Knight boys hit Sterling Invite, finish in 14th

by Mike Slodki
STERLING—The annual Sterling Invitational usually provides tough competition for the visiting Kanenald boys cross country crew.

On Saturday, it was again more of the usual.

With Trevor Holm’s 15 minute, 47 second effort good enough for 22nd place, the Knights as a whole finished in 14th place with 371 points out of 28 teams. Kaneland finished behind Bettendorf, Iowa High School’s 367.

Mid-Suburban League outfit Schaumburg took the meet with 73 points, followed by Minooka’s 73. The Saxons held the tiebreaker edge.

“We were pretty flat today, as a whole team,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “We anticipated this happening at some point. Where some programs may take a weekend off during the season, we run straight through. We liked seeing the boys pack up a little better.”

After Holm, the next Kaneland athlete to cross the line was Nate Rehkopf in 82nd place at 17:02. Teammate Clayton Brundige was in 86th at 17:09, while Grant Alef was right behind at 17:11.

The frosh/soph side finished fourth in their grouping.

The homestretch begins for KHS as Clarey’s crew takes on the field at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Girls run mid-pack in Sterling race

by Mike Slodki
STERLING—Could it be a perfect storm of sorts for the Lady Knights cross country team?

With senior leader Andie Strang running under 19 minutes for the first time since freshman year at Saturday’s Sterling Invitational, and the return of several key personnel, this could be fun sailing for the rest of the 2010 campaign.

“Very proud of all my girls today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “These are exciting times for us, on a tough week. We’re down a couple runners, but we are not out.”

The Lady Knights finished 12th out of 28 squads with 334 points, edging Sycamore by three points.

The Lady Saxons of Schaumburg High School took the Sterling crown with 49 points followed by Iowa City High School at 86.

Strang’s 18 minute, 51 second effort was good for 22nd place. The next three KHS runners finished in a row in 67th through 69th place.

Ashley Castellanos ran in 20:03, as did Andie’s sister Sydney, running her first race in six weeks. They were joined by Jen Howland, making her return from injuries at 20:06.

The Lady Knights now prepare for the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods on Saturday, Oct. 16.

St. Charles Episcopal craft sale Oct. 23

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church will hold its Fifth Annual Arts and Crafts Sale on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.

The juried show will have handcrafted jewelry, handmade candles, woodwork items, Christmas decorations, handmade lamps, baby items and more. There will also be a bake sale. Admission is free, and the building is handicapped accessible.

For information, call (630) 497-8799 or e-mail or (630) 497-8799.

Lord of Life offers Fill The Truck Sunday

Elburn—A Wayside Cross Ministries truck will be at Lord of Life Church, corner of LaFox Road and Route 38, on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon.

They will collect used clothing, small household items, linens and books that you no longer want. Your donations will be distributed to hundreds of people through the Wayside Cross Community Outreach Program or turned into dollars for their ministries in the Hope Chest Resale Store in Aurora. Just drive up to the truck and the men will put your bags and boxes on the truck.

Otto W. Heinz

Otto W. Heinz, 76, of Maple Park and a longtime resident of Winfield, lll., was the beloved husband of Rae Anne and the late Patty; loving father of Julie (the late Greg) Anderson, Donna Fishleigh and otto R.; dear grandfather of Tyler, Justin, Danielle, Kyle, Otto and Olivia; dear brother of Sophie (the late Jim) Walker, Elaine (Ernie) Siefert, Barb (the late Don) Voirol, Gerry (the late Don) Ponziani, John (JoBeth) and Bruce (Lynn); and uncle and friend of many.

Otto was the former proud owner of Reliable Wrecking Service Inc. He was an avid fisherman and adventurer.

Visitation was on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, Douglas Peterson Funeral Director, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington Street and Main Street), West Chicago, Ill.

Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Serena Lewis for medical expenses, or to the American Heart Association.

For information, call (630) 231-0060.

Alice Quist

Alice Quist, 95, joined her husband Peter in the presence of her Lord and Savior on Oct. 5, 2010, at Provena Medical Center in Aurora, surrounded by the prayers of her family.

She was born Aug. 8, 1915, in Lucas, Mich., the daughter of William and Johanna Schripsema.

On May 10, 1938, Alice married Peter Quist in Grand Rapids, Mich. They made their home in Saginaw and Grand Rapids before moving to Wheaton, Ill., in 1952, where Peter worked for Youth for Christ International.  

Alice worked in retail, both in a bakery and gift store. In 1966, they moved back to Grand Rapids, where Alice and Peter both worked for Radio Bible Class until their retirement. Alice was such a support to Peter in his ministries and in the interim pastorates he served.

In 1994, they moved to Aurora, and lived in Plum Landing retirement community, where they started monthly prayer meetings and eventually began Sunday worship services that continue to this day. Peter passed on to Glory Oct. 28, 1996. Alice moved to Countryside Care Center in December of 2004.

She is survived by her son, James (Janice) Quist of Sugar Grove; a daughter, Janice (Gary) Herr of Fargo, N.D.; five grandchildren, Kent Quist, Jami (Gary) Bonifas, Trisha (Wayne) Miller, David (Eva) Herr and Heather (Aaron) Erickson; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; her parents; five sisters, and one brother.

Visitation, with a funeral service to celebrating her life at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, was Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Radio Bible Class, who is responsible for “The Daily Bread” publications. Checks may be made to the “Alice Quist Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at

Editorial: New program may help break cycle of violence

According to Mutual Ground, Community Crisis Center, by the time you finish reading this paragraph, someone in the U.S. will be abused by their partner. In fact, for each paragraph you read, someone else will become a victim of domestic violence.

