Kaneland preschool screening

KANELAND—Kaneland will conduct a preschool screening on Sept. 14 at Family Life Church. Kaneland School District children ages 3 to 5, who are suspected of having any delays in developmental milestones, are encouraged to attend. This is not a kindergarten screening.

Child and Family Connections will be on hand to screen children, ages birth to 3, for suspected developmental delays.

To schedule an appointment for any screenings, call the Kaneland District Office at (630) 365-5111, ext. 158.

30-year reunion for KHS class of 1982

ELBURN—The Kaneland High School Class of 1982 will have its 30-year class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Lion’s Park building in Elburn. Tickets are $35 per person. Cocktail hour, dinner and live music by the group Dough is included.

For more information, contact Lea Ann Machias Brei at (630) 903-4675 or breiboys@frontier.com for more information. In addition, an informal gathering will take place Friday, Aug. 3, at Schmidt’s Bar and Grill in Elburn.

Jo-Jo the Clown to miss Corn Boil

Photo: Jo-Jo the Clown (Karen McCannon), a beloved figure in Sugar Grove, recently underwent triple-bypass surgery. Her heart ”needed more plugs to love everyone a little bit more,” according to Jo-Jo’s sidekick Punky. File Photo

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—This summer will be one of the few times that Jo-Jo the Clown (aka Sugar Grove resident Karen McCannon) has missed the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. In most previous years, when she was not riding around on her decorated golf cart, the “Clown Victoria”, she could be found at the Sugar Grove Between Friends Food Pantry tent, painting children’s faces and collecting rolls of toilet paper for the pantry.

It was Jo-Jo who began reminding people to donate items such as toilet paper, which people need, as well.

This year, McCannon is at The Tillers rehabilitation center in Oswego, Ill., recuperating from triple-bypass heart surgery. According to Jo-Jo’s friend and sidekick Punky, also known as Yvonne Needham, Jo-Jo’s heart needed more plugs to love everyone a little bit more.

Many people, especially the children, don’t even know McCannon’s name, but they know Jo-Jo. Like the pied-piper, riding the Clown Victoria, Jo-Jo leads the children through town every year for the Independence Day Parade.

Jo-Jo revived the tradition of a Fourth of July parade for the children—something that had fallen by the wayside for some time.

According to McCannon, her grandchildren had asked Jo-Jo to make a parade, and her response was, “How can you say no to that?”

Sugar Grove resident Pat Graceffa said that in about eight years, the parade has grown from a small group of children to hundreds of people. In addition to the many children who show up (with their parents) with red-white-and-blue-decorated bikes, strollers, wagons and scooters, the Sugar Grove fire and police departments participate in their fire engines and police cars.

As the parade winds through the streets of Sugar Grove, sirens blowing, residents sit outside their houses to watch, throwing candy to the children in the parade.

“It’s always fun,” Graceffa said.

McCannon has had her share of heartache and difficulties in her life. Her husband, Mick, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 1999 and passed away in 2002. At the time, McCannon said she learned something from her husband.

“You’ve got two choices (when something like this happens to you),” she said. “You can sit in a corner and cry, or you can fight.”

McCannon spends very little time sitting in the corner, crying. She doesn’t feel sorry for herself, and often puts the feelings of others before her own.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year after her husband died, she had been in clown school for about a month. She said she never thought about quitting her training to become a Christian Clown.

She had surgery in February 2003 and continued her classes in clown ministry while she underwent chemotherapy. She said she always felt better once she was in costume.

Together with her clown friends, Calico Rose, Tiny T and Mr. Mumbles, Jo-Jo formed Humor Opens Possibilities Everywhere (HOPE).

In addition to her clown ministry at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Graceffa said Jo-Jo comes to the Farmer’s Market the first Saturday of every month for face-painting with the children, no matter how hot it is.

Jo-Jo volunteers at the Between Friends Food Pantry, sorting and distributing the food, as well as sending thank-you notes to people who have donated food and money.

“She’s energetic and always tries to focus on the positive,” Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said. “She never really dwells on it (her problems); she keeps moving forward and works hard to bring happiness to the community.”

McCannon was honored as Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in 2008, and Michels presented her with the award. Highlighting her service to the community, he described her contributions to Sugar Grove over the years.

McCannon had helped her husband and others build what is now called the Prairie Building in Volunteer Park. While her two children were in school, she volunteered for many school activities, was a Den Mother for the scouts, and coached girls baseball and high school softball.

Contributing to her community has become a way of life for McCannon, as well as for Jo-Jo.

“A lot of people associate Jo-Jo with Sugar Grove,” Michels said. “She is always at a lot of Sugar Grove events, and promotes Sugar Grove in a real positive way.”

McCannon found herself at the Tillers Rehab Center in the fall of 2009 with a broken tibia after a fall. She had just undergone surgery in July to replace both her hips, as well as one knee. It was a tough setback.

However, when Halloween came, McCannon got out of bed, dressed up, and Jo-Jo handed out candy to about 500 children who visited the center.

Punky sent out an email to people concerned about Jo-Jo and her recent stay at The Tillers, giving them an update on her condition.

“(She) Is in great spirits and working hard as ever,” Punky wrote. “… She’s still her old self; determined, sassy and fun.”

Punky said that Jo-Jo would love to hear from people, but she doesn’t want any sad get-well cards. Punky said she knows Jo-Jo would appreciate joke cards.
“Jo-Jo is all about having fun,” Punky said.

She has also asked that no one send any plants or flowers, due to health reasons.

All cards may be sent to: Jo-Jo the Clown, c/o Karen McCannon, The Tillers Rehab Center, Route 71, Oswego IL 60543.

Village welcomes interim police chief

by Cheryl Borrowdale
SUGAR GROVE—Interim police chief Ron Moser has been on the job for just a week, but he already has several goals in mind for the Sugar Grove Police Department.

Among them are doing more emergency management exercises within the department, as well as potentially creating a citizen volunteer program to help during emergencies.

Moser said other priorities include continuing training initiatives, which will include officers using the shooting range at the St. Charles Police Department for training exercises, as well as expanding citizens’ notification efforts through electronic means. The Sugar Grove Police Department will also potentially be looking at upgrading or replacing in-car video equipment, he said.

“The village has established action plans for the department, so I have those goals already,” Moser said. “I’m also trying to make a smooth transition for the next chief, and I want to have good internal communication with officers and staff and to foster good working relationships within the department and with allies, citizens and elected officials.”

