Marmion senior’s Drill Solo wins big at Ohio meet

HOLLAND, OHIO—Marmion Academy’s nationally ranked Flannigan Rifles Drill Team competed at the Springfield High School Drill Meet in Holland, Ohio, on March 3.

Senior Eddy Birth of St. Charles was awarded the first-place trophy for his performance in the Armed Exhibition Solo event. Birth performed an impressive solo routine that included two “quad” spins (four aerial rotations of a 10 pound rifle).

Junior Stuart Kofron of Batavia and sophomore Christopher Voirin of Batavia earned a second-place trophy for their Armed Exhibition Duet performance. The IDR (Infantry Drill Regulations) Platoon C, commanded by senior Brian Wulff of Batavia, earned a third-place trophy for Marmion.

At the conclusion of the meet, a Knockout Competition was held. This competition allows cadets to compete individually, showcasing their knowledge and skill in executing commands under pressure. Drill sergeants yell out commands in quick succession, and the final 10 cadets left standing receive medals. Senior Stuart Quinn of Sugar Grove won the second-place medal in the Armed Knockout competition. In the Unarmed Knockout competition, the following Marmion cadets earned medals: sophomore Jack Maley of South Elgin, second place; freshman Christian Harris of Batavia, fourth place; senior Tom Pacer of Batavia, sixth place; and sophomore J.R. Fredstrom of Yorkville, 10th place.

Police chief recommends increase in parking fines

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Parking illegally in the village of Elburn could soon get a lot more expensive, according to a rewrite of the traffic codes.

“It was a real bargain to get a parking ticket in Elburn,” Police Chief Steve Smith told the Village Board on Monday night.

The proposal, written for the Police Department by the office of the village attorney, Bob Britz, includes three tiers of fines for various classes of offenses, from minor petty offenses, such as parking tickets, to more serious offenses that could compromise public health, safety or welfare of residents or visitors, such as the storage of an inoperable or derelict vehicle. The amount of the fine increases with each additional time the offense is committed.

The new proposal, presented by Smith, recommends doubling the amount of the fines from what they had been. For example, currently a parking ticket carries with it a fine of $20. The new proposal is for a fine of $40 for the first offense, with a second offense at $80 and a third offense set at $120.

“Do we have a problem with people not paying their parking tickets?” asked trustee Ethan Hastert. “This seems a little steep to me.”

Hastert brought up a situation in which a commuter could pay the parking fee at the train station, but mix up the number of the stall he parked in, and receive a parking ticket for that offense.

Several other trustees expressed concern over the amount of the fines, including Bill Grabarek and Jeff Walter. Trustee Ken Anderson said that he just wanted to make up the amount that it costs the village to give someone a ticket.

“The Police Department should not be a profit center,” Hastert said. “Not everything the Police Department does needs to be a break-even.”

Village President Dave Anderson said that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens to maintain a balanced budget.

Village staff will revisit the dollar amounts of the fines and the board will vote on the final version at an upcoming meeting.

Church may still close parking lot on April 15

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Community Congregational Church’s parking lot at Shannon Street and Route 47 might close on April 15, despite efforts by the village and the local businesses to work out a deal with the church.

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce agreed to pay up to $500 for an appraisal of the parking lot, and village officials have shared the results with the church. However, the sign indicating the closure of the lot as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, still stands, and posts have been erected around the church’s parking lot this week.

Elburn Village Administrator Erin Willrett declined to release the results of the appraisal to the Elburn Herald.

According to Willrett, both the village and the chamber made a written request to the church to keep the lot open while the village and the businesses in town work together to try to come up with a solution that will work for everybody.

“We’re all trying to put our best foot forward together to find a solution that is the best of all worlds for the village, the businesses and the church,” Willrett said.

During the Village Board’s executive session on Monday, the board discussed consideration of the purchase of real property, but Willrett said she could not confirm that the discussion was about the church’s parking lot. Discussions within an executive session are not open to the public or the press.

Prior to the session, village officials said that there might be an announcement coming out of the session, but that did not happen. Businesses in the area have asked the village to purchase the lot, to continue to accommodate their customers.

As of press time, Community Congregational Church moderator Sharon Lackey has not returned several phone calls, and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, the church’s interim minister, said she is a staff person and cannot speak for the church.

According to Willrett, the church council meets on Thursday.

“They have the right to do anything they want with the lot; they own it,” Willrett said

Village finalizes budget for vote

Straw poll indicates 2 board members will vote no
by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The Elburn Village Board will vote on the 2012-13 fiscal year budget at its next board meeting on Monday, April 16. The general operating budget is $2.5 million, and the total village budget is $4.7 million.

“It’s a bare bones budget,” Village Administrator Erin Willrett said. “It’s tight. The expenses are more than revenues in some areas, but overall, it’s balanced.”

According to Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven, the big ticket items for the coming year will be the rehabilitation of Well No. 3 on North First Street, cleaning and interior repairs on the two north water towers, power washing the exterior of the three water towers, and updating the waste-water treatment plant.

The village has submitted a request for a low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to help with the funding for the treatment plant. With additional money from waste-water connection fees, the village will replace the pumps and control system in the plant, change the configuration of the flow and add an excess flow tank, Nevenhoven said.

On the March 20 ballot, voters were asked to pass a line item levy to pay for the police pension fund. It did not pass, so the money will have to come out of the general operating fund. 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. The lump-sum amount will come out of this fiscal year’s budget, but there is also a line item in next fiscal year’s budget of $100,000 for the police pensions.

Two trustees will vote no on the budget, based on a straw poll at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Ken Anderson said that, while he has appreciated all the work that everyone has put into the budgeting process, he felt they could have done a better job of living within the village’s means, based on the salary increases for the Elburn Police Department.

“I’m not in favor of the police increases,” he said.