Many researchers believe that the current statistic, that someone in the U.S. is abused by their partner every nine seconds, is actually much more frequent, because most incidents of abuse are not reported.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in Kane County, this particular October is unique—it is the month that the Kane County Domestic Violence Diversion Program was launched. As of Oct. 5, 2010, Kane County victims of domestic violence will have a new option to help overcome the unimaginable difficulties of suffering abuse at the hands of a family member.

In a Wednesday press release, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office described what it called “a common, hypothetical first-time domestic violence scenario:
• Defendant (husband and household breadwinner) and victim (wife) begin to argue.
• Defendant punches the victim, injuring her and causing her to be afraid.
• Victim calls police; defendant is arrested, charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. Bond is posted and defendant goes home to family.
• Couple soon realize that if defendant, not eligible for supervision under state law, is convicted, he could lose his job, the family’s main source of income.
• Defendant says he’s sorry, tells victim he loves her and promises never to hit her again, and then urges her to change her story or fail to show up for court, and then hints about how much worse it could be for her if she tells the truth in court
• She agrees to his wishes and the case eventually is dismissed because she fails to appear for court
• Two months later the defendant again punches the victim, this time in front of a small child, but the victim, left eye swollen shut, declines to call police because she believes defendant didn’t mean to hurt her and she doesn’t want him to lose his job, and because she’s afraid that he’ll beat and threaten her further if she calls 911.

The defendant isn’t held accountable, receives no counseling and learns how to play the system against the victim. By virtue of her decision to skip court, the victim has empowered the defendant to become a repeat offender and silenced her voice. The diversion program will give justice that many victims otherwise would not have had.”

What the Domestic Violence Diversion Program does is create a new potential outcome that can break the cycle of “fear—lack of accountability—repeat of incident—fear,” that exists and feeds upon itself. The program offers a deal to the defendant: in exchange for completing a one-year domestic violence counseling program, the defendant’s guilty plea is vacated and the original charges are dismissed. If the defendant fails to complete the program— which could include additional mental health and substance abuse counseling, a letter of apology, order of protection, no abuse contact order, or a no contact order; as well as $450 in fees plus a $200 donation to domestic violence shelters—the defendant would be convicted of domestic battery and sentenced to up to 364 days in jail.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, what this program achieves is:
“• Defendant assumes burden to complete program to get benefit of dismissal
• Defendant, victim statements remain on file if defendant reoffends
• Victim, family relieved of fear of retaliation 
• Family doesn’t face potential loss of income, rental agreements and loans, which often accompanies criminal convictions
• Defendant receives counseling, treatment necessary to modify destructive behavior.”

Essentially, the program helps resolve many of the issues that prevent a victim and the victim’s family from action, which virtually guarantees a repeat of the offense. Because each cycle merely reinforces the reasons the family did not take action in the first place, the cycle is likely to never be broken. Yet, efforts like the Kane County Domestic Violence Diversion Program give families a tool to help break that cycle.

However, this tool does not spell the end of domestic violence; there will always be a need for continued education and raised awareness of domestic violence, its red flags that indicate a relationship is moving into a dangerous place, its risk factors and how to handle a situation when you or someone you know is a victim or potential victim.

“I have no illusions. We’re not going to end domestic violence with this program. But this program will allow us to get to a percentage of these defendants and improve the situation for some victims and their families,” Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti said in his Wednesday release.

Domestic violence is not going away, not when surveys suggest that domestic violence occurs in up to 28 percent of marriages.

However, through a combination of education, raised awareness, and law enforcement programs such as the Kane County Domestic Violence Diversion Program, domestic violence can be better anticipated and avoided; and even for those devastating incidents that still occur, the situation can be better resolved and the cycle broken.

Letter: In support of John Dalton

I’ve lived in the Northeast neighborhood of Elgin for my entire life, and one thing that stands out about it is how connected everyone is and how we all take care of each other. And, thinking of how everyone has affected my life, one person really stands out from all the rest.

I’ve known John Dalton for about 10 years now, and he’s one of the most influential people in my life. Ever since my father died when I was 10, John has been there, along with some of the other men in the neighborhood, to help me grow up. Though the thing that really sets him apart is how much he resembles my father, not physically but in his personality.

He is one of the kindest people I know and probably the most giving; he has brought me and my friends on many vacations and given us so many opportunities that we might have never gotten otherwise. He is also one of the most intelligent people I know, and if I ever have a problem with anything, I know I can count on him to help me figure things out.

He’s given me some of the best advice that I could ever ask for, and I can trust him with anything. He’s been a great example of responsibility, courage, strength and loyalty, and I will never forget that.

In the past year I have been helping him on his campaign for judge; he’s really worked hard and he really deserves it, but most importantly, he’s the right man for the job. If you’re interested in learning more about John, please visit his website at

I just turned 18 this year, and I’m so excited to be able to vote for John Dalton in my first election.

Brandon Couture
Elgin, Ill.

Letter: In support of Randy Hultgren

As a professor of economics, economic policy is of great importance to me. Unlike his opponent, Randy Hultgren has sound economic ideas that would move the economy in the right direction. I am supporting Randy Hultgren for Congress. Randy stands for fiscal responsibility and opposes the spending spree of congressional Democrats that Bill Foster apparently supports.

