KC Cougars paying tribute to Veeck promotional staples

GENEVA, IL—The Kane County Cougars, Class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have announced that a Veeck Family “Night of 100 Promotions” will take place on Thursday, Aug.11, at Elfstrom Stadium. As part of the 6:30 p.m. game, the Cougars will feature a total of 100 promotions occurring before, during and after the game. The Cougars are also welcoming several special guests for the event, as former Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust, baseball executive Roland Hemond and sports promotions visionary Mike Veeck are scheduled to attend.

Fans, who can receive a complete list of all 100 promotions upon entering Elfstrom Stadium that evening, can expect surprises and fun around every turn as the Cougars host the Peoria Chiefs, a Chicago Cubs farm team. The Cougars will pay homage to several widely-known ballpark promotions that have taken place over the years and hold particular importance for Chicago baseball fans.

•Ballpark Shower—During the game, fans can cool off by enjoying a ballpark shower similar to the one installed by Bill Veeck in the outfield bleachers at Comiskey Park.
•Record Toss Contest—Randomly selected fans will compete in a record-tossing contest, paying homage to Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in 1979. The post-game fireworks show will be themed to disco music.
•Ivy Seed Giveaway—To commemorate the installation of the outfield wall ivy at Wrigley Field in the 1930s, several fans will be awarded ivy seeds that evening.
•Nancy Faust Performance—Long-time White Sox organist Nancy Faust will bring her organ to perform during the game, including “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch. Don’t be surprised to hear Faust play her famous rendition of “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” if an opposing pitcher from the Peoria Chiefs is chased out of the game.

Other notable items on the list of “100 Promotions” for that evening include the Cougars grounds crew executing the between-innings infield drag (in drag); having one fan serve as “Mr. Kaboom Jr.” to push the button that sets off the seventh inning stretch fireworks; a “Tweet your seat” promotion; chances to “Hug an Intern,” and an opportunity for fans to play catch inside the stadium grounds.

In addition to the sights and sounds inside the park that evening, fans can win and save big as well. Fans will have a chance to win two complimentary season tickets for the 2012 Cougars season. All fans who spend $20 or more in the souvenir shop will receive 20% off, and one lucky group will be upgraded to an upper deck suite for the evening. The KidZone attractions will also be free to fans from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Baseball enthusiasts will certainly recognize the presence of the aforementioned guests of the Cougars on Thursday, Aug. 11. One of the most respected executives in baseball, Roland Hemond, has 60 years of baseball experience and held two stints with the White Sox as a General Manager and Executive Advisor. Interestingly enough, the Cougars began in Geneva in 1991 as an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, where Hemond was GM at the time. Nancy Faust completed her final season with the White Sox in 2010 and is regarded as one of the first performers to bring rock and pop themes to the ballpark organ. Mike’s family started in baseball nearly a century ago when Veeck’s grandfather was president of the Chicago Cubs. Veeck’s father, Bill, was a Hall of Fame owner with several teams, including the White Sox. Fans can get tickets for the “Night of 100 Promotions” by visiting kccougars.com or calling (630) 232-8811.

Guest Editorial: Shame on Sugar Grove Library Board

by Douglas Hartman
Past President, Sugar Grove Library Board of Trustees

Sugar Grove is a less-friendly, sadder place today. In a display of callousness more representative of a Mid-East autocracy than a Midwest community, the Sugar Grove Library Board summarily and without comment fired the Library Director, Beverly Holmes Hughes, on July 14.

Who is Beverly and what severe crisis justified the board action? Beverly was the Library Director for 20 years and placed the library squarely in the center of community service. She was the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in 2010, helped organize and served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce for a decade, served the League of Women Voters, the community Corn Boil, the Boy Scouts, the Senior Center. By any measure, Beverly certainly was one of Sugar Grove’s most valuable assets.

The board showed its appreciation for this distinguished public servant by offering her humiliation instead of justification. Certainly she had committed some heinous act for elected officials to act so draconian and immediately. The board ignored their responsibility to those they serve by refusing to state a reason. However, as the vote was 4-2, obviously whatever reasoning they used behind closed doors was not of such an obvious, egregious or urgent nature as to compel the full board to agree.

And what justifications have been offered? Only that the board wants “to move in a new direction.” What direction would that be? Further toward their own unaccountability? Further toward using their elected positions to fulfill personal vendettas? Further toward degrading a public resource?

It is almost comical that the one board member who offered any comment stated, “We haven’t defined ‘new direction’ for ourselves, so I can’t define it for you.” So, this new direction was so urgent and compelling it required this knife in the heart, but was not so obvious it can even be defined? This is a sad example of the board’s attitude toward their responsibilities and a revealing indictment of their motivation. The board certainly cannot lead when they do not know where they are going.

