Volleyball sweeps rival Sycamore

KANELAND—It had been rough going the past week and a half for KHS volleyball.

Six matches failed to go Kaneland’s way, albeit with a strong slate of opponents.

Who knew the remedy to the Lady Knights’ ills would be…Sycamore?

Kaneland executed a season sweep of the Lady Spartans in Maple Park on Thursday, thanks to a 23-25, 25-18, 25-22 result. It was the first NIB-12 matchup that went three games.

KHS coach Todd Weimer stressed after last week’s loss to DeKalb the need for the team to have each other’s backs on the court, regardless of mistakes. That, plus execution against a high-level opponent meant good things.

“(It was) just everyone playing very well,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “Katy (Dudzinski) had 21 kills, Kylie (Siebert) with 31 digs…it was just awesome.”

After last week’s win coupled with a 25-14, 25-16 Tuesday win over host Rochelle, the Lady Knights’ record rose to 17-10 with a 6-3 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action.

To help the winning effort, the Lady Knights also had Grace Fabrizius contribute 23 digs, Ashley Prost at 19 assists, and Jenny Lubic add 11 assists.

Maddie King had the match-clinching kill for KHS.

All levels of KHS volleyball were successful against the Lady Hubs on Tuesday.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is the final conference tilt against Yorkville on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Spikefest hosted at Harter Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Letter: A thank you to SG Library Board

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the four members of the Sugar Grove Library Board (Bill, Dan, Julie and Tony), who voted in favor of mediation in the matter of the dismissal of the former library director.

As a taxpayer and a library user, I applaud the effort to save the Library District thousands of dollars of our money and to get the library management and support back on track. These trustees actually listened to the public, which they report to, and have taken the first step to heal a fractured community.

It’s time that the three other trustees (Joan, Art and Bob) set their egos aside, actually listen to what their neighbors have been saying for months, and resolve the personnel matter like it should have been done in the first place—through discussion. Trustees are supposed to listen to their constituency and act accordingly for the betterment of the community.

Congrats to Bill, Dan, Julie and Tony for doing the right thing. Their courage is inspiring.

Jerry Murphy
Sugar Grove

Letter: Big Rock Halloween Fest confused with similar event

“Often imitated; never duplicated,” applies to the Halloween Fest sponsored by Hinckley, Sugar Grove and Big Rock now more than ever. The event, to be held the weekend before Halloween, at Plowman’s Park in Big Rock, 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, is being confused with a very similar sounding event one week later. This confusion was compounded by the village of Sugar Grove bulletin board, which advertised this other event with the following week’s date. Sugar Grove personnel told us that a change in employees had further compounded the problem by not advertising our original event until Wednesday of this week.

We wish to tell our followers that the 22-year-old event will indeed continue with no admission charge, and with the traditional fun that we’re well known for. It is our policy of offering this event to the children without mom or dad having to dig deep into their purse for an evening of good clean fun.

Gene Nehring
Big Rock Park District

Donnakay F. Boudreau-Mahan

Donnakay F. Boudreau-Mahan, 69, of Bradley, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born Aug. 13, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of George D. and Ruth D. Hoger Boudreau. Ms. Mahan worked in food service at Kankakee School District 111.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie-Ann C. and Glenn Fuchs of Kaneville; two grandsons, Ryan and Kevin Fuchs; three brothers, G. Daniel and Eileen Boudreau of Clifton; Richard and Jeanne Boudreau of Chebanse; and Marc Boudreau of Bourbonnais; her sweetheart, Dick Hecht of Bradley; four nieces and one nephew. Memorials may be made for her grandson’s education. Sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.

Girl Scouts start fall program

NORTHERN ILLINOIS—The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Fall Product Program now gives community members the chance to donate snack items and new magazines to members of the military while helping raise funds to support local Girl Scouts.

Also new this year is a Creative Funding Opportunity (CFO) Program. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 6-12) have the chance to connect with local business owners and explore various careers by offering businesses an online way to purchase items for corporate gift giving.

Through GSNI’s Fall Product Program, girls offer gourmet food items and magazines to family, friends and favorite Girl Scout Cookie customers. Girls will be taking orders for the 2011 Fall Product Program, Oct. 14-28. Girls also offer magazine subscriptions through door-to-door sales or online ordering. To order, ask a local Girl Scout or e-mail your order to info@girlscoutsni.org, where it will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout in your area.

