Editorial: Kaneland communities kick off holiday season

For many, the Christmas holiday season starts right after Thanksgiving ends—for some, it begins barely after the tables have been cleared and the plates cleaned.

Yet, in our Kaneland communities, the season kicks off this weekend, when Elburn, Sugar Grove and Kaneville each feature their Christmas celebrations.

The first event is Elburn’s Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. (see related story on page 1A). The event is held throughout town, with stops at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, the Town and Country Public Library, as well.

Highlights at the library include Santa and Mrs. Claus, with the Kaneland Madrigal Singers and others providing the entertainment. Downtown, businesses will offer various treats and activities for families, including the annual Kandyland at the Elburn Herald office. The community center will play host to a variety of activities, including a Christmas Tree Auction that will provide bidders a chance to support the community center and take home a pre-decorated tree or wreath.

The following morning, the village of Sugar Grove will kick off its Holiday in the Grove event at 7:15 a.m. with a Breakfast with Santa at the Community House. Events will be held throughout the day at the Community House, Kaneland John Shields Elementary School and the Sugar Grove Public Library.

Santa will be busy in the Kaneland area that day, as he will also appear at the fire barn in Kaneville as part of the village’s holiday festivities also on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Between events at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the community center, fire barn and the library, there will be plenty of holiday fun to be had throughout town starting at 9 a.m.

Each of our towns will kick off their holiday season with a group of events to bring our communities together, and we urge each of you to recognize that if you live in one of the Kaneland communities, you belong to a broader community than just your own. So, if you are a Kaneville resident, we hope to see you at the Elburn Christmas Stroll. And if you are from Elburn, we hope to see you the next day in Sugar Grove and Kaneville.

As the Kaneland community’s hometown newspaper, we believe these types of events are essential in helping build relationships within individual communities, as well as between the communities that call Kaneland home.

Letter: Thanks to RF Houtz & Son

Hi from a very snowy northwest Ontario, Canada.

I am just leaving this quick note to thank one of your local business outlets. This company went out of its way to help me with a problem with my Cub Cadet Yanmar tractor.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to RF Houtz & Son. They are a credit to your community and set a fantastic example of customer service, even though that customer is hundreds of miles away.

Thanks, Rob, for all your hard work.

Gary Turner
Ontario, Canada

Letter: Veteran says “thanks” to local Daisy Girl Scout Troop

On Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, I had the honor of participating in the Elburn American Legion’s Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Park in the village. Following the ceremony, a young girl came up to me and other veterans and presented us with beautifully decorated cards, thanking us for our military service. I was very touched to have received the card and wish to express my sincere thanks to her and the other girls of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 4387, serving Virgil, Elburn, Maple Park and surrounding communities.

Robert J. Britz
Law Firm of Ottosen, Britz, Kelly,
Cooper & Gilbert, Ltd, Elburn.

Letter: A ‘thank you’ from Kaneland Youth Soccer

As the Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) Fall Soccer Season has come to a close, on behalf of the KYSO Board Of Directors, I would like to send out a big thank you to all of the individuals who helped make this season a success.

First, we could not have a program without our dedicated players who come out week after week in the rain, wind, and often times, unfavorable conditions to practice and play weekly games. Our players not only brave the elements, but also play with a lot of heart and soul each week.

It is all worthwhile when you can see the teams grow throughout the season, going from virtual strangers to well-oiled machines by the last game of the season. This would not be possible if we didn’t have the amazing group of volunteers that we have had this season. The KYSO went out on a limb by implementing, for the first time, a volunteer fee at the beginning of the season. As volunteers stepped up to the many volunteer opportunities the organization provided, parents took the challenge and went above and beyond the expectations the board had at the start of this new program.

Our volunteer coaches, as always, did an amazing job teaching soccer skills to the kids, along with teamwork and positive attitudes in regards to winning and losing the games. Parents went above and beyond by not only getting their players to the fields each week, but helped by doing a lot of dirty work, including striping the fields each week, painting and organizing the storage shed, breaking down equipment bags and first aid kits, as well as preparing for the spring session by making and handing out flyers.

The final group of volunteers that deserve special recognition is the KYSO Board of Directors. This group of men and women have dedicated themselves to turning this organization into the fantastic program that it has become. The program serves so many needs of the community by providing a quality soccer program to youth ages 4 to 17, the TOPS program serving special needs players, and travel teams that offer programming to players looking for a bigger challenge.

A last and final thanks to Hill’s Country Store who provides a concession stand each Saturday. Coffee and snacks on those cold and windy mornings sure takes the edge off for many of us parents.

Thank you from the KYSO board and all of the volunteers once again for a very successful fall soccer season 2010. It could not have been a success without everyone working together.

Michelle Moser
Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization
Director of Publicity

Letter: Fire Department supports Elburn Food Pantry

This holiday season, the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department will once again be collecting canned foods and other nonperishable items to be donated to the Elburn Food Pantry.

We encourage anyone who is able, when you might be driving by, to stop in and leave something for someone less fortunate this holiday season. If you aren’t able to stop in, give us a call at Station 1, (630) 365-6855, and we will pick up your donation for you. Thank you in advance for your continued help in taking care of our community.

Matt Hanson
Elburn Fire Department

Laughter can be the best medicine

Cancer resource center offers workshop
on using laughter
to manage pain, stress

Elgin—LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will present a workshop on Laughter to Manage Pain and Stress on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Provena Saint Joseph Hospital Bob & Edna Meadows Cancer Center, 88 N. Airlite Ave., in Elgin.

According to the workshop facilitator Terri Reasoner, repetitive laughter can have the same effect on your body as repetitive exercise. Join Reasoner as she shows how laughter is nature’s medicine that can help you manage pain while reducing stress.

Using Laughter Yoga exercises, this simple yet powerful approach to laughter can be done by anyone, at anytime or anywhere regardless of what your mind has to say. You don’t have to have a sense of humor or know any jokes, so join the fun and laugh with us for no reason at all. Come to reduce your stress while you let your inner giggles shine.

This program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call to reserve your place at (630) 262-1111.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides information and support services that address the challenges of people living with cancer, their family members and their friends. All services are provided at no charge to participants. LivingWell offers networking and support groups, educational programs, mind-body fitness classes, youth programs, a library, individual psychological and nutritional counseling and other services.

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. LivingWell is a certified 501(c) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Delnor Heath System.