Illinois DNR/ USFWS clarify status of gray wolves in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remind the public that the service’s recent action removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in portions of the Midwest has changed the status of wolves in Illinois north of Interstate 80.

While wolves dispersing from northern states into Illinois are rare, any gray wolves in Illinois found north of I-80 are listed as threatened under state law, while those south of the interstate remain federally endangered. The change became effective Jan. 27.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed ESA protection for the gray wolf in portions of the western Great Lakes because wolves in the core recovery states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have exceeded recovery goals and no longer need the protection of the act to survive. In areas where wolves were delisted, which includes parts of adjoining states like Northern Illinois, where wolves may possibly disperse, states and tribes are now responsible for wolf management. The service will oversee wolf population monitoring efforts for at least five years to ensure wolves continue to thrive.

Despite the Federal Status change of wolves within the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment (including all counties north of I-80 in Illinois), wolves remain a protected species throughout the entire state of Illinois.

Gray wolves continue to be listed as state-threatened throughout Illinois (by law, specimens listed as state-threatened receive the full protection of the State of Illinois’ Endangered Species Protection Act), which means it is unlawful for hunters or others to take or possess wolves anywhere in the state. In addition, wolves shall remain protected as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act in Illinois south of I-80 (outside of the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment) for the foreseeable future. See for further details on the status of gray wolves in Illinois and other areas in the Midwest.

In the past 10 years, Illinois hunters and others have encountered wolves in the state on various occasions, including a wolf struck by a car in McHenry County near Chain O’Lakes State Park in 2005. The potential for range expansion will continue as long as habitat and food sources are available.

While it is unlikely that Illinois citizens will encounter a wolf in the wild, they are encouraged to contact the Illinois DNR at (217) 782-6302 if they suspect they have seen one.

Wolves resemble coyotes but are taller, heavier, and have other characteristics that set
them apart. Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes were once nearly gone, with wolves surviving only in Minnesota. Under ESA protection and recovery programs, gray wolves have expanded into Michigan and Wisconsin, and the region’s population has rebounded. There are an estimated 2,921 wolves in Minnesota, 782 in Wisconsin, and 687 in Michigan. Wolves occasionally disperse into adjoining states but no packs have been established in the Midwest outside the core recovery states.

During the time wolves in the western Great Lakes were delisted (from March 12, 2007, to Sept. 29, 2008, and from May 4, to July 1, 2009) the wolf population remained stable under state management; illegal killing of wolves dropped in Wisconsin and remained the same in Michigan.

For more information on gray wolves in the Midwest, go to wolf. For information on Illinois’ state and threatened wildlife, go to

Urgent need for O Negative blood donors

AURORA—Heartland Blood Centers, a nonprofit medical organization servicing 38 area hospitals, is struggling to meet the needs of patients with O Negative blood type in area hospitals.

Cancelled blood drives, low donor appointments, and donors reporting illnesses, which prevent them from donating blood, has resulted in declined O Negative blood inventories. Blood donors are needed now to help offset this shortage.

“We are appealing to all O Negative blood donors to visit one of our centers or community blood drives immediately so that others may get the treatment they need. If you have never given blood, or have not done so in the past few months, please consider giving blood now for those in your community who need your help,” said Ann McKanna, vice president of marketing and new business development. “We also need blood donors of all blood types to continue to donate to maintain adequate levels of all blood types.”

Patients in Heartland’s member hospitals rely solely on volunteer blood donors for life-saving transfusions. Every day, nearly 600 pints of blood are transfused to patients in the 12 counties supplied by Heartland Blood Centers.

Blood donors can schedule a time to give by calling 1-800-7 TO GIVE. Donors can also visit for listings of blood drives in the community and listings of 17 center locations.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland to determine eligibility.

