Village looks to maintain services in 2012

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—As the Elburn Village Board looks to the new year, it will be challenged to find ways to keep up services and finish projects that will affect the future of the village.

The first order of business is to figure out how to maintain the level of services the village provides in the face of a mandate by the state to fund the police pension fund, Village President Dave Anderson said. Now that the village has hit the 5,000-mark in population, it is required to put an upfront, lump-sum payment of $162,765 into the fund within the first year, and in addition come up with a 21 percent contribution out of the police salaries.

“I’m deeply concerned with where we’re going to come up with the money,” Anderson said. “It’s an unfunded mandate from the state.”

On the March 20 ballot, voters will be asked to pass a line item levy to pay for the police fund. If it does not pass, the money will come out of the general operating fund. That can affect the level of services, such as how often streets get plowed after a snowstorm, storm sewer work and street repairs.

The Anderson Road bridge project is expected to get started early in the year. The county plans to go out for bids this spring. The village plans to finalize an annexation agreement sometime this year. A public hearing was to be continued at a Planning Commission meeting on Jan. 4 at Village Hall.

Also this spring, the Kane County Forest Preserve will have a grand opening of the trailhead at North and Reader streets that links the village of Elburn to the Elburn Forest Preserve.

The village will work on updating the Comprehensive Land Use plan over the course of the year. It will take bids from firms that will facilitate the map amendments and modernizing the plan. Money for the project comes from a $100,000 grant.

The waste water treatment plant building will be updated by replacing pumps and wells.

“It’s a modernization of a 40-year-old plant. Some of it are safety issues,” Anderson said. “The updates will take care of the existing village and would have to be done regardless of any or no development.”

Anderson said that painting the water tower is something that needs to be done, but he’s not sure if it fits in this year’s budget.

“You have to maintain. You can pay now or you can pay later,” he said. “This board looks at tasks and issues as if it were their own home.”

Elburn man dies in New Year’s Day house fire

ELBURN—A house fire on New Year’s Day claimed the life of an Elburn man.

Robert J. O’Donnell, 50, was discovered by firefighters from the Elburn and Countryside First Protection District after they extinguished a fire in O’Donnell’s home on the 1200 block of Wise Street on Jan. 1. O’Donnell was found in the upstairs master bedroom and pronounced dead at the scene by the Kane County Coroner’s Office, with the time of death at approximately 2:30 p.m.

O’Donnell’s wife was not home at the time of the fire.

The blaze took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to extinguish upon their arrival at 2:24 p.m. According to the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, the cause of death is still pending per the Kane County Coroner’s official report. The cause and origin of the fire are also being withheld while a third-party investigator, hired by the homeowner’s insurance provider, reviews the incident.

FitMama invites public to grand opening, ribbon cutting

La Fox—FitMama is inviting women to bring their families and their resolutions to the FitMama grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. at 1N254 LaFox Road, Unit E, in downtown La Fox. Ribbon-cutting will take place at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served and raffles will be offered, as well as a chance to meet the team of 16 Founding FitMamas.

Founder Erin Schaefer started FitMama Bootcamp in Elburn in May 2011 with a half-dozen local moms in a park in her neighborhood, and within months, FitMama grew by word of mouth to nearly 50 women. This prompted a recent expansion into the new indoor facility located in downtown LaFox. FitMama offers a variety of classes in addition to the bootcamp sessions, including yoga, pilates, Zumba and kickboxing. Childcare is also available for morning sessions for a small additional fee.

Since losing nearly 100 pounds with the help of a personal trainer, Erin has competed in nine triathlons (even one running barefoot) and a half marathon and is always eager to set further goals, including training for an Ironman 70.3 in 2012.

Erin is an NCSF Board Certified Personal Trainer with over 1,000 hours of training experience training women and men ranging in age from 15 to 75. She has experience with performance enhancement training for athletes, nutrition consultations, and is also a Power Plate specialist and is AED/CPR certified.

Erin is unlike any other trainer because of her ability to relate to clients who aren’t as fitness-focused as others. Her passion for training shows through in her vast knowledge of function and movement of the musculoskeletal system, how these are affected by past lifestyle habits and other factors, and the best methods for changing these for the greatest outcome.

A mother of two young children, she always emphasizes the importance of setting time aside for yourself to stay healthy and fit.

