Elburn board approves tax levy increase

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board voted to approve a tax levy increase of 24.86 percent, which represents a 22.5 percent decrease from the amount requested last year.

Only Trustee Jerry Schmidt voted against the levy.

“I just believe that now is not a good time to raise taxes for the village of Elburn,” Schmidt said. “I believe there are other areas we could cut instead of raising taxes.”

The tax levy is the first step in a complicated process used to calculate how much each property owner owes in real estate taxes. The levy is the total amount of tax revenue a taxing body requests from Kane County.

“It’s a request by the village to the county for tax dollars needed to support the services provided by the village, such as potable water, wastewater treatment, police protection, streets, and insurance, pensions and audit,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

However, the amount actually disbursed from the county (also called the tax extension) is often less than the levy amount.

For example, the village’s tax levy last year was $939,718, but the actual extension made by the county was $659,933, or about 70 percent of the original request. Anderson said receipts to date show the village still has $700 of the money that was actually extended last year.

The amount to be levied for 2011 is $824,000, which Anderson said he doesn’t expect to receive.

“The bottom line … history has shown it’s not gonna happen, and I guarantee it will not happen,” he said. “If it did, the taxpayer owning a $250,000 real value home—their taxes for the village of Elburn would increase $108.”

Once the total tax extension is determined, that dollar amount is divided by the total equalized assessed valuation of all the property in the village. This then sets the tax rate, which is then applied to each individual property’s equalized assessed value to determine the property taxes owed on that property.

The board has cut more than $300,000 in salaries in the last two-and-a-half years and saved $60,000 by restructuring the health insurance program. Another $300,000 was sheared off the bottom line by negotiating with ComEd on the secondary power source for the wastewater treatment plant, something that is required by law.

Despite those cost-saving measures or Anderson’s assertion that the village will not receive its full levy amount, the potential increase in the village’s tax extension combined with a drop in its total equalized assessed valuation means that tax rates—and possibly total property tax dollars owed—may increase.

The Kane County Assessor’s office has numerous presentations available online to help explain the tax levy process at www.co.kane.il.us/soa/Presentations.htm.

Apron exhibit at 1840 Farley House

Christmas in Kaneville
The apron display is part of Christmas in Kaneville, also 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which features a cookie walk at KUMC & KCCC raffle, crafters at the community center and crafts and music at the library. Santa will be at the firebarn and there’ll be customer appreciation at the Old Second Bank and Hill’s Country Store. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available around town during the event.

by Sandy Kaczmarski
KANEVILLE—Not long ago, aprons were an everyday part of a woman’s apparel as she worked in the kitchen. It’s main purpose was to protect the dress she wore, since she didn’t have too many, and it was easier to wash.

An apron had a variety of uses: as a potholder for hot pans; for wiping off children’s faces; for carrying eggs, vegetables, baby chicks and wood for the stove. It was used as a quick dusting cloth and to be waved in the wind to flag down the men when it was suppertime.

The Kaneville Township Historical Society will exhibit a variety of aprons on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 1840 Farley House on Lovell Street, just across from the fire barn.

“We found several articles in magazines talking about aprons, and it was something to do that’s different,” Lynette Werdin of the Historical Society said of the exhibit.

She said an apron display seemed appropriate for this time of year with the cooking associated with the holidays.

“We decided with cooking and Christmas, we would do an apron display because we knew that some of us had a fancy apron or two lying around from our grandmother,” Werdin said.

She expects to have about 75 or more aprons on display, including “some really old ones and some fancy things you wouldn’t wear for any reason.”

Werdin said she has some aprons that were only worn in the garden.

“That’s where you’d put your tools and seeds, in the pockets of the apron,” she said.

The event is free and there will be small gifts for children. For more information, call (630) 557-2202.

School Board approves 1st reading of fund balance policy

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 6-0 to approve a fund balance policy on first reading.

Board Trustee Ken Carter was absent from the meeting.

The board recommended small adjustments to some wording in the policy. Any changes will reflect in the policy’s second reading, which will take place at the next School Board meeting.

“The wording changes that were made in the policy just gave the board a little more latitude in determining what it will do if our fund balance dips below 45 days cash on hand at the low point in the year,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said.

According to Schuler, the Kaneland School District’s current fund balance is in line with the policy requirement of 45 cash days on hand; however, circumstances, such as the possibility of the state not sending payments to the district, do exist.

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.

Rock-n-Roll fundraiser supports Kaneland Fine Arts Festival

MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival will hold a Rock Fest fundraiser Saturday, Dec.3, at 7 p.m. to raise money for the festival and its yearlong fine arts events.

Student rock bands will be invited to the Kaneland Auditorium stage to celebrate their love of music.

All tickets are $5 each, and seating is general admission. Tickets are sold on the festival website, kanelandartsfestival.org, and at the Kaneland Auditorium box office an hour prior to the show.