Kaneland welcomes the Fab Four

KANELAND—The Cavern Beat will perform on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Kaneland Auditorium on the campus of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

Performing the music of The Beatles true to their records, every Cavern Beat performance is as outstanding as the next, with vintage instruments, amplifiers and authentic suits in the famous Fab Four style for full effect. It is the band’s mission to replicate and bring back to life the excitement of the original recordings and live performances from the Cavern Club era onwards.

Tickets are $10 each for general seating tickets. Preschoolers are free.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival website,, or call (630) 365-5100, ext. 180.

Kane County State’s Attorney Office, Police plan Super Bowl Sunday ‘No Refusal’ operation

KANE COUNTY—Super Bowl Sunday is a celebration of football; a popular day to gather and party with family and friends.

It also is a day that involves an increase in alcohol-related driving fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This Super Bowl Sunday, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will collaborate with Kane County police departments as part of an ongoing effort to make the county’s roads the safest in Illinois. The eighth “No Refusal” operation conducted in Kane County will be the first on Super Bowl Sunday.

The No Refusal operation, which will involve enhanced DUI patrols, will begin the evening of Feb. 5. The operation will be conducted in multiple Kane County jurisdictions.

“People should be able to have fun with friends and family without having to worry about being harmed by a drunken driver on the way home,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “Historically, people tend to ramp up the partying on Super Bowl Sunday, often with deadly consequences. If people plan ahead and make responsible decisions, we can avoid unnecessary tragedies.”

According to 2008 data from NHTSA, the more than 11,000 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities accounted for 32 percent of that year’s total motor vehicle fatalities nationally. But on Super Bowl Sunday, 49 percent of all traffic fatalities national involved a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Further, according to the consumer research group, The Nielsen Company, Super Bowl Sunday ranks eighth among the highest beer-selling occasions annually. Nielsen data shows that nearly 52 million cases of beer are sold the week prior to the big game and on Super Bowl Sunday.

“We want people to have fun, to watch the Super Bowl, to rate the commercials, and to enjoy the camaraderie of family and friends,” McMahon said. “But when the game is over, safety and responsibility are in order. Impaired driving is not an option. It is our belief that this enhanced enforcement will prompt partiers to plan for a safe ride home, and will continue to keep Kane County’s roads safe.”

“This office has a responsibility to prosecute DUI offenders, and to educate the public not to drive when they drink. With that in mind, I am only announcing when we will have the No-Refusal operation. I will not say which municipalities will participate.”

The initiative is designed to thwart suspected drunken drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test after a DUI arrest. Through the No Refusal strategy, police officers are able to expedite the DUI booking process. With guidance from an assistant state’s attorney, police officers can quickly obtain a search warrant to compel a DUI suspect to submit to a lawfully requested blood or breath test as required by Illinois’ Implied Consent statute.

Illinois courts have consistently held that there is no right to refuse chemical testing when probable cause exists. Anyone who fails to submit to chemical testing after a search warrant has been obtained could face additional sanctions.

“Our goal is to make Kane County’s roads safer. We believe in past No-Refusal operations, publicity prior to the event has helped to reduce the number of drunken drivers on the road, and we expect that trend to continue,” McMahon said.

Church news for Feb. 3

Sugar Grove UMC’s
Tooth Fairy Mission

SUGAR GROVE—During the month of February, the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s Mission of the Month is its annual Tooth Fairy Mission, in which monetary donations, toothbrushes and toothpaste are collected for the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove and the guests at Hesed House, a local homeless shelter in Aurora.
Dr. Donald Fee, who has been practicing dentistry at Family Dental Care in Sugar Grove since 1993, will match monetary contributions up to $500. Dr. Fee will use this monetary donations to purchase toothbrushes and travel-size toothpastes at cost, greatly extending the value of contributions.
If anyone would like to support the Tooth Fairy Mission, checks payable to SGUMC with “Tooth Fairy” in the memo can be mailed or dropped off to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at 176 Main St., P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. There is also a Tooth Fairy bucket in the church fellowship room for dental care items. For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational offers series on
Christianity and Islam

elburn—Community Congregational Church pastor Michelle Prentice-Leslie will conduct an adult education class on Christianity and Islam on the four Sundays in February, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The public is invited to this series held at the church, located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.
“All Christians need to better understand our 21st century world, and learning about Islam is a good place to start,” said Prentice-Leslie.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

