Soccer deadlocks with E. Aurora, falls to Marengo

Photo: Kaneland’s Brittany Olson battles at the midfield position during the 3-1 loss to Marengo on Monday. The Lady Knights try to right the ship against visiting Streator on Thursday, April 21. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—There would be no West Aurora Blackhawk Tournament championship like in 2010, but there would be no tournament-ending loss for Lady Knights soccer.

Because on April 13, Kaneland rallied to tie the Tomcats of East Aurora in the second half en route to a 2-2 tie.

The Lady Knights also dropped a 3-1 matchup with visiting Marengo on Monday.

Kaneland’s record is now 4-6-1 with a 1-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII conference action.

East Aurora began with a 1-0 lead until 4:52 left in the first half. That’s when Brittany Olson beat the Tomcat goalie after a pass from Jessica Coia, knotting matters at 1.

Emily Heimerdinger’s shot attempt with 1:39 to go in the half just went over the goalpost, and the teams went into halftime tied.

East Aurora consistently cut the field in half, making life difficult for any Lady Knight offensive momentum.

Kaneland did get their chances, but with 21 minutes remaining, East Aurora scored and went up 2-1.

However, KHS rallied to tie on a pass from Katie Taylor to Heimerdinger in the box. Heimerdinger blasted the ball in with 15:40 to go, tying the game, after which there were no scoring opportunities close or capitalized upon.

Coach Scott Parillo is looking for his group to kick into another gear.

“I think both teams escaped with a tie. Certainly not the prettiest soccer to look at. We’ll play a good game and then we’ll play a lousy game again. It’s hard to figure out; there really is talent here,” Parillo said.

Kaneland’s lone goal against the Lady Indians came on a penalty kick from Heimerdinger with 3:49 left in the match.

Kaneland faces NIB-12 crossover opponent Streator on Thursday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. and fellow crossover school, the visiting Dixon Duchesses on Saturday, April 23.

Triple your fun—Peterson Prep this Saturday

Triple jumper Matt Spitzzeri will be among the Knights carving out a niche in the field events at Saturday’s 42nd annual Peterson Prep at Kaneland High School. Spitzerri is also riding a wave of long jump momentum, having jumped 18 feet, nine inches at Sycamore two weeks ago. The Knights took their second consecutive Prep crown a year ago, with 100 points, over Geneva and West Aurora. Photo by John DiDonna

Two Chiefs collect Div. III diamond honors

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College’s Cory Walden and Dan Okapal were named the NJCAA’s Division III Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. The duo helped lead the Chiefs, 23-8 overall, to a 7-2 record over the last week ending on April 10. It is the first time two Waubonsee baseball players have ever been honored nationally in the same week.

Walden, a 6-foot, 205-pound sophomore from Aurora West High School, blasted seven home runs and drove in an astounding 24 runs over eight games in the past week. The Chiefs’ designated hitter went 13 for 24 at the plate for a .542 batting average, ending the week on a 10-game hitting streak. Walden smacked a pair of 2-run homers, a trio of 3-run homers, and two grand slams, while scoring 11 times. For the season Walden is tied for first nationally among NJCAA Division III players with 11 home runs, is second in runs batted in with 48, is 16th nationally with a .446 batting average, and has a phenomenal .986 slugging percentage. Walden’s 11 round-trippers equals the Chiefs’ single-season record set by Ben Schmoker in 1996, while he is just four shy of Schmoker’s mark for runs batted in set that same year.

Okapal, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore from Aurora East High School, tossed two complete-game victories last week without allowing an earned run. The right-hander struck out 16 and walked none in 14 innings of work. On Tuesday, April 5, Okapal dispatched the College of Lake County on just 69 pitches, allowing only one hit and striking out nine with no walks in a complete game shutout. On Saturday, April 9, Okapal struck out seven, walked none and scattered seven hits while yielding two unearned runs in a 5-2 win over McHenry County College. Thus far on the season, Okapal is 4-0 with a 1.25 earned-run-average (ERA), ranking him sixth nationally among NJCAA Division III pitchers. He has struck out 39 batters and walked only four in 36 innings of work.

The Chiefs’ next home outing is Monday, April 25, against Oakton Community College at 2:30 p.m.

Guest editorial: People with disabilities need fair housing protections

Guest editorial
by Jennifer H. Gelman
Project Manager
Fair Housing Education Project
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

James, who uses a wheelchair, wants to rent an apartment in a building with stairs in the entryway. Linda, whose depression is eased by the companionship of her dog, faces eviction for violating her landlord’s “no pets” policy.

Housing is a basic need. Yet, finding and holding onto a place to live can be challenging for everyone. For people with disabilities, finding suitable housing presents additional problems of accessibility and acceptance.

April is national Fair Housing Month.

Since April of 1968, discrimination in housing transactions on the basis of race, color, religion and national origin has been unlawful, due to the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act.

In 1974, Congress amended the law to prohibit discrimination based on sex. Finally, in 1988, the Fair Housing Act extended its protections to people with disabilities (either physical or mental) and families with minor children.

A landlord violates fair housing laws if he rejects (or treats with disfavor) a tenant because he is in a wheelchair, because he currently suffers from or has a history of mental illness, or because of any other disability.

The law provides additional protections to people with disabilities, including the right to reasonable modifications and reasonable accommodations.

A reasonable modification is a change to the physical structure of a building—a change that is necessary to enable a person with a disability to live on the premises.

As a prospective tenant who uses a wheelchair, James could ask his landlord to build a ramp at the entrance to the apartment building. Under fair housing law, James bears the expense of the construction, but the landlord must allow the change to be made.

