Zumba classes a hit in Maple Park

Photo: Certified Zumba instructor April Espe leading a class in Maple Park. Photo by Susan O’Neill

Zumba Classes
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 to 9 a.m.
Maple Park Civic Center, 302 Willow St.
Schedule may vary, so call (815) 827-3286

by Susan O’Neill
MAPLE PARK—Twice a week, a core group of about 10 Maple Park women get together at the Maple Park Civic Center and dance to a mix of salsa, merengue, as well as other Latin music and current hits.

This, folks, is Zumba class.

Maple Park resident Terry Thorne, who has been a dedicated Zumba participant since April Espe began teaching the class last March, said she joined gyms when she was younger, but it just “never took.”

“I’ve been taking the (Zumba) classes for eight months, and I’ve never been committed to anything this long, except my husband,” Thorne said.

According to Maple Park resident Jamie DeStefano, one of the reasons the women keep coming back is the fact that participants laugh and have fun during the class.

Another reason is the way the class makes them feel.

Thorne, 55, said Zumba keeps her joints loosened up, and that she can bend over and touch the ground—something she was previously unable to do.

“One week off makes a difference,” she said. “I don’t want to stop doing it now.”

Espe, a Sycamore resident, had been teaching dance classes for girls, ages 3 to 12th grade, when she decided to teach their mothers some dance routines. She held the classes for the moms without telling the children. During the next student show, the parents surprised them with their own performance.

Espe saw how much fun the adults had, so when Maple Park resident Beth Miller posted on the village’s Facebook page that she was looking for a Zumba class, Espe put two and two together. She was already a dance teacher operating a school—“Just for Kix,” in DeKalb—so she obtained a certification in January to teach Zumba and started to get the word out about the class.

Espe participated in all kinds of sports while growing up. She did gymnastics for 15 years, ran track and played volleyball. She also has five years of dance experience.

According to Espe, Zumba class is aerobic, but participants really don’t think too much about their workout.

“It’s fun and you’re moving,” Espe said. “You’re dancing yourself into shape.”

Through the village’s Facebook page, flyers and word of mouth, Espe has developed a following in the area. In addition to the classes in Maple Park, she also teaches a Zumba class in DeKalb.

Espe makes sure that the dance steps are simple enough so that people can easily follow them. She also talks beginners through the steps and repeats them often.

“A lot of people are scared off because they think dance skills are required,” Espe said. “As long as you’re moving, that’s what counts.”

She said the class appeals to all ages, and that she even has a few people over the age of 70 in her classes.

DeStefano said she has lost 40 pounds with Weight Watchers, and the class has helped her with her weight loss.

“This gets my day going,” she said.

For more information about Zumba classes in Maple Park, call (815) 827-3286.

Comcast Sportsnet Chicago to air ‘IHSA Playoff Pairing Release Show’ Oct. 20

Bloomington, Ill.—In conjunction with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the IHSA’s production partner, PlayOn! Sports, Comcast SportNet Chicago, announced it will once again be the home for postseason high school football in Illinois in 2012. This joint partnership will include the airing and live stream of the “IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Release Show” on Saturday, Oct. 20, and the IHSA Football State Championship games on Nov. 23-24.

Comcast SportsNet will be the first media outlet to reveal the first round match-ups of all 256 playoff qualifiers across eight classes during the “IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Release Show,” which will air LIVE from CSN’s downtown Chicago studios on Oct. 20 from 8 to 10 p.m. Fans can also watch the brackets unveiled via live interactive stream online at IHSA.tv and CSNChicago.com.

“High school football in Illinois is a special tradition,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “From the unique playoff pairing show, to the state championships, it is a very special time for so many communities. Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s commitment to the IHSA and our member schools means that we will be able deliver a superior product to a larger audience in Illinois and beyond.”

The pairings show and title games will be distributed to Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s entire viewing territory. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com to find the exact channel locations in their area.

Photos: Christmas in October

DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. (American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education) of Illinois hosted its 26th Annual Toy & Food Run Sunday. Benefitting Motorcycle Rights, local charities, and area food banks. The ride started at Knuckleheads Tavern on North Street in Elburn. Here, Santa leads the way at the start of the ride. Photo by John DiDonna

Judy Kaenel, President of the DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. (above) gives final instructions to the riders.

A pair of Bulldogs get a free ride in the back of a trailer pulled by a Harley during the Toy and Food Run on Sunday.

