Church news for May 17

Castle Bank donates
riding lawn mower
to Sugar Grove UMC

Sugar Grove—Castle Bank, based in DeKalb, recently made a donation to help support the United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove.
Castle Bank Sugar Grove Branch Manager Lisa Lund, along with Castle Bank Facilities Manager Lee Legner, presented the church with a riding lawn mower.
The United Methodist Church’s lawn mower had recently broken down, and with 17 acres of land to care for, Castle Bank felt their need for its support was critical.
“We are happy to help support our local partners in Sugar Grove,” Lund said. “We strive to give back to the communities we were born and raised in, and we hope this donation will help bring them one step closer to achieving their goals.”
Castle Bank is a division of First National Bank of Omaha and has 14 locations in Northern Illinois.

Churches team up
for event series

Elburn—Hope Anglican Church and Community Congregational Church will join Elburn Hill Church on the first of several events that will inform and inspire you to greater well-being though spiritual connection on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m.
The event, called “Restoring Body-Spirit Wellbeing,” includes shared experiences, music and demonstrations of the power of prayer.
For more information, call (630) 365-9064.

St. Gall invites kids
to attend VBS

Elburn—St. Gall invites children entering kindergarten through fourth grade to “PANDAMANIA: WHERE GOD IS WILD ABOUT YOU!”
The program will run from Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kids explore a bamboo forest filled with crazy pandas as they discover that God loves us. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s wild love, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. (at Route 47), Elburn. Registration forms can be obtained either at the church or online at Registration fee is $25 per child. Call (630) 365-6030 for additional information.

Annual spring luncheon
GENEVA—Ladies of the Fox Valley area are invited to join the women of Faith Baptist at Mill Creek on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. for a spring program and luncheon, “Bloom and Grow.”
The guest speaker this year will be storyteller/dramatist Gayle Haas, who will portray Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Holocaust survivor who helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II.
As “Corrie,” Gayle brings history to life through her gifted presentation of details and information while accurately portraying the emotion and personality of her character.
Following the program, guests will enjoy a noon salad buffet and delicious dessert bar. There will be table favors for the first 50 to register, a drawing for a grand prize, and a special quiz to test your “blooming I.Q.”
For additional information, contact the church office at (630) 845-2532 or Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek is located at 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva.

Terri Doremus

Terri Doremus, 65, of Elburn, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., passed away peacefully at Loyola Hospital, Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Terri was born on Sept. 16, 1946, in Bellwood, Ill., the daughter of Ralph (Bud) and Elsie (Sue) (Peterson) Doremus.

She grew up in Des Plaines, where she attended West Elementary School and Algonquin Junior High. Throughout her childhood years, she was involved in Girl Scouts of America; never missing summer camp at Norwesco and attending the Girl Scout Round-Up in Button Bay, Vt., during her senior year in high school.

She was active in her church youth group and sang in the choir. As a student at Maine West High School, Des Plaines, Terri was a cast member of “Kiss Me Kate” and assisted behind the scenes with lighting and costuming. She graduated in 1964.

Terri valued her opportunity to further her education by attending Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., DePaul University, Chicago, and receiving her Bachelor’s Degrees in Theatre and English from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Terri spent the summer after graduation doing Summer Stock in Scobey, Mont., as a costume assistant.

Upon return to Illinois, she worked as a full-time secretary and a part-time director of youth ministry at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Niles.

In 1978, Terri entered seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She directed the musical “Godspell”. Her third year of seminary was spent as an intern at Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie, Iowa, where she continued to blend her love of the theatre with her faith by writing and presenting a Lenten series of dramatic presentations on the women of Jesus’ life.

She graduated in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity. Terri was one of 13 women out of 40 Masters of Divinity students. She was ordained in January 1983 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Ill.

Terri was called as pastor to two congregations in southern Illinois; St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Nokomis and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fillmore. She faithfully served those two communities for 10 years, creating new and innovative ways to reach out in faith.

Upon her return to the northwest suburbs, Terri served as Interim Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, Ill.

She graduated from the Chaplaincy Program at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Terri served as an on-call chaplain for the hospital for several years. During that time, she participated in the Anniversary Celebration of Ordination for the head of the Chaplaincy program. Terri also sang and played guitar during a peace vigil at the hospital.

Terri also worked as a counselor in a private practice in Schaumburg, Ill., until the mid-1990s, when she retired due to health concerns.

Terri had a special place in her heart for her “furry friends” and was a strong supporter of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Her constant companion the last 12 years was her beloved dog, Domino, a dog she rescued as a puppy. She was a foster parent to a variety of dogs over the years, for in her heart there was always “room for one more”.

Terri loved reading mysteries; especially the ones that included recipes. She was an avid fan of the television show “Chopped” and loved to try new recipes out for friends and loved ones. She also enjoyed NCIS, Animal Planet and Worst Cooks.

