Informational meeting for Kaneland Travel Baseball Feeder Program Dec. 7

The first-ever informational meeting concerning the Kaneland Travel Baseball Feeder Program is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Kaneland High School Library.

The meeting will discuss: Information in regards to the start of the 2013 Summer Travel Baseball Teams for U-10 through U-14, philosophy, guidelines, and general information and the direction of the high school baseball feeder programs and the endorsement of the high school baseball program and coaches.

The Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the High School Library at 7 p.m. Parents and coaches are encouraged to be in attendance to find out about the future direction of the new feeder system by the State Champion Kaneland Knights Baseball Program.

If you have questions about the meeting, contact Brian Aversa at Brian.Aversa@kaneland.org.

Holiday in the Grove features new committee, familiar activities

By Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove festivities will be headed up by a new committee in 2011, but that doesn’t mean any traditional activities will be absent from the event. In fact, the new Holiday in the Grove committee wants to faithfully recreate the proceedings as they were when the Kaneland John Shields PTO organized the majority of the event in prior years.

“We are a brand-new committee, and recently became a not-for-profit organization—we started the paperwork for that last December,” Holiday in the Grove Committee President Diana Baker said. “This committee is a group of moms, parents, grandparents … we kind of have a mix. We’ve all had kids go through the schools here.”

The 2011 Holiday in the Grove will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning with Breakfast with Santa, which will take in place in five servings scheduled for 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. The meal, cooked by volunteers from the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District and Police Department, will feature eggs, sausage and biscuits, or pancakes and sausage, for $5. Breakfast with Santa is expected to feed 3,500 participants over the five sessions.

After breakfast, kids can go upstairs and have their picture taken with Santa. Additional children activities will also be available, including a Dear Santa letter and coloring pages.

At the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 171 Main St., a Mrs. Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and Come to the Stable Nativity will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meanwhile, Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, 85 Main St., will host a children’s holiday shop, as well as a cafe and craft fair.

“The children’s holiday shop is where children can shop for gifts for their family members, and we have elves who can help the kids pick out gifts for each individual members, and then they’ll get them wrapped right away so nobody can see the (gifts),” Baker said. “The cafe will serve a light breakfast, lunch and snack items, and we’ll have approximately 40 crafters and vendors in the school gymnasium for the craft fair. We still have calls coming in, so we’ll probably supersede that 40.”

According to Baker, horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Kaneland John Shields. The carriage rides, sponsored by the Sugar Grove Park District, will travel around a few blocks in the community before returning to the school.

Last, but not least, the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Dr., will host the story “Santa Paws” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., a bell choir from 10 to 10:30 a.m., wintry crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and music from Brightest Stars Pre-School, which will be broken down into two age groups: grades K-3 (11:45 to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 to 2 p.m.) and 2-6 (11 to 11:45 a.m., 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.).

In addition to Baker, the Holiday in the Grove committee includes Vice President Marguerite Ledone and Secretary Julie Wilson. Baker’s husband Jim serves as the committee treasurer. Sharon Konrad is in charge of the children’s holiday shop.

The committee is also currently seeking volunteers.

“There (are) never enough volunteers to help, and this event is solely run by volunteers,” she said. “We’re not backed by any other group, and we have no other means of finance other than fundraising or sponsorship.”

So why would Baker want to be president of the committee faced with the task of putting together Holiday in the Grove now that the Kaneland John Shields PTO is no longer affiliated with the event?

“We knew how important it was to the kids to have breakfast and take pictures with Santa. We’re a small community and we hate to see a tradition die,” she said. “I am sure finances were a reason why the (Kaneland John Shields) PTO couldn’t make Holiday in the Grove a priority this year, and the event is a big undertaking. The committee may be in for a rude awakening this year. I hope not … I really want to see this event continue.”

Christmas Stroll to provide good cheer for downtown Elburn

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—The folks in Elburn’s business district are busy as little elves getting ready to welcome visitors for the 17th Annual Elburn Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The festivities begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be available for photographs at the Town and Country Public Library, and there are many other places to visit around town to get into the holiday spirit.

Holiday song will fill the air thanks to the Kaneland High School Madrigal Singers, who will provide a festive atmosphere to downtown Elburn.

New this year is a Holiday Bazaar at the Elburn & Countryside Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., for those who want to get in some early Christmas shopping. Many other Elburn Chamber business will have displays there as well, with ongoing activities that include martial arts demonstrations, cookie decorating, a silent auction, Santa train ride and a few more things.

Visit area businesses and drop off an initialed map at the community center or at the library for a chance to win gift cards provided by local businesses.

The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will demonstrate how fast a Christmas tree can catch fire and will have the safety house on display at the firehouse.

The Great Lakes Leadership Campus will offer tours of the mansion, American Bank & Trust will provide balloon creations for kids, and the Elburn Hill Church will have a display of Christmas trees. Also participating are Amazing Grace Antiques and Reams Market who, like many of the downtown stores, will be open late on Friday and share refreshments with visitors.

And, of course, The Elburn Herald will again transform its offices into a life-sized Kandyland game, patterned after the popular children’s board game, Candyland. The Herald welcomes hundreds of children and parents each year, who arrive ready to play the game and leave with holiday treats.

Free shuttle service will be available continuously to the events throughout Elburn stopping at the Town and Country Public Library, the Elburn and Countryside Community Center and the downtown area, including Jewel.

Forty & Eight recognizes Waubonsee president, college’s community

Photo: Forty & Eight members Dr. Norris Erickson (left), and retired State Senator Robert Mitchler (right), present Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek with a plaque recognizing her 10th anniversary as college president, as well as the college’s overall commitment to veterans’ educational assistance and providing quality, accessible nursing programs. Courtesy Photo

Sugar Grove—During a ceremony Nov. 16 at the Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove campus, the veterans organization Forty & Eight recognized Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek and Waubonsee’s overall commitment to providing veterans’ educational assistance and quality, accessible nursing programs.