Of course there is more than just sound economic policies. As I researched the two candidates, I also discovered that Randy Hultgren wants single subject bills—this novel idea would help to eliminate pork. I am personally tired of hearing about all of the amendments that are tacked on to bills, but have nothing in common with the original bill. This seemingly simple proposal is the kind of common-sense solution that needs to be proposed in Congress to cut spending.

Randy Hultgren also proposes a requirement that every Congressman should read a bill before voting on it. Mr. Foster voted on several bills before reading them, including the more than 2,000 page health care bill. A congressman who supports a bill without fully reading it and understanding the finer points is not really serving their constituents.

I have never made a political contribution before in my life until this election, and I am happy to say that my first contribution was sent to Randy Hultgren. If you too think the government has become too intrusive, and if you too feel that the tax-and-spend policies we’ve seen are hurting our country, I urge you to also contribute to Randy Hultgren; and don’t forget to vote for Randy on Tuesday, Nov. 2, so we can have some real change in Washington.

Diane Stehman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Economics
Northeastern Illinois University
Wheaton, Ill.

Letter: We need answers on employment

This letter is directed to all Democrat and Republican candidates, either serving in office or running for office.

This nation is at the worst I’ve seen in 68 years. Unemployment rate is at 9 percent, resulting in 15 million people who have lost jobs since 2008. I lost my 10-year job in April 2008.  My husband also lost his 12-year job in January 2008. Since then, not one day has gone by without either of us networking or sending electronic resumes over the Internet. Most of the ads on the Internet are anonymous so you cannot do a follow up to your application for employment. Employers do not return phone calls, which contributes to our anxiety.

So my question to all candidates, either in office or running for office, is how do you propose to resolve this problem? I need to know your answer before I give you my vote. And, if you have an answer, why do I have to wait for your resolution to the problem of high unemployment until you are either retained or elected?

We need to get back to being employed now.

Rose Maty

Letter: Rep. Foster is wrong

Rep. Foster has been attacking Randy Hultgren because the latter’s investment firm sold risky funds.

He would like his constituents to believe that Hultgren is responsible for this downturn and he can fix it. Fix it how? Putting aside the fact that Hultgren never sold those funds, and forgetting the inconvenient truth that risky funds didn’t cause this recession—government regulations did, what would Rep. Foster like to do even if his ads contained any truth? He would have the government step in even further and control more and more of our lives.

Pew Research tells us only 22 percent of the people trust the government to do the right thing all or most of the time.

Thomas Jefferson said, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” 78 percent of us understand that the government is already too intrusive, and further regulations do far more economic harm than good. We won’t get out of this slump with more government, and Randy Hultgren understands that government should, as Reagan said, “stand by our side, not ride on our back.”

That is how we achieve economic prosperity, and Bill Foster either doesn’t understand the job killing effects of burdensome regulations or he thinks his constituents don’t. Either way, he’s wrong.

Dr. Matthew Waln
St. Charles

Letter: Kaneland is making a mistake with block schedule change

I am very upset because Kaneland High School is changing from our regular block schedule to a traditional eight-period day schedule. I have talked to many students at the school, and most of the them have said that they are upset with this change. In my mind, Kaneland is making a mistake.

Changing from our block schedule to a traditional schedule is supposed to help make our grades, test scores, and standardized test scores improve.

This is what the School District is trying to accomplish by this change, but I do not believe it will happen, because changing to this traditional schedule will mean eight classes worth of homework, compared to four classes worth of homework. Students will not want to do the extra homework and will not want to study for every class, and if you play sports, this will make this even harder.

It also affects science classes, because if we shorten class periods we will not have the time to finish labs with accuracy. This change could lead to students rushing through homework, not doing it right and sloppiness. This change may not turn out as expected. The board may think about the test scores and such, but have they put themselves in the shoes of the students?

In my opinion, changing our schedules is not a good idea. If they feel we need to be in a class for a whole school year, we could do something like “A” and “B” days. Instead of having an eight-period day, split it up and have four classes a day but alternate each day. By doing this, students would not be overwhelmed with massive amounts of homework, and they would have plenty of time to focus and do it correctly.

Madison Hester
Freshman at Kaneland High School
Sugar Grove

Letter: Kaneland should rethink block schedule change

Kaneland’s School Board has decided to change from the four-block schedule to an eight-period schedule by the beginning of next year. I don’t agree with the changing in the schedule for many reasons.

The day after the School Board decided to the change schedules, we talked for almost an hour about it in class. Our class had many questions—some of my main concerns were about the students that play sports, the clubs and our STEN time to contact teachers and get help if we need it. STEN is also a time that we have meetings with clubs that we have joined.

How will we be able to meet in those clubs? Will this affect the science classes? Last year, when I was in middle school, we had short time and sometimes had to rush through our labs. I enjoy the block schedule when we have time to finish our labs and finish the corresponding papers to the lab we did that day.
What will happen to the Fox Valley Career Center classes? Those are classes that require a lot of time because they travel to different places within the district. They would have no time if they had only a period to finish their daily work.

I am a two-sport athlete; I go from one practice to the next if I don’t have a game, and after that, I have my homework to do. Sometimes it’s hard for me to balance school and sports. How will it be for other athletes? Will athlete’s grades drop because of the homework load on top of practices and games? I think that it’s not the four blocks that affect the ACT score, I think that it is the students that honestly don’t care about putting forth effort or care about their scores.