Although she enjoyed all genres of music, Terri loved show tunes and the music of Josh Groban.

She crocheted and loved making appliqued Christmas stockings for family and friends—especially as a gift for a newborn baby.
Every New Year’s Eve included Thin Man or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, banging pans at midnight and the traditional forkful of herring for good luck.

Terri’s apartment door was always open, welcoming all, listening compassionately and lovingly supporting those who needed a shoulder to lean on.

She actively participated in the ceramics class at the Meadows Apartments, and every Thursday you could find her calling the Bingo games.

Terri never lost hope, relying on her faith amidst the hardest of times, meeting each new day courageously with a smile on her face and love in her heart.

She is survived by her sister, Roxanne; her nephew, Ryan Andrew; and great-nephew, Elijah Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private celebration of life will be held by the family on Friday, May 18, in the Community Room at the Meadows Apartments.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Terri’s name to benefit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Tails Animal Shelter.

Checks may be made out to either charity and mailed in the care of the Terri Doremus family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Gary D. Jones

Gary D. Jones, 75, of SaddleBrooke, Ariz., and formerly of Geneva, born Aug. 11, 1936, to Walter and Ferne Jones in Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away May 8, 2012, in SaddleBrooke, Ariz.

Gary received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State in 1958. He was employed at Robert H. Anderson of St. Charles, until his retirement in 1998. He was an Alderman for the 3rd Ward in Geneva from 1991-1995.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Jones; daughter, Sheri (Chris) Crandall of St. Charles; sons, Brian (Amy) Jones of DeKalb, and Brad (Debbie) Jones of Elburn; six grandchildren, Stephen Crandall, Dylan Jones, Allison Jones, Erin Crandall, Ellen Jones and Austin Jones, all of Illinois.

He enjoyed playing poker with his friends, traveling and spending time with his family. Gary made numerous friends during his life, who along with his family will miss him dearly.

A visitation will be held Friday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home in Geneva. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Casa de la Luz Foundation. Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley, AZ (520) 544-2285.

Margaret M. Kellen

Margaret M. Kellen, 73, of Aurora, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center. She was born June 28, 1938, in DeKalb, Ill., the daughter of the late Louis and Leona (Gallery) Kinniry.

Margaret was united in marriage to Daniel L. Kellen in 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She and her family were life-time parishioners of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Chicago.

She is survived by her three children, Louis (Shari) Kellen of Lake Villa, Ill., Maureen Cervantes of Fort Worth, Texas, and Patrick (Jennifer) Kellen of St. Charles; her grandchildren, Sarah, Thomas, Maggie, Drew, Leo and Lexi; her sisters, Joanne (Paul) Blatt of Tucson, Ariz., and Sheila Kinniry of Florida; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. Kellen in 2008.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 16, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 302 Fisk Ave. DeKalb, IL. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

Sugar Grove garage sales

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove community garage sales are Friday and Saturday, June 1-2.

Here’s how to participate:
• Hold a garage sale at your home on June 1 and 2 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• $20 registration fee to cover the expense of advertising and marketing materials.
• Complete the registration. Return it by May 18, along with the $20 registration fee payable to: Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry PO Box 765 Sugar Grove, IL 60554
• If you want maps and/or copies of the address listing, please pick up at the chamber office on Wednesday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at the Sugar Grove Community Building, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.

Why participate?
• The chamber creates opportunities that add value to the community and residents
• Your sale will be identified on an address listing distributed to potential shoppers
• The Sugar Grove Community Garage Sales will be advertised in newspapers and on radio.

For more information, call Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895 or email

Bob Jass Chevrolet ready to play ball with Elburn Baseball & Softball

ELBURN—Bob Jass Chevrolet is partnering with the Elburn Baseball & Softball in Elburn.

Bob Jass Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 through a Chevrolet sweepstakes. The program kicked off March 1 and will run through July 15.

“Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families,” said Ryan Easter, general manager for Bob Jass Chevrolet. “There is nothing more American than Chevrolet, and baseball and Bob Jass Chevrolet wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Elburn to enjoy.”

The Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is beginning its seventh year, and has helped raise more than $13 million to aid local teams, affecting more than 2.7 million young in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. This year, about 1,699 Chevrolet dealers are participating.

Bob Jass Chevrolet will present the Elburn Baseball & Softball with 10 new equipment kits, complete with equipment bags, baseball buckets, whiffle balls, hitting net, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts.

In addition, Bob Jass Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary donation to Elburn Baseball & Softball.