“I make my children the reason I workout, not the excuse not to,” she said.

For more information, contact Erin at or (630) 337-6001 or visit

New electronic products disposal law in effect

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—Did you get a new TV for Christmas? Are you ready to throw out the old computer? You will have to find other ways to get rid of these outdated products, according to a new law.

Effective Jan. 1, a new phase of the Electronic Products Recyling and Reuse Act went into effect. It establishes a landfill ban on 17 electronic products. Things like TVs, monitors, electronic keyboards, cable receivers and printers will no longer be collected with the regular trash.

At the regular Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Trustee Jeff Walter raised the question about how to get rid of electronic products if Waste Management could no longer pick them up.

According to the law, electronics must now be taken to a registered recycler where they will be disposed of in a way that does not waste the valuable resources of our landfills and potentially contaminate groundwater, as under the old system of dumping in landfills.

The village is checking with Waste Management to see if other arrangements are available, perhaps for a fee. Otherwise, Kane County has three locations that routinely collect electronic equipment. With the economy the way it is, people might be willing to reuse.

“You can probably put it out at the trash, and these days, somebody will take it,” Dave Anderson said.

For more information, visit under R for Recycling or contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County’s Recycling Coordinator at or (630) 208-3841.

Drop-off locations to recycle electronics in Kane County
Kane County monthly electronics and book recycling collection event:
540 S. Randall Road,
St. Charles
(630) 208-3841
2nd Saturday of each month,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Batavia Public Works Department electronics drop-off
200 N. Raddant Road, Batavia
(630) 454-2310
Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ReStore Electronics recycling drop-off
800 N State Street,
(847) 742-9905
Wed-Fri, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 6 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.

Sugar Grove
• Daniel E. Darimont, 54, of the 2400 block of Chatham Road in Aurora, was arrested by police on Dec. 21 and charged with DUI, DUI of .189 and improper lane usage.

• Megan E. Hanlon, 19, of the 400 block of Gray Street, was issued an ordinance citation on Dec. 29 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Jordan C. Bergmann, 21, of the 8000 block of Sierra Woods Lane in Carpentersville, Ill., was arrested on Jan. 1 and issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, disobeyed stop sign, expired registration, driving without insurance, driving while license suspended and DUI.

Safety first

Sergeant Buzz Hodges of the Maple Park Police Department hands Zack Gould, 13, an unloaded weapon to examine. Hodges and Officer Andy Rissman, along with Ted and Theo Mikrut of the National Rifle Association, held gun safety classes for kids on Dec. 29 at the Village Hall. There were classes for older as well as younger kids. They learned things to do and what not to do when coming in contact with guns. It is part of an ongoing program to protect families from gun-related injuries or death. Photo by John DiDonna

KHS finishes 3rd at Plano Christmas Classic

Photo: Marcel Neil (23) holds his own block party in the initial Plano Christmas Classic matchup against Morris last week, with teammate Thomas Williams (24) close by. For his efforts in the four games, Neil was named to the All-Tournament team for the third-place Knights. File Photo

PLANO, Ill.—If you want to improve yourself as the year ends to give yourself hope in the new year, Kaneland boys’ basketball had the right idea.

The Knights improved on last year’s sixth-place finish at the Plano Christmas Classic by finishing in third place, including a win over last year’s Classic champ.

When the final buzzer sounded on 2011 play, the Knights went 3-1 in the tourney. After a Dec. 27 win over Morris, the Knights beat Streator 53-47 on Dec. 28, lost to Yorkille 61-50, and edged 2010 champ Rockford Christian 45-41, with a late rally to cinch up a record of 9-4 (3-0 Northern Illinois Big XII).

Against conference crossover rival Streator, the Knights saw 16 points from Drew David, 12 from Marcel Neil and 11 from Tyler Heinle in the win. Additionally, the Knights were also beneficiaries of 31 trips to the line, of which the KHS crew had 21 conversions.

KHS had a 17-14 lead after one quarter and led 30-20 at the half. Streator closed to within 41-36 at the end of three before the Knights held firm.

Against the Foxes, Neil’s 14 points were tops, along with Thomas Williams’ 11 points.

Yorkville led 14-13 after one, but KHS rallied for a 27-25 halftime lead. The Foxes then took charge with a third quarter that ended with KHS down 42-36 before the final frame.