While the Fall Product Program is not as well known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, it is just as important to Girl Scouts. Both programs teach girls important skills (http://www.girlscoutsni.org/fpp.html) and help them earn money for troop activities. The proceeds from the Fall Products Program help troops to fund activities and service projects that begin long before the winter Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girl Scout Product Programs also differ from traditional fundraisers by encouraging girls to work together to decide how to spend troop funds rather than dictating what the money will be used towards.

For information, visit www.girlscoutsni. org/fall_product_line.html.

Regardless of life’s journey, Elburn is always home

Photo: Larry Martin, who turned 90 last month, holds a key to the city given to him by former mayor Jim Willey. With him is wife Beatrice, 86. Photo by Sandy Kaczmarski

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—No matter where life took him, Larry Martin always ended up back in Elburn.

Martin celebrated his 90th birthday last month. He was born in Hinckley in 1921 when horses were the mode of transportation and Main Street was nothing more than an unpaved, muddy road. He became an Elburn resident only a few months after entering the world, living in a house on North and Gates streets. It was the first of several addresses he would have around town, and the world.

His father, Claude, was a barber with a shop in the building on Main Street that is now home to The Elburn Herald. He also had a pool hall.

“He (his father) had a woman working with him as a hairdresser,” Martin said. “Later on, we moved across the street to where Dave’s barbershop is now, and lived upstairs.”

His mother was a housewife tasked with raising Martin and his three brothers.

Martin’s wife Beatrice, 86, recalls that each of the area’s small towns were fairly self-sufficient. Elburn had three grocery stores, a clothing store and a hardware store.

“I can remember on Saturday night, the barber shop would be filled with people,” Larry said. “It was probably the only free time they had.”

Larry recalls the elementary school on the northwest corner of South Street. He graduated in 1939 from Elburn High School, built in 1929, which is now the Elburn Community Center. There were 10 people in his class.

After graduating from Northern Illinois University, he studied for a master’s degree in history at the University of Wisconsin and taught history at Greenwood High School in Wisconsin. And that’s when he met Beatrice, who was working as a nurse.

One of her friends was married to a teacher who worked with Larry. They dated for about a year, until Larry got a letter from the superintendent at Elburn High School asking him to come back. Larry and Bea corresponded for a while, but then life took each of them in opposite directions.

“I was the first principal that had graduated from Elburn High School,” Larry said. “But that didn’t work out very well. You had to have a master’s degree in education.”

His degree was in history. So when an opportunity came up for him to teach in France at a school for children of servicemen, he went abroad and stayed for two years. By that time there was an opening at the high school, and Larry came back to Elburn—again.

Meanwhile, Beatrice went to Denver and then to Minneapolis at a clinic. The two had not heard from each other in five years.

Larry had some friends in St. Paul, so a year after returning from France, he visited them. But he hadn’t forgotten about Beatrice, and after a few inquiries, he stopped by the clinic where she worked. They started a long-distance relationship and were married the next summer, in 1958, the same year the old high school closed down and Kaneland opened.

Both were “late bloomers”—being in their 30s, considered rather old for the time—and they had a family right away. Larry was 39 when Bea gave birth to daughter Sarah, now 52. Their son Jay arrived 15 months later.

“Just look, here he’s 90 now and I still have him,” Bea said.

By this time, Larry had yet another Elburn address, this one at 420 N. Main St., where they lived for about three years before building a house at 410 Reader St. They stayed there for 11 years, until Larry heard that a house he’d always admired was for sale on Pierce Street.

So they moved again, to 220 E. Pierce, which was built in 1890.

Larry went back to NIU for a master’s degree in education and helped create Kaneland’s guidance department, where he worked for the next 20 years. He was also the first director of athletics.

“When I was growing up, Elburn had about 550 people, mostly farmers,” Larry said. “On Saturday night, it was a big night, because the farmers all came to town. There was a place out in Kaneville called Long’s Barn, a dance hall. That’s where a lot of people would go.”

Bea said there’s no resemblance now to the old Elburn.

“When the kids were small, we could buy everything in Elburn,” she said. “You could get everything here in town.”

Larry said he’s seen Elburn grow to about 1,200 people, and then the north and south parts of town were developed. The 2010 census shows the population over 5,000.

“Main Street was gravel until I was about 10 or 12 years old,” he said.