The bikers are anxious to hit the road before the start of the run.

Fire Prevention Week

SPRINGFIELD—The Office of Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM), in cooperation with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is marking National Fire Safety Week to educate families on the importance of fire protection. This year’s theme, “Have Two Ways Out,” aims to educate families on how to establish a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room in the home.

“Having a fire escape plan should be a priority for every family. The plan should include two ways out of every room in the house,” State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis said. “Everyone in the household should be trained on how to escape the home within the first three minutes after the sound of a smoke alarm.”

A “two ways out” plan should also include overnight guests and visiting friends or family members. Families should assign an outside meeting place during a fire emergency and instruct members not to go back inside the house.

Special attention should be paid to infants and toddlers as they cannot help themselves during an emergency. An adult family member should be assigned to immediately assist infants and children under the age of 5 at the sound of a smoke alarm.

During a fire emergency, children should be taught to never hide in closets, under the bed or a table. School-age children should be encouraged by parents to participate in fire drills in their schools and share with family members what they learned from the experience.

According to the (NFPA), fire departments respond to a house fire in the United States every 80 seconds. In 2011, fire departments in United States responded to 1,389,500 fires. The most recent statistics reflect 369,000 house fires, resulting in more than 3,005 civilian deaths. Of those, 2,520 fatalities were reported in homes. Fire injuries to civilians during the same year totaled 17,500. Nearly 14,000 of those cases occurred in home fires.

The following is a list of fire prevention recommendations:
• Create an escape route—A two-ways-out escape plan that includes every room in the house could be disguised as a fun activity through role playing. Parents should stress helping those who are most vulnerable, including seniors and the disabled.
• Smoke alarms—Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including bedrooms and hallways, and replace its battery twice a year.
• Prevent electrical fires—Avoid overloading circuits or extension cords. Cords and wires should never be placed under rugs or in high traffic areas.
• Keep plugs safe—Unplug all appliances when not in use. Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions and use all five senses to spot any potential disasters.
• Alternate heaters—Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit. Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away. Inspect your home’s chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.
• Position appliances carefully—Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains. If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly.
• Clean dryer vents—Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas. Clean the lint filter every time after every drying load, and clean the exhaust duct to prevent blockage behind the dryer at least twice a year.
• Keep matches and lighters in a safe place—Children should never be allowed to use matches or lighters. Inspect children’s bedrooms for any matches or candles being used without adult consent.

For more information about fire safety prevention and other useful information, visit www.sfm.illinois.gov.

Elburn tables ShoDeen development

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson on Monday broke a 3-3 tie, tabling the Elburn Station development.

Trustee Bill Grabarek reiterated his concerns about the development, including financial issues raised by the foreclosure of developer ShoDeen’s Tanna Farms Golf Course in Geneva, and the increased number of rental units in the plan.

The current plan calls for 800 rental units, many of which had been designated as condominiums in the initial plan.

Grabarek said that approving the Elburn Station development in light of the golf course issue would be a “moral hazard” for Elburn, and the village could possibly end up in a situation similar to the one in which it currently finds itself with Blackberry Creek. The village is currently in discussions with Blackberry Creek developer B&B Enterprise’s bond company in an attempt to complete infrastructure improvements left undone by B&B.

Grabarek said he thought the rental unit to owner-occupied homes ratio was “out of place” in Elburn. The village is currently 84.5 percent owner-occupied and 15.4 percent rental units. The development would have a ratio of 36 percent rental units.

Grabarek made a motion to table the vote on the Elburn Station development until the Anderson Road Bridge was built. Trustees Jeff Walter and Dave Gualdoni voted with Grabarek; trustees Ken Anderson, Ethan Hastert and Jerry Schmidt voted against tabling it. Village President Dave Anderson added his vote to break the tie, tabling the vote.

“We were hoping to be moving dirt by now (on the Anderson Road bridge),” Kane County Board member Drew Frasz said. “They’re shovel ready.”

The fate of the project to extend Anderson Road from Route 38 to Keslinger Road and build a bridge over the railroad tracks has been connected to the approval of the Elburn Station development.

Grabarek stated that he was not happy about the Anderson Road project being held “hostage” by the development. Anderson Road was to be used as a bypass for Route 47, diverting truck traffic around Main Street in Elburn.

