Egg hunts a hit

Ryleigh Lile, 4 and Emma Jo Mannia, 5, have breakfast with the Easter Bunny before the Elburn Lions Egg
Hunt on Saturday. Photo by Mary Herra

(Below) Lily Wennemar, 2, put her basket on her head for safe keeping before the start of the annual Maple Park LibraryEgg Hunt on March 31 at the Community Center. Photo by John DiDonna

Former Elburn man pleads guilty to beating toddler

KANE COUNTY—A former Elburn man has pleaded guilty to severely beating a toddler in a St. Charles hotel room while high on heroin in October 2010.

James C. Cooper, formerly of the 700 block of North First Street, Elburn, and most recently of the 1500 block of East Main Street, St. Charles, recently agreed with the Kane County State’s Attorney to a sentence of 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony.

Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon accepted the plea.

The morning of Oct. 27, 2010, in a hotel room in the 1500 block of East Main Street, St. Charles, Cooper slammed the victim face-first into the bed. The victim immediately was unresponsive, not breathing and bleeding from her mouth.

After 911 was called, Cooper fled the scene before emergency responders arrived. He was taken into custody three days later in Batavia.

Cooper acknowledged this week in court today that he was under the influence of heroin at the time of the incident.

According to Illinois law, Cooper must serve at least 85 percent of the prison term. He was given credit for at least 519 days served in the Kane County jail, where he had been held since his arrest.

In January 2011, the victim’s mother, co-defendant Cathleen A. Koch, 30, last known address of the 1500 block of East Main Street, St. Charles, was indicted on one count of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony, six counts of obstructing justice, each a Class 4 felony, and six counts of endangering the life or health of a child, each a Class A misdemeanor.

The charges against Koch are based on an allegation that she is legally responsible for the abusive acts of Cooper, her paramour.

Illinois Appellate courts have held that a person aids another person in the commission of an offense where she has an affirmative duty to act to protect her child, and chooses not to act.

Koch remains free on $10,000 bond. Her trial has been set to begin at 9 a.m. July 16, in Courtroom 319 in front of Judge Sheldon. If convicted, Koch would face a sentence of between six and 30 years in prison.

“Our office remains committed to seeking justice for the most defenseless and vulnerable in our society,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “Certainly, each of us feels a tug at the heart when we learn of a defenseless child being beaten up by someone she should be able to trust will protect her.

“We hope that this case serves as a warning of what can happen to a person who becomes involved with illicit narcotics and violently acts out toward those around him. This defendant acknowledged today in court that he had used heroin many times in this victim’s presence. He is headed to prison, but a child suffered much greater consequences as a result of his selfish and criminal conduct.

“Thanks to the St. Charles Police Department for its thorough investigation of this case, and to Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Cullen and Debra Bree, who prosecuted this case.”

The charges against Koch are not proof of guilt. Koch is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial during which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Health Department recognizes National Public Health Week

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins communities nationwide recognizing National Public Health Week, April 2-8, to raise awareness about the importance of prevention and wellness through this year’s theme, “A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement.”

“Everyone has a role to play in creating healthier communities, and this year’s theme encourages all of us to start now in taking active, strategic steps to get healthy and stay healthy,” said IDPH Acting Director Dr. Arthur Kohrman. “Little steps can lead to big changes.”

The first full week of April has been observed as National Public Health Week (NPHW) since 1995, allowing communities nationwide to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

With nearly 1 million Americans dying every year from diseases that could be prevented, National Public Health Week will highlight five daily themes:

• Active Living and Healthy Eating—Promote healthy choices in your communities, such as bike lanes and farmer’s markets.

• Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs—Identify alcohol and drug-use disorders early to reduce high-risk alcohol and drug consumption.

• Communicable Diseases—Encourage proper hand-washing and food preparation habits.

• Reproductive and Sexual Health—Practice safe sex, encourage responsible contraception behavior and promote access to preventive health services.