Larry never fully recovered from a fall a few years ago, and uses a walker to get around yet another Elburn address, this time on west South Street. The bookcases contain numerous awards he’s received over the years. He was village treasurer under two mayors and was on the library board for 13 years. He also received a key to the city from former mayor Jim Willey.

Larry remembers playing pick up games as a kid, growing up on the streets of Elburn. It’s a place he’s called home, again and again.

Local resident appears in not-for-profit organization’s 2012 calendar

Photo: Matthew Hoyda (right) poses with his younger sister Julia. Matthew was featured on the July page of Celebrate Difference 2012 Calendar.
Photo by John DiDonna

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove resident Cathy Hoyda first learned about the not-for-profit group Celebrate Differences through other families she knew who had children with special needs.

Just a few years later, her son Matthew is pictured in the July section of Celebrate Differences’ 2012 calendar.

Matthew, 18, has autism and hypothalamic hamartoma. Cathy learned that the Celebrate Differences organization wanted volunteers to come up and pose as models for the calendar, and thought it would be a great way to help educate the community about the special needs population.

According to Celebrate Differences’ website (celebratedifferences.org), the organization, located in Oswego, Ill., is committed to supporting individuals with disabilities in reaching their fullest potential by providing positive resources and information to families, communities and health care providers while promoting a competent level of awareness and understanding.

“Celebrate Differences wants to raise awareness about these kids with special needs, but the organization is also going to turn around and help educate these families (with special-needs children), and also help with the kids’ education and help guide them through the school system and outside of school, as well,” Cathy said. “We, as families of kids with special needs, are so swamped just dealing with the child. The information is out there about everything else you need to do for your child. It’s overwhelming. So this kind of organization will help push the information out there, teach parents to help their child and teach society that these people are out there, and we could use the help and awareness.”

According to Cathy, Matthew’s behavior was good enough this year, so the Hoyda family decided to try and get him in the Celebrate Differences calendar. Cathy said her son is essentially nonverbal, but has always enjoyed looking at pictures of himself. He cooperated throughout the entire picture-taking process for the calendar.

“The pictures turned out really well, and he had a lot of fun doing it. Any kind of learning we can give him is beneficial,” Cathy said. “My son usually fake smiles, and the photographer actually caught one of his natural ones, which is just a beautiful smile.”

One of Matthew’s biggest supporters is his 15-year-old sister Julia, who contributed a short story about Matthew that will be included on his page of the calendar. Cathy said Julia loves to talk about Matthew and help him.

Julia also took pictures with Matthew for the calendar—two of which were used.

“We went to a small park by the river and got to stand in and by the river for our pictures. Along with the pictures is a short story I wrote about my brother. From those who have already read it, I have been told that it brought tears to their eyes,” Julia said. “I hope that whoever gets one of these calendars and sees the pictures and stories of these developmentally disabled children, will feel the same way. This calendar lets those who don’t know these kids be inspired by them and the people whose lives they have changed.”

Cathy said a big reason why she wants to educate the community about special-needs children is because she believes Illinois is awful at reaching out and helping children with developmental disabilities. Cathy is also trying to do legislative work.

“Politicians always target cutting the funds of all the services for the vulnerable, and it’s like tough luck—you’re out. Instead of cutting where it makes sense to cut, they’d rather cut the vulnerable population.”

Illinois 4-H Foundation honors 52 new inductees

ILLINOIS—Joseph White of Elburn, a 10-year member and 14-year volunteer with the Illinois 4-H Foundation, was inducted into the foundation’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 13, during the 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff.

Augustana students to study in London

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Sara Bihner (mathematics and computer science) of Elburn and Phil Christensen (computer science) of Maple Park are among the 45 Augustana College students studying contemporary and historic Britain and Europe from the heart of London. The Fall Term in London Program offers students a chance to explore the area while studying with Augustana and British faculty.

Of the 45 Augustana students enrolled in the London program, 39 applied for and received $2,000 through the college’s Augie Choice Program to help pay for expenses. Augie Choice provides students with the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school.

Local doctor helps support “Healing Hands 4 Heroes”

ELBURN—Dr. Kenneth E. Baumruck, a chiropractic physician, is pledging support of “Healing Hands 4 Heroes,” a program endorsed by the Illinois Chiropractic Society with Army OneSource. The program is aimed at raising awareness of the unique challenges of military life on service members and their families, and the growing need for accessible health services.