The “wrong direction” Beverly took the library for two decades was what, exactly? Oh yes, an impressive new library building that likely would not have been accomplished without her. A thriving library offering well-received programs for everyone; making the library a vital and integral part of community activitie; creating a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.

In June 2010, I detailed board financial mis-steps, meddling in library operations beyond their experience and personal agendas of board members—and warned that their priorities appeared self-serving rather than being in the public interest. I have never wished more that I had been incorrect.

The four board members—Art Morrical, Joan Roth, Julie Wilson and Bob Bergman—should resign in shame. But it appears they have none, nor any sense of honor, appreciation or responsibility. As a former trustee, I am ashamed on their behalf.

After decades of exemplary service, what illegal act or gross job deficiency warranted putting someone, to whom we owe so much, on the street in these economic times?

The board meets Thursday, July 28, at the library. There is opportunity for public comment. Although the board has demonstrated it is not receptive to the opinions of those they serve, I encourage the community to make their feelings known.

Letter: Chamber looks back on Hughes’ contributions to community

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry was saddened to learn of the dismissal of Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes on July 14.

Beverly, as an elected member of the Sugar Grove Chamber Board of Directors, was instrumental in organizing the chamber in 1991, and through her professional leadership and guidance, helped grow the chamber over the past 20 years.

Her vision and commitment to the community helped identify and develop the mission of the chamber, a belief in a strong, active organization that works to bring business and residents together for the enrichment of the entire community.

Beverly has been a tremendous asset to the chamber and the community, volunteering countless hours to make Sugar Grove a wonderful place to live and do business.

The Sugar Grove Chamber extends heartfelt thanks to Beverly for all she has done and wishes her nothing but success in her future endeavors.

Shari Baum
Executive Director, Sugar Grove Chamber
of Commerce & Industry

Letter: Recognizing the work of Beverly Holmes Hughes

The Sugar Grove Library District and the village of Sugar Grove have enjoyed 22 years of encouragement, support and volunteerism from Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Beverly is recognized as a community partner and leader. Modest, unassuming and eminently practical, she embodies the characteristics of a good librarian, colleague and friend. Her sense of humor and unique perspective gave others a different way of viewing the world.

The Sugar Grove Library District has lost a great friend of literature, reading, history, culture and the arts … and many of us as individuals could simply say we are losing a great friend.

This unattributed quote sums up our loss: “For those who know her, no words are necessary. For those who do not know her, words will not suffice.”

There is a Sugar Grove Library Board Meeting on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Library, 125 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. I encourage all Library District residents to attend this meeting.

Patricia Graceffa
Sugar Grove

Letter: Frequently asked questions about Rob Roy Drainage Districts

The district sent a mailing to all property parcel owners regarding the requests for maintenance to the courts for August 2011.

The district has asked for a flat rate of $10 per residential parcel for its annual maintenance assessment, as well as $5.14 per acre on agricultural lands, an amount that has not changed since 1979, when the assessment was set at approximately $1 per acre.

In 2009 and 2010, properties were assessed at 3.87 cents per property pin number.

From 1980 to 2009, there were zero assessments being made to keep this district operational.

The situation changed in 2008 when events not in control of the district occurred that required our attention.

Additionally, through the efforts of Kane County, the district has been able to participate in a larger county bond issue for us to borrow money from the bond, guaranteed by the farm properties in the agricultural lands annual repayment assessment of $6.73 per acre over 20 years to effect repairs to the district’s tile system, which has been in place since 1906.

There will be zero dollars assessed to the residential property owners for the bond repayment program.

Questions can be directed to the district office, at Rob Roy Drainage District II, P.O. Box 465, Sugar Grove, 60554.

Thank you.
Mike Fagel,
Scott Jesseman,
Brad Sauer
Rob Roy Drainage District

Norma J. White

Norma J. White, 71, of Yorkville, formerly of Aurora, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Sunday evening, July 24, 2011. She claimed the promise of her Savior and now rests in Heaven, caring for her family from afar.

She was born June 6, 1940, in Peru, Ind., the daughter of William and Mabel (Rodekuhr) Poole.

Norma’s family moved to Plano when she was still small and attended local schools. She graduated from Plano High School with the class of 1958.

She was united in marriage to Patrick Brunner on July 3, 1958. They were blessed with two children, Randy and Tracy. Later, she was married to Andy White in 1968 and was blessed once again with another daughter, Shari.

Norma made her homes in the Fox Valley area, making memories in each that have been passed down to the next generations.