The team also will have an opportunity to raise additional funds through a Chevrolet Youth Baseball Fundraiser. Sponsored leagues across the country will each receive 2,000 fundraiser entry tickets to distribute for a suggested donation, and each league will keep 100 percent of the proceeds it raises. At the end of the fundraiser, five winners—one from each region—will win the Chevrolet Equinox or Chevrolet Cruse vehicle of their choice. Each participating market will award a secondary prize of a television and Blu-Ray player.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the official vehicle of Major League Baseball. It has expanded its support of MLB to youth baseball players in communities across the country through the Chevy Youth Baseball program. Since its beginning in 2006, Chevy Youth Baseball has benefitted more than 1 million youth baseball players and their families.

“It’s not just all about the kids, either,” said Easter. “We feel fortunate to be able to connect with the parents of all the team members. Each year we have all the teams come to our dealership for cookies and team photos. The morning is crazy with children running around, and parents visiting with our staff and each other. We look forward to the craziness every year. It’s what being part of a community is all about.”

In addition to this year’s regular activities, Bob Jass Chevrolet invited guests from Elburn Youth Baseball to attend a Cubs baseball game held on Sunday at Wrigley Field. At this event, an additional $500 was presented to Tim May, coordinator for Elburn Youth Baseball, to be used by Elburn’s youth baseball program.

Schramer graduates from Marine Aviation Supply Specialist Course

MERIDIAN, MISS.—Marine Corps Pfc. Trevor Schramer, son of Jeniffer L. Brown of Holmes Beach, Fla., and Richard W. Schramer of Maple Park, recently graduated from the Marine Aviation Supply Specialist Course with Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One, Marine Aviation Support Training Support Group 21, Meridian, Miss.

Students in this course learn to perform the functions necessary that provide logistical support to aviation activities. They perform tasks dealing with aviation supply support, including financial management, inventory management, material management, personnel staffing and requisitioning procedures.

In addition, graduates from the course leave with an understanding of provisioning and requirements determination, material handling procedures, and fiscal accounting and purchasing procedures in accordance with Federal Acquisitioning Regulations.

Franck to serve term on Advisory Council of the Agency on Aging in Northeastern Illinois

MAPLE PARK—Jennifer Franck of Maple Park was re-appointed to the Advisory Council of the Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois on April 16.

She has been appointed to the council to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, and now will serve a full three-year term.

The agency is a nonprofit organization responsible for developing and coordinating a network of services for older people throughout an eight-county area in northeastern Illinois. The agency informs and advises public and private agencies and the general public of the needs of older people living in the area, and it acts as an advocate on their behalf.

Cougars Stadium gets new moniker

Kane County Cougars mascot Ozzie T. Cougar, Congressman Randy Hultgren, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Fifth Third Bank officials gather at Cougars Stadium for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, officially renaming the stadium Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
Photo by Ed Gordon, Edge Graphics

Grzywa joins 1st Farm Credit Services

SYCAMORE—Jillian Grzywa of Maple Park is the newest team member at 1st Farm Credit Services in Sycamore.

Grzywa of Maple Park will serve as a financial specialist, working alongside vice presidents Randy Panzer, Mark Ringhouse, Mike Shane and Brad Slutz.

Grzywa grew up around a livestock and grain farming operation. She previously worked in the swine industry.

She and the rest of the Sycamore team can be reached at 1-800-766-3276.

Neisendorfs celebrate 60 years

Edward “Bud” and Betty (Moser) Neisendorf are celebrating 60 years of marriage. They were married May 10, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

They farmed for a short time in Maple Park, and since 1954 have farmed on Ellithorpe Road in Burlington Township. Betty is retired after working as the director of Food Services at Burlington Central School District 301 for 26 years.

Bud and Betty have been blessed with seven children: Bev Thies (Louis), Rick Neisendorf (Judi), Daniel “Boomer” Neisendorf (Peg), David Neisendorf (Pam), Tom Neisendorf (Jody), Tim Neisendorf (Peg) and Dean “Farmer” Neisendorf (Jenny).

They are further blessed with 15 grandchildren: Sam Thies, Andrea Neisendorf, Courtney Neisendorf, Alyson Shipley (John), Abby Neisendorf, Amber Nolan (Andrew), Adam Neisendorf, Rachel Neisendorf, Jake Neisendorf, Mary Neisendorf, Erin Neisendorf, Jill Neisendorf, Danielle Neisendorf, Chris Neisendorf and forever with everyone in spirit, Megan Neisendorf.

Great-grandchildren include: Raven Peterson, Brandon Peterson and Harper Shipley.

Bud and Betty are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with their immediate family. Cards would be greatly appreciated.

May 1 named TriCity Family Services Day by Batavia, Geneva, STC

GENEVA—TriCity Family Services kicked off national Mental Health Awareness Month by having a day named in its honor.

In a joint proclamation, Mayor Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Mayor Kevin Burns of Geneva, and Mayor Don DeWitte of St. Charles named May 1st TriCity Family Services Day in perpetuity, to recognize national mental health awareness month and the impact that TriCity Family Services is having on the mental health needs of the local TriCity community.