Stroke, osteoporosis screenings in Elburn
Elburn—Residents living in and around the Elburn community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.
Elburn Hill Church will host Life Line Screening on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The site is located at 506 North Main St. in Elburn.
Four key points every person
needs to know:
• Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.
• Eighty percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.
• Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.
• Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit Pre-registration is required.
Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions, such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and appropriate for both men and women. Many sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.
Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of preventative screenings.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts
benefit spaghetti supper

SUGAR GROVE—Everyone is invited to attend a benefit spaghetti supper on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. in Sugar Grove. Home-cooked spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, desserts and beverages will spotlight the Valentine-themed dinner. Free-will donations will be used to support the Sugar Grove United Methodist Missions Team on their trip to Haiti this summer. For more information, call (630) 466-4501 with any questions.

Immanuel Lutheran Church concert series
BATAVIA—The fifth program in the Second Sunday Concert Series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The series is sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the program will be in the church’s Family Life Center, 950 Hart Road.
“Praise, Praise II” is the theme of the program. It will be given by the musicians and choirs of the contemporary praise teams from Immanuel and Word of Life Lutheran Church, Naperville. The contemporary music is a chance for participants to raise hands and voices with the team leaders from both congregations.
All Second Sunday concerts are free; those attending may give an offering.
The final concert of the season will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. It will feature Quartet West, a string quartet; the second-year orchestra of Immanuel Lutheran School and the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus.

Taize Worship
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Feb. 12, 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. Information on Sunday and mid-week worship services, the outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education classes and outreach opportunities is available from or (630) 584-2596.

Lady Knights roundball (14-8, 5-2) drops pair

Photo: Lady Knight Kelly Evers (34) gets to the ball before DeKalb’s Taylor White during Tuesday’s loss to DHS. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—While Kaneland girls basketball has reached regular season heights not seen in quite some time, sometimes plateaus are hit.

Such was the case this past week of competition for the Lady Knights, as they fell to host Geneseo in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action by a 32-14 clip, and trekked to DeKalb, where they lost 46-31 on Tuesday.

The two-game slide brought KHS down to 14-8 (5-2 NIB-12).

With the minor slide, the Lady Knights failed to add on to a four-game win streak, which has now been accomplished twice in 2011-12—the first instance taking shape in Kaneland’s 4-0 start to the campaign.

With three games remaining in the regular season and two conference games left, Kaneland is two games back of DeKalb’s spotless conference record. The Lady Barbs are 19-4.

Tuesday’s final saw Allyson O’Herron lead the way with nine points. Kaneland was plagued by less-than-stellar shooting from the field, going just nine-for-29, although the Lady Knights did go 14-for-20 from the free throw line.

KHS was down 9-8 after one, while seeing the halftime deficit increase to 24-14. DeKalb enjoyed a 32-20 lead after three before the final eight minutes of play.

Sophomores improved to 16-5 with a 34-27 win over DeKalb, while the freshman finished 19-2 with a 37-24 win over Morris on Monday.

It pays to pin: Kaneland grapplers edge Batavia

Photo: Knight Esai Ponce tries to leverage Batavia’s Kamran Khamissi during Friday’s 31-30 mat win. Photo by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—A roller coaster of emotions set upon the Kaneland wrestling mat at the end of Friday evening’s clash between the Knights and Batavia.

But with the tiebreaker rule of most pins going the way of the black-and-white, Kaneland’s trajectory toward postseason fortune is on a straight line.

Despite Batavia getting a pin to end competition and tie matters at 30 apiece, the pin edge went to Kaneland, giving the Knights a 31-30 win.