Calling himself fiscally conservative, Anderson said that although he believes that people should be rewarded for their efforts, in these economic times, everybody needs to work together. He said that if village officials had extrapolated the operating budget plan five years out, like they did for the Public Works budget, they would see that after year one or two, they have used all their reserves for salaries.

The other ‘no’ vote will be Jerry Schmidt, who said he thought more money should have been allocated to the Public Works budget, for items such as maintenance of Prairie Park and the pavilion, a building to store the village’s salt, and more funding for street maintenance.

Girls Track sees exceptional totals at Holmes Meet

Photo: Ashley Castellanos (right) put in good work Saturday at the Jill Holmes Invite, including winning this 100 meter dash. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It took barely any time for Lady Knights girls track to get acclimated to the outdoor competition.

With the Jill Holmes Invite on Saturday yielding success, and the dual action going the Lady Knights way on Tuesday against visiting Sycamore, Kaneland sits in a good spot.

On Saturday, Rockton’s Hononegah High School finished first with 98 points, while Kaneland was second at 92.5, and DeKalb third.

Ashley Castellanos took third place in the 200 meter dash on Saturday with a 27-second effort.

Lady Knight Abby Dodis ran a 12:17.40 effort in the 3200m run, with DeKalb standout Kelsey Schrader taking first at 11:42.10.

The Lady Knights’ 4x800m relay group of Amanda Lesak, Sydney Strang, Jennifer Howland and Jessica Kucera finished second with an effort of 10:10.35.

The Lady Knights did well in field events, as well, with Castellanos staking her claim in the long jump and triple jump by finishing second in both.

The junior hit the 15-10 mark in the long jump, and a 33-06 in the triple jump for a productive morning.

Elle Tattoni beat the field and took the reins in the shot put with a 32-11 throw, while fellow Lady Knights Nicole Ketza took first (97-10.5) and Ashley Cottier managed third in the discus (94-09.5).

Against the Lady Spartans, KHS used plenty of great showings for an 86-55 win.

Strang’s 11:54.6 was tops in the 3200m run.

“I’ve been working hard and it’s been going pretty well, “ Strang said. “I’ve been having fun and trying my best with it.”

Howland took the 800m run with a time of 2:32.3, Lesak won the 300m hurdles event with a time of 50.8 seconds, and Kaltrina Ismaili won the 200m run with a time of 28.9 seconds.

Additonal firsts were garnered by the 4x400m relay team (4:09.8), Castellanos in the triple jump (32-10), Tattoni in the shot put (31-06), Ketza in the discus (94-04), Gabby Aguirre in the high jump (five feet) and Sydney Luse in the pole vault (eight feet).

Up ahead for girls track: the Ottawa ABC Invite on Friday, April 13.

KHS softball (14-4) swinging a hot bat

KANELAND—After KHS coach Brian Willis wished for the hitting to catch up to the above-average pitching and defense, the Lady Knights softball contingent spent this past week granting that wish in earnest.

With an April 4 win over Hoffman Estates, a successful road jaunt to DeKalb on Thursday, a convincing victory at West Aurora on Monday and a slim win in Sycamore on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 14-4 (3-0 Northern Illinois Big XII), having won 13 of its last 14 contests.

Hosting the Mid-Suburban League’s Lady Hawks, Kaneland used four runs in the first, three in the third and five in the fourth for a 12-0, five-inning win.

Ellissa Eckert went the distance and scattered just two hits. Sarah Kitz homered, while Allyson O’Herron went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI.

In DeKalb, Kaneland soared behind the strength of a four-run first and a three-run third for a 9-3 win. Delani Vest’s mound victory included giving up three runs on five hits, but also included a productive afternoon at the plate with an RBI double.

Kaneland enjoyed a combined pitching effort from Alexis Villarreal and Eckert in a 10-3 win against W. Aurora, plus a 3-for-3 day from O’Herron and a 4-for-4 day from Paige Kuefler (4-for-4, six RBI).

In a slim 2-0 win in Spartan-land on Tuesday, Kaneland’s single-run effort in the second and fifth was enough, with Lanie Callaghan scoring a run and Vest striking out eight in the win.

The Lady Knights take on the host Rochelle Lady Hubs on Thursday, April 12, and host Maine West on Saturday, April 14.

Soccer overcomes struggles to find net at W. Aurora

AURORA—Kaneland soccer will have at least one win under its belt from its usual April stop.

A second-half flurry on Tuesday against Elgin’s Westminster Christian paved the way for a 6-0 win.

In the opening match of the annual Blackhawk Tournament at West Aurora High School, the Lady Knights’ allowance of a first half goal on Thursday led to a 1-0 loss.

Against Westminster Christian, the Lady Knights got on the board, thanks to a Katie Taylor goal after an assist from Courtney Diddell roughly 20 minutes into the action.

The offensive fireworks took place in the second half with Taylor completing her hat trick early. A corner kick by the captain made it 2-0, with another goal coming after an assist by Abby Bend with 20:22 left in the contest.

Just 21 seconds later, Bend scored after a Diddell assist.

The final two goals came from Madi Jurcenko off of a pass from Diddell five minutes later, and an unassisted goal from Aislinn Lodwig.

The 2-3 Lady Knights were slated to finish up at West Aurora against the East Aurora squad on Wednesday, before heading to Dixon to face the Duchesses on Saturday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. for a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover battle.

Knights baseball brings firepower vs. Dukes, Hubs

Photo: Kaneland’s Quinn Buschbacher makes contact for a hit during their home game against Hononegah on April 5. Photo by Patti Wilk

KANELAND—Dixon’s baseball field is somewhat secluded, and surrounded by tall trees.

Not even that setting could protect them from Kaneland baseball’s offensive onslaught.

Saturday saw Kaneland travel to the former childhood home of President Ronald Reagan and contain the host Dukes by a final of 15-4 in a five-inning contest.

