Darden Restaurants grants $1,000 to Lazarus House

ST.CHARLES—The St. Charles Olive Garden Restaurant, through its parent company Darden Restaurants, recently awarded Lazarus House a $1,000 grant to help finance food service at its downtown emergency shelter.

“We were able to purchase commercial grade food warming equipment with this grant,” Lazarus House Executive Director Liz Eakins said. “We served an estimated 66,000 meals last fiscal year, and it is very comforting to have more reliable equipment to keep food at a safe temperature.

“We are grateful to Darden Restaurants for this gift, which also helped pay for some other food service costs, and for their donations of food over the years and their gift of volunteer service. The gifts from our community continue to pour out and bless our work.”

WCC’s VandenBorn earns Dick Durrant Award

Sugar Grove—The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference recently named Waubonsee Community College’s Kelsey VandenBorn as one of the co-winners of the Dick Durrant Academic Athlete of the Year Award for 2011-2012.

The Dick Durrant Award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) who attain the highest grade point average after completing four semesters of college work, and at least 48 semester hours of credit.

Begun in 1979, the award is named after Dick Durrant, who was an outstanding teacher, coach and athletic director at Elgin Community College from 1961 through 1985.

Durrant championed the philosophy of academic as well as athletic excellence while at Elgin.
Durrant was known for his concern for students, his sense of fair play and his attitude of education before athletics.

VandenBorn, a nursing major from Batavia High School, finished the school year with a perfect 4.0 grade point average while being a leader on Waubonsee’s volleyball team. The sophomore was tabbed to the All-ISCC First Team after leading Waubonsee with 88 blocks.

The 6’1” middle blocker was second on the team with 222 kills, and also recorded 69 digs and registered 21 aces last fall for the Lady Chiefs. VandenBorn is the 18th Waubonsee student-athlete, and first since 2007, to earn this award. Waubonsee had seven consecutive recipients from 1993 to 2000, while 14 of the Chiefs’ honorees overall have been female student/athletes.

Board wants parents to be aware of area sex offenders

by Cheryl Borrowdale
SUGAR GROVE—Parents should educate themselves about area sex offenders, trustees urged at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, and the Sugar Grove Police Department should make ensuring children’s safety a priority by patrolling school sites more often and enforcing school zone speed limits.

Trustee David Paluch pointed out that the state lists four offenders currently living in Sugar Grove, and asked interim Police Chief Ron Moser whether the Sugar Grove Police Department had been actively notifying neighbors about sex offenders living in the village.

“I know we have four; I know where they live and where they are,” Moser said. “I don’t know whether we have made an active notification in the past. We can get into an active notification system, but the downside is that we had better be right if we are informing people that in that house is a registered sex offender.”

Moser said that during his time as police chief in Hanover Park, he had been involved in notifying offenders around holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas, that they couldn’t give out candy or dress up as Santa Claus. He suggested that something similar could be done in Sugar Grove.

Paluch said that the public should be notified that there’s a website that lists sex offenders near an address. Parents and residents can see who might be living in their neighborhood by going to www.city-data.com/so/so-Sugar-Grove-Illinois.html, he said.

“We want to make sure our residents can go to the website and see who’s there, and it’s current, since maybe people have moved,” he said.

Trustee Robert Bohler also asked Moser to make sure that monitoring school sites and bus stops was a priority for SGPD officers.

“I noticed that our trips to school sites were down about 40 percent from the prior year and our speeding tickets were up about 30 percent,” Bohler said. “I think with school starting again, we need to get back to patrolling the schools and the bus stops. I guess this is my way of telling our new chief that we have this as a priority, to be looking over bus stops in the mornings and afternoons.”

The department’s officers have already been informed that school and bus patrols are a priority, Moser said.

“I also have appointments with both the principals of the schools in town (John Shields Elementary and Harter Middle School) to talk about what’s important for them. We’ve talked about the enforcement of school zones with speeding and having new electronic signs,” Moser said.

Increasing school patrols is all about visibility and safety, Moser said.

“We want to be making sure that the kids are safe, that they’re not running out in the streets, and that we’re taking care of any issues for the safety of the kids, whether it’s speeding cars or making sure the crowd around them is appropriate,” he said.

Sugar Grove Board approves SGPD expansion

by Cheryl Borrowdale
SUGAR GROVE—The ranks of the Sugar Grove Police Department will soon be expanding, after Village Board members on Tuesday approved the hiring of more part-time officers and the purchase of two new squad cars.

Interim Police Chief Ron Moser presented the proposals to the board on Tuesday night, noting that the SGPD’s pool of available part-time officers had been reduced over the years as people moved and made career changes, which had resulted in the department paying overtime to its regular full-time officers.

“The thought is that this will help on the budget side by reducing the amount of overtime,” Moser said. “In this way, we’re not only hiring at a lower hourly rate, but we’re saving 30-40 percent of the benefit costs and we’re saving on spending time-and-a-half.”

He suggested that the department hire only candidates who were already full-time officers elsewhere, since they would already have the current weapons qualifications and training that the state requires. Though the department could increase the pool of candidates further by opening the part-time positions to retired officers as well, Moser said he thought it was unnecessary.

“I’d recommend that if we don’t get sufficient numbers in this manner that we extend it out (to include retirees),” he said. “But we think there’s a pool of qualified candidates in the area.”