Norma spent her working career in manufacturing, working 27 of those years at the Dial Corporation, retiring as a forklift operator in 2003.

She was a faithful member of the Covenant of Grace in Batavia for many years.

Norma loved watching the BBC, and especially loved mystery novels and crossword puzzles. “The Board Game Grandma” was how she was known to some, playing and many times winning board games with her children and grandchildren. In addition to playing board games, she also was known as “The Green Grandma,” always finding a way to incorporate the color into every facet of her life. Trips with her grandchildren to the museums and other day trips made every visit fun and unforgettable. Norma had a great heart that had more than enough love for everyone and gave to all who were in need, putting others before herself and always “giving ‘til it hurt.” She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Randy (Janie Gerdes) Brunner of Peoria, Ill., Tracy Brunner of Austin, Texas, and Shari (Chad) Czerwinski of Sugar Grove; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Brunner, Patrick Brunner, Nicholas Clark, Sara Snyder and her daughter, Sydney Boerma, Aaron Snyder, Ryan Czerwinski and Katherine Czerwinski; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Private memorial services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Norma White Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Fr. Richard W. Paddock

Fr. Richard W. Paddock, 77, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Volo, Ill., to Earl and Kathryn (Wagner) Paddock.

Fr. Paddock began his studies at Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis. He took philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. He served as associate pastor at St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford, Ill., St. Andrew Parish in Rock Falls, Ill., and St. Joseph Parish in Aurora. He also served as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Aurora in 1971 before becoming Pastor there in 1973.

After 16 years at St. Mary Parish, Father was assigned to St. Gall Parish in Elburn, where he served from Aug. 3, 1987, until his retirement on June 16, 2003. He taught as a member of the religious education faculty of Muldoon High School in Rockford, Newman Catholic High School in Sterling, and Madonna and Aurora Central Catholic high schools in Aurora. Fr. Paddock celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on June 6, 2009.

Survivors include nine nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Paddock and Edna Paddock; three special caregivers, Dorothy Groom, Jeff Groom and Delores Likeum; and a host of loving friends, including his special canine friend, Serena.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, DD, JCD, Bishop of Rockford, officiated with interment in St. Mary Cemetery, McHenry, Ill., at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made in the form of Masses, to the St. Gall building fund or to his family.

Arrangements were made by The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Please visit www.daleidenmortuary.com, where you may sign the virtual guest book or leave condolences online.

Elburn Station Development Open House and Workshop

The Village of Elburn, in conjunction with Sho-Deen, Inc., will host an Open House on July 27, to present the proposed Elburn Station Development Plan. A workshop on the Development Plan, hosted by CMAP, will also take place on Aug. 2.

The Village of Elburn, Kane County, the Elburn Countryside Fire Protection District, Kaneland School District, and the Town and Country Library have been working together over the past several years on a Development Plan for Elburn that: Provides for smart growth; Incorporates the Metra Station into the community; Provides a range of housing options; Provides significant open space and recreational areas; and Provides for a mix of uses that improve the goods, services and revenues of the Village.

The Elburn Station Development Plan will be presented during an Open House which will take place on Wednesday, July 27, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Elburn Village Hall, 301 E. North Street. In addition to the presentation, all questions concerning the Development Plan will be answered in an open forum.

Additionally, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will host a workshop on the Development Plan on Tuesday, August 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Elburn Lion’s Park Club House, located at 500 Filmore Street, Elburn, Illinois.

All residents and members of the public who are interested in this Development Plan are invited to attend these sessions.

Bowling fundraiser to help with a new heart for St. Charles man

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ST. CHARLES—A St. Charles man needing a heart transplant will get some help from a fundraiser at the St. Charles Bowl on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The money raised will help with mounting medical costs and home repairs on his fixer-upper.

Ed Platis now has a pump that helps his weak heart do its job as he waits for a new heart. He is number eight on a regional list and has been waiting for four months.

Platis was a 28-year old newlywed in 2008 when he developed a cough that just didn’t seem to go away. Just a few months after his wedding, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

“He gets extremely tired and weak,” his mother-in-law Donna Stachnik said. “There is no cure.”

Stachnik said she’ll never forget the day her daughter called her with the news.

“There was terror in her voice,” she recalled. “To think as newlyweds, for a doctor to say he could die from this.”

Stachnik said no one had any idea there were any health issues with Ed.

“He worked as an apprentice plumber when my daughter started dating him,” she said. “There’s no history of heart failure in his family. We had no idea there was anything wrong.”

