Letter: Fair and balanced?

Conspiracy: a plan agreed on; planning and acting together for a harmful purpose. The big radio and TV stations pulled it off better than I have ever seen before. Until you got to the polls, most voters didn’t even know it was a four-way race for the U.S. Senate seat. The missing news story was that the Libertarian Party was on the ballot. Total blackouts do not happen by accident.

The supposedly conservative talking heads on the radio do a good job in keeping, the public abreast of their liberal competitors decline in listeners and readership. This last election, though, has me wondering if they really deserve their ratings. Are they really conservative or just another bunch of Republican rinos (Republicans in name only)?

How do you overcome the Internet? Controlled knowledge. The party name and candidate could not be mentioned for fear a listener might check out their website. Even after the polls closed, recognition of the fourth party was omitted in reporting the election results. The Republicans were desperate to elect Mark Kirk. Both parties worked to keep the Libertarian Party from obtaining permanency on the ballot.

“Fair and balanced” news coverage was exposed as a fraud, just a slogan to fool listeners. To be fair, there were others that cooperated in this conspiracy of silence. Some pro-life groups remained silent for fear of hurting the election of a a Republican to the Senate, a man they openly despise. The Illinois Rifle Association endorsed a write-in candidate who was not even eligible to be on the ballot. Their commitment to the Second Amendment needs to be investigated. This is not a first-time offense for the IRA. And who got to the Tea Party? I thought it was the economy, stupid.

The conspiracy of silence was a success. Who was hurt by it? The public, the voters. Morality and the Constitution were also big losers in the Senate race. Tuning out the major media outlets won’t be so hard to do. There is nothing to be learned from those we cannot trust.

Joan Solms

Letter: Thank you, residents of the 14th Congressional District

To the voters:

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support. Over the last 14 months, I have worked hard to spread my message of fiscal sanity, and the Nov. 2 victory was a testament to America’s desire for a return to prosperity and an enduring belief in freedom and limited government.

But I couldn’t have done it without the people of the 14th District; I am truly in awe of the incredible outpouring of support my family and I received during the campaign. This victory was my supporters’ even more than it was mine. They believed in what I stood for, and they fought hard for it. I remain amazed by the countless people who volunteered who had never been politically active before. People like these constantly reminded me how important this election was for the future of our nation.

I will never lose sight of the fact that all of you, the residents of the 14th District, are my boss, and this is your Congressional seat. I look forward to working for all of you, and I will always listen to you. Public service is a sacred trust, and I will always expect to be held accountable.

Randy Hultgren
Congressman-elect, 14th District

Letter: How do you thank an entire county?

During my judicial campaign, I met thousands of residents, and I was overwhelmed with the warm reception I received.

Tens of thousands voted for me on Election Day. Hundreds volunteered their time. Many more donated directly to the campaign—in the midst of a terrible recession. Nearly 100 endorsed me. How does one ever repay that?

If I live to be 100, I will never forget the outpouring of support I received from friends, neighbors and total strangers. I will remember forever the 65 folks that served on my committee, the folks that put 100 car magnets on their cars, put 1,700 yard signs (some as big as eight feet long) in their front yards, sent out 6,000 friend-to-friend postcards, wrote letters to the editor, hosted or attended coffees, hosted or attended fundraisers, phone banked two nights a week, helped produce our TV commercial or the YouTube videos, helped build our parade float, performed on our float or marched with us in parades, canvassed for us, wore one of the 1,000 buttons or 250 T-shirts, used e-mail or social media to help get the word out, put me on the radio, helped me install or take down signs, invited me to speak to their club or group, or simply voted for me.

So many people did so much for me over the course of the past year and a half that I’m sure I’m not even listing all the myriad ways in which they expressed their support. Rest assured that everything done was appreciated. Deeply appreciated.

I’m an optimist. I believe the only thing in the world of lasting value is human relationships. During the course of the campaign, even though we got less votes than the opposition, I made countless new friends and deepened my relationship with countless current friends. As far as I’m concerned, that makes me a winner. If you see me on the street, at the store or around town, give me a holler. I’d like to collect more of my winnings.

John G. Dalton
16th Circuit Court Judge

Letter: Zonta Club raises funds to advance the status of women

The women of the Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia and Zonta West-Illinois held their annual fundraising auction, Helping Women Bloom, on Nov. 9 at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago and raised more than $23,000.

The evening featured silent auction items with 75 wonderful gift baskets, as well as a plated dinner. The 130 guests were treated to a wonderful presentation by each of the Tri-city mayors: Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte and Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke, with each mayor auctioning a basket they donated to the club from their respective cities, and also offering opportunities for local kids to dine with the mayor and ride to school on a fire truck. The ladies of Zonta wish to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Mayors Burns, DeWitte and Schielke for their enthusiastic participation and support.

Thank you so much to sponsors, guests and fellow Zontians. Proceeds from this event enables Zonta to provide scholarships to women and girls in the Fox Valley community and to support local service organizations.

For more information, contact Christie Plotzke at (847) 931-2292 or visit www.zontawest-sgb.org.

Christie Plotzke

Holiday feast at Lazarus House

ST. CHARLES—Lazarus House invites the community to its annual Thanksgiving Feast.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, at the Tri Cities Salvation Army, 1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles. Dining will begin at noon.

“The feast has become a tradition for the community to sit alongside our guests and clients to share fellowship and a meal,” executive director Darlene Marcusson said. “The feast was established for folks who are homeless or alone for Thanksgiving as well as those who simply want to add more meaning to their holiday.”

For those able to cook, a dish to pass is welcome. Food should arrive between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. in a disposable container and ready to serve. Potato and vegetable dishes and supplies are desirable. Details are posted at www.lazarushouseonline.com. Let the shelter know what dish you are bringing in a courtesy e-mail to info@lazarushouseonline.com.