In the finale against the Royal Lions, the Knights were paced by Dan Miller’s 13 points and Williams’ 10.

KHS led 11-10 before falling behind 23-18 at the half. The Knights still trailed 33-29 after three before a 16-8 run closed the game in Kaneland’s favor.

With the holiday tournaments out of the way, the Knights prepare for Yorkville once again, in Kendall County on Friday, Jan. 6.

Top finishes at the Plano Christmas Classic
Belvidere 61,
Yorkville 51

Kaneland 45,
Rockford Christian 41

Aurora Ch. 75,
Ottawa 45

Streator 59,
H-BR 55

Buzzer-beater batters Kaneland girls in Winter Classic Finale

Photo: Emma Bradford (32) finds herself in a sea of Mustangs during competition last week at the Oswego East Wolves Winter Classic. Kaneland lost three of four contests in the gathering. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
OSWEGO, Ill.—This year, more so than most, the Lady Knights play up to tough competition and rarely get blown out.

That doesn’t provide much solace after a tournament-ending loss like the one on Friday.

A last-second bank shot by Plainfield East in the third-place consolation game ended the Kaneland troops’ winning hopes in a 47-45 result.

Kaneland also lost a 37-34 matchup with East Aurora on Thursday, and came away with a 47-33 win over Plainfield North in Oswego East Wolves Winter Classic action. The Lady Knights finished up 1-3 in the 2011 grouping, and finished the year with a 9-5 record (2-1 Northern Illinois Big XII) before leaping into 2012.

West Chicago edged South Elgin by one point in the final.

Allyson O’Herron had a game-high 17 points vs. the Bengals, and the Lady Knights were 17-of-41 from the field.

After leading 24-19 at halftime, a scoring drought felled Kaneland. Plainfield East went on a 15-0 run by being aggressive in the paint. Down 10, Brooke Harner converted a three-point play to close to 34-27, and thus started a 13-0 run on Kaneland’s end, extending into the fourth quarter.

Things looked to be going the way of KHS when O’Herron hit a basket to go up 43-38 at the halfway mark of the quarter.

Two ensuing baskets by the Bengals made it 43-42 with 2:32 remaining. Kaneland’s final bucket came on a putback by Ashley Prost with 1:22 remaining. Faith Suggs converted a three-pointer with 60 seconds remaining to tie the game. With 12.6 seconds to go, Kaneland was whistled for a traveling violation, giving the ball back to Plainfield East. After inbounding the ball, Faith Suggs banked a shot off the glass just before the clock hit zero for the 47-45 final margin.

KHS coach Ernie Colombe feels he got a better look at his team, despite the downer ending.

“I think we’ve gotten better,” Colombe said. “We talked about not getting too caught up in going 1-3 in this tournament. It wasn’t our goal, obviously. We just talked about closing out games. We set something up, we just never really got into it.”

Against East Aurora, a two-for-13 day from the perimeter spelled bad things ahead for the Lady Knights, despite holding the Tomcats to 37 points. Harner and Prost led the way with eight points apiece. KHS was down 16-8 at the half and 28-20 after three before a mini-rally.

Against Plainfield North, Prost had a game-high 17 points, and the Lady Knights stormed out to a 28-12 halftime lead that held until the end.

Kaneland freshmen won the Plainfield East tournament by virtue of a 41-25 win over Plainfield South on Dec. 28.

KHS heads into 2012 competition with a trip to Yorkville on Friday, Jan. 6.

Lady Knights basketball is now 9-11 all-time at the holiday tournament at Oswego East High School.

Grapplers go 2-3 at storied Flavin Invite

DEKALB—Kaneland’s wrestling roster made its usual stop in a first-time locale as 2011 drew to a close.

On Thursday and Friday, the Knights visited DeKalb’s new grounds on Dresser Road for the Don Flavin Invite.

The Knights emerged with an eighth place finish after going 2-3 in the dual setup.

Naperville’s Neuqua Valley High School won the field, followed by Hononegah and Glenbard West. Host DeKalb finished in 11th place.

Kaneland defeated Dundee-Crown 56-21, and Pewaukee of Wisconsin by a final of 37-28. KHS then lost to Glenbard West, Bloomington and Naperville North in the next day of competition.