The Saturday win did wonders in getting the sour taste out of the Knights’ mouth after a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Rockton’s Hononegah High School on Thursday in Maple Park.

Kaneland also handed Rochelle two defeats: a 15-2, five-inning special on Monday and a 1-0 win in Ogle County on Tuesday.

Against Dixon, Kaneland (8-5, 2-0 NIB-12) was paced by two runs in the top of the first, then six in the second and a seven-spot in the third.

Trevor Storck balanced things on the mound with three strikeouts and seven hits scattered, while allowing three earned runs.

Tyler Heinle went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, and Clay Denlinger added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI.

Against the visiting Indians, the Knights could only manage a run in the first, with John Hopkins taking the loss on the mound, despite allowing no earned runs over 5.2 innings.

Ray Barry had a double and drew two walks for the Knights.

Against the Hubs on Monday, Kaneland’s nine-run first set the tone in windy conditions.

Drew Peters improved to 2-2 and fanned eight.

It was still a challenge for the southpaw to mow down the rival lineup, even with a convincing lead.

“The curveball worked surprisingly (well) in this wind,” Peters said “The fastball came in pretty hard and I was really pleased.”

KHS coach Brian Aversa thought Peters did his duty on the mound, pitching smart with the lead.

“You know, it’s not a close game anymore,” Aversa said. “We’ve got the lead, we can be more aggressive and go after guys. If they hit it, they hit it, and if not, we have to make plays behind him.”

On Tuesday, the lone run was executed by Tyler Heinle with a suicide squeeze in the top of the fifth.

Hopkins went the distance, allowing a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh for the lone blemish.

Kaneland battles Rochelle in a rematch of the 2012 Rochelle Sectional title game won by Kaneland last June, on Thursday, April 12.

Boys track feels outdoorsy at E. Moline

Photo: Alex Snyder throws the discus a huge 112 feet, 11 inches during Kaneland’s home meet against Sycamore on April 10. Photo by John DiDonna

Knights also earn dual win vs. Spartans
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How do you deal with boys track giants from the Quad Cities area along with other very talented outfits?

You show your talent is as big and capable as theirs.

Kaneland boys track put up third-place numbers at the annual East Moline United Kiwanis Invitational at the Soule Bowl in East Moline, Ill., on Saturday with 233.5 points.

Rock Island won the meet crown with 260 points, while the hosts put up 250 points of their own.

Pleasant Valley of Iowa was in fourth with 196 points, and Galesburg was fifth at 195.

Two fellow Northern Illinois Big XII schools competed on Saturday, with Sterling finishing seventh in the 12-team meet (152 points), and Geneseo scoring 141.5 points for eighth.

With the events placed in A, B and C flights, Kaneland found plenty of competitors of their own with top finishes.

Knights standout Kyle Carter was the premiere runner in the 800 meter run “A”, thanks to a two minute, 2.96 effort, .72 seconds better than Beau Salsman of Galesburg.

Teammate Dylan Nauert’s third place in the 300m hurdles “A’ group fit well in the team’s success, thanks to a 41.40-second finish.

Nauert was at it again as part of the 4x100m relay team along with Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier and Sean Carter, as the foursome finished second with a time of 43.84.

In the 4x400m relay “A” flight, Bishop, Nathan Kucera, Kyle Carter and Nauert finished second with a 3:30.48 effort.

Kaneland also found encouraging developments in the field events, with JR Vest taking third in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet even.

Nate Dyer continued his positive trajectory from last year by throwing 45-10 in the shot put. Dyer also took second in the discus throw for coach Eric Baron’s crew, heaving a 144-10 disc.

Bishop found himself in the thick of things again by finishing third in the 100m dash “B” with a time of 11.9.

Kaneland’s Miki Marin emerged first in the 800m run “B” thanks to a 2:05.11, 1.25 seconds faster than Pleasant Valley’s Joe Schuler.

Eric Dillion finished third in the high jump “B” action with a leap of 5-10.

The Knights’ 4x400m relay group finished second in the “B” category with a time of 3:45.01.

In the pole vault “B” event, Knight Dylan Kuipers finished second with a height of 11 feet.

Sean Carter finished a scant .17 seconds behind Rock Island’s Brandon Richardson at 11.82.

Kucera took first in the 400m dash “C” with a time of 52.46, while teammate Clayton Brundige was king of the 800m run “C’ at 2:07.97.

KHS representative Brock Robertson finished second with a time of 43.74 seconds in the 300m hurdles “C”.

Another pole vaulter doing well for KHS was Dan Evers, who finished first in the “C” group with a vault of 10-06.

Kaneland’s Ben Barnes held his own in the “C” long jump grouping by finishing second with a distance of 18-09.5.

In a Tuesday meet against Sycamore, Kaneland won 96-50, thanks to first places from personnel like Nauert in the 300m hurdles (41.3) and Dyer in the shot put (45-11) and discus (140-05).

Conor Johnson also nabbed first in the 3200m run at 10:04.6. Dylan Pennington took first in the 200m dash with an effort of 24.9.

Vest excelled in the pole vault with an 11-foot launch.

Saturday, April 14, brings the latest test for boys track in the form of the Ottawa Invitational.

Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, April 15, 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 this service, other Sunday worship services, the outdoor labyrinth and outreach opportunities is available from or (630) 584-2596.

Guest Editorial: Equal Pay Day

by Nancy Dietrich
There’s no doubt that women have made great strides the past 50 years.