Registration for the dinner is not required, but the shelter would appreciate a call in advance at (630) 587-2144, so that it can plan appropriately.

Lazarus House is a nonprofit
organization in downtown St. Charles.
It offers safe shelter, food, and
support services to men, women and children connected to the
Tri-Cities and western rural Kane County who are homeless or at risk
of becoming homeless.
Currently about 60 people daily are making their home at the shelter and about 55 households monthly are receiving rental assistance.
Call (630) 587-2144.

Integrative medicine is topic of presentation

GENEVA—The LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will host a talk on the ways which an integrative approach can enhance the benefits of standard medical treatments on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Michelle Haugen, of the Rush University Medical Center Cancer Integrative Medicine Program.

“The purpose of integrative medicine is to help patients address the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of health and illness,” Haugen said. “Integrative medicine therapies can help to reduce anxiety, pain, fatigue, and the undesirable side effects of cancer treatments and increase quality of life and a feeling of well being.”

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides free information and support services that address the challenges of people living with cancer, their family members and their friends. The center is at 1803 W. State St. in Geneva and online at www.LivingWellCRC.org. LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be called at (630) 262-1111.

Elburn could opt out of ComEd for residents

ELBURN—ComEd currently provides electricity to homes in Elburn. However, Elburn residents could obtain lower rates from an alternative electricity supplier more easily if the Village Board decides to opt out of ComEd.

Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Cooperative (NIMEC) has worked with the village of Elburn since January 2007 to purchase electricity for its municipal buildings at rates lower than ComEd’s.

Residents can individually seek a less expensive electricity supplier for their homes, too; but most people are not sufficiently informed about the various supplier options to make an informed choice, according to NIMEC.

However, because of recent legislative changes, a municipality may make the choice for residents, if the municipality enacts an opt-out ordinance. With such an ordinance, a municipality may move all ComEd accounts within the town limits to a supplier offering lower electricity rates.

The Elburn Village Board will consider the opt-out ordinance at a future meeting, the Finance Committee announced on Monday.

Device that captures solar power is new teaching tool at Waubonsee

Photo: With the mid-day sun shining, workers install a photovoltaic array near Weigel Hall on Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus. The array, which will consist of 24 solar panels when completed, was paid for by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Waubonsee will offer its first Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems course this spring. Courtesy Photo

Sugar Grove—With daylight savings time now at an end, sunlight is more valuable than ever. And Waubonsee Community College is poised to discover another value of it with the completion of its photovoltaic array, which consists of a series of panels used to capture solar power.

While primarily designed and installed as a teaching tool for students in the college’s new photovoltaic certificate programs, the array has the added benefit of providing supplementary electricity to the campus.

Installed on the north side of the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, the ground-mounted array’s physical footprint measures 33 feet wide by 10 feet tall, but its environmental and economic benefits loom even larger.

“A photovoltaic system generates clean, renewable energy and electricity,” said Gregg Erickson, Waubonsee’s renewable energy technologies instructor. “Not only do these systems help save the environment, they can help property owners save money on their electric bills and see a full return on their investment in 15 to 20 years.”

Waubonsee’s photovoltaic system was funded by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. In addition to the outdoor array, the grant is also being used to fund 12 indoor lab stations and a mock-up of a roof-mounted array system.

While the system will produce supplementary electricity to help power the campus’ Weigel Hall, the real benefit is having a local workforce trained for increasingly popular “green” jobs.

The college’s three-semester-hour Photovoltaic Basics Certificate of Achievement will teach students the basic principles of photovoltaic energy and industry safety practices, preparing them for entry-level careers in the field. The more advanced Photovoltaic Certificate of Achievement teaches students to install and maintain photovoltaic systems.

Two sections of the “Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems” course will be offered for the first time this spring semester. One will meet on Tuesday afternoons, 2 to 5:30 p.m., with the other meeting on Thursday nights, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. All of Waubonsee’s photovoltaic coursework is aligned with the standards of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installer Tom DeBates, owner of Habi-Tek Renewable Energy Systems in Geneva, is working on the installation for the college. Since starting renewable energy work in 2001, Habi-Tek has installed photovoltaic systems for a variety of facilities, including the Chicago Botanical Gardens, Wheaton high schools and a number of private residences.

For more information on Waubonsee’s photovoltaic program and other renewable energy technologies courses, visit www.waubonsee.edu or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2319.

Tom DeBates (right), owner of Habi-Tek Renewable Energy Systems in Geneva, places a solar panel with the help of another worker. Habi-Tek installs a photovoltaic array on the north side of Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus. The array will be used both as a teaching tool in new photovoltaic coursework debuting this spring as well as a way to help power the campus’ Weigel Hall.     						 Courtesy Photo

Tapping the storehouse of joy

‘Healing Memories ’author reflects on his life
by Lynn Meredith
Geneva—In his career in the senior living industry, Dick Hattan hears seniors talking daily, all day long, about their memories. They wonder why they have lived this long, and what the purpose of it all is. He himself has discovered a way to ponder these “big” questions and come up with his own answers. He has written and published a book of poems on the topic of healing.

“Let these poetic pieces heal your memories and give memories to your healing,” Hattan, a Geneva resident, wrote. “By this I mean that we have a storehouse of joy in our memories from childhood to adolescence, and adulthood that we can reflect on.”

“Healing Memories” is a book of 30 poems that follow Hattan’s life from his Catholic school childhood on the southwest side of Chicago to his military service in Vietnam. The poems were all written in the last year or so, but have given Hattan a way to deal with the feelings of over 30 years ago.