Village President Sean Michels welcomed Moser to his new position on July 17, when he swore Moser in before the Village Board.

“The village is extremely glad to have Chief Moser on board,” Michels said. “The trustees and I feel that he will be a perfect fit in this interim period as we work toward a plan for the future and work through the hiring process.”

Michels praised Moser’s long career in law enforcement, which he has worked in since 1977, noting that he has outstanding credentials and a thorough knowledge of disaster planning. He started his career as a patrol officer in the Rock Island Police Department, and after stints in Peoria and San Jose, Calif., he moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he served as police chief. Moser came to Hanover Park, Ill., in 1998, where he was police chief for 11 years. He then served as the village’s manager for three years, until his retirement on June 14, 2012.

“Chief Moser will be an integral part of the day-to-day Police Department operations and aid us in determining what will be required of a departmental leader. We urge everyone to welcome Chief Moser to our community,” Michels said.

Though Moser lives in Hanover Park, he said he is familiarizing himself with Sugar Grove.

“As a community, my first impression is that this is a nice place to live,” he said. “The elected officials have been very pleasant and welcoming, and the officers show a real willingness to work with me.”

Moser said he expects to serve as the interim chief for up to a year, as the village begins searching for a permanent replacement for Brad Sauer, who retired on June 28 after serving as Sugar Grove’s police chief for a decade and working in the department for 24 years.

Pat Doyle, secretary for the Sugar Grove Police Department, credited Sauer with overseeing a dramatic expansion of the department, which went from six officers to 18, during his tenure as chief.

“We hired more police officers, purchased more cars, upgraded our computer system, and converted the garage to the officers’ squad room,” Doyle said. “He really increased the staff and modernized things.”

The search for a permanent replacement for Sauer hasn’t begun yet, Doyle said, because of the upcoming village election in April.

“They’re going to wait until the next election’s over,” she said. “It depends on who’s elected village president.”

Throughout both the election and the replacement process, Moser said that his goal is to keep the Sugar Grove Police Department on a steady path.

“My main departmental focus will be to maintain stability and continuity in police operations to help ensure that, when a chief is selected, there will be a seamless transition,” he said.

Ministry of presence

Father Seigel welcomed to St. Gall
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The Rev. Timothy Seigel says that a church at its very core is all about presence. Through a ministry of presence, the church can put into the practice Christ’s admonition to love each other as He loves us. With many years of pastoral experience doing just that, Father Seigel hopes to bring that presence to his work at St. Gall.

“My goal now is to grow the community before we build a facility. We can do that by providing good service and making good decisions, by visiting nursing homes and hospitals, being present to the sick and dying and to the kids and youth ministries,” Seigel said. “As I study the Gospels and gain experience from ministry, I understand my greatest skill is to relate to people and be present. It’s something I’m good at and look forward to doing here.”

Seigel began his career in Iowa, graduating from high school in Cedar Rapids and attending college in Dubuque at Loras College, where he majored in sociology.

“I was working in the direction of the priesthood, and I took an intro course in sociology. I thought that since it was the study of cultures and people that maybe a priest would want to know that kind of stuff,” he said.

After completing a Masters of Theological Studies at St. Meinrad in southern Indiana, Seigel left the seminary because he still wasn’t completely sure he wanted to become a priest. He didn’t go far, however. He moved to Oregon, Ill., where he worked as a lay parish coordinator at St. Mary Parish. He had the opportunity to do the kind of work needed in the life of a church and really liked it, he said.

Also at that time, he worked at a residential facility for the mentally disabled and found the residents there, whom he cared for and socialized with “all love.”

He soon joined the Rockford Diocese and attended the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wis., receiving a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained a priest on May 18, 1991.

His first assignment was at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles. Seigel went on to serve in Rockford and Crystal Lake before being named sole pastor at St. John the Baptist in Savanna, Ill.

“It was a great experience. Because it was a smaller parish, I got to know people and get home skills. You realize that you’re not going to please everyone, but you do the best for the common good,” Seigel said. “I’ve always been a bit impulsive, a bit unorganized, a bit impatient. Those years in Savanna taught me well how to listen. I learned to make decisions by listening rather than making them unilaterally.”

In 2001, he moved on to St. Mary Parish in East Dubuque, where the lesson of listening continued to serve him well. He also had some memorable experiences.

“One thing that proved to be my saving grace is my pastoral skills. I’m a pretty good homilist. I work on what I’m going to say, how I’m going to say it. I get passionate and try to touch people with my words,” he said.

He found that he was good with grieving people, particularly when he faced the death of a 7-year-old boy with a horrible disease.

“I was working with the school—he was a first-grader and had a twin brother—and going to University of Iowa (for the boy’s treatment) and being present with the family the evening he died. I helped to put the funeral service together. It was probably one of the highlights of my time there,” he said.

Before coming to St. Gall Parish, Seigel spent seven years at St. Catherine Parish in Genoa, Ill.—his longest assignment.

“I got to know a lot of people and got to know them better than any other parish. Our relationships just got stronger and stronger,” he said. “The biggest challenge of leaving is that I’m not there.”

St. Gall’s is about 100 members bigger than St. Catherine’s and has a more suburban feel. Seigel is confident that with a little bit of the work the parish will grow.

In his spare time, Father Seigel enjoys cooking, reading and writing journals and poetry. He stays in shape by walking the Elburn Forest Preserve Trail and working out at Snap Fitness.

And as a Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings fan, he’s of the belief that football season is just too short.

School Board approves temporary roof repair

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—School Board members on Monday voted 5-1 to approve temporary roof repairs at John Shields Elementary School.

Board member Gale Pavlak voted “no” on the item.

A document from Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent of business, states that significant problems in the school’s roof were discovered during a recent repair process.

“The crux of the problem is that the fasteners/clips that hold the metal panels onto the roof are disintegrating, which leaves these metal panels at risk for blowing off,” Fuchs states in the document.

A temporary solution to the roof problem is necessary because the district will not be able to permanently repair the roof prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year. Steve Hougsted of ARCON, the district’s architect, was in attendance at the meeting, and outlined the board’s options for a permanent repair next summer.

According to a document from ARCON, the three repair options involve about 25,000 square feet of roof area (the school’s total roof area is 61,600 square feet). Option one would involve the removal and reuse of every third panel in order to “repair existing underlayment and resecure existing plywood and panels,” with a total projected cost of $238,078.80; option two would involve the removal and reuse of all panels, with a projected cost of $417,163.20; and option three would involve replacement of all panels, with a projected cost of $444,630.