The board also discussed the possibility of changing the design of the Police Department’s squad cars from an all-white body to a black-and-white body.

“To go back to a black-and-white stark vehicle would raise the profile (of the Sugar Grove police),” trustee Tom Renk said. “I am not opposed, but I really want to know about the cost.”

Moser said that the change in design would take place over four to five years, since the department has enough in its budget to replace two to three cars every year. The new design would involve purchasing black cars as the department continues its standard vehicle replacement schedule, and then applying a white wrap over the four doors to achieve the black-and-white look.

“It’s primarily an aesthetic change,” Moser said. “More of a ‘look now, we’re changing a bit, we’re in your neighborhood community policing.’ The short answer is that it’s mostly just for change and for some new branding for the Police Department.”

Trustee Rick Montalto said he favored the black-and-white because it helped differentiate the police.

“Having the more visible squads in the neighborhood where people can see us patrolling, I don’t think we are a village where our neighborhoods need that stuff, but I think along Route 47 the trucks would slow down,” he said.

Village discusses gaming license

by Cheryl Borrowdale
SUGAR GROVE—Slot machines and video poker are unlikely to come to Sugar Grove anytime soon, despite an application by the American Legion for a state-issued gaming license last Friday.

Although the budget-strapped Illinois legislature approved the Illinois Video Gaming Act in 2009 as a way to increase tax revenue, licensing has been slow to begin. The act allows businesses with liquor licenses to apply to have video gaming on the premises, so long as they have a maximum of five machines and place them in an area that’s only accessible to those 21 and older.

The law allows individual municipalities to opt out, if they choose, and several area villages have already done so or are considering it. St. Charles, Batavia and Elburn have already voted to ban the gaming, and Geneva will debate the issue next week.

The American Legion’s application brought up the issue in Sugar Grove, where village officials discussed the possibility at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting. Board members seem set to opt out at the Tuesday, Aug. 21, meeting, which is the soonest they would be able to vote on the issue.

“It’s not something you approve,” said Peter Wilson, the village’s attorney. “It’s something you disapprove. It’s already there; it’s lawful, unless you take action to opt out.”

Village President Sean Michels encouraged the board to evaluate the pros and cons of gaming, noting that it had been approved at the state level and there were three establishments in town that could potentially qualify, due to their liquor licenses. He also pointed out that there were few revenue benefits for Sugar Grove.

“With this level of gaming, we don’t anticipate any real issues as far as requiring any police or staff that would (financially) impact the village,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger told the board. “On the flip side of it, we don’t think we’ll see significant dollar amounts coming in either, with this number of machines.”

The state’s taxation formula means that Sugar Grove would likely get less than $20 in additional tax revenue a year, Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath said.

“For every dollar spent in one of the machines, 80 cents has to pay back out (in winnings),” Galbreath said. “Of the 20 cents left over, 30 percent of that goes to taxes, but only five percent of that goes to the municipality. The rest is profit (for the companies). So there’s not much in it for Sugar Grove.”

Sugar Grove resident Amy Glenn said that she didn’t see much harm in allowing video gaming.

“If it would help the community in any way, with tax dollars or with drawing people here, I don’t see anything wrong with it so long as it’s contained,” Glenn said. “I know gambling is an addiction for some people, but for others it’s just a game.”

Her daughter, Cassondra Zimbelman, agreed but cautioned that if the village was going to allow gaming, it should be monitored.

“My main concern would be, if you go to a bar, they cut you off (if you’ve had too much),” Zimbelman said. “They’d have to cut you off with things like gambling as well. You can’t have somebody spending their whole mortgage payment. But I don’t see this taking the village down because gambling’s already down the street (in Aurora).”

Wilson warned the board that it might be difficult for the village to apply additional regulations to gaming because the state is already regulating it.

“Theoretically, you might be able to put some kind of restrictions on it, some kind of rotation, but I don’t think you can regulate it much,” he said. “You could try it, but I don’t know if it would withstand a challenge in court.”

The ability to control the gaming was a prime concern for trustee Kevin Geary.

“My question is, is this a Pandora’s Box that, once it’s opened, it can’t be shut?” Geary asked the board. “I’m not opposed to gambling, but my question is, what’s the potential downside? If we allow it, is it just going to proliferate itself?”

Trustee Rick Montalto felt strongly about the issue, saying that allowing any kind of gambling isn’t the right thing for the Sugar Grove community.

“I’d like to be the first one to say let’s opt out,” Montalto said. “We are here to determine what we want for this community. Video gambling? Do we want to become Rosemont? The towns around us that are not doing it will just drive people to come to us. And businesses will find a way to get around (any restrictions) and it will be scattering all over.”

Trustee David Paluch agreed that the village should opt out.

“Some of these games are very explicit,” he said. “I’ve seen some in bars that are very graphic in nature. I don’t think it’s the right thing for our village. If people want to go gamble, they can go to the riverboats in Aurora. It’s only 15 minutes away.”

Board members placed the vote to opt out of video gaming on the agenda for the Aug. 21 board meeting and said they expected that members of the American Legion might come to comment on it.

Waubonsee, KCFPD finalize land exchange

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County on Friday finalized a mutually beneficial exchange of parcels of land on or adjacent to the college’s Sugar Grove Campus.