“They helped me get in touch with feelings I had, and some that I didn’t even know that I had,” Hattan said. “The idea of healing became very important to me. Writing poetry dredged up feelings from 30 years ago. I’ve been healed, and it doesn’t bother me anymore.”

A portion of one poem on returning home from Vietnam expresses the feeling he had at how Vietnam vets were greeted:

“For the parade that never was,
Welcome home.
For the returning warrior’s missing mantle,
Welcome home.
For the burning flag’s empty flame,
Welcome home.
For the wounds that never healed,
Welcome home. (p. 33)”

Although Hattan has written poetry for 20 years, this last year as a graduate student in theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary inspired him to write and publish a book.

“There are things I needed to do, and one of those was to write poetry and publish a book,” Hattan said. “Poetry allows me to express emotions much more forcefully than say a journal or short story or a paper.”

Besides his childhood and military service, Hattan also writes about his religious background, family life and hobbies. He includes black-and-white family photos with each poem.

“It’s very personal. The poetry reads almost like a story. I choose things from ordinary life,” Hattan said. “I can’t think of a greater legacy to my child than by sharing with them the memories in this book.

“Healing Memories” is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Town House Books in St. Charles.

Expand or expire?

updated Nov. 24, 2010 at 8:36 a.m.
Maple Park ponders wastewater plant expansion project
by Lynn Meredith
Maple Park—Maple Park has a situation: to find money to expand its wastewater treatment facilities or let the expansion permit expire.

A discharge permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is set to expire Feb. 28, 2012. The permit, issued in February 2007, allows the village to expand its treatment facilities and build a new plant.

The original plan called for a new plant that would pump 1 million gallons of water a day and serve the two subdivisions, John Clare and Grand Pointe Homes, which were annexed into the village, and other developments waiting annexation. But times have changed, and only John Clare remains. That vision of a treatment plant is no longer realistic.

“We are trying to position where we are going before the permit expires,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “We have one developer, with the other developers hanging tight in the market. They will eventually want to build out.”

The problem is that the existing plant does not have the capacity to cover potentially six new developments. Although no one is building now, the farmland has been sold to the developers.

The other problem is that if the village lets the discharge permit expire, it will have lost all of the investment that developers put into getting it in the first place.

“The plant is at a standstill,” Curtis said. “We can’t let it expire, or we will lose the expensive permit which developers paid for.”

Dave Johnson of John Clare believes the village is wise to hang on to the permit, given that the developer group invested close to $1 million in the project since its inception in 2004.

“We were starting from scratch and spent a considerable amount of money. We paid for $1 million of work that produced benefit to the village,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that developers, primarily John Clare and now-defunct Grand Pointe Homes, spent $450,000 in the initial phases. They paid fees to establish Maple Park’s Fiscal Planning Area. This plan calls for the village to define existing boundaries and those into the future, about a 20-year timeline. They also paid for a flood plain study and the categorizing of the village’s infrastructure.

Another $450,000 was spent on analyzing future infrastructure needs, such as designing the sewer plant, wells and water towers, conducting engineering studies to size water and sewer lines, and covering attorney fees for both the village and the developers.

“It would take years to generate that permit again,” Johnson said. “It’s an extremely valuable asset.”

Another complication with letting the permit expire is that the IEPA can then inspect the existing plant. If it finds violations, it can require upgrades and even impose penalties that the village would have to finance.

“We’re trying to protect the current homeowners. If violations to the existing plant ever become too costly, the village would have to recover the expense through user fees. However, this would be just to improve the treatment efficiency of the existing capacity,” Curtis said. “That’s the wild card. It could be something or it could be nothing.”

The village has not yet identified revenue streams to pay back a loan they have pre-approved by the IEPA. Curtis said that none of the new developers have volunteered to assist with the expansion. The Public Relations and Development Committee is looking for ways to design a plant in phases, so that as new development comes in, further expansion can take place.

“It’s still costly, but not like building a plant all at once. We could build one to take care of existing needs and John Clare subdivisions, and add in as development comes,” Curtis said. “The existing plant has reserved capacity for the existing town and approved developments with the exception of John Clare. Plant expansion is needed to serve the John Clare project. And we can have no new development without a new plant.”

The Elburn Herald reported an incorrect date in a story on page 7A of the Nov. 11 edition (“Expand or expire?”). The discharge permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to the village of Maple Park is set to expire in Feb. 2012. It was originally listed in the story as Feb. 28, 2010.
The Elburn Herald regrets the error.
The Elburn Herald wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. If you know of an error, please contact:
Ryan Wells, Editor
123 N. Main St., Elburn, IL 60119
e-mail: info@elburnherald.com
phone (630) 365-6446

Mustaches for prostate cancer

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold is participating this month with Movember, to raise awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. The organizers’ plan was to bring back the popularity of the moustache as a way of doing something for men’s health. The guys behind the Mo (slang for moustache) realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.

To join Arnold in participating in Movember, register at www.movember.com and then grow a moustache for the entire month of November. The moustache is the “ribbon” for men’s health and helps raise awareness for cancers and other health issues that affect men.

“Men are less likely than women to seek medical care and are nearly half as likely as women to pursue preventive health visits or undergo screening tests,” Arnold said. “But if we can raise awareness about the importance of routine check-ups and screenings, especially in such a visible way as growing a moustache, hopefully we can improve the health of men all over.”

Arnold, a prostate cancer survivor, is among Movember participants growing a moustache this month.

The number-one cause of death in men is heart disease, followed by cancer (lung, prostate and colorectal).

Some of the things men should talk with their doctor about include:
• Prostate health
• Obesity
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Colorectal cancer
• Recommended screenings

Eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and keeping up with exams and screenings are some of the things men can do to live longer, healthier lives.