“These options will come back to the board in August for approval to put them out to bid,” Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “It is likely that the board will put two options out to bid so that they have all the information they need to make an informed decision regarding the roof repair.”

According to Fuchs’ document, ARCON sought out two estimates for the temporary repair work—the lower of which was $15,760.

“(There is) some concern with needing to spend money on a temporary repair knowing work has to be done the following summer,” Schuler said. “We have the same concern, but unfortunately there just is not time to get the full project done without having people on the roof working while school is in session and kids are in the building. That is not a good option for us.”

MP finds new building inspector

by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—After terminating its contract with its previous building inspector, the village of Maple Park held a second round of interviews at the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting on July 17.

Two companies were interviewed: T.P.I. Building Code Consultants of St. Charles, and B&F Technical Code Services of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

“Our major problem in Maple Park is property maintenance,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

After the board conducted the interviews—consisting of questions regarding cost tables for various projects, and their enforcement styles—there was a clear forerunner: B&F.

“T.P.I. is too expensive for this village, especially for the small amount of new permits we see,” Curtis said.

The board also saw the value of B&F as a company itself.

“All of the references I called about B&F were great,” trustee Pat Lunardon said. “They gave very high recommendations.”

“We have been a company for almost 23 years,” B&F President Richard Piccolo said during his interview. “We are also a certified trade school. We train all over the country, and your village will benefit from that.”

When the meetings had concluded, the Board of Trustees recommended B&F for the village’s building inspector position, which will be finalized in August.

“Our first step was to get a building inspector; the next step is to look at our codes with them and update them,” Curtis said.

New name, New owners

Photo: The restaurant at the corner of Route 47 and Main Street Road in Elburn has new owners. Dennis and Pam Moutray and another couple have bought the business and renamed it Blackberry Bar and Grill. Photo by John DiDonna

Blackberry Inn reopens as Blackberry Bar & Grill
by Cheryl Borrowdale
ELBURN—Pam Moutray thought her first day at the Blackberry Bar and Grill, which opened on June 18, would be a quiet introduction to the restaurant business.

“We hadn’t done any advertising,” she said. “I thought we would just slide under the radar.”

But word had spread that the old Blackberry Inn, which had closed in December 2011 after over two decades in Elburn, was back and under new ownership.

“We were slammed,” she said. “People had heard through the grapevine and were coming in. Those first couple days, I was just a zombie.”

It’s been nearly nonstop for Pam and her husband, Dennis, who bought the Blackberry Inn in March, along with co-owners Mark and Sandy Plante, ever since. The Moutrays take care of the day-to-day operations, while the Plantes provide financial backing, Pam said.

For the first month, Pam and Dennis were there seven days a week, working until the midnight or 2 a.m. close most nights, and then back again the next morning by 10 a.m., polishing floors, checking over the night’s receipts, supervising employees and getting ready for another day.

“It’s just like that movie, “Groundhog Day,” Dennis said. “The same thing over and over.

When Dennis first proposed buying the Blackberry from the previous owners, Chuck and Michelle Reese, who had retired and moved to Florida, Pam initially said no. Between her real estate business—she is self-employed as a RE/MAX realtor—and Dennis’ Super Suds car wash in Hinckley, the couple already had their hands full, she said.

But Pam said she eventually came around to the idea because it was too good a deal to pass up. The Moutrays, who live in Maple Park, had experience running previous businesses, including the BP in Sugar Grove and a convenience store, both of which they eventually sold; the Plantes, who live in North Aurora, own the Superior Car Wash in Sugar Grove. Though they’d never run a restaurant before, they thought they could do it.

“So far it’s been fun, Pam said. “We’ve always been people people, and I enjoy talking to our customers. We had to buy it. We just couldn t believe it was going to be empty.”

Neither could her customers, it seems.

“Most of the comments I’ve heard are, ‘We’re so glad you’re back open.’ Everybody always says, ‘We live just up the road,’ and then they point just over there,” Pam said. “It’s a nice, close option without having to go up into downtown Elburn or go over to Randall.”

Regulars have been pleased to see that many of the old Blackberry Inn classics, from the reuben sandwich to the Wednesday night fried chicken, are still on the menu. The Moutrays hired back both the former chef and manager, which helped keep some of the most popular menu items the same, Pam said.

“We had some new ideas, but people kept asking us, ‘Are you still going to have the reuben? The fried chicken?’ And we realized, why reinvent the wheel? These were kind of the big thing here, and people wanted them back. We’re doing four big briskets a day. I can’t believe the people that flock in here to get the chicken,” Pam said. “We had people in here the other night from Rochelle who came just for the chicken.”

Yet the menu has been tweaked to add fan-tailed shrimp, sweet potato puffs and smaller-size burgers to suit smaller appetites, in addition to the half-pound burger that has long been on the menu. It also now includes a few healthy items, she said, including an entree-sized chef’s salad, a Caesar salad with chicken, and a veggie platter appetizer that comes with ranch dressing.

“I didn’t want everything on the menu to be fried,” she said.

A kid’s menu has also been added, and the Moutrays hope to make the Blackberry more family friendly—partly because they have their own grandchildren, who live in Sugar Grove, in mind.

The interior of the Blackberry Bar & Grill has been spruced up with a fresh coat of paint and a thorough cleaning job, but they didn’t put the old beer signs back up in the dining area, which is partially separated from the bar area. Instead, they bought a couple of high chairs and cleaned up the patio, too, opening the fence. The Moultrays plan to decorate the area with Kaneland sports materials.

“We want families to feel comfortable here,” Pam said. “Chase, my little grandson, likes to come to play the toy machine that gives a ball every time you play it.”

While the bar and dining room otherwise look much the same, behind the scenes, the kitchen has been gutted and completely renovated to bring it up to code, electrical work has been done, lighting has been improved, the basement has been cleaned and organized, broken windows have been replaced and sealed, and a leaky bathroom has been repaired.

“People come in and say it doesn’t look a whole lot different, but we’ve overhauled a lot,” Pam said. “It needed updating, and one thing led to another.”

Sprucing up the place and getting it running has been a family affair.

Eric, the Moutrays’ youngest son, took it upon himself to come over and clean up the landscaping.

“He just pitched in and did it without being asked,” Pam said. “He helped get things ready to open, cutting down trees and cleaning up the outside.”

Their daughter, Michelle, who lives in Sugar Grove with her husband and two children, has come in to help out with the cleaning, and they have a niece who’s working as a part-time bartender.