The Knights are now 9-12 in dual action this season.

Against Pewaukee, Stephen Gust (8-0), Connor Williams (9-1), Esai Ponce (10-1), Dan Goress (17-3) and Matt Price (3-1) emerged with wins, and the Knights took the lead for good on two forfeits.

In the matchup with Dundee-Crown, Kaneland saw a 6-0 win from Williams, a 3:06 pinfall from Ponce, a 5:01 pin by Sonny Horn, a :45 fall produced by Dan Goress, and a 16-4 win by Steven Hlatko.

In the loss against the Hilltoppers, Gust earned a 2-0 win, and Williams followed with a 3-1 victory. Ponce earned the last Knight win over Glenbard West by a 6-5 margin.

Ponce found another win over Bloomington, 4-0, while Goress stuck a 3:10 pinfall. 220-pounder Ben Kovalick gathered a 3:24 pin, and Gust won his bout, 5-0.

In the seventh-place matchup on Friday, the Huskies won the final match for the one-point win. Ponce, Horn and Goress earned wins by the full six minutes.

KHS heads to Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 5, for its first meet of the year with Pleasant Valley High School of Iowa.

Bowlers squeezed on lanes by Lisle in 2012 opener

by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—It can take awhile before a bowling squad can get back into the swing of things after a layoff.

Kaneland High School bowling hopes it takes sooner rather than later.

Returning to action on Tuesday at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, it was festive for the visiting Lisle crew in a 2,673-2,417 result. The Lady Knights fell to 1-9 on the year.

Kaneland was topped by Anne Salerno for the first time this season, with a 425 series, and Seleana Isaacs contributed with a 423 series.

Top games were bowled by Salerno at 153 and Christie Crews at 152.

“They were excited to come back,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “They looked tired, and I’m sure they are. During a break like that, they won’t have a regular schedule. I think they’re doing better with focusing on each frame. I think we’re going to see some improvement.”

The 2012 slate continues in Sycamore on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Small hometown team helps country’s largest team

Photo: The Harter 8th grade basketball team and families (right) puts together care packages at the Batavia VFW for the overseas troops. Courtesy Photos

SUGAR GROVE—On the morning of Dec. 10, the Kaneland Harter Middle School boys basketball team and their parents traveled to the Batavia VFW, where they helped Fox Valley Troop Support assemble over 100 care packages for our deployed troops.

Chris Derby, who recently served in Afghanistan, speaks to the team about the impact they will have on the deployed, and how current service members along with those who have ever served, and all their family members will respect them for their participation.

Courtside, Reed Overhaug then packed up his team, traveled to a B-team tournament in Yorkville and took first place that afternoon. Later in the week, they went to Oswego for a three-day tournament, where the A team also brought home first finishing the season.

“Because of the large number of kids who want to be involved in sports programs, coaches (with little or no help) have a tendency to focus on a select few that will help them win,” team parent Mike Robertsen said. “Reid’s strong efforts to develop a team by getting everyone involved enables kids to learn from and help each other understanding by developing strength as a team, wins will follow. The kids aren’t the only winners this year. Looking at the pictures for the parents equals any trophy. I have to believe to teach values of this nature on and off the court this community also wins. Thanks, Coach.”

The Harter 8th Graders (18-2 record) Coach Reed Overhaug (back row, left to right), Andrew Burroughs, Kevin Fajardo, Noah Jones, Mitchel Groen, Tanner Robertsen, Jake Marczuk, Brett Hansen, Tanner Vanhorn and Jason Edwards. Ross Cortino (middle row), Andy Delgado, Joe Laudont, Jake Gomes, Jake Violett, Austin Kintz, Ryan David, Brandon Cruz, Andy Kray and Dylan Vaca. Mark Lilly (fron row), Kyle Osborne and Sam Wolf.

Cougars broadcaster likes sound of Nashville

GENEVA—Kane County Cougars broadcaster Jeff Hem, who was the voice of Cougars radio broadcasts from 2005 through the 2011 season, has accepted a broadcasting and sales position with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Hem, a native of Aurora who attended West Aurora High School, will begin his new position with Nashville in mid-January. The Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hem joins a list of former Cougars broadcasters that includes current big league announcers Dave Wills (Tampa Bay Rays) and Scott Franzke (Philadelphia Phillies).

