 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3
Football: V/S at Huntley, 5 p.m.
Tennis: V vs. Glenbard North, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4
Football: F vs. Huntley, 9 a.m.
Soccer: V at Burlington C. Tourney, TBA.
S at Plainfield South, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: V vs. Geneseo, 11 a.m.
S/F A & B vs. Geneseo, 10 a.m.
Girls CC: V/JV at Oregon Invite, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Boys CC: V/JV vs. BC/E. Aurora/Yorkville, 4:30 p.m.
Girls CC: V/JV vs. W. Chicago/Wheaton Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Tennis: V vs. IMSA, 4:30 p.m.
JV at IMSA, 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 8
Golf: V/JV vs. Hinckley-Big Rock, 4 p.m.
Soccer: V/JV at Hinckley-Big Rock, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 9
Golf: V/JV at Yorkville, 4 p.m.
Tennis: V vs. Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
JV at Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
Soccer: V/JV vs. IMSA, 4:30 p.m.

Letter: What if it was your child being deployed?

If it was your son or daughter who was being deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, what would be your opinion of these wars?

I recognize that I’m no foreign policy or military strategy expert, but I can see how bravely parents of deployed troops silently bear their pain and fear. I watch how intensely parents pray for the safety of their children and their comrades at church each Sunday—almost holding their breath until they return home. At the local grocery store, you see mothers staring at the cereal displays lost in their private thoughts. When I ask how their military son or daughter is doing, they answer with nervous pride, and we both avoid that deeper emotion that’s like adding one more drop of water to a glass full to the brim before it overflows.

These fellow citizens—mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, even sons and daughters—deserve sound and focused leadership of their families’ courage and sacrifice.

I understand the mission “to kill terrorists before they kill us” as a legitimate narrowly focused self-defensive military and political objective. I don’t understand nation-building when some other family gets their child killed or mangled to advance any State Department mission—not building schools, not educating foreign women, not paving their roads while ours buckle, not providing humanitarian relief in countries where they shoot our soldiers delivering aid, etc. Back when leaders led from the front and spilled their noble blood among the blood of their regular troops, you can imagine that the missions were brutally focused and the rules of engagement practical.

Armies destroy, should be used rarely, and violence is only legitimate in the cause of self-defense. Something or someone else can build other people’s nations.

Speaking of those at the top of our political, social and financial ranks, what has happened to the concept of “To those whom much is given, much is expected”? Where are the Bush’s, Obama’s, Oberweis’, Gates’, and Hastert’s? Is it proper that their fame, fortunes and power are protected by other families’ children’s lives? Ah … those invincible during peace but invisible during war.

Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Joe Wilson, the person who shouted “Liar” during the State of the Union Speech, but they have multiple sons serving and deployed. And, please do not cheapen their heroism by snickering, “Well, you know, that’s the only job they can get …”

War most certainly feeds some of the rich, while it buries many of the poor and the patriotic. Our most liberal president since FDR has submitted the largest defense spending budget in U.S. history at approximately $700 billion for this year alone. The entire U.S. national debt accumulated from 1791 until 1977 (186 years) was $699 billion. Lockheed Martin, Northup Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Boeing defense allocations have grown from a total of $61 billion in 2000 to $156 billion in 2007 (a 155 percent increase), and their collective profits have grown to $13.5 billion. Of course, we can defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but it’s a question of how much of our strength we are willing to commit and what is the most effective way to protect ourselves from twisted fanatics who see glory in killing innocent men, women and children.

Whom do cowardly bullies beat up on children’s playgrounds? It’s certainly not the strong kid in the class, but rather the troubled child who wipes his nose with the back of his sleeve. Are vicious terrorists who kill to make their political point any less rational in selecting their victims? It is an unfortunate reality of human nature that we can only achieve peace and security through military and financial strength. While some in America fatten up on steady diets of sliders, Big Macs, and MTV, enjoying security they have not paid for, there are others, “betters,” who harden and tighten themselves through incredible physical exertion and the core values of duty, honor and country.