Help Elburn Food Pantry, win an iPad

Photo: Dr. David Foss and Hanna Wahl of Vital Chiropractic Family Wellness Center by the donation jar for the Elburn Food Pantry located in the office at 108 Valley Dr. Anyone can donate. Dr. Foss will match the amount in the jar. Photo by Sandy Kaczmarski

ELBURN—Vital Chiropractic in Elburn is encouraging donations to help the Elburn Food Pantry this holiday season.

“I put a challenge to my patients that I’m going to match whatever they donate,” Dr. David Foss said.

Anyone can come into the office at 108 Valley Dr., Suite F and make a donation. Dr. Foss said anyone donating $10 will get a ticket for an iPad drawing, and a $20 donation will also mean a complimentary spinal evaluation.

Donations can be made through Friday, Dec. 16.

Dec. 2 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
• Police responded to a report of a residential burglary Nov. 25 at a residence in the 100 block of Read Street. The owner reported damage to a washer and dryer located in the basement. The offender reportedly entered through an unsecured cellar storm door and pushed open a door leading to the basement. The report said there was damage to the washer, and it appeared someone had defecated inside the washer. Reports say paint was dumped in the dryer along with gallon cans. The residence is in foreclosure and is unoccupied.

• Police responded to a report on Nov. 25 of a damaged sign located on Shannon Street. Police saw two suspects wearing hoodies walking in the area, one carrying two orange traffic cones. One of the suspects ran off but was later caught and idenfitied as Chase J. Ashton, 23, of the 400 block of West Shannon Street. Reports says another suspect was arrested for obstructing identification, but was later released without charges. Ashton was charged with criminal damage to property and taken to Kane County Jail. Police say the traffic cones were returned to behind the building at 117 Main St.

• Scott A. McClellan, 39, of Montgomery, was charged on Nov. 29 with driving under the influence, failure to signal properly and improper lane usage. McClellan posted bond and was released.

Sugar Grove
• Nicole Verwey, 38, of the 200 block of Amie Avenue in Hinckley, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police had initially pulled Verwey over because there was a warrant for her arrest out of Kane County for failure to appear in court after not inoculating her dog with rabies shots.

• Kathleen Krammer, 26, of the 600 block of Windett Lane in Geneva, was issued an ordinance violation for possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle on Nov. 22.

• Shana Taylor, 24, of the 1100 block of N. Hoyne Street in Chicago, was arrested by police on Nov. 24 and charged with possession of cannabis, under 30 grams. Lorenzo Taylor, 19, of the same address, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The best Android apps for school

by Claudia Tovar
Kaneland Krier Reporter

“Angry Birds” the popular game where round birds batter and destroy the pigs who ate their eggs, is now being used to teach Newton’s laws of motion in sixth-grade science teacher Kevin Boltz’s science class.

“What he does is that he figures out the trajectory the birds are in, then he sees the reaction to see if the hypothesis he and his class put together worked,” said Kris Weiss, assistant principal at Harter Middle School. “If it didn’t, he would adjust the hypothesis and test the new one and see if it worked.”

Apps and technology are slowly becoming an integral part of Kaneland classrooms, Weiss said. Teachers of almost every grade are using movie apps to show videos for the subject they teach, and some English teachers use reading apps in their classes.

The district is encouraging it, Weiss said, by starting a 21st century skills pilot program.

“(The pilot is) beginning the process of getting K-12 staff acquainted with and begin integration of technology within the classroom, as a tool to assist in the learning process for the students,” Weiss said.

All the teachers in the pilot received a Motorola Xoom from the district to use in their classrooms.

While rumors that all students in the district will receive an Android Xoom to use in class are simply inaccurate, Weiss said, eventually the district wants to have more tablets and app technology available throughout the district.

“The district is beginning to look into the best manner to get students to access at school to the technologies necessary to address the 21st century skills students need, as stated by p21.org,” she said.

Several apps would benefit high school students right now, Weiss said.

Among the best school apps are:
1. The Periodic Table, by Socratica
Price: Free
This app will help students in either Physical Science or Chemistry. The app shows a list of various options to explore chemical elements. For example, the “learn” option teaches the periodic table and all its details.

2. Google Docs
Price: Free
“I think the Google Docs can have a positive impact on the drafting process. Google docs can save work that can be opened from any computer connected to the Internet. This will allow students to continue working on their papers from home,” said James Horne, English department chair.
Jim Wolf, McDole’s technology teacher, said that Google Docs can be used from any computer.
“Google Docs does not have to be paired up with a Xoom to be of use to students,” Wolf said. “Anyone can use Google Docs as long as they have access to a computer and a Gmail account. Google Docs allows groups to work on documents simultaneously from anywhere as long as they have Internet access.”

3. Khan Academy
Price: Free
This helpful and educational app provides access to videos from www.khanacademy.org. It also produces educational video lessons on topics such as math, science, economics and history.

4. All-in-1 Calc.
Price: Free
This app provides powerful and easy-to-use scientific calculator. The user interface is easy to use, with large buttons and hepatic feedback, and the calculator includes all the usual scientific functions, plus unit and currency converters, constants and functions that allow users to switch to different base systems, such as hex.