Dr. Baumruck pledged to work closely in the community to honor the commitment of service members, veterans and families. He will also help educate, support and provide resources to maintain the health, well-being and readiness of our Armed Forces.

For more information on Army OneSource, visit myarmyonesource.com.

A lil’ swing in your step


Sugar Grove residents Andrew and Amy Manion taught Aurora University students and employees free swing dancing lessons on Oct. 5 in the Aurora University Banquet Hall. The event was sponsored by honors students to benefit Jennings Terrace nursing home in Aurora. Andrew Manion is AU provost, chief academic officer; Amy Manion is a campus information services librarian. Honors students plan a senior prom for Jennings Terrace residents in November. Courtesy Photo

FFA Chapter Grants awarded

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation awarded more than $1,300 in grant funds to FFA Chapters in the county to recognize the continued contributions of students from Kane County FFA Chapters from Central (Burlington), Hinckley-Big Rock and Kaneland high schools. Each qualified for between $350 to $500 in grant funds.

This is the third consecutive year that the foundation made grants available to FFA Chapters for their help at Ag Days at Mooseheart, Touch-A-Tractor and the Kane County Fair.

The foundation selected three Farm Bureau programs to help promote leadership development skills in FFA members.

The Kaneland FFA Chapter contributed to the Farm Bureau’s Harvest for all hunger relief effort for a second year. They pledged proceeds from an acre of the harvest from their corn test plot to help stock the shelves of the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove.

Kaneland administration explains lockdown procedure

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Kaneland High School on Oct. 6 went into lockdown for 35 minutes after school officials discovered what they believed were shell casings. Kane County Sheriff deputies and school staff further investigated and discovered that the objects in question were used starter pistol casings, typically fired during school track events. A Kane County Sheriff press release stated that the casings looked “old and weathered.”

The incident may have been a simple mix-up (the Kane County Sheriff Department is still investigating), but was nonetheless an example of the lockdown procedure used in the Kaneland School District whenever an element of danger materializes in any of its schools.

“We have a common set of crisis procedures in all of our schools, and when you’re dealing with a situation that is potentially a crisis, one of two things is going to happen: you’re either going to call a lockdown and get the kids into a secured room until the potentially unsafe situation has been cleared, or you’re going to evacuate the school building in a fire-drill-type procedure,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “It’s basically a judgment call of the administrator in charge of the building.”

Schuler said instances such as a bomb threat or an unidentified person in the school will often result in a lockdown. There are also nonemergency lockdown procedures used any time administrators simply do not want students in the hallway (typically because of a spill or mess).

According to Erika Schlichter, director of educational services 6-12 in the Kaneland School District, a specified announcement is read as soon as the school principal calls for a lockdown. At that time, teachers are responsible for gathering students from the hall and placing them in the nearest classroom.

“(Staff) would lock the door, turn out lights, shut windows and blinds, move students out of sight of windows if possible, and have those students remain quiet,” she said.

Staff is also told to take attendance and inform administrators if any students are missing, or if an additional student joins the room. No one is permitted to leave the secured area or open the classroom door unless district administrators direct them to do so.

“Administratively, we fill several different roles,” Schlichter said. “We have one person working with communication—sending out releases and notifying other schools. We have someone spearheading—typically, the principal. We have a note taker—someone who is documenting what we’re doing as we’re doing it. We have another person in charge of communications with teachers and students. We try to be very efficient in how we fill those roles.”

For safety reasons, parents are not notified when a lockdown goes into effect.

“The last thing you want is a message out there that encourages a lot of people to come running to a building when you’ve got a potential crisis situation happening inside the building,” Schuler said. “The first concern is ensuring that the situation itself is safe. If there’s a need to communicate out, that usually happens after the fact.”

Schlichter called the lockdown process “a very simple procedure,” and said it typically runs smoothly during a drill or an actual situation.

“I think we have a real good procedure, and we use every situation to re-evaluate, take feedback and make sure we’re constantly getting better,” she said. “I do think the situation (on Oct. 6) went smoothly and was handled well on all accounts by our staff, principal and so forth.”

Santa teams with bikers

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts filled downtown Elburn to the brim on Sunday to collect toys and food for those in need during the annual DuKane chapter of A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) Toy and Food Run. Once formed, the parade of bikes stretched 3.5 miles and stepped off from Knuckleheads in Elburn. (Top left) Santa visits with Wally Elliott, the DuKane Events Coordinator, outside Knuckleheads on Sunday. (Top right) State Sen. Chris Lauzen speaks before the crowd at the Batavia VFW. (Bottom left) The motorcycles begin to line up before leaving Elburn. (Bottom right) Before the group lined up, the parked bikes stretched down North Street and filled up both parking lots in downtown Elburn. Courtesy Photos






Oct. 14 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.