The regular season ended on a high note and closed the dual meet mark for KHS at 11-12, an improvement over a year ago.

Coach Monty Jahns will take all the good news he can get, with Kaneland and Batavia always good for action.

“I’m looking for big things, and the kids are wrestling well. Our goal is to win, but we see Sycamore again in a week and other teams we’ve met, and they’re tough,” Jahns said.

Batavia went out to an early 24-4 lead before Kaneland scored 26 straight points.

The 106-pound match went Stephen Gust’s way via technical fall over Matt Patton. Teammate Connor Williams handled business in the 113-pound match by an 8-6 tally.

Esai Ponce won his 126-pound match over Kamran Khamissi in 3:10, but it could have easily gone Batavia’s way had Ponce not cleverly kept his balance.

“A lot of the times, it’s not just one move it comes down to,” Ponce said. “If one move doesn’t work, you have to keep going.”

Sonny Horn won the 132-pound match by 10-6 decision, and teammate Dan Goress won his 138-pound match by 9-4 clip.

Senior cornerstone Ben Kovalick won a major decision over Connor McKeehan 10-0 in the 220-pound match.

KHS now heads to the DeKalb individual regional on Saturday, Feb. 4. Teams accompanying Kaneland are Belvidere, Belvidere North, Burlington Central, DeKalb, Boylan Catholic of Rockford, Rockford East and Sycamore.

Chiefs, Lady Chiefs hoops update

SUGAR GROVE—Chiefs men’s basketball (6-1 Skyway Conference) is atop the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with a 75-65 win over Elgin Community College cinched on Tuesday. Deontray Dorsey led WCC with 16 points.

The Lady Chiefs upset first-place ECC, 57-53 on Tuesday, giving the Lady Spartans their first blemish. WCC women’s basketball is now 11-12.

IMSA bests KHS bowling

AURORA—A chance to string together another late January win over rival IMSA was not to be for KHS bowling.

While the Lady Knights were able to take care of Geneva and IMSA in late-season matchups a year ago, the second half of the equation didn’t go Kaneland’s way in 2012, with the Lady Titans winning on Thursday by a final of 2,620-2,506.

With one more regular season lane tussle remaining, the Kaneland troops needed to beat host Lisle in a meet scheduled for Wednesday in order to match their win total from a year ago.

The loss brought KHS down to 2-14 through the first 16 meets of the season.

Encouraging for the DeKalb sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4: the Lady Knights’ last two cumulative totals of 2,506 and 2,596 (win over Geneva) have been the second and third highest totals of the season, thus far. The highest total occurred in an early season loss in Sterling on Nov. 29, 2011.

Boys conquer home floors of Rochelle, Geneseo

Photo: Marcel Neil takes the route less travelled during Friday’s 60-56 comeback win in the land of the Hubs. Photo by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Last year’s Northern Illinois Big XII Conference East division champions are playing at quite the competitive level.

That piece of aggravating news is not exactly, what future opponents wished to hear, and it’s what foes Rochelle and Geneseo experienced first-hand this weekend.

With a 60-56 comeback win in Rochelle on Friday, followed by a two-hour trip west on Interstate 88 and a 55-46 win in Geneseo, the Knights currently sit at 13-6 (4-2 NIB-12). Kaneland is now in the midst of a three-game win streak, and has won seven of its last 10 contests.

The past two years at this time, the Knights have been 11-8.

The last two contests between the Knights and Hubs featured an energized battle for conference supremacy in Ogle County in February 2011, and a 16-point comeback win on the Knights floor the month prior.

This time, it was Drew David leading the way for Kaneland against the Hubs with 17 points, followed by Marcel Neil with 13, Thomas Williams with 12 and Dan Miller with 10.

Rochelle went on top early with an 18-15 edge after one quarter, and increased the lead to 32-27 at halftime, before staking out a 43-37 lead after three.