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Township provides train station signs

ELBURN—Blackberry Township has provided safety signs for the Elburn Commuter Station, Police Chief Steve Smith told the Public Safety Committee on Monday.

The various signs inform commuters about the 24-hour surveillance at the train station and indicate where to pay for parking.

Students of the Term named at Kaneland

KANELAND—Kaneland School District congratulates the following students for being named Term One, 2010-11 Students of the Term at Kaneland High School:

Business, Kory Crotteau; family consumer science, Lauren Banbury; English, Casey Jacobsen; foreign language, Lacey Eberle; music , Kendall Renaud; math, Daniel Helm; physical education/health, Zach Douglas; science, Abby Dodis; social studies, Beau Ott; and student services, Richard Williams.

The goal of the Student of the Term program is to recognize KHS students who exemplify the type of effort, commitment, character and leadership qualities and academic effort, including achievement, improvement and contributions, that the district desires of all students.

The students will receive a certificate, T-shirt and plaque.

R Kids Closet expands into larger space

SG resident’s new store makes consignment fashionable
by Keith Beebe
Batavia—The need for a new career inspired Vicki Ryan to open the upscale consignment boutique R Kids Closet in Batavia in October 2009.

The need for more space to satisfy public demand and further develop her new business led Ryan to move the boutique into a bigger location next door just 13 months later.

“I was in the mortgage business forever, did really well and had a good run before I lost my job,” she said. “So I took about a year, year-and-a-half off and decided I wanted to work with families and give back to the community and the people. I had a couple of people suggest to me that I should look into doing (a consignment store), and I love kids and love people, so this is how I can (give back) and get my husband and my family all involved.”

Ryan, a resident of Sugar Grove, established a boutique featuring just about everything, from infant and women’s clothing, shoes and outerwear to children’s jewelry and hair bows. And though the majority of the store’s inventory is gently used, Ryan said she is extremely picky about what items she’ll take into the store. After all, R Kids Boutique is meant to be a fashionable and contemporary store, not a place to find casual hand-me-down clothing. And once a particular item sells, the original owner receives 40 percent of the sale, with the other 60 percent going to the boutique.

“Right now, I have a waiting list of people who want to drop (items) off, and I put new stuff out daily,” she said. “We get a lot of regular shoppers, and now we’re getting new shoppers through word of mouth. And the boutique doesn’t look like your average retail shop at all. I mean, why would someone pay $60 for Abercrombie jeans when I have them for $10?”

Ryan had never owned a business prior to establishing R Kids Closet, but her sales background and ability to communicate effectively with clients has adequately made up for any lack of management experience.

“I’ve been a sales rep my whole life, so it’s been hard to learn the (management) aspect of things,” she said. “Now I have a staff, and I have to manage that staff. I have to make sure that staff is treating everyone who walks through the door like I treat those people. And I’ve learned that I have to have tank tops out in February because that’s when people shop for them. It can be such an obstacle, because I’ve never (managed) before.”

Ryan must be doing all right in her new position, since public reception to the boutique has been overwhelmingly positive over the last 13 months. In fact, R Kids Closet was originally located in a space measuring 1,500 square feet, but the store was doing so much business that Ryan decided to move the boutique next door into a space measuring 3,500 square feet in order to add new sections for knick-knacks and home goods.

“I didn’t think I would be expanding after just one year, but we moved two weeks ago to our new location at 69 N. Randall Road, and it pretty much doubled my space,” she said. “In my original business plan, my goal was to gradually expand to the level I am currently at and then eventually open up multiple locations. Overall, I’d say the (boutique’s) first year definitely exceeded my initial expectations, and the store has really become a home away from home for my family.”

R Kids Closet
one-year celebration

Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m to 8 p.m.
69 N. Randall Road, Batavia
(630) 879-7543
or visit their Facebook page

Church news for Nov. 12

Swap Shop at Lord of Life welcomes donated items
Elburn—Lord of Life Church, at Route 38 and LaFox Road in Elburn, will host a Swap Shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 18.
The event is an opportunity for families to exchange gently used clothing and toys, with no money involved.
People may drop items off in advance of the Swap Shop, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.
Acceptable items include gently used clothing and shoes, toys, books, puzzles, games, movies, and tools. No furniture or equipment will be accepted. For more information, contact Hope Collins at ccfarms@mchsi.com.

Churches’ Turkey Drop Nov. 21 in Maple Park

MAPLE PARK—Donations of turkeys, hams and other items to complete a holiday meal for those in need will be collected from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.
Grace, along with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, will distribute the food through local food pantries to families in need this holiday season.
Suggested drop-off items are canned yams, cranberries and vegetables; instant mashed potatoes; and prepared gravy.
The churches will offer coffee, hot chocolate and desserts to those who donate.
For more information, call (630) 291-0494 or (815) 827-3490.

Church’s fall festival offers food, auctions, raffles
VIRGIL—Saints Peter and Paul Church will host its Fall Festival from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at the church, 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil.
Open to the public, the event will feature an auction, raffles, children’s games and movies, food and beverages.

Thanksgiving eve worship at SG United Methodist
SUGAR GROVE—The public is invited to the Kaneland Area Thanksgiving Eve Worship on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. This ecumenical service will be hosted by Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St.,Sugar Grove.
The service will include congregations and clergy from Maple Park, Elburn, Kaneville and Sugar Grove, as well as the general public. The Thanksgiving offering will be divided between the Elburn Food Pantry and “Between Friends” Food Pantry.
Attendees also may bring a nonperishable food item to the church for local pantries. Refreshments will be provided after the service.
For directions or other info, contact the church at (630) 466-4501 or visit www.sgumc.net.