5. Homework
Price: Free
This app is a school timetable and homework organizer under one roof. It makes the excuse “Sorry, Miss, I forgot” impossible to use … at least not without a bit of guilt.

6. Assignment Planner
Price: Free
Assignment Planner is yet another app that organizes and keeps track of all important school projects, such as assignments, courses, homework, grades and classes. Reminders can be set to alert the user when assignment deadlines are creeping closer, so at least it won’t be a nasty shock when the day to hand it in comes around.

7. MyMajors
Price: Free
Whether just beginning your college search or narrowing the field, MyMajors provides the answers. The app has three main functions. Users can click “take the quiz,” which narrows college and major options based on what users enjoy and how well they’ve done in class. The “find a major” option provides useful advice on finding a college major based on users’ interests. Take the short college major quiz and find the majors that will be the best fit. The “find a school” option connects users to hundreds of schools in an instant. Users can also connect with colleges interested in recruiting them and opt-in to receive promotions and updates so schools can offer specials such as merchandise discounts or waived application fees.

Explorer program teaches fire fighting skills

by Sabrina Sivert
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Ever wanted to be a hero or give back to your community? Check out the Explorer Post program at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, which allows students ages 14-21 to explore potential careers as fire fighters and emergency medical technicians.

“The post gives Explorers real life work experience and training,” said Lead Advisor Rob Stevens, who is also a Elburn firefighter and paramedic.

The Explorer Post was developed through the Boy Scouts of America and is designed to train young adults to become fire fighters and EMTs. Some of the program’s accomplishments include fundraisers that produce money for training, gear and other training materials, as well as participation in “HOT Week,” which provides hands-on training involving real fire at the University of Illinois. The Post runs community service projects, such as roadside clean-up, free blood pressure screening and a yearly donation of time to help the upkeep of a local 9/11 memorial garden.

The program started in the 1980s at the Elburn and Countryside Ambulance Division, when former Assistant Chief Wayne Stevens and current Fire Marshall Allen Isberg developed a mission to train and develop young adults interested in pursuing careers in the field.

Stevens said he wanted to inspire young adults the way his father had inspired him.

“I joined the fire service because my dad was the director of Elburn Ambulance Department when the Ambulance and Fire Departments merged in 2001. I grew up idolizing my dad’s the willingness and want to strive everyday and make a difference in people’s property and lives,” he said.

Freshman Elise Fichtel is a participant in the Explorer Post program.

“I like the fact that we get to do real things that a fire fighter or EMT does,” she said.

The mission statement for the Elburn Explorer Post 1357 is “knowledge replaces fear,” and the program strives to achieve that with every training activity they do.

“I feel the fire service to me is not a job or career but a calling,” Stevens said.

The department offers students who complete the program the opportunity to possibly become a paid, on-call member of the Elburn Department.

Those interested in joining Explorer Post 1357 at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department can contact Stevens at (630) 365-6855 for a list of orientation nights, which include an initial orientation interview and physical adjuring.

Wayne resident appointed to state board for disabilities advocacy group

WAYNE—Robert J. Molitor of Wayne was sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Developmental Disabilities Advocacy and Community Supports. Molitor is the chief operating officer at Alden Management Services in Chicago.

As COO, Molitor is responsible for oversight of nearly 40 sites of care, which include rehabilitation and health care centers, memory care centers, assisted living communities and health facilities for the developmentally disabled.

Molitor and his wife Michele live in Wayne with their teenage son and daughter.

The center is a nonprofit association comprised of more than 200 community-based residential programs that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Illinois.

We hope to see you at the Stroll

For so many, the Christmas holiday season begins not long after the dishes are cleaned from the Thanksgiving feast. In fact, for some, the season starts sometime that night as the rush to maximize savings begins with its annual Black Friday ritual.

For those of us at the Elburn Herald, the season starts a little bit later, when we turn our office into a life-sized Kandyland game, loosely based on the children’s Candyland board game.

The transformation begins during the week of the annual Elburn Christmas Stroll. This year, it’s set for Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout the village.

Anyone who has stopped in our office this week has seen the supplies begin to build, the materials spreading out, and some—who are unfamiliar with our tradition—likely wondered, “Just what is going on over there?”

Each year since 1997 (not including the one year in which everyone was snowed in their homes and we were unable to finish the transformation), Design Director Leslie Flint has spearheaded an effort to create a magical experience for the hundreds of children who go through our little storefront at 123 N. Main St. in the center of downtown Elburn.

Whether it’s the peppermint forest, the pathway past the various Christmas trees, monster Hershey Kisses and candy bars or any of the other numerous life-sized items, we know the season has officially started when we see the children’s eyes light up as they make their way along the colored pathway.

There are plenty of other activities throughout town during the Stroll, and while all the stops in town are worth your time, we look forward to playing a game of Kandyland with you—it is designed for children of all ages, after all.

Church news for Dec. 1

St. Gall hosts Nativity sets
during Christmas Stroll

ELBURN—The parishioners of St. Gall Catholic Church will display various nativity sets in the parish hall during the Elburn Christmas Stroll Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
St. Gall is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47. The public is invited.