Housing providers must also grant reasonable accommodations (changes to rules or policies) to people with disabilities. Linda, who suffers from depression, has a right to ask her landlord for an accommodation to the “no pets” policy, so that she can stay in her apartment and continue to manage her disability by keeping a companion animal.

Disabilities, especially developmental and emotional disabilities, are varied and complex. The range of potential reasonable accommodations ought to be equally diverse. Creative thinking about accommodations by people with disabilities, their advocates and their housing providers could keep many people in their homes.

The Fair Housing Act is broad. Its provisions extend beyond the question of disability. The FHA protects everyone from discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or the presence of minor children in a household.

Illinois state law expands fair housing protections by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of military status, age (over 40), marital status, sexual orientation or Order of Protection status.

The fair housing laws alone, however broad and strongly worded on paper, cannot end wrongful discrimination without the participation of our communities. Housing providers must know their obligations under the law, and victims must know their rights and how to assert them.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a free complaint process to resolve allegations of illegal discrimination. HUD investigates, mediates and, when necessary, litigates on behalf of victims and orders remedies at no charge to the complaining party.

Housing discrimination victims should contact HUD (1-800-669-9777 or online at or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (1-800-662-3942) within one year of the discriminatory incident.

If you believe that you have been a victim of discrimination, call HUD. Prairie State Legal Services also provides free legal advice on housing matters to low-income persons. Prairie State’s Fair Housing Education Project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Huntley Brown in concert

KANELAND—The Kaneland Music Boosters announced that Huntley Brown will play a fundraising concert on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 each, with proceeds to benefit Kaneland Middle and High School music programs.

Tickets are available by e-mailing or by calling (630) 365-2012.

By the numbers

Study looks at Kane’s health
KANE COUNTY—The County Health Rankings, a national study released recently, show once again that Kane County residents are some of the healthiest in the state, but they also highlight areas that need to be addressed in order to achieve the Kane County Health Department’s 2030 vision of having the healthiest residents in Illinois. Kane ranked ninth out of 102 Illinois counties in health outcomes, an improvement from 11th last year.

“We are happy that we’re moving in the right direction,” Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said. “We can see with this study that where we live, learn, work and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live. So much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office.”

The study shows Kane County dropping to 41st in health factors, a decline from 19th last year. That portion of the study highlights areas that need improvement in order to achieve better health outcomes. Below are some areas to be addressed:
• Adult smoking—17 percent in Kane County; national benchmark: 15 percent
• Adult obesity—28 percent in Kane County; national benchmark: 25 percent
• Teen birth rate—46 per 1,000 female population between 13 and 19 years; national benchmark: 22 per thousand of that population.

“Smoking and obesity tie directly into chronic disease, while a high teen birth rate will tie into infant mortality disparities. We must continue to work as a community to attend to these health factors and make progress in order to move toward having the healthiest residents in Illinois,” Kuehnert said. “We are fortunate that so many Kane community members and leaders—from parents to faith leaders to elected officials at all levels—are working in active health partnerships, like ‘Making Kane County Fit for Kids,’ the Kane County Perinatal Committee, and the Aurora and Elgin ‘Circles of Wise Women’ to address these health issues in Kane.”

The County Health Rankings Report also identifies key measures of social and economic impact on health, as well as the environment. Key measures include:
• Unemployment, which was 10.3 percent at the time of the study in Kane, compared to 5.3 percent in the national comparison counties.
• College education, which was 59 percent in Kane, compared to 64 percent in the national comparison counties.
• Uninsured, which was 19 percent in Kane, compared to 13 percent nationally.
• Air quality improved from last year, with Kane seeing two air pollution particulate matter days, a decline from four last year, and no ozone action days this year, compared to nine last year.
• Access to healthy foods also showed an improvement, with 75 percent of the ZIP codes having access this year, compared to 43 percent last year.

The Health Department will use the results of this study as it conducts its Community Health Assessment, which currently is in its initial stages. The five-year update of the Kane’s Community Health Assessment and Community Health Action Plan will be completed by the end of 2011. Working with its partners, the Health Department will use the data in the County Health Rankings report, a comprehensive community health risk behavior survey, data from other surveys, and sources such as the 2010 Census, as well as focus groups and a series of community meetings to develop an updated blueprint for improving the health of Kane County residents over the next five years.

Kane County started to address some of the significant issues raised in the health rankings long before the first rankings were issued last year. Based on the recommendations of the County’s Regional Planning Commission and at the direction of the County Board, the county’s staff in Development and Community Services, Health and Transportation, have begun updating the 2030 Land Resource Management Plan to a new 2040 Plan. The Making Kane County Fit for Kids initiative, with its goal of promoting active living and access to fresh foods, released its Fit Kids’ 2020 Plan in January. The Fit Kids 2020 plan focuses on sector specific issues that each community can address to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity and will be integrated into the 2040 Land Resource Management Plan.

The second-annual study, commissioned and paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conducted by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Institute, ranks each county in a state in Health Outcomes and Health Factors. Health Outcomes were measured by length and quality of life. Health Factors include clinical care, health behaviors, social and economic factors and physical environment. In simple terms, health outcomes can be described as a snapshot of our resident’s current health, and health factors can be seen as a potential picture of their health in the future.

To find more information about the County Health Rankings, including accessing the full report, visit

Michels recognized as Golden Apple Scholar

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday recognized Kaneland High School student Abby Michels, who was one of 110 people selected to be a part of the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Class of 2011.