County cites agencies that will offer services

Kane County—As of Nov. 9, the direct mother-child health service programs for individuals and families that have been provided by the Kane County Health Department were transferred to community clinics because of county budget cuts.

For clients living north of Route 64, Family Case Management services will be provided by Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center, and the Visiting Nurse Association of the Fox Valley. The Women, Infants and Children nutrition program will continue to be provided by Well Child Center as in the past.

For clients living south of Route 64, Family Case Management services will be provided by Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center and the Visiting Nurse Association of the Fox Valley. In addition, the WIC Nutrition Program also will be provided by Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center and the Visiting Nurse Association of the Fox Valley.

Countywide, Teen Parent Services has been transferred to Aunt Martha’s, and Health Works Services for foster children are now being provided by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and will soon be transferred to Aunt Martha’s.

In addition, the Kane County Health Department will continue to provide services to Kane County’s most at-risk families through its Kane Kares and High Risk Infant Follow-Up programs.

For more information, call (630) 723-5414, or visit www.kanehealth.com.

Anderson extension bidding expected next fall

Bike path will be part of project
by Martha Quetsch
KANE COUNTY—Kane County officials plan to seek construction bids late next year for the extension of Anderson Road in Elburn and a bicycle and pedestrian path on that route.

“We’re targeting November of 2011,” said Mike Sullivan, of the Kane County Division of Transportation.

“Right now, if everything goes as planned, the project will be completed in 2013,” Sullivan said.

The $30 million Anderson extension between Route 38 and Keslinger Road, including a railway overpass, is a priority county project designed to reduce traffic on Main Street in downtown Elburn and improve traffic flow in the area in general.

The state and federally funded project will facilitate the development of a housing and commercial project that Geneva developer Sho-Deen Inc. intends to build on Elburn’s far east side.

Sullivan said that as part of the road extension project, the county will build an off-road bicycle and pedestrian path that will be parallel to the extended Anderson Road, between Route 38 and Keslinger Road.

The state awarded Kane County a grant of $505,000 for this transportation enhancement project, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced Oct. 29.

“This grant will help fund the path that will go along that road,” Sullivan said.

Eventually, county officials wants to connect the Anderson Road path to the Great Western Trail, said Sullivan, who is the county transportation division’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. However, that connection will require more funds, Sullivan added.

The county proposed the pedestrian and bike path between Route 38 and Keslinger to provide an alternative, direct and safe travel route to schools, neighborhoods and the Elburn Metra Station.

Village installing safety fence along tracks

ELBURN—Installation of a safety fence along the railroad tracks east of First Street in Elburn will be finished soon, Police Chief Steve Smith told the Public Safety Committee on Monday.

Smith said the fence, which will block people from crossing the tracks unsafely, will extend 1,600 feet along the railway near the commuter station. The village began erecting the fence on Nov. 4.

Fab Lab demos, lecture at Fermilab Nov. 12

Batavia—The Fermilab Lecture Series, the University of Illinois and the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms will present Fab Lab demonstrations in the Fermilab Wilson Hall lobby from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12.

The demonstrations will be followed by a lecture in Ramsey Auditorium entitled “How to Make (Almost) Anything” by Fab Lab originator Dr. Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms.

A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop with computer controlled tools that enable individuals to make “almost anything.” Prof. Neil Gershenfeld’s revolutionary laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments.

Technology from fab labs has been seen and used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds.

Gershenfeld is also the originator of the growing global network of field fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy, the associated program for distributed research and education in the principle and practices of digital fabrication.

Gershenfeld is also the author of numerous technical publications, patents and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology.

Individuals and small groups that would like to see the demonstrations can come at any time from 1 to 8 p.m., but groups larger than 10 should contact the Lederman Science Center at (630) 840-8258.

Admission to the lecture is $7. Reserve tickets or obtain further information by phoning (630) 840-2787.

Ramsey Auditorium is located in Wilson Hall, the hi-rise building on the Fermilab campus. Fermilab is accessible by turning east on Pine Street from Kirk Road, just north of I-88. For more information on this and all Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series offerings, go to www.fnal.gov/culture. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is operated by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Kaneland prepares for strategic plan renewal

Kaneland—Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler on Monday presented the School Board with a proposed timeline for the renewal of the District Strategic Plan, which will map out both short and long-term needs for the district.

Through looking at the current mission statement, the Kaneland administrative team will recommend proposed changes to the board, which will then hold a discussion to launch the planning process.

After developing and issuing a survey, a cabinet will review the data and develop statements for the strategic plan, which will then be reviewed and approved by the board.

No action was taken at Monday’s meeting, but members of the doard did address concerns regarding the survey, which will be discussed at a future meeting.

Kaneland board begins levy process

Kaneland—At Monday night’s Kaneland School Board meeting, the board was presented with the 2010 tax levy calendar.

The tax levy is the amount of funding the district asks the county to approve for total district property taxes for the following school year. The levy is the largest source of revenue for the district.

In November, the board will approve the tentative levy, which will then lead into an announcement for a levy public hearing. In December, the board will approve the final levy, and file it with the Kane County clerk.

Collections on the levy will begin in June or July of 2011.

The district expects to receive about $1.2 million more from the 2010 tax levy than from the 2009 tax extension.

Senior volunteer group seeks school volunteers

ELBURN, SG—The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) works with volunteers who are at least 55 and have a lifetime of experience and knowledge to share. Members of RSVP are entitled to the following benefits: Excess liability insurance, reimbursement for mileage and meals where applicable, and annual recognition events.

Recently, RSVP began partnering with Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School and Kaneland Harter Middle School. The goal of the partnership is to recruit individuals willing to work with students in carpentry, electrical, drafting, help in the library, and to share specific skills. Volunteers also are needed to work with K-5 students on reading, assist with student homework and provide teacher assistance.

