Logan Lynn Cornell

Chris and Jen Cornell of Hinckley announce the birth of their daughter, Logan Lynn, who was born May 24, 2012, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

The maternal grandparent is Katherine Gramly of Sugar Grove. The paternal grandparents are Brad and Deb Cornell of Elburn.

Logan was welcomed home by her big brother Landon, 2.

The winner is …

Jenny Wagner, winner of the Artwork from the Friends of the Library Spring Garden Raffle on May 12 at the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn. The funds raised from the raffle are used to help the group bring more activities and resources to the library. Courtesy Photo

Forest Preserve Restoration Ecologist awarded grant

GENEVA—Forest Preserve Restoration Ecologist Ben Haberthur was named one of four TogetherGreen fellowship award recipients on June 21.

TogetherGreen is a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota. Each year, the group selects 40 high-potential, local leaders to receive a $10,000 conservation grant. Haberthur is one of four award recipients from Illinois.

Haberthur’s project aims to help heal war wounds through conservation action. He plans to use the fellowship to create a Veterans Conservation Corps in the Chicago area, initially to focus on restoration at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia.

As a former Marine and current restoration ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Haberthur was inspired by the late Dick Young, a World War II Marine Corps veteran and local conservationist for whom the Batavia forest preserve, as well as one in Kendall County, are named. Ben, too, is a Marine Corps veteran, having served in the Iraq war. Haberthur returned from Iraq in 2003 and later earned his environmental science degree at California State University in Monterey Bay, Calif.

Haberthur said his personal experience, as well as Dick Young, were his inspiration for the project.

“My resolve to protect and restore our American ecosystems was really solidified after witnessing first hand the environmental devastation wrought by the Hussein regime. They ditched and drained thousands of acres of Iraq’s marshlands during the war,” Haberthur said. “When I returned to school in 2003, anxious to get on with my life, I discovered, while exploring the coastal areas of California, nature provided a peaceful and calming alternative to the stresses of my former military life.”

Haberthur felt that connection with nature could become a broader experience shared by fellow vets who may be struggling with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The program’s initial conservation goals will be to remove invasive weeds and restore marsh conditions preferred by native wildlife at Dick Young Forest Preserve. The 1.6-acre prairie pothole on the west side of the preserve will be restored to presettlement conditions, including the planting of native wetland species. On the east side of the preserve, hundreds of Red oaks and Bur oaks will be planted as part of an ongoing restoration effort by the Forest Preserve District.

“Time is of the essence when working with vets,” Haberthur said. “Our community has a high rate of untreated PTSD, which can lead to depression, alcoholism or suicide. It is my hope, through this Toyota and Audubon fellowship, to court such individuals to illustrate the healing power of nature, and possibly inspire them to take advantage of their GI Bill benefits and return to school with an eye towards conservation.”

Haberthur hopes a large number of vets will volunteer for the project, although military service is not a prerequisite to participate in the program.

Executive Director Monica Meyers said Forest Preserve staff at all levels spend a lot of time researching and applying for governmental grants, and congratulated Haberthur for his efforts.

“It’s nice to see the district receive a grant that involves private-sector funding that will not only benefit the county’s natural resources but also be used to help our veterans,” she said. “I applaud Ben for thinking ‘outside the box’ and expanding research to find this hidden gem of a grant. This will ultimately strengthen our volunteer program and benefit Kane County forest preserves. The Forest Preserve District and the citizens are being well-served by having Ben on our natural resources team.”

For more information on volunteering in the Kane County forest preserves, call (630) 208-8662. For more details on the TogetherGreen conservation fellowships, visit www.togethergreen.org.

Kettelkamp wins AjPHA Youth World Championship

FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Erin Kettelkamp of Elburn captured a World Championship title at the 2012 AjPHA Youth World Championship Paint Horse Show, held June 22-30 in Fort Worth, Texas, the show is a premier event of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).

Kettelkamp captured the championship in Youth Solid Paint-Bred Western Pleasure showing Eternal Willpower a 2007 bay solid Paint-bred owned by Karl Kettelkamp. In this class, competitors demonstrate smooth movements and good disposition at the walk, jog and lope as a group in both directions on the rail. At the end of the class, they are individually asked to back their horses.