“Help wanted—male/Help wanted—female” ads are a thing of the past. Women can get a mortgage without having a male co-signer. More women are seeking higher degrees in nontraditional fields like medicine and law than ever before. However, we still have work to do before we can say women have reached equality. One of the most visible discrepancies between men and women is in wages. On average, women must work more than three months longer to make the same wages as men. Equal Pay Day, the date when women’s wages catch up to men’s from the year before, is being observed April 17.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women make 77 cents for every dollar men make. Many reasons have been cited for this disparity, including women’s career choices and women taking time out of their careers to raise children. However, research by the American Association of University Women shows that just one year out of college (when most women have not yet had children), women in the U.S. working full time are already earning only 80 percent as much as their male colleagues. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics also show that women make less money in almost every occupation tracked, meaning that even in traditionally female occupations, women still make less money than men. So, one can’t explain the discrepancies solely on women’s choices.

Double standards still exist regarding appropriate behavior by women and men in the workplace, which contributes to lower wages and fewer promotional opportunities for women. Research by Hannah Riley Bowles, associate professor at Harvard, revealed that when women asked their bosses for a raise, it was typically looked at negatively; yet being assertive about asking for more money is continually cited as one of the things women need to do to reduce the wage gap. Research discussed in the book “Delusions of Gender,” by Cordelia Fine, also shows a “Catch-22″ situation: If women behave in an assertive fashion on the job, they’re considered too aggressive. Yet, if women don’t show qualities like confidence or ambition, they are seen to not have the right qualities for a leadership position.

In other examples of gender bias cited in Delusions of Gender, a study asked 100 university psychologists to rate the resumes of “Dr. Karen Miller” and “Dr. Brian Miller,” fictional applicants for a tenure track university position. Although the resumes were identical except for the name, Brian was perceived to have better qualifications for the position than Karen, by both male and female evaluators. Similarly, another researcher noted that in a study with men who had sex changes (from women to men), many immediately enjoyed greater respect and recognition, including one man who heard a colleague praising his boss for “getting rid of Susan” and hiring this new man, who he thought was much more competent. These internal, often unconscious, biases serve to keep the glass ceiling for women firmly in place.

So what can we do about it? Here’s how to help Equal Pay Day become a thing of the past:

1. Vote. Support legislators who support equal pay for equal work policies.

2. Support salary transparency, including lifting the “gag rule” that exists in many companies (the gag rule means employees are not allowed to disclose their wages to other employees). Making all salaries public would go even further to discourage wage discrimination.

3. Women: Negotiate your salary, starting from your first job. You’ll be a pioneer, meaning there may be some negative fallout at first. But as more women negotiate, it will become seen as part of the normal hiring process.

4. We need to be more aware of our own attitudes about appropriate gender roles, and confront bias when we see it. For example, if you perceive a woman as being too aggressive, ask yourself, “If this were a man, would I consider this behavior too aggressive?” As noted above, internal bias with which we’re socialized can penalize women (and in different situations, men), so we need to become aware of and change this within ourselves.

Let’s work together to make Equal Pay Day the same day for women—as it is for men.

Dietrich is co-president of the Champaign-Urbana branch of American Association of University Women, and is a member of the AAUW Voices Project. She lives in Urbana, Ill.

Letter: Syverson thanks voters for re-election support

I would like to thank the voters for the confidence they placed in me in our recent Illinois primary election. I also express gratitude to all the volunteers who worked so hard in helping get our message out: that Illinois needs a leaner, smarter and more responsible government, since it was “American Exceptionalism” which made our country and this state great—not government.

If Illinois is to become the economic engine it once was, then it can only happen by improving our jobs climate and growing our way out of the financial difficulties we find ourselves in. For that to happen, responsible and difficult adult decisions need to made in Springfield, and that’s what I am committed to do.

Senator Dave Syverson
34th District

Letter: Yellow school bus may become endangered species in Illinois

Remember when we walked three miles to school every day, uphill both ways through snow, sleet, hail and torrential rain? School children in Illinois may soon return to those good old days. The bad news is we no longer live in “Leave It to Beaver” times, and safety is the overarching reason for public schools to continue providing bus transportation for students.

The yellow school bus may become an endangered species in Illinois, considering the 42 percent cut to state funding for public schools transportation in the past three years and the ominous clouds forming over the state’s education budget for next year. No one can argue with the emphasis on maintaining funding for the classroom, but the ability to safely transport children to school remains a basic fundamental of educating students.

From a purely political standpoint, cuts to school transportation clearly have far less impact in Chicago than they do downstate where many school districts cover more than a hundred square miles. Even in the state’s largest cities, the path to school often includes railroad crossings or busy highways, not to mention child predators.

There are those who believe it’s the responsibility of parents to get their kids to and from school. Setting aside the fact that many families depend on both parents working full time, there are logistical factors that make parents dropping their children at the school door virtually impossible in many school districts.

Most schools were not designed for hundreds of vehicles dropping off children; most were designed with lanes for relatively few buses. Factor just 30 seconds for a parent to pull up, say goodbye and drop off their children. How long would that process take for just 100 cars? 200? 300? Also consider the safety concerns with that much traffic while children are arriving or departing school.

From an overall economic perspective, the cost of bus drivers, fuel and insurance is less than the fuel cost for hundreds of vehicles making that daily trip.

The notion that local districts should shoulder more of the transportation costs ignores the fact that local taxpayers already pay a portion of the transportation bill. The state already has cut General State Aid to schools, and leaders in the House and Senate are talking about shifting the state’s portion of pension costs for teachers to local districts. Illinois already ranks among the nation’s highest in local school funding and among the lowest in state funding for public education.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has proposed changing the formula for transportation from the current reimbursement formula to an “efficiency” formula based on either per-student or per-mile funding. Recognizing that this is an attempt by ISBE to retain at least some funding for transportation in the current political and economical atmosphere, this would be a paradigm shift in funding that would result in “winners” and “losers” among school districts. Still, it is something that should be carefully considered if it rewards efficiency.

The ISBE proposal also allows for school districts to charge parents a fee to transport their children, and ISBE data indicates the cost for transporting one child for a year averages about $500. Realistically, what school board would want to assess such a fee on parents who already pay school taxes? Districts could not even assess the fee on families whose students are enrolled in the free-and-reduced lunch program, a growing population in many districts.