But, just as the kid who plays unmolested on the school playground is strong, he neither looks for nor starts fights. He knows his strength is meant to protect himself, not to hurt others. Prudent American foreign military policy has been based on self-restraint and self-defense, all the way back to General George Washington’s caution to avoid “entangling alliances,” whether these involve traditionally aggressive nations or more modern, self-centered multinational financial corporations and cartels.

We are borrowing money by the billions from totalitarian Chinese Communists to fuel a tsunami of cash that intensifies corruption, fuels resentment and more hostility among the civilian population towards us, and props up an unreliable, antithetical central government in Afghanistan, while the Chinese capitalize on massive raw material developments (northeastern multi-billion dollar copper mines) with no security responsibilities. America fights, China profits.

There are 60 countries where al-Qaeda is operating cells. We will have to align our forward defense strategy to cover their offense, or it will be like the “pound-the-gopher head” game over at Luigi’s, but with life-and-death consequences.

Chris Lauzen
State Senator, 25th District

Letter: Another example of the police state we live in

We live in a police state, and it is getting worse. George W. Bush has sent this nation down two very bad paths.

a) We go kick the bee’s nest. We anger all kinds of people in the Middle East. We kiss up to Israel, and let them behave belligerently with impunity. We have killed millions of people in Iraq. We have made so many enemies we couldn’t begin to count them. Worse, we have flooded the region and our enemies with cash. The New York Times and Washington Post reliably inform us that the Pakistani government is funding the Taliban. … The notion of winning the war which has cost us trillions of dollars is inescapably impossible, our daily actions are making things worse not better. This loose change (billions) will fund our enemies so they have real weapons, not rocks and words. Sooner or later it will all come back to haunt us.

b) In response to the rapidly increasing number and capacity of new enemies, we are turning our own nation into a police state. Worse, we are being ignorantly reactive instead of proactive. Nothing we are doing will increase our security while it has profoundly curtailed our civil liberties.

The nation lives in fear. It should fear itself. We are crumbling under the weight of our mismanagement.

Jeff MacKenzie

Letter: Path connections

In reference to your Aug. 19 article regarding Sugar Grove’s plan for bicycle path connections, I must say I find this extremely confusing.

Why bother? Having lived in Maple Park for over 20 years now, I find it extremely disturbing that any more money would be spent on bike paths that cyclists seem to prefer not to use.

I have never encountered so many bikes traveling on rural 55 mph roads as I have in the last three to four years. This is dangerous, to say the least, as there is no paved shoulder for safe travel on these roads.

I am also certain that these cyclists cannot maintain a minimum of 45 mph for any length of time no matter how fit they are. It is impossible to tell when they are going to swerve or hit an obstacle when traveling these roads. They seem to think the rules of the road do not apply to them as they frequently travel two or three across. Having done a little research, I found the following information on Illinois Secretary of State’s Rules of the Road:
“The maximum speed limit in Illinois for all vehicles is 65 mph on rural interstate tollways, freeways and some four-lane highways, except where otherwise posted. The maximum speed limit on most other highways is 55 mph. You may drive at the maximum allowable speed only under safe conditions. For safety purposes, a minimum speed limit may be posted along certain roadways. When minimum limits are not posted, drivers should not drive so much slower than the maximum limit that they interfere with the normal movement of traffic.”

These bikes definitely do not adhere to these regulations and in fact do interfere with normal movement of traffic. Another interesting fact is:
“A person may not operate a neighborhood or low-speed vehicle on a street, road or highway without obtaining liability insurance.”

With all the bike paths currently available, I do not understand how riding a bicycle on rural roads and highways is even conceivable. Here’s an idea, why can’t these cyclists be allowed to ride on the tollway if distance training is the objective? I would think that would be much safer for all involved, as there are already larger paved shoulders on the tollways, which could more than support bicycle traffic.