Formally approved at each city council meeting in April, the proclamation was read and celebrated at the agency on May 1, with TriCity Family Services staff, board members and Alderman Dawn Vogelsberg of Geneva in attendance.

TriCity Family Services was commended for serving all ages and all income levels with high-quality, affordable, outpatient mental health services since its founding in 1967.

Alderman Vogelsberg thanked the staff for their compassion, dedication and accessibility to community residents in need.

The celebration of TriCity Family Services Day marks the beginning of the agency’s month-long activities to promote mental health awareness in the community. TriCity Family Services will have mental health displays in the Batavia and St. Charles public libraries; visit Batavia High School health classes; host an open house honoring retiring Family Services Division Tom Dewese; host a Chamber of Commerce After Hours event; and present two evening community presentations in the month of May.

The community is invited to participate in all of TriCity Family Services Mental Health Awareness Month activities. For more information, visit the TriCity Family Services website at

Reducing the stigma

Photo: Board member Rosalie Link (left to right), Development Manager Miranda Barfuss, Alderman Dawn Vogelsberg, Board President Jim Di Ciaula, former Board President Diane Gibson and Executive Director Jim Otepka. Courtesy Photo

TriCity Family Services promotes mental health awareness
by Susan O’Neill
GENEVA—May is the month designated for Mental Health Awareness, but TriCity Family Services (TCFS) works all year long to raise awareness and the importance of mental health.

“None of us is really immune from dealing with mental health crises in our lives,” TCFS Executive Director Jim Otepka said.

According to a National Institute of Mental Health statistic, one-in-four American adults 18 and over lives with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition. They can go on to live full and productive lives; however, many people never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost or lack of health care coverage.

Otepka said that TCFS has an important role to play in raising the awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness. The agency offers community-centered educational programs, and agency staff conduct presentations for civic groups and organizations of all types, from mothers’ groups and Parent Teacher Organizations to church ministerial groups, as well as round tables for schools’ student services personnel.

Typical topics for the round tables include bullying, school avoidance and refusal, as well as risk factors for suicide and suicide prevention.

“Schools are 40 percent of our referrals,” Otepka said.

Counselors at TCFS offer help to students with attention disorders, depression, anxiety, incidents of self-mutilation, and for victims of bullying.

TCFS is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides mental health services to people and organizations in central Kane County, particularly those individuals and families who are uninsured or underinsured. The service area includes the cities of Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles, as well as Campton, Virgil, Blackberry and Kaneville townships. The agency offers sliding scale fees, and scholarships are available for group programs.

Approximately 90 percent of all counseling clients pay less than the full fee, nearly two-thirds of all child and adolescent clients it serves use Medicaid, and more than half of all counseling clients have reported incomes of $30,000 or less.

When TCFS was founded in 1967, teens were at the core of its services. Through the 2012 Teens Won’t Wait Project, the agency is currently working to better meet the needs of teens in the community through obtaining additional funding.

Group programs for teens include a Wilderness Challenge Program, an eight-day therapeutic adventure that provides a positive peer group experience for at-risk teens; a Young Women’s Retreat, a weekend of building self-esteem and peer support; Mindful Emotions, an eight-week class that helps teen girls strengthen their communication skills and develop healthy coping strategies; and Smart Choices, an anger management class for teens to learn new ways to handle anger that includes working with their families to help change the family dynamics.

The agency offers prevention and early intervention programs, as well as counseling, workshops and other services to promote good mental health and effective family functioning.

“Our area of specialization is working with families,” Otepka said.

He explained that gaining an understanding of the problem within the context of the family allows family members to be part of the treatment.

In addition to divorce support workshops for children, anger management for children and adults, groups for single moms and for grandparents raising grandchildren, TCFS also offers family enrichment groups, designed to build stronger ties between parents and their children and among siblings.

Offered in schools and school settings, the family enrichment groups include families sharing a meal, a discussion with the adults about parenting while the children participate in art or other forms of therapy, ending with an activity that includes both parents and children.

Simply setting aside the time to interact as a family has significant benefits, said Denis Ferguson, director of the Behavioral Health Program.

Ferguson said TCFS staff includes six full and part-time therapists for adults and six for family services.

“We also see a fair amount of couples,” he said. “That’s a key area for us.”

Ferguson explained that the philosophy TCFS staff ascribe to is that the body and the mind are interconnected, and their approach is holistic. They participate in outreach activities, such as a Children’s Wellness Fair in St. Charles and offer classes on mental health issues as part of the Batavia High School health curriculum.

The agency has recently initiated a pilot program with the Visiting Nurses Association Health Care in Aurora, in its pediatric clinics. Staff consult with doctors regarding children with physical complaints, but without a medical reason. In the first three months of the program, they have received 40 referrals for issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD), bi-polar disorders, anxiety and depression.