Family fun in Maple Park

Maple Park held its Family Fun Night on June 27 in the Maple Park and Countryside Fire Department parking lot. Don and Shirley Twarog (below) have been married 57 years and still enjoy dancing at the Maple Park Family Night. The event included a concert by The Hometown Band (right), food from the Methodist Church, a 50/50 raffle and free rides on the kiddie fire truck. Photos by John DiDonna

Golfing Bliss

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing was held on Friday at Bliss Creek Golf Course. The event included a silent auction, frozen candy at hole No. 1, a longest drive contest and a hole-in-one contest with a prize of a Chevy Malibu donated by Bob Jass Chevrolet. Here, Pete Wallers (Engineering Enterprises) and Sean Michels (Sugar Grove Village President) enjoy the day at Bliss Creek. Photo by Patti Wilk

Fermilab invites public to view baby buffalo

BATAVIA—Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory welcomes the public to view its herd of American bison, commonly known as buffalo.

Five calves have been born in the past few weeks, increasing the herd size to 25. Visitors, including families with young children, can enter the Fermilab site through its Pine Street entrance in Batavia or the Batavia Road entrance in Warrenville, Ill. Admission is free, but a valid photo ID is necessary to enter the site. Summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Fermilab’s first director, Robert Wilson, established the bison herd in 1969 as a symbol of the history of the Midwestern prairie and the laboratory’s pioneering research at the frontiers of particle physics. The herd remains a major attraction for families and wildlife enthusiasts. Today, the Fermilab site also boasts 1,100 acres of reconstructed tall-grass prairie, as well as seven particle accelerators. The U.S. Department of Energy designated the 6,800-acre Fermilab site a National Environmental Research Park in 1989.

Visitors can learn more about nature at Fermilab by hiking the Interpretive Prairie Trail, a half-mile-long trail located near the Pine Street entrance. The Leon Lederman Science Education Center offers exhibits on the prairie and hands-on physics displays. The Lederman Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For up-to-date information for visitors, visit www.fnal.gov or call (630) 840-3351.

To learn more about Fermilab’s bison herd, visit www.fnal.gov/pub/about/campus/ecology/wildlife/bison.html.

School Board, Elburn approve Intergovernmental Agreement

KANELAND—Kaneland School Board members on Monday voted 7-0 to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the village of Elburn.

The board on May 14 held a discussion that included collection of land/cash and capital impact fees, and passed a resolution stating their support of the terms included in the agreement. The Elburn Village Board on June 4 approved the IGA with two revisions: removal of language limiting the agreement to the municipality, which will allow other municipalities to enter the IGA; and the addition of language that permits modification of the IGA should another municipality enter the agreement with “lower payment tables.”

A document from Superintendent Jeff Schuler states that the second revision does not mean payments are lowered if another municipality decides on their own to lower the capital impact payments or land/cash payments. Rather, this is only applicable if the School District “agrees to lower payments through the approval of an IGA.”

I think the hardest part of (the IGA) is predicting what’s best for the community and the school years into the future, long after the individuals making these decisions are no longer serving,” School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said. “We don’t want to encumber future boards by decisions we’ve made now, and we don’t wish to be shortsighted in trying to anticipate what revenue needs and expenditures will require.

“That’s why we paid for the study and rely on its validity. We depend on our communities to represent the School District fairly in their negotiations with developers.”

Public buildings to serve as cooling centers

KANE COUNTY—On the heels of the powerful storms over the weekend that knocked out power to numerous homes, and with the outlook of hot weather for the rest of the week, the Kane County Health Department is urging residents to be especially cautious in dealing with the oppressive heat.

If your home still is without power, a list of cooling centers can be found at kanehealth.com/heat.htm. The county is urging residents to check on the well-being of their neighbors, especially those who are elderly, have special needs or are otherwise unable to access this information. Also take special care to see that your pets have plenty of water and shade.

The health effects of extreme heat are cumulative, which is why it is important to follow the tips below to ensure you avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

• Always wear light-weight clothing that has plenty of ventilation—the fabric should “breathe.” Stay well hydrated; always ensure you consume an abundance of liquids in the summer.

• Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest, usually early morning and late evenings.

• Rest in cool, shady places frequently. If you’re hot, go cool down—get indoors, drink cool liquids, enjoy the air conditioning for a few minutes, or take a cold shower.