Platis had to leave work, and he also had to stop a rehab project on the home he and his wife Jackie purchased; his great-grandparents’ home that’s been in the family since the 1920s. Stachnik said the contaminants and dust from tearing out walls and replastering make the house uninhabitable with his delicate condition, and they must be completed before he and Jackie can move back in.

Anne Kijowski from St. Charles Bowl said she and Donna “go way back” and have been friends for a long time. She said when she heard about Ed’s situation, “it sounded really sad.”

“Bowling fundraisers are a great way to make a lot of money in the least amount of time,” she said.

Kijowski said a fundraiser a few years ago brought in about $9,000. Some of the raffle items that will be available include a 40-inch flat screen TV from Tiger Amusement in Sugar Grove, a private theater showing from the Arcada Theatre, Cubs and White Sox tickets, and signed sports memorabilia.

Liquor ‘n’ Wine locations in St. Charles and Geneva are donating 5 percent of Tuesday sales during July to the fundraiser.

Information on Ed and Jackie including other fundraisers and donation information can be found at haveaheartfored.org and also on Facebook under Haveaheartfor Ed.

St. Charles Bowl is at 2520 W. Main St. Tickets for the Ed Platis fundraiser are $20 per person. Lane sponsorships are available for $50 per lane. Call the bowling alley at (630) 584-9400 for more information.

Landrey Davey Barshinger

Landrey Davey Barshinger was born May 3, 2011, to Shelley Lee and Andrew Barshinger of Elburn at Delnor Community Hospital, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He joins sister Kennedy Lee, 2. Grandparents are Douglas and Connie Lee of Elburn and Joe and Phyllis Barshinger of Shabbona, Ill.

Jack Andrew Kinsland

Jesse and Rebecca Kinsland of Sugar Grove announce the birth of their son, Jack Andrew, who was born Monday, April 25, 2011, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. Jack weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Dan and Janie Childress of St. Elmo, Ill., and the paternal grandparents are Larry and JoAnn Kinsland of Parkville, Mo.

Jack was welcomed home by his big sister, Abigail Emma, who is 3 years old.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley awards scholarships

KANE COUNTY—The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded 16 scholarships to southwestern Kane County residents for the 2011-12 academic year. The potential value of these scholarships over the next four years is $44,500.

The purpose of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students who are academically qualified to pursue an advanced education in their chosen field of study. Scholarships are established within the Community Foundation by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, civic clubs and through bequests.

• Alexander Family Scholarship: Jordan Krawczyk (Maple Park)
• Shirley Borel Journalism Scholarship: Rebecca Herwaldt (Sugar Grove)
• Lorraine B. Bryant Memorial Scholarship: Tara Czepiel (Sugar Grove)
• Howard E. Charles, Jr. Scholarship: Sarah Clarkson, Madeline Shurtleff (Elburn)
• Garfield Farm Museum Historic Administration Scholarship: Allison Kupar (Elburn)
• Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Illinois Waubonsee Community College Graduates Scholarship: Anita Plachczynska (Sugar Grove)
• Irene & Marie Oberweis Nursing Scholarship: Catherine Pauls (Sugar Grove)
• David B. Perry Scholarship: Brock Feece, Caitlyn Young (Elburn)
• Robert G. Schweitzer Scholarship: Todd Clapp, John Kintz (Sugar Grove)
• Margaret Mercer Stewart Scholarship: Jelena Lazic (Sugar Grove)
• Carl E. Swanson & Clara M. Swanson & Family Scholarship: Holly Thomas (Sugar Grove)
• Louis Vago Scholarship: Marin Lehman (Sugar Grove)

Citizens interested in creating scholarship funds to support the continuing education of southwestern Kane County students are invited to contact the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley by calling (630) 896-7800 or visiting our web site at www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

Davidson named to dean’s list at Ripon

Nathaniel Davidson, a first-year history major from Elburn, has been named to the dean’s list at Ripon College for the spring 2011 semester, which recognizes academic excellence. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Davidson.

To qualify for the dean’s list at Ripon College, students must achieve a 3.4 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 12 credits of regular letter-graded work.

Elburn resident elected County Clerk at Boys State

Elburn—Premier Boys State of Illinois, a citizenship training program sponsored by the American Legion, and funded in part by various community service organizations, has announced that William Osborne III, a resident of Elburn, has been elected to the position of County Clerk in his county at Boys State. William is the son of Tammy Osborne.

The Boys State citizenship program features two hypothetical political parties which are not affiliated with existing political parties in Illinois. Candidates campaigned on political platforms and programs unique to the Boys State experience.

Boys State is a mythical 51st state with a constitution, and a body of laws found in most state governments. A week of campaigning, along with classes on citizenship, culminates with the election of a Boys State Governor.