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.

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.

Nativity scenes
on display at Sugar Grove
United Methodist

SUGAR GROVE—Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations and “Come to the Stable.”
The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a display of a variety of Nativity scenes during Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The display includes a “hands-on” area for children. The church is located at 176 Main St. Admission is free. Call the church at (630) 466-4501 for more information.

Chanukah Bazaar
at Congregation
Kneseth Israel

ELGIN—Browse a wide selection of menorahs, candles, dreidles (holiday tops) and many other holiday items at the Chanukah Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4, Sunday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Traditional chocolate gelt (coins) are also in stock. In addition to holiday items, the CKI gift shop contains a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish themed gifts.
The bazaar is hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel. Contact Tina Wolf, at (630) 377-1287 or Sue Johnson, co-chair of the event, at (847)-695-7160.

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.
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.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church
celebrates Advent

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of Advent with a special message series—“Countdown to Christmas Through the eyes of Others,” every Wednesday evening through Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The series focuses on “Mary and Joseph” on Dec. 7, “The Shepherds” on Dec. 14, and “The Stable Keeper” on Dec. 21. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@ HosannaChurch.com or online at HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).

Annual cookie walk,
bake sale

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (UCC) in Hinckley will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including but not limited to beautiful silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, Mary Kay cosmetics, candles, etc.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking.
St. Paul’s UCC is located on the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley.
For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the Church at (815) 286-3391.

Boys hoops split first four encounters

Photo: Marcel Neil goes skyward for a bucket during Saturday’s 55-42 win at the Windmill Classic against host Batavia. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Not a terrible start for a lineup with plenty of turnover and a new opening tournament setting.

Despite a one-point loss to St. Francis in the first game of the 2011-12 season on Nov. 23, the Kaneland Knights boys basketball roster rallied for a 10-point win over Crystal Lake South on Friday and a 13-point win over the Ken Peddy Windmill Classic host Batavia Bulldogs. Tuesday featured a loss to visiting Metea Valley.

The Knights, under third-year head man Brian Johnson, begin at 2-2 after their new opening arrangement, and first week of action.

For years, the Knights began the Thanksgiving weekend at the Strombom Tourney in Sycamore.

Against the eventual tourney champ St. Francis Spartans, the Knights lost 56-55 and were paced by sophomore Thomas Williams’ 13 points, Trever Heinle (All-Tournament Team member) with 10 and Tyler Heinle’s 10.

St. Francis took a 16-13 lead after one, and led 32-30 at halftime, before seeing its lead increase to 45-39 after three. KHS closed the margin some, but couldn’t break the barrier.

Against the Gators two nights later, the Knights were fortunate to have 27 points from Trever Heinle at their disposal, plus 11 from West Aurora transfer Marcel Neil.

After a deadlocked 12-12 first quarter, KHS went ahead 26-23 at the half and 37-33 after three before making the lead stick and then some in the fourth.

Against former conference rival Batavia, which was missing scoring threat Cole Gardner, KHS found twin 17-point efforts from both Neil and Trever Heinle.

“One of our goals is to pressure teams, and I think we’re hard to guard, especially for teams that aren’t used to more athletic guys,” Johnson said. “That helps us, and gives us an edge at times on the offensive end.”

Heinle and Neil made three straight shots for the Knights for an early 8-2 lead with five minutes, 42 seconds to go in the first. Once the Bulldogs tied the score at 10, Heinle jacked a three and converted on another field goal for a 15-10 lead with 19.1 seconds to go that closed out the first frame’s scoring.

The second quarter also went the Knights’ way.

Up 21-17, Neil had an offensive putback, while Tyler Heinle hit a three for a 26-17 lead with 2:10 remaining in the half. A Trever Heinle bucket made it 28-18 just before the halftime buzzer.

Kaneland used a strong quarter by Neil to go up by as many as 17 points, and the frame ended with Kaneland up 39-22.

A Neil basket elevated KHS to its biggest lead of 44-24 with 6:18 to go in the game. But Batavia converted on shots it hadn’t previously and closed the lead to nine, before the Knights exhibited ball control and clock management beneficial to the winning cause.

Neil’s effort was key in the win, and it had to do with letting the game come to him.

“Some of my shots weren’t falling, and then I just attacked the rim and (started) making things happen and we got a lot of buckets,” Neil said. “We just started breaking the defense down and taking our time, relaxing and playing as a team.”

In the 87-65 setback to Metea Valley, KHS kept it to a 43-35 deficit at the half, and 59-50 after three, but then saw the fourth quarter get out of hand for the final deficit.

The Knights were paced by Williams’ 14, Neil’s 12 and Drew David’s 10.

Kaneland now heads into NIB-12 play with a home date against the Morris Redskins on Friday, Dec. 2.

Lady Knights take IC crown, drop to EA

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If you asked Kaneland girls basketball its favorite activity during this opening juncture of the season, it might just offer an answer of collecting hardware.

With two more wins at the continuing Immaculate Conception Tournament against Lisle and the host, the Lady Knights took home their first tournament plaque since the heyday of Lyndsie Long, Jessica Lund and current assistant coach Kelsey Flanagan six years ago.