Their goal is to determine if they can help people improve their general health with behavioral health programs.

“There is no health without mental health,” Ferguson said.

Board approves Kindergarten extension program

KANELAND—School Board members on April 30 voted 7-0 to approve a Kindergarten extension program.

According to a memo from Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Kaneland wants to implement the extension program because of the “lower enrollments across the district at the Kindergarten level for the 2012-13 school year.”

School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said the program is tuition based, so it will be cost neutral to district taxpayers.

Schuler’s document states that the program will be piloted through one section at each of the district’s elementary schools. As a result, Kaneland can “accommodate about 90 (roughly 33 percent) of the Kindergarten students currently registered for the 2012-13 school year.”

The extension program will not replace the core curriculum currently in place at the Kindergarten level, but rather will “continue to be offered as a half-day program” and provide extensions to core concepts, including “academic areas, play-based sessions and social skills sessions.” According to the document, transportation will be provided through the district’s morning and afternoon transportation schedule.

“It feels like we have been taking so much away in cuts recently-we have been forced to-that it is certainly nice to have the hope that we will be able to serve all those that are interested in the kindergarten extension program, and that it will become a value-added service for the residents of the School District in the years to come,” Krauspe said.

Treasurer sets due date for property tax bills

KANE COUNTY—Kane County Treasurer David J. Rickert recently announced that taxpayer’s 2011—payable 2012—property tax bills were mailed out this past week.

The first installment will be due June 4, and the second installment will be due September 4.

Reports are that Net Taxable Valuation for Kane County is $13,756,090,133, with a total real estate tax extension of $1,174,127,584. You may visit to view current tax information and print out duplicate bills. Also on this website is a list of all unclaimed funds held by the treasurer.

Taxpayers can make payment by office, in the envelope provided; mailing the payment with coupon to the treasurer’s designated banks within Kane County; making the payment with coupon at the Treasurer’s Office (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays); making the payment with coupon during business hours; or by making the payment in the tax drop box, which is available 24 hours a day (drop box is located behind Building A at the Government Center in Geneva).

Note there are convenience fees for both of these services. Additional information is available on the Treasurer’s Office website,

May 11 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.

• Richard T. Sullivan, 25, of the 400 block of Conley Drive in Elburn, was arrested on May 5 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to inform/notify police after striking property, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis under 2.5 grams.

• Jesus Alcantar-Martinez, 49, of the 100 block of Capes Drive in Elburn, was arrested on May 6 and issued citations for driving while license revoked, no valid safety test, and operations an uninsured motor vehicle.

• Tristan T. Schmidt, 35, of the 500 block of Kelly Avenue in Yorkville, Ill., was arrested on May 8 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more, and speeding (50 mph in a 35 mph zone).

Sugar Grove
• Willie Walker Jr., 56, of the 100 block of Chapel Circle in Ripley, Tenn., was arrested on May 3 and issued citations for speeding (77 mph in a 55 mph zone), uninsured driving while license suspended, DUI and DUI above 0.08.

Steeples installed at St. Katharine Drexel

Sugar Grove—The construction project at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sugar Grove reached a milestone May 1 when Schramm Construction installed two steeples at the site.

After months of planning and weather tracking, the two structures were connected to the top of the 60-foot steeple structure. The largest of the steeples, including towers, measures approximately 72 feet and weighed approximately 40 tons, while the smaller steeple is 58 feet tall and approximately 30 tons.

Each steeple was custom designed and constructed on the ground at the site by the carpenter contractor.

“Much planning was put into place for the construction and installation of the steeples. Weather conditions have to be just right, with minimal wind, to ensure complete safety while erecting the steeples,” said Fred Schramm, president of Schramm Construction. “We’ve been honored to work on a number of religious facilities in the past and are knowledgeable as to the proper process for this installation. Working on St. Katharine has been a real honor as well, and we are thankful to be a part of the team.”

The groundbreaking for St. Katharine Drexel Parish, located at 8S055 Dugan Road, was in the late summer of 2011. Since then, Cordogan Clark and Associates Architects and Schramm Construction has laid much of the groundwork and exterior elevations for the more than 30,0000-square-foot structure. When completed, the facility will encompass a 350-seat chapel, administrative wings, classrooms, and a kitchen facility to accommodate their growing congregation.

Currently, the parish is home to over 550 registered families since its inception only three-and-a-half years ago. While under construction, the parish meets at John Shields Elementary School. The anticipated completion date is middle to late summer 2012.

“We are excited to see the steeples installed, as it means we are one step closer to opening our new parish doors this summer,” said Father Bob Jones of St. Katharine Drexel Parish.

Aurora man guilty of violating amended stalking statute

AURORA—An Aurora man is the first person to be convicted by a Kane County jury under Illinois’ amended stalking statute.