The group chose the occasion of Dr. Sobek’s 10th anniversary as college president to mark the two decades of collaboration between Waubonsee and the Forty & Eight.

Longtime supporters of the Waubonsee Foundation, Forty & Eight has given funds to Waubonsee nursing students through a book scholarship since 1991. Residents of Kane or Kendall counties studying nursing, who have at least a 2.5 grade-point average, are eligible for the foundation scholarship, with preference given to veterans or children of veterans.

Forty & Eight, also known as La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, is an independent, invitation-only honor organization of male and female U.S. veterans. The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims, including actively supporting nurse training. The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its World War I origins. Americans were transported to the battlefront on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8,” denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or eight horses.

Allyson Leigh Pitstick

Bryan and Tiffany (Ratliff) Pitstick of Sycamore announce the birth of their daughter, Allyson Leigh, who was born Oct. 20, 2011, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

She was welcomed home by brothers Tommy, 8, Vinny, 4, and sister Nikki, 6.

Her grandparents are Joseph and Melinda Ratliff of Burlington, Ill., and Richard and Mary Lee Pitstick of Elburn.

Grayson Michael Kinney

Photo: Great-grandfather Kahl Kinney, grandfather Dan Kinney and Tim Kinney sit for a photo with the fourth generation of their family, Grayson Kinney.
Courtesy Photo

Tim and Jenny Kinney of Chicago announce the birth of their son, the fourth-generation Grayson Michael Kinney, on Aug. 11, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The paternal grandparents are Dan and Wendy Kinney of St. Charles. The great-grandparents are Kahl and Lorraine Kinney of Sugar Grove.

Waubonsee jazz musicians earn awards

Sugar Grove—Four members of Waubonsee Community College’s jazz band earned honors at the 2011 Skyway Jazz Festival held Oct. 29 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Saxophonist Walt Howard of Sugar Grove, trumpeter Nate Pritt of Geneva, drummer Matt Matczuk of Yorkville and bassist Matt Erion of Batavia were all named outstanding musicians.

Waubonsee’s jazz band will perform its annual free winter concert on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Do-over?

Winter weather may damage recent road repairs
by David Maas
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville Village Board on Nov. 17 discussed the possibility of having to redo some road repairs they made during the last few months, depending on the events of this winter.

“The crack sealing we did may need to be re-repaired,” Trustee Paul Ross said. “There is a possibility of snow plows removing it.”

The village has heard from multiple sources, saying the crack sealing may not have been up to par, due to the sealing not sitting even with the road.

“When the repairs were made, we were told they were going to grind out the cracks, but because of the unevenness, we aren’t sure that was done correctly,” Village President Bob Rodney said.

Before any repairs are made, the village must wait and see if the repairs are great enough that action needs to be taken.

“We need to see how much of the sealer stays through the winter, and we need to see how much it will cost,” Trustee Pat Hill said.

While there are more road repairs that need to be done, the village must consider them all and decide on the right course of action.

“The village is low on funds,” Rodney said. “We need to really think about this.”

Kaneland John Shields partners with village, Barnes & Noble

Sugar Grove—Barnes and Noble in the Geneva Commons will host a bookfair to support Kaneland John Shields Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Not only will a portion of purchases made during that time go to benefit the school, but various members of the Sugar Grove community will be on hand throughout the day.

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels will be on hand to share a coffee and ideas, and village trustees will be on hand to do the same, but with tea instead.

There will be other community members on hand throughout the day, including teachers from the school.

Elburn mayor elected VP to area government council

by Sandy Kaczmarski
Elburn—Village President Dave Anderson has been elected vice president of the Metro West Council of Government for 2011-12.

“I was surprised I was elected, but was honored by it,” Anderson said.

The Metro West Council (metrowestcog.org) is made up of elected officials from municipalities in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties. Anderson shares ideas with St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke, also members of the association.

The group meets to discuss areas of mutual concern such as managing growth issues, economic development, transportation and water conservation.

“I really just sit back and listen and get some ideas,” he said. “I try to absorb as much as I possibly can.”

Anderson said the main topic of discussion right now is the economy and figuring out “how to do more with less.”

As vice president, Anderson will take over as president of the association next year.

Sugar Grove teen receives 2011 Roscoe Ebey Award

Photo: On Nov. 17, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez (right) presented Cole Rutter, 13, of Sugar Grove with the Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year Award. The event took place at the Sheriff’s Office in Geneva. Richard Ebey (left) was also in attendance. Photo by Keith Beebe

by Keith Beebe
KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Sheriff’s Office presented its Roscoe Ebey Award to three nominees each of the last two years. This year, however, Sheriff Pat Perez knew that one nominee truly stood out from the rest of the field.

That nominee was 13-year-old Cole Rutter of Sugar Grove.

“The last two years we’ve presented this award, the choices that I had were so difficult … that there were three winners in each year, because there were so many people doing so many good things,” Perez said. “This year, (Cole) stood out so much that there was only going to be one winner.”

Rutter was presented the 2011 Roscoe Ebey Award by Sheriff Perez and Richard Ebey, son of the late Roscoe Ebey, on Nov. 17 in a surprise ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office in St. Charles.

Rutter, a seventh-grade student at Kaneland Harter Middle School, suffers from the rare genetic disorder Neurofibromatosis. He and his family have helped raise close to $100,000 for The Children’s Tumor Foundation to fund research in hopes of finding a cure for NF—a disease in which tumors grow on tissue in the nervous system, causing symptoms that range from cognitive deficiency and problems with eyesight to bone deformity, nerve pain, and in some cases, hearing loss.

Neurofibromatosis is currently incurable.

“(Fundraising) has exposed him to a lot more kids and adults that have the disease, and it’s kind of making him aware of what’s going on,” said Cole’s father Dan, who spoke for his shy son during most of the awards ceremony. “We’re very proud of him. He does a lot; he goes door-to-door, (and) we have a lot of support from the community.”