For more information about becoming an school volunteer for RSVP, call Debbie Danitz, RSVP program director, 1-800-339-3200 or (815) 344-3555.

Kaneland falls short of AYP, but makes progress

Graphic by Alex Leonhard, Kaneland Krier Graphic Designer

by Amanda Schiff
Kaneland Krier Editor

KANELAND—Although Kaneland High School’s PSAE scores declined and didn’t meet federal requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress (APY), the same scores showed more students are college-ready.

Juniors are given the test and each spring, and the scores come back each fall. Students’ scores declined in three of the four areas.

In reading, 61 percent of KHS students met or exceeded goals, a decrease of 10 percentage points from 2009. In writing, 60 percent met or exceeded, an increase of 6 points. In math, 52 percent met or exceeded, a decrease of 10 points; and in science, 57 percent met or exceeded, a decrease of four percent.

The standards, which are set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), require all schools to provide evidence that students meet learning standards. NCLB is a moving target, with schools required to have a greater percentage of students passing each year in order to make AYP. In 2008, the percentage of students who had to meet or exceed to make AYP was 62.5 percent; in 2009, it was 70 percent; and in 2010, it is 77.5 percent.

“The idea behind it is that after a certain number of years, no one will fail the test,” Patty Welker, English department chair, said.

The scores, however, are more than just numbers. They also tell whether students are prepared to succeed in college, a measure called a College Readiness Benchmark. The difference between the two is that AYP is a general benchmark set by the state, and CRB is based on research and measures readiness of students entering college.

“College Readiness Benchmarks measure four areas: English, reading, science and math. It helps us to be specific about what students need to be ready for college. They are researched by the College Board, so we know they are a good guideline,” Erika Schlichter, curriculum coordinator, said.

Although the number of Kaneland students meeting or exceeding decreased in most subjects, the number of students who met College Benchmarks increased by 7 percent in both math and reading, which Schlichter said was an indicator that more students are well prepared to take college courses.

Several changes at the high school have been implemented to help more students succeed on the exams.

“Staff have been receiving training and have put in place multiple interventions, such as the math power review, writing intensive courses and question-of-the-day,” Schlichter said.

Although Kaneland is revamping its curriculum and schedule to improve test scores, the rise in college readiness is a positive sign, Ken Dentino, math department chair, said.

“We are properly preparing our students for life after high school, which is obviously the most important thing we do as teachers,” Dentino said.

John Stewart revs up for Vets Day

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—John Stewart Elementary School students are going all out for American veterans this month. They have been busy writing thank-you cards to U.S. servicemen, composing poems about the military, and filling showcases with memorabilia from family members who served in the armed forces.

“Every grade is involved,” said Bonnie Whildin, John Stewart art teacher and a coordinator of the events.

The hallways are draped in red, white and blue, and showcases display items that students have gathered including medals from relatives who were soldiers.

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the school will culminate these activities with a flag-raising in the morning, with all 650 students each waving miniature U.S. flags. Following the day’s kickoff will be local veterans’ visits to classrooms throughout the day and an assembly between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. During the assembly, students will read the letters, and the Kaneland Middle School musical ensemble will play patriotic numbers including “Taps.”

Also during the afternoon ceremony, one of Whildin’s relatives, U.S. Navy Seal William Bishop, will speak about his military experiences.

Elburn American Legion Post 630 Commander Wiley Overley is one of the local servicemen who will speak in a classroom during the day. He admires what the students have done this month to acknowledge U.S. servicemen.

“It’s really a big deal for them,” Overley said.

KHS fall play Nov. 12-14

The Kaneland High School Theatre Department will be presenting the comedy “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick. Performances are Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Director April Rames (above) gives some instructions to cast members Eric Eichelberger (standing in back) and (left to right) Dylan Draper, Kelsey Cotton and Kathryn Lanute during dress rehearsal.
Photo by John DiDonna

‘Taps’ was Conley’s contribution to Legion

Elburn American Legion Veterans Day Parade and Celebration
11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Parade steps off from the American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St. and marches to Veterans Park on East North Street,
for a Color Guard ceremony near the military tank.
The public is invited to participate.

Photo: Bruce Conley chats with a youngster before the 2007 Elburn Veteran’s Day celebration. This year, Elburn Legion Post 630 will celebrate Veteran’s Day without Conley, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. A trumpet with a device that automatically plays “Taps” will be used. File Photo

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The playing of “Taps” is a longstanding tradition at many military events, including Veterans Day celebrations. In Elburn, longtime village resident Bruce Conley did the honors on his trumpet for many years, just before each annual American Legion parade downtown.

However, since Conley’s recent passing, the event no longer will feature his rendition of the soulful tribute to our nation’s servicemen.

Currently lacking another trumpeter, the local Legion came up with a creative way it could offer the familiar tune for parade-goers on Veterans Day and at other events, said the organization’s president Wiley Overley.

The Legion acquired a trumpet that has a device inside that makes it automatically play “Taps.”

“Since we lost Bruce, we do that,” Overley said.

The version the instrument plays is the same as the one military trumpeters play at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. for U.S. soldiers’ funerals.

Conley played “Taps” not only for the annual Veterans Day celebration in Elburn, but for other local Legion events including veterans’ funerals.

“He was always available for us, always gracious,” Overley said.

Kaneland confident in 34-7 playoff win

by Ryan Wells
Maple Park—“Confidence” was the word on the lips of the Kaneland players as they exited Peterson Field Saturday night following their 34-7 victory over Crystal Lake Central in round 2 of the IHSA football playoffs.

“We’re all just confident with each other,” said Kaneland wide receiver and defensive lineman Blake Serpa. “We know everyone is going to do their job, and not pay attention to what everybody else is supposed to do, and just execute.”