• Mental and Emotional Well-Being—Refer people with signs of depression and suicidal thinking to appropriate resources and help centers.

Find the Health Department on Facebook at Facebook.com/IDPH.Illinois or follow them on Twitter @IDPH.

During National Public Health Week, which also intersects with National Minority Health Month observed every April, the IDPH Center for Minority Health Services will also host its first-ever Minority Health Conference, April 4-5, in Naperville. The Minority Health Conference will examine health disparities impacting communities of color in Illinois and work on proactive, preventative solutions for better health outcomes.

April 6 police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sugar Grove
• Gregorio M. Gonzalez, 33, of the 300 block of East Fullerton Avenue in Glendale Heights, Ill., was arrested on March 30 when police discovered there was a warrant for Gonzelez’s arrest out of DuPage County for contempt of court. Gonzalez had been traveling with in a vehicle with two other males. All three received ordinance violations for no seatbelt.

Elburn
• Heather N. Tomlinson, 31, of the 900 block of Constance Lane in Sycamore, was taken into custody on March 31 after police discovered there was a warrant for Tomlinson’s arrest out of DuPage County for driving while license revoked.
• Jill K. Larkin-Ranney, 47, of the 1000 block of Pattee Avenue in Elburn, was taken into custody on March 31 and charged with operating an uninsured vehicle, driving while license suspended, speeding (50 mph in a 30 mph zone) and no valid registration.
• Melissa J. Kross, 36, of the 3900 block of Reserve Lane in Joliet, Ill., was arrested on April 2 and issued citations for speeding (80 mph in a 55 mph zone), improper lane usage, and driving under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs. Kross had admitted to taking three tablets of Lorazepam (Ativan) within an hour of being pulled over by police.

Cooking for Kaneland

School, village officials cook for Kaneland fundraiser
by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Local school officials and village presidents know how to do their respective jobs … but can they cook?

The answer to that question will be revealed at the Kaneland Foundation’s Cooking for Kids event, which will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Kaneland High School.

The featured chefs during the event will be Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Kaneland High School Principal Chip Hickman, Harter Middle School Principal Bryan Zwemke, Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels and Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis. According to Kaneland Foundation President Veronica Bruhl, these “chefs,” along with local businesses and catering companies, will create samples for community members to taste. Those in attendance will have a chance to pick their favorite appetizer, entree and desert.

Bruhl said the idea for the Cooking for Kids event came together last fall. The Kaneland Foundation’s goal in 2012 is to support academic excellence through innovation.

“The foundation discussed ideas for a new event that (would) bring the entire Kaneland community together. The idea (for) Cooking for Kids was born, since it would increase awareness among the community,” she said.

Schuler said he was involved in the Cooking for Kids event because he serves as executive director for the Kaneland Foundation. He also helped plan the event.

“As far as my credentials as a cook, I don’t really have any,” he said. “I have not been trained as a cook, but have friends in the right places that have agreed to help me. What I make will really be a surprise.”

Michels said he plans to make a Creole dish for the event.

“Somebody from the district called me, said they were putting on a fundraiser and asked if I was interested in cooking something,” he said. “I am going to have my oldest daughter and middle daughter help me out (during the event).”

The event will also feature a preview of student artwork for the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival, a performance by the Kaneland Madrigals and a silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.kaneland.org, and are $25 per adult and $10 per student/child. Tickets are $30 per adult and $15 per student/child if purchased at the door. All of the money collected will benefit students in District 302.

“We are hoping to sell 300 tickets and be in a better position to award more grant money to fund programs for Kaneland students,” Bruhl said.

Board approves drainage project easement agreements

Vote keeps Mallard Point project moving forward
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board trustees on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve easement agreements with two landowners in regard to the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project.

The easement agreements are just another step in the drainage project process, which will culminate in the installation of a pipe—30 inches in diameter and 8,800 feet long-intended to convey water from the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions to the Drainage District ditch located near Jericho Road and Route 30.