Cole’s father said neither he nor Cole, prior to the award ceremony, had any idea why the Kane County Sheriff’s Office wanted to present Cole with the Roscoe Ebey Award.

“We had no idea. We went on the (web)site and saw what it was all about, but we had no reason to understand why (Cole would receive the award). I work at an elementary school, and the phone rang and said, ‘Sheriff’s Department’ on it,” he said. “I kind of freaked out, and they said (the call was) about Cole. (The administrative assistant) said it was a good thing and they wanted to speak to him and offer him this award. So it was kind of nerve wracking; I wasn’t going to pick (the phone) up, but we did.”

Pat Graceffa, a past recipient of the Roscoe Ebey Award, nominated Cole for this year’s award after following his story on his parents’ Facebook account.

“When I received the award (in 2010), I thought of all the people in Sugar Grove who did so much more than I did,” Graceffa said. “Families like the Rutters were the first ones I thought of who deserved the award more than me. It was wonderful to win the award, but it made you think about what everyone else in the community is doing and how hard they are working.”

The award was created four years ago by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department in honor of World War II veteran Roscoe Ebey, a resident of Aurora who was murdered in his home by a burglar in May 2007. Ebey’s assailant, Hector Mauricio, was arrested at the scene after a neighbor captured him and held him down until police arrived. Mauricio pleaded guilty in September 2010 to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison in June 2011.

Richard Ebey said that, from day one to the final court date for Mauricio, Sheriff Perez was there to answer his questions or simply just to talk to him. Ebey then personally nominated Perez for the 2011 Roscoe Ebey Award.

“My family and myself would like to nominate Sheriff Perez and his department for all the help and kindness he has shown me, my family, neighbors and friends over the last four years. I am sure there are many who will share this nomination with me,” Ebey said.

Ebey said his father Roscoe was just an everyday person who loved people and life.

“When this happened to you and your family, it happened to us,” Perez said to Ebey during the presentation. “We’re friends for life.”

Perez then said he hopes Cole understands how big of an award this is and how much he means to people.

“It’s a big award for a little guy, and we’re proud of you,” Ebey said to Cole. “My dad would be proud of you.”

Headstones honor World War vets

Photos: Two of the recently installed tombstones on formerly unmarked graves at Blackberry Cemetery. All Photos by Sandy Kaczmarski

Graves of two veterans no longer unmarked after two-year effort
by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—“I still have 42 people that I know are buried in the cemetery, but I don’t know where,” Fred Dornback said.

He ought to know. He’s the sexton of Blackberry Township Cemetery at the corner of Keslinger Road and Main Street.

As he put it, “that’s a story by itself.”

But Dornback was successful in locating two soldiers who were previously buried in unmarked graves and got headstones installed just in time for Veteran’s Day. The grave sites of military veterans Oscar E. Lundblad and Frank L. Wilson now are marked with white marble stones.

“They’re beautiful,” Dornback said of the stones that are similar to those at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. He purposefully chose a little different marker since most of the military markers are bronzed.

“These stand out beautifully, just like I wanted them to,” Dornback said.

The search took nearly two years to complete.

“We had a (burial) permit for these two gentlemen from way back when, but didn’t know where they were buried at that time,” he said.

Dornback, with the help of local historian Helen Johnson, 83, poured through old issues of The Elburn Herald searching for some clues. They also worked closely with the Kane County Genealogical Society, and they even use a lot of online sources these days, too.

One obstacle was a major fire in 1973 at the National Archives and Records Administration in St. Louis, where all military records were stored. There were no duplicates, no microfilm copies, no indexes. About 80 percent of the information on veterans discharged between November 1912 and January 1960 were simply gone.

Dornback said he at least had the service numbers, which are equivalent to a military dog tag, so he was able to verify their service.

“I found his (Lundblad’s) obituary in the paper,” Johnson said. “I went through The Elburn Herald because we knew the year he died, but there was no family. He came from Sweden.”

Local historian Helen Johnson (right), joins friends at the Kountry Kettle every morning to catch up on news. This morning she chats with Bill Mack of Elburn (left to right), Cindy Clausen of Maple Park, Gene Godfrey of St. Charles, Fred Proctor and Lois Mack, both of Elburn.

With almost 3,000 people buried in the cemetery, Dornback and Johnson have been trying to categorize each grave since taking over in 2007. Dornback suggested they take photographs of each grave so they could continue their research using the computer when the weather doesn’t cooperate, but it also provides a visual record of each grave site.

The cemetery originally was established in 1860, but Johnson said some people were buried there before then. The earliest “born” date is 1772. Johnson said they have three veterans buried there listed as far back as the War of 1812.

Dornback is very pleased that the graves of veterans Lundblad and Wilson are finallly properly marked.

“They’re beautiful markers,” he said again. “I’m sure they’ll get a little more attention next Memorial Day when we have the ceremony at the cemetery.”

100 Years, 100 Coats


At a recent Girl Scout meeting, Isabella Ford of Sugar Grove got the idea to try and donate 100 coats to the annual Chicago Bears/ Jewel-Osco Coat Drive to help celebrate 100 years of scouting and to help deserving families during the holiday season. Sugar Grove Troop 647 actually collected 135 coats and dropped them off on Nov. 21 to the Jewel store in Sugar Grove. Donations benefit the Salvation Army and public schools in the greater Chicagoland area.
Photo by John DiDonna

Elburn public hearing on tax levy increase set for Nov. 28

A proposed tax levy increase of 24.86 percent will be discussed at a public hearing set for Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Village of Elburn offices at 301 E. North St. Following the public hearing, the village board will vote on the issue during a special meeting.

According to the Truth in Taxation Notice, “The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2010 were $659,933.87. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2011 are $824,000. This represents a 24.86 percent increase over the previous year.”

