WCC Men’s team has Region IV aspirations

OGLESBY, Ill.—Waubonsee Community College men’s basketball is now gearing up for the Region IV Championship on Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m. against College of Lake County at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill., after a 70-64 victory over Prairie State College on Sunday.

The tussle at IVCC saw WCC improve to 20-11 on the campaign. Red-hot shooter Danny Fernandez had a team-high 20 points, thanks to six-of-seven from three-point land. Ketrell Martin added 12 points.

Former Knight Dudzinski All-Rookie selection for Holy Cross Crusaders

Photo: Holy Cross’s Dave Dudzinski was chosen for the Patriot League’s All-Rookie Team this week. Peter Cooke, Holy Cross Sports Information

WORCESTER, Mass.—Holy Cross freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) was chosen to the All-Rookie team this week, while junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) and senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) have both been selected to the 2010-2011 All-Patriot League second team in men’s basketball, as voted by the conference’s head coaches.

Dudzinski has averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this season, while hitting 52.3 percent (46 of 88) of his field goal attempts. His top performance so far this year came at Sacred Heart, when he scored a career-high 15 points on six-of-six shooting from the field. Dudzinski also pulled down a career-high six rebounds against St. Joseph’s, and added nine points and five rebounds in the win over Lafayette, including a pair of free throws with 1:37 remaining to give Holy Cross the lead for good.

Brown has averaged a team-best 15.6 points per game this year, while hitting 36.6 percent (59 of 161) of his three-point attempts and 81.1 percent (103 of 127) of his free throws. He finished the regular season ranked fifth in the league in three-point field goals made, sixth in scoring, seventh in free throw percentage and 12th in three-point percentage. Brown has led the team in scoring 15 times this year and scored in double-figures 21 times, including 10 straight double-digit scoring games entering the postseason. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 998 points, 176 rebounds and 110 assists, while hitting 38.2 percent (135 of 353) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.6 percent (261 of 320) of his free throws.

Keister has averaged 12.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocked shots per game this season, while making 50.8 percent (120 of 236) of his field goal attempts.

He was even more impressive against Patriot League opponents, averaging 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in conference action. On the season, Keister ranks first in the Patriot League in rebounding, fifth in field goal percentage, 11th in scoring and 11th in blocked shots. He has also posted a team-best 10 double-doubles on the year, including seven straight double-doubles to end the regular season. Over the course of his collegiate career, Keister has now totaled 927 points and 737 rebounds, while making 51.8 percent (369 of 713) of his field goal attempts and posting 29 double-doubles. Keister becomes only the 15th player in Patriot League history to earn all-conference honors three times, after being named to the first team in 2008-2009 and the second team in 2009-2010.

Holy Cross (8-20 overall, 7-7 Patriot League) was set to return to action on Wednesday, when it would host Lafayette in a quarterfinal round game of the Patriot League Tournament.

Editorial: Local elections make largest impact on day-to-day life

National and presidential elections are typically the ones that drive the largest number of voters to the polls. They are the ones that generate the most discussions among the public and lead to the most amount of attention.

Voter turnout typically drops dramatically when it is an off-presidential year, and even moreso when it is not a national election.

Yet, local elections are the ones that have the most immediate impact on the day-to-day lives of residents. It is our village officials, community referendums and school board members who make the decisions that affect the roads you drive on, the schools your children attend, and where, when and if development comes to your community.

The decisions they make will impact your property values and your property taxes, if the street filled with potholes gets fixed, and if the community park receives an upgrade or not.

So while the national elections dominate the airwaves, the discussions and the pages of most newspapers, it actually is the local elections that each community should be most interested in.

For the upcoming consolidated election on Tuesday, April 5, the last day to register to vote is approaching.