Dennis said they have plans to expand further and add more entertainment options. By this fall, they hope to have slot machines available in the bar area, under a new Illinois law that allows gaming in authorized locations, rather than just the riverboats. Since the Blackberry Bar and Grill is located in unincorporated Kane County, even though Elburn has opted to ban such gaming, the restaurant is able to participate.

“We think it will be a big draw,” Pam said.

Dennis cautioned that the plan depends on state approval.

“It’s not a given yet,” he said. “We hope to have them, but until they come in here and give us approval, you never know.”

Other tentative plans include the installation of outdoor volleyball courts—which local volleyball leagues could rent—or perhaps renting a smaller building on the property to another restaurant.

“We’re hoping in the near future to put volleyball courts in,” Dennis said. “Maybe put a pizza place at the top of the hill, or maybe a breakfast place. We were thinking about running it ourselves at first, but now we’re thinking about leasing it.”

More definite plans include hosting a grand opening celebration sometime in August, with drink specials to celebrate the new business, and a rib-off to pick a new rib recipe.

“I think I have a great rib recipe, and our chef says he has a great one, and so do a couple of others,” Pam said. “So we think we’ll make all the different ones and have a rib-off to let the customers decide which ones they like best.”

A month into the business, Pam said she was happy to have found some balance, taking Tuesdays off to watch her grandchildren, which was one of the things she missed most about her old life.

“I wasn’t happy being away from them, so I’m happier now that we ve gotten things running here and I can spend some time with them again,” she said.

She and Dennis still spend the majority of their time at the bar and grill, though, she said.

“We hope to make it a good place, make some money and have fun doing it,” she said.

Drought’s effect on corn not yet known

Photo: The corn in this field at route 38 and 47 in Elburn looks more like a pineapple crop. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—With this season’s lack of rainfall, lawns aren’t the only plant life that is being stressed. One look at the surrounding corn fields, and you will see stalks that are significantly shorter than usual and displaying spikey leaves that look like pineapple plants. But the effect of the drought on corn production itself is not yet known.

“The corn has no business looking as good as it does,” said Maple Park resident Warren Grever. “The corn is made in July. The big question with corn is how much is pollinated.”

Grever pulled out four ears of corn from his field and carefully pulled off the leaves. He then gently shook off the silk to see how much remained on the ear. He explained that each strand of corn silk corresponds to one kernel of corn.

“If the silks stick on the ear, then it’s not pollinated,” Grever said.

A couple of the ears were fully filled out, while the other two were undersized with gaps on the tips and in the middle. If the kernels are not pollinated fully and the ear doesn’t fill out, then yields will be low.

Normally, Grever says he will get 190-200 bushels of corn to the acre. A bushel is a measure of volume that equals 56 pounds of corn. He compares the normal yields to the ones he got in 1988, the last big drought farmers can remember. In that year, he got 100 bushels to the acre.

Ryan Klassy, information director at the Kane County Farm Bureau, said that farmers at the Kane County Fair were talking about what is going to happen to this year’s corn crop. Some fields, they said, are looking great, and others are not doing as well. The variation has to do with soil type and type of hybrid.

“It depends on soil type. Good black soil—of course it needs rain and is stressed—could do okay. Sandier soil is not doing that well,” Klassy said. “The variety of seed corn also matters. Different hybrids have different traits.”

Klassy said that how the corn does will depend on how much moisture we get from here on in. When Grever was asked what he thought was going to be the outcome, he laughed.

“I really don’t know. If I get two-thirds of a crop, I’d be happy,” he said.

The Farm Bureau compares this year’s drought to the one in 1988. During both years, none of the corn was rated excellent. While in 1988, 78 percent of the corn was rated either good or fair, this year 66 percent of the crop is rated poor or very poor.

The price of corn on the market is at a record high, up to $8 a bushel for corn and $16 a bushel for soybeans. The effect will trickle into other areas.

“The one that’s really going to feel it is the livestock feeder,” Grever said.

Many farmers have crop insurance that protects against yield or quality losses from natural disasters, including drought, excess moisture, cold and frost, wildlife and disease and insects. It guarantees that the farmer will get a portion of their usual yield.

“How can you not ( have insurance)?” Grever asked. “With the market variability, you can sell 70 percent ahead, and you know you’re going to get paid.”

As to whether or not this drought is indicative of a future pattern, Grever said that there are cycles that occur, and that this area of the country has been relatively stable.

“Our climate has been amazingly consistent and reliable since the 1960s,” he said.

Comparison of corn
and soybean conditions,
1988 vs 2012

‘88 Corn ‘12Corn
Excellent 0% 0%
Good 18% 7%
Fair 60% 27%
Poor 20% 30%
Very Poor 2% 36%

‘88 Beans ‘12 Beans
Excellent 0% 1%
Good 15% 12%
Fair 39% 38%
Poor 14% 25%
Very Poor 2% 24%
(source: IL Weather &Crops, published by IL Dept. of Agriculture USDA-NASS IL Field Office)

SG teen named Miss Illinois Plus America 2012

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Morgan Roberts of Sugar Grove had to think long and hard about whether or not she wanted to enter the Miss Plus America pageant. She knew it was a big-time commitment for a 19-year-old who is employed and currently attending Waubonsee Community College.

She entered the pageant anyway, and on May 6 earned the title of Miss Illinois Plus America 2012.

Not bad for a girl’s first pageant competition.

Roberts, a 2011 Kaneland High School graduate, said she first heard about the Miss Plus America pageant last year. The organization was founded by Melissa Stamper in 2002.

“(Miss Plus America) is a fantastic organization for woman who are a size 14 and up. Melissa’s goal is to show that everyone is beautiful regardless of their clothing size,” Roberts said. “In order to compete at a national level, you must first win at your state pageant.”

The victory earned Roberts a trip to the national pageant in Memphis, Tenn., in late June. She said her goal at that point was to make the top 15 in the competition.

She made the top 15 all right, securing the second runner-up spot in her division.

“ It was such an honor to represent Illinois at nationals … my goal was to make top 15, so the fact that I got second runner-up in the competition was awesome,” she said. “I am new at this, and for many of the girls, this was not their first year competing.”

Roberts platform during the Miss Plus America pageant was the American Cancer Society—a cause very close to her heart.

“I chose this charity because I lost both my grandmothers to cancer, and my mom was also diagnoised with cancer in August of last year,” Roberts said. “I want to help those with cancer. Even though my mom is now moving on from having had cancer, I want to help other cancer patients and their families. Cancer does not just affect the patient; it affects the entire family.”