Perhaps most impressive in Saturday night’s win was how each phase of the Knights’ game built confidence in the other phases.

For example, each of the six booming kickoffs by Matt Rodriguez forced the Tigers to start deep in their own territory, including three that went for a touchback after crossing the plane of the endzone. According to Serpa, who caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown, as well as rushed eight times for 41 yards and another score, this simply added to the defensive unit’s confidence, as has been the case all season.

“Our kicker has always given us field position,” he said. “With our defense, we think if they have to drive 80 yards it’s going to be harder for them than it is for us driving the 50 yards that we have to drive.”

Another example of the cyclical nature of the Knights’ confidence Saturday night was how their defensive ability to stop the Tigers emboldened the Knights’ offense, particularly on third down. Not only did Kaneland fare well on third down, converting on eight of 11 attempts, but the offense became even more aggressive on third downs, going for the long play just as often as going for first-down yardage.

In fact, four of the Knights touchdowns—and all of KHS quarterback Joe Camiliere’s touchdown tosses—came on third down. Quinn Buschbacher, who led the receiver corps with 104 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions, said their success on third down is a result of their confidence in each other.

“I think we have a lot of confidence in everybody on the offense,” he said. “I mean, we trust our offensive line to hold their block as long as possible. We also trust Joe, and the receivers, to find the opening, to find the open man.”

The game began with both teams showing confidence; each team putting together a long drive that took the game into the second quarter.

Kaneland opened the game with a drive from its own 32 yard line. They pushed the ball to the Tiger 21-yard-line with a mix of runs and passes before facing a third-and-eight at the Tiger 21 yard line.

That’s when Camiliere found Tyler Callaghan over the middle. Callaghan worked his way toward the end zone, falling across the goal line with 6:50 left in the first quarter. Rodriguez’s extra point gave Kaneland a 7-0 lead.

Crystal Lake Central responded with its own long drive, one that started from its own 20 and ate up the rest of the first quarter and the first 14 seconds of the second. Highlighted by a 33-yard pass to the left flat from quarterback Brett Schuld to reciever Connor Baumann, the Tigers worked their way to a second-and-goal at the Kaneland 9-yard-line.

Tiger running back Dyllon McKinney took a pitch around the left end and dove over the corner of the end zone to knot the score at 7 apiece.

Kaneland had the benefit of great field position on its next drive, starting from its own 46-yard-line. A leaping grab for an 18-yard gain by Taylor Andrews put the ball at the Tiger 36-yard-line, and soon Kaneland found itself facing a third-and-seven from the CLC 33-yard-line. That’s when freshman receiver Daniel Helm caught a pass on a 10-yard turnaround on the right side, shook off a couple of would-be tacklers and raced to a 32-yard touchdown and 13-7 lead. Trouble with the snap and hold on the extra-point attempt left the score at 13-7, with 10:19 left to play in the half.

After forcing Crystal Lake Central to punt on its next drive, Kaneland found itself having to punt away as well. However, the Tigers fumbled on the return, giving Kaneland the ball back with great field position at the Tiger 40-yard-line with 5:13 to go in the half.

Just over a minute later, Serpa took a hand-off and broke through the line off the right tackle, finding the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown run. The TD and extra point gave Kaneland a 20-7 lead with 3:56 remaining in the half.

Serpa helped end the Tigers’ next drive, pressuring Tiger QB Brett Schuld on third-and-11 from their own 19 and forcing him to throw the ball away. The defensive stand led to a Tiger punt and great field position for the Knights, who started their next drive at the CLC 30-yard-line.

On third-and-10 from the Tiger 18, Camiliere tossed a pass down the right seam to Serpa, who was double-covered by the Tigers. Serpa’s leaping grab in the end zone gave Kaneland a 27-7 lead with 43 seconds left in the half, effectively putting the game out of reach for Crystal Lake.

The second half saw Kaneland’s defense clamp down, holding CLC scoreless, and its offense to run time off the clock and make sure that when the Tigers would regain the ball, it was deep in its own territory.

Kaneland added the final points of the night with 3:42 left in the game when Camiliere hit Buschbacher in stride over the middle for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Holding a 20-7 lead with less than three minutes left in the first half, the Kaneland defense needed to keep Crystal Lake from clawing back into the game before half time. Having just scored a touchdown on the previous drive, Kaneland defensive lineman/wide receiver Blake Serpa worked through the CLC offensive line and put pressure on the Tiger quarterback, forcing him to throw a third-down pass out of bounds to set up a fourth down punting situation. A couple of minutes later, Serpa would score again on a leaping catch in the end zone with less than a minute left in the half, giving Kaneland a 27-7 lead and effectively putting the game out of reach for the Crystal Lake Central Tigers.

Up next …

Vernon Hills
#1 Maple Park (Kaneland) (11-0)
at #4 Vernon Hills (10-1),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

Kaneland will travel to North Suburban Prairie Conference champions Vernon Hills on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.
Vernon Hills enters the contest as the No. 4 seed with a 10-1 record. The team started the season with an amazing seven-consecutive shutout victories, outscoring its opponents 310-0 during the streak.
Fresh off a 37-22 victory over Tinley Park High School last week, Vernon Hills may prove to be the Knights’ toughest test yet this season.