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees approved the terms of an intergovernmental agreement June 20, and the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners approved the agreement July 10. Through the agreement, which was facilitated by The Conservation Foundation, Waubonsee obtained 33 acres of farmland from the Forest Preserve District in return for 66 acres of wooded natural areas and wetlands adjacent to Blackberry Creek and the Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm Forest Preserve.

“Waubonsee has always been a strong proponent of environmental stewardship, and this exchange effectively provides for the college’s long-term growth needs while also increasing the natural areas preserved for our community,” Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said. “This is an excellent example of local organizations working together for the greater good. We’re grateful to be able to partner with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County in this way.”

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County now owns and manages the Blackberry Creek corridor from Bliss Road all the way to west of Route 47. The 66 acres of land expands the district’s Hannaford Preserve to more than 400 acres. In addition, Waubonsee provided approximately $400,000 to the Forest Preserve District to help with additional land acquisition efforts.

“The college has been a great neighbor to us throughout the years, and this exchange just makes so much sense,” said Monica Meyers, executive director for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. “It’s one of those times where the people served by both agencies come out ahead.”

Brook McDonald, president/CEO of The Conservation Foundation, said that his organization was pleased to help with the process.

“It’s not every day that an agreement is reached that will simultaneously protect Blackberry Creek, increase the acres of forest preserve two-fold, and meet the needs of students—now and in the future,” he said. “This is a classic win-win for everyone, including Mother Nature.”

All together now!

Kaneland High School held its Freshmen Class Orientation Day on Tuesday. Besides getting acquainted with the school, the class participated in outdoor games designed to teach trust and working together. Here, a group of students runs through a jump rope at the same time. The event was led by Beth Trafton and John Markovich and included 64 sophomore through senior student leaders. Photo by John DiDonna

Eagle Scout completes police shooting range project

ELBURN—Eagle Boy Scout candidate Michael Aderman presented the Elburn Police Department with a check for $2,097.59, the total cost of the project he completed for the shooting range at the end of South Street. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Aderman built a brick patio at the shooting range and repainted the benches. He obtained donations of bricks and pavers among other materials from local businesses.

“The Scout Troop has done a yeoman’s job with volunteering projects in this community,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “That’s what this town is all about—volunteerism. You (Aderman and Troop 7) are to be commended.”

There’s magic in the air

Elburn’s Town and Country Public Library hosted a Harry Potter Birthday Party on July 31. Kids of all ages got to play Harry Potter games and have treats. Here, they are turning in their clues as to where the “Horcruxes” are located. Library representative Shannon reads from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” during story time at the event.
Photos by Kimberly Anderson

Just ducky

The Elburn Town and Country Library held its annual ice cream social on Saturday. The event included an obstacle course, petting zoo, face painting, jousting, and of course, plenty of ice cream. Here, two-year-old M.J. (right) from Elburn gets close to the ducks.

Aaron Beegle, 11, stopped by on his way from football practice to cool off with ice cream at the event. Photos by John DiDonna

Wyatt Lisborg and Trevor Pope battle it out in the jousting arena during the Town and Country Ice Cream Social.

Jessica Tait, 5, of Elburn took a trip down the giant slide at the social.

Photos by
John DiDonna

Guest Editorial: Elburn Station negotiations a ‘good chess game’

by Ron Rosecky, Elburn resident
For those of us who appreciate a good chess game, a beauty has been going on here in Elburn for quite a while now.

On one side, we have the Village Board, consisting of seven men trying to negotiate terms and conditions for the future of Elburn after the Anderson Road bridge is built and completed. On the other side is a very successful and quality-focused builder (ShoDeen) who wants to build a subdivision near the Elburn Train Station and see Elburn grow.

Each side has been involved in strategic moves and counter moves in hopes of arriving at an agreeable conclusion of what they feel would be an acceptable victory for each side.

The Village Board absolutely needs your feedback and input. To those of you who have attended Planning Commission hearings, I applaud you. But do not presume the Planning Commission and Village Board are identical and/or similar. In order to let the Village Board know how you feel, it is imperative you come to the possibly final open meeting on this subject. Monday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 301 E. North St., is your chance.

The work and negotiations that have been going on have been unparalleled. I commend both sides on their steadfastness and dedication. Let’s hope we both win.

Consider this as an invitation to a wedding. Will you sit on the bride’s (Elburn village) side or the groom’s (ShoDeen) side?

Hiring Heroes

Waubonsee Community College on Aug. 3 held a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair at the Academic and Professional Center with over 70 employers participating. Army veteran Mike Mclennan of Elburn (right) talks with Kyle Wiersbe from ComEd. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched “Hiring Our Heroes,” a nationwide initiative to help veterans find meaningful employment, in March of 2011. Photo by John DiDonna

Kaneville remembers former village president

by Cheryl Borrowdale
KANEVILLE—Bob Rodney was known to many Kaneville residents as the meticulous village president who got things done, but to his grandchildren, he was simply “Mayor Bob-Bob.”

Though he lost a two-year battle with cancer on July 20, residents and family said that he would be remembered for his role in incorporating the village of Kaneville, for serving as Kaneville’s first village president and for his devotion to his family.

The nine years he lived in Kaneville were marked by efforts to improve the community, which began almost as soon as the Rodneys moved to the village from Bolingbrook in 2003.