The right-of-way property to the bridge is owned by ShoDeen. Kane County has agreed to pay $3 million of the $22 million project, with the majority of the remaining amount coming from federal and state funding.

Frasz said that the county would have to “pick up the pieces” and “go back to square one” on the plan for the Anderson Road bridge. He added that, should the project go dormant, the federal money might get channeled somewhere else.

“There’s always 10 people waiting for every $1,” Frasz said. “The county will have to look at whether we want to go it alone.”

After the vote, trustee Jeff Walter and some of the other trustees said that they were still interested in considering the development; they just did not want to consider it now or in its current configuration.

After the meeting, Walter said he made the motion to table the vote because there were too many issues he thought should still be negotiated differently with the developer.

In addition to the density of the development and the large number of rental units, Walter said he also would like to see some of the impact fees changed, and to set aside some of the 800 rental units for senior housing.

Trustee Ethan Hastert had some of the same issues with the development, although his vote was not to table it.

“I would rather address the issues than table the vote,” he said.

Hastert said that, although he shared Walter’s opinion about the density of the development, he would rather bring it up now rather than “kick it down the road.”

“Voting it down would’ve been a good thing,” Hastert said. “We would have gone back to the negotiating table. Now, a critical piece of infrastructure (the bridge) is in jeopardy.”

Dave Anderson said that he broke the tie because he wanted to keep the door open for the development to obtain approval.

“I didn’t want to say no, and I didn’t think the annexation agreement would pass. (an annexation agreement needs a super-majority—two-thirds—vote).They still own the land, and we still want to work with them.”

Dave Patzelt, president of ShoDeen, left the meeting without comment.

Residents show up to comment on Elburn Station vote

ELBURN—The Village Board meeting room on Monday was filled to capacity with Elburn residents voicing their concerns and displeasure regarding the pending vote to pass the annexation agreement for the Elburn Station development.

Some residents were against the development in light of the economic situation. Some thought that the village should wait on growth. Others, such as former Elburn Plan Commission member Rich Stewart, had concerns with the density of the project.

Stewart said that with 2,000 housing units currently in Elburn, the ShoDeen development would add another 2,000 units, effectively doubling the population of Elburn. In addition, the development’s 2,000 units would sit on a piece of land that is one-third the current size of the village.

Elburn resident Fred Hodack, speaking on behalf of the “silent majority” of residents who want Elburn to grow, said now is the time to act on the development.

“I couldn’t be stronger for approval of this development,” he said.

He said that whether or not this development was approved, Elburn was not going to stay small, and that “putting your head in the sand” would not change that.

“I’m not against growth,” Stewart said. “I’m against this plan.”

Blackberry Creek runs for funds

Photo: The first Blackberry Creek Elementary Run for Funds took place on
Friday. Kids ran during the day and had a Family Fun Night during the evening. Here, a group of students runs around the school during the day. Photo by
Kimberly Anderson

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School’s inaugural Run for Funds event last Friday was a big success. The weather cooperated, students enjoyed some exercise, and the Blackberry Creek Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) netted $10,000.

According to Blackberry Creek gym teacher Jamie Holubecki, the event had two goals: to promote fitness and raise money for the school. Organized by the Blackberry Creek PTO and coordinated with the teachers, the Run for Funds event involved each grade spending an hour outside, walking (or running) laps around the school.

The children could give and/or collect donations from friends and family members, using a donation sheet that supported their activity. The PTO offered prizes for every level of donations collected, from $5 on up, including water bottles, T-shirts, pedometers and an iPod Touch.

“Staff has been so supportive,” PTO President Kathy Webster said on the day of the event. “It’s been a great team effort.”

Webster and other PTO members were at the school, cheering on the students alongside gym, music, art, literacy and computer teachers.

By the end of the hour for fifth-graders, student Max Drancik had completed 10 laps around the school. According to Webster, two laps around the school equals one mile, so Drancik had gone five miles.

Blythe Lundberg, also a fifth-grader, was on her 11th lap at the conclusion of the run. She raised $35, including a donation from her grandparents. She said she enjoyed the event.

“It gives us a chance to be more active and to raise money for the school,” she said.

The day ended with a celebration for the students and their families. The highlight of the evening was “Stuck for a Buck,” in which students were given strips of duct tape to stick Blackberry Creek music teacher Brandon Fox and computer teacher Tammy Metz to the wall.

“I told them they’ve given new meaning to ‘Support your PTO,’” Webster said.