According to a document from Director Jim Sorensen and Rocio Manriquez, associate director of scholars selection, the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a program that seeks Illinois youth interested in a teaching career. Those who are selected received advanced teacher preparation through summer institutes that provide them practice and exposure to the art of teaching and financial assistance for college. Over 1,600 nominations were received this year for the program.

Jakes, Palmer to wed

Steve and Sandy Jakes of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn Marie Jakes, to Brett Aaron Palmer, the son of Mary R. Palmer of West Chicago, Ill.

The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Kaneland High School and 2010 graduate of Elmhurst College. She is employed as a K-12 music teacher and band director at Northwestern Community Unit School District No. 2 in Palmyra, Ill.

The future groom is a 2004 graduate of West Chicago Community High School and a 2008 graduate of Elmhurst College. He is currently self-employed as a professional musician and music teacher.

The wedding ceremony will be June 4, 2011, at the Elburn Community Congregational Church. The couple plans to honeymoon in New Orleans.

Local student selected to serve as agricultural economics ambassador

Photo: Ambassadors Alissa Doerr, Creighton, Neb., Ty Schurr, Farnam, Neb., Samantha Krusemark, Pender, Neb., Lance Atwater, Ayr, Neb., and Holly Hartmann, Maple Park, stand proud showing off their school spirit. Courtesy Photo

LINCOLN, Neb.—Holly Hartmann of Maple Park is one of five students who currently serve as ambassadors for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics. Holly was selected by a panel of department faculty and staff to serve a one-year term. As an ambassador, she represents the department and university at on- and off-campus events and activities for current and prospective students. Ambassadors commit five hours of time in ambassador activities per week and receive a $1,500 ambassador scholarship.

Holly is a junior majoring in Agricultural Economics and is the daughter of Doug and Cathy Hartmann.

Local residents named to Columbia College Chicago’s dean’s list

CHICAGO—Hannah Dolbeer, a film and video major from Elburn; and Elizabeth Kennedy, a fashion design major, Chelsea Roberts, a theatre major, and Julia Tiedt, a fashion design major, all of Maple Park, were named to the Columbia College Chicago dean’s list for the 2010 fall semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours (earned) and have a 3.75 grade point average or above for that semester.

Continuing impact

Photo: Cathy Reinert of Elburn, with Calee Lukoshus of Elburn (left) and Kyle Russell of Maple Park, enjoy a wheel barrow ride from Mike Stoffa

of Elburn. Photo by Sandy Kaczmarski

Conley Farm Work Day draws largest group ever in first year since founder’s death

by Sandy Kaczmarski

Kaneville—About 60 people with shovels, garden gloves, rakes and brooms showed up on a misty morning for a little spring cleaning at the Conley Farm in Kaneville to get the gardens ready for community outreach programs in the coming months.

This was the first work day since the death of its founder, Bruce Conley, who succumbed to cancer last fall following a year-long battle.

“It’s a huge loss for us,” Conley Outreach Board President Al Miller said of Conley’s passing.

“If you were going to pick a model, Bruce would be your model,” he said. “What a life and what a person, right up to the last day.”

And while there was an occasional somberness in the air as those who were lost were remembered, there was too much work to do, picking up debris left over from the harsh winter and cleaning the walkways in the prayer garden, to stay sullen too long.

In addition to the cleanup, four crabapple trees were planted in memory of those who were lost in the last year, including Dave Compton, Catherine Konen, Shirley Stoffa, and, of course, Bruce Conley. Family members with spades in hand shoveled the earth over the root balls as a lasting tribute in their memory just as the sun burned off the morning mist.

“Our goal is for everybody to stop by and sit and rest and find some peace,” Farm Manager Tigger Kainz said.

Farm Manager and Director of Programming Tigger Kainz chats with Board President Al Miller. Photo by Sandy Kaczmarski

That’s just what 84-year old Willie M. King Sr., of Sugar Grove, said he does on occasion. He’s been volunteering at the farm for about six years. He lost his wife, daughter and a grandson in a 10-month period. He said Bruce “took care of everything.”


“I drive through here a lot, and I hope they don’t mind,” he said. “It gives you a different feeling. I can go home then and rest for a few hours.”

Some of the community programs include creating stepping stones made of cement that can be left in the prayer garden or be taken home. Visitors can include mementos in the stones such as key rings, coins or toys.

The Good Grief Day Camp from June 27 to July 1 is designed for children ages 6 to 12 who have lost a parent or sibling. Through music, theater, art and nature, children can learn to accept their loss.

Bruce is described as a pioneer in grief and bereavement programs and was intimately involved with families after the funerals ended. He took a special interest in children and teens, and the programs he created will continue on.


“Bruce Conley was a man who could sit down with 50 little kids and he would hold their attention for an hour,” King said. “I learned more from Bruce Conley than anyone I know.”

The Grieving Fire is held each September and allows those who have lost a loved one to write a letter to them saying things they didn’t get a chance to say.

“The ashes go up so you think, well, maybe my loved one got the message,” King said.

Kainz explained that after the bonfire, lit candles are put in plastic bowls and set afloat in the creek that runs alongside the prayer garden. She said sometimes they bunch up, and then another candle bumps into them and frees them up to continue floating away. She compared it to life’s tribulations, when sometimes it takes a nudge to move on.

“It’s the most amazing thing,” she said.

For more information on the outreach programs available, go to the Conley Outreach Community Services website at, or call (630) 365.2880. Conley Farm is located at Daubermann Road and Main Street in Kaneville and is always open.