With a 23-13 in the fourth, KHS emerged victorious.

The Knights were also helped by the foul line advantage, going 14-for-17 from the charity stripe. Rochelle was just 1-for-3.

At the home of the Maple Leafs, Kaneland once again found balanced scoring in the form of Tyler Heinle’s 13, Matt Limbrunner’s 10 and David’s 10.

Kaneland also benefited from five three-pointers—three from Heinle and two from David.

KHS went out to a 15-12 lead, and stifled the Maple Leafs on the way to a 27-19 lead at the break.

In the third, Kaneland extended its lead to 42-27 before Geneseo closed the gap somewhat.

“We are lucky to have a really balanced scoring attack,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “Not a single player on the team feels as if they need to ‘get theirs’ when it comes to scoring. Our players are very unselfish and truly put the team first. They have a knack of getting the ball to the hot hand and to the right person during those late-game situations.”

Underclass action this week featured Kaneland sophomores beating Geneseo 57-34 and Rochelle 73-53.

Kaneland freshman fell to Morris 39-26 in the “A” tussle and 38-34 in the “B” game.

The next varsity task is Sycamore coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Guest Editorial: We need to integrate people with disabilities into our communities

by Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois

I commended Governor Quinn on his plans to close state institutions in Tinley Park and Jacksonville. While this move is expected to save taxpayers $20 million annually, that pales in comparison to opportunities this will open for people with disabilities.

This historic change in public policy embraces freedom, independence and choice. Our current system is antiquated. Only two states warehouse more people in institutions than Illinois, and 14 states have closed all public institutions. More than 30 national studies show that community living provides the most safe and effective care. Yet Illinois ranks last in the nation in the number of available community settings.

Community living offers around-the-clock care, and unlike institutions, it allows people with disabilities a personalized care plan where they can live close to family and friends and be part of a community. This is about making sure people with disabilities enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.

Four state institutions will remain open, warehousing 1,400 citizens. This is the first phase in transitioning people with disabilities out of institutionalization and into community care and one in which we have experience.

About half of those currently living in a community setting came from an institution or nursing home. They are proud, happy and productive members of their communities and proof that it can be done. We are committed to making sure every person makes a safe, organized and enjoyable transition into community living. Working with our partner agencies, we have dedicated staff on the ground already working with families.

We applaud Governor Quinn for including stakeholder groups like The Arc in determining a responsible blueprint to move this obsolete system into one that supports people based upon their individual needs. This is a well-thought-out plan and a victory for people with disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Illinois represents more than 220,000 people with disabilities and their families. The Arc is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.

Letter: Republican voters faced with a decision

Republican voters will be faced with a decision in the primary election to select a new Kane County Board chairman candidate. The choices are Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and State Senator Chris Lauzen.

The current County Board chairman, Karen McConnaughay, has decided to run for the new 33rd State Senate seat. This is a loss for Kane County but good for the people of Illinois. McConnaughay has demonstrated strong leadership with conservative fiscal responsibility that has placed the county in an excellent financial position.

The candidates have chosen different campaign strategies. Mr. Lauzen has decided to attack Karen McConnaughay’s character and reputation. He has accused her of pay-to-play politics, and when asked to prove it, he offered no evidence. During two separate debates with Burns (his opponent), Lauzen has turned his attention away from the priorities facing the county and has chosen a position of hostility and false accusations against Karen McConnaughay.

Mayor Burns has decided to demonstrate his track record of bi-partisan support and the skills to run a city with a multi-million dollar budget. Burns understands the necessity of smaller government and believes in the elimination of unnecessary regulations. Under Burns’ leadership, Geneva has reduced its spending significantly.

We don’t need divisive unproven rhetoric from any candidate; we do need well-reasoned thoughtful actions from someone who knows the issues at home in Kane County. I believe Kevin Burns has the experience, commitment and integrity to keep us on the road of success for the future of Kane County.