Certainly, districts should look at all feasible options to lower costs, and most districts have been involved for years in cost-cutting initiatives like bid purchasing, contract bargaining and shopping for the lowest insurance costs. Districts that have not already done so may need look at more of a mass transit business model. For example, door-to-door service may need to be replaced by establishing bus stops at strategic locations. In some districts, that could result in fewer buses, fewer miles and fewer drivers.

There was a recent story about a school district in Missouri (Bayless School District near St. Louis) that eliminated its bus transportation two years ago only to see 150 students move to neighboring districts that provide bus transportation. The district actually ended up losing more money in state aid than the bus transportation cost.

The story underscores how important school transportation is to parents. The yellow school bus long has been a fundamental, vital part of our public education system. It is not a luxurious benefit for children or parents. It remains the safest, most efficient way to transport our children to school.

Brent Clark, Ph. D.
Executive Director
Illinois Association
of School Administrators

Informational class for parents of 2013 and 2014 graduates

SUGAR GROVE—“How to Choose the Best College for Your Student and Your Pocketbook” will be presented Saturday, April 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive in Sugar Grove. This will be a valuable class for all parents with college-bound students. The class will focus on high school juniors and seniors (all grade levels are welcome). Parents, bring your students.

In this informal class you will learn: insight into SAT/ACT tests and tips on how to score higher; how to help students know which colleges to apply to; what the more selective colleges really want to see in your student’s application; the five questions to ask colleges before applying; how to maximize your potential for scholarships, grants and other gift-aid; how it is possible to attend a private college for a public college price; why procrastination may cost a family thousands of dollars; and a time-line for success—where one should start.

This class will reveal how families with annual income of $80,000-$225,000 received assistance to help pay for a college education.

Reservations for this event are necessary. For more information, call (815) 434-0395 to reserve your seats, or register at

Kaneland Fine Arts Festival set for April 22

Photo: The 13th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival will be held Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kaneland High School. Many crafters and performers will be on hand throughout the day. File Photo

KANELAND—The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival will be held Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the campus of Kaneland High School. The festival, presented for no admission fee, will showcase over 500 pieces of student artwork from all of the grade levels of the Kaneland School District.

Besides viewing the artwork of the Kaneland Students, guests can interact with over 15 professional visual artists in the arts pavilion at the high school. Guests will also be able to experience the professional performing artists in the Kaneland auditorium. In-depth information on the artists can be found in the Kaneland Virtual Backpack, and on the festival website,, prior to the event.

In addition to the artists, guests will be able to participate in hands-on workshops. The Kaneland High School Art Club will make balloon animals and paint faces. Patrons can create their own glass pieces and have their caricature drawn.

New this year is the Barn Quilt Workshop, led by Laura VanGemert and Steven Mockus. Patrons will be able to paint a piece of wood that will become an 8-foot square that will be sold to a barn owner in the Kaneland School District to be displayed on the barn owner’s barn. In addition to the barn quilt being made at the festival, Mrs. VanGemert and Mr. Mockus donated a finished quilt to the art auction. Barn owners will have two opportunities to get one of these two unique barn quilts for their buildings. Inquiries about the barn quilts can be directed to Maria Dripps-Paulson at or (630) 365-5100, ext. 180.

This year’s performing arts workshop will be presented by the Mime Company. The Mime Company will perform at the festival and provide a workshop immediately following the performance. Patrons interested in this workshop should plan on attending the performance prior to the workshop. Pre-registration is required for the workshop, and interested patrons (all ages encouraged) should contact Dripps-Paulson.

There are two exciting opportunities to help out the festival this year. If you plan on attending the festival, why not volunteer to help out on festival day? The festival welcomes volunteers in many shapes and sizes. Sign up as an individual or bring your whole family. If you are a part of the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts and you would like to lend a hand, the festival committee would love to have you help out at this event.

More than 3,000 people attend the festival yearly, and over 100 volunteers are needed to continue the festival’s wonderful tradition. The Fine Arts Festival needs volunteers to usher, be the caricature artist’s assistant, collect donations for Stock the Shop, and assist with set-up and tear down. A volunteer form can be found on the festival website.

Check out the website for the Stock the Shop information, including a list of equipment needed to stock the scene shop for the continuing season. Each year, the scene shop goes through gallons of paint, pounds of nails and yards of lumber to create the scenery and other equipment for the Kaneland Auditorium. Here’s how it works:

1. Check out our Stock the Shop registry and shop for an item on the list (new items only).

2. Bring the item to the scene shop on the day of the festival between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

3. Receive a tax donation letter (in the mail) and a voucher for one free ticket to any Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival event.

If you will be bringing in a large item, call prior to April 20 so that a specific time for delivery can be set up. Volunteers will be at the scene shop to help all donors. If you have questions, contact Chad Carlson at

This year, the festival is partnering with the Kaneland Foundation for its “Cooking for Kids” fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, April 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Patrons at this event will be able to sample the food created by Kaneland officials, such Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler, as well as the Kaneland town and village mayors and presidents.

Patrons will vote for their favorite chef in a number of categories. The Kaneland Madrigals will provide the entertainment for the evening and patrons will be able to get a special preview of the student artwork on display for the festival. There will also be a silent auction.

All proceeds for this event will benefit Kaneland students. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children/students. Tickets purchased at the door will be $30 for adults and $15 for children/students. Tickets are on sale on the Kaneland website,

Mark your calendars for this event, and don’t forget to order your festival T-shirt or tote (See website). Inquiries about the festival can be directed to Dripps-Paulson.

Elburn resident named 2012 Board of Trustees Professors

DEKALB—Northern Illinois University recently named Elburn resident and geologist Reed Scherer as one of its three 2012 Board of Trustees Professors—an honor that recognizes international prominence in research as well as excellence in all facets of teaching.