• Eat light, heart-healthy foods to replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost. Give your heart a little extra break during the summer months with a healthy diet.

• Watch out for those at greatest risk, such as very young children, the elderly, persons who may have health conditions. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.

Be on the lookout for these potential risk factors when spending any time outside during periods of extreme heat and humidity:

• Dehydration— ehydration occurs when more water leaves the body that you put back in. Stay well hydrated throughout the day, and drink extra fluids when exercising or simply being outdoors on hot days.

• Heat exhaustion— ymptoms may include headaches, weak pulse, rapid pulse, excessive sweating, dizziness, and in some instances, fainting, clammy skin, chills, cold, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps or very fast or very shallow breathing. If you suspect you have heat exhaustion, take action immediately to cool down. If possible, immerse yourself in cool water.

• Heat stroke—Unlike heat exhaustion, victims of heat stroke have warm skin that is dry to the touch because they’ve sweated out all their extra water, leaving the body’s natural cooling system without a key cool-down mechanism. High fever, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and a strong, rapid pulse all accompany heat stroke. Victims may become confused and can lose consciousness. Heat stroke is a very serious condition. Cool the victim and seek immediate medical assistance.

More information about the effects of heat on your health is available by visiting the heat page on the Health Department website.

Public comment on Elburn Station development remains open

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The public hearing on whether or not to annex the Sho-Deen development into the village of Elburn has been open since May 27. Yet only one person has come to the meetings to expresss their opinion to the board. If you have an opinion of the development, Monday, July 16, may be your last chance to air it.

“The criticism we hear is that the (Village) Board is pushing (Elburn Station Development) through, but (the public hearing) will be open for a full two months, and so far only one person has commented,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

The majority of the board voted to keep the hearing open until July 16, when it will be closed and a vote on whether to annex or not will be taken.

During this time, the board has been negotiating an Intergovernmental Agreement with the School Board that would require developers to pay land/cash dedications and school impact fees. It has also been resolving fees the developer would pay to connect water and sewer into the village.

The proposed 506-acre development calls for 2,275 residential units with a maximum density of 6.61 units per acre.

Sho-Deen representative Dave Patzelt called for the board to vote on annexation at Monday’s meeting, and asked, “Do we have a project or not?”

Trustee Bill Grabarek said he was not comfortable voting, yet, until the village learns more about the Anderson Road Bridge project.

The public hearing will continue on July16 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

The storms came rolling in

Storms ravaged much of the Kaneland area Friday. Here, heavy clouds from the west loom over Wiltse’s Farm Produce and Greenhouse in Maple Park on Friday morning. Farmers tending their fields were able to see the storm coming for miles and head to the barn for cover. Photo Courtesy of Wiltse’s Farm Produce and Greenhouse

The storms that ripped through the area this weekend caused a variety of damage. (Above) A trampoline ended up against a fence in Batavia and seems to be destroyed.

The track team’s heavy high jump mats were nearly blown over the fence at Batavia High School during the storm on Sunday.

Trees were uprooted throughout the area, causing power outages and damage that will take weeks to clean up.

Photos Courtesy of Kimberly Kozar

SG Medallion Committee anxious to award winner

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The hunt for the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Medallion for 2012 is in its fifth week, and Corn Boil Committee President Steve Ekker said he believes someone may have already found the medallion.

“If someone has found it, we would urge them to come forward to claim their prize,” Ekker said. “Until then, we will still consider the medallion not to be found and will continue to place clues.”

The Corn Boil website will post four additional clues before the Corn Boil.

“Last year, we might have made it too hard,” Corn Boil organizer Pat Graceffa said. “No one found it until the day of the Corn Boil. This year, we put it in an easier place and made the clues easier.”

Former Sugar Grove Public Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes took over the job of cluemaster after Bob Carroll passed away two years ago. Carroll initiated the Medallion Hunt five years ago, and did not even let cancer prevent him from coming up with the clues for the contest. His picture adorns the medallion.

Hughes said Carroll’s were big shoes to fill. She said he had a puzzle-master mind and thought about things in a scientific and precise way.

“We did the best we could. We tried to get just the right level of intrigue,” she said.

The person who finds the medallion and identifies him or herself will be recognized during the opening ceremony scheduled for Friday night, July 27, and will go home from the Corn Boil $50 richer.