The last day to register to vote at local libraries and village halls is Tuesday, March 8. After that, you may register during what the county calls its grace-period registration, which runs from March 9 through March 29. To register during the grace-period, you must register and vote at the same time, and only at the Kane County Clerk’s Office, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B, North Entrance, Geneva. Available times are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To be eligible to register to vote, one must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by the next election, and reside in the precinct for 30 days prior to the election. You must also provide two forms of ID.

Be engaged, find out the issues and information you need to make an informed decision, and vote.

Letter: Elburn Chamber of Commerce winter dinner ‘a fabulous event’

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the annual winter dinner and silent auction held by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to the committee organizing the affair. It was truly an inspiring event. All of the chamber members can be proud of the committee arranging it. It was held in a wonderful setting and provided ample room to review the auction items and roam around visiting friends and other chamber members who may not always be able to attend the regular monthly chamber meetings.

Congratulations, too, to the newly elected officers for their devotion to the chamber and the community and their selection of the committee members.

As inspiring as it was, there were still chamber members who were absent. They missed a great time. When the word gets out about the wonderful time had by all, they should be lining up to make their reservations for the next year’s event. I know I will be anxiously waiting for the opportunity to make our reservations for the next year.

To those persons reading this who are not currently members, now is the time to join. It is a rewarding experience to be associated with such a dynamic organization. The fellowship and camaraderie is worth every dues-paying penny you spend. If you really are looking for a reason to join consider the opportunities to be associated with some of the top leaders in our community. They are all willing to share their stories of success which could be beneficial to your continuing success too.

Of utmost importance is the opportunity to become a part of the organization that offers scholarships to local Kaneland students. The proceeds from the winter dinner event go to fund those scholarships.

Jack Hansen

Letter: Wrestling builds character

Wrestling is not the most glamorous sport in high school, but it builds long-term character traits. All sports require extensive training, conditioning and skill, but wrestling adds the discipline of “making weight,” which requires additional sacrifice and work. And wrestling requires persistence, too.

There are few sports that are as equal as wrestling. Currently, there are 14 weight classes from 103 pounds to 285 pounds. This makes young men of all heights and physical build equal on the mat. During a match, each wrestler is on his own and has to rely on his own initiative and drive to succeed.

The character traits that wrestling builds are exemplified by several examples listed below.

Think of the nervousness of facing another person on the mat. This builds confidence in one’s ability to perform under pressure. Think of losing a match only to have to wrestle again in a short time. This teaches one to accept temporary losses and to go on to new challenges. Think of the thrill of winning a match. This teaches one to go on again.

Think of this contact sport and the physical and mental exertion of three two-minute periods in which one has to go “all out” with no one else to rely on for help, other than one’s coaches who are shouting instructions from the corner of the mat. This teaches a young man self reliance and competiveness and the ability to defend himself.

I don’t know whether a wrestler stays with the sport because of family or peer pressure, or whether he stays with the sport because he really enjoys it. Whatever the reason, I hope that they agree that the sacrifice and hard work are worth the effort as they will reflect back on their experience many, many times in their life.

As they go forward beyond high school wrestling, the athletes should think back on their
experience and learn from it. They can see that when they get behind in points, it is more difficult to get back on top. This is true in life also. Think of how only the excellent end up placing in state completion; the very good end up in conference competition and the good wrestlers fall short of those accomplishments.

When they are in the job market, they have to beat out others that they do not know, and they have to be in the good to very good category, or the very good to excellent category, to provide for themselves and their families.

I am proud of all wrestlers at Kaneland High School, past, present and future, for they have developed or will develop into fine men. We are also proud of their coaches and their families for all of their sacrifices of time and effort.

I am especially proud of Monty Jahns and Jeremy Kenney. Their demeanor and professionalism is superior to most other coaches and programs. Our community is indebted to them, and we wish them the best in all that they do in life.

Jim Michels

Letter: Sugar Grove blood drive is March 7

There is an immediate shortage for every blood type. Where have all the donors gone? Please mark your calendars for Monday, March 7; someone really needs you.