“I appreciate (everyone) working together … collaboratively. I am looking forward to this project getting started and completed,” Village President Sean Michels said.

Following approval of the easement agreement, the next steps for the drainage project will include a special assessment, Army Corps of Engineers approval, project bid approval, a Kane County IGA, pond/wetland proposal approval and SSA levy.

The village in late February hosted an open house for the drainage project, featuring a presentation that outlined the project goal to “lower the groundwater table within the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks area through gravity pipes, and improve the performance of the pond/wetland,” and documented the “routing of flows (agricultural tile, groundwater and stormwater detention) into a bypass tile to South.”

According to the presentation, cost allocation and annual residential payment for the drainage project is $2,084,236.24 ($1,048,715.16 for residents, $863,996.37 for the village, and $171,524.71 for the county). The total annual payment for year one is simply the special assessment payment-$394.10 for Mallard Point residents and $120.29 for Rolling Oaks. For years two through 20, an annual pond/wetland maintenance fee of $54.59 for Mallard Point residents and $36.85 for Rolling Oaks residents will be added to the special assessment payment, resulting in a total payment of $448.69 and $157.14, respectively.

The presentation also noted that the pond/wetland maintenance payments are based on current dollars and will increase with inflation over time.

Village of Elburn to arrange for appraisal of church parking lot

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday agreed to move forward with a certified appraisal on the Community Congregational Church parking lot on the corner of Shannon and Main streets.

“Somebody needs to take the first step,” trustee Jeffrey Walter said.

The agreement on village funds being used to pay for the appraisal was reached after several trustees suggested there was the potential for recouping part of the cost of the appraisal through a Special Services Agreement (SSA), which the village is considering for the downtown business owners for the purchase of the lot.

The church’s asking price for the lot is $250,000, and it is not clear that the church would accept the results of an appraisal. However, Village President Dave Anderson said that, until the village board knows what the property is worth, neither the village nor the business owners in town can move forward on who and how to pay for it.

According to Village Administrator Erin Willrett, owners of the Elburn businesses have said that one of their concerns about paying for the lot through a special tax is that once the village owns the lot, it could turn around and sell the property.

Although village trustees wanted to find a way to refund the SSA money, should the village sell the property, Village Attorney Bob Britz did not find in his research into the legislation any provision for refunding SSA funds, other than excess revenues collected to be refunded at the end of the SSA.

Britz said he thought the drafters of the legislation meant for the SSA money to be used for providing the special services for which it was created and not for other purposes.

Trustee Bill Grabarek asked Britz if the village could require that the purpose of the property continue to be for parking if it should sell the property. Britz said that would be possible.

The church’s current deadline for closing the parking lot to public use is at 12:01 a.m. on April 15. Village trustees agreed to ask the church for an extension to that deadline, based on their good-faith efforts toward making the purchase. In the meantime, however, there is nothing to prevent the church from selling the property to anyone else.

Good turn-out expected for library’s 8th annual Dewey Dash

Town & Country Public Library 8th Annual Dewey Dash
Sunday, April 15,
7:30-8:30 a.m. registriation
at the library
8:30 a.m. 1 mile walk/run
9 a.m. 5K run
Registration forms available at elburn.lib.us and at the library
Registration:
$22 for adults before April 8,
$25 April 8 and after.
$12 for children before April 8,
$15 April 8 and after.

by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—This year marks the eighth annual Dewey Dash 5K/1mile Walk/Run, sponsored by the Town & Country Public Library in Elburn. This year’s race, titled “Full Throttle Thurber,” will be held in honor of American author, cartoonist and humorist James Thurber, who will be a “ghost runner” in the race.

Thurber, who wrote “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” was the creator of numerous New Yorker magazine cover cartoons, short stories, modern commentary, children’s fantasy and letters.

The race will be held on Sunday, April 15, with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the library. The 1-mile walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m.