Anyone wishing to make public comment is asked to contact Village Administrator Erin Willrett at (630) 365-5060. The proposed ordinance approving the tax levy can be viewed at the village offices.

Topinka taps WCC’s Blacksmith to serve on Hispanic Advisory Council

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—In search of consultation from seasoned leaders at the local level, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently turned her attention to the Sugar Grove area, bringing on Lourdes “Lulu” Blacksmith to serve on the comptroller’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

Blacksmith, director of governmental and multicultural affairs at Waubonsee Community College, will serve on the 10-person council and meet with Topinka four times a year to provide consultation and potential resolutions to community issues.

Blacksmith said the goal of the council is to come together to discuss issues of importance to community members, and work together to find solutions.

“In some cases, that may mean promoting new initiatives or legislation, while in others it may just be raising awareness of existing services,” she said. “Waubonsee’s engagement with diverse stakeholders—in this case, the Office of the Comptroller—can potentially impact our students and the communities we serve.”

In addition to the Hispanic Advisory Board, Topinka has also launched African-American, Asian-American, Polish, Women and Rural Affairs advisory boards, which Blacksmith said are meant to ensure a direct line of communication between various communities and the comptroller.

According to Mike Dropka, manager of media affairs for the Office of Illinois State Comptroller, Topinka and her staff hand selected candidates who offered the best representation for ethnicities.

“I am honored and humbled by the nomination and look forward to serve in this capacity,” Blacksmith said.

Nov. 24 Elburn 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.

• Joshua R. Brown, 25, of Chicago, was arrested on Nov. 17 on an outstanding warrant for larceny and failure to appear from South Jackson County, Ill. Reports say Brown flagged down an officer in the Metra parking lot saying he needed a ride to DeKalb and asked the officer to call a cab. Brown was unable to post bond set at $7,500 and was transported to Kane County Jail for processing.

• Marea L. Nunez, 35, of Genoa, Ill., was charged on Nov. 18 for driving without a license and without insurance. Reports say after Nunez was stopped by police for having only one operating headlight, she produced an expired insurance card and said she did not have a license. Reports say Nunez posted bond and was released.

• William J. Wallace, 18, of Naperville, Ill., was charged on Nov. 20 for dirving on a suspended license. Reports say Wallace was stopped by police for not having a rear plate light. The officer found that Wallace’s license was suspended, according to reports. Wallace posted $150 bond and was released. He has a Jan. 12, 2012 court date.

Elburn Fire Department taking donations to help area families

Photo: Lt. Sheri Nielsen checks a bag of food that was donated to help the Elburn Food Pantry this holiday season. Fire stations No. 1 and No. 2 are drop-off locations for donations. Photo by Sandy Kaczmarski

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—Macaroni and cheese, canned and dry soups and personal toiletries such as deodorant and soap are needed for the Elburn Fire Department’s annual collection to help the Elburn Food Pantry.

“It sure seems like we all know people now that are struggling, so it’s an easy thing we can all do,” firefighter Matt Hanson said.

Donated items can be dropped off at either Station No. 1 at 210 E. North St. or at Station No. 2 at 39W950 Hughes Road. Hanson said donations have been coming in at a pretty good pace.

“We generally have a good response from the community,” he said.

In addition to the items listed above, the pantry also needs stuffing mix, canned vegetables and canned pasta meals. To find out other items that may be needed, call the Elburn Food Pantry, located at 525 N. Main St., at (630) 365-6655.

Hanson wanted to remind seniors, or anyone who is unable to get out to drop off a donation, to call the Elburn Fire Department at (630) 365-6855.

“We’ll make the time to get over and pick up their donation,” Hanson said.

Semifinal sting: Montini edges KHS, 35-31

Photo: Receiver Sean Carter hauls in a pass during Saturday night’s Class 5A
playoff semifinal battle with defending champion Montini. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Sequels can be more entertaining and gripping than the original, but for Kaneland football and its fans, the ending to this particular drama was still hard to take.

Jordan Westerkamp’s touchdown catch with 2 minutes, three seconds remaining in the game was the final blow in a 35-31 loss to Montini Catholic on Saturday night, ending the Knights’ quest for Class 5A State glory at 12-1.

Kaneland held the lead for nearly 25 minutes going from the second quarter to late in the fourth, but as it stood, Montini tries for its third straight title against the Hilltoppers of Joliet Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the University of Illinois.

Kaneland still has won 24 of 26 contests, and hasn’t lost in the regular season since Week eight of 2009.

Montini outgained Kaneland by a 407-366 yard margin, but it was more of the toe-to-toe fight Knight faithful were looking for after last year’s 27-14 setback in the semifinal to the Broncos.

“Our kids played their hearts out,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “I’m so proud of our team, they came out and didn’t back down.”

Montini’s John Rhode was 20-for-35 for 230 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Counterpart Drew David was 16-for-31 for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Bronco Joseph Borsellino was the leading receiver with 123 yards on nine catches. Knight Jesse Balluff was the leading target out of the backfield with 69 yards. Balluff added a prolific 143 yards rushing, a game high. Bronco Dimitri Taylor had 111 of his own.

Montini got on the board first with a one-yard run out of the wildcat formation from Borsellino with 1:13 left in the opening frame for a 7-0 lead. Balluff tied matters soon after with an 81-yard scoring scamper down the sideline just 23 ticks later, and Taylor came back 36 seconds after that with a 48-yard TD run for a 14-7 deficit.

The second quarter belonged to KHS, thanks to a Balluff TD run from 18 yards away with 7:51 to go and a tie-breaking 26-yard field goal from Matt Rodriguez with 3:14 left, and the Knights went into the locker room up 17-14.

In the second half, things improved for KHS when Zach Martinelli made an acrobatic touchdown catch from 18 yards away, giving Kaneland a 24-14 lead with 9:01 to go in the third. Borsellino scored again from two yards out with 5:53 to go to close within 24-21. David’s four-yard plunge with 1:38 to go in the third marked the last Knight score of the season, and a 31-21 lead.