Instead of jumping into changing the school schedule, the school district should allow more ACT practices and review more of the important ideas that may be seen on the ACT instead of ideas that may not be as useful to help them succeed. Overall, I think that the School Board should rethink their ideas about the change in the scheduling.

Lanie Callaghan
Freshman at Kaneland High School

Letter: Sheriff Pat Perez is a man of his word

I have had the privilege of knowing Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez for 12 years.

When I first met him, we had a conversation about our fathers and the important things they had taught us in life. Hard work, honesty and pride, along with understanding and giving to others are just a few of the traits our fathers proudly passed on to us. The most important quality both of our fathers passed on is to know that with a handshake, it is a man’s word.

I know these are instilled in Pat, because since I have known him, he has generously given much of his time to contribute to the communities around him, and always with a smile on his face, because he enjoys helping others. Understanding the trying economic times we all face, Sheriff Perez has worked hard to keep a very tight budget by decreasing command staff, respectfully eliminating raises to all of his non-union office employees for the past two years, and always keeping the importance of public safety first because he knows that is his job; a job he takes much pride in.

Sheriff Perez has a great deal of experience in all aspects of the department and has worked effectively with all of the county’s public safety leaders, from the State’s Attorney’s office to the local police chiefs. I trust Sheriff Pat Perez and believe he has earned another term for the Sheriff of Kane County. When Sheriff Pat Perez shakes my hand and says he will work hard for the people of Kane County … I know it is his honest word.

Mike Stammet

Letter: In support of John Dalton

I’m urging voters in Kane County to vote this fall from the top to the bottom of the ballot.

Races for governor and senator get a lot of attention, but all elections are important. Near the bottom of the ballot is your choice for Kane County Resident Judge. John Dalton is the candidate to select. He has a decade of experience as chairman of the Cook County Circuit Court’s mandatory arbitration system, and 23 years as a trial attorney.

While I’m proud that John Dalton is running as a Democrat, the “D” is not what makes him a good judge. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. John is a friend of mine, and he’s made it clear that he won’t be a Democrat judge or a Republican judge. He’ll be the best judge he can be for all the people of Kane County.

Because I openly support John Dalton’s candidacy, he will recuse himself as judge from any case that may involve me. And his fundraising committee has not accepted donations from attorneys. As Kane County Resident Judge, John Dalton will only be influenced by legal precedence and transparent fairness based on evidence.

Frank Imhoff, Chairman
Elgin Township Democrats

Letter: In support of Hultgren

This is the time of year when my mailbox overflows with messages designed to mislead and inflame voters.

A case in point is the propaganda printed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee claiming Randy Hultgren wants to raise taxes on all the unsuspecting voters while letting the big fat rich corporations get away scot free. Talk about a con job.

I checked the links … and did my own research. Hultgren was baited with a false dilemma between the present 20,000 page IRS tax code and a “flat” tax. He correctly answered that the present system needs fixing. This innocent statement was twisted by the DCCC to link Mr. Hultgren to a website. Then they misquoted the website. Nowhere on the website cited is there any link to Hultgren.

The DCCC propaganda sheet also shows a huge sign proclaiming: “Welcome to Springfield —Home of Bad Ideas.”

This is comical when you consider that the Illinois House and Senate are made up of 105 Democrats to only 70 Republicans. Where, might I ask, does the DCCC think the “bad ideas” are originating from?

More bad ideas came out of Washington than Springfield, and that’s saying quite a lot. Included was a wasteful “stimulus” which stimulated no new jobs, a 2,500-page health care bill, which raised our health care costs, and an unfinished carbon cap-and-trade bill, which will raise our energy costs. All this was enthusiastically supported by Pelosi’s minion Foster, without regard for his local constituency, while the economy tanked.

I waited for my chance at a town hall to question the misguided legislative agenda. No open town hall meetings were ever held, only a single-sided phone conference.

Randy Hultgren’s campaign flyer tells me what he will do for us, the voters of the 14th Congressional District—work for job creation, end wasteful government spending, real health care reform and comprehensive tax reform. Isn’t it time we tossed out the ones who think they are supposed to represent their political party and elected the ones who will represent their constituency? I sincerely hope so.

Robert Brennan
St. Charles

Letter: Thank you, Wiltse’s Farm and Greenhouse

On behalf of John Stewart Elementary School, we’d like to thank Kate Wiltse and Troy Mish of Wiltse’s Farm and Greenhouse for your generous donation.

We greatly appreciate the beautiful mums, grasses, vinca and coral belles you donated for our planters outside of the main entrance. They are beautiful and make our school a more welcoming place. We appreciate your continued interest in helping to make our school look its best.

Kelly Durbala
Grounds Beautification Chairperson
John Stewart Elementary School

Annual 5K for set for Oct. 23

Batavia—In its second year, the annual 5K for Batavia United Way was designated “An Emerging Race” by the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), according to Jody Haltenhof, executive director of Batavia United Way. In addition, the Batavia course is certified by USA Track and Field (USATF), meaning the distance has been certified for accuracy.

“The emerging race designation by CARA indicates we are adhering to CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines,” said Haltenhof. “It is our intention to become a CARA Certified Race next year. Races with CARA certification ensure runners a quality, safe and accurate racing experience.”