Thomas C. Adams (AKA John C. Cassimatis), 74, most recently of the 200 block of South Union Street in Aurora, was convicted by a Kane County jury on April 24 of one count of aggravated stalking, a Class 3 felony, and one count of violating an order of protection, a Class 4 felony.

On April 11, 2011, the victim filed an order of protection against Adams in DeKalb County court after their dating relationship had ended early in 2011, but Adams had continued to pursue the victim. On July 11, 2011, that order of protection was made permanent. On Sept. 8, 16 and 19, 2011, at her Sugar Grove residence, and on Sept. 15 and Oct. 18, 2011, at her Aurora workplace, Adams stalked the victim by driving past her residence and place of employment, which caused emotional distress to the victim, in violation of the order of protection and in violation of the new stalking statute.

An order of protection prohibits the defendant from stalking, harassing or having any contact with the victim.

The amended stalking statute, which took effect June 1, 2010, criminalizes certain behaviors toward others, such as driving by the victim’s home, appearing within the victim’s eyesight, showing up at the victim’s workplace, sending packages to the victim, or having any contact with the victim when these actions cause the victim emotional distress.

Associate Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny set Adams’ next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. May 30, in Courtroom 217 for sentencing. Adams faces a sentence of probation or between three and nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Adams had been held in the Kane County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail since Nov. 8, 2011. Bond was revoked upon conviction.

“Our thanks to the jury for carefully examining Mr. Adams’ course of conduct in its entirety in reaching this verdict,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “If anyone experiences this type of behavior from someone, they should not hesitate to call the police every time it happens. People should be able to feel safe in their homes and at work from unwanted behavior from others.”

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Jamie L. Mosser and Lindsay Hatzis.

Scouts aim to make the world a better place

ST. CHARLES—Saving a life, helping out after a flood or disaster, recycling community trash—these acts of kindness are what Scouting calls “good turns.” You may know that the Scouts’ slogan is “do a good turn daily.” But you may not know why. It has to do with how American Scouting came to be, and why today that phrase is at the heart of a program that gives every Scout a chance to volunteer to help the people around him or her.

It’s no surprise that the third Scout law is, “a Scout is helpful,” or that in the Scout Oath, one pledges to, “help other people at all times.” Scouting even has a Good Turn coin to apply the slogan daily.

It’s safe to say that Scouting encourages our youth to live out a set of principles. It’s also where today’s youth can find adventure.

The Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, will host a day-long community showcase Scout-O-Rama—“Daily Good Turn.” It’s at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with over a hundred hands-on family activities that bring the perfect mix of unforgettable fun and import life lessons. Join us to honor the men and women on Armed Forces Day and “do a good turn” by donating a food item to our event partner, Northern Illinois Food Bank.

“All acts of volunteerism make communities better today and teach our youth lifelong lessons,” said Matt Ackerman, president and Scout executive at Three Fires Council. “We want our communities and youth to have the opportunity to learn the power of giving back. To learn more about teamwork, leadership, service and character. We want our youth to grow up to be successful at what they do, to have a sense of place, of community, to have strong values and a chance to volunteer to make the world a better place.”

Scout-O-Rama is open to the public, and tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family (four tickets or one car load). Plus, they have a variety of one-time and year-long discounts that local consumers know and use frequently, such as Legoland, Colonial Cafe, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. Tickets are available to purchase at Cantigny Park, the Norris and Deicke Scout shops, and at all Colonial Cafe locations. Onsite parking is available at Cantigny Park, and auxiliary parking with free shuttles will be at the DuPage County Government Center, which is a half-mile north of Route 38.

Be one of the first 1,500 to stop by the booth to receive a goodie bag sponsored by Chicago Parent, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Plano Molding.

To learn how Scouting can make a difference in your child’s life or for more event information, visit or call (630) 584-9250.

Church news for May 11

Elburn Hill Church offers
Mother’s Day plant sale

Elburn—Elburn Hill Church will hold its annual Mother’s Day plant sale Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. Various lilies, hostas and many other plants and flowers will be available.

Additionally, the church will host guest speaker Ngarday Bako during the Mother’s Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13. Bako is the leader of the Evangelical Church in the African country of Chad. He was the overseer of an orphan school for 400 children built in part with support from the Elburn community.

The church is located at 506 N. Main St., and can be reached at (630) 365-9064 or

Hosanna! Lutheran Church ‘Bikes for Tikes’
ST. CHARLES—For the third year in a row, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will collect bikes for distribution to children and families in under-resourced neighborhoods.

The “Bikes for Tikes” effort has received, fixed-up and given away more than 130 bicycles and tricycles in the past two years. The program is expanding this year as the church is asking for adult-sized bikes, as well. All bikes will be distributed in Carpentersville, Ill. If you have a bike that is just taking up space in your garage, shed or basement (no matter what condition), drop it off to help someone in need.