“Bob wanted to make a difference in the small town we chose to call home,” his wife Georgia Rodney said.

The Rodneys had chosen Kaneville as their adopted town after Bob retired from GTE Automatic Electric, where he had worked as an electrical engineer and then in management. He wanted to retire in the country, and the couple enjoyed living in a small community where their home backed up to a farmer’s field and a neighbor had horses, Georgia said.

But retirement didn’t last long for Bob, who loved being active and involved. He briefly became a freelance technical writer for Lucent Technologies, Georgia said, but she convinced him to stay home and enjoy his retirement. That’s when he started becoming involved in Kaneville politics and policies, she said.

“I think it all started when Bob would go to the Purple Store—now Hill’s Country Store—on Main Street,” she said.

He’d get up early on Sunday and head to Hill’s after breakfast, saying that he was going to get the paper, Bob’s daughter Sharon Rodney said.

“What he really did was hang out with ‘his cronies,’ as my mom would say, and shoot the breeze for hours,” Sharon said.

For Bob, it was an informal community forum.

“He and many of the other residents would discuss issues, desires for the community, problems and pluses,” Georgia said. “The ins and outs of Kaneville politics and policies—that was Bob’s delight.”

By 2006, one of the pressing issues facing Kaneville was whether to incorporate the village as a municipality, said Ray Christiansen, director of the Kaneville Library.

“There were a lot of people really pushing for the incorporation of Kaneville, and early on Bob stepped up and said he’d be interested in helping,” Christiansen said. “He got involved because they had public meetings. His was a voice that people listened to.”

Though the village had been operating like a town for more than 100 years, residents never needed to officially incorporate until neighboring villages began expanding toward Kaneville, and the town needed to define its borders, Christiansen said. Alongside Township Supervisor Leon Gramley, Bob stepped into a leadership role, researching the issue, talking to residents, negotiating the town’s boundary lines and persuading a state senator to present the application in the Illinois legislature.

When the incorporation was successful in 2007, he ran to become the village’s first president. It was a challenging position, but he thrived on it.

“Being the first president of a new village would be a challenge for anybody,” Christiansen said. “He really rose to it. Being a public official is tough, whether it’s in Kaneville or in Chicago. He did his best for his town.”

Though not everyone agreed with the decisions the new Village Board made, Bob helped get the community to discuss issues.

“He was most proud of the fact that his efforts brought many of Kaneville’s residents together, to both agree and disagree on specific village issues,” Georgia said.

Those who worked with him remembered him as a detail-oriented person who made sure things got done well.

Christiansen remembers working with Bob during the first year of his presidency to help put together documents for the village. Their offices were just across the hall from each other in the Kaneville village center, Christiansen said, and so they worked together frequently.

“There were many occasions where he would come to me for help getting information and documents,” Christiansen said. “We worked together to build the kind of library and records that a Village Board should have.”

Pat Hill, a village trustee and the owner of Hill’s Country Store, described Bob as a meticulous man who cared about getting things right.

“Bob was very precise,” she said. “If there was something that needed to be done, he got it done. He investigated it, he researched it, and he brought it back to the board.”

Hill praised his willingness to thoroughly investigate an issue before making a decision.

“He was totally the most thorough person I ever knew in my life,” she said. “We’ll miss his knowledge and his input on things (on the board).”

Christiansen agreed that Bob’s thoroughness was one of his best traits.

“He was very well organized, and even if he didn’t personally do something, he would get people engaged and try to get them to work together,” Christiansen said. “He was a very thoughtful man. He wouldn’t shoot from the hip. If he was asked a question, he would always stop and think it through, and you knew whatever answer he gave had been thoroughly considered. You didn’t always agree with him, but you knew any opinion he gave had been carefully reasoned. He always made sure that the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed and that everything was as it should be.”

Among his many contributions to the village as president, Bob represented Kaneville at the Metro West Council of Government meetings, where representatives from municipalities in Kane, DeKalb and Kendall met monthly to share concerns; discuss pending state and federal legislation; and address regional issues, such as growth, transportation and water conservation.

Hill said that Bob’s involvement in the Metro West Council helped the village determine how to resolve many of its own issues.

“He would find out about something, and he’d be very informative,” Hill said. “It helped us as we were all enacting and creating our own ordinances for the village.”

Christiansen said that he appreciated Bob’s strong support of Kaneville’s library programs.

“He was truly an advocate of libraries and reading,” Christiansen said. “When the library’s 75th anniversary was coming up, I said to him, ‘You know what would be really nice, Bob? If the Village Board issued a proclamation about it.’ And he said to me, ‘You know, I don’t think we’ve ever issued a proclamation. Let me find out how to do that.’ Not only did he do it, but he came to the anniversary celebration and spoke about his love of libraries.”

That love of reading translated into action several times.

“He and Georgia would go out of their way to find materials for the library and donate it,” Christiansen said. “When budget cuts were causing us to shut down some of our programming, he persuaded the Village Board to help keep our children’s programming running here. He believed libraries were vital to communities, and he loved this village and would do anything he could to make it a better place.”

His close relationship with his wife, Georgia, his four daughters and his seven grandchildren gave him a reputation among his colleagues as a family man.

“His wife and his daughters, they are super people,” Hill said. “And I know he really loved his grandkids.”