The American Legion Boys State program, which operates in all 50 states, originated in Illinois in 1934.

Krauss named to dean’s list at Bryan

Wendy Krauss of Sugar Grove is among the 181 students named to the Bryan College dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

Students earn dean’s list recognition by recording a grade average in the top 25 percent of grades by students in the traditional undergraduate program for that semester.

Wendy, daughter of Mark and Donna Krauss, was recognized for outstanding academic performance.

Former St. Charles man sentenced to 2 years In prison

Crash last year severely injured other vehicle’s driver
ST. CHARLES—A former St. Charles man was sentenced to two years in prison for driving his car into an oncoming vehicle last Augustan act that caused serious injuries to the driver of the other vehicle.

George H. Smith, 81, was driving east on State Street in Geneva when he swerved into oncoming traffic and struck a car driven by Mark Rein of Geneva head on.

Rein suffered serious injuries, including a brain hemorrhage, and is still recovering. Following the crash, Smith told police that he drove into oncoming traffic with the intent to kill himself and injure someone else.

Smith had faced a sentence of probation or a maximum of three years in prison.

During his opportunity to address the court, Smith turned to the victim and his wife and apologized for his actions.

Foreign exchange program needs host families

ELBURN—STS Foundation, a local foreign exchange program, needs host families for a group of foreign exchange students coming to Illinois for the upcoming school year.

The students will be staying for five to 10 months, and they come from over 30 countries. Students have their own spending money and insurance. Families can choose the country they wish to host.

Call or e-mail Dave Keating for more information at 1-800-522-4678, david@stsfoundation.org, or simply fill out a host family application at stsfoundation.org.

SG gets cheaper electricity

New program allows residents to choose electricity provider
SUGAR GROVE—The village of Sugar Grove chose Direct Energy as the electricity provider of choice for residents and small businesses in the community through September 2013 billing cycles.

Direct Energy works with communities to supply electricity at a competitive fixed price for a defined time period.

Electricity consumers in Sugar Grove will pay 5.99 cents per kilowatt hour (not including utility charges and taxes) for the billing period October 2011 through September 2013. Seniors aged 65 and over qualify for a discounted price of 5.89 cents per kilowatt hour.

Residents will continue to send just one payment to ComEd for their charges and Direct Energy’s charges. ComEd will continue to provide emergency and maintenance service.

All residents will automatically be enrolled in the standard price. Anyone interested in renewable wind energy or seniors who want to enroll in the reduced rate, or anyone with questions, can call Direct Energy at (866) 760-6040 to enroll or learn more.

No ATV’s in Kane forest preserves

GENEVA—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County reminds the public that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational golf carts and other motorized vehicles are not permitted in the forest preserves.

Aside from ruts made by drivers who illegally operate vehicles in the preserves, such activity can destroy plants, flowers and wildlife, and make the preserves less enjoyable for others.

Violators could face fines and a mandatory court appearance. Parents can be held responsible for a minor child’s conduct.

For more information on forest preserve ordinances, go to www.kaneforest.com.

Holmes Hughes involved in much more than the library

Beverly Holmes Hughes’ time as Sugar Grove Library Director ended on a sour note, but in the wake of the Library Board’s decision to terminate her employment, village residents have come forth with high praise for the former library director.

“Beverly’s a fixture in the community, and she’s involved in everything,” said Pat Graceffa, president of the Sugar Grove Library Friends.“She’s involved in the Chamber (of Commerce and Industry); she’s involved in the Corn Boil; she’s involved in the League of Women’s Voters. Any cause that there is, anytime someone’s community needs help, Beverly is there. She’s involved with the Boy Scouts, the Senior Center at the township building … I probably have a whole list of things she’s involved in.”

Graceffa said that when Hughes was named Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in July 2010, Village President Sean Michels named all the things Beverly was involved in, and the list was staggering.

“This is a large gap that is being left in the community,” she said.

Sugar Library Friends member Ken Wiesner said that, in the seven years he’s lived in Sugar Grove, he witnessed firsthand how Beverly was instrumental in the success of the library, Chamber of Commerce, Farmer’s Market and Corn Boil.

“She has made these contributions and served our Library District well, all while a hostile Library Board continues to put its own self interests above those of the Sugar Grove Library District,” he said.

Wiesner also said that a “We support Beverly” page had been created on Facebook.

“It is my sincere hope that the residents who have commented on the Facebook page in support of Beverly will come to future Library Board meetings and express their disapproval in person,” he said.

So how does Sugar Grove go about replacing someone like Hughes?

“There’s no way to replace her,” Graceffa said.