According to Webster, the PTO had hoped to raise $3,000 after expenses. So when the tally came in at $10,000, she was thrilled. The money will be used to buy items for the school, such as sports and playground equipment, computer programs and other technology, curriculum requests from teachers, as well as to support field trips—all things that recent budget cuts had put in jeopardy.

“This is our first time,” Webster said. “We’re really excited. There are things we can buy that we didn’t think we’d be able to.”

Blackberry Creek Principal Andy Gibbs said he was pleased with how the event turned out.

“The money raised will benefit the kids academically and support activities, and they got some exercise,” he said. “It was a hit.”

Waubonsee student trustee named chair of advisory committee

SUGAR GROVE—This year, Waubonsee Community College (WCC) student trustee KC Vogt of Aurora will serve as chair of the Illinois Community College Board’s Student Advisory Committee (ICCB-SAC) while also completing a prestigious Student Leadership Institute externship.

Vogt was elected chair of the ICCB-SAC at the group’s first meeting last month. The committee is comprised of student representatives from all of the state’s community colleges, and Vogt was one of three students vying for the chair position.

“I just thought that, with the leadership training I had at Marmion and all the leadership roles I’ve held, I would be able to motivate everyone to move in the right direction to achieve the committee’s purpose,” Vogt said.

The purpose of the ICCB-SAC’s Student Leadership Institute externship is to prepare the next generation of lifelong leaders through mentoring and training. Vogt is one of only 11 students picked to participate in the program this year, and has already met with his local community mentor, Rush-Copley Medical Center Chief Operating Officer John Diederich.

Elburn settles lawsuit by former police chief

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The village of Elburn earlier this month settled a lawsuit filed in 2009 by its former Police Chief.

James Linane, who served as Elburn Police Chief for eight years, was not reappointed after Dave Anderson was elected as mayor of Elburn in May 2009. It was Anderson’s decision not to reappoint Linane.

Linane’s suit charged that the village owed him additional benefits and wages upon his separation on July 31, 2009.

The settlement included a severance agreement, which states that Linane is to be paid $85,000 in exchange for agreeing not to pursue additional action against the village or its employees. The amount includes compensation for Linane’s attorney’s fees and costs.

The agreement states that this is not an admission by the village of any wrongdoing in any law, rule, policy, regulation, order or contract. The village agrees to limit its responses to any requests by Linane for references, background, character checks or pre-employment inquiries strictly to dates of employment and position.

The agreement also states that Linane retired and resigned his assignment as of July 31, 2009. The village gave Linane a ceremonial wallet retirement badge and retirement card dated May 4, 2009. Linane signed the severance agreement on Oct. 10, 2012.

Higher ground

Photo: The Knights go up to try and block a Sycamore extra point during the first quarter of Kaneland’s 30-7 Homecoming win. Photo by Patti Wilk

Kaneland gets best of Sycamore in a rush in Homecoming game
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—There’s beauty in simplicity.

Kaneland kept it simple on Friday night at Peterson Field, brought on by necessity after quarterback Drew David was spelled before the game by sophomore backup Tyler Carlson due to injury.

The Knights utilized a clock-munching, punishing ground game with different formations, and saw the defense also get in on the act en route to a 30-7 win in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Kaneland’s mark improved to 8-0, marking that particular stat for the third straight year, and 4-0 in the NIB-12 East.

Sycamore fell to 5-3 (2-2 NIB-12), and hasn’t beaten Kaneland in regular season play since a 37-7 win on Sept. 14, 2007, along Spartan Trail.

Kaneland lost to the Spartans in first-round playoff action on Halloween night, 2009, in Maple Park.

Not needing to go complicated with a first-time starter behind center, and having the ground tools at its expense, the Knights got 177 yards rushing from Jesse Balluff, and 104 from Carlson in the win.

“We came into this game thinking normal playbook, same plays, everything like that,” Balluff said. “The running was working so we went to that more.”

The scoring started from the Spartan end, thanks to a touchdown run from senior ballcarrier Austin Culton on the lengthy opening drive to make it 7-0 halfway through the first frame.

Beginning from their own 19, Kaneland used two runs by Carlson, including a 27-yard carry, and three by Balluff to get into position for a 1-yard scoring run by Carlson with 3:22 remaining in the first for a 7-7 tie.