Zach Martinelli has made his share of integral catches. It was time for No. 11 to make an exceptional catch. Shifting his body to get the edge on Bronco defenders, Martinelli grabbed the ball in mid air and fell to the end zone with 9:01 to go in the third quarter, giving the Knights a 24-14 lead

With 12 minutes to go before the Knights conceivably could start their Champaign journey, the Broncos’ Taylor completed the ensuing drive after David’s TD with a 31-yard scoring run just 30 seconds into the quarter, making it 31-28.

In crunch-time, Montini’s drive stalled at the Knight 46, leading to a punt. The Knights, however, went three-and-out, giving the ball back to the Broncos. Montini went 52 yards, ending with Westerkamp’s 19-yard paydirt play.

KHS then stalled at its own 47, on an incompletion to Sean Carter.

“We wanted to be close and have it come down to the fourth quarter, and it didn’t happen tonight,” Fedderly said.

The Knights, who still had a season to remember, have now lost their last three State semifinal games. Their 2006 nemesis, Marian Central Catholic of Woodstock, lost in this year’s quarterfinal to Montini.

Knight boys hoops hope to repeat NIB-12 glory

Photo: Trever Heinle looks to give KHS a lift at guard. File Photo

“Kids know what the expectations are,” says Johnson
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In KHS coach Brian Johnson’s first year, he had the pleasure of Dave Dudzinski in the post.

His second year featured the first conference title for Knight hoops since the Reagan years.

What wrinkle shows itself in the 2011-12 campaign?

“I think its the group that’s been with us now three years,” Johnson said. “Practices go a lot smoother. There’s not as much downtime. Kids know what the expectations are.

Those that are counted on to take up the slack with departure of personnel like Chaon Denlinger, Zach Ringhouse, Tyler Callaghan and Daniel Helm will be returnees like guards Trever Heinle, Drew David, Tyler Heinle as well as senior forward Bryan Van Bogaert.

“Nothing’s a surprise to these kids and they are ready to help,” Johnson said. Tyler made a name for himself in the Rochelle game last year and Trever has put so much time into being a better player.

New varsity additions that are counted on to make an impact for Knight hoops are senior transfer Marcel Neil, formerly of West Aurora, at guard, and junior guard Dan Miller.

“The new guys on varsity this year have already improved in a short time,” Johnson said.

New varsity additions also include sophomore Tyler Carlson, sophomore John Pruett, junior Clay Denlinger, guard Thomas Williams, junior Noel Delgado and junior Matt Limbrunner.

Johnson takes pride in the team’s court awareness.

“Losing guys from last year like we had isn’t good for any program, but the kids have resilience and want to continue to get better,” Johnson said.

The Knights begin their quest to improve their 17-9 mark and conference title from a year ago beginning with the Windmill Classic in Batavia on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Bowling welcomes influx of new blood

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Lady Knights will miss record book-rewriter Holly Thomas, and the team finished with a dual mark of 3-12, there are reasons to be optimistic.

KHS took its last two regular season clashes of the year, while coach Jim McKnight is excited about the pieces fitting together in the lineup puzzle.

“It looks like our varsity is going to start out with quite a battle for the six positions. At this point, the contenders are: senior co-captains Seleana Isaacs and Madi Bluml, returning senior Kayley Larsen, returning juniors Amanda Strayve and Morgan Wojciechowski, and newcomers like junior Ellissa Eckert, sophomore Christie Crews, and freshman Mandy Felella,” McKnight said.

McKnight knows that it’ll take a team effort to supplant the talented Thomas.

“Fortunately, we do have much of last year’s team back, and we also have some exciting new players to watch. We have lots of girls who can compete.” McKnight said.

The Lady Knights will have to deal with its usual brand of worthy competition.

“Last year, when our varsity was able to win, it was because we had the combined high scores of Holly, Isaacs, Wojciechowski, and others,” McKnight said.

Exceptional start for Kaneland girls hoops

by Mike Slodki
ELMHURST, Ill.—For the second year in a row, the Kaneland Lady Knights basketball outfit visited the Immaculate Conception Tournament for Thanksgiving week.

Kaneland has to be liking the beginning fortunes of this year’s tournament already.

Facing Wilmette’s Regina Dominican High School on Saturday, KHS used defense and rebounding in a 35-24 win. On Monday, the Lady Knights looked like a team that put the other tourney outfits on notice with a 57-13 win over Plainfield South.

In the opener, Kaneland employed five steals, 25 rebounds and a stingy defense that allowed just three shot attempts in the fourth quarter.

Post-presence Kelly Evers had a game-high 11 points. Ashley Prost added eight points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Knights were 15-for-35 from the field.

Against the Lady Cougars, Ashley Prost paced the group with 12 points to go with eight steals.

Prost and crew executed the pressure defense needed for a smothering victory, indicated by an astounding 30 steals, of which Lauren Zick had nine.

“We’re really proud of ourselves for accomplishing all our goals that we set out to do,” Prost said. “We’ve been pushing ourselves more than we ever had to.”

Three baskets by Prost and a lay-in by Lexee Guerra put KHS on top early, 8-0. Sarah Grams and Ashley Castellanos added hoops for a 12-0 lead after the first quarter horn.

Kaneland increased the lead to 30-5 at halftime and 46-7 after three, instituting the running clock for the fourth quarter.

Depth, knowledge of system charges girls basketball in ‘11-’12

Photo: Lauren Zick (left) and teammate Ashley Castellanos are two new additions to varsity girls hoops that look to make an impact. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Sixth-year coach Ernie Colombe has the table set for success when it comes to KHS girls basketball.

Now it just needs the mix of experience and youth to add something positive to the table.

Despite a first-round exit a year ago, KHS improved to 13-15, up from nine wins in 2009-10.

The lower class levels had an astounding combined record of 49-1.

Plus, the Lady Knights return four players that found key minutes a year ago.