Hughes fired by SG Library Board

Photo: Beverly Homes Hughes, accepting the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in 2010, was terminated as Sugar Grove Library Director July 14 by a 4-2 vote by the Sugar Grove Library Board. The board has yet to release a statement as to the reason behind the termination. File Photo

2010 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year let go with no official reason provided
By Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s next library director will have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Beverly Holmes Hughes, who has served as library director for the last 21 years, saw her employment terminated by the Library Board during its regular meeting on July 14. The board voted 4-2 on the matter, with President Joan Roth, Vice President Art Morrical, and trustees Julie Wilson and Bob Bergman voting in favor of letting Hughes go.

Trustees Bill Durrenberger and Daniel Herkes voted against firing Hughes.

Hughes, who was named Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in July 2010, said she preferred to not comment on the firing, but did say she was surprised by the board’s decision to terminate her employment.

“I was told that the Library Board wants to move in a new direction,” she said.

Holmes wasn’t the only person shocked by the board’s decision. Sugar Grove Trustee Thomas Renk expressed his disapproval of the Library Board’s decision during the village’s regular Village Board meeting on Tuesday.

“I think the Library Board made a big mistake,” he said.

Durrenberger said he wasn’t ready to talk about Hughes’ dismissal, but did say that a press release may be issued at some point.

“We’re currently beginning the search for a new library director,” he said.

Art Morrical could not be reached for comment.

In the meantime, the board has hired Arlene Kaspik, who was library director for the McHenry Public Library from May 1991 until her retirement in June 2007, as interim director while the board searches for a new, full-time library director.

Kaneville man named to White House science post

by Sandy Kaczmarski
Kaneville—Gerald Blazey knew the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was looking for someone. The distinguished research professor of physics at Northern Illinois University said a casual inquiry was made.

Now Blazey, who acts as special advisor for science to NIU President John Peters, will be advising another president—Barack Obama. Blazey has accepted a two-year post as senior policy advisor for the physical sciences in the OSTP.

“I was honored (the inquiry) led to an offer to join the office,” Blazey said.

He’s already moved into his office in the White House complex.

The Kaneville resident will be responsible for physical science policy issues in the federal government in his role as assistant director for physical sciences. He will be involved with formulating policy for the justification, planning, management and coordinator of activities.

“My focus is on large physics initiatives involving multiple agencies,” he said.

The OSTP provides scientific and technical advice to President Obama and others in the Executive Office of the President.

Blazey will take a two-year leave of absence from the university. He said he’s excited to play a “small role” in the big picture of the country’s science program.

Blazey joined the faculty at NIU in 1996 after being recognized as a top scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

“High energy physics is at a crossroads,” Blazey said. “I’m hoping my expertise in this area in particular will be of assistance. It also will be exciting to learn more about all of the other science programs nationwide.”


“High energy physics is at a crossroads. I’m hoping my expertise in this area
in particular will be of
assistance. It also will be
exciting to learn more
about all of the
other science programs

Gerald Blazey
Kaneville resident, White House advisor

Village explores ways to raise funds

by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Committee of the Whole on Tuesday discussed the possibility of changing the Motor Vehicle License ordinance, as well as researching the possibility of implementing a gas tax.

“Right now, residents of Maple Park only need to purchase motor vehicle stickers for up to three cars,” Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis said. “We’re looking in to removing that cap from the ordinance, which would require residents to buy a sticker for every car they own.”

The board insisted that the changes it is looking into would not affect the price of the stickers.

“Every vehicle should pay,” Curtis said. “They are all using the roads, and we need funds so we can repair them.”

While this change would involve only changing the ordinance, the implementation of a gas tax would be more difficult; most municipalities that have gas taxes are home-ruled municipalities, which Maple Park is not.

“I am still researching this,” Village Attorney Kevin Buick said. “But, I’m not sure if Maple Park has the ability to implement this.”

The board also discussed the possibility of Maple Park becoming a home-ruled municipality in order to implement a gas tax, if needed.

“It would require a referendum,” Buick said. “It would give the village more control over local matters. It would be a large endeavor, but it would make things like this easier.”

If the tax were implemented, there would then be a sales tax of one-half to two cents charged for each gallon of gas sold in Maple Park.

The board discussed the possibility of choosing to get rid of the motor vehicle stickers in favor of the gas tax, if implemented, or to use both to increase funds.

“We are still researching these possibilities,” Curtis said. “Our roads need to be repaired, and we need to find the funds to do that.”

Group training

MAPLE PARK—Nine different fire departments came together for ethanol fire training on Saturday.