The public is invited to bring their bicycle or tricycle donations for “Bikes for Tikes” to Hosanna! for cleanup/repair and distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, or 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 13. Follow signs to drop-off point.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of
Randall Road) in St. Charles. For additional information, contact the church office by telephone at (630) 584-6434, email to or visit our website at

Annual spring luncheon
GENEVA—Ladies of the Fox Valley area are invited to join the women of Faith Baptist at Mill Creek on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. for a spring program and luncheon, “Bloom and Grow.”

The guest speaker this year will be storyteller/dramatist Gayle Haas, who will portray Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Holocaust survivor who helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II.

As ‘Corrie,’ Gayle brings history to life through her gifted presentation of details and information while accurately portraying the emotion and personality of her character.

Following the program, guests wil enjoy a noon salad buffet and delicious dessert bar. There will be table favors for the first 50 to register, a drawing for a grand prize, and a special quiz to test your “blooming I.Q.”

For additional information, contact the church office at (630) 845-2532 or Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek is located at 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva.

Trivial pursuit for a cause

Attendees of the McDole Trivia Night and Fundraiser (above) plan their silent auction bids. The event was held Saturday at Open Range Grill/Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. The Kaneland McDole Elementary School Trivia Night Fundraiser was the first ever fully coordinated fundraising effort between faculty, staff, administration and PTO.

PTO Co-President Kris Leudtke (left to right), PTO Co-President Michelle Moser and fourth grade teacher Kindra Schumacher check out the silent auction items.
Photos by Patti Wilk

Elburn Station takes 2 steps forward

Village disconnects property; approves agreement with KC
by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The Elburn Village Board on Monday took two actions to move the Elburn Station development along.

The village disconnected village property that was within the boundaries of the proposed development. In addition, the village approved an intergovernmental agreement with Kane County for the extension of Anderson Road and the bridge.

The Village Board approved the disconnection of approximately 175 acres of previously annexed property north of Keslinger Road, south of the Metra Elburn yard and station, and east of Still Meadows Subdivision. The village and Shodeen Construction President Dave Patzelt had worked out an agreement to disconnect and re-annex these properties so that the entire development would be under the same annexation agreement.

The Village Board on Monday also approved an intergovernmental agreement between the village and the Kane County Department of Transportation. The agreement governs the design and construction of the Anderson Road extension that will run from Route 38 to Keslinger Road, the bridge that will pass over the Metra coach yard, and a pedestrian and bicycle path.

The $22 million project will cost the village $400,000, and because the road and bridge are of regional transportation significance, Kane County has agreed to pick up $3 million of the costs.

The remaining $18.6 million will come from several federal and state funding programs.

The Kane County Board approved the agreement at its board meeting on Tuesday. According to Shodeen developer Dave Patzelt, the Illinois Department of Transportation will bid out the project. Now that the intergovernmental agreement has been approved by both parties, the land acquisition and the engineering design are the two final steps that need to be completed before the bidding can take place.

According to Kane County Department of Transportation Director Carl Schoedel, the engineering is 95 percent complete and the property acquisitions should be completed within the next month or so. Schoedel said that the county’s goal is to open bids in the late summer or early fall, and with the best case scenario, to begin construction in October.

School impact fee agreement delayed

Elburn tweaks agreement, pushing final vote
by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The Elburn Village Board made further modifications to the intergovernmental agreement between the village and the Kaneland School District regarding fees for the Elburn Station development, pushing the vote out possibly another two weeks.

The Kaneland School Board is scheduled to vote on the agreement at its next regularly scheduled meeting, on Monday, May 14.

This will be the first time, since the dissolution of a district-wide school impact fee agreement, that a municipality in the School District will directly enter into an impact fee agreement with a developer.

Based on discussions between the developer and the School District, the district has agreed to reduce the land/cash fee from $80,000 per acre down to $34,000 per acre. In addition, the district has waived transition fees, which were originally created to cover school expenses for the additional students from residential development until the property taxes began coming in.

The result of these concessions, including a reduction in the impact fees per household, is a 25 percent reduction in the total amount of fees Shodeen will pay compared to those in the previous district-wide agreement. Under the old agreement, for example, the fees on a four-bedroom home valued at $300,000 in 2011 were $10,000. Fees for the same house would now cost Shodeen an estimated $6,240.

Shodeen Construction President Dave Patzelt said he thinks the fee reductions are fair, based on the current overall weak economy. In addition, he said that the current philosophy is that transportation-oriented developments, such as Elburn Station—where there are denser, more walkable neighborhoods—generate fewer children than subdivisions in which the houses are more spread out and have larger yards.

The board on Monday agreed to change the term of the agreement to coincide with the length of the annexation agreement, a time-frame of 20 years, and that it will begin when the first building permit is issued.