According to Town & Country Library Director and Dewey Dash coordinator Mary Lynn Alms, the race typically brings out between 250 and 300 participants, with last year at 270. Most are local, a few are from out-of-state, and some people come out from Chicago for the race.

“It’s a pretty good turn out,” Alms said.

The 5-K race route is a USA Track and Field-certified 5-K course, measured and laid out by one of USATF’s officials. The race is professionally timed by Race-Time, and the results are posted on its website, www.racetime.info.

Last year, the winner was 18-year-old Geneva resident Ben Kanute, with a time of 17:39. Maple Park residents, 31-year-old Scott Peterson and 18-year-old Grant Alef, were in the top five finishers, with Peterson’s time at 19:23 and Alef’s at 19:28.

The top runners usually come in at 19-20 minutes, Alms said. The walkers come in an hour or so later.

Free snacks, awards and raffle prizes are handed out after the race, with local area businesses donating the food.

This year’s proceeds will go toward the purchase of three new computers for use at the circulation desk checkout stations.

Registration forms are available at elburn.lib.il.us and at the library.

Metra pay-as-you-go not going yet

by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The new pay-by-phone option for Metra train riders set to start April 1 will be a few more weeks in coming, Police Chief Steve Smith said. Smith advised the Village Board on Monday that the department had “hit a snag” with the vendor.

The snag has to do with the fees the vendor will charge for the program to allow Park Mobile’s computers and the computers at the station to talk to each other, Smith said.

Park Mobile already offers the Pay-by-Phone system to commuters who board the train at the La Fox station, along with a number of other stations throughout the Chicago area, including the Chicago Transit Authority.

For an extra 57 cents, Elburn commuters running late will be able to avoid waiting to pay at a machine at the station. They’ll simply use their cell phone to make their payment of $1.82 once they board the train. The transaction will register within one minute.

“It’s taking a little bit longer than we had hoped for,” Smith said. “We had hoped for April 1 … It should be no more than a week or two.”

Lady Knights track takes 2nd in Oregon meet

OREGON, Ill.—KHS opened its outdoor campaign with an 83-point showing in a meet hosted by Oregon High School on Tuesday afternoon.

Burlington Central took the four-team clash with 96 points, while the hosts had 81 points, and Lena-Winslow High School brought up the rear with 12.

Productivity was highlighted with a slew of first-place efforts in the form of personnel like the 3200 meter relay team of Amanda Lesak, Abby Dodis, Sydney Strang and Jessica Kucera, who ran in 10 minutes, 27.89 seconds. Their teammates of Ashley Castellanos, Katrina Ismaila, Madison Keith and Lauren Zick won the 400m relay at 51.78 seconds. Sydney Luse won the 100m hurdles crowd over with an 18.04-second effort.

Nicole Ketza won the discus with a launch of 97 feet, six inches, and Zick won the long jump at 16-09.75. In other field events, Elle Tattoni took first in the shot put with 33-05.5, and Castellanos won the triple jump (33-01).

Third annual golf outing a charm for Knight boys hoops

KANELAND—Foursomes and sponsorships are going fast, but there is still time to join the Kaneland boys basketball program in a day of fun at the third annual golf outing on Saturday, June 9, held at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove.

The golf outing has been developed to bring together the Kaneland community, athletes, parents, alumni and community businesses.

This fundraiser will raise money for uniforms, equipment and fees for summer leagues and shootouts. Thanks to the support of local businesses and donations, a variety of prizes will be available in the raffle. There will also be a silent auction with exciting prizes. The golf outing will be a scramble and costs $400 for a foursome, or $35 if you’d just like to attend the dinner.

If you are interested in playing the event, would like to be a sponsor, or make a donation, contact Brian Johnson at (630) 365-5100, ext. 347, or brian.johnson@ kaneland.org.