Despite her immediate success in the beauty pageant field, Roberts said she’s unsure if she’ll enter any future competitions. Her focus right now is to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education. Roberts said she doesn’t have much free time these days, but when she does, she enjoys doing Zumba and watching anything on TLC.

Despite her busy schedule, Roberts has some advice for all girls, including those who want to enter beauty pageants.

“My advice to girls everywhere is (that) you are beautiful. A lesson that I have had to learn is that confidence, just as beauty, is not something that you can buy; it comes from within,” Roberts said. “My hope is that I can be a role model to other girls who have struggled with their body image, and along the way bring about more awareness for cancer research.”

No injuries in Aurora Airport plane crash

SUGAR GROVE—A plane crash at Aurora Airport on Wednesday morning yielded no injuries.

According to Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel, the incident occured after the pilot of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft attempted to make an emergency landing in a cornfield on the north side of the airfield. The aircraft, departing for Oshkosh, Wisc., had reportedly lost power.

Sugar Grove Fire Department, Aurora Police and Kane County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. The plane’s two passengers were pilot Dan Bagget, 66, of Mt. View, Calif., and co-pilot Rod Kenner, 65, of Walnut Creek, Calif.

The Aurora Police Department is handling the initial investigation, and the FAA is handling the follow-up investigation.

Knights road ends with loss in St. Charles

Photo: Tyler Carlson holds off on a pitch in the dirt. File Photo

KANELAND—After traveling for summer league regional wins over rivals out west, it was the closest opponent that proved damaging.

In the summer regional hosted by St. Charles East High School, the semifinal matchup went to the host Saints, as they pounded the Kaneland crew by a final of 11-0 in five innings on July 17.

Kaneland had successful trips to Machesney Park to beat Harlem, 6-1, on July 15, and Rock Island by a 6-5 tab.

St. Charles East, the fifth seed, defeated Marmion Academy and Geneva in the opening two rounds.

Kaneland ended its summer campaign at 15-13.

Kaneland saw pivotal contributions from John Hopkins and Blake Sowell on the mound during league play, and Zach Martinelli, Tyler Carlson, Joe Komel and Joe Pollastrini at the plate during the summer.

The Saints then lost to Crystal Lake South in the regional final on Thursday, with the Gators going to the Elite 8 in Naperville after a 20-7 win.

Kaneland Travel Baseball gearing up in 2013

KANELAND—The Kaneland Travel Baseball (KTB) program, which will begin in the summer of 2013, has released its tryout dates and information for the 11U, 12U and 13U travel baseball teams that will compete in the KCBL next year, with a birthday cut-off day of May 1. Beginning with the summer of 2014, the KTB will incorporate 10U and 14U for a total of five levels of travel baseball.

The following information is for those tryouts: Friday, July 27: 11U—4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 12U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 13U—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Wheeler Park, Sugar Grove). Friday, Aug. 3: 11U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 12U 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Wheeler Park, Sugar Grove). Saturday, Aug. 4: 13U—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (McNair Field, Elburn). Sunday, Aug. 12: 11U, 12U, 13U—1 to 3 p.m. ( McNair Field, Elburn).

This is for anyone at any of the age levels that couldn’t make the other tryout dates. There will be a pre-registration form posted on the Kaneland Travel Baseball website, www.kanelandtravelbaseball.com. These tryouts are only open to those students who will go to Kaneland High School and reside in the district. If you have any questions, contact coach Brian Aversa at Brian.Aversa@kaneland.org.

Big Rock gathering baseball talent

BIG ROCK—Cobras 11U Baseball Team is an independent organization from the Hinckley-Big Rock area. The 2013 11U team is looking to add players for the 2013 season. The team plays in three or four tournaments (35-game schedule) in 2013. Tryouts are on Saturday, July 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Plowman’s Park in Big Rock.

Contact Scott Swanson at (630) 768-3009 or Dennis Flanagan at (630) 391-8413.

Take Route 30 west to Big Rock. Turn south on Rhodes and go south to 2nd Street. Turn west on 2nd Street (becomes Hinckley Road), to the fairgrounds.

Wasco fastpitch holds registration

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch, with registration ending Tuesday, July 31, is a recreational softball league open to all area girls, grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Games are played only on Saturdays at the home fields. Practices start in mid-August with games starting Saturday, Aug. 25 and conclude with the Susan G. Komen tournaments mid-October. Wasco also offers Fall Ball Training Camps, but space is limited. Players may download a registration form, register online at www.wascofastpitch.com or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200. Fees are the same regardless of where you live—no “out-of-district” fees.

We’re No. 1

The KC Xplosion 98 Girls Fastpitch Softball Team is the 2012 Chicago Bandits Experience 14U—Omaha, Neb. Tournament Champions. This year’s team consited of Coaches Tim Krantz (back, left to right), Artie Cohrs, Rick Lovestrand and Bob Cruz. Annika Radabaugh (middle, left to right), Maddie Rydholm, Natalie Offutt, Maddie Webb, Toni Galas, Bailee Krantz and Rachael Lovestrand. Brieann Cruz (front, left to right), Kaitlyn Plocinski, Meg Cohrs, Sarah Baurer and Aly Snider. Courtesy Photo

A family affair

Photo: Coach Jim Gussman (left to right), Colin Gussman, Austin Parks and Coach Beau Parks. Courtesy Photo

The Knights Wrestling Club, Kaneland’s youth wrestling program, on July 13 sent two wrestlers to the Midwest Army Nationals Wrestling Tournament hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

Colin Gussmanm of Oswego, Ill., and Austin Parks of Maple Park were part of an estimated 900-plus participants. Colin, who will be a second-year senior-level club wrestler, was bracketed in the 121.6 pound division. Austin, who just finished his club career and is an incoming freshman wrestler for Kaneland High School, was bracketed in the 145 pound division and took third place.

Both boys were lucky enough to have their fathers, Jim Gussman and Beau Parks, coach them through this tournament.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the event on Sunday, July 29, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., (Route 25) in St. Charles.
Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

David A. Price

David A. Price, 52, of Sugar Grove, passed away on July 16, 2012.

He was born on July 21, 1959, in Chicago, the son of Meredith and Margaret Price.

Dave proudly served his country with the US Marine Corp. He was the cornerstone of his family with God as his main focus. He was a wonderful husband and father who pushed his children to follow their dreams. He enjoyed fishing and was a published writer.