Elburn
• Kyle R. Cleinmark, 22, of Maple Park, was charged Oct. 10 with driving without insurance or a valid vehicle registration and unlawful use of a registration sticker. Cleinmark posted $200 bond and was released.
• Elburn police were informed on Oct. 9 that William Eugene Grimes, Jr., 50, of Maple Park, was in the vicinity and that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Madison County, Indiana. Grimes was arrested and taken to Kane County Adult Corrections for extradition to Indiana.
• Steven G. Chouinard, 46, of 500 block of Stetzer Street, was charged Oct. 8 with speeding, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than the legal limit, and failing to properly signal before a turn. He was transported to Kane County jail.
• Elburn police responded to a report of residential burglary in the 400 block of North Main Street on Oct. 10. The victim returned from work and discovered that the home was entered, reporting that several items were missing, including a web camera. A 16-year-old suspect was charged, and the camera was recovered from the suspect’s residence, which was also in the same block. The juvenile was transported to Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.

Sugar Grove
• Sugar Grove Police on Oct. 9 were dispatched to the railroad tracks behind the police station on a report of a woman who was beaten and assaulted. Police located the victim on the railroad tracks behind Keck Park baseball fields, and noticed she had multiple bruises on her arm and forehead. Police then found the suspect, Robert Campbell, 50, of the 600 block of S. River Road in Aurora, lying on the ground next to a tree with a 45-year-old male subject from Aurora. Both men were taken into custody.
The victim told police that she had been drinking with the two males when Campbell dragged her into a cornfield, beat her with a closed fist and attempted to take her clothes off.
The other male subject told police he tried to intervene when Campbell began hitting the victim, but was knocked out after Campbell punched him. He also stated he did not see Campbell try to take the victim’s clothes off.
Campbell was charged with battery, but began to yell that his chest hurt and his blood pressure was getting higher. Sugar Grove Paramedics transported Campbell to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.
A warrant will be issued after all interviews with the victim are completed. An investigation is pending.

Get involved during Fire Prevention Week

SPRINGFIELD—The state fire marshall is urging families to take time to learn about important steps in fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week through this Saturday. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of having a family escape plan in the event of a fire emergency.

Fire departments across the country responded to 1,331,500 fires in 2010—384,000 of which were residential fires. These fires caused about 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths.

To make your home safer, consider at least one smoke alarm located on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as in every sleeping room and within 15 feet outside each sleeping area.

The NFPA recommends either installing combination smoke alarms, or both ionization and photoelectric alarms, in the home. An ionization alarm is typically more responsive to a flaming fire, such as a pan fire. A photoelectric alarm is typically more responsive to a smoldering fire, as might occur where a lighted cigarette is dropped on a sofa.

Be sure to test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries when you hear the alarm “chirp.” Smoke alarms older than 10 years should be replaced.
For more information about fire safety, visit sfm.illinois.gov.

Aleburn’s finest …


Matt Erion of Batavia won this year’s Aleburn pumpkin race on Saturday at the Elburn American Legion Parking Lot. Aleburn is one of the newest events the Elburn Chamber has to offer. The chamber, along with the Elburn American Legion, holds this event to bring business to downtown Elburn, as well as show off all the great food Elburn has to offer. Kristen Damolaris (above right) prepares to launch her “Money Bags” pumpkin. Jenn Hanson and John Henke have a relaxing game of bag toss at the event. Annie Dybas, Vanessa Theobalt and Alexi Helmlinger (left to right) helped out at the Aleburn festival. Here they are selling pizza.
Photos by John DiDonna



Rep. Hatcher to co-host local EMS task force hearing

FOX VALLEY—State Representative Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) is co-sponsoring a local hearing of the House Task Force on Emergency Medical Services Funding on Monday, Oct. 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus.

Local first responders will be able to present their funding, equipment and other needs directly to their representatives in the Illinois House.

House Resolution 230 created a 24-member bipartisan task force seeking to help EMS services in Illinois. The objective is to meet with and hear from the actual EMS providers to find out what’s working, what’s not working, and how funding and state support can be modified or improved.