“I would like to thank the Cougars organization and all Cougars fans for seven memorable seasons,” said Hem. “The passion that fans in the Chicago area have for baseball and the Cougars’ tradition of on-field success made my role in the booth extremely enjoyable, and I have gained some friendships that will last a lifetime.”

“Jeff Hem has done a great job during his time with the Cougars,” said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. “We will miss Jeff but are very happy for him, and wish him nothing but the best in Nashville.”

The Cougars have begun a search for the position vacancy; inquiries can be directed to Bill Baker at bbaker@kanecountycougars .com.

Guest Editorial: Department on Aging offers tips to help seniors prepare for winter

With winter temperatures finally arriving, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., reminded older adults and their families to get ready for the cold weather.

Some to-do items include things to protect their homes and their health like having the furnace checked and getting a flu shot.

“The mercury is already dropping, but it’s not too late to get ready,” Holton said. “The flu season runs through April, so a flu shot is strongly recommended for people ages 50 years and older, who are considered to be at risk for influenza. And there are some practical tips for older adults, their families and caregivers who care for them to help prepare in anticipation of the cold weather ahead.”

Seniors should make sure they set their thermostats above 65 degrees. Older persons are more susceptible to fall ill during the cold winter months. People who lower the thermostat to reduce heating bills risk developing hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition in which the body temperature drops dangerously low. Also at an increased risk are older people who take certain medications, drink alcohol, lack proper nutrition and who have conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

It’s important to have the furnace checked to be sure that it is in good shape and heating ducts are properly ventilated. Proper ventilation is also a concern when using alternative heat from a fireplace, wood stove or space heater. If you use heating oil, be sure that you have enough of it.

The state has a website that offers information about how to battle winter in Illinois and about available resources so seniors aren’t left to make difficult decisions, like whether to pay their heating bills or take their prescription medications this winter. For more information on how to keep warm, call 1-877-411-WARM or log on to

In preparation for cold weather, the following are some tips that seniors are encouraged to do:
• Dress in layers, both indoors and outdoors.
• Keep active. Make a list of exercises and activities to do indoors when you can’t get out.
• Eat well and drink 10 glasses of water daily; stock up on non-perishable food supplies, just in case.
• Keep extra medications in the house. If this is not possible, make arrangements now to have your medications delivered.
• Have your house winterized. Be sure that walls and attics are insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Insulate pipes near outer walls, in crawl spaces and attics that are susceptible to freezing.
• Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water supply in case pipes burst.
• Prepare your vehicle for winter. Check wipers, tires, lights and fluid levels regularly. Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. Plan long trips carefully and travel by daylight with at least one other person.
• Protect against fire. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, buy one. Make sure space heaters are at least three feet from anything flammable. Do not overload extension cords.
• Do not shovel snow or walk in deep snow. Plan now for someone else to shovel the snow. The strain from the cold and hard labor could cause a heart attack; sweating can lead to a chill and even hypothermia.

A few more tips to keep you safe
and self-reliant in case of power failure

• If you have a gas stove and it has an electronic ignition, check to see if you can light the top burners should your power go out. (If you have an older stove, you may even be able to use your oven).
• DO NOT under any circumstances use your oven to heat your home. Carbon monoxide can build up and kill you and everyone in your home. If you have an electric stove, make sure you have food that can be prepared without cooking.
• For telephone use, always have a corded phone available. Cordless phones do not work without power.
• Have a battery operated radio (weather radio is best) so you can listen to updates on weather conditions or receive instructions on what to do to keep safe, or if necessary receive information on evacuating.

For more information about programs and services to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966. For TTY (hearing impaired use only), call 1-888-206-1327.

Letter: Too late to complain about increasing highway tolls

During the next few weeks, newspaper editors and talk show hosts will be inundated with protests for having to pay the new high toll/tax to use Illinois’ highways.

I say “too bad!” These same complainers have had many opportunities to do something about this unfair toll/tax, but could not find the time to get off their fat behinds and do something. Now they’re crying.

Arrogant Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur has said that she is not worried; ultimately drivers that try alternate routes will come back. Time will tell. For me I’m doing the alternate route and leaving the paying of this unfair toll/tax to the “Wall Street—1 percent.” I could not afford to use these roads even when they were half the price.