With the designation, runners can be assured the Saturday, Oct. 23, event will be accurately timed and those who are CARA members receive a $3 discount. Registration fees are $20 per runner or walker, and $13 for children under the age of 13. Day-of-race fees increase to $26 and $16. The first 100 registrants will receive Live United T-shirts and goodie bags. Registration for the 5K run and/or walk is available online at or at

The 5K run will begin on Houston Street at 8 a.m., with pre-race registration and check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, located at the Batavia Riverwalk. Runners will be started first, with walkers beginning approximately 15 minutes later. Awards will be given to the best overall male and female finisher. Additionally, age-group prizes will be awarded, with the awards ceremony taking place at approximately 9:15 a.m.

All profits raised through the event helps support the programs of 17 charities and nonprofit organizations in the local area.

“Because this is a fundraiser, we would love to see lots of area companies sponsor teams, as well as families and individuals come out to support us,” Haltenhof said. “We are also looking for volunteers, and have event sponsorships available at various levels.”

For more information, to register or to volunteer; call (630)879-4041 or e-mail

Library Board seeks resident to fill open seat

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Library District Board is accepting letters of interest to fill an open position on the Library Board. There are to be seven, non-partisan, elected or appointed trustees on the Library Board. A standard term of office is six years. An appointment to the board would be until the time of the next Consolidated Election in Spring 2011.

Trustees serve without compensation. Their commitment is currently for a two- to three-hour meeting twice a month, as well as committee meetings throughout the year.

The Library Board hires the library director to oversee the day-to-day operation of the library facility and services. The board is responsible for the levying of tax money for library operation, setting library policy and defining the library through a mission statement.

Letters of interest should be submitted by Oct. 28 to the Sugar Grove Library, Attn. Sheree, 125 S. Municipal Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. For information, call (630) 466-1448.

Adeline Schuppner

Adeline Schuppner, 82, of Maple Park, passed away surrounded by the prayers of her family on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

She was born January 20, 1928 in Elgin, the daughter of George and Margaret (Christensen) Hellmuth.

When Adeline was still small, the family left Elgin with running water and electric to Maple Park with neither, where her family farmed for decades. She graduated Maple Park High School in 1945.

Paul Schuppner played basketball at Plato Center but it was a certain cheerleader for Maple Park that caught his eye. Soon a courtship began and in 1946, Paul and Adeline were united in marriage on the Howard farm on Howard Rd. in Maple Park.

They began their new life together with Adeline’s parents in an apartment while Paul worked at Turner Brass. Then in a few years Paul became manager on a farm in Sycamore for a time before finding a dairy farm in Virgil in 1951. After renting on a few different farms in the area, they moved into their present home on Meredith Rd. in 1981. They saved for thirty-five years to buy their home and the moment they turned the key, it was theirs and theirs alone.

Over the years Adeline worked many jobs but the one she was most “famous” for was driving a school bus for the Kaneland School District for over thirty years. It was job that she shared with Paul and brought her in contact with generations of friends throughout the community.

Adeline was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, St. Charles, as well as the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Adeline had an unyielding love for her husband, caring for him and walking beside him every step of the way. She made their house a home but worked wonders in the kitchen and catered to everyone’s taste, knowing their favorite pie or cake, each one a mouthwatering masterpiece. Adeline loved to go dancing with Paul at the Blue Moon and play cards in a “club” full of friends and neighbors. She also loved to sew, a talent she used to make many of her own clothes. She had an eye for “bargains”, “antiques” or “junk” depending on your point of view. Whenever you left her home, she followed you out the door and waved goodbye until you were out of sight. In 1974, she and Paul went to Hawaii and Las Vegas in 1975 making memories with every mile. Together again, their love burns brighter than the sun and still warms the hearts of their family and friends when their one-of-a-kind memories are shared.

She is survived by her son Steve (Ruth Banas) Schuppner of Cortland,

Three grandchildren:
David Schuppner and his children Hannah and Kaleb, of Elburn, IL;
Paul W. (Nicole) Schuppner of East Lansing, MI and
Andrea (Josh) Pethoud and their daughter Maysen of DeKalb, IL,

Ruth Banas’ children:
Renee (Adam) Real-Banas and their son Chester, of Minneapolis, MN and
Andy (Shana) Banas of Roseville, MN;

Two siblings:
Jeanette Klingenberg of Sycamore, IL,
Robert (Sherry) Hellmuth of DeKalb, IL;

Many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, one son Edward Schuppner, grandson Brian Schuppner, and one brother-in-law, Warren Klingenberg, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow visitation at 7 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2010 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Rev. Dr. Paul Meyers, pastor of Roscoe United Methodist Church, and Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, will co-officiate. Interment will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 12, at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Adeline Schuppner 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

Village extends development stimulus

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday extended the village’s residential development fee stimulus, which was set to expire on Oct. 29.

The stimulus offers a 50 percent rebate on impact fees and a 100 percent reduction of transition fees. To be eligible, a developer must apply and pay for a building permit by Oct. 31, 2011, and obtain a certificate of occupancy by Oct. 31.

Krier launches advice column

by the Krier Editorial Board
Krier—Need advice on how to deal with a teenager? Just want a student perspective?

The Kaneland Krier is starting an advice column, Ask Edi, and will answer questions about teenagers and provide advice from a teenage viewpoint to the Kaneland community.

Questions about any teenage issues—from relationships to school to discipline—can be submitted, as can more general questions about teenagers, school or college. Any resident of the Kaneland area can submit a question, including students, parents and community members.

“Edi’s” answers will be jointly discussed by the Krier’s 12-member student editorial board, a group of high-achieving teenagers ages 15 to 18, and then published in the next issue. Copies of the column will also be published on the Krier’s website at and sent to the Elburn Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Aurora Beacon-News and TribLocal for possible publication.