Conley Farm expands what it offers

Kaneville—The Conley Farm in Kaneville is available for weddings and special events. This is the second year the 10-acre farm has been open for receptions. Seating is about 150 and tents are available.

“We had one, and now we have four bookings,” Farm Manager Tigger Kainz said. “We’re putting in a pergola to extend seating and in the back will be a dance floor.”

Kainz said they’ll also add a second bathroom. The first one used to be a horse stall and is made entirely of raw barnboard. Photographs adorn the walls, including one of Bruce Conley.

“Sometimes the brides go into the bathroom and are surprised at how beautiful it is,” Kainz said.

For more information on booking a reception, call (630) 768-1679.

The Stover trucks keep on rolling

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—A familiar sight rolling through town and on the surrounding roads is the bright blue cabs of grain trucks hauling its cargo. Up until April 1, and for last 65 years, the name on the trucks was “Stover Bros.” Today, it’s “Elburn Cooperative Company.” The Co-Op purchased the business, its 13 trucks and hired its drivers.

“Trucks are trucks, but employees make the company,” Elburn Co-Op General Manager John Husk said. “Our customers have come to rely on Stover Bros., so it was natural for us to purchase their assets and take on their drivers as our employees.”

Stover Bros. began in 1946 out of a blacksmith shop on the corner of Kansas and Main streets. Duane “Dink” Stover and his brother, Eugene, started hauling livestock with a fleet of two trucks.

Over the years, the Stover Bros. started hauling grain and fertilizer for the Elburn Co-Op. They also hauled hides for the Elburn Packing Company and fuel for Feece Oil. They hired their first employee in 1950 and replaced the original blacksmith shop with the garage that sits on the corner today.

“Hauling grain and fertilizer for the Co-Op is what built the foundation for the company,” said president Roger Stover, Duane’s youngest son. “As the Co-Op grew, we grew. As their need for more trucks grew, we were able to accommodate more growth.”

With a fleet of 13 trucks, the company has 13 drivers who they consider to be part of the family.

“We tried to be a family. Customers and employees are part of your family. Even former customers are,” said Duane’s wife, Joanne. “I think my husband would be proud to see what his business turned out to be.”

Farmers will continue to see the familiar faces of the drivers they have done business with over the 40 years that Stover’s has hauled grain and fertilizer for the Co-Op.

“It’s a perfect fit for us. Everything has a life cycle,” Stover said. “We knew we didn’t have another generation to keep the business going, and we wanted to make sure we could continue to take care of our loyal customers and our drivers.”

Thousands turn out for fine arts fest

Photo: Visitors to the 2011 Kaneland Fine Arts Fest Sunday were treated to hundreds of pieces of art, and were even invited to add their own. A gallery will load below the story. Photo by Ben Draper

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Another year, another successful display of visual and performing arts by the Kaneland community.

The 12th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival (KCFAF) was held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and offered glass, dance and painting workshops, various artists and performance ensembles to an audience that ranged from first-time viewers to highly experienced art spectators. Approximately 3,000 people attended the Fine Arts Festival this year.

The great weather this weekend probably didn’t hurt the crowd turnout, either.

“I was so pleased with this year’s festival. The weather held up, and many people came (to the event) for the very first time,” KCFAF Executive Director Maria Dripps-Paulson said. “I think that having great publicity pre-event led to many people coming to check us out. The festival was also a success because it’s free, which fits perfectly into many families’ budget these days. I simply love seeing people of every age group immersing themselves in the fine arts.”

Performance art on display during the festival included a hands-on workshop featuring the AMEBA Acrobatic and Aerial Dance Company. Visual forms of art, including pencil art, watercolors and calligraphy, were also demonstrated during the event, which was held at Kaneland High School.

The Fine Arts Festival is just a part of the artistically driven month of April in the Kaneland community. The KCFAF Juried Art Show, in its third year, is on display at the Sugar Grove Library all month long. The Juried Art Show features 18 artists and over 50 works of art.

Despite the success of this year’s Fine Arts Festival, Dripps-Paulson said she’d like to improve a few aspects of the event.

“I feel like we need to re-evaluate the performing artist part of the festival,” she said. “I heard a lot of comments like, ‘I didn’t even get to see the performers,’ which doesn’t make me happy for the performers. Some festival-goers are also torn between seeing pavilion performers and auditorium performers. Maybe we simply need to work on tweaking the schedule more.”

Dripps-Paulson also said performing artists are at more of a disadvantage than visual artists during the festival.

“Audiences kind of dabble and walk around all the artists, and you can walk up to an artist and in five or 10 minutes, be happy with your interaction and then walk out. But if you do that for a performing artist, well, it’s kind of insulting,” she said. “And you’re not really seeing their performance.”

The performing arts do not stop when the Fine Arts Festival ends, however, as there is a festival performance series that is featured year-round at the high school. The next performing event is “Bye Bye Birdie,” which will be a summer theatre production. Auditions will begin in May, with two weekend performances in July.

“We’ve pulled out a whole festival series that goes year-round to honor the performers so that there aren’t people walking in and out of their performance,” Dripps-Paulson said.

4/15 police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• Benjamin Carstensen, 26, of the 400 block of West Shannon Street, Elburn, was charged with DUI and driving an uninsured vehicle on April 9 when he was stopped at 3 a.m. for speeding.

• Terrance Words, 21, of the 6300 block of Seely Avenue, Chicago, was charged with speeding and driving without a valid driver’s license when he was stopped for speeding on April 9. He was placed under arrest when it was discovered that he was wanted for a warrant arrest out of DeKalb County.