I have heard that Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is the only known group today working aggressively toward getting rid of the Illinois Tollway Authority, ending this unfair toll/tax and 60 years of corruption. Remember that in the 1950s, when Illinois state legislators were selling us on a tollway system, they promised that the toll authority would be gone by now and that the highways would be toll free. As soon as I get this letter written I’m contacting the TUA to see how I can help.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: Elburn Chamber is renewing effort to welcome new businesses to town

Elburn Chamber of Commerce is embarking on a renewed effort to welcome new businesses to Elburn, as demonstrated by the recent grand opening and ribbon cutting of Made From Scratch Pastries.

New businesses will be invited to announce their arrival by having a grand opening and ribbon cutting event. Elburn Chamber of Commerce will assist with their efforts.

Over the past couple of years, businesses have not received their due welcome to the community. These latest efforts hope to correct that. Any business opened or relocated within the past year will be invited to ask the chamber for grand opening and ribbon cutting help. We plan to play a bigger role in welcoming new businesses.

H. Jack Hansen
Chamber Ambassador,
Grand Opening Event Coordinator

Huntley Brown to perform at Immanuel Lutheran

BATAVIA—World-renowned gospel pianist Huntley Brown will continue the Second Sunday concert series at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. The program will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

Brown, an Aurora resident, has presented concerts and seminars in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as throughout the United States. He is now the pianist for the Ruth Graham and Friends Ministries and also is with the Franklin Graham Ministry Team.

The program is free; those who wish may contribute an offering.

Experience Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer.

More information is available at or (630) 584-2596.

Lisa (Claypool) Allen

Lisa (Claypool) Allen, 47, of Evanston, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, with her loving family by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Lisa was born on Nov. 21, 1964, in Elgin, Ill. She attended Kaneland High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class and was named valedictorian. As an accomplished ballet dancer, Lisa danced the part of the doll in the Nutcracker Suite.

After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Lisa also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Until her illness sidelined her this past fall, Lisa was a speech therapist for the Chicago Public School system.

Lisa is survived by her father, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; children, Joseph and Rose Allen of Evanston, Ill.; and brother, Mark Claypool of Elburn.

Lisa is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Claypool.

A private, family-only memorial will be held in Evanston.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Lisa Allen’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Lisa Allen was a high achiever in school, doting mother, loving sister and special friend to many.

Doris E. Parson

Doris E. Parson, 87, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill.

She was born April 8, 1924, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Cecel and Esther (Hood) Dorworth. She was a 1942 graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield. She was employed by Memorial Hospital in Springfield in the dietary department for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Doris was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich. She was a volunteer at Fox Valley Older Adults for 15 years, did Meals on Wheals for 10 years, enjoyed and was very active living at the Sandwich Manor.

She is survived by one daughter, Darlene Kay (Milton) Martin of Allons, Tenn.; two sons, Wayne (Kathy) Parson of Sugar Grove, and Richard (Corinne) Parson of Aurora; eight grandchildren, Melissa Jeffery, Lisa (Kenneth) Stephens, Theresa (Jeff) Howell, Regina Coons, Tamara (Mike) VanDyke, Captain Peter (Tommye) Nelson of USMC, Michael (Laura) Parson and Stacy (Daniel) Carty; 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Master Sgt. Gary Parson of the USMC; one sister, Lola Stewart; and one brother, C. Edward Dorworth.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home with Rev. David Kaul officiating. Burial followed at Jericho Cemetery in Sugar Grove. Memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults in Sandwich.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a certified court reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

They began their new life together by moving to Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. while Bennie faithfully served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, they settled back in the Buckley and Onarga area before moving to Pontiac, Ill., for a time.

Bennie, while working for the Illinois State Police, was transferred in 1968 to the Aurora Airport, where he was crew chief for the Air Division. The family made a home in Nottingham Woods in Elburn. The Lord took Bennie suddenly in 1985 but gave Lucy another to share her heart and home with when she was married to George Peters in 1988. They continued to make their home in Nottingham Woods before moving to town in 1995. Following George’s passing in 2005, Lucy moved to Delnor Glen and Bickford in St. Charles until declining health brought her into the care of Sunrise of Cascade in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lucy honed her skills working for both the State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney in Pontiac, while also being a court reporter for the Honorable Judge Erlenborn in Livingston County Circuit Court. She began working as a paralegal in Batavia for John Gosselin, Attorney at Law, and was also with the firm of Benson, Maier and Gosselin for 22 years.