KHS softball on tear after Tenn. trip

Photo: Shortstop Allyson O’Herron catches up to the runner trying to score and saves a run in the fourth inning of Kaneland’s 1-0 home win over Sandwich on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna

Stellar pitching keys additional wins over Sandwich, Morris
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If you thought the method for getting a softball season out of an early funk was going to the state of Tennessee, then you’re stealing the Lady Knights softball team’s way of doing things.

With a number of handy victories that culminated in a 6-1 trip to the Volunteer State, coupled with a slim and tense victory over the visiting Sandwich Indians on Monday afternoon and a convincing decision over invading Morris on Tuesday, the Lady Knights find themselves at 10-4 (1-0 Northern Illinois Big XII) in 2012.

The fortunate return to the win column as of late reverses a trend that saw the varsity crew on the wrong end 21 of 28 times following last season’s early 8-1 start.

In a 14-0, six-inning win on March 28 on the grounds of Macon County High School, Kaneland saw a solid pitching day from Delani Vest, Alexis Villarreal and Ellissa Eckert. Lexi Roach (three runs), Paige Kuefler (five RBI) and Allie Miller (three runs) all went 3-for-5.

In the Cookeville, Tenn. tournament, Kaneland walloped Clay County in a 16-0 shortened affair. Vest and Villarreal surrendered just two hits total, while Roach had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with three runs scored. Vest also went 2-for-3 with three runs scored to help herself at the plate.

Lewis County then got the best of the Lady Knights in a 9-4 outing, helped by five runs in the first and second innings.

In another tournament battle, Kaneland defeated Fayatte with two runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-3 win. Vest earned the win with seven K’s and a two-for-three day at the plate.

Next, the Lady Knights used four runs in the second and six runs in the third to propel themselves to a 12-1 win. With Vest getting the win in the circle, Kuefler helped KHS with two home runs and six driven in. Miller went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.

The two final games on Saturday both went Kaneland’s way against Franklin County of Tenn., a 10-0 shutout and a 12-2 win over Franklin Co. of Ky. Vest, besides earning the win in both games, also went 6-for-6 at the plate, while Kuefler drove in four RBI.

In the clutch, 1-0 win over Sandwich, the hits were hard to come by for both teams, but the defense and pitching came through.

In the top of the third, Sandwich was caught between third and home and foiled by Kuefler and Allyson O’Herron on the way to the plate. Meanwhile, Villarreal had a stellar day in the pitcher’s circle, fanning 13, including the final batter on a 3-2 pitch with the go-ahead run at first in the top of the seventh.

“Once people starting getting on base, I just had to buckle down,” Villarreal said. “I hoped the defense could pick it up a little bit and I could get my strikeout.”

Roach’s groundball and throw was mishandled in the infield, allowing Kuefler to come home with the lone run from third.

Coach Brian Willis was happy with the effort in the field on a day where the hits came at a premium.

“We’re going to have days like this, where the pitching and defense needs to pick you up. Alexis pitched well, and she kept us in the game the entire time,” Willis said.

In the 5-0 handling of the Lady Redskins, Kaneland scored two in the first, two in the third and one in the fifth.

Vest allowed just three hits and fanned seven. Lanie Callaghan made her way from the injury list with a 3-for-3 day with two doubles.

Ahead for the softball squad is a matchup in DeKalb on Thursday, April 5, followed by a battle at West Aurora High School on Monday, April 9, and a trip to Sycamore to face the squad that eliminated the Knights last year from playoff competition on Tuesday, April 10.

No decay in Decatur area for Knights baseball

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Spring break stories for Kaneland baseball will feature impressive displays against teams from Decatur, Ill.

Going to the former stomping grounds of KHS coach Brian Aversa—Millikin University, the Knights beat Decatur’s Eisenhower High School on March 28, plus handed Decatur’s MacArthur High School a loss on Thursday.

Kaneland also took it to host Harlem in Machesney Park, Ill., by a final of 3-1 on Monday to raise its overall mark to 6-4 in 2012.