He will always be remembered for his positive outlook, his giving personality and his dedication to the Lord.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Veronica; children, Joshua, Marisa and Kailah; father, Meredith Price; sisters, Judith (Jim) Costello, and Donna (Howard) Arnold; as well as many loving family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Price; and sister, Mary Rodrigue.

Family received guests on Saturday at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave. in Montgomery. A funeral service was held Sunday at Dieterle Memorial Home, and interment took place on Monday at Riverside Cemetery.

He leaves behind a legacy of being a dedicated family man, a dear friend, and above all, a lover of his Savior Jesus Christ.

Robert Rodney

Robert Rodney, 74, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully at home on July 20, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

He was born Feb. 11, 1938, the son of Ray and Minnie Rodney. In 2007, Robert became president of the village of Kaneville.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 46 years, Georgia (Larkin) Rodney; four children, Carol Lynn Moore, Sharon Anne Rodney, Shelly Rae Lindsey and Catherine Cornejo; seven grandchildren, Jacob Charles Moore, Molly Sharol Lindsey, Riley Sophia Lindsey, Nathan Robert Moore, Avery Lynn Moore, Rhett Selby, Gabriel Sebastian Cornejo; and one sister, Joan Woitovich.

The family will host a memorial service Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville. Following the service, there will be a time of visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., including a light luncheon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Robert’s name to benefit the Kaneville Fire Department: Checks may be made to the “Kaneville Fire Department” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Joyce Dianne David

Joyce Dianne David, 57, of Elburn, died suddenly on July 18. In an instant she was gone, but she will never be forgotten. Her memories live on in those who loved her as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

She was born Dec. 15, 1954, in Perry, Okla., where she lived the first few years of her life. At the age of three, Joyce’s family moved to Batavia, where she attended local schools. In 1969, her family moved once again to Wynet, Ill., where she continued her education and later graduated from Wynet High School with the class of 1973.

Joyce returned to Geneva in 1974 and began her 38-year career at Delnor-Community Hospital, where she worked as a coordinator of nutrition services and room service manager.

On Oct. 14, 1978, Joyce married the love of her life, John David, and they began their life together. Over the years, they lived in Geneva and St. Charles. In 1989, they became permanent residents in Elburn, where Joyce and her family would call home for the years to come.

Joyce was a third-generation member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia. She was a strong Christian woman and shared her belief with all she knew. She especially shared her beliefs and values with her children, who then became the fourth-generation members at the church.

Joyce loved to sew. She loved creating special outfits for her daughter over the years, and later, for her granddaughters. You often found her out in the garden enjoying the outdoors. If she wasn’t sewing or tending to the garden, you could find her in the kitchen. She enjoyed cooking so much her kitchen was named “Joyce’s Kitchen” by all those who had the opportunity to have one of her home-cooked meals. Joyce invited anyone who came through her door to grab a plate.

Joyce had a special interest in racing that spanned over a 30-year period. Her interest began when she would change tires for her husband, and later she supported her son. Although she had many interests in life, the most important thing to her was her family. Her most loved name was “Grandma.” You often found Joyce taking her granddaughters on many adventures, including parks and pumpkin patches, and she loved every minute of it. She was a selfless woman who gave to all and never had the heart to say “no.”

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, John David; two children, J.C. David and
Alicia (Paul) Potvin; three grandchildren, Hannah, Morgan and Gianna; two siblings, Cindy (Charlie) Griffiths and Richard Thiele; her parents, Paul Thiele and Charmaine Myers; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

The family hosted a memorial service on July 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. Rev. Ronald Weidler, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed the service at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joyce David Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Kicking off the Corn Boil

Ceremony, parade start this year’s Sugar Grove Corn Boil
by Hope Zegiel
Sugar Grove—A full year’s worth of work, organization, coordination and fundraising culminates in one place at one time—6 p.m. on Friday, July 27, in front of the sound stage behind Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.

This is when and where the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil festival kicks off. The Opening Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and leads directly into the Corn Boil Parade.

The parade will include the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups and other community members. This year will feature special honors for the original members of the Corn Boil Committee.

Leading the parade will be Kaneland High School’s drum line.

Jerry Swatek, entertainment chair of the Corn Boil, said that there will be several speeches during this year’s ceremony.

Speeches will come from Steve Ekker, Corn Boil president, as well as Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels. In addition, the annual Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year will be announced then, as well as who won this year’s Medallion Hunt. Finally, the winners of the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry Scholarship will be announced.

While no specific details can be formally released, opening ceremony and parade organizers asked all spectators to keep their eyes open during the event, as there are some surprises in store as well.

‘Old Timers’ unite!

SG ‘Old Timers’ Reunion set for Saturday, July 28
Sugar Grove—If you have lived in Sugar Grove for so many years that you think of yourself as an “Old Timer,” come join the reunion from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Sugar Grove Community House.

For more information, call Bob and Carol Ottum at (630) 466-4227, or Joe and Mary Didier at (630) 466-4766.

Sugar Grove Lions Club looks to grow

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Lions Club, chartered in 1969, is working to rebuild its membership. Sugar Grove resident Bill Keck, one of the Lions Club founding members, said he remembers an event at which there were between 70 and 100 people, although they were not all members.

Keck said the enthusiasm for the club has waxed and waned over the years. At one point, the club was down to nine members.

“There were times when the organization was on life support, but there seems to be an enthusiastic group at this point,” he said.

There are currently 20 regular members, Vice President Kevin Geary said. The goal is to have 50 or more members and to become more active in the community.

The local group recently incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) status to become a nonprofit organization. This allows donors to claim their donations to the Lions Club on their income taxes.

The largest and most ambitious event that the Sugar Grove Lions Club sponsors is the firework display at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. The show costs the Lions Club between $12,000 and $15,000, President Keith Koester said.

The Lions Club will also man a booth at the Corn Boil to sell and check people’s identification for wristbands to purchase alcohol. Koester said they need more volunteers to take the money and check IDs.

This fall, the Lions Club will hold its second annual pig roast on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the pavilion at Volunteer Park. People can purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner for $5 a person or $25 for a family of five or more.

“It’s a family event,” Koester said.

Their hope is to arrange a softball match among the Sugar Grove Fire and Police departments and the Kane County Sheriff’s Department. The name for the games suggested by Sugar Grove Fire Marshall Wayne Parson is Guns and Hoses.