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

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Please call Joy at (630) 466-7190 or Kathy at (630) 466-4634 to schedule an appointment or for information.

We deeply appreciate and thank you for sharing the gift of life.

Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary

Lorraine Rita White

Lorraine Rita White, 85, of Lake Charles, La., formerly of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Feb. 23, 2011. She was a resident of Grand Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Feb. 7, 1926, the daughter of James and Margaret (Wittry) Pobstman of DeKalb.

Lorraine grew up in Pierce Township on a family homestead on Keslinger Road. She attended a one-room schoolhouse before going to Maple Park High School, where she graduated with the class of 1944.

Lorraine met her future husband, Francis “Bud” White, on a blind date that was set up through mutual friends. Little did they know that night while watching one of the free movies in Maple Park, that instead of the “Stars of Hollywood,” they themselves would become “the main attraction” two years later when they married at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park on May 4, 1946. Their marriage lasted 63 years, until 2009, when Lorraine had to say goodbye to her beloved Bud.

They began their new life together on a rented farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. In 2010, Lorraine moved to Lake Charles, La., to be with her daughter, Mary Frances Sherwood.

There wasn’t one person who didn’t receive a personal greeting, a warm smile and a helping hand from Lorraine during her 37 years with Northern FS (Farm Service). She first worked as a bookkeeper in Elburn and later retired from the DeKalb office.

Lorraine, a devoted Catholic, was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church, where she serviced on the Altar & Rosary Society and worked the annual turkey dinners. She was a member of Why Catholic Bible Study Group and the Elburn Sunset Seniors Group.

She had a solid work ethic, and a strong inner-core of resoluteness that was challenged in later years as she cared for her ailing husband with loving hands and gentle touch for seven years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and was particularly thrilled when she could complete the Chicago Tribune puzzle. Lorraine was a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. Her family and friends were the lucky ones who enjoyed her beautiful flower beds in the spring and summer, and her special lebkuchen and date pinwheels during the holiday season.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood; and grandson, William of Lake Charles, La.

She now joins her husband, Bud; parents, James and Margaret Pobstman; and sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Harold Hipps.

A visitation for Lorraine was held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate her life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Father Karl Ganss officiated. Interment followed at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial Mass may be sent to St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 West Shannon St., Elburn, IL 60119-8220. A donation can be made to the Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL 60119. Memories may be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Melody F. Johnson

Melody F. Johnson, 75, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. She was born May 14, 1935, in Arlington Heights, Ill., the daughter of Lloyd and Jesse (Fronk) Sieburg. She was united in marriage to Golbert L. Johnson on Feb. 22, 1974, in West Chicago.

Mrs. Johnson’s passion was volunteering at area shelters, caring for all the animals.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Gilbert; her children, Elizabeth (Dan) Cooley of Wooster, Ohio, and Melody (Kevin) Coyne of Downer’s Grove, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 26, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles. Internment was private in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst, Ill.

Contributions in Melody’s memory may be directed to the Anderson Animal Shleter, 1000 LaFox Road, South Elgin, Ill., 60177 or to a shelter or humane society of the donor’s choice. For additional information, please contact Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at (630) 584-2000 or www,norrisfh.com.

Shields, McDole partner up for clothing, toy sale

SUGAR GROVE—Kaneland John Shields and McDole elementary schools will team up to hold a child clothing and toy sale from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m on Friday, March 4, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 S. Main St.

Become a seller and earn up to 70 percent of all your sales.

If you’d like to sell, you will be assigned a seller number and be given tags to print and attach to each item. You set the price and then drop off the items the day before the sale. If you volunteer for the sale or help set up, you can earn up to 70 percent of your sales. Volunteers will also get to pre-shop before the sale is open to the public.
Acceptable spring/summer items.