Georgia’s habit of always calling for her husband twice led to his being nicknamed “Mayor Bob-Bob” among his family.

“(She would be) trying to get his attention to come to dinner, help her with something or whatever, (calling) ‘Bob! Boobbbb!,’” Sharon said. “So (my son) Rhett thought his name was Bob-Bob. My sisters and I called him Mayor Bob-Bob after that—President Bob-Bob seemed too formal.”

Despite his image in the village as a careful, detail-oriented man, Sharon remembers her father as a jokester.

“He was a pun kind of guy,” she said. “His grandkids would always ask what grandma was making for dinner, and he’d say, everytime, ‘Bugs and worms! Yum!’”

He loved taking his grandchildren on rides on his John Deere, and also enjoyed fishing, woodworking, photography and old cameras.

Daughter Carol Moore said that she hoped to follow in the example her parents set.

“He was the type of guy who, when I asked him for help with algebra, one problem took all night. He would never tell me the answer; he would ‘coach’ me through it,” she said. “Of course, being young, I would get totally frustrated and irritated. I thought he wasn’t being fair. (But now) I wouldn’t trade that parenting for all the money in the world; I feel 100 percent certain that, along with my mom, he provided me with the ability to have the confidence to do whatever I want to do in life.”

Though Bob wasn’t a sentimental man, he could be counted on, Sharon said.

“I remember my dad saying to me, when I needed help from my family, ‘That’s what family is for.’ And it was the best, most true thing ever,” she said.

His loss has been hard on the whole family, Sharon said.

“He was my best friend,” Georgia said. “We did everything together—golf, fishing, home projects. We miss him.”

No vote yet

Elburn Station annexation hearing remains open
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—There’s still time to make your voice heard concerning the Elburn Station annexation agreement with ShoDeen.

Village trustees decided not to take a vote at the board meeting on Monday, and the hearing, opened nearly three months ago, will remain open. With the absence of vacationing trustee Ken Anderson, the board agreed to put off the vote until Monday, Aug. 20, when all the board members will be present.

During the continued hearing, some community members expressed their views. All were against the development, except for one.

In a letter received by trustee Jerry Schmidt, one family supported the annexation citing the high quality of work ShoDeen has done in other developments.

Two other letters, also read aloud at the meeting, were opposed to the development. One letter with 15 signatures argued that with so many foreclosures and unsold homes, and Blackberry Creek development incomplete, another development did not make sense. Another message talked about choosing to move to Elburn for its rural nature, which would be changed by a large development.

Community members in attendance at the meeting also addressed the board with their concerns. Paul Molitor spoke against the development, reminding the board that during the concept meeting, Village Hall was standing-room-only with people against the project. He told the board that some of the people who came then believed they had done what they could.

When asked if they would come back now that a vote is about to be taken, many said they had already voiced their opinions. Others said that it’s happening anyway and there’s nothing to do to stop it.

Elburn resident Ron Rosecky expressed his lack of understanding that the board has been hearing negative feedback and yet is appearing to go forward.

“I’m bewildered that, on hearing the responses from the general population, I don’t know if it’s going to affect your decision or not,” Rosecky said. “I’ve found out (by hearing other negative responses) that I’m not the only one. There are other people. I don’t know if you’re listening or not.”

Trustee Bill Graberek summarized his concerns with the Elburn Station development. He cited a lack of clarity and form regarding the water and sewer and other parts of the project until the final presentation.

“It’s down to the zero hour, and I still have problems with all this. Like trustee (Jeff) Walter said, we need a time line of how this will play out,” Grabarek said.

Grabarek said he had initially agreed to go forward with the planning under the condition that a bikeway-pedway be built. Now that he has seen the figures, it’s clear that ShoDeen is not paying enough, he said. The developer will pay $25 per unit for the pedestrian bridge—much less than it would cost to build even at total build-out of the development, according to Graberek. He called that amount “insultingly token” and “stingy.”

Another objection Grabarek expressed was that the village is under pressure to approve the development in order to get the Anderson bridge built. He stated that it would be better to let it happen and not tie it to the development.

“That is a pressure we should not have let ourselves get into. We’ve been held hostage to this whole damn thing. The county has been hesitant to take it by eminent domain,” Grabarek said. “We’ve been talking about a bridge for years and years, but I don’t want to be held hostage with a symbolic gun to my head.”

“I suggest we plan on voting on this issue Aug. 20,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

Letter: Norris family estate sale not an ‘estate’ sale

The auction to be held at Spring Bluff Farm Nursery in Sugar Grove on Sunday, Aug. 12, is billed as the “Norris family estate” sale. I would like to clarify that this is a moving sale; the “estate” is not for sale. There are seventh and eighth generations of the family living in the farm house, and Spring Bluff Nursery is prospering and will continue to do so with the help of the sixth and seventh generations and a loyal, talented staff.

Tim Norris
Spring Bluff Nursery, Sugar Grove

Once upon a time …

The Kaneland Fine Arts Group presented Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on July 13-15 and July 20-22 at the Kaneland High School auditorium. The opening scene from Cinderella (top, right) as well as some of the younger actors (below) performing a dance in the street during Cinderella.