The Task Force will provide a report of its findings to the General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2012.

The Task Force hearing is being co-hosted by Reps. Hatcher and Linda Chapa La Via (D-Aurora).

Meredith Lee Mateja

Daniel and Melonie Mateja of Montgomery announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Lee, who was born Aug. 19, 2011. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Jerry and Patti McCauley of Elburn. The paternal grandparent is Debra Mateja of Plainfield.

Meredith was welcomed home by her brother Dylan, 3.

Ezra Lee Reckinger

Steven and Amanda Reckinger of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Ezra Lee, who was born Aug. 9, 2011, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Daren and Lori Haring of Elburn. The paternal grandparents are Joseph and Debra Reckinger of Batavia.

Terry, Capes to wed

Don and Mary Capes of Englewood, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura, to Marlon Terry, son of Jack Terry of Roby, Texas, and Sharon Hale of Wichita Falls, Texas.

The bride-to-be is a 1985 Kaneland High School graduate, and has an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a marketing director at Push Pedal Pull.

The future groom is a 1986 Roby High School graduate, and attended West Texas State University. He is currently a quality manager at Dresser-Wayne.

The wedding ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, 2011, at River Place Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Reynolds celebrate 60th anniversary

F. L. Toby Reynolds and Norma (Needham) Reynolds, currently of Sycamore and formerly of Maple Park, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Maple Park Methodist Church, where they were married in 1951. Now retired, Toby was an insurance agent in the area for over 40 years.

They have five children, Valerie Reynolds (North Barrington, Ill.), Steve (Cathy) Reynolds (Locust Grove, Ga.), Roger (Deb) Reynolds (Maple Park), Jim (Thersa) Reynolds (Jenks, Ok.), Scott (Sarma) Reynolds (Dunedin, Fla.); seven grandchildren, Brian (Kristy) Reynolds, Joe (Casey) Reynolds, Alex Brewer, Lisa (Mike) Brinkley, Kristi (Ryan) Kunkel, Sarah (Wes) Loes, Kyle Reynolds; and five great-grandchildren, Savannah Brinkley, Mac Kenzie Brewer, Tanner Brinkley, Olivia Reynolds, Jack Kunkel.

Church News for Oct. 13

Beef supper, bazaar
at Kaneville UMC

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 15. The bazaar begins at 4 p.m., carry-outs can be picked up beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for K-sixth grade, and pre-schoolers are $1.
Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road. Call (630) 365-1175 for information.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:
Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, will be in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at mmoring@christianitytoday.com
Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight campout with a bonfire, and three meals included. Visit www.elburnhillchurch.org for details and pre-registration sign up.

Arts, crafts show features
holiday decorations

ST. CHARLES—The annual Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the St. Charles Episcopal Church features handmade items and a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried show also includes jewelry, holiday decorations, fashion items, baby items and purses.
Admission is free. The church is at 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) and is handicapped accessible. Visit stcharlesepiscopal.org, e-mail canadafay@clear.net or call (630) 497-8799 for more information.

Free spaghetti dinner
with Two Guys

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti continue to provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner for anyone who shows up on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25).
Guests come from all over the Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and great food. Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Open House
for Pastor Arne Walker

ST. CHARLES—An open house and luncheon will be held for Pastor Arne Walker on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road in St. Charles. The open house and luncheon will follow the second worship service and dedication of a tree in his honor.
All are welcome to join Walker in celebrating his 50th anniversary of Ordination. Walker will be the guest pastor at that morning’s worship services.
Pastor Arne Walker, the former pastor for 20 years at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, is a staunch believer in evolution. This is not the kind that produces lively conversation among Christians but rather the evolving conviction of God’s will for his life.
Arne came to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., after sharing his elementary and high school years in Chicago. He was a relatively new Lutheran Confessing Christian and came to pursue a pre-med course of study.
The “call” to ministry found him for a while in a dual pursuit of majors, but the evolution toward a more pronounced path toward ministry prevailed. It was strong enough to cause him to pursue the discerning process of that call. This took place as he served a large parish in Minnesota to relieve a pastor who was returning to strength after a heart attack. The evolution continued in a conflicted United Methodist Parish in Iowa. The evolution reached its peak when he served a parish in New York. He then completed his theological studies at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Seminary and was approved for ordination on June 18, 1961, in Seattle, Wash.
From 1957 to the present time, Walker has invested himself in the avocation of reaching out to male youth who have been removed from their homes by the juvenile court. This has taken place in institutions in New York and Illinois and in group homes in Knoxville and Sevierville, Tenn.
As an ordained pastor, Arne served 46 years full-time in Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee. He is now in his fourth year of serving part-time in Newport, Tenn.
He has held a variety of church-wide and community leadership positions. Youth ministry has had a special place in his heart. He has led bike retreats over 31,000 miles of roads in the USA and Europe, hiking retreats in Colorado, Washington and Tennessee, and canoe retreats over a span of 20 years in the boundary waters of Canada.
To mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination, Walker gave 18 $50 gifts to family and former parishes with the challenge to multiply the funds to expand the mission of Christ’s Church and further evolve ministry in Jesus’ name to serve the needs of others.
The evolution of that call to ministry continues as another chapter is being written on the pages of time.