In the 15-2, five-inning win over Eisenhower, Drew Peters earned his first win of the year (1-1), and the Knights put up five runs in the first and five in the fifth to bookend the barrage.

Jake Razo went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI, while Zach Martinelli smacked a two-run triple.

Against Decatur’s MacArthur team, the Knights put up seven runs in the top of the first inning, needing all of those runs as the hosts crawled back enough to make it a closer 11-7 win for Kaneland.

Bryan VanBogeart, with three innings of relief, took the win with five strikeouts to its credit.
Peters went 1-for-2 at the plate for the victorious Knights.

It was not as kind a day for Peters on the mound on Friday against host Washington High School. The lefty went 4.2 innings and gave up four runs, but just two earned, in an 8-3 setback. The hurler did fan nine batters.

John Hopkins went 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Washington came back with a four-spot in the fifth and sixth innings to cinch things.

Against the Harlem Huskies, Kaneland’s offensive attack involved a run in the second and two runs in the fourth to break a tie.

VanBogaert’s outing of just three hits allowed was enough to get the win on the mound, and Matt Limbrunner’s two-inning outing earned him the save.

Quinn Buschbacher went 2-for-2 with a double and two stolen bases.

KHS next battles Rockton’s Hononegah High School locally on Thursday, April 5.

Kaneland then heads to Dixon High School to face the Dukes in NIB-12 crossover action on Saturday, April 7, to the site of the 2011 sectional championship grab—Rochelle, on Monday, April 9, and back home to host the purple-clad Hubs on Tuesday, April 10.

In other levels of Kaneland Knights diamond action, the Knight sophomores fell to West Aurora on Monday by a final of 8-6.

Tom Van Bogaert went 1-for-1 with a walk. Tyler Carlson went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Nate Hopkins had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a walk and a run scored. The sophomore Knights still search for their first win after three opening losses.

Letter: Congrats to Republican nominees

Congratulations to the Republican nominees in the contested March 2012 Primary, representing Kane County or parts thereof: Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, Auditor Terry Hunt, Circuit Clerk Tom Hartwell, Coroner Rob Russell, State Senate District 25 Jim Oberweis, State Senate District 33 Karen McConnaughay, State Senate District 35 Dave Syverson, Board District 2 Sal Abbate, Board District 10 Susan Starrett, Board District 11 Mike Donahue, Board District 16 Mike Kenyon, Board District 19 Kurt Kojzarek, Board District 21 Rebecca Gillam, Board District 22 Doug Scheflow and Judicial Subcircuit 2 John Walters.

These nominees will join nominees from uncontested contests to form the local Republican team in the general election. For the candidates who were not successful, there will always be opportunities in the Republican Party.

William Keck
Kane County Auditor
Sugar Grove

Church news for April 5

Holy Week at Community
Congregational Church

ELBURN—The congregation of Community Congregational Church (CCC) of Elburn and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie welcome everyone to worship with them during Holy Week.
On Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Rev. Prentice-Leslie and CCC will remember the Last Supper, served by Jesus to His disciples, and will celebrate Holy Communion. The church practices open communion, and all believers are welcome.
On Good Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., CCC will partner with Grace United Methodist Church of Maple Park, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church of Sugar Grove, Kaneville United Methodist Church, and Hope Anglican Church for a Community Ecumenical Worship Service.
Rev. Steve Good of Sugar Grove UMC will deliver the message.
Easter Sunday, CCC will celebrate the Resurrection with worship at 10:30 a.m. The choir will provide special music, and the sanctuary will be graced with Easter lilies and flowers, given by members of the congregation. All are welcome to celebrate with us.
Any questions, contact the church at (630) 365-6544, which is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Gall announces
Holy Week schedule

ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church will celebrate Holy Week with many events throughout the week. Holy Thursday, April 5, will be celebrated with an evening mass at 7:30 p.m., which will include the traditional “washing of the feet.”
Good Friday, April 6, of the Lord’s Passion, the Stations of the Cross will be presented at 1 p.m. by the Youth Ministry group. It is a re-enactment of the actual events.
At 7:30 pm, there will be a Solemn Celebration in the church. The Blessing of the Easter Foods and Blessing of the Children’s Easter Baskets are at 11 a.m. on Holy Saturday, April 7. The Easter Vigil Mass will be held on Holy Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Easter masses will be held at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 8. In order to accommodate the large number of attendees, the 9:30 and 11 a.m. masses will be held in both the church and Parish Hall.
All are welcome to attend these events. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

SGUMC to present
‘Come Walk With Me’

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to the Sanctuary Choir’s production of “Come Walk With Me” by Pepper Choplin on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 8 and 10:30 am.
Sugar Grove UMC is located at 176 S. Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Holy Week, Easter
services at St. Charles
Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route. 25), St. Charles, invites the community to Holy Week and Easter services. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. for Maundy Thursday (April 5) and Good Friday (April 6). Easter Sunday services begin at 6 a.m. with the celebration of the Great Vigil. Easter Eucharist services will also be held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. With any questions about the service schedule, contact the church office at (630) 584-2596.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church Holy Week Services
St. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will have special worship services on:
• Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. (“Living last Supper” – music/drama worship presentation)
• Good Friday, April 6, at noon (spoken service) and 6:30 p.m. (regular service)
• Easter weekend—Saturday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
All in the community are invited to attend.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.Hosanna-Church.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

‘The Living Last Supper’
ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. will present a dramatic musical, “The Living Last Supper,” written by composer Ruth Elaine Schram. All in the community are invited to attend this free event, which re-enacts the famous Holy Week Passover meal.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com, or visit our website at www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles.

Elburn Hill Church
offers sunrise service

ELBURN—Elburn Hill Church will present a Sunrise service Reader’s Theater-style recalling of Jesus resurrection at 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, with a community breakfast to which all are invited to attend at 8:30 am, and a regular worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Elburn Hill Church is located at 506 N. Main St. in Elburn. Call (630) 365-9064. For information, call (630) 365-9064 or e-mail info@elburnhillchurch.org.

Editorial: The downtown deadline approaches

If nothing changes, on April 15 at 12:01 a.m., the parking lot in downtown Elburn will close.

It is owned by the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, and has been used for general public purposes for years. Employees of the downtown businesses often use it, residents of the apartments above some of the businesses use it, customers to downtown businesses use it, and many of them are not even aware that it is owned and maintained not by the village of Elburn, but rather, by the church on the other side of Shannon Street.

Last year, the church made the decision to sell the property, and while there have not been any takers as of yet, the church recently made the decision to close the lot to public use. Originally, the church intended to close the lot in March, but elected to extend the closure by one month while the village and the downtown businesses attempted to determine a path forward to try and keep the lot open.

That month is almost up, and while a specific path forward has yet to be determined, there are steps that have been taken that could lead to that path. However, before much more of significance can occur, an appraisal of the property must be conducted to determine if the church’s current asking price of $250,000 is in line with, or near, an independent assessment of the property. On Monday, the village formally decided to move forward with that appraisal.

For years, the Community Congregational Church has been gracious enough to keep the lot open for general public use. Having nearby, convenient parking has been vital to the survival of those downtown businesses that remain after the economic mega-dip that occurred in 2008, and it remains vital as the downtown business district has begun to show signs of recovery.

The entire community—and specifically the downtown business district—owes the Community Congregational Church a debt of gratitude for the support they have provided over the years. At the same time, we ask that the church make the difficult decision to continue that support by extending their closure deadline a little bit further—to allow for the appraisal to be completed and the potential paths forward to be fully explored.

Letter: More vigilance is needed

We need to be more vigilant as to what is happening around us.