As a community theater event, the show featured performers of all ages with Kyra Trynoski (below) as
Cinderella, Diane McFarlin as the Stepmother, Peter Lopatin as the king and Trisha Mills as the queen.

Photos by Kimberly Anderson


Photo: The Kaneland Knights 12U team is all smiles following their 10-9 win in the championship game of the Kane County Bronco League season-ending tournament. The Knights finished the year with an 18-2 record. Team members included Colin Noel (front row, left to right), Brennan Hare, Jake Romas, Luke Gomes and Trevor Jones; Josh Marczuk (middle row, left to right), Jack Douglas, Dylan Baker, Austin Berens, Reece Sowell and Michael Rivas-Vera; and coaches Kevin Gomes (back row, left to right), Mike Noel, Mike Romas and Mike Berens. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland Knights 12U team takes KCBL tourney championship
kaneland—The Kaneland Knights 12U baseball team concluded its 18-2 season with a championship victory in the Kane County Bronco League (KCBL) Tournament in late July.

The team faced the Oswego Cobras in the championship game, and the two teams battled into extra innings.

The KCBL utilized what is known as “California Rules” for extra innings, which is a way to speed up the conclusion of a game. Each team begins each extra inning with an automatic one out with a runner on second. Each batter begins their at-bat with an automatic 1-1 count.

Oswego started off their half of the extra inning by driving one run in.

When Kaneland took their turn at the plate, the Knights secured their victory with a walk following by a two-run drive into right-center field.

Kaneland Knights 13U hosts tryouts
Black 13U Travel Baseball tryouts
Thursday, Aug. 9 • 6 to 8 p.m.,
& Saturday, Aug. 11 • a.m. to noon.

Sugar Grove Sports Complex
901 Wheeler Road

Xplosion takes 3rd in nationals

Photo: The Kane County Xplosion 16U softball team battled for a series of come-from-behind wins for the Class A Northern National Tournament. The team included Coach Don Miller (back, center); Coach Wally Spagnola (standing, left to right), Lauren Zick, Denise Gombar, Samantha Phelps, Kaylee Hayton, Allison Miller and Coach Mike Kuefler; Paige Kuefler (kneeling) and Stephanie Prentice; Emma Spagnola (sitting, left to right), Madeline Avery, McKenzie Bretag and Amanda Lack. Courtesy Photo

Kane County 16U softball team takes talents to Nebraska
North platte, neb.—With a never-say-die attitude, the Kane County Xplosion 16U softball team earned several come-from-behind victories to earn a third-place finish in the Class A Northern National Tournament in North Platte, Neb.

In game one of Pool Play, the girls beat the Echoes Adrenaline from Omaha, Neb., 6-4. Offensively, Lauren Zick and Emma Spagnola each had two hits and accounted for three of the runs, while Amanda Lack had a triple and Samantha Phelps added a double. Stephanie Prentice got the win with five strikeouts. Lauren Zick turned in the defensive play of the game with a diving catch in center field.

Game two saw the girls win 14-5 over the JR. Phoenix from Wisconsin. After falling behind 5-1, the girls put up 10 runs in the top of the fourth to blow the game wide open. Madeline Avery and Allison Miller were both 3-for-4, with Avery knocking in three runs in the fifth with her first homer of the tournament. Kaylee Hayton got the win.

The Orland Park A’s were the first opponent of Bracket Play, and after spotting them four runs in the first inning, the girls shut them out the rest of the way for a 7-4 win. McKenzie Bretag was 4-for-4 and Avery 3-for-4 to lead the team offensively, with Prentice notching the win. Kuefler was stellar at third base on defense.

Next up were the Wisconsin Bandit’s Black, and in a hard-fought game the girls came out on top with a 7-6 win. After jumping out to a quick lead, the girls found themselves behind 5-4 in the fifth. The girls were able to score two in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind for the win. Avery added her second home run of the tournament and was 3-for-4, while Kuefler and Phelps were 2-for-4.

Next up were the Bridgeview Redbirds, and once again the girls fell behind early. Kane County was down 4-0 after three innings before the bats came alive, scoring six runs in the last three innings for another come-from-behind win, 6-5. Phelps led the charge, going 3-for-3.

On Sunday, the girls came out flat for the first game and lost to the eventual champion. Kuefler notched her first home run of the tournament, and Lack went head over heels for a diving fly ball. After dropping to the loser’s bracket with three teams remaining, the girls once again faced the Bandits Black and came up one run short in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The girls finished the season at 40-15-2.

Tryouts for the Kane County Xplosion are this week; interested girls should check www.kcxplosion.com for details.

Kaneland brings out alumni for soccer

The seventh annual Kaneland High School Alumni soccer game was held this past Saturday at the high school’s varsity soccer field. Many soccer alumni and some current players enjoyed a friendly game on a beautiful summer evening. Any current or former Kaneland soccer players interested in playing in next year’s game and are not already on the contact list should call Bill Durrenberger at (630) 466-9085.