Adding the new additions, the Lady Knights’ depth could be a strength, one that’s integral to any hope to improving a 3-7 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

“We’re pretty excited and the kids have been working real hard,” Colombe said. “We have a roster of 14, and right now we have maybe 12 that can start. We have a lot of depth, and it brings new challenges. We’re just trying to find ways to utilitze everyone.”

The girls in the program have been playing the same type of basketball for three years now, making things easier on the coaching staff.

“We have the girls playing the same way now. In past years, what would take us a week of practice to learn now just takes us one day,” Colombe said.

Returning to the fold is senior center Kelly Evers.

“She averaged around 11 points last year. Last year, we had girls that would score a bunch in different games, and she was our go-to player for much of the season, and I think we see that happening again. What we’re seeing is the girls that haven’t played with her before are learning how to use a post player,” Colombe said.

Returning teammates of Evers are returning junior starter Emma Bradford, junior Lexee Guerra and sophomore Marina Schaefer.

“Lexee’s stepped up and become more vocal this year, and she’s part of the guards that are stepping up. Emma’s improved and is a player to watch. Marina has improved, and the biggest thing is that she’s playing with confidence,” Colombe said.

Making the leap to varsity from the vaunted sophomore squad of a year ago are girls like guards Sarah Grams, Aly Harner, Ali Liss, Lauren Zick and Ashley Castellanos.

Looking to score some minutes are junior Allyson O’Herron, already inserted into the starting lineup early on, along with fellow starter Ashley Prost at forward. Seeing time at the forward spot are Brooke Harner and Alex Lyons, while newcomer Liz Barnette plays at the post.

“We got a big group of new players that can contribute. Girls like Grams and Liss and Brooke Harner have played well in practice and Prost has played well at the ‘4’ spot,” Colombe said.

Colombe hesitates to provide a desired record for the upcoming campaign.

“I don’t set a benchmark of winning and losing, because I think that’s a byproduct of several things. What we can control is trying to start an identity. I’d like to see what we are defensively, first and foremost.

The Lady Knights began this past week at Immaculate Conception and have their first non-tourney game on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at East Aurora. The first NIB-12 game is Friday, Dec. 2, vs. Morris.

Leadership key for KHS wrestling roster

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’s no small task; to ask a group of grapplers to perform after losing graduates like State-goers Jimmy Boyle and Kyle Davidson of a year ago.

With Knight wrestlers, intangibles they provided will live on in the current crop.

Despite finishing 11-15 in a dual setting, Kaneland had a prolific regional meet, and took what the Class of 2011 left it to heart.

“(Davidson and Boyle) were state qualifiers and four-year varsity starters,” fourth-year KHS coach Monty Jahns said. “Their leadership will be missed, however their tenacity and dedication was taken in by the underclassmen. We expect senior Ben Kovalick to provide solid leadership this year.”

Kovalick competed at 215 pounds a year ago.

“I think Kovalick will lead the Knights this season. Ben is a consistent hard worker that is very coachable,” Jahns said.

Also looking to make hay on the mat are returnees Esai Ponce and Dan Goress, both of whom provided lifts a year ago in the lighter weight classes. Ponce, a junior, was at 119, while classmate Goress excelled at 130 and was one of five Knights to take home regional crowns a year ago.

The Knights are solidifying lineup questions due to the prolonged football quest, but Jahns still has much to be encouraged about.

“This group has an appreciation for the technical skills and is willing to put in extra time to be well conditioned. We’re going to be pretty thin with our line-up for the next week or so, but when all our football players return, I expect the intensity in the practice room to explode,” Jahns said.

Kaneland would love to sync up regular season success with the postseason triumphs, and KHS will need to compete at a high level at duals, and continue the good fortunes at weekend tournaments.

“I think we will just be lacking varsity experience at several weight classes, and that may be difficult to overcome in a dual-meet setting. For tournaments, we’ll have enough very good wrestlers that place high and earn the points needed to compete in a tournament setting,” Jahns said.

Church news for Nov. 23

Immanuel Lutheran offers
annual Christmas concert

BATAVIA—Music ranging from George Frederick Handel to the contemporary English composer John Rutter will be performed at the 18th annual Lessons & Carols program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Two identical concerts will be presented at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church, 905 Hart Road.
A Mass choir will sing music of Advent and Christmas, interspersed by nine Biblical readings by choir members. There will also be congregational singing. The children’s and pre-teen choirs, Celebration Singers and Tongues of Fire, will also participate. Admission is free; an offering will be received. The offertory music will be by Immanuel’s Hand Bell Choir, directed by Anna Sedberry.

Lord of Life Church
invites community for
breakfast, crafts, pictures

La Fox—Lord of Life Church in La Fox invites the public to visit the church anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, for breakfast, crafts and pictures with baby Jesus. Gather for music and a story at 10:45 a.m. For information, call (630) 513-5325, ext. 40, e-mail bzielke@lolchurch.net, or visit www.lolchurch.net.

Geneva Steeple Walk
offers holiday
music concerts

GENEVA—For the third year, the Geneva Cultural Art Commission will host the Steeple Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within a comfortable walking distance.
The Geneva High School Jazz Choir, led by Roxanne Curtis, will perform at the Lutheran Church on Third Street. The chamber orchestra from Larkin High School Visual & Performing Arts Academy in Elgin, Ill., will appear at the United Methodist Church on Hamilton and Second streets.
At the First Church of Christ Scientist on Second and James streets, the Kristin McFadden trio will present a concert of Christmas carols. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on Second Street will host the Misty River Music Makers, a chorus of women whose style originates in four-part barbershop harmony.
Two audience groups attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the Methodist and Lutheran churches, and change places. They then move to the last performances in the Unitarian and Christian Science churches opposite each other on Second Street. Guides will lead each group.
The cost of the work is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center.