When we’re not looking, our legislators seem to pass another law limiting our civil liberties all in the name of safety. Yes, it does anger us when a driver is holding up traffic at a traffic light or on the roadway while they are talking on a cell phone, putting on make up or eating. Some of us will think that this is a distraction from driving; it is, but is it worth a new law limiting our civil liberties?

Look at some of the other recent infringements upon our civil liberties. Police can now issue a ticket for driving a little past a white line at a traffic light; police can file charges if we record voice or take a photo while they are issuing a ticket; police can now indiscriminately set up road blocks, pulling vehicles over to check to see if the driver has their papers (insurance) in order or if the driver is wearing a seat belt. Almost everyday we read about another camera being installed at a corner.

Let’s spend more time on safety education and less time legislating away our civil liberties. I’m not sure anymore if its safety our legislators are concerned about or if it is power that they are after.

If you and I are not concerned about what’s happening today, tomorrow we might find that we will receive a ticket, have to pay a fine or even go to jail for not giving the Gestapo salute.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove

‘Touch-A-Tractor’ event

ST. CHARLES—The seventh annual “Touch-A-Tractor” event will be held on the front lawn of the Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Road in St. Charles, from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15.

This event will benefit Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation (Ag Literacy and Scholarship Programs). Admission to the event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Kids can sit in the seat of an antique tractor, see modern farm equipment and a 1913 Steam Engine, participate in hands-on activities, ride pedal tractors, shell corn, see farm animals, explore a kiddy pool full of corn, and enter for a free chance to win their very own pedal tractor. As part of the “Harvest for ALL” hunger relief effort, each non-perishable food item brought to the event earns an extra entry in the pedal tractor drawing and will be donated to a local food pantry. Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and refreshments will be offered to help raise funds for the KCFB Foundation.

As part of Kane County Farm Bureau’s 100-year celebration, the annual event will feature award-winning professional chainsaw carver Michael Bihlmaier of Marengo. Bihlmaier will turn the base of a 120-year-old tree into a work of art. Other events will help celebrate Kane County Farm Bureau’s 100 years in the community.

On Sunday, April 15, the winning ticket will be drawn in the KCFB Foundation Winner’s Choice Tractor Raffle. The first-prize winner will choose from a 1957 Allis Chalmers WD-45 antique tractor, a John Deere X300 riding lawn mower or $2,500 in cash. Second prize is $1,000 in groceries. Third prize is $500 in fuel. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25, and are available at the Farm Bureau or by phone, (630) 584-8660.

The Winners Choice Tractor Raffle is the primary fundraiser for KCFB Foundation college scholarships. Scholarship recipients for 2012 will be announced at a ceremony prior to the raffle drawing at 3 p.m. on April 15.

KHS talent show on April 13

KANELAND—Kaneland High School will host its 10th annual talent show, which will be held Friday, April 13, in the high school auditorium. There will be singers, dancers, bands and much more.

The show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. School ID will not be used for admission.

This will be a Family and Consumer Science Fundraising event.

Kaneland High School is on the corner of Keslinger and Meredith roads in Maple Park.

Hatcher hosts identity theft protection events for seniors

YORKVILLE—Fox Valley seniors are invited to learn more about how to protect themselves from scams and identity theft at a pair of events—one in Kendall County and one in Kane County—hosted by state Representative Kay Hatcher.

The Senior Protection Seminars will both be held on Tuesday, April 10:
• 9:30 a.m., Yorkville Senior Center, 908 Game Farm Road in Yorkville.
• 1 pm, Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St. in Elburn.

The seminars will include informative presentations from representatives of the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Illinois Comptroller’s office on how to safeguard your credit card, social security and other personal and financial information to prevent it from falling into the hands of criminals. Handouts and refreshments will also be provided.

“Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the nation, and many of these thieves specifically target seniors,” Hatcher said. “I hope all area seniors concerned about keeping their personal information and their financial accounts safe will join us on the 10th.”

Seniors wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Hatcher’s office at (630) 553-3223, or e-mail info@kayhatcher.us.