Kaneland Almuni White team (above) members included Nick Williams (back, left to right), Matt VanderSande, Eric Griesinger, Chris Feldott and Ryan Straughn. Santiago Tovar (front, left to right), Kevin Durrenberger, player/coach Max Andrews, Evelio Blanco and Scott Thompson. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland Almuni Blue team members included Josh Williams (back, left to right), Spencer Johnson, Josh Hill, Cooper Andrews, Mike Giese and coach Joe Garlinsky. Joe Garlinsky (front, left to right), Kaitlin Roy, Emily Heimerdinger, Samantha Wantuch and Justin Garlinsky. Courtesy Photo

Former Cougar duo hits the bigs

Dan Straily (right) and Mickey Storey (inset), former Kane County Cougars, made their respective big league debuts on Friday. Courtesy Photos

Minor League Baseball’s strikeout leader debuts for Oakland; Storey debuts for Astros
GENEVA—A pair of Kane County Cougars alumni made their Major League debuts on Friday evening.

Pitcher Dan Straily, a member of the 2010 Cougars, made his Major League debut, starting for the Oakland Athletics against Toronto. Another pitcher, Mickey Storey from the 2009 Cougars squad, made his debut for the Houston Astros against Atlanta.

Storey and Straily become the 119th and 120th former Cougars to reach the Major Leagues. Both players join pitchers Pedro Figueroa and Sean Doolittle, who both debuted earlier this season with Oakland, as Cougars to make their big league debuts this season.

The 23-year-old Straily was part of the Cougars’ 2010 Opening Day roster and was a 10-game winner that season, going 10-7 with a 4.32 ERA and 148 innings pitched. Straily won 11 games the following season at Class-A Advanced Stockton, and opened this season at Double-A Midland. The right-hander, who was not regarded as one of the A’s top prospects by numerous publications this past spring, quickly caught the attention of Minor League Baseball earlier this season and hasn’t backed off since. The right-hander struck out a career-high 15 batters on May 18 for Midland, and was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento the following month. In eight starts with Sacramento, Straily went 5-2 with a 1.36 ERA, and at the time of his promotion on Thursday, led Minor League Baseball with 175 strikeouts. The next closest pitcher has 138 strikeouts. Straily becomes the first Cougar from the 2010 team to reach the Major Leagues.

Storey pitched in 13 games for the Cougars in 2009, all in relief. The right-hander only allowed one earned run in those 13 games before receiving a promotion to Class-A Advanced Stockton on June 25 that summer. The only other Cougars alumnus to make his big league debut with the Astros was Tommy Martin (’91 Cougar) on April 2, 1997.

Friday’s occurrence marks the third time in franchise history that two former Cougars made their big league debuts on the same date. Vic Darensbourg (’93 Cougar) and Gabe Gonzalez (’95 Cougar) both debuted with the Florida Marlins on April 1, 1998. More recently, Trevor Cahill (’07 Cougar) and Ronald Belisario (’02 Cougar) made their big league debuts on April 7, 2009, for Oakland and the Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.

The Cougars organization, which began in 1991 and is presently affiliated with the Kansas City Royals, has had at least one former player make a Major League debut in each season, dating back to 1993. The list includes Major League All-Stars, World Series champions and former Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winners.

Edna C. Anderson

Edna C. Anderson, 97, of Batavia, passed away peacefully to claim the promise of her Savior on Thursday evening, July 26, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center, St. Charles, where she had recently made her home.

She was born on the Freeland family farm in Virgil Township on Jan. 19, 1915, the daughter of Harry J.L. and Mattie Christine (Nelson) Freeland.

Edna grew up in rural Maple Park and attended McMahon School, a one-room school house on Beith Road.

Edna singled out Gunnar D. Anderson from across the crowded dance floor of Long’s Barn. A friendship grew into something more and before you knew it, they danced together as husband and wife on the day of their wedding on May 23, 1936, at the Geneva Lutheran Church Parsonage.

They began their new life together on the Downing and Beith farms in Elburn. Following Gunnar’s passing in 1960, Edna moved to Batavia, most recently making her home at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles.

Edna began working as a housekeeper in Elburn for a time. In later years, after moving to Batavia, she was employed by Shuman Label Company, PET Tool, and Furnas Electric before her retirement at the age of 72. Her resume, however, did not list her most important and beloved job: that of mother, wife and homemaker, which, for her, had no retirement age.

Edna was a member of the Batavia Park District Senior Group and active in their walking groups. She was a former member of the Batavia Women of the Moose.

Edna was a master baker, making delicious mouth-watering cookies, cakes and was especially known for her peach and cherry pies that graced the table every birthday and holiday. When it came to Christmas, there was no one who decorated with more cheer than Edna.

In addition to her baking exploits, Edna’s garden got a “blue ribbon” for the bounty she harvested each season. In later years, vegetable harvests turned into bouquets filled with brilliant and vibrant flowers.

She had a lifelong passion for bowling starting with her involvement with the Furnas Electric Women’s League. Knocking down pins with friends stayed with her over the years as she bowled with the North Aurora Wise Owls, a senior bowling group, until she was 92.

She is survived by three children, Judy (Ron) Johnson of Elburn, Byron (Sue) Anderson of Batavia and Sheila (William) Van Buskirk of Big Rock; one daughter-in-law, Bernice Anderson of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Curt (Susan) Anderson of Elburn, Craig (Suzanne) Anderson and their children, Nick and Neil of Sycamore, Kent (Tammy) Anderson of Cortland, Jeff (Bridget) Johnson and their children, Brooks, Brady and Dylan of Elburn, Mindy (Bryan) Bachmann and their children, Maggie and Ella of Peoria, Mark Anderson and his children, Bailey and Bodi of Aurora, and Sarah Van Buskirk of Big Rock; two sisters, many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gunnar; one son, Howard Anderson; a grandson, Keith Anderson; three brothers and one sister.