And then there were 8
Third-round 5A contests
#1 Kaneland (11-0)
at #4 Vernon Hills (10-1),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

#10 Woodstock (Marian) (8-3)
at #6 Lombard (Montini),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

#2 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (10-1)
at #1 Peoria (Richwoods) (11-0),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

#4 Chatham (Glenwood) (8-3)
at #3 Springfield (H.S.) (9-2),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

Photo: Receiver Tyler Callaghan drives to the goal line for the first 6 points of Kaneland’s 34-7 victory over the visiting Crystal Lake Central Tigers in 2nd-round playoff action in Maple Park. The Knights travel to Vernon Hills Saturday at 1 p.m. in quarterfinal action. Photo by Ryan Wells

Holm secures KHS record at State race

by Keith Beebe
Peoria—“Bittersweet” would be an accurate term to describe Kaneland senior Trevor Holm’s performance at the IHSA boys cross country 2A State Finals on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Holm finished in 37th place with a time of 15:25, failing to earn an All-State medal. However, his time was both a personal best and the fastest ever for a Kaneland Knight at Detweiller Park, eclipsing the previous record of 15:26 set by Jim Probst in 1987.

“I thought Trevor was a little disappointed after the race that he wasn’t able to repeat as an All-State athlete even though he ran 10 seconds faster this year,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “We’re very proud of him, though. He gutted it out and left everything he had out on the track.”

Holm was slightly less enthusiastic about his performance despite the record-setting time.

“It wasn’t my best race. I peaked way too early into the season and it was just downhill from there,” he said. “I could’ve run a way lower time. I ran 15:09 in the beginning of October, and it was by myself. I felt great then, but I just peaked too early.”

Clarey said this was Holm’s first completely healthy, 12-week season since his freshman year.

“In past years, he’s had to get himself prepared and ready on a shortened timetable because of illnesses at the start of his season, but he did a great job all season long this year,” he said. “And Trevor’s basically been going at maximum speed with training and everything since the end of last season.”

Clarey also pointed out the significance of Holm breaking the Kaneland record in his final high school race.
“The fact that Trevor ran a personal-best race at the end of his career is something special, even if it didn’t net an All-State medal this year. And he went out by setting the fastest time on that course,” he said.


Photo: Kaneland’s Trevor Holm was unable to repeat as an all-state athlete, even after running the fastest time in Knight history at the state meet. Holm finished 37th at the IHSA State Meet with a time of 15:25.
File Photo

Howland sets season best at state

by Keith Beebe
Peoria—A two-year layoff from cross-country running didn’t seem to have much of an effect on Kaneland High School’s Jen Howland at the IHSA 2A State Final on Saturday in Peoria.

Howland, a world-class triathlete who competed in the International Triathlon Union’s Women’s Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, last September, finished in 51st place with a season-best time of 18:26.

“For someone who had not run high school cross country (in) over two years, I would say she did a great job,” KHS Coach Doug Ecker said. “She only started practicing with us the last week (of) September (and had) only five to six weeks of practice and limited meet experience.”

Howland missed the last two cross-country seasons because of injuries, including two broken legs brought on by stress fractures in her shins in 2009.

Photo: Kaneland’s Jen Howland (880) finished 51st at Saturday’s IHSA State Cross Country meet. In what is considered the fastest race in the history of the state meet, Howland’s time of 18:26 would have been good enough for All-State last season. Photo by Linda Bell

Letter: Legion Auxiliary thanks supper attendees

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630 would like to thank everyone who attended the American Legion Auxiliary spaghetti supper Oct. 21. We appreciate your loyalty and support for out fundraising dinner.

Many thanks to the members who worked and/or donated desserts, and thanks to the Elburn American Legion members who gave us assistance, also.

Without your support and help, we could not donate to the important programs that help so many. We look forward to seeing you again in the spring.

Cara Bartel, treasurer
Elburn American Legion
Auxiliary No. 630

Letter: Thank you Sugar Grove blood donors

You answered someone’s need through your much-needed blood donations on Sept. 13. A huge thank you for a successful blood drive to the Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, the Sugar Grove Fire Department, the Heartland Blood Center staff and all of our extra volunteers.

A special thank you to our awesome donors: Jane Alabastro, Debbie Booton, Heather Brasch, Samantha Burrows, Charles Crisci, Gina Cumiskey, Efrain Davila, Patricia Davis, Jim Eckert, Ed Fowler, Aaron Frasz, Shelby Fredericksen, Melissa Gooch, Mark Goress, Robert Haglund, George Hannemann, Anna Henricks, Mike Janco, Kelly Janulis, Laura Keske, Ben Kramp, James Magnuson, Sally McClellan, Janelle McCornack, Suzanne McCracken, Margaret Metzger, Sean Michels, Nancy Mickelson, Joe Miller, Brandon Mires, Marisa Tenoria-Mires, Millie Molitor, Russell Molitor, Darin Norman, Erin Novotny, Luke Ressler, Judy Rios, Kelly Ryan, Brian Schiber, Damon Schultz, Albert “Bo” Smith, Jake Smith, Andrea Strobert, Colby Suits, Renee Tonioni, Michael Tovrea, Linda Wray, Sherry Young, James Zablock and Scott Zaeske.

We deeply appreciate those who attempted but were unable to donate blood. The next Sugar Grove blood drive is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2011.

Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove

Letter: Newly elected circuit judge thanks supporters

I am humbled and honored that you, the people, have selected me to serve you as your Resident Circuit Judge for Kane County. My earnest prayer is that I will always be worthy of the trust that you, the people, have placed with me.

I want to thank my very loyal family and friends that have helped me so long and often, and to all of you who have supported me in my campaign for Circuit Judge and my previous campaigns. My life has been richly blessed with associations with good people that I have served with and that have helped me along the way.

I always felt it was the measure of a person to pick themselves up after loss and adversity. I am truly glad my family, friends and supporters stuck with me, even in defeat. I will always retain the memories of the wonderful help I received in my efforts for election, both successful and otherwise, and I am glad to win this last one for them.

Thanks again to all those that have allowed me to fulfill one of my dreams.

David Akemann
Elgin, Ill.