The defense took the stage on Sycamore’s next drive, thanks to a stuff of Dion Hooker by Gary Koehring in the endzone to take the lead for good, 9-7, with 2:13 to go in the first.

“Our line got such a good push. They had him stuffed in the backfield. All I had to do was wrap him up and take him down,” Koehring said.

The second quarter featured another score from the Knights, with a drive beginning at the 38 of Sycamore. Three runs by Carlson and another by Balluff set up a third-and-8 from the 26, when Brandon Bishop hauled in a 16-yard pass.

Balluff took the next carry and powered his way through the middle for a touchdown to make it 16-7 with 1:33 before halftime.

Kaneland’s second-half opening drive came up empty after a missed 40-yard field goal try by Matt Rodriguez was returned to the Kaneland 33.

Justin Diddell stonewalled a Culton carry on 4th-and-1 at the Knight 24 to reverse possession.

A 10-play drive that featured a Zach Martinelli 20-yard catch sandwiched around runs from Carlson, Balluff and Dylan Nauert, led to a Balluff 14-yard score with :34 left in the third.

Carlson found a hole for a nine-yard scoring run to make the final margin of 23 with 6:35 remaining.

Morris comes into town to finish the regular season in a battle of undefeated squads on Friday, Oct. 19.

Morris hosted Kaneland a year ago with the NIB-12 East on the line and lost 31-28.

KHS tennis trio heads to State

Photo: Sammie Schrepferman

Schrepferman, Emmanouil, Jurcenko set school record
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—St. Charles East High School was the site of Saturday’s IHSA Tennis Sectional, and also the site of some happy Lady Knight athletes.

No. 1 singles competitor Sammie Schrepferman became the first-ever singles qualifier in KHS history with a fourth-place finish at the sectional. No. 1 doubles unit Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko finished third to qualify for the big dance.

This marks the third consecutive year Kaneland tennis sends athletes to state.

In 2010, Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski qualified as a doubles team, and Napiorkowski did the same with Madi Jurcenko in 2011.

As a team, Kaneland finished fifth with 13 points in the 10-team sectional.

KHS coach Tim Larsen knew his crew had the intangibles to cause a racket.

“They reacted well to whatever was going on on the court,” Larsen said. “All three of them are smart tennis players. They have a lot of talent, and they have a lot of really good shots.”

Bartlett (20), Geneva (17), St. Charles East (14) and Wheaton Academy (14) were the only schools that outpaced KHS.

Schrepferman earned a first-round bye, and earned straight set wins in her first two matches before losing the third to Jennifer Gates of Bartlett. In the battle for third place, the sophomore dropped a 6-2, 6-1 match to Geneva’s Kirby Einck.

“At the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it,” Schrepferman said. “I started off the year a little bumpy. It was the middle of the year where I told myself to keep going and if I wanted to go I had to push myself harder.”

Emmanouil/Jurcenko swept their first two matches before getting taken to three sets in a loss to Bartlett’s Jitsupa Sirinit and Gabby Gregorio.

The Lady Knight duo recovered to take third place from Saints duo Haydyn Jones and Kelsie Roberton.

“We had a pretty good seed in the beginning,” Emmanouil said. “We were pretty comfortable the first two matches and then up against Bartlett, it was pretty tough.”

Jurcenko feels that the gameplan shouldn’t change that much headed into the elite gathering.

“The main goal is to make it to State. It would be awesome to win. You kind of just go and see how you do,” Jurcenko said.”

The finals take place from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Saturday, Oct. 20. Tournament central is located at Buffalo Grove High School.

Knights emerge victor in rivalry contest

Photo: Kaneland goal keeper Marshall Farthing puts the ball in play during the first half of the varsity boy’s 1-0 win at Sycamore on Oct. 11. It was the team’s regular season finale. The Knights (13-3-2, 7-2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) finished second to DeKalb in the conference. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Nothing like a tight and close match to show what you’re made of.

It looks as if Kaneland High School soccer is made of pretty strong material.

The lone match this week occurred in Sycamore, with the Knights facing off against their conference rivals, the Spartans, on Thursday.

With one goal in the second half, the Knights were lifted to a 1-0 win over the host Sycamore squad, raising their record to an exemplary 13-3-2 mark at the end of the regular season.

The Knights also boast a 7-2-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play, good for second.

All that was needed was a goal from Arsim Azemi on an assist from Kushstrim Ismaili with 17:24 remaining in the contest to secure a shutout win.