Mark Wissing
Republican Chairman
Geneva Township

Wilma Davis

Wilma Davis, 82, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life surrounded by the love of her family at her home on Jan. 27, 2012.

She was born June 18, 1929, in McLeansboro, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Smith) Nations.

Wilma grew up on the family farm near McLeansboro and attended local schools. After graduating from McLeansboro High School with the class of 1946, Wilma began working for Illinois Bell as an operator.

Around that time, Wilma found the love of her life, Joe Davis. Love knows no age, and theirs was timeless as they were married on Sept. 20, 1947.

They made their home in Walpole for a time until they moved north of St. Charles, where Joe found work at Burgess Norton, located in Geneva. During this time, their family was growing, and they would eventually welcome home four children. In 1963, the family moved to Maple Park and presided over five acres before adding 17 more when they settled on Route 38 in 1969.

Her occupation changed from operator to full-time mother while her children were growing, but she returned to the working world when she took a position with the State Bank in Geneva for a time, then Able Construction as a secretary. In 1963, Wilma began working for the Northern Illinois Farm Service, or F.S., in Elburn. She retired 30 years later in 1993.

Wilma was a faithful member of the Country Covenant Church in Lily Lake, where she also helped in the kitchen and participated in their women’s group for many years.

Wilma was first and foremost a doting mother and dedicated wife whose love was strong and true. Everyone had a special place in her heart, and she could make you feel that connection with just a look from her eyes, especially the youngest, who seemed to find a kindred soul in Wilma.

However, behind those kind and compassionate eyes lived a strong woman whose decisions were swift and decisive. Wilma’s talents in the kitchen brought many to her door asking for recipes over the years. When you sat down at the table, you could always find your favorite dish made just for you. For dessert, her Texas Sheet Cake with extra icing, peach cobblers, German chocolate cake and banana pudding, all won blue ribbons—if not in competition, then in the hearts of all who enjoyed them. She had a giving soul and would help all those in need, but was equally thankful for the kindness that was repaid her over the years.

She is survived by four children, Glen “Joe” Davis of Big Rock, Wanda “Gayle” Boyle of Oswego, Ill., Daphne (Bill) Doane of Davis Junction, Ill. and Debbie (John) Harling of Maple Park; twelve Grandchildren, Lindsay (Sam) Fong, Shane (Theresa) Davis, Price Davis, Corina Boyle, Steven (Callie) Boyle, Nikki Doane, Robert (Julie) Doane, William M. (Angie) Doane, Jarred (Julie Beckman) Doane, Suzeahn (Travis) Hunt, Deidra Harling and Colt (Jennifer) Harling; fourteen great-grandchildren, Charlotte Davis, Lanie Davis, Maddox Fong, Angel Boyle, Cheyann Boyle, Cade Doane, Annie Swanson, Taylor Doane, Jacob Doane, Hannah Doane, Dylan Hunt, Danielle Hunt, Morgan and Miranda Harling; several nieces, nephews, a special caregiver, Lilya Mrichka, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents, Thomas and Maggie Nations, and seven siblings, J.L., John, Dexter, Beulah, Evelyn, Novie and Wanda.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral service, on Monday, Jan. 30, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Interment followed 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hebron Cemetery in Walpole, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wilma’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Wilma Davis 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, where you can also find her full life story.

Lou Ann Lambert

Lou Ann Lambert, 67, of Elburn, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, at the Pepper Family Hospice Facility in Barrington, Ill. Released from her courageous battle with cancer, she now claims the promise of her Savior.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Dennis Lambert of Elburn; two children, Dennis Lambert Jr. of McHenry, Ill., and Michael (Tiziana) Lambert of Chicago; two grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Isabella Rose Lambert; two siblings, Bill (Jackie) Docimo of Elburn and Maryann (Jack) Patti of Bartlett, Ill; her mother, Mary Docimo of Bartlett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tony Docimo.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Conley Funeral Home. An additional time of visitation, also at the funeral home, was held Monday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral Mass to celebrate her life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Lou Ann’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lou Ann Lambert 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, where you can also find her full life story.