The trio works in fields that seem far removed from each other, with historian Heidi Fehrenbach illuminating post-World War II European history, chemist Chhiu-Tsu “C.T.” Lin mixing up the chemistry for new inventions, and Scherer conducting climate research in the most remote region of the planet. These three bring uncommon creativity to their work that ignites a passion for knowledge among their students.

“The latest round of Board of Trustees Professorships confirm what colleagues and students have known all along—that Heide Fehrenbach, C.T. Lin and Reed Scherer are among the very best at what they do, not only at this university but anywhere,” NIU President John Peters said. “We’re indebted to all of them for their scholarship, tremendous work with students and service to our community.”

Established in 2007, the Board of Trustees Professorships honor faculty members who have consistently demonstrated excellence in teaching, academic leadership, scholarship or artistry, and service and outreach. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing those who have earned widespread acclaim for their work while continuing to engage students in their professional activities.

Each BOT Professorship is accompanied by a $10,000 stipend, renewable annually during a five-year term. The BOT Professorship awards will be presented during the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Altgeld Auditorium.

Here’s a closer look at the local 2012 BOT Professor.

Rock star
In contemporary and geologic terms, Reed Scherer simply rocks.

The NIU geology professor—who directs the new Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy (ESE Institute)— excels at just about everything: inspirational teacher, world-renowned polar scientist, institutional innovator.

“Professor Scherer does not just teach students about science,” said Joseph Peterson, who earned his Ph.D. from NIU in 2010 and is now a geology professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. “He teaches students how to be scientists.”

Scherer has long embraced the engaged-learning approach in all its variations, whether he is presenting a classroom comparison between the evolution of automobiles and organisms, working alongside students on dinosaur digs in the American West, or training the next generation of scientists while on Antarctic expeditions.

“One cannot fully understand geological concepts until you’ve spent time both in the lab and out in the field puzzling over an outcrop, whether in Illinois, Montana or Antarctica,” Scherer said.

Scherer’s students—undergrads and graduate students alike—have published research in prestigious scientific journals and made presentations at conferences on five continents.

Under Scherer’s direction, current Ph.D. student Jon Warnock won two separate grants, totaling more than $300,000, from the National Science Foundation to study Antarctic fossil records. Scherer also helped Warnock and Matthew Konfirst, who earned his Ph.D. last year, land opportunities to learn from world-renowned experts at prestigious summer courses and workshops in Italy, Australia and Poland. Both students chose to stay at NIU to work on their doctoral degrees because of the strength of Scherer’s research program.

“Reed encouraged me to broaden my horizons,” said Konfirst, now a postdoctoral research scientist at Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center. “He left an indelible imprint on my intellectual development.”

Scherer himself earned his Ph.D. in paleontology at Ohio State and worked at a Swedish university before being recruited to NIU in 2000. He teaches a wide range of courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

Outside the university, Scherer’s research takes him to the planet’s Polar Regions, where he is working to decipher the geologic history and ongoing changes in the ice sheets by studying fossils known as diatoms. These microscopic single-celled algae live in shallow seawater and are deposited on the ocean floor, leaving behind beautifully ornate glass-like shells that tell a detailed tale of climate change over time. Geologists need to understand the past to predict the future.

In the 1990s, Scherer was a key member of a research team that confirmed the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has been unstable in the geologic past and even collapsed, raising sea levels by up to 18 feet. He and NIU colleague Ross Powell are continuing their investigations in Antarctica, where they plan to use a 28-foot-long, 2,200-pound robotic submarine to explore melting near the WAIS base.

Despite numerous international research commitments, Scherer also is a leader on campus. In recent years, he served as interim associate dean for research and graduate affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also was a leading proponent of the Strategic Planning initiative that resulted in the popular new environmental studies major and minor, which he oversees in his role as ESE Institute director.

“Reed epitomizes the combination of internationally recognized scholarship, excellence in teaching, engagement of students and leadership service that the Board of Trustees Professorship celebrates,” said Colin Booth, geology chair. “The geology department, the college and the university are fortunate indeed to have him.”

Scouts raise pet items for donations

Elburn—Girl Scout Brownie Troop #4036 from Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School is collecting pet items to be donated to the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn and Tails in DeKalb.

Collection boxes are throughout Elburn, including at Jewel, the Elburn Herald, Kaneland John Stewart, and Mediacom.

Boxes will remain at the above-mentioned locations until the end of April. For information, call Linda Turk at (630) 934-4122.

Items needed include dog, cat and bird food, chicken and potato baby food, paper towels, cat scratchers, dog brushes, gift cards, dog and cat toys, cat litter, and latex gloves.

Full wish lists are available at and

Chief men’s hoops take Region IV honors

WAUBONSEE—Waubonsee Community College had four men’s basketball players recognized for their outstanding play this past season by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA’s Region IV Committee.

Deontray Dorsey and Melvin Rowe were both named to the All-ISCC First Team, while teammates Jarvis Griffin and Marcus Franklin were selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. Dorsey was also tabbed All-Region IV First Team, while Rowe and Griffin were chosen to the All-Region IV Second Team.

Dorsey, a freshman from Peoria Central High School, averaged 15.9 points and 3.3 assists in ISCC action while leading the Chiefs to a share of the conference title. The 5’9” guard shot 83 percent (63 of 76) from the foul line, 50 percent (57 of 114) from the field and made 30 steals in 14 league contests. Overall on the season, Dorsey led Waubonsee in scoring average (15.3), total points (489), free throws made (125), steals (58) and three-point baskets (44).

Rowe, a sophomore from Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill., averaged 11.2 points and seven rebounds per conference game. Griffin, a sophomore from Glenbard East High School, averaged 12.2 points-per-game in ISCC play, shooting 54 percent from the field and blocking 10 shots. On the season, the 6’5” forward averaged 14 points a game, netting the second most points (433) on the team.