The Sugar Grove chapter will also participate again in Lions Club International Candy Day, by handing out packages of hard candy at intersections in exchange for a donation.

In addition to collecting used glasses for people who can’t afford them, the Sugar Grove Lions Club donates money to local organizations, such as Conley Outreach, the Sugar Grove Cub Scout Troop and the Sugar Grove Between Friends Food Pantry.

“The more members we have to distribute the work to, the more we can do in the community,” Koester said.

Time for some thrills

Carnival Hours
• Friday, July 27
4 to 11 p.m.
• Saturday, July 28
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Sunday, July 29
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Unlimited-ride Wristband Hours
• Friday, July 27
4 to 11 p.m.
• Saturday, July 28
1 to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 29
1 to 5 p.m.

Corn Boil carnival set to entertain
by Hope Zegiel
Sugar Grove—The carnival at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil starts Friday, July 27, and ends on Sunday, July 29.

Stated by the Corn Boil website, the rides will be provided to the Corn Boil by the Wilson Family Show. The attractions and rides will be the same all three days, although the hours will change.

This Corn Boil will mark the second year the Wilson Family Show will supply the attractions for the carnival.

Jerry Swatek, Corn Boil entertainment chair, said that on Friday the normal carnival hours will be from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 28, the normal carnival hours will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 29, the carnival will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

At the carnival, there will be wristbands that allow participants to go on unlimited rides from a specific time frame, with one set price. The bracelets will cost $20.

Jackie Link, branch manager from Old Second Bank, said that it is appreciated if consumers intending to purchase bracelets go to the lobby, rather than the drive-through, because there are some papers that need to be filled out.

Wristbands will be valid from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Sugar Grove Lions Club—Fireworks, take 10

More info
For more information or to donate,
visit one of these two websites:

• Sugar Grove Corn Boil
• Sugar Grove Lions Club

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Lions Club will present its 10th annual fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, July 28, at the 2012 Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

The Lions Club sponsors the fireworks, billed on the Corn Boil website as “one to be envied by communities near and far,” and on the Lions Club website as “the most spectacular fireworks in Kane County,” at a cost of $12,000 to $15,000 each year. The Lions Club hopes to make enough money through donations and raffle tickets to break even this year.

Individuals may make a donation and/or purchase raffle tickets online at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil website at sugargrovecornboil.org/entertainment/fireworks, or the Sugar Grove Lions Club website at sugargrovelions.org. Tickets for the Summer Raffle are $10 each, and only 5,000 tickets will be sold. There is an opportunity with each raffle ticket purchase to donate an extra $5 toward the fireworks.

“If every family gave us $5, we’d have terrific fireworks,” Sugar Grove Lions Club President Keith Koester said.

The Lions Club will announce a raffle winner every hour at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, on Friday, July 27, from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winners receive $800 in cash, and if the person whose ticket is selected arrives at the Lions Club booth in 15 minutes, they will win an additional $200.

There is one chance to win $3,000 at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. The $200 bonus payout does not apply to the Grand Prize Winner.

The number of the raffle tickets will be announced over the Lions Club booth public address system. The bar coding on the winning ticket will also be scanned, so that if ticket purchasers wish, the winning ticket will appear on their phone.

The Lions Club tent will be located across from the beer tent and next to the food concession court. A timer will be used so the public can watch the 15-minute count down. All winners will be listed at the Lions Club tent, as well as the Lions Club website. There are 29 chances to win.

People do not need to be present to win the $800 cash prize.

Cars among the corn

American Legion Post No. 1271’s
6th annual Car Show
Saturday, July 28 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

American Legion hosts annual Corn Boil car show, swap meet
by Hope Zegiel
Sugar Grove—As part of the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil festivities, American Legion Post No. 1271 will host the sixth annual Car Show on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 65 First St.

Registration closes at noon for all participants that want to join in the competition. Along with registering the car, truck, tractor or motorcycle, the participant must pay a $10 dollar entry fee.

The website states that each vehicle of choice brought will be voted within six different classes.

The best cars will be ranked with first, second and third places. Trucks and special interest vehicles will be judged on the same level.

Best motorcycles in the show will have a first- and second-place award given.

Rat Rods, along with tractors, will only have a first place.

There will also be one overall award, Best of Show.

Along with a regular car show, there will also be a Swap Meet/Car Corral area. Holding a spot in this area will require a $20 entry fee. This is for participants who wish to sell their car, motorcycle or tractor during the show.

Also, according to Tammy Carter, representing the Sugar Grove American Legion, the swap section of the show will be for vendors to sell used or new car parts.

There will be no alcohol allowed in this section of the Corn Boil.

The rain date scheduled for this event will be Sunday, July 29.

Sponsorship: the financial core of the Corn Boil

Local businesses, organizations, individuals support event through donations
by Hope Zegiel
Sugar Grove—The Corn Boil Committee strives to make sure that all of the festivities at the annual event are at the lowest cost possible. Sponsors help offset those costs to ensure that prices stay low so everyone can take part in the festival.

There are 10 different types of sponsors recognized throughout the Corn Boil.

The first category is labeled Rock’n Pop’n SoundStage Sponsor. This is for sponsors who donate $3,000 overall, or $1,600 per day.

Benefits for the sponsorship include placing their the name or logo in print ads, on the sound stage banner, and having their name announced throughout the day at the event. In addition, they receive a complimentary business booth and access to a VIP tent that includes meals and other treats, as well as a great view of the stage.

WSPY Nelson Multimedia will be sponsoring at this level.

The second highest category is Korny KidZone Sponsor. The sponsor must donate $2,500 to be put into this category. Mediacom is involved at this level.

Their benefits are similar to being a Rock’n Pop’n SoundStage Sponsor. However, their name or logo will be on the Kid Zone banner rather than the soundstage banner.

Platinum Corn Stalk and Golden Sweetness come third and fourth down on the list, and require donations of between $1,500 and $2,000.

Platinum Corn Stalks include the Daily Herald Media, Hinds Trucking, J&S Construction, John Shields Elementary School, Kane County Chronicle, Metrolift, Inc., village of Sugar Grove, Provena Mercy Medical Center, Waste Management, Inc., Sugar Grove Police Department, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, and Genoa Pizza & Genoa Italian Concessions.

Supporting the Corn Boil at the Golden Sweetness level this year are the Elburn Herald, SignFX, Sugar Grove Park District, Volkman Insurance Agency,Inc., Harris Golf Cars and Blue Peak Tents.