Meanwhile, the Kaneland sophomores came away with a 5-0 win over the Spartans, and the freshmen won 4-0.

Up ahead for the No. 1 Knights is the first test of the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional, a meeting with No. 4 IMSA on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

“We have had a good season,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “I hope the team can go a little farther. We will see what happens. We always thought we would have a nice record because of the talent we had, but there are so many things that can change that, injuries, grades, etc. You never really know. We have been fortunate that we have been able to do as well as we have this year.”

The winner of the KHS-Titans match faces either No. 2 BC or No. 3 Hampshire on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.

A year ago, Kaneland used an Alex Gil goal to beat DeKalb in the regional semis before losing to Marmion Academy in the final.

Weekend in Normal caps extraordinary golf campaign

Rain clips State tourney, but KHS fights hard in first trip since ’95
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’ll be a trip to remember for Kaneland High School golf.

The Knight group, making its first trip to the big gathering in 17 years, pushed its way to 10th place overall after one day of Class 2A competition at Weibring Golf Club in Bloomington, Ill.

After three holes on Saturday, lightning paused play and after two hours of stoppage, the course was ruled unplayable, cementing the totals.

Kaneland’s 341 score was good for 10th overall, just two strokes behind local rival Wheaton Academy.

Belleville’s Althoff Catholic was first in a tiebreaker over Normal U-High with 321. Washington was third with 323.

Glenbard South took sixth with 327, while fellow Northern Illinois Big XII Conference school Ottawa finished eight with a 332 tally.

Normal U-High’s Adam Baracani was the top individual with a score of 72.

Leading the way for KHS was junior Matt Yonkovich with 83, good for a 42nd place tie.

Teammates Connor Williams and Luke Kreiter shot 85 for 55th place overall.

Brody Kuhar shot an 88th for 74th place, while Sean Glennon shot a 92 for 90th place.

Dan Miller shot 95 for 105th place.

Kreiter would have liked to get out there for more action, but is richer for the experience.

“Our first three holes on the second day were pretty good and we were getting better,” Kreiter said. “The first day, we were off to some bad shots. The front nine and back nine were about the same for me.”

For Kaneland, the 2012 season will stick out for those who are returning, and those that have swung their last driver for the Knights, like Kreiter.

“We put in a lot of work this year, guys like Glennon and Yonkovich and Kuhar. It was great to see and we’ve come a long way. We believed in ourselves this year,” Kreiter said.

The golf program and eighth-year coach Mark Meyer say goodbye to Glennon, Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Miller and Williams.

Kaneland girls excel in wet conditions

Photo: The Kaneland girls pack it up at the beginning of the NIB XII meet in Peru, Ill. Saturday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

L-P site of admirable totals for NIB-12 meet
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Running conditions at Baker Lake Park in Peru, Ill., were interesting, to say the least.

Saturday saw non-stop rain of various impacts, but that didn’t seem to slow down the Lady Knight attack against the best the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference had to offer.

Yorkville outpaced the other teams with a 26-point total, followed by KHS at 65.

DeKalb (98), Geneseo (129), Sycamore (129) and Dixon (145) rounded out the top half of the conference.

Seven-through-12 was made up of LaSalle-Peru, Rochelle, Sterling, Ottawa, Morris and Streator.

Kaneland varsity runners had an average time of 18 minutes, 58.5 seconds, with a pack separation of 1:09.6

DeKalb junior Kelsey Schrader took the race mantle with a time of 17:30.2, followed by Yorkville freshman Skyler Bollinger at 17:57.6, but Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton continued her torrid stretch with a time of 18:13.2.

Clinton felt the conditions didn’t hinder her day as much as they could have.

“It was really rainy, and it made your body cold,” Clinton said. “It made it hard to move first, but it made it fun. Now I have to try to stay focused and stay consistent through each mile.”

Freshman Brianna Bower was next for KHS in eighth place by finishing the course in 18:40.9 fashion.

Senior Abby Dodis crossed the line next for the Lady Knights, thanks to an effort that took 19:15.4.

Junior Sydney Strang was 18th overall with a time of 19:20.5, and continues to her work her way back from a bout with pneumonia weeks ago.

“The rain made it a lot more intense and a lot more fun, too,” Strang said. “You never really want to miss a meet and sit out.”