Community
Congregational offers
annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—In the aftermath of a successful Elburn Days back in August, there were a number of comments that folks missed the Community Congregational Church’s food tent at Lion’s Park—specifically, the homemade pie. Well, another opportunity for pie and good food is quickly approaching.
The church will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Carry-outs will also be available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, K-6th grade, and free for preschoolers.
The dinner is a fundraising event to benefit church-supported missions such as Lazarus House, Hesed House, Mutual Ground, Emmaus House, and UCC Outdoor Ministries.
In addition to the dinner, the Church Crafty Crafters will offer hand-made gift items and a holiday White Elephant sale. Proceeds from these sales will be used toward local and area missions. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 365-6544.

Knights knock Foxes

Photo: Knight Drew David (4) enjoyed a five-touchdown evening in the 45-7 win over visiting Yorkville. Photo by Mary Herra

Buschbacher sees plenty of end-zone in 45-7 win over YHS
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—One would have to wonder how the Knights gridiron collection would respond, a week after an emotionally satisfying comeback win at DeKalb, and it being the last regular season home game for the current crop of seniors.

Wonder no more, although the 4-3 Yorkville Foxes may still be wondering what hit them.

Offensive juggernaut Quinn Buschbacher led the way with five touchdown catches, including three in the first quarter, and Drew David was 13-for-19 for 261 to go along with the five touchdown throws in a 45-7 win over the Foxes and new head coach Karl Hoinkes.

No letdown was the name of the game on Friday.

“We didn’t talk about that at all,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “Senior night here—the last scheduled home game is huge to these kids. We have a pretty good rivalry with Yorkville.”

Buschbacher had 161 yards receiving on eight receptions on a night the Knights scored on their first four drives.

“It’s Senior Night and my last regular season game here, and I thought about it and I wanted to remember it somehow,” Buschbacher said.

The first drive featured four Jesse Balluff runs and a pass to Buschbacher before the senior caught another pass and ran down the sideline for a 49-yard TD pass with eight minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Jesse Balluff (30) has been an asset carrying the ball, but can contribute just as well without the pigskin. In the first quarter of Friday’s handling of the Foxes, the sophomore excuted a textbook block of a Yorkville secondary member, allowing Quinn Buschbacher to accelarate on a swing pass for the third KHS touchown.

The next drive consisted of four plays and ended with a 15-yard TD pass to Buschbacher with 3:22 left in the frame.

Another swing pass to Buschbacher featured a key block by Balluff enroute to a 17-yard touchdown with :24 left to make it 21-0.

“We run the same screen every year, and I feel we’ve gotten it down to perfection. Balluff just loves blocking, I love the way he plays,” Buschbacher said.

A 41-yard Matt Rodriguez field goal with 6:41 to go in the first half made it 24-0, completing the first half scoring.

The second half featured a touchdown run by Yorkville’s Neil O’Brien (116 yards) from 39 yards out to make it 24-7 with 8:41 left in the third, but KHS answered with David’s fourth TD pass to Buschbacher from 13 yards away to make it 31-7 with 6:17 to go. With 10 ticks remaining in the frame, Buschbacher scored from 12 yards out go make it 38-7.

Ryan Fuchs’ two-yard scamper with 1:42 to go in the fourth closed the scoring on a night that saw Knights wear various pink garb to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Sophomore action saw Kaneland beat the Foxes 41-0.

Sycamore (5-2) hosts Kaneland in the Week 8 battle on Friday, Oct. 14.