Bethany Lutheran offers Swedish Christmas, St. Lucia Festival

Batavia—The Swedish American Children’s Choir presents the 13th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.

The festival will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, and feature music by the choir as well as Ernie Sandquist, Swedish accordionist, Shirley Fox, pianist and Marguerite Karl, soprano. This year’s St. Lucia, Queen of Light, is Alexa Johnson-Roach of St. Charles.

Following the concert, a Swedish Christmas sweet table will be served, and Jul Tomte—Swedish Santa—will visit with the children. Also available for purchase will be baked goods and Scandinavian gift items and books. The Swedish American Children’s Choir is the largest choir of its kind in the Midwest.

Proceeds from the concert will fund a choir tour to Door County, Wis., in the summer.

Tickets are by reservation only and are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12 years old. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 414-9700.

Letter: The Church on the Perch (i.e. Elburn Hill) In gratitude for those who helped in 2011

The church had bare walls and dark halls like old malls
And Darcy the farmer could not leave it like that
Her friends needed something to read while they sat.

She brought in some banners of bread and of wine
Of Easter and Christmas and blessing divine
And hung on the walls in perfect straight line.
All who came in said they liked it like that.
As they read what it said, they thought while they sat
“What gift could we give her? O maybe a hat!”

But she wasn’t done, she said, “Let’s have some fun”
And threw us a party on Weidner house run.
But said “There’s a problem, two helpers we lack!”
And then out came Joan and husband Vidlak

Joan cut up the bread and poured out the juice
And helped in the nursery where kids all ran loose
While Lance set to painting, tree trimming and fixing
Vince Chidester said, “I’ll start cement mixing
I’ll put in some windows and maybe a door
I’ll get cousin Jim to help us some more
But nursery room teaching is just woman’s chore.”
Pauline with Mary from the piano stage nook
Shushed Vincent her husband by a look, what a look!
Then made us all happy with a hymn from her book

But the work was not done, there’s more work to do
You can’t always count on Thing One and Thing Two
So the Kasaps replied, “We’ve got children galore”
Jenny can sing, read scripture and more
And John and Josh can bribe teens in the door
And Jordan and Lydia are what powerpoint’s for
And Lauren’s so cute we all can adore
“We’ll help at the banquet, we’ll come to the group
We’ll play all the parts in the Best Christmas troupe”

Then in came the Knorsts with a bang and a clang
“Hey, don’t forget us! We’re part of this gang
We can do slides and sing on the team
Do nursery and Facebook and Herdmans redeem!”
As Kendra and Galina put on a show
Chloe joined in and then Katy Vo

Chloe filled in wherever was needed
And Kate’s Imogene was thoughtfully treated
Then Tom made a website we thought highly rated
But kept trying to tell us it must be updated
So all of us waited and waited and waited
Till came to our rescue Melissa and Noah
And helped us on line to come out of our coma

Rudy and Kathy said, “Wait just a minute!”
It can’t be all play and all fun and all fidget
Food pantry needs food and not just a snippet
Let’s bring in the bags till we fill up the closet
Who cares it’s so much that we bust through the budget

But Pamela yelled, No! it can’t be like that
That’s opening the bag for the Cat in the Hat
You cannot be giving and tithing from nothing
Budgets make sure that our giving is something

And everyone yelled “Hurray! it’s well said,
We all can do something, we’re surely not dead
Let’s all band together, do something instead
Sue Swanson decides we need yellow and red
And Steven puts lights in the hall overhead
And Kevin is building a brand new tool shed
And Andy and Georgia post sermons t’ our web

Heather and Alison and Ian the brother
Took pictures of fathers and children and mothers
While Melissa played bass with Alex her brother
And Mike plays guitar when he has what he druthers

And last but not least to man-up with the boys
There’s Michael and Christi and Celia with toys
There’s Gary the pastor who talks till you drop
But that’s what he’s paid for, he’s unlikely to stop

But even with all the tripping and skipping
It’s quite a nice place for quipping and sipping
And it couldn’t ‘ve been done without help from above
It comes from God’s Son in a package of love
He meant what He said, and He said what He meant
Jesus is faithful one hundred percent

Gary Augustine
Pastor, Elburn Hill Church

Letter: Help add some history to Christmas in Kaneville

Aprons, in the past, have been a very important part of work in a kitchen. The Kaneville Township Historical Soceity will spotlight the history of this important part of life in the past at its Farley Open House during the Christmas in Kaneville event on Saturday, Dec. 3.

A display of old and newer aprons and kitchen utensils will emphasize the importance of special food during the winter holidays. Whether from recycled feed sacks or treasured handwork, aprons will bring back memories to everyone.

If you have a Kaneville apron or utensil that you would like to loan for the day, please call (630) 557-2202. Men’s work aprons are welcome also. The display will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Lovell Street at the 1840 Farley House by the firebarn in Kaneville.

Lynette Werdin
Kaneville Historical Society

Letter: Thank you for donations during fundraiser

On behalf of all the members of the Kaneville Fire Department, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated during our photo fundraiser. The purpose of this fundraiser was to purchase new gear to replace some of the old (and well worn) gear that the firefighters are using. We have purchased five new sets of gear, and they are already in use at the department.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Kaneville Fire Department.

David Sigmund
Fire Chief Kaneville Fire Protection District

Donald A. McPhail

Donald A. McPhail, 65, of Aurora, formerly of Naperville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph and Margaret (McLean) McPhail.

Donald served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam as an A37 pilot. He was an aerobatic pilot and flew experimental planes with the EAA. Donald was a pilot for American Airlines for 32 years. He loved golfing, kayaking, biking and RVing. Donald was a proud grandpa.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie; kids, Mike (Aika) McPhail, Michele (Adam) Stowers, Jeff (Jeannie) LaMarre, Suzy (Jay) Boxer and Kelly (Paul) Dahl; grandchildren, Lauren, Jackie, Tucker, Natalie, Jack, Jake, Sophie and Violet; siblings, Inez Neuenfeldt, Deerdre Hambleton, John McPhail and Alan McPhail.