• Teresa Grzywa, 44, of the 800 block of Meadow Lane, Malta, Ill., was charged with DUI when she was stopped for improper lane usage on April 10 at approximately 1 a.m.

• Thomas Miller, 53, of the 200 block of Bristol Court, Sugar Grove, was charged with DUI on April 9 when he was involved in a crash.

Sugar Grove
• Sugar Grove Police on April 8 received a report of deceptive practices after a debit card had been used fraudulently.
The victim, a Sugar Grove resident, told police that her debit card had been charged for $46 at Hollywood Nails, located on the 1200 block of North Lake Street in Aurora, on Feb. 25. Krett said she has not been to Hollywood Nails this year.
An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on April 8 received a report of a burglarized garage at the home of a Sugar Grove Police Investigator who lives on the 1100 block of Settlers Boulevard. The officer said said the driver-side door of his car was ajar and his dome light was on. He said nothing appeared to be missing at the time of the report. An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on April 8 were dispatched to the 100 block of Diana Drive in Sugar Grove on a report of burglary to a motor vehicle. The victims said that a Garmin GPS device had been taken from one of the vehicles. An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on April 9 observed people walking to a parked vehicle alongside the bus barn behind 141 S. Main St. Police approached the vehicle, which contained four subjects, and detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from inside the vehicle. The group then admitted that a bottle of vodka was in the trunk of the vehicle.
A portable breath test was administered because all four subjects were under the age of 21. Of the four, two registered .000 on the test, while the other two subjects, Colleen Purcell, 19, of the 200 block of Isleview Drive in Oswego, and Alyssa Harbin, 20, of the first block of W. Royal Oaks Drive in Bristol, Ill., registered .085 and .013 on the test, respectively. Purcell and Harbin were then taken into custody, at which time Purcell was issued a citation for unlawful consumption of alcohol, and Harbin, who claimed possession of the bottle, was issued ordinance violations for unlawful possession of alcohol and unlawful consumption of alcohol.

• Sugar Grove Police on April 4 responded to the 100 block of Main Street on a call of a potentially suicidal subject.
The subject, Tiffany Rodriguez, 21, had chained off the door of her basement apartment to prevent family members from entering, but allowed police to enter soon after their arrival. Upon entering the apartment, police observed a glass water pipe, at which time Rodriguez was taken into custody. After receiving permission from Rodriguez to perform a quick search of the apartment, police located an additional glass pipe in the bedroom dresser.
Rodriguez also admitted to police that she was out on bond after being arrested for aggravated battery in St. Charles.
Rodriguez was issued an ordinance violation for drug paraphernalia and then transported by the Sugar Grove Fire Department for evaluation.

• Sugar Grove Police on April 2 received a report of deceptive practices stemming from someone attempting to use a stolen debit card at Castle Bank, 36 E. Galena Blvd.
The victim, who resides in Leland, Ill., told police that the card was stolen after someone had broke into his vehicle in Oswego and took his wife’s purse. The suspect was described as a white female, mid-30s, with brown hair and blond highlights.
An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on April 2 received a report of deceptive practices stemming from someone attempting to withdraw money from someone else’s account.
The victim, an Aurora resident, told police that her identification card and debit card had been stolen from her car in Oswego. The victim was then contacted by Chase Bank in Sugar Grove after someone tried to withdraw $3,000 from her account before driving off after the bank teller requested the suspect to come inside the bank.
The suspect was described as a white female, mid-30s, with shoulder-length brown hair and blond highlights. She was driving a white Dodge Caravan with Florida license plates.
An investigation is pending.

Filling the roster

Village works to fill remaining vacancies on Village Board, Planning Commission
by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—The village of Maple Park is one step closer to filling the two open seats on its Village Board, but still has one open seat needing to be filled on the Planning Commission.

At last Tuesday’s board meeting, the board approved the appointment of George “Nick” Davidson and Jay Trout to the village’s Planning Commission to three-year terms.

“These were re-appointments,” said Villiage President Kathy Curtis, “Their terms had ended, and they wanted to continue working with the village. There is still one open seat that needs to be filled on the Planning Commission.”

On Saturday, April 16, the trustees will hold interviews for the two candidates up for the two open seats on the board.

“Trustees Armstrong, Borg, Fahnestock, Lunardon and I will be interviewing the candidates,” Curtis said. “Each candidate will receive a 15-minute interview.”

The five candidates being interviewed for the seats are Greg Cutsinger, Steve Nowak, Alan McPhee, Joe Karabowitz and Dennis Selenis.

Curtis said the board hopes to fill the seats with people that can make the commitment to move the village forward.

“We have very limited resources, and significant challenges,” said Curtis, “Open-mindedness and creative thinking is major.”

The board will choose two candidates at the close of the interviews, and the appointments will be made at the board meeting on Tuesday, May 3.

Church news for April 15

Lord of Life Church
offers family movie night

LaFOX—Join Lord of Life Church for a “drive-in movie’ on Saturday, April 16. The church will present the Disney movie “Cars.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Each child is asked to bring a cardboard box big enough to sit in. The boxes will be turned into cars. Bring decorating materials to share; however, the church cannot allow glue, paint or permanent markers. Bring washable markers, crayons, paper towel tubes, aluminum foil, tape, pieces of cardboard, and other items.
The “car show” is at 6:15 p.m., with winners for first and second place. Popcorn, water and juice bags will be available for purchase. This is a free event.