“We feel like this team still has a lot of room to improve, especially offensively,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “The key for us in the tournament was that defensively we played as a unit the entire tournament. We were able to create a ton of turnovers and wear down our opponents by continuing to pressure the ball with a deep rotation.”

The four-game win streak stopped on Tuesday night in East Aurora, with a 52-33 loss.

Regardless, Kaneland girls can boast of a 4-1 start.

Against the Lady Lions of Lisle, the Lady Knights held the opponent to 13 points in the first half en route to a 31-23 win.

Kaneland was 10-for-31 from the field, and 10-of-20 from the foul line. Post player Kelly Evers was tops with 10 points.

In the tourney final, a 12-10 halftime lead for Kaneland quickly turned into an 18-17 hole after three before exemplary defense and free throws down the stretch helped toward a win.

KHS had a 13-3 edge in successful foul shots. Ashley Prost had a team-high eight points followed by tourney MVP Evers’ seven and Brooke Harner’s seven.

East Aurora went out to a 26-11 lead on Tuesday, but saw Kaneland cut it to 30-22 in the third before the Lady Tomcats went up 42-25 after three.

Allyson O’Herron had a team-high 12 points for the Kaneland crew.

The Lady Knights kick off their NIB-12 season by hosting Morris on Friday, Dec. 2.

Postseason honors kick in for soccer

Four Knights named to elite squad after regional final run
KANELAND—Kaneland High School soccer saw more benefits roll in even after this last season.

Having made it all the way to the regional final before being ousted by Marmion Academy, the Knights’ squad saw four of its own named to the Northern Illinois Big XII East division All-Conference team, as handed down in November

The Knights had junior midfielder Alex Gil, junior defender Alec Koczka, senior forward Jordan Escobedo and sophomore forward Anthony Parillo named to the elite group.

Meanwhile, sophomore forward Tyler Siebert and senior defender Pedro Perez earned honorable mention nods for their season.

Rochelle brought the most East division honors with five players, and DeKalb’s midfielder Sammy Lake, a senior, won the division MVP.

In the West division, Sterling’s Bryan Gutierrez won the MVP honors.

The Knights finished 12-7-1, and fell short of their quest to clinch a second straight regional title.

Buschbacher tops in NIB-12 with offensive MVP honors

KANELAND—Honors for Kaneland Knights football are now coming as frequently as a monster gain on a Friday night in Maple Park.

Senior wideout Quinn Buschbacher was one of an NIB-12 -best 11 Knights to earn all-conference honors in the East division, with the senior captain earning offensive MVP honors, as well.

Morris’ Hunter Barry took defensive MVP honors.

The Knights’ 11-deep all-conference roster will see the return of six for the 2012 season. Coach Tom Fedderly mentioned in August that a big key to projected success was the return of a handful of all-NIB-12 personnel.

KHS can now boast senior Buschbacher, along with seniors Sean Carter (WR), Ryan Noel (DL), Ben Kovalick (DL) and Jacob Razo (DB). Juniors are OL Nick Sharp, DB Kory Harner, LB Ryan Lawrence and LB Blake Bradford. QB Drew David was one of only three sophomores in the conference to earn top honors, along with OL teammate Alex Snyder.

Morris added 10 members to the list, followed by Sycamore with eight.

Bowling falls to DeKalb in opener

by Mike Slodki
DeKALB—In the confines of Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, the Lady Knights (0-3) probably felt like it was unfriendly surroundings in a loss to fellow tenant DeKalb on Nov. 22.

In the 3,228-2,422 season-opening loss to the Lady Barbs, the top score of the meet went to DeKalb’s Jessica Eberly with a 576 series.

For Kaneland, the charge was led by senior Madi Bluml, who bowled a 469 series, followed by junior teammate Amanda Strayve’s 431 effort.

Top games were bowled by Strayve at 182 and Bluml at 179.

Strayve will be relied upon, along with select other Lady Knights, to supplant the loss of graduate Holly Thomas.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but I think I improved over the summer,” Strayve said.

Against their Route 23 rivals, Marengo, the team that calls Glo-Bowl home got the upper hand in a 3,196-2,362 affair on Monday.

Christie Crews led the KHS charge with a 491 series, followed by Seleana Isaacs at 465.

Top games were bowled by Crews at 214 and Isaacs at 176.

Tuesday featured a visit to Blackhawk Lanes in Sterling, where the Lady Knights fell 3,433-2,672.

Strayve bowled a team-high 524 series, while she and Crews bowled team-high 213 games.

NIB-12 volleyball accented with Siebert MVP tag

Senior leads East Division honors, joined by three teammates
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a productive year for Kaneland volleyball, much like last year.

But this year, the Lady Knights can not only boast 38 wins in the last two seasons, but can now trumpet a conference MVP in its ranks.

Kylie Siebert, a senior, who provided stability at the libero position, was voted by coaches to be the NIB-12 East division MVP.