Hosted by the Maple Park-Countryside Fire Protection District, sponsored by Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) Railway and coordinated by the Kane County and the DeKalb County Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), the 51 attendees received classroom instruction on ethanol and then experienced and practiced putting out actual ethanol fires during an exercise drill. The exercise drill consisted of communications, response, arrival, National Incident Command System (NIMS), mutual aid box alarm system (MABAS), staging, flowing foam, extrication, safety and other related activities. Both LEPCs were able to exercise their respective Chemical Emergency Response Plans.

The fire departments participating were Cortland, Elburn, Malta, Maple Park-Countryside, Kaneville, Kirkland, Sandwich, Somonauk and Sycamore. Major contributors to the training and exercise were Sycamore Speedway, BNSF Railway, DeKalb Mechanical, Illinois River Energy, Ideal Industries, PCCR USA, and both the Kane Co. and the DeKalb Co. LEPCs.
Photo courtesy of Darrell Coquillette

Locks of Love

10-year old Georgia Elwood of Maple Park gets her hair cut at Shear Image Salon in Elburn to donate to Locks of Love. The not-for-profit organization providing hairpieces to children who have lost their hair from a medical condition.
Courtesy Photo

Church news for July 22

Lord of Life holds VBS
LA FOX—Vacation Bible School at Lord of Life is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, July 25-30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is Hometown Nazareth. For more information or to sign up, visit lolchurch.net/vbs.

Hosanna! Lutheran
Church Vacation
Bible School

St. Charles—During the week of July 25-29, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School, “God’s Wild Ride,” from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day. This free event is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by Sept. 1, up to and through students entering 5th grade. Registration forms are available at the church office or at www.HosannaChurch.com. For more information, call (630) 584-6434 or e-mail Welcome@Hosanna Church.com.
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Free homemade
spaghetti dinner
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. The monthly free meal will include a beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the event.
For information on Sunday’s dinner, call (630) 890-6586.

Kaneville UM
hosts Beach Bash VBS

kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Church invites all children in preschool through sixth grade to grab their surfboards and paddle out to ride a wave of fun and adventure at SonSurf Beach Bash VBS. As the kids explore the wonders of the beach, they’ll also get Big Answers to their Big Questions about Jesus: Who is Jesus? Why can I trust Jesus? Why do I need Jesus? How can Jesus help me when I mess up? What does Jesus want me to do? They will have an amazing time with the music, games, crafts, snacks, storytellers, and over-the-top decorations that make KUMC’s Vacation Bible School so much fun.
The SonSurf Beach Bash begins Monday, Aug. 1, and continues through Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 46W742 Main Street Road in Kaneville. Registration forms are available at the church, the Kaneville Library, Hills Country Store and the Kaneville Community Child Center.
For more information or to register, call Carol Alfrey at (630) 557-2245.

Sanctuary Church
offers ‘Son Surf,
Beach Bash, VBS’

BATAVIA—Sanctuary Church in Batavia is hosting “Son Surf, Beach Bash, VBS”, Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 4 years through fourth grade.
The cost for the week-long VBS is $5 a child. As children participate in fun-filled activities, children will learn what it means to meet up with Jesus.They will have a great time with lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, Bible stories, exciting games and tasty snacks.
Visit www.sanctuaryag.com or call (630) 879-0785 for registration information. Sanctuary Church is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Road.

PandaMania VBS
BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church invites everyone to PandaMania, this year’s Vacation Bible School. The program will run Monday through Friday, August 1-5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street.
Music, Bible stories, crafts and many other activities are all part of the fun. Children from age three through those entering fifth grade in the fall are welcome to participate. Church membership is not required.
Admission to VBS is free, but each family is asked to volunteer at least one day during the week. Childcare will be provided for younger children of volunteers.
Advance registration is required by Sunday, July 24. Register in person at Calvary on Sunday morning or during regular office hours, or obtain a form by calling or e-mailing the church office at (630) 879-3378 or calvaryepiscopal@sbcglobal.net.

Bibletimes Marketplace
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—A program of crafts, stories and songs will be presented Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, at St. Charles Episcopal Church for children in grades K through 5. Bibletimes Marketplace meets 9 a.m. to noon each day. Registration is $10 per child and is open to the public now through Saturday, July 30. St. Charles Episcopal Church is at 994 North 5th Ave. To register, call (630) 584-2596.

Bethany Lutheran
Church holds VBS 2011

BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church will hold its Vacation Bible School, “Jesus Chooses Us!” from Monday through Friday, Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The VBS is for children from 3 years old to fifth grade. To register, call the church office at (630) 879-3444 to have a packet mailed or sign up online at www.bethanybatavia.org. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Host families needed in Elburn

ELBURN—Families in Elburn are needed to host high school exchange students from all over the world. Academic Year in America is bringing hundreds of high school students to the U.S. to learn about American culture while living with volunteer host families and studying at high schools across the nation. American families have the unique opportunity to learn about the student’s culture during this mutually rewarding exchange.