Holy Week schedule
set for KUMC

KANEVILLE—The following Holy Week events will take place at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W742 Main Street Road:
• April 17—Palm Sunday 8 and 10:30 a.m. service. The Chancel Choir will present the Cantata titled “Forsaken.”
• April 21—Holy Thursday at 7 p.m. “Living Last Supper” and Communion. A “Living Last Supper” is a dramatic presentation of Jesus’ last evening with his disciples.
• April 22—Good Friday will be hosted by Maple Park UMC at 7 p.m.
• April 23—Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil at 10 p.m. in the outdoor garden worship area. An Easter Vigil entails community prayer, scripture and singing with an anticipatory look toward Easter.
• April 24—Easter Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Faith Baptist Church
Easter Egg Hunt April 17

GENEVA—Faith Baptist Church’s Easter Egg Hunt will be on Palm Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the church, 1S455 South Mill Creek Drive, Geneva. The day’s event will include a family craft and story time.
This event is free to children of all ages and will commence rain or shine. Bring a basket and a friend.
For more information, call (630) 845-2535 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

St. Gall Church
Holy Week schedule

Elburn—St. Gall church announced the following services to observe the Lord’s Passion and His Rising on Easter Sunday:
On Holy Thursday, April 21, there will be the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m., followed by adoration.
On Good Friday, April 22, the church will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for personal prayer and private reflection time. Stations of the Cross will be held at 1 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. there will be a Service in Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion.
On Holy Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m., there will be Blessing of Easter Food and Children’s Candy Baskets. Mass of the Easter Vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday.
On Easter Sunday, Masses are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. (all in both the church and parish hall).
St. Gall is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn.

Trustees discuss changing treasurer compensation

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Trustees at the Elburn Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday discussed raising the salary of the Village Treasurer, Mike Greenen, from $2,000 annually to $3,000, the same rate as board members receive. The last pay raise for the treasurer was approximately 15 years ago.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett noted that with a one-person financial department that consists of one bookkeeper, Greenen’s expertise as a CPA is needed to meet auditor requirements. Often, his services result in hours of pro bono work.

“He has done an awful lot for us for the last two years,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “He has gone above and beyond the function of the treasurer.”

In addition to the essential function and job description as treasurer of safe-guarding the village’s funds, Greenen has lent his CPA knowledge to special projects without being compensated. He has reviewed quarterly filings and worked on the IMRF issue, among other tasks.

Anderson said that he’d like to see Greenen be allowed to submit invoices for hourly compensation for this additional work. Other trustees spoke in support of both the raise and the invoicing allowance.

“We’re not going to find someone with his dedication and his qualifications to do what he does,” Trustee Bill Grabarek said.

Village sees 6 percent reduction in assessment

Elburn—Village officials received the 2011 multiplier that indicates the level of assessment of property. They announced a 6 percent reduction, which over the past two years amounts to 11.5 percent or, $22 million less for the village.

“It’s going to be tight again,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “We’ll have to see about our tax levies. I’m not holding my breath about getting new construction (this year).”

Elburn chamber recognizes Brauer, Paisano’s Pizza

by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—The Elburn Chamber of Commerce at its Winter Dinner on Feb. 19 named Bill Brauer as the Member of the Year. Brauer, current vice president and regional market manager of American Bank and Trust, served as Elburn Chamber Board president in 2009 and 2010.

The Elburn Chamber also named Paisano’s Pizza and Grill as the Business of the Year.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be nominated and then selected by your peers,” Brauer said. “It’s quite a thrill and quite an honor, and I am humbled by it.”

In addition to his two years as chamber president, Brauer had been on the Chamber Board nearly five years and occupied several positions, including treasurer.

“A lot of the stuff we do is volunteer work, and it’s nice to be recognized. Hopefully we’re making a difference.”

According to Winter Dinner committee member Kristen Damolaris, the voting process for Member and Business of the Year begins with the Winter Dinner committee asking the Elburn chamber members who they would like to nominate for the two awards. Once finalized, the nominations are listed on the Winter Dinner and Silent Auction invitations.

“We get the votes back from the (chamber) members, and then we tally the votes to find the winners of the Business and Member of the Year,” Damolaris said. “Both winners have strong ties to the community and have either participated on multiple committees and/or held various Chamber Board positions.”

The Winter Dinner was held at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Proceeds from the event benefit the Elburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund for Kaneland High School. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded later this spring.

The rules have changed

WCC job fair sees good turnout; job-seekers see new hiring trend
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Waubonsee Community College (WCC) Spring Job/Internship Fair hasn’t seen a dip in employer participation the last few years despite an economy that continues to be stuck in first gear. In fact, there were approximately 75 employers that registered for this year’s event, which was held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 7 in the college’s Academic and Professional Center.

However, there’s no doubt that the rules of the job fair game have changed for companies seeking employees.

“A lot of companies are now starting to go through staffing agencies, so we had quite a few staffing agencies (during the event),” said Teri Cullen, WCC career services manager. “Employers are doing that because they don’t have to pay severance and other things a regular employee (would receive).”

Cullen said a current practice is for companies like Aerotek to hire employees and place them in positions at a large company such as AT&T or General Electric.

“It’s the trend, because then (companies) can avoid the costs associated with laying people off,” she said.

This lack of long-term commitment from employers may be discouraging, but it wasn’t enough to deter more than 800 people from attending the Job/Internship Fair last Thursday. And several big-name companies received a considerable amount of attention during the event, including Caterpillar Inc., Dreyer Medical Group, Diamond Envelope Corporation, Meijer and Kish Health System.

Cullen said the job fair had a very good overall representation of occupational areas.