“It’s an honor that we were able to have both Kylie and Katy make the All Conference Team,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “And another step further, Kylie is our first All Conference, MVP, Player of the Year. Most MVP’s are setters or hitters and the liberos and smaller players get overlooked. Kylie has done a tremendous job of laying everything on the court.”

Kaneland also welcomed senior Katy Dudzinski to the first team. Dudzinski is bound for the Wichita State University volleyball program.

In the east, the Lady Barbs of DeKalb produced the most first-team nominees with three.

KHS was also happy to add senior Grace Fabrizius and junior Lauren Banbury to the honorable mention list.

In the West, LaSalle-Peru senior Sammi Herron earned the MVP tag.

Wrestlers see some success in Saturday meet

KANELAND—The season opener featured a 45-34 loss to Wheaton-Warrenville South, a 34-28 win over the Pretzels of Freeport, and a 42-36 loss to Burlington Central.

The Saturday festivities yielded a 1-2 start for KHS.

Against the Tigers, the Knights saw encouraging victories, to be sure. 106-pound entry Steve Gust came away with an 8-3 win, while three of his fellow Knights secured pinfall victories.

113-pounder Connor Williams won in one minute, 56 seconds. Esai Ponce, at 132, won in 1:01. 195-pound rep Steven Hlatko pinned his adversary in 32 seconds, while 285-pound entry Zach Theis followed quite admirably in 2011 grad Jimmy Boyle’s tracks, earning a :31 pinfall.

In the win over Freeport, Gust won 11-0, while Williams won 10-1. 220-pound cornerstone Ben Kovalick won 6-1, Ponce earned a :39 stick, and Hlatko took a fall in 3:17.

Taking on the Rockets, the Knights saw an 8-3 win for Gust, an 8-2 win for Williams, a 1:21 pinfall for Ponce, a 3:55 win for 145-pound entry Kyle Ocasio, a 1:06 win for Hlatko and a 2:57 pinfall by Theis.

On the horizon for Kaneland is a meeting with visiting rival Sycamore on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Pitcher Crosby added to 40-man roster

DETROIT—Left-handed pitcher Casey Crosby, a member of Kaneland’s Class of 2007, was added to the Detroit Tigers’ 40-man roster for spring training, and will attend camp with the MLB outfit in Lakeland, Fla., in spring 2012.

A fifth-round pick, Crosby will attend the camp with other highly touted prospects; a summer after going 9-7 for Class AA Erie.

White Knights of the gridiron


The Kaneland Youth Football league’s White Knights 9U took first place in the MYFC conference tournament. Team members are, front row (from left): Kolby Roye, Max Gagne, Trevor Carlson, Will Giffney, Jimmy Marczuk, Ryan Vanplew, Guy Sreenan, Will Niedzwiecki; Middle row: Tom Eberhardt, Carter Johnson, Max Drancik, Zack Beatty; back row: Water Girl Nicole Sreenan, Andrew Lindow, Mason Sweeney, Colton Doll, Ben Durbala, Seth Nosek, Connor Collins, Bryce Ebert; last row: Head Coach Danny Sreenan, Coach Brian Beatty, Coach Brian Roye. Not Pictured is Coach Scott Niedzwiecki, and Hans Griesinger. Courtesy Photo

Alberta M. Braffet

Alberta M. Braffet, 87, of DeKalb, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill. She was born on Sept. 2, 1924, in Little Rock Township, Kendall County, the daughter of Wayne and Catherine (Vilmin) Griswold.

Alberta was united in marriage on July 30, 1947, to Mr. James “Pat” Braffet, and they spent many happy years together until his passing. Mrs. Braffet was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She was a longtime member of the Sugar Squares, Square Dancing Club. Alberta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Vicky) Braffet of DeKalb, Craig (Patti) Braffet of Hinckley, Jim (Sue) Braffet of Sandwich, Ill., and Curtis (Peggy) Braffet of Carlock, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Lorraine (Marion) Griswold of Yorkville, Ill.; her sisters, Leona Meade of Phoenix, Ariz., Marcella Johnson of Sandwich, Ill., and Marian Hester of Yorkville, Ill.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Catherine Griswold; her husband, James “Pat” Braffet; and her brother, Gerald Griswold.

A memorial funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple St. in Hinckley. Interment will be private.

Friends may visit from 3 until 7p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Funeral Home in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (815) 286-3247.

Orva Irene Jump

Orva Irene Jump, 76, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1935, the daughter of George T. and Irene H. (Austin) Ramer in Elgin, Ill.

Orva grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1954 and soon found work at National Brush Company. It was there that a certain soldier caught her eye, and with a little persistence, her heart. Before long their two lives became one as Orva was united in marriage to Nickolas Jump on June 29, 1957, at Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora.

They began their new life together on Lincoln Avenue in Aurora for a time before settling on Spruce Street in 1962. There they made a million memories together before Nick’s passing in 2008. Although it was never the same, Orva continued to make her home on Spruce Street, content to spend as much time as she could with friends and family.