Benefits for the sponsor are the same as the Rock’n Pop’n SoundStage Sponsors.

The Silver Boiling Pot sponsors support the event with a $1,000 donation and receive their name on print ads, their name or logo on the SoundStage banner, names announced throughout the day, website visibility with a link to their site and access to the VIP tent.

Healy Chapel, Schmitt McDonald’s, Castle Bank and Waubonsee Community College have sponsored the Corn Boil at this level.

When donating $500, about 300 Corn Boil T-shirts will have the name or logo of the sponsor on them.

Sponsors such as Old Second National Bank, Producers Chemicals Co., Mediacom, Advanced Realty Consultants and Genoa Pizza & Genoa Italian Concessions will be on the T-shirts this year.

Corn Boil Kernel and the Harvester Shuttle are are for sponsors who donate $300 to $499, or $250 to $299, respectively.

Their benefits include: their name or logo on the SoundStage Banner and their name or logo on the Corn Boil website.

Participants include Hollywood Casino, Jewel Osco, KB Sales, Inc., Microtax, Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, Cordogan Clark & Associates and 1800Baskets.com.

The Corn Shucker is named for sponsors who donate up to $250 to the festival. They will have their name printed on the Corn Boil website.

Those are Donald J. Fee, D.D.S., Ltd, Flow Technics, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church and Pepsi Beverages.

And, of course, the Corn Boil committee will always accept donations of any size, and for those who contribute what they can, they fall under the category Korny Kindness. The website states that all “In-kind donations are always welcome. The sponsor will receive a sponsor benefit equal to the declared value of the donation.”

So, anytime you wonder how the committee can afford to put on the event, which features so many free activities and entertainment opportunities for festival-goers, know that these are the companies, organizations and individuals who support the Corn Boil financially. To become one of them for this year or in the future, visit sugargrovecornboil.org.

2012 Sugar Grove Corn Boil Schedule and Information

July 27-29

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is held in Volunteer Park, west of Route 47, just off Main Street in downtown Sugar Grove, behind the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.

For information on cancelations and event changes, visit these official Corn Boil pages:

Website: SugarGroveCornBoil.org

Twitter Feed: @SGCornBoil



Friday, July 27

Corn Boil is open 4 to 11 p.m.

4 p.m.
Arts and crafts
Business Booths
Food vendors
Beer tent
5 p.m.
Bingo, hosted by the Sugar
Grove Fire Fighters Auxillary

5:30 p.m.
Opening parade
Ceremony celebrating
community spirit
6 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew
7 p.m.
Dot Dot Dot on the main stage
9:30 p.m.
Hi Infidelity on the main stage

Saturday, July 28

Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
5K Run/Walk, hosted by the
Sugar Grove Park District

9 a.m.
American Legion Car Show

10 a.m.
Cooking Challenge entrants
may begin putting
out their entries

11 a.m.
Arts and crafts
Business booths
Bingo, hosted by
Kaneland Peer
Kids Zone—
Animal for

11:45 a.m.
Cooking Challenge
entrants must stop
putting out their
judging begins

Carnival/ Food vendors
Dance Ignition Demo

12:30 p.m.
Kids Zone—Ronald McDonald

1 p.m.
Jazzercise Fitness Demo

1:30 p.m.
Kids Zone—
Water Balloon Toss Contest

2 p.m.
Kids Zone—
Those Funny Little People
M&M Dance Demo

3 p.m.
Rocky’s Dojo Demo

4:30 p.m.
Kids Zone—Kane County
S.W.A.T. demonstration

6 p.m.
Shagadelics on main stage

8:30 p.m.
Hairbangers Ball on main stage

Dark (approximately 9:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 29

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m.
Kids Zone—
Fascinating Faces by Laurie
Bingo—hosted by the
Children’s Tumor Foundation,
“NF Cole’s Crew”
Kids Zone—Traveling World
of Reptiles Show
1 p.m.
Kids Zone—Diaper Derby
Baby Crawl Race
Firefighter Water Fights

1:30 p.m.
Kids Zone—Kyle’s Duct Tape
Wallet Demonstration
2 p.m.
Kids Zone—
Rockasaurus Rex Show
4 p.m.
Josh Wilson on the main stage
Kids Zone—Encore performance
of the Rockasaurus Rex Show
4:45 p.m.
Kids Zone—Corn Boil
500 Big Wheel Race

Editorial: Enjoy the Corn Boil

Every year, countless man hours from dozens of people representing numerous organizations culminate in a three-day festival celebrating community—the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

This year, that effort will come together this Friday through Sunday, July 27-29.

There are so many things for people of all ages to see and do during the three days, we dedicated two full sections to previewing it—the final section is in this week’s edition.

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, although Volunteer Park will open two hours earlier. From that moment until the festival concludes Sunday evening, residents from throughout the area will be treated to a fun-filled, family event that demonstrates what a dedicated group of individuals can do with limited funds, community support and a ton of community spirit.

From live music to a car show, Bingo to the annual water fights, there is definitely something there during the three days to entertain anyone of any age and virtually any interest.

Most importantly, though, the event draws together the community, because it truly is the community that organizes the festival.

We urge everyone to attend at least a portion of the Corn Boil festivities, and as you stroll through the grounds, pay attention to the different individuals and groups who put it together. Pay attention to those who spent their time and/or money to help make sure that for three days, the community comes together to both entertain and be entertained, to share in laughter and joy, and of course, to eat a lot of corn.

As each of you enjoy your portion of the Corn Boil, we ask that you thank those who helped put it on, and as you leave, we ask that you think how you might be able to help during next year’s preparation.

Maybe it’s a few hours of your time to check IDs at the beer garden or sell raffle tickets; maybe it’s a monetary donation to help ensure the fireworks continue. Whatever it is, just know that, as much community spirit you may feel as a festival-goer, the effect is ten-fold when you know you played a part in helping it come together.

Letter: Remembering Chuck West

Chuck West and I go back many years, as we were on the same election cycle and experienced many campaigns together. He was honest, forthright and someone you could trust.

During his lifetime, Chuck served as a paramedic, teacher, counselor, deputy coroner and Kane County Coroner. Chuck was dedicated to his family, the coroner’s office and helping the less fortunate in society. He also had compassion for the survivors of decedents in death investigations.

With the passing of Chuck West, we lost a trustworthy public official who will be missed, not only by his family and friends, but also by the citizens of Kane County. Now that his long ordeal is over, may Chuck West rest in peace.

William F. Keck
Kane County Auditor