To submit a question, students and community members can e-mail the Krier editorial board directly at Drop boxes have also been placed in the high school’s counseling office and library for student use.

Letters and questions will be published anonymously to protect privacy, but all submissions must include a name so that the Krier can verify it, which means one editorial board member will know the identity of the writer. Community members who prefer that none of the editorial board members know their identity can e-mail the Krier adviser, Cheryl Borrowdale, at with questions; she will verify the letter and remove names before giving the question to the editorial board.

While the Krier pledges confidentiality to all those who submit questions, the editorial board is ethically required to report any situation where there is a strong likelihood of imminent harm, such as suicide threats or child abuse, to the appropriate authorities.

MP seeks public works manager

MAPLE PARK—The village of Maple Park is accepting applications for the public works director position, because of the resignation of Eric Pinion Nov. 1.

The position is posted on the village’s website and in the window at Village Hall. To be considered for the new position, which has the new title of manager of public works, a candidate must submit a cover letter, application and resume. Interviews will begin Monday, Oct. 25, and the village will accept applications until filling the position. The salary is $42,000 to $45,000.

The village will host a retirement reception for Pinion Saturday, Oct. 30.

Audience will solve mystery

Tickets available for Oct. 16 chamber event at SG library
by David Maas
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library will change from a place of knowledge and learning into a place of crime and mystery on Saturday, Oct. 16.

That evening, the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce will host a murder mystery dinner, presented by the Mystery Shop.

The Mystery Shop provides programs for audiences of all ages and specializes in interactive dramas. For the chamber’s theater evening, the company will perform a two-hour adult show, “Murder in Three Acts.”

The script incorporates clues to help the audience solve the mystery.

“People get to see each other in a totally different light as they work together to solve an intriguing mystery,” said Mary Heitert, a member of The Mystery Shop.

After Act I, the audience can question suspects, examine evidence and buy information with free play money to start the investigation.

In Act II, the mystery continues, as does the investigation, and then all is revealed in Act III.

Shari Baum, the chamber’s executive director, said a survey showed that members wanted the organization to host a fun, social activity.

Also included in the evening are a dinner, a bar, silent auctions and raffles.

Among the many raffle prizes are tickets to a Northern Illinois University Huskies football game, tickets to a Chicago Wolves hockey game, and a week-long stay at a house in Marco Island, Fla.

The murder mystery dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and must be purchased before the night of the event, from the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, at (630) 466-7895, or at the Book Nook Cafe at the Sugar Grove Public Library.

Kaneland Krier wins Quill and Scroll International first place award

by Sarah Arnold
Kaneland News Bureau Editor

Krier—Kaneland High School’s newsmagazine, the Kaneland Krier, was awarded a Quill and Scroll International First Place Award last month, earning its highest score in several years.

“We had a very hardworking staff last year who put their whole heart into the Krier, and the judges saw that and rewarded them for it,” journalism teacher Cheryl Borrowdale said.

The judges commended the 2009-2010 Krier, giving it high scores for policy guidelines, coverage, writing and editing, display and design, and business practices.

“I think the judges saw the staff had good story topics, high quality in terms of writing and research and an attractive paper design,” Borrowdale said. “The Krier is a completely student-run paper and publishes without censorship or prior review, and the editorial board has set very high standards for itself, both in terms of production and ethics. They are perfectionists, and it shows.”

In the critique, the judges offered both praise and some constructive criticism.

“The judges commented they really liked our designs, ads and in-depth stories. It feels good because that is what we worked hard on last year. They want us to improve our captions and use our space wisely,” executive editor Maria Kernychny said.

The overall score of 950 placed the Krier in the superior achievement category, giving the staff the International First Place Award.

“It feels good to win Quill and Scroll because it goes to show the success of all of our staff’s time and effort throughout the year,” web editor Megan Nauert said.

Schools from 49 countries compete in Quill and Scroll, the largest of the journalism honor societies. Quill and Scroll, which is run by the University of Iowa’s Communications Department, has college journalism professors and professional journalists judge student newspapers from around the world each year. Over the Krier’s 37-year history, Quill and Scroll has distinguished the Krier many times. The newsmagazine also received an International First Place Award last year and won the 2010 Golden Eagle from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association, which is given to the best student newspaper in its class.

The current Krier staff is working on making the judges’ suggested improvements to ensure another win next year.

“We are working to develop our layout even more, involve more Kaneland students, continue to make sound editorial board decisions, and maintain our journalistic integrity. Our goal is to receive an even higher score,” head copyeditor and advertising manager Jessica Corbett said.

Photo: The 2009-2010 Krier editorial board, which recently won a Quill and Scroll’s International First Place Award. Melanie Mazuc (front, left to right), Hope Zegiel, Ali Boan, Erin Rodway, Megan Nauert, and Jessica Raines. Zach Brown (back, left to right), Jessica Corbett, Sarah Arnold, Maria Kernychny, and Anthony Sperando. Courtesy Photo

School Board names Kaneland mom, volunteer as newest member

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Tuesday announced the appointment of Teresa Witt to the board.

Witt was one of 10 candidates whom the board interviewed since longtime board member Robert Myers stepped down Sept. 3 because he is moving out of the School District.

Board President Cheryl Krauspe said the level of experience of all of the candidates was impressive. During more than four hours of interviews, the board had an opportunity to explore the applicants’ reasons for wanting to be a board member, the strengths they would bring to the role and the process each candidate would use to make decisions, Krauspe said in a press release on Tuesday.