“We want to keep the spirit of Bob Carroll alive,” Graceffa said.

Editorial: Time for the Kaneland municipalities to get on the same page

The Kaneland School Board and the Elburn Village Board last week completed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) that governs the collection of land/cash and capital impact payments that will be paid to the School District as new development enters the village.

This is a vital step toward securing a known amount of incoming fees to help offset the cost of new development to the school prior to the potential passage of the Elburn Station development in Elburn. Absent an IGA, potential existed for land/cash and capital impact payments to be on the negotiating table as part of the final negotiations for the development that would significantly add to the size of the village.

With the fee schedule now in place and agreed to by both the Elburn Village Board and the Kaneland School Board, the fees are pre-determined, and also provide a measure of stability for both parties.

The stability exists because any future developers—as well as future board members—will know in advance what the fee schedule will be, eliminating it as a negotiating point and creating a “race to the bottom” as developers try to negotiate with multiple municipalities in an attempt to find the best deal. For the existing fee schedule to decrease, the Kaneland School Board would first have to enter into an IGA with another municipality that contains the lower fees, and then, in a separate action, approve of a revised IGA with Elburn.

In other words, Kaneland would have to agree to any fee schedule lower than the one currently in place, which gives the School District a say in the negotiations for future development. Absent an IGA, Kaneland had no official voice and could merely suggest to municipalities a fee structure that the district had no authority to put in place.

Prior to Jan. 1, 2012, Kaneland had a joint IGA with all of the municipalities inside the School District, but it fell apart when Sugar Grove declined to extend it.

Hopefully, the IGA signed by Elburn and Kaneland will lead the other Kaneland municipalities to also sign on, as well. We believe that creating a situation in which school impact fees are equal throughout the Kaneland School District is vital, because scenarios in which the Kaneland municipalities use school impact fees as a bargaining tool will merely harm all existing and future residents. It will simply create a race to the bottom, risking creating a scenario in which the financial challenges faced by the School District will continue well past the existing economic slump.

We urge each of the Kaneland municipalities to consider joining the existing IGA as soon as possible.

Kaneland football receives victory road map

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Football schedules for the upcoming 2012 season were released by the Illinois High School Association on Thursday, allowing the Kaneland program to see who it would kick off against—and hopefully spend much time in the endzone against, as well.

Two new opponents grace the schedule in what shapes up to be coach Tom Fedderly’s sixth year on the sidelines.

Kaneland tries to get back to similar heights and beyond, much like the 12-1 2010 and 2011 campaigns that both ended with Class 5A semifinal losses to Montini Catholic of Lombard.

It’s a potentially interesting opening stretch for KHS, which has four of its first five games on the road.

The Knights, who have now won 39 out of 55 games in the last five years, begin the 2012 season against the familiar non-conference opponents of Brooks Prep of Chicago and Huntley.

Exchanging sites this upcoming year, Kaneland will trek to Chicago to face the host Eagles, in a stadium to be determined. Brooks played several home games at Gately Stadium near 103rd and Cottage Grove. The game takes place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. and marks the first Saturday regular season skirmish for the Knights since traveling to DeKalb High School in October 2009.

The trip to Huntley in week two takes place on Friday, Aug. 31. Huntley is the largest school Kaneland faces in the regular season, with enrollment of 2,383 students.

Then, the Northern Illinois Big XII crossover slate kicks into high gear with the home opener against Sterling on Friday, Sept. 7. The Knights and Golden Warriors’ previous two matchups occurred in playoff settings in 2006 and 2008.

Kaneland travels to Streator on Friday, Sept. 14. The Bulldogs have the smallest enrollment of a KHS opponent this year, with 876 students.

The two new West division opponents provide a switch from facing Dixon and LaSalle-Peru in the first two years of the still-new conference.

The NIB-12 stretch begins in earnest for the Knights on Friday, Sept. 21, in Rochelle, where the Knights emerged with a Class 5A quarterfinal win last November. Kaneland will have traveled to the land of the Hubs three of the last four times in the rivalry.

The Knights then host the DeKalb Barbs on Friday, Sept. 30, who have never dethroned the Knights football program since they have shared a conference. Kaneland came away with a 59-38 win on the new DeKalb grounds back in September, after falling behind by 17 points in the third quarter.