Visitation was held July 31 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment took place at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Edna Anderson 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, where you can find her full-life story.

Carlton F. Juby

Carlton F. Juby passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Aug. 3. He was born in Elgin, Ill., to Charles and Ester (nee Johnson) Juby.

Carlton was a successful entrepreneur and businessman who loved meeting new people and seeing old friends. Carlton established and ran Carlton Associates, TempStaff and Carlton Home HealthCare for many years from his base in Geneva.

Carlton was an active member of the local business community, service and social organizations. He especially enjoyed participation in Geneva Rotary Club and Community Chest. He was a friend of Bill Wilson and will be missed by many.

Carlton was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles and Charlene. He is survived by his son, C.J.; daughters, Samantha and Johanna; grandchildren, Veronica, Zachary, Vanessa and Samuel; as well as his long-term companion, Candace Moline; her children, Andrew and Emilie; and numerous members of his extended family.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to St. Mark’s Church.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, (630) 232-7337, or visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

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.

Fee’s office supports Bernie’s Book Bank

SUGAR GROVE—The office of Dr. Donald Fee, DDS, announced that it is now the exclusive Book Drop Network partner supporting Bernie’s Book Bank, serving residents of Sugar Grove and surrounding communities.

Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality used children’s books to at-risk children all over Chicago and its suburbs, with the intention of creating book owners and readers for a lifetime. Founded in December 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed more than 770,000 books and now serves more than 50,000 at-risk children who each receive a minimum of 12 age-appropriate books per year.

Dr. Fee and staff are excited to help this cause.

“My good friend Amy Kappele, who is a reading specialist and elementary school teacher, has made it her personal mission to get books in the hands of kids who need them. Amy introduced our office to Bernie’s Book Bank. We look forward to doing all that we can to help,” Fee said.

Books collected for Bernie’s Book Bank are sorted according to reading level, fingerprinted with a Bernie’s Book Bank sticker and hand- delivered to at-risk children in Chicago and its suburbs. Every child served receives at least two bags of age-appropriate books per year. Because of the support of volunteers and businesses like the offices of Dr. Fee, the cost to collect, process and distribute 12 books to an at-risk child is only $3.

“Children grow out of books as quickly as they grow out of shoes,” said Bernie’s Book Bank Executive Director and Founder Brian Floriani. “So the supply of used books is virtually unlimited. We’re so thankful for the support of Dr. Fee and his staff in becoming a partner in collecting books for children.”

If you have childrens books to donate, drop them off to Dr. Donald Fee, DDS, 26 West. Cross St., Sugar Grove, IL. 60554. His office can be reached at (630) 466-4511. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Decorating Coaches

Photo: Elburn residents Mary Lynn Gehrett (left) and Christine Katkus are the Decorating Coaches, offering redesign services to create extraordinary spaces in ordinary places. The duo created the business in 2012. Courtesy Photo

FOX VALLEY—The Decorating Coaches is a home redesign and staging business in the Fox Valley area, owned by Mary Lynn Gehrett and Chris Katkus of Elburn and created in 2012.

The duo’s redesign services try to create extraordinary spaces in ordinary places, with staging services to help sell homes quickly with a larger return, and color consultations that are a quick, fun way to refresh a room.

The Decorating Coaches staging services help put a “method to the madness” of selling a home. A staged home is appealing to a buyer. It showcases the home’s best attributes and gives the potential buyer a vision of “home sweet home.” The Decorating Coaches offer consultations and walk through a checklist of “things to do” with you. This list includes decluttering, cleaning, repairing and neutralizing. After the list is completed, The coaches stage your home with furniture placement, rugs and accessories.

Home Redesign offered by the coaches uses the homeowner’s existing furniture, art and accessories in new ways to brighten up the space. Redesign can transform a room without spending a fortune—the space gets a fresh look on a comfortable budget.

The Home Redesign services offered by the Decorating Coaches start with a consultation and walk through of the space. They discuss your desires and needs for the space and develop a plan. After the plan is discussed, you can hire the Decorating Coaches to implement the plan or do it yourself.

The Decorating Coaches are a partnership between Gehrett and Katkus. The partners discovered a mutual love for design while working together as teachers. Both are professionally certified through SRA, Staging and Redesign Academy in Crystal Lake, Ill.

As a child, Gehrett loved to redecorate her room when the seasons changed. Now she loves vintage-inspired furnishings and still redecorates seasonally. She also dyes wool to use in her original rug hooking designs. Gehrett and her husband’s home was featured in the November 2008 issue of “Country Sampler”magazine.

Katkus is inspired by nature’s kaleidoscope of change when creating beautiful spaces. Four years ago, her world expanded after taking an art class. Color, texture, paint and design opened up a new area for Katkus, bringing much joy to her life. She enjoys painting landscapes, while portraits of four-legged critters and people are also part of her portfolio. Katkus’ work has been displayed at libraries and the county fair.

For more information, contact Mary Lynn Gehrett at (630) 272-8030, Christine Katkus at info@thedecoratingcoaches.com, or visit www.theDecoratingCoaches.com.