“We didn’t have a hard time getting employers to sign up and participate this year,” she said. “We didn’t have a lot of banking or a lot of health care; we had just a little bit of everything.”

WCC has a requirement that any employers participating in the Spring Job/Internship Fair must have available positions. If the available position is part commission, then the college asks that an actual salary be associated with the position.

The steady stream of job seekers during the job fair actually led many employers to stay for the duration of the event-something that doesn’t always happen. Some employers were in the event room 15 minutes after the fair ended.

“We’re not happy when employers leave early, so we were very, very happy about most of them (staying through the whole event),” Cullen said. “We had a few employers who didn’t show, but that’s always to be expected.”

With employer turnout remaining steady, the question becomes, what can WCC do to lure more big-name companies to the job fair, and which of those companies are they targeting?

“We always like to have some big-name employers-the AT&Ts, the Amocos, Nicor-so we’ll continue to work on that, but right now we’re just happy to provide our community members and our job seekers with 75 employers that they can meet face-to-face with and possibly end up with a job,” Cullen said.”

Board approves summer construction projects

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 6-0 in favor of granting the administration approval to seek bids for summer 2011 projects, including high school roof and masonry repairs, as well as the completion of any work remaining on a 10-year Life Safety study.

According to a document from the district’s architect, Steven Hougsted of Arcon Associates, Inc., the Life Safety study items include replacement of doors, wire glass and flooring, fire alarm and fire protection work, plumbing and electrical at Kaneland High and Middle School, and both John Shields and John Stewart elementary schools. Roof repair at the high school entails replacement of the section of the roof directly above the Fox Valley Career Center shop classrooms, while masonry repairs includes tuck pointing the walls surrounding the west gym.

The district’s budget for these summer projects is $800,000. According to Hougsted, the cost to complete all three projects is projected at $832,000. However, Hougsted said that he believes competitive bidding will result in the work being completed within the confines of the original budget. If work costs exceed the budget, then either the flooring repair at the middle school or the masonry repair at the high school will be postponed.

“What we’re looking at doing is repair and roof renovation work; we want to finish the entire rest of the projects on the Life Safety study,” said Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business. “Once we do that, Steve Hougsted will be able to submit our application to the state (stating) that we have completed all of those (Life Study projects) … and then we’ll get signed off, and then we won’t have to do the 10-year study again for just a couple more years.”

According Hougsted’s document, ARCON projects the cost of the Life Study project repair and renovation work at $200,000, the high school roof repair at $405,000, and the high school masonry repair at $127,000. A document from Fuchs states that part of the work will be bid as an alternate, which will give the board the option to either accept or reject that particular bid depending on how many bids are submitted under the budgeted amount.

‘Kaneland Celebrations’ series kicks off

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday evening kicked off its “Kaneland Celebrations” series by viewing presentations by McDole and John Stewart elementary schools. The presentation from McDole documented its “40 in Fourth Grade” reading initiative, which encourages each student to read 40 books. The presentation from John Stewart documented its fourth-grade engineering class.

“Kaneland Celebrations” will be presented during the next three School Board meetings.

Spring, Summer Clothing, Toy Sale

KANELAND—The Kaneland Spring and Summer Clothing and Toy Sale will be Friday, April 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary, 817 Prairie Valley Dr., Elburn.

The sale will feature gently used spring and summer clothing, including infant wear, boys clothing through size 20, girls clothing through junior sizes, jackets, shoes, toys, games, puzzles, books, videos, DVDs, room decor, jewelry and sports equipment.

Admission is free. Strollers are welcome.

If you are interested in selling items on consignment, or would like further information, e-mail

Kaneland Students of the Term announced

Kaneland—The following students were named Student of the Term for Term 3 at Kaneland High School: Emily Laudont, CTE Business; Grace Fabrizius, CTE, Orientation to Family Consumer Science; Amanda Lamp, English; Lauren Allen, Foriegn Language; Danielle Frost, Music; Jake Rosko, Math; Taylor Bradbury, Physical Education/Health; Jin Tanizaki, Science; Nicole Ketza and Hannah Schuppner, Social Studies, and Josh Lewis, Student Services.

Livingwell announces ‘Laughter to Manage Pain & Stress’

Geneva—On Friday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., certified Laughter Yoga Leader Terri Reasoner will present this fun form of exercise in the main lobby of Joliet Oncology and Hematology Associates, 2614 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Learn to reduce your stress while you let your inner giggles shine.

Invest an hour in your health by learning fun techniques guaranteed to make you smile and laugh. Laughter can cure tensions, anxieties, worries; boost the immune system, dulls pain, elevates mood, and lessen many physical and emotional stresses.

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

LivingWell is a provider of non-medical support at no cost for people living with cancer.

Jill Holmes Invite ‘11 yields third-place finish for Lady Knights

Photo: Kaneland’s Brianna Stark tries to catch up as a 100 meter dash finalist during the Jill Holmes invitational at KHS on Saturday. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—The usual mid-April Jill Holmes Invite saw Kaneland girls track in mid-to-late season stride on Saturday.

Kaneland, with 88 team points, finished third, behind only invite champ West Aurora (148) and Burlington Central (102.5).

Hononegah (80), Sterling (55) and Rosary (53) rounded out the top six.

Northern Illinois Big XII Conference-mates Sycamore (26.5) and DeKalb (13) finished ninth and 12th, respectively.

Top finalists abounded for Kaneland, starting with the 200-meter dash finalist Lauren Zick, who continued her hot start to the season with a third-place, 26.4-seconds finish.

Zick also took second in in the 400m dash at 58.4.