Guyton, Yonkovich see season end at Sectionals

KANELAND—Playoff golf arrived with a vengeance, and had a KHS girls golfer with the last name of Guyton taking on all comers.

It was anything but deja vu, as freshman Tori Guyton, younger sister of current-ISU Redbird Hayley, advanced out of the IHSA Class AA Girls Golf Burlington Central Regional, hosted at Sycamore Golf Club on Oct. 5.

Competing as an individual, Guyton, who competed for Kaneland in the JV ranks this season, shot a 102, earning the last individual qualifying spot for Tuesday’s Buffalo Grove Sectional.

Guyton’s season came to an end shooting that same score at famed Cog Hill in Lemont on Tuesday for the St. Ignatius Sectional.

Geneva’s Megan Rush outshot Guyton by one stroke at the regional. The top individual qualifier was Sycamore’s Carly Hudon at 78.

Wheaton-Warrenville South took the regional crown with a score of 340.

Meanwhile, boys golf saw its season officially come to an end on Monday at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, as sophomore Matt Yonkovich was unable to advance to State as an individual qualifier. The highest qualifying score for an indivudla was 76. Sterling, Marmion Academy and Vernon Hills advanced as a team.

A year ago, KHS played as a team at the Freeport Sectional and finished 11th out of 12.

The 2011 boys golf outfit says goodbye to captains Adam Grams, Troy Krueger and Anthony Sperando, along with fellow seniors Zach Douglas and Mitch Gemini.

Anything but Normal


The Kaneland Harter Middle School boys cross-country team qualified for the IESA Class 2A State meet to be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. The team took third place overall at Saturday’s Sectional Meet in Bolingbrook, Ill.. Representing Kaneland at the meet and pictured above from left to right are Anthony Messina, Michael Booton, Ryan Weber, Sam Webster, Noah Jones, Dan Heineman, Andrew Burroughs, Sam Wolf, Sean Spaetzel, Mark Dhom and Tristan Powell. Brianna Bower also qualified to run in the Girls State Meet as an individual with a sixth-place individual finish at the sectional meet. Courtesy Photo

NIB-12 crown makes smashing time for KHS

Napiorkowski, Jurcenko, Emmanouil take top honors
ROCHELLE, Ill.—What better way to approach postseason play than a great showing at conference?

With coach Tim Larsen’s rotation performing at a consistent and reliable level much of the year, the level of surprise only rises so high after KHS captured the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference title with a 34-point showing on Friday and Saturday at Rochelle.

Not only did Kaneland win its East Division group by 12 points over runner-up Sycamore, they also outlasted West Division topper Ottawa by seven points.

Kaneland now can boast two 2011 conference champs for tennis as No. 1 doubles unit Amelia Napiorkowski and Madi Jurcenko beat Dixon’s selection in the final by a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 count. Additionally, Jelly Emmanouil took the No. 2 singles crown with 7-5, 6-1 win over Brooke Hendricks of Sterling.

The Lady Knights also came away with two second-place finishes as No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman and the No. 3 doubles team of Madi Limbrick and Stephanie Rosenwinkel found themselves on the finals court.

This Saturday, Oct. 15, brings the IHSA Sectional to St. Charles East High School, with Kaneland looking to get a State invite for the second straight season. Napiorkowski and Lindsay Jurcenko made it to State in 2010, becoming the first Kaneland representatives to do so.

Soccer stopped by two schools before NIB-12 win

KANELAND—Kaneland soccer had five matches in nine days, and while the action was close in the second half, the Knights saw chances go the other way this last week.

On Thursday, the Knights hosted conference mate Rochelle and surrendered a second-half goal in a 3-2 setback.

On Saturday, the Knights saw a late second-half flurry by the still-new Plainfield East Bengals in a 2-0 loss.

However, KHS righted their ship somewhat with a 3-2 win over host Yorkville on Tuesday

The Knights are now 10-6-1, with a 5-3-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Against the Hubs, the Knights went out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Kushstrim Ismaili goal with an assist by Alex Gil. Thanasi Pesmajoglou also scored. Rochelle tied the score with two goals before the halftime buzzer and scored the lone second-half goal for the final margin.

Against the Bengals, the hosts found the net twice in 62 seconds.

“We played four games this week and we’re tired and banged up,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said on Saturday. “I thought we played better in the second half.”

It was the first half that Kaneland excelled in against the Foxes, with Tyler Siebert, Pesmajoglou and Alec Koczka finding the net within a 10-minute space.