Kaneland then travels to Yorkville to face the Foxes, who play year two under famed area coach Karl Hoinkes, on Friday, Oct. 5.

The final two regular season encounters take place at Peterson Field in mid-October.

Sycamore comes to town looking for its first regular season win against Kaneland since 2007, but having a playoff win under its belt three years ago. The game is set for Friday, Oct. 12.

Finally, the Knights host Morris on Friday, Oct. 19.

All Friday games kick off at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Rochelle matchup.

KWC running summer camp

KANELAND—Knights Wrestling Club, an IKW- affiliated youth wrestling program, is running a summer camp this year for ages 4-18. Held at Kaneland High School, the camp runs from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening and also includes a celebratory pizza party the last night.

Guest clinicians for the event include KHS head coach Monty Jahns, assistant coach Jeremy Kenny and NIU assistant coach Jeff Brees, as well as Knights Wrestling Club coaches Jim Gussman and John Robinson.

Regardless of club affiliation or experience level, this camp is opened up to any and all wrestlers who wish to attend. The cost for the camp is $25 for early registration and $30 at the door. For information on this event, please contact Michelle Parks, Knights Wrestling Club at (815) 216-6007.

Cost for the camp is $25 for early registration, and $30 at the door.

Weather or not

Kane County XPlosion 16U finished pool play with a 2-1 record at this weekend’s Tinley Park Rockets ASA Star Spangles Qualifier. The event was abbreviated due to rain. Samantha Phelps and Emma Spagnola had five hits each over the weekend. The squad heads to Columbus, Ohio, Thursday to Saturday, July 6-8 , for the Buckeye Showdown and College Showcase. Courtesy Photo

Cougars holding Military Appreciation Night

GENEVA—The Kane County Cougars and Fifth Third Bank announce that they are offering free admission on Friday, July 6, for Military Appreciation Night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark to all active duty, veterans and their families. The Cougars will take on the Quad Cities River Bandits for a 6:30 p.m. game that evening.

“As we take pause to celebrate Independence Day, we wanted to also pause and pay honor to all those who serve and have served our country,” said Curtis Haug, Kane County Cougars general manager.

Throughout the evening, special recognition will be made for all those who have served the country. Cougars players will wear special patriotic jerseys during the game, and a patriotic fireworks show will top off the festivities.

Interested active duty military and veterans can enjoy free admission by showing their military ID at the box office when ordering tickets. For more information or questions, fans can contact the Cougars at (630) 232-8811.

Among those attending and involved in the evening include many veteran employees from Fifth Third Bank, joined by DeVry Military Resource Club, DuPage Veterans Center, Folds of Honor Foundation, Heart of a Marine Foundation, Operation Support our Troops, and many more.

Gov. Quinn signs law protecting athletes

CHICAGO—Governor Pat Quinn on June 27 signed a law that will help further protect children and young people from sex abuse and child abuse. House Bill 3887 requires coaches and university employees to report cases of abuse. The legislation was introduced to prevent a sex abuse scandal in Illinois similar to what occurred at Penn State University.

“Young people place their trust in coaches and university officials, and it is their responsibility to report any suspected abuse,” Governor Quinn said. “This is an important law that will help us continue to protect our children and youth.”

House Bill 3887, sponsored by Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), required athletic personnel, university employees and early intervention providers to report suspected child sex abuse or other abuse. The legislation passed both chambers of the General Assembly unanimously.

The legislation was introduced following national media reports of widespread child sex abuse cases involving former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. Federal investigators are looking into claims the university covered up the scandal. On Friday, a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 child sex abuse counts. The new law is aimed at preventing a similar instance in Illinois.

“It was clear following the events that unfolded at Penn State that we needed to tighten up our reporting laws in Illinois to make sure nothing like that could happen here,” Rep. Kay said. “The last thing anyone would have wanted to see would be for abuses to go unreported because of a loophole in the law. I’m extremely glad we were able to get this legislation passed and close those loopholes in such a timely manner.”

“Our colleges and universities should be places of safety for our young people, and this law ensures that these new ‘mandatory reporters’ do the right thing when they suspect abuse,” said Sen. McCarter.

The law goes into effect immediately.