AYA can help families find the ideal student for their home. The result is an enriching, lifelong relationship with a young person from abroad.

Students ages 15 to 18 arrive with full medical insurance, spending money, and stay with their host for five or 10 months while attending the local high school.

To learn more about hosting an exchange student with AYA, call 1-800-322-4678, ext. 5164, or e-mail aya.info@aifs.org. For more information, visit academicyear.org.

KHS volleyballers have hand in National Title

Three Kaneland volleyball players playing on the Kane County Juniors 18 Gold team took home the championship at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Ariz. in late June. Kaneland volleyballers Jessica Lubic, Katy Dudzinski and Kylie Siebert and their team was the top seed entering the tournament, which included teams from Arizona, North Carolina, California and Texas. The team included (front row, from left) Taylor Knauf of Aurora Christian High School, Haley Norris of Rosary High School, Lubic, Siebert, (back row) Coach Coley Pawlikowski, Emily Bemis of DeKalb High School, Kathy Fletcher of West Chicago High School, Courtney Bemis of DeKalb High School, Kendall Baum of DeKalb High School, Emily Paschke of West Chicago High School, Dudzinski and Coach Dan Pawlikowski. Courtesy Photo

SG resident completes long-awaited pirate film

Photo: Alyssa Huber is surrounded by some of the props from her pirate movie “Cursed Waters,” which she recently finished editing. The Sugar Grove teen wrote, directed and acted in the movie and filmed it last summer. Photo by John DiDonna

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Four years of writing, filming and editing are about to pay off for Sugar Grove resident Alyssa Huber, whose film, “Cursed Waters,” will premier at the Sugar Grove Library on Friday, July 22.

The film was inspired by Huber’s childhood fantasies, as she often dressed in costumes and embarked on adventures that involved her front porch serving as a pretend pirate ship. The plot revolves around brothers Eli and Sam Larkin, who live in poverty on the island of Martinique. A severe storm complicates matters even more by destroying the boys’ home, which leads Eli to join up with a pirate crew searching for James Vladimir’s Lost Treasure, and the curse-breaking Stone of Xixi.

“(‘Cursed Waters’) is filled with comedy and random jokes, and although the quality isn’t professional, it’s enjoyable all the same,” Huber said.

The 105-minute film will be screened during an invitation-only session with limited seating. Attendees will also have the opportunity to order a DVD copy of “Cursed Waters.” Huber will eventually take online orders for the DVD, as well.

“Any profits will only reimburse me for the value of the DVDs, and the rest will go to a charity,” Huber said. “The soundtrack will soon be available to buy, as well, and that money also goes to charity.”

After capping off four years of hard work on the film, Huber said the actual filming was the most difficult part of the project.

“The hardest scenes to film were the ones with more cast and crew, the ones at more challenging locations where it was uncomfortable, hot (or) cold, and/or with a lot of bugs, and also ones with longer dialogue lines and fight sequences,” she said. “(In terms of) actual scenes, I think the hardest were the cannibal/treasure cave scenes.”

In contrast to the hectic nature of filming, she felt less rushed during the post-production period, which included editing the film and soundtrack.

“I enjoyed working on (post-production) myself,” she said.

Huber said she won’t be doing a sequel to “Cursed Waters” or any other full-length films. However, she’ll continue to create comedy shorts and post them on AH Films’ Facebook page, as well as YouTube if she can secure a copyright.

Huber’s next project will begin next month, when she begins filming “Monologgers 2,” the fantasy-themed sequel to a series of comedy shorts that involve specific themes and time periods. The main character of “Monologgers” narrates the story during the film.

“At the end of each short, there is another character who gets annoyed and strangles the main character until he stops his supposedly annoying monologue,” she said.

It’s unlikely, however, that “Cursed Waters” will elicit that same kind of annoyed response from its audience.

“(The film) didn’t turn out how I expected, but then again, I had unreasonably high expectations for it when I first started,” Huber said. “I like how it turned out anyway, and I’m sure everyone will be pleased with our production.”

All-Star Crosby

2007 Kaneland High School graduate Casey Crosby, who now pitches for the Erie SeaWolves, a Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, started the Eastern League All-Star game July 13. The left-handed Crosby pitched one inning, allowing no runs and no hits, and is currently 6-3 overall for the SeaWolves, with a 3.83 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 16 games. Courtesy Photo