Franklin, a freshman from Thornton High School in Harvey, Ill., averaged 9.7 points-per-game in conference action. The 6’3” guard dished out 2.5 assists per game and made 27 steals during the Chiefs’ 14 league contests. The Chiefs finished tied for the ISCC’s top spot with a 12-2 conference record, sharing the title with Moraine Valley Community College.

Lady Chiefs nab postseason Skyway hardware

WAUBONSEE—Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball players Colleen Purcell, Karla Vietinghoff and Maxzine Rossler were all recently recognized by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC).

Purcell and Vietinghoff were both named to the All-ISCC First Team, while the Rossler was tabbed All-ISCC Second Team.

Purcell, a sophomore from Oswego High School, averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in ISCC play. The 6’1” center also made 53 percent of her shots from the field, handed out 39 assists and blocked 17 shots in conference action. On the season, Purcell averaged 11.8 points-per-game, booking a team-high 368 points.

Vietinghoff, a freshman from Hampshire High School, averaged 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in league action. The 5’8” forward shot 88 percent (23 of 26) from the foul line and 42 percent (23 of 53) from three-point range during ISCC games. Overall on the season, Vietinghoff averaged 10.9 points, scoring 340 points total.
After helping lead the Lady Chiefs’ soccer team to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time ever, and becoming Waubonsee’s first two-time NJCAA All-American in soccer, Rossler did not even take a day off before stepping onto the basketball court. The Hinckley-Big Rock High School graduate went on to average 13.3 points and 4.3 assists, while grabbing 69 rebounds and recording 39 steals in the Lady Chiefs’ 14 ISCC games.

Sugar Grove residents named to dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene

BOURBONNAIS, Ill.—Joseph Blaney, Joss Nicholson, Nicholas Rogers and Emily Wood, all of Sugar Grove, were named to the Olivet Nazarene University dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

Koehling, Anderson to wed

Jeff and Linda Koehling of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah A. Koehling, to Jacob J. Anderson, son of John and Karen Anderson of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 Hinckley-Big Rock High School graduate, and attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. She is currently employed at Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as a registered nurse

The future groom is a 2003 graduate of Saint Michael’s High School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and also attended Trinity Christian College. He is currently employed as a senior systems analyst and applications consultant at Medstrat in Downers Grove, Ill.

The wedding will take place June 30, 2012, at The Abbey in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The couple will reside in Chicago following their honeymoon.

Anderson, Blackhall to wed

Arthur and Donna Anderson of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Sadie Anderson, to Jonathan Blackhall, the son of Liz Schwenke of New Lenox, Ill., and Jack Blackhall of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The bride to be is a 2003 graduate of Kaneland High School, 2007 graduate of the University of Illinois, and a 2010 graduate of Midwestern University.

She is currently employed as a Physician Assistant.

The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Lincoln-Way Community High School, 2006 graduate of the University of Illinois, and a 2011 graduate of Rush Medical College.

He is currently employed as a Resident Physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.

The wedding ceremony is on June 23, 2012, in Elburn.

Route 47 resurfacing project in Elburn

ELBURN—The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a resurfacing project on Illinois 47 from Seavey Road to just north of Welter Road in Elburn is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Monday, April 9.

The project will require reducing Illinois 47 to one lane during the daytime hours where construction is taking place. Flaggers will be present.

The tentative completion date is Aug. 1.

Curran Contracting Company, Inc., of Crystal Lake, is the prime contractor on the $2.4 million project.

Motorists should anticipate delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Please obey the speed limit, observe closure signs and remain alert for workers.

Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at

Keep the money in town

Photo: Last Chance Auto Sales is a new business at 807 S. County Line Road in Maple Park. They had their official grand opening on March 31. Many well wishers stopped by to see the business and have refreshments. The people who run Last Chance Auto are Theresa Miller (co-owner), Earl Thorne (owner) and Lisa Johnson (assistant). Photo by John DiDonna

Local resident opens used car business in Maple Park
by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—After a grand opening Saturday, Last Chance Auto Sales, a used car business located in Maple Park, officially opened its doors for business on Monday.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Earl Thorne, owner of Last Chance Auto. “I have another business, but this is something less physical I can do in the coming years.”

Thorn, who has lived in Maple Park for 20 years, realizes how important it is to open a business in the village.

“Maple Park is a small town; I wanted to keep the money here,” Thorne said. “Also, with it being so close to home, if anyone needs to make an appointment, I’m 5 minutes away.”

Last Chance Auto will operate Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also by appointment.

“For now, we’ll be working on building our inventory,” Thorne said. “But at the same time, we can try to locate any specific cars customers might want.”

Thorne will look for whatever make or model the customer needs, as long as he knows what to look for.

“A customer can tell us what they need, what their budget is, and we’ll try to find it,” Thorne said.

Before opening, Last Chance Auto held a grand opening event to let the community know they were there.

“We’ve had a pretty good turnout,” Thorne said. “A lot of locals and friends stopped by to show us support.”

Last Chance Auto Sales is located at 807 S. County Line Road, Maple Park, next to Casey’s General Store.

“Come in and see us,” Thorne said. “We’re fair, we’re reasonable, we’re honest, and we’ll work with anyone we can to help them find a car.”

Elburn’s assessed value drops

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Elburn’s assessed value has dropped $30 million in the past two years, from $199 million in 2009 to $169 million in 2011, Village President Dave Anderson said. There was a 14 percent reduction in EAV (Equalized Assessed Value) across the county between this year and last year, with a 12 percent decrease in Elburn.

Due to some new construction in Elburn last year, the village will still receive $13,000 more in taxes collected by Kane County than last year.

“We’re still trying to provide the same services to more people,” Anderson said.

This year, the village will increase its tax rate from 35 cents for every $100 of EAV last year to 39 cents. The village’s portion of a resident’s property tax bill is less than 4.5 percent. That works out to $396.63 on a $100,000 home.