The 1600m run proved quite productive with Andie Strang finished second at 5:26.2, while younger sister Sydney took fourth at 5:27.5.

In relay action, the 4x200m relay foursome of Sydney Bilotta, Ashley Castellanos, Arianna Espino and Brooke Patterson finished fourth with a time of 1:52.8.

Lady Knight Patterson continued her exceptional morning by becoming invite pole vault champ with a 10-feet, six-inch finals effort.

Zick also did well in the field, taking second overall in the long jump with a 16-02 mark.

The triple jump was especially good to Kaneland track with Patterson finishing first at 35 feet, and Castellanos taking fourth at 33-0.5.

Three records were cemented at the 2011 Holmes meet, as Oswego East’s Ariel Michalek set the 1600m run mark at 5:05.4. Additionally, West Aurora’s 4x200m squad ran a record-breaking 1:45.8, and Burlington Central’s 4x800m unit broke the event mark at 9:53.6.

1. West Aurora 148 points
2. Burlington Central 102.5
4. Hononegah 80
5. Sterling 55
6. Rosary 53
7. Oswego East 41
8. Belvidere 35
9. Sycamore 26.5
10. Dundee-Crown 24
11. Hyde Park 16
12. DeKalb 13
12. Rockford East 13
14. Rockford Auburn 5
15. Rockford Jefferson 2

Jenni’s ABC meet
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m.
Peterson Field

Knights see strong mound performances, now 6-4

Photo: Kaneland pitcher Bobby Thorson throws a strike in the first inning of their recent home game against Harlem. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Knights baseball is on a bit of a roll.

Thursday, Kaneland (6-4, 2-0 NIB-12) used two runs in the top of the second and two more in the top of the fifth to nail down a 4-1 win at Rockton, Ill., mainstay Hononegah High School.

Oddly present in the winning development, the four KHS runs were scored on just two hits, on Kyle Davidson’s double and triple.

Drew French earned his first win of the year, chewing up 5.1 innings and allowing just one run on six hits. Teammate Sam Komel amassed the final four outs for his first save of the 2011 campaign.

On Saturday against the visiting Dixon Dukes, Komel came back and pitched a complete-game five hitter for the 8-2 win. Komel fanned five NIB-12 crossover rivals in the win.

Davidson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Komel went 2-for-3 with a double and two driven in.

Facing East Division foe Rochelle on Monday in Ogle County, the good times on the mound continued with a complete-game one-hitter from Bobby Thorson, who also K’d nine Hubs.

Cory Landers went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Thorson also hit a three-run shot in the top of the first inning.

For KHS, the runs came threefold in the first, followed by a run in the third, two in the ffith and one in the sixth.

On Tuesday, KHS stopped RHS in six innings, 11-1. French picked up win No. 2 and Komel drove in four runs.

Ahead for the Knights is a return trip to Rochelle on Thursday, April 14, at 4:30 p.m. and a home outing against DeKalb on Monday, April 18.

Winter sports awards, NIB-12 honors dished out

KANELAND—For boys basketball, captains Matt Cowans, Tyler Callaghan and Chaon Denlinger were recognized. Most Improved Player nods went to Zach Ringhouse and Trever Heinle. Denlinger also took home the Most Valuable Player. Callghan was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman teammate Daniel Helm was named Offensive Player of the Year. Kory Harner was named the winner of the Mr. Husle Award, and the All-Northern Ilinois Big XII entries were Denlinger and Helm.

For girls basketball, Defensive Player of the Year honor went to senior Andie Strang and teammate Emily Heimerdinger.

Kelly Evers was named MVP of the varsity squad, while teammate Emma Bradford took home the Most Improved Player award.

Heimerdinger was also award Ms. Kaneland Basketball and made honorable mention for the Northern Illinois Big XII, while Evers added to her awards with a Northern lllinois Big XII all-conference mention.

For sophomore girls basketball, Ashley Prost was named MVP. Brooke Harner was given the Defensive Player of the Year award, followed by Ashley Castellanos and Morgan Newhouse combining on the Most Improved Player awards.

Ms. Kaneland Basketball for the sophomore unit went to Sarah Grams.

Additionally, Alli Liss was named the winner of the Sophomore Hustle Chart Winner.

For the freshman level, Lauren Zick was named MVP and Sydney Strang was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Most Improved Player was shared by Kelly Wallner and Katie Brinkman. Ms. Basketball went to Amber Winquist-Bailey, while Strang and Caroline Heimerdinger shared captains honors.

Knights wrestling issued a handful of awards, beginning with Kyle Davidson and Jimmy Boyle taking the Most Valuable Wrestler honors.

Zach Theis was named MVW of the JV ranks. Stephen Gust took home the Most Improved Wrestler award. The JV Most Improved Wrestler nod went to David Barnhart.

Andrew Essex was named the Bob Domena Memorial Award Hardest Worker.

Ben Kovalick was given the Dave Osman Memorial Award Most Dedicated Wrestler honor. The Russell Anderson Memorial Award was given to Dan Goress.

Davidson and Boyle were recognized as team captains, and Zach Ganz took home the Heart and Soul Award.

Finally, Boyle, Kovalick, Goress, Davidson and Keagan Mattes were honored for their inclusion on the All-Northern Illinois Big XII team.

For Kaneland Lady Knights bowling, Holly Thomas took home recognition for high series, high game, high average and captainship.

Morgan Wojciechowski was named Most Improved Bowler, and Seleana Isaacs was named Most Improved, as well. Isaacs also was given the coach’s award.