If in fact this is where the cyclists prefer to travel. I think they should be required to purchase license plates and insurance like any other moving vehicle traveling these roads. Or better yet, stay on the designated bike paths. Is it just me or have any other citizens in the area that have had bad experiences with this?

Faith Gonzales
Maple Park

Letter: Community blood drive set for Sept. 13

It’s time to donate your blood. Someone needs you. Please mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 13.

There is a need for every blood type, with an immediate shortage of B-negative and O-negative.

The Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, along with the Sugar Grove Fire Department, will hold their blood drive at the Sugar Grove Fire Department, located at 25 Municipal Drive. Donation times are from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

We encourage appointments, but walk-ins are welcome. Please call Joy at (630) 466-7190 or Kathy at (630) 466-4634 to make your appointment or for information.

Your donation is deeply appreciated. Thank you for answering someone’s need.
Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary

DayOneNetwork offers annual 5K Run, Family Walk

Geneva—The DayOneNetwork will hold its annual 5k Run and Family Walk at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles on Sunday, Sept. 12.

This year’s event is titled “Going the Extra Mile … Just Because.” In an effort to raise awareness and funds for people with developmental delays and disabilities and bring DayOne families closer together, DayOne will have a 5k race starting at 8 a.m., a family 1.5-mile walk starting at 9:30 a.m., and games, moonwalks and activities for kids all morning.

This year, DayOne is featuring one of its own—Brad Torrence. Brad was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. Through the help of DayOne, Brad’s family has secured home-based funding and is hoping to receive ISSA services. Brad also volunteers at DayOne and will be heading up a scanning and shredding project in the fall. This project was funded by Gordon Flesch and the Kane County Riverboat Foundation.

The Run for DayOne is for people just like Brad who have benefited from DayOne’s efforts to provide services and opportunities to enrich their lives. Participants can register online at and create their own fundraising web page. Each participant has the ability to raise additional funds for their team, where friends and family members can donate online from their webpage.

DayOne hopes that each participant can raise $250 to reach the event goal. Thanks to sponsors such as North Central Labor Council, Feece Oil, and Stumm Insurance, Dick Ponds Athletics, Dicks Sporting Goods, and New Balance Geneva, DayOne expects a couple of hundred people to participate.

Each participant will receive goodie bags filled with coupons, freebies and a T-shirt from Aurora’s Arch Printing. Vendors who specialize in helping families with special needs will have booths to showcase their services. These businesses include Hanger Prosthetics, Fruitful Yield and Kim’s Blackbelt Academy. Moon jumps and SeeMore the Safety Eagle will also come and entertain the children.

After medals and awards are presented to the winners, participants and families can enjoy Kuiper’s apples, Panera bagels and General Mills granola bars. The River 95.9 will announce the event and play music.

DayOneNetwork is a nonprofit, community-based agency located in Geneva providing service coordination and advocacy services to children and adults with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. Persons residing in Kane and Kendall counties, as well as Township of Cook County, are eligible for services at no cost to the individual.

For more information about DayOne services, call (630) 879-2277 or visit

Shields, McDole PTO’s partner for clothing, toy resale

Kaneland—John Shields and McDole elementary schools will hold their semi-annual children’s clothing and toy resale on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 S. Main St., Sugar Grove.

Become a seller and earn 60 to 80 percent of all your sales. If you would like to sell, you will be assigned a seller number and be given tags to print and attach to each item. You set the price, drop off the items before the sale, and volunteers will do the rest.

If you volunteer the day of the sale or help set up, you can earn up to 80 percent of your sales. Volunteers will also get to pre-shop before the sale is open to the public.

Acceptable fall and winter items include:
• Clothing, including infant, children’s and boys’ through size 16, girls’ through junior size and maternity wear
• Infant and children’s shoes, fall/winter coats, pajamas and athletic apparel.
• Infant and children’s toys, games, puzzles, books, videos, jewelry and sports equipment.
Unsold items must be picked up from 3 to 3:30 p.m. the day of the sale, or items will be donated to charity. The committee is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

If you would like to become a seller, please send an e-mail to