A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Military honors will be at 6 p.m., followed by a time of sharing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. NW #500, Washington, DC 20005.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

What to wear: local stylist solves fashion dilemmas

Photo: Mallory Sills is a fashion consultant and personal shopper who helps people change their image. Here she examines some garments from her personal collection. Photo by John DiDonna

by Lynn Meredith
LILY LAKE—Next time you look in the closet and declare, “I have nothing to wear!” help is nearby. Fashion stylist Mallory Sills can solve your dilemma.

As a part of a network of stylists called Style For Hire, Sills studied with Stacy London of the popular fashion makeover show “What Not To Wear.” A kinder and gentler version of London, Sills is available to help clients find what to wear. From one outfit for a special occasion to an entire closet audit, Sills uses her fashion know-how to make sense of your personal and unique style.

Sills is a graduate in fashion marketing from the Chicago Art Institute and received a certificate in Image Consulting from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. But it was only after applying and being accepted at a workshop with London of “What Not To Wear” that she found her own approach to being a stylist.

“I always knew I wanted to be a stylist. Even as far back as middle school, I loved everything about clothes and dressing up,” Sills said. “Stacy is a stylist of everyday people, not just to celebrities, not the extremely wealthy.”

Helping everyday people be the best they can be is what Sills is all about. She learned the basics of fit, style and color, and was tested on her ability to choose appropriate outfits.

“Stacy would have a rack of clothes and a table of accessories. She’d give us a scenario, and we had five minutes to pick out an outfit. Then Stacy would critique our choices,” Sills said.

The workshop was not just for new stylists, but attracted people who had been in the business for 30 years. The mix offered Sills a chance to pick the brains of more experienced stylists.

The process of working with a client is geared toward what the client wants. The relationship begins with a free one-on-one style consultation. Sills talks with the client to find out what she wants to look like. The client then fills out a lifestyle questionnaire that asks about the client’s job and its atmosphere, what social activities she is involved in, the desired price range, particular clothing items she tends to wear and how she would describe her own style.

“I’m helping people express themselves, so I ask what celebrity she wants to look like and what it is about how she dresses that you like,” Sills said. “I do color analysis, but most importantly I do body analysis to figure out your shape.”

If the client wants a closet audit, Sills goes through the client’s wardrobe to see what items to keep, what ones to get rid of and which ones to donate. She offers ways to wear clothes in different ways the client may not have considered.

Sills also does personal shopping. She goes out to the stores and brings back selections for the client to try on, or the client can come along to the store. Sills offers tips on what items look best and how to have a range of prices in your wardrobe with classics costing more and trends purchased at lower prices.

In shadowing other stylists as they worked with clients, Sills observed how sensitive the subject of image and clothes is. People, she said, can be quite attached to their clothes.

“People really share what they’re not feeling good about—especially with their closets. They have an emotional connection to some clothes and are reluctant to get rid of them,” Sills said. “It’s interesting to see how people get attached to their stylists as well and how quickly they open up. We’re a lot like therapists in a way. Stay-at-home moms, for example, often feel they don’t deserve new clothes. I tell them they deserve it more than anyone.”

Resistance comes in all forms when it comes to dressing, but Sills tells her clients to give something new a try.

“I say, ‘Just try it on for me, so I can see how it looks on you and you can see. There’s no commitment to buying it – just see how it goes,’” she said. “At the end we have a pile of what we like, and then from there, what ones we love. It’s a process.”

For more information, visit www.MallorySills.com or call (630) 878-9234.

Fall prescribed burns in area forest preserves

GENEVA—Conditions are once again almost right for the Forest Preserve District to perform prescribed burns in various natural areas throughout Kane County.

Each fall and spring, the district conducts prescribed burns across prairies, woodlands and wetlands to improve or maintain the ecological health of a site. These carefully controlled burns release nutrients from burned plant materials; encourage seed growth; open the woodland floor to sunlight so native wildflowers and plants can flourish, and they reduce an abundance of non-native brush such as buckthorn.

“Fire is a natural and essential ingredient of healthy native ecosystems,” said Drew Ullberg, director of natural resources.

Fires perform a house-cleaning function for nature and woodlands. Prairies are adapted to fire, and depend on it to maintain their unique character.

Sites targeted for the fall burn season include portions of the following properties:

• Big Rock Forest Preserve in Big Rock
• Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve in Elburn
• Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove
• Bolcum Road Wetlands in St. Charles
• Brunner Family Forest Preserve in West Dundee
• Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin
• Fabyan Forest Preserve (East) in Geneva
• Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin
• Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm in Sugar Grove
• Johnson’s Mound in Elburn
• LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles
• Lone Grove Forest Preserve in Maple Park
• Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve in Hampshire
• Pingree Grove Forest Preserve in Hampshire
• Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve in West Dundee

Before a burn, trained staff survey the preserve and create a detailed plan of action. They then carefully monitor the weather and wait until conditions are right, to minimize the chance of smoke blowing toward homes and roads. Staff also notify residents via mail, so that those with health concerns can avoid the smoke.

For more information on prescribed burns, call (630) 232-5980 or visit kaneforest.com.

Sugar Grove Village approves agreement for water meter

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 in favor of an agreement for water meter installation services.

The village will use the contractor United Meter, Inc., who proposed the lowest installation cost of $75 per meter. The program will replace up to 1,000 water meters, which means the total cost of the project could be as much as $75,000. According to a document from Director of Public Works Anthony Speciale and Public Utilities Supervisor Brad Merkel, the village’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget includes funds to contractually install the meters.

“It sounded like basically we were ready to go as soon as we told (United Meter, Inc.), and I would say the average is probably between six and 10 (meters) a day. They probably accommodate full Saturdays usually, so our thought was to get started sooner than later, and since it’s around the holiday season, people are probably home more often,” Merkel said.