Witt has been involved in a wide variety of Kaneland community volunteer activities. She currently serves as a member of the Kaneland Finance Advisory Committee and is the communications director for the Sugar Grove Food Pantry. Previously, she served on Citizens for Kaneland, the John Shields PTO and the Gifted Advisory Committee, and was a classroom and library volunteer.

Witt is a parent of three Kaneland students.

In her letter of application she stated, “As a mother of three children in the Kaneland School District, I have experienced all levels of the Kaneland educational system …Throughout all levels of their education, I have been an active participant and have worked hard to stay informed regarding all matters affecting Kaneland students and the community as a whole.”

Witt will be seated and sworn in on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and will fill the unexpired board term until April 5, 2011.

KC voter info for Nov. 2 election

Kane County—If you failed to register to vote prior to Tuesday’s deadline, do not fret, you can still take part in the election by taking advantage of the county’s grace period registration.

According to the Kane County Clerk’s Office, people who did not register to vote by Oct. 5 may register to vote in the clerk’s office from Oct. 6 through Tuesday, Oct. 26.

If you register to vote during the grace period and wish to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, election, you must vote at the time of registration.

The Kane County Clerk’s Office is located at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B, North Entrance, in Geneva.

The office is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Early voting

If you are a Kane County registered voter, excluding the city of Aurora, you may vote at any of the following locations during in-person Early Voting for the 2010 General Election, beginning on Monday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Oct. 28.

To vote early, you must present an Illinois driver’s license, a non-driver ID card issued by the Illinois Secretary of State, or another government-issued photo ID.

Jewel Osco
465 N State Route 47, Sugar Grove
• Wednesday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jewel Osco

800 Main St., Elburn
• Wednesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sugar Grove Library
125 S. Municipal St., Sugar Grove
• Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 14, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 21, 1 to 8 p.m. 
• Friday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, 1 to 8 p.m.

Town & Country Library
320 E North St, Elburn
• Monday, Oct. 25, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1 to 8 p.m.

For a more complete list of early voting locations and times, visit

Absentee voter information
Persons registered to vote in Kane County excluding the city of Aurora are eligible to cast an absentee ballot with the Kane County Clerk’s Office.

In addition, the following unregistered voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot:
1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine and their spouses and dependents whether serving in the United States or abroad;
2. U.S. citizens and their spouses or dependents, whose permanent residence is in Kane County but who will be temporarily residing abroad on election day;
3. U.S. citizens (not their spouses or dependents) who maintained a residence in Kane County immediately prior to their departure from the United States.

The last day the Kane County Clerk’s Office can mail you a ballot is five days prior to the election.

To request an absentee ballot, e-mail or call (630) 232-5990. The ballot needs to be postmarked by the day before the election and must be in at the Clerk’s Office within two weeks after the election.

In addition, you may vote absentee in person at the County Clerk’s office beginning 40 days prior to an election until the day before the election. If you are unable to come to the office to vote and would rather not vote by mail, you may vote early at locations spread throughout the county. Early voting begins 22 days prior to the election through four days prior to the election.

For any additional voter information, please visit

Drainage District hires engineer, seeks assistance

Sugar Grove—The Rob Roy Drainage District Board on Sept. 7 approved hiring Huddleston McBride Draining Engineers to complete a study of the existing district tile systems and mapping for system improvements not related to the proposed Mallard Point Project in Sugar Grove.

The board also asked for the assistance of area landowners and residents that may wish to be a participant in the long-range planning committee of the Rob Roy Drainage District. People interested should send a note to the Rob Roy District at P O Box 465, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 expressing their interest in participating in long-range planning for the district.

This group would meet at least monthly for the next six months in an unpaid advisory role to the district.

Get a haircut!

Mom learns on birthday why her son grew out his locks
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The usual banter between mothers and sons about long hair took a sudden twist for Candy Miller and her son, Tommy McCartney, during Miller’s 50th birthday party in September.

McCartney, 23, whose hair was roughly six inches longer than it ever had been before, came clean that day: He announced that he was donating his eight-inch locks to Panteen Pro-V for wigs for cancer patients.

His gift not only was to cancer patients in need of quality wigs, but also was a present to his own mom, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February.

“It was a total surprise for me,” Miller said. “His hair was really getting long. I’d tell him, ‘You really need to get it cut. I’ll even pay for it,’ but he’d say, ‘I like it and I’m not getting it cut. I’m never cutting it again.’”
Tommy McCartney
McCartney had something more up his sleeve. He was inspired several months ago while riding in the car with his mom about three weeks after she started chemotherapy.

“I could tell that she was upset. I kept asking her what was wrong, but she wouldn’t say,” McCartney said. “Then she ran her fingers through her hair, and it was just falling out. It went through my mind that I could donate my hair for a wig for her, but I knew it was not long enough yet.”

His hair at that time was two to three inches long. The minimum requirement for donation is eight inches.

While growing out his locks, he didn’t tell anyone the reason except, eventually, his girlfriend, who liked the long hair at first but as the months passed, agreed with his mother. During those months, McCartney took a lot of teasing at every family party. He wanted to cut his hair at the beginning of September but the back wasn’t long enough yet.

In a wonder of timing, McCartney’s hair was long enough just in time for Miller’s big 50th birthday party at the end of the month. Not one to take the spotlight, McCartney waited for the 60-some party-goers to thin out to just close family and friends before making his move. With a cousin and a beautician relative, clippers in hand, McCartney pulled his mom aside.