In addition to National Brush, Orva worked at the Campana Building in Batavia as a line worker, packing boxes with caramels until it closed down in the late 1970s. In 1982, she began working full time at the Wayside Cross Mission in Aurora. When her first and only granddaughter came along in 1988, Orva went down to part time so that she could spend time and create a special relationship with Katie. When her two grandsons, Nickolas and Zachary, were born, you could find no other grandmother more proud than she. Eventually she dedicated all her love and time to her grandchildren until declining health ended her reign as “babysitter supreme.”

Orva was a long time and most faithful member of the Orchard Community Church in Aurora.

There wasn’t a thrift store or garage sale that didn’t catch her eye, but only if there was a bargain in the making. When there were bargains to be had, Orva was quick to pick up any item that a family member or friend might need, but of course she also added to her own collection of cookbooks, angels, bells, walking sticks, and salt and pepper shakers, to name a few.

Anytime was a good time to have a party, and for Orva, bigger was always better. Never did a birthday pass without her singing “Happy Birthday” in her best singing voice over the phone. Orva didn’t really need a reason to pick up the phone to call her family and friends, she could spend hours on the phone and not think twice. Orva’s heart overflowed with love for her family and her community. She will be remembered most for social nature, caring heart and memorable friendship.

She is survived by two children, Michael A. (Michelle) Jump of Somonauk, Ill., and Michelle I. Romero of Aurora; three grandchildren, Katie Romero, Nickolas Romero and Zachary Jump; six siblings, Catherine (Tom) Schattke, Vivian Ramer, Ivan (Linda) Ramer, Bonnie (Dean) Anderson, Jim (Cathy) Ramer and Bob Ramer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends who will remember her well.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nick; and two brothers, Georgie and Donnie Ramer.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at The Orchard Community Church, 101 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, on Thursday, Dec. 1. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., also at the church, on Friday, Dec. 2. The Rev. Scott Hodge, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at East Pierce Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Orva’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Aurora Animal Shelter and St. Jude’s. Checks may be made to the “Orva Jump Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

William B. Roxworthy

William B. Roxworthy, 64, of Elburn, formerly of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. His battle against cancer took his body but could never break his spirit, and he now embraces the promise of his Savior.

He was born the youngest of six on Sept. 20, 1947, in Chicago, the son of Thomas J. and Georgiene (Thompson) Roxworthy.

Bill grew up in Barrington Hills, Ill., and attended local schools. After graduating from Barrington High School with the class of 1965, Bill attended Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.

Bill was lucky in love. Bill met his future bride when he was only 16 years old. While cruising around with his best friend, they stopped to visit another friend, John Mack. As they pulled up to the Mack house, his eye fell on John’s 14-year-old sister, Nancy, as she washed her dad’s car in the driveway. The minute he saw her he fell in love. They dated all through high school and college. During this time, the nation was calling its youth to serve in the armed forces. Though many were drafted, Bill chose to enlist into the United States Army in October of 1966. Bill faithfully and proudly served his country, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam. While separated, Bill and Nancy wrote to one another daily. In one letter, he mentioned his upcoming “R&R” to Hawaii. Bill was shocked and overjoyed to see Nancy on the tarmac, waiting for his plane to land. While in Hawaii, they decided to make their love official and united in marriage on July 17, 1968.

He returned to civilian life after his honorable discharge in May of 1969. He came home to Barrington and into the waiting arms of a beautiful wife and a newborn son, Philip. The family grew to include two more children, Kelly in 1970, and Kerry made the family complete in 1971. After moving to Palatine, Ill., and their first home, Bill and his family moved to St. Charles in 1977. A lifetime of family memories were made in St. Charles with school, sports, social and church activities. Once the children were grown, Bill and Nancy moved to Elburn, where they made a home perfect for grandkids that now number 10.

Bill’s education, which began in North Dakota, continued when he returned home from Vietnam. In need of a job to support his instant family, his oldest brother Tom found him an advertising job in Chicago. He juggled the responsibility of his growing family while working and taking night classes. Advertising sales and publishing became his calling; over the years Bill found himself working for some of the most well-known magazines in the country, including Cosmopolitan, Parents Magazine, Mechanix Illustrated, Field & Stream, Better Homes & Gardens and Sport magazines. He retired from his dream job with Ski Magazine at age 49, which allowed him time for his creative talents.

Bill, never one to sit idle, started up a small business aptly named “Good Dog Landscaping.” He also dedicated much time to his artistic passions. He created watercolor landscapes born of not only his imagination, but from the inspiration of iconic farming structures and the rural countryside surrounding his home. He could be found most days painting in his quaint studio out back with his dog Wrigley for company.

Bill’s childhood was cut short by the death of his parents when he was still just a boy. He quickly found that if life brought you strife, you needed to adapt and make your own “sunshine” to share. Bill was a talker and a born salesman who never met a stranger. He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart so big it had room for anyone and everyone. If anyone was in need, Bill was ready to lend a helping hand and always had a hug ready to share. Bill supported many causes and organizations, not only monetarily, but with his time and talent as well. Bill was a member of the team that implemented Planetree at Delnor Hospital, a patient centered model of care. Bill and Nancy donated a seven-foot-tall star sculpture at the entrance to Delnor Hospital to recognize the dedication of Delnor employees.