Westminster Christian hoops camp approaching

ELGIN, Ill.—Westminster Christian School hosting a coed basketball shooting camp which will be open to any interested players in grades 3-12 from any school, from Monday to Wednesday, July 9-11.

WCS shooting camp teaches players to perfect their shot through strong rhythmic

drills that lock the necessary shooting technique into the player’s muscle memory. This enables the athlete to execute proper shooting mechanics.

The instructors are:
Jim Irwin: Jim has been a high school basketball coach in Indiana for over 30 years. Coach Irwin has worked as a shooting evaluator at Dick Baumgartner’s shooting camp for 20 years helping 20,000 players improve their shot.

Avis Stewart: Coach Stewart has coached two AAU state championship teams and four state runners up in 10 years.

The camp levels and times are:
Grades 5 through 8 from 9 a.m.—Noon.
Grades 9 through 12 from 1 p.m.—4 p.m.

Please note camp will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, for grades 5 through 8 and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, for grades 9-12 The camp site is: Westminster Christian School
2700 W. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL
Camp Fees:
Grades 5-8: $150
Grades 9-12: $150

Players do have the option to attend only 1 or 2 days at a prorated fee. Players may also register on the first day of camp, but please call to reserve your spot. Contact Information: Westminster Christian School, Summer Sports Camps, 2700 West Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60124.

Address questions to: Rich Engle, Asst. Coach (407) 924-4673, or Rick Palmer, Athletic Director, (847) 695-0310, ext. 231, Fax (847) 695-0135.

St. Charles July 4th celebration

ST. CHARLES—The annual St. Charles July 4th Celebration is a time for friends and family to get together for picnics, leisure, entertainment and, most of all, to commemorate our nation’s birthday.

The fireworks extravaganza will take place on Wednesday, July 4, and is best viewed at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. This year, people of all ages will enjoy an outstanding pyrotechnic production—one of the largest and most industrious fireworks shows in the Fox Valley area.

This event is free, thanks to the generous support of numerous local businesses. Main sponsors include the St. Charles Park District, City of St. Charles, First State Bank and the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary.

Pottawatomie Park, which opens at 8 a.m., offers something for everyone. Picnic tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is strongly suggested that patrons bring their own tables, blankets and lawn chairs.

Settle in early to enjoy picnic-style offerings (hot dogs, bratwurst, ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks) at reasonable rates from the River View Miniature Golf concessions, which will remain open until 9:15 p.m.

Get the family together for a bit of competition at River View Miniature Golf Course, which opens at 9 a.m. This 18-hole, par 42 challenging course offers a great atmosphere of playable greens, interactive babbling brook, waterfall, sand traps, windmill, lighthouse, bridges and scenic view of the Fox River. The last tee-off is at 7 p.m. Adults (16 years of age and over) pay only $6 per 18 holes of golf. The cost for children is $5. Ages 5 and under pay $2.

Swanson Pool in Pottawatomie Park opens at noon for Park District residents and season pass holders, and at 12:30 p.m. for non-residents. The daily admission fee for residents is $7; for non-residents, it’s $10. The pool closes at 6 p.m. Only bathing suits may be worn for swimming; no cutoffs or street clothing are permitted in the pools.

The Fox Valley Concert Band will entertain park user from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Local favorite Red Woody will rock the stage in the historic pavilion from 6 p.m. to dark. The band plays a variety of music including classic rock and roll, contemporary favorites and great alternative hits. With songs from Journey, Sublime, Green Day, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Goo Goo Dolls and many more, Red Woody is sure to entertain everyone.

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear evening. For more information, call the Park District at (630) 513-6200 or visit us online at www.stcparks.org.

A few reminders …
• Arrive early. Spectators are strongly encouraged to park downtown and walk to Pottawatomie Park.
• Do not activate your car alarm, because they have a tendency to go off during the fireworks.
• Spectators are asked to leave the grounds after the fireworks display has ended. Vehicle headlights are distracting to other viewers.
• Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on park property at all times.
• Fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited in the park.
• There will be no canoe or pedal-boat rentals on July 4 at River View Miniature Golf.
• Boy Scout Island boat launch will be closed on July 4.
• For emergency assistance, go to the Main Gate or Swanson Pool during the day and the main entrance of River View Miniature Golf Course during the evening.