• Clothing (infant, children’s and boys’) through size 16, girls’ through junior size and maternity wear
• Infant and children’s shoes/sandals, spring/summer light jackets, pajamas and athletic apparel
• Infant and children’s toys, games, puzzles, books, videos, jewelry and sports equipment

Unsold items must be picked up between 4 and 4:30 p.m., or items will automatically be donated to charity.

If you would like to register as a seller or find out more information, e-mail resaleinfo@mcdolepto.org.

FVCC announces Students-of-the-Month

Kaneland—Fox Valley Career Center named the following students as Students-of-the-Month for Jan. 2011:

Ryan Bohnenkamp, Small Engines, Geneva; Leeza Corirossi, Early Childhood I, Kaneland; Matthew DerManuelian, Fire Science II, Geneva; Brandon Garcia, Game Programming & Technologies, Kaneland; Drake Garcia, Auto Technology I, Geneva; Ryan Goodenough, Fire Sciences I, Kaneland; Skyler King, Game Programming & Technologies, Kaneland; Jessica Laird, Early Childhood I, Central; Theodore Miller, Auto Technology I, Geneva; Michael Roberson, Auto Technology I, Kaneland; Kathryn Schade, Graphic Communications I, Geneva; Linnea Scherer, Graphic Communications I, Kaneland; Samantha Wantuch, EMT, Kaneland; Trevor Westphal, Auto Technology II, Batavia; Shane Wetzel, Welding II, Batavia; Robert Zachara, Welding I, Kaneland.

Students are selected by their program instructors because they have demonstrated the ability to do excellent work and accomplish career training goals this past month. They exhibit a positive attitude, willingness to work with others and willingness to learn.

Support for those who have lost loved ones

GENEVA—Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a nonprofit organization offering support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, will offer a series of programs in March for those who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.

Beginning March 2, is Footprints, a program supporting parents and adult family members who are coping with a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. The group meets for six weeks, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the FVVH offices in Geneva. An intake interview is required before registration.

Light Finders, a support group for survivors of suicide loss, begins March 7. This group provides a safe environment to talk openly, and is a place to share experiences with others who understand this loss. Light Finders meets Mondays for six weeks, from 6:30 to 8 pm., at the FVVH offices in Geneva. An intake interview is required before registration.

Next Step, a drop-in support group for those who have lost a spouse or significant other, meets March 10 and the second Thursday of each month. Participants will develop skills that will assist them in adapting to the life changes they are experiencing. March’s topic is “Traveling Alone.” See www.fvvh.org for all 2011 topics. This support group meets at 7 p.m. at FVVH offices in Geneva.

For men who’ve experienced the loss of loved one, M.A.L.E.S. (Men After Loss Expressing themselves Safely), meets March 12 and the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the FVVH offices in Geneva. M.A.L.E.S. provides an opportunity for men to freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men. Coffee and donuts provided.

For families with children ages 5 to 18 who have experienced a death loss, Herbie’s Friends is a program where participants can share their thoughts, feelings and stories. They will enjoy a meal together followed by activities led by trained facilitators. The group meets Mondays, March 14 to April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, 39W830 Highland Ave., Elgin.

Pathways, a seven-week program addressing the issues faced by those who have lost a life partner, begins March 16. Emotional support is offered as well as assistance with accepting the death and dealing with grief. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at FVVH offices in Geneva.

Also beginning on March 16, Cherished Children, a support group for parents whose child has died, will help parents cope with the sorrow and emptiness in their hearts. It is a safe place to cry, to question, to remember, and to find ways to hold on to cherished memories. An intake interview is required prior to registration. The group meets for seven weeks, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the FVVH offices in Geneva.

In addition to adult and children’s grief support groups, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice offers support for those with life-threatening illnesses, medical equipment loans, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and a community lending library. All services are provided free of charge, and Spanish interpretation is available for all programs. The agency supports all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties.

FVVH is located at 200 Whitfield Drive in Geneva. All programs are free, but registration is required by calling (630) 232-2233 or e-mail info@fvvh.org. For more information, see www.fvvh.org or call the office.