Support for those who have lost loved ones

GENEVA—Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a nonprofit organization offering support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, is offering a series of programs in February for those who have experienced the death of a family member or other loved one. All are held at FVVH offices, 200 Whitfield Dr., Geneva. The programs are open to everyone in the community and are offered free of charge, but registration is required at (630) 232-2233 or

“Our Grief Journey,” a program for adults who have experienced the death of a parent, any age child, sibling, friend or loved one, covers topics such as understanding the grief process, coping with grief, spirituality, and embracing change and growth. The group meets Thursdays, Feb. 2 to March 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Pathways” addresses the issues faced by those who are grieving the death of a spouse or life partner. Emotional support is offered, as well as assistance with accepting the death and dealing with grief. There are two sessions offered: the evening session will meet on Mondays, Feb. 13 to March 26, from 7 to 8: 30 p.m.; the daytime session meets Wednesdays, Feb. 15 to March 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Light Finders,” a support group for survivors of suicide loss, will begin Feb. 23. This group provides a safe environment to talk openly, and is a place to share experiences with others who understand this loss. Light Finders meets Thursdays for six weeks, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Next Step,” a drop-in support group for those who have lost a spouse or significant other, will meet on Feb. 9, and the second Thursday of each month. Participants will develop skills that will assist them in adapting to the life changes they are experiencing. February’s topic is “Creating a Home Maintenance Schedule”; see for all 2012 topics. Meets at 6:30 p.m.

For men who’ve experienced the loss of loved one, “M.A.L.E.S.” (Men After Loss Expressing Themselves Safely), will meet Feb. 11 and the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. M.A.L.E.S. provides an opportunity for men to freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men. Coffee and donuts provided.

In addition to adult and children’s grief support groups, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice offers support for those with life-threatening illnesses, medical equipment loans, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and a community-lending library. All services are provided free of charge, and Spanish interpretation is available for all programs. The agency supports all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties.

Hansen-Furnas Foundation scholarships deadline approaches

Batavia—The Hansen-Furnas Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit, charitable organization, announces the scholarship applications for the 2012-13 school year are now available. The application deadline for college and university undergraduate scholarships is March 1 of each year. Prospective students living within a 12-mile radius of Batavia are eligible to apply.

Criteria for granting scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and academic scholarship. Character references, the quality of the applicant’s letter of intent, and work experience are also considered to ensure successful selections. The general undergraduate scholarships offer payment toward tuition and fees for students pursuing studies at any accredited college or university. The William Carlyle Furnas Scholarship, Leto M. Furnas Scholarship, Robert Buckner Scholarship and Doris L. Nary Nursing Scholarship are granted to one individual each year. All applications must be United States citizens and students must re-apply for a scholarship each year.

Hansen-Furnas Foundation Inc.
General Undergraduate Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to individuals planning to enroll, or enrolled, as undergraduate students. These awards offer a maximum of $3,000 per year.

William Carlyle Furnas
Undergraduate Scholarship

This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to a student planning to enroll, or enrolled at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Leto M. Furnas Graduate
Scholarship for Women

This scholarship is awarded to a woman planning to enroll, or currently enrolled in, a post-graduate degree. This tuition award is a maximum of $5,000 per grant.

Doris L. Nary RN to BSN
Completion Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an RN attending college to complete a BSN. Applicants must also be currently employed at Delnor, Mercy or Copley hospitals. The amount of this award is $5,000 per grant.

William Carlyle Furnas and Hansen-Furnas Foundation Scholarship applications are now available in your local area high school guidance counselor’s office. In addition, all scholarship applications (new, renewal, graduate, nursing) are available outside the foundation office at 28 S. Water St., Suite 310, Batavia. If you have any questions, please call (630) 761-1390. Deadline for receipt of all applications is March 1.