“I think that’s a bargain,” Anderson said.

Shodeen, Elburn, Kaneland begin fee discussions

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Discussions between the village and Shodeen developers regarding the basis for impact and development fees for the Elburn Station development are moving forward, but they are just in the preliminary stages.

The village will need to set aside money to pay for the infrastructure improvements to support the additional development, such as a new well, new sewer lines and a wastewater treatment plant, and the impact fees will be a portion of that amount.

In the meantime, Shodeen representatives met with the Kaneland School District Superintendent Jeff Schuler and Assistant Superintendent for Business Julie Ann Fuchs regarding their own fee structure and plan to continue those discussions.

This will be the first fee agreement between the School District and a developer outside of the district-wide agreement all of the municipalities agreed to several years ago, trustee Jeff Walter said. This could set the stage for future fee agreements with the school and the other municipalities.

Next steps to save money

Maple Park pursues energy aggregation after referendum
by David Maas
Maple Park—With the passage of the March 20 referendum to allow the village of Maple Park to pursue energy aggregation, Arnold Schramel of the Progressive Energy Group presented a tentative timeline to the Village Board at Tuesday’s meeting.

“First, I want to congratulate the village on the passing of the vote,” Schramel said. “75 percent of the municipalities up for a vote on this ballot passed it, as well.”

With the passage, the residents of Maple Park that do not opt out of this service should see substantial savings, for at least two years.

“We’re estimating that each household in Maple Park should save around $200 per year,” Schramel said.

After those two years, depending on energy prices, the amount of savings will most likely decrease.

“Right now, the projections say that ComEd rates will decrease by 2014,” Schramel said, “At which point, depending on the contract entered, the village can return to ComEd as their power supplier.”

While that is at least two years into the future, the next steps of the village’s energy aggregation program will happen in the coming weeks.

“There are two public hearings required by law to educate the public,” Schramel said. “We usually like to hold these before board meetings.”

Due to this, the public hearings are tentatively set for April 17 and May 1, at 6:30 p.m.

“These meetings will be used to further educate the public, as well as let them know about the opt-out program,” Schramel said.

Following the public hearings, residents will receive multiple opt-out notices in the mailing.

“Like we’ve stated before, anyone who doesn’t want to take part in the aggregation does have the opportunity to opt-out of the service, and stay with ComEd as their energy supplier,” Schramel said.

Following the hearings, the village will pass a Plan of Governance, which deals with the specifics of the aggregation, interviewing various suppliers, and eventually choosing the village’s supplier.

“Even though the vote had passed, there is still much work to be done,” Schramel said.

County Health Rankings: Kane County Ranks 8th in Illinois Up from 9th last year

Kane County—The Third Annual County Health Rankings released Tuesday once again show that Kane County residents are some of the healthiest in Illinois.

Overall, Kane ranked eighth in the state, moving up from ninth in 2011 and 11th in 2010. The rankings show Kane with a Health Outcomes rank of 8, and a Health Factor ranking of 30, both improvements from last year.

“Even though we ranked among the best in the state, the rankings reveal areas where we can improve. This report really reinforces what we have learned over the past year in our community health assessment that we conducted with the hospitals, United Ways and the INC Board. It helps us identify those areas where we still need to do more to shape our environment to support healthy choices,” Kane County Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said.

As one of the first steps toward the Health Department’s goal of improvement, the Kane County Board of Health will consider adopting the 2012-16 Kane County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) at its meeting next Tuesday. This CHIP names four health priorities that take aim at several of the factors included in the report, including limited access to healthy foods.

In addition, Kane County has been awarded two planning grants, one from the American Public Health Association and one from Health Impact Project (a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts) that recognize the county’s efforts to integrate health in land use and transportation planning and that also support efforts to improve the county’s built environment.

“The rankings are a great way to see how our county compares to others in the state,” Kuehnert said. “We are moving in the right direction. The rankings show where we are doing well, and where we can improve so that we can achieve our vision of having the healthiest residents in Illinois by 2030.”

The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, using a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. This year’s Rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents. Graphs illustrating premature death trends over 10 years are new as well.

The rankings, available at, include a snapshot of each county in Illinois and throughout the United States with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking. Researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health or “health outcomes” by county: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low-birthweight infants.

The rankings also consider factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. Among the many health factors they look at: rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking among adults, and teenage births; the number of uninsured under age 65, availability of primary care physicians, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high school graduation, adults who have attended some college, children in poverty; community safety; limited access to healthy foods; rates of physical inactivity; and air pollution levels.

More information about the County Health Rankings and Kane County’s proposed 2012-16 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is available by visiting

Bringing the food

Curves in Elburn recently took part in the Curves 14th Annual Food Drive. They collected over 300 pounds of food. On Tuesday, staff and members walked the food over to the Elburn Food Pantry. Participating were owner Lisa Hood, Donna Anderson, Deb Roesner, Karen Antolak and JoAnn Colby. Photo by John DiDonna

Substance Abuse Prevention Forum 2012

ST.CHARLES—Kane County’s Juvenile Drug Court program recognizes the growing concerns related to substance abuse and the difficulties individuals and families have accessing community resources. For that reason, the Juvenile Drug Court will sponsor the “Substance Abuse Prevention Forum 2012” on Wednesday, April 11, 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Charles East High School’s Norris Cultural Center, 1020 Dunham Road in St. Charles.

This forum will bring together parents who have lost their children to substance abuse, substance abusers, recovering addicts, law enforcement agencies, substance abuse providers, and other community resources to provide individuals and families an opportunity to ask questions and educate themselves about the growing epidemic of substance abuse.

There will be no cost to attend the forum. Contact Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator Diana Uchiyama at (630) 444-3173 if you have any questions or need further information. A forum brochure with information is also attached for your use.