In addition, Patzelt asked that the board include in the agreement the option to modify the current fees if, in the future, another municipality within the Kaneland School District negotiates lower fees with the district.

What about Kaneland?

Maple Park debates how TIF District should impact Kaneland
by David Maas
Maple Park—At a special meeting held last Thursday, the Maple Park Village Board met to discuss the potential intergovernmental agreement with the Kaneland School District, which would impact how the district collects its TIF District money.

Earlier this year, Maple Park enacted a TIF District inside the village. A TIF District is a method designed to stimulate economic growth. As economic growth occurs within a defined boundary, the tax revenue increases from within the boundary are used to fund further development costs to properties within the district. Simply put, businesses and development within the boundaries of a TIF District are provided with added municipal support and infrastructure, funded with the increasing tax revenues within the TIF District itself.

This can create a confusing situation for other taxing bodies that also receive tax revenues from properties within a TIF district.

“In a TIF, the School District is funded differently than other taxing bodies,” village TIF attorney Herb Klein said. “While other taxing bodies’ funds are locked at the 2011 tax rates, before the TIF was implemented, the School District will be paid for each student that moves into a TIF.”

In this case, the district will receive funds, up to 25 percent of the tax increment collected that year.

“Without an agreement, it would be the school’s job to keep track,” Klein said. “If we entered an agreement, that may not be the case. In an agreement, the village could chose to give the district a set percentage each year, or something entirely different.”

The trustees discussed various options, as well as if something should be put into place now, or wait and see where things go.

“It is up to the board to decide what they want to do in this case,” Klein said.

While some of the board members are for an agreement now, others feel they should wait.

“This village is growing,” Village Trustee Suzanne Fahnestock said. “We want the district to grow with us. People make a decision to move into a town based on a school district. We value our children and our schools; we need to be supportive of our district. We need an agreement.”

“Kaneland is a regional school district,” Village Trustee Steve Nowak said. “There are places in the region that may be nicer for people to live in. We can change that sooner without an agreement.”

It was decided that before any decisions are made, the board should look at the models for the various options, and proceed from there.

“All of the models we come up with will get some form of opposition from residents,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “I also think opinions (from) the board will change after we look at the projections.”

Feels like the 1st place for boys track

Photo: Nate Rehkopf, decked out in retro Knights track uniforms, took his heat of the 3200m run during Friday’s Kane County Invite out at West Aurora High School. Photo by Mike Slodki

Knight boys tie Geneva for first at prestigious KC meet
by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Team numbers don’t matter to Kaneland boys track. Neither do past accolades.

All that matters is that Kaneland put up an impressive 74 points in an 18-team Kane County Invite on Friday at West Aurora High School.

Coming off of a Peterson Prep first place and a second-place honor in Crystal Lake, the Knights’ total matched Geneva for first place at the historic Kane County grouping.

A year ago, Kaneland finished fourth with 57 points out at Millennium Field in Streamwood, Ill.

West Aurora finished third with 65 points at its home field, followed by Batavia and St. Charles North tying for fourth with 56 points.

Burlington Central took sixth with a total of 52.

South Elgin’s 41 was seventh best, while Aurora outfits Marmion Academy and Aurora Central Catholic tied for eighth with 37 points. St. Charles East rounded out the top 10 with 32 points.

KHS coach Eric Baron was eager to see what the KC happenings springboard to.

“We’ve had PRs for a lot of kids, like Nate Rehkopf in the 3200m prelims and Eric Dillon in the high jump,” Baron said. “This is the first of a line of big meets, and this is the granddaddy of them all. It’s been here for 92 years.”

Runners like Rehkopf still wanted to make an impact, even without a finals trip.

“The other teams might have bigger numbers but we have great depth, which I think puts us at an advantage,” Rehkopf said.

Kaneland can boast several area titleholders after the 2012 version of the Kane County excursion. Nate Dyer continued his astounding season with a shot put title after a finals throw of 50 feet. Fellow sophomore Dylan Nauert captured the 300 meter low hurdles title after a finals try of 40.19 seconds.

KHS also had several second-place finishers under its employ, beginning with Dyer in the discus with an effort of 151-01. Shane Jorgensen earned a second-place spotlight with a 48-10.5 in the shot put.

Third-place nods included Miki Marin in the 800m run with a tab of 1:58.40, Sean Carter in the 200m dash finals with a time of 22.46, and the 200m relay team of Dylan Pennington, Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier and Carter at 1:30.40.

The Knight fourth-place finishers included Eric Dillon in the high jump at 6-03 and Kory Harner in the pole vault at 12-09. Marshall Farthing took fifth in the long jump at 6-01, while Nauert found double-duty success with a fifth in the 110m high hurdles at 15.99.

Laying ahead for the Knight crew is the second-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet in DeKalb on Friday, May 11.