Elburn Scholarship Fund applicants have until March 1

Kaneland—The Elburn Scholarship Fund will be awarding grants for studies at the college level. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1.

Eligibility for Elburn scholarships is limited to Kaneland High School alumni and members of Kaneland’s current senior class who will attend a local community college or one of the state universities in Illinois. High school seniors may obtain application forms in the Kaneland High School guidance office. Former recipients should follow their earlier instructions for re-application.

Awards may also be available for Kaneland High School alumni whose pursuit of a degree was interrupted or who would like to pursue a new career. Such applicants should call (630) 665-2776.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, citizenship, community and school service, and commitment to higher education as a means of enhancing potential for contributing to society.

Applications and supporting documents should be returned to: The Elburn Scholarship Committee, 611 Plamondon Court, Wheaton IL 60189-6305.

Arnold and Mildred Erickson Scholarship deadline nears

Sycamore—The Arnold and Mildred Erickson Charitable Foundation, Inc., administered by The National Bank and Trust Company of Sycamore, is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year. The foundation provides scholarships for individuals attending Waubonsee Community College and also for those attending a four-year college or university.

The Arnold and Mildred Erickson Undergraduate Scholarship is available to graduates of Kaneland High School or Burlington Central High School who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a duly accredited four-year college or university.

The foundation was created by Mildred Erickson in order to further her charitable interest in Elburn and the surrounding area. Since the foundation’s inception in 1997, a total of $959,400 in scholarships has been awarded.

Further information regarding scholarship eligibility and application forms are available through the high school guidance office at Kaneland and Central high schools, the Financial Aid Office at Waubonsee Community College. Applications and information are also available at the banks’ website, under Trust/Wealth Management/Scholarship Applications.

All application materials must reach The National Bank and Trust Company of Sycamore no later than March 1 prior to the academic year in which aid is being requested.

Scholarships for children of veterans

AURORA—Children of Illinois veterans, who are enrolled or have been accepted to any University of Illinois campus (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield), can now apply for the “Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver,” according to state Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora). The completed applications must be returned by March 1.

“The U of I ‘Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver’ is a great way to recognize not only the sacrifice of our military veterans, but also the sacrifices that their families make,” Lauzen said. “With the price of higher education continuing to rise, students need to take advantage of all available assistance.”

The waiver covers the cost of tuition for four consecutive years. The waiver is available to any natural or adopted child of a veteran who served in World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Southeast Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. One tuition waiver per war/conflict per county will be awarded.

“It is important for all eligible students to act on this opportunity before March 1st,” Lauzen said. “A maximum of six waivers per county will be awarded, so there will be a great deal of competition for the waivers.”

For more information on the Children of Veterans Tuition Waivers, call (630) 264-2334 or visit

Elburn Lions February raffle winners

ELBURN—The following people won $25 in the Elburn Lions Park calendar raffle for February 2012: ATM and Tar c/o Reynolds, Bob Pavlak, Tar and Chips (2), Ron, Ken and Tom, Gene Stanley (2), Tyler Callaghan and Audrey Hanson, all of Elburn; Geneva History c/o Donald, Bryan Hartsock and Joshua Howard of Geneva; Sandy Ruksakiati of Aurora; John Cranford of Sycamore, Ill.; Guy Few of St. Charles; Daniel William Campbell of Elgin, Ill.; Kaitlin Houghtby of Montgomery, Ill.; Tyler Myers of Plainfield, Ill.; Jackie Gould of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Don and Mary Agnes McLaughlin of Manhattan, Ill.; Cookie Welsing of Denmark, Wis.; and Jim and Mary Hannon of Livermore, Calif.

The $50 winners were Abby Gladd of Elburn, Mike Gentile of Lombard, Ill., Megan Snyder of Elgin, Ill., and Elburn Seniors.

The $100 winner was Rick Sniegowski of Lemont, Ill.