Though he worked in print advertising, his hobby was his fellow man. Whether it was coffee with friends or a speech in front of fellow businessmen, Bill had a way about him that put you instantly at ease. Bill loved the outdoors and was known as “tractor grandpa” to his grandkids. He also was an avid golfer with a standing tee time every Sunday at Settler’s Hill, where he created lasting friendships for years. Fishing also caught his attention very early in life with his father and brothers, and he returned the favor by sharing that passion with his kids and grandkids. Together they brought in huge catches—not just tall tales. Bill was passionate about all of God’s creatures, especially dogs, many of which found a place not only in his heart but also in his home. Bill loved his family with the strength of 10 men, and was most happy when surrounded by the love of his wife, his children and later, his grandchildren who became the apple of his eye and the talk of the town. Bill leaves millions of memories and a legacy of love and passion that will be carried on by his family and friends for generations to come.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; three children, Philip (Emily) Roxworthy and their children, Lucy, Mack, Hope and Chloe, Kelly (Ethan) Matyas and their children, Jake, Charlie, and Grace, and Kerry (Ian) Franke and their children, Brendan, Alison and Megan; four siblings, Jim (Barbara) Roxworthy, Pat Rydin, Don (Jo Ellen) Roxworthy and Dennis (Laurie) Roxworthy; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Roxworthy; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Roxworthy; sister-in-law, Connie Roxworthy; brother-in-law, Russell Rydin; two nephews, David Roxworthy and Brian Mack; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Mary Ellen Mack.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to conclude visitation at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A brief visitation began the following morning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, also at the funeral home, and conclude with military honors. Following the presentation, there was a short procession to St. Gall Catholic Church, where there was a Catholic Mass to celebrate his life, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the ASPCA, Delnor Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks may be made to the “William Roxworthy Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can find his full life story.

Helmut Wituk

Helmut Wituk, 63, passed away Nov. 25, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born in Wels, Austria, on Dec. 17, 1947, the first of eight children born to Wassil and Katherine Zehetner Wituk.

As a small child, his family moved to Elburn. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force.

While stationed at McConnell AFB, he would meet the love of his life. On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Carol Vinduska at Pilsen, Kan. Here, they would make their family home. Helmut was a sales representative for many years with Donahue Manufacturing; he later worked for Golden Living Center and Prairie Land Partners in maintenance.

Helmut was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sons, Jason Wituk of Wichita, and Scott Wituk of Wichita; five grandchildren, Madeline, Braden, Emma, Nathan and Alex; and siblings, Mark Wituk of Batavia, Judy Woods of Montgomery, Fran Joyner of Elburn, Kathy McIlnay of New Bedford, Ill., Betty Wituk of Batavia, and Heidi Jakubaitis of Batavia.

All services will be held at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Neb., with the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Funeral Mass to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Interment will be in the Pilsen Cemetery. Memorial funds have been established for the Fr. Kapaun Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Marion, KS, 66861.

Douglas Murrey Zolper

Douglas Murrey Zolper, 73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Aurora and Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Elgin, the son of the late William L. and Mary Ellen Zolper.

Doug married Mary Lou Southwick on Dec. 28, 1963, in Aurora.

Doug graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Aurora University. He later attained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University. Doug began his teaching career with School District 129 in 1962 at Nicholson Elementary School. In 1966, he was appointed Director of Gifted Education and Staff In-Service Training for West Aurora Schools.

In 1972, Doug was named the Principal at Greenman Elementary School and remained in that position until his retirement in 1994. In 1993, he was honored with the West Aurora School District’s Golden Apple Award for his many contributions over his 32 years with the district. Doug had many fond memories of the students, staff and parents at Greenman Elementary School, and he missed them dearly. In 1997, Doug and Mary Lou moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. They enjoyed traveling, especially a leisurely cruise or a visit to interesting places, such as Bangkok, Berlin, Istanbul, London, and the coastal villages of Cornwall. The best summer days were spent with family and friends on the Prestbury Golf Course and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his sister, Sandra Zolper of Aurora.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Leigh Davidson; and his brother, Michael Zolper.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Healy Chapel. 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private graveside service will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Foundation for the West Aurora Schools in care of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506-9913, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Letter: Blessing of the Manger tradition carries on

The Conley Funeral Home and Conley Outreach Community Services invite the Kaneland community to join in our annual Blessing of the Manger on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. on Conley Corners.

The life-size manger scene has been a Conley tradition since the early 1950s, when Chuck Conley built the first one on the funeral home lawn. Now located on the corner of Pierce and Main streets, the manger features hand-painted figures and a motion-activated recording of the Christmas story, narrated by Bruce Conley and other Conley staff. The blessing, which takes place each year during the Elburn Christmas Stroll, includes short readings, the Kaneland Madrigals and candle lighting. We hope you will make the Blessing of the Manger part of your Elburn Stroll experience.

Carol Alfrey
Conley Outreach
Community Services