“He said to me, ‘Mom, I’ve got another present for you. I want you to shave my head,’” Miller said.

Miller said her son’s gift made her very emotional and that his support meant a lot to her.

“I have always told him that he has the best heart,” Miller said.

McCartney realized his announcement was spur-of-the-moment, but he knew what it would mean to his mom.

“It felt good to see her happy,” he said. “It was nice to see her cry and be happy and not sad.”

Top Photo: Tommy McCartney and his mother, Candy Miller, smile after McCartney donated 8 inches of hair to Panteen Pro-V for cancer patient wigs. Miller was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February. Courtesy Photo

Commission votes against new Sho-Deen plan

Revision would reduce development’s commercial area
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Sho-Deen Inc., wants to remove part of the Elburn Station development from its concept plan, but several Elburn Planning Commissioners say the alteration would make the proposed development less viable.

Sho-Deen representative David Patzelt on Tuesday presented the proposed concept plan revisions to the Planning Commission on Tuesday. The major change would eliminate Zone A of the development, which is the portion of the project north of Route 38. Zone A includes most of the project’s commercial development.

“At this time we feel the existing size of the Elburn Station project works well,” Sho-Deen representative David Patzelt said.

The Planning Commission voted 4-3 against recommending Village Board approval of the revised concept plan. The Village Board will vote on Monday, Oct. 18, whether to accept the revised plan.

The existing concept plan for Elburn Station, on the east side of the village between Route 38 and Keslinger Road, features 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 north and south of Route 38.

Planning Commissioner John Krukoff said he was concerned about the affect of reducing the project’s commercial property because of the density of the residential areas.

“The last thing we need are more roof tops … they don’t pay the freight, commercial does,” Krukoff said. “The project is much less appealing now.”

Planning Commissioner Pat Schuberg also said she was concerned that the new concept plan will disrupt the balance of commercial to residential.

“It looks like this size of a development will bring a lot of expense to Elburn … will the village be able to afford it?” Schuberg said.

Planning Commission Chairman Jeff Metcalf, who opposed the new concept plan, said he wants the village to make sure it makes the right decision for the long-term.

“Right now, in Blackberry Creek, there are 50 to 60 foreclosures, not to mention Prairie Valley (subdivision),” Metcalf said. “I have concerns about how we will pay for this (development).”

Zone B, which extends between Route 38 and the railroad tracks, and Zone C, which extends south from the tracks to Keslinger Road, remain in the revised concept plan. Sho-Deen proposed a few revisions to those zones in the proposed new concept plan, however, including adding curves along the proposed Anderson Road extension and placing a small park east of Anderson and south of Hicks Road.

The Village Board approved the existing concept plan in March 2008, which included 682 acres. The proposed new concept plan has 506 acres.

Commissioners Sue Filek, Mary Gustafson and Greg Algrim voted in favor of recommending Sho-Deen’s revised concept plan to the Village Board. Commissioners Paul Molitor, Krukoff, Schuberg and Metcalf voted against the recommendation.

Gustafson, who is new on the Planning Commission, said the curved streets in the revised concept plan make the development more aesthetically pleasing.

Unmixing the message

Photo: The Get Movin’ mascot, Movin’ Max, encourages the kids as they participate in the All School Fun Run at John Shields Elementary School on Sept. 29. Photo by John DiDonna

PTO holds Fun Run instead of candy sales fundraiser
by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Instead of selling candy or other catalog items for its fundraiser this year, the John Shields Elementary School PTO sponsored a Fun Run on Sept. 29. More than 600 students participated, from kindergarteners through fifth-graders.

“We are trying to get away from the mixed message we felt we were sending,” PTO member Laura Sigrist said. “There is a healthy message being promoted in the schools, yet we were selling candy and other unhealthy items.”

This year, rather than asking friends and neighbors to buy something, the students asked them to sponsor an activity.

Every child in the school participated in the Fun Run, whether they collected pledges or not. They all received wristbands as a souvenir. Those who collected $50 before the event received a pedometer to wear the day of the race.

“Over 100 kids made the goal,” said Amy Sullivan, fundraising vice president. “Our goal was to raise $17,500, and we think we made $13,000.”

Each hour on the day of the event, a different grade came out to the fields behind the school to join in the fun. The Original Get Moving Crew, based in Milford, Mich., provided music and motivation. They began with a lively warm-up including the Cha-cha Slide, led by volunteers, and Fun Run Max, led by a character dressed as a yellow cheetah with black spots.

When the race began, the students started sprinting around the marked-out course.

“It gets them excited about moving,” John Shields physical education teacher Lorrie Hamblen said. “It’s been fun. The kids are excited. They are making their brains stronger. Exercise grows brain cells.”

Luke Weetz, a fourth-grader, enjoyed the event.

“I like it because we get to exercise,” he said. “Lots of kids don’t like to run in gym class.”

Fun Runs are catching on in the area. McDole will host one next month. Bryan Lederhouse of the Get Moving Crew said the company will coordinate 14 events in the Chicago area this fall.

“What really makes it great as a PTO fundraiser is that we take care of the leg-work,” Lederhouse said. “We use some volunteers, but they don’t have to pull the event together. I can’t believe schools wouldn’t want to do it.”

The John Shields PTO will use the money the students raised at the Fun Run to help pay for Family Fun Knights Out.