Lucy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake and active on their worship committee. After moving to Elburn, Bennie and Lucy were also active in the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271. Lucy was a member of the Kane County Legal Secretaries and served on an advisor board for the Mid-Valley Area Vocational Center in Maple Park. While married to George Peters, she became a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn and was involved in many activities of both the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn American Legion, where she was a member of the Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Lucy had an indomitable spirit and a loving heart that always strove to care for her family. She worked tirelessly to improve their standard of living, proving to her children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Lucy also cared for her grandchildren following “semi-retirement” and strove to teach each of them the same values as she did her own children, which included an AFS student, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who later became involved in diplomacy and is currently the Ambassador for Brazil to the United Nations.

Though her hands were rarely idle, Lucy enjoyed reading historical novels in her spare time. She was a collector of antique books and indulged her artistic side by taking opera appreciation classes, as well as oil painting artistry, later showcasing her skills on canvas as well as through unique cards she made on the computer. Lucy’s love of music led her to achieve three of her life’s goals, seeing Luciano Pavaratti, the Rockettes and the Chicago Symphony while raising her children on Strauss Waltz, Mario Lanza and the Mills Brothers.

Her talents were also renowned in the garden as well as the kitchen—even managing to master preparing the pheasants and rabbits that Bennie brought home every hunting season. If her hands were rarely idle, the same could be said of her feet, which enjoyed square dancing with Bennie. Sundays not only brought church, but also visits to the multitude of relatives in Central Illinois.

In the summer, the family took vacations to fish in Wisconsin and spent many weekends casting lines at her sister Dorothy’s lakeside home. Later in life, Lucy and George enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing side by side and traveling to Florida every winter to visit her sisters. Lucy was an unforgettable women whose memory will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Drusilla Elaine Pollick, Sandra Diane Theis and Raymond Louis (Sarah) Eheart; eight grandchildren, Aaron Christopher Konen, Corey Patrick Konen and his daughter, Abbygail Anne Marie Konen, Arianna Gabrielle Konen, Leonard T. (Tracy) Weber and their son, Benjamin Weber, David N. (Kristina Romence) Weber and their children, Nelson, Kaylyn and Adam Weber, Laura Eheart and her son, David, Angela Eheart and her children, Mikayleigh and Mackendrick, and Diana Eheart; in addition, she leaves three step-children, Joyce (Marty) Fisher, Jan (Ron) Erdmann and Chris Peters; five step-grandchildren, Katie (Ted) Frank, Drew Fisher, Brett (Jennifer) Erdmann and their daughters, Rachel, Laura and Clare, Brad Erdmann and Erin Peters; two sisters, Dorothy Janssen of Lake Wales, Fla., and Emma Rush of Winterhaven, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Earl Eheart of Piper City, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Nola Eheart of Danforth, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Bennie Eheart and George Peters.

Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at noon, officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment was at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Peters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Editorial: A thank you and an introduction

I entered 2011 with a sense that it was going to be a life-changing year for me, one way or another. I had been discussing the idea of buying Kaneland Publications Inc.—and thereby the Elburn Herald—off and on for years, and the discussions had essentially ran their course. It became clear to me that 2011 was going to either be the year that it happened, or it was going to be the year I had to move on and pursue other endeavors.

As the year and those discussions progressed, the difficult economy continued to place pressures on the paper. Like most media companies, we are understaffed; and like most independent small businesses, we have limited resources. That means the small staff we have do not receive the compensation or benefits as they might otherwise receive if they worked at one of the larger, corporate-owned media entities in our area.

Yet, for the most part, the staff remained loyal to the community and each other, and the community remained loyal to the paper. Very few staffers left the company, and our circulation and ad revenue numbers stabilized after shrinking significantly when the local economy went over its cliff a couple of years previously.

While everything did stabilize, the struggles continued and a thought began to grow in the back of my mind that maybe these difficulties were a sign that I should move on. Yet, while I struggled with that thought internally, I continued the pursuit of purchasing the company.

It seemed like every time I prepared to move on, something would occur to remind me of why we do what we do, strengthening my desire to put down roots here. I would connect with a reader about a story we wrote, or disagree with a government official about an editorial that we published, or see a reporter get captivated by a story or a photographer capture a moment perfectly.

For an individual, buying a hometown newspaper is more than a mere business investment, it is a public commitment that says that the paper and those who work so hard to put it together each week will continue to serve our communities for the years and decades to come.

It is not an asset acquisition based on a corporate financial decision made in a boardroom miles away, and our readers and advertisers are not merely numbers in a spreadsheet.

You are all real people with real lives pursuing your real hopes and dreams and overcoming your real challenges. Our focus is to live and/or work among you, sharing in your stories, reveling in your successes and supporting you in your challenges.

It was these realizations that kept me here through our challenges, and on Sept. 2, I was fortunate enough to purchase the company and put down those lifelong roots in the community.

I haven’t second-guessed that decision once, because I know I get to work with a great staff serving wonderful communities of people each day for the rest of my career. For that sense of peace, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to each member of the community and each member of the Elburn Herald staff.

One member of the staff deserves a special mention this week—Keith Beebe. He joined the staff a few years ago as an unpaid intern, desiring to practice the craft of journalism while strengthening his connection to the communities in which he lived.

After putting in his time as an unpaid intern, he left for a “paid gig” elsewhere. We were happy to have him return as a paid staffer last November, and he was happy to rejoin us.

Since then, he has steadily taken on new and more responsibilities. He has covered both the village of Sugar Grove and the Kaneland School District consistently, including the Sugar Grove Library District’s personnel issues that occurred at the same time as the village’s TIF District issues. He juggled both ongoing stories while also pursuing the stories about the people that make up our communities, and really showed what it means to care about the communities we cover and the coverage we provide our readers.

He spent this entire year emerging as a leader, and we are proud to say he has taken on a new role as the Elburn Herald’s Assistant Editor.

2011 was a crossroads year, and now that we’ve picked our path, we’re excited to grow and develop with you in 2012 and beyond.

Ryan Wells

Illinois Recycling Association alerts residents to new Electronics Recycling Law effective Jan. 1

Variety of electronics banned from landfills
OAK PARK, Ill.—The Illinois Recycling Association announces a ban on the disposal of electronics in Illinois landfills as of Jan. 1.

This is in accordance with a new Illinois State Law SB2106 (P.A. 97-0287), signed by Governor Pat Quinn in August 2011, that has drastically limited the types of items that can be disposed in landfills.

The Illinois Recycling Association (IRA) worked with the Environmental Law and Policy Center to ensure that this new law did not result in extra costs to consumers, while addressing the increasing amount of electronics in the waste stream. USEPA estimates that 85 percent of electronics are currently not recycled; these items contain mined materials that can be reclaimed, reused and recycled. Recycling rather than dumping these items saves resources and creates jobs, many of them in the U.S.

“Many members of the Illinois Recycling Association are electronic recyclers, and since 2010, they have been working with electronic manufacturers to fund the recycling of residential items. With the passage of the 2011 law, more items are included, and the goals for recycling are higher. This ensures recycling opportunities throughout the state of Illinois,” said Paul Jaquet, President of IRA.

The law requires manufacturers to pay the cost of recycling; therefore, residents using drop-off sites will not be charged.

“The glass in televisions and monitors is expensive to handle, and some of the plastics are difficult to separate. There is a cost to recover these items, but the environmental benefits far outweigh any disadvantages,” explained Mike Mitchell, Executive Director of IRA.

IRA wis part of a statewide task force that worked to improve the law passed in 2009, originally setting the Jan. 1, 2012 disposal ban. The new law, signed this past summer, bans 17 specific items although most electronic recycling programs accept more than what is listed here.

• Televisions
• Electronic Keyboards
• Video Game Consoles
• Digital Converter Boxes
• Monitors
• Facsimile Machines
• Electronic Mice
• Videocassette Recorders
• Printers
• Scanners
• Small Scale Servers
• Portable Digital Music Players
• Cable Receivers
• Satellite Receivers
• Computers (including
desktop /laptop/tablet)
• Digital Video Disc Recorders & Players

For information on recycling locations, check the Illinois Recycling Association website at