Senior Amanda Lesak supported the KHS total with a time of 19:22.7 for 21st place, rounding out the Lady Knight top five.

The next challenge for girls cross country is the most important of the 2012 campaign, with the Class 2A Regional hosted by Kaneland at Elburn Forest Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The other teams participating in the regional are Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Woodstock.

Advancing teams head to the Belvidere Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 27.

4-place output for KHS boys at NIB-12

Photo: Conor Johnson competes at the NIB XII meet in Peru, Ill. Saturday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

Carter leads Knights in crowded field
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—”Rain, rain, go away” is the usual saying.

The Knights just had to go forward in unusual weather.

Despite the outdoors releasing everything from a strong drizzle to a steady downpour, the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Baker Lake in Peru, Ill., still went on and Kaneland ended with a fourth-place honor.

Yorkville finished its sweep of the NIB-12 with 27 points, followed by Dixon’s 59 and DeKalb’s 80.

Kaneland’s 118 bested Sycamore (128) and Geneseo (134).

Sterling, Morris, Ottawa, L-P, Streator and Rochelle filled the bottom-half slots.

Yorkville sophomore Jake Hoffert was tops with a 15 minute, 14.8 second race, 2.1 seconds over DeKalb’s Mark Dubrick.

Kaneland’s Kyle Carter was tops for his team with a time of 15:54.2.

Senior Conor Johnson was 23rd at 16:18.2.

“It’s always a weird meet,” Johnson said. “It seems we’re a little flat when we come here, but we’ll get back in the groove this week.”

Senior John Meisinger was 27th overall at 16:28.3, followed by junior Nathaniel Kucera in 28th at 16:35.8, and junior Brandon Huber in 29th at 16:38.9 to round out the Knight top five.

Kaneland’s Brad Kigyos didn’t mind the torrential rainfall.

“It kind of makes it fun,” Kigyos said. “It makes the time pass a lot easier. When you’re out there, it goes pretty quick.”

Kaneland prepares for the Class 2A Kaneland Regional in Elburn on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Also scheduled for the regional are Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Woodstock.

Advancing teams head to the Belvidere Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Volleyball navigates homestretch

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—What was automatic for Sycamore in the past is anything but in the present.

But on Thursday, the Lady Knight contingent took the attack to the host Lady Spartans only to come away with a three-game loss: 23-25, 25-21, 25-18.

In Maple Park against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs, the Lady Knights won 25-16, 25-14.

With just one weekend left before the grueling Class 3A Regional setting, the Lady Knights are now 16-10, with a 4-4 tally in the Northern Illinois Big XII swing of things.

The Lady Knights saw a lift against Sycamore from assets Emily Laudont’s eight kills and eight digs, Lyndi Scholl’s seven kills and 22 digs, and Shayna Tucek’s 30 digs.

In other levels of KHS-SHS volleyball, the sophomores lost 25-23, 25-21, the freshman “A” team lost 25-16, 25-23, and the freshman “B” side lost 25-21, 25-14.

Against the Lady Hubs, coach Todd Weimer saw a group rallying.

“It was a slow start but we pulled away, lots of good defense, blocking and digging. Serve-receive was key tonight as well, we sided-out very well,” Weimer said.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Lady Knights swing by Game Farm Road to battle the host Yorkville Lady Foxes.

Saturday, Oct. 20, brings the usual end-of-season Spikefest to the East Gym at Kaneland, and the Class 3A Hampshire Regional on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. brings a challenge in the form of either No. 4 Genoa-Kingston or No. 5 St. Edward of Elgin.

If the No. 1 seed Lady Knights conquer the initial challenge, either Burlington Central, Sycamore or Hampshire awaits in the regional championship on Thursday, Oct. 25, en route to the Marian Central Catholic Sectional.

A year ago, Kaneland fell short in the St. Francis Regional in a three-game loss to famed rival Glenbard South in the opening match.

The road to the State Championships begins

by Skip Stolley,
Chairman, Chicago Area Track & Field Organizing Committee, Inc.

ELBURN—This Saturday, Kaneland High School will host the Class AA IHSA Regional Championship at Elburn Woods.

The girls’ three-mile race will start at 10 a.m., and the boys’ race will step off at 11 a.m. It will be one of 45 qualifying meets for the 2012 Illinois State Cross Country Championships being held statewide this weekend at the A, AA, and AAA divisions.

In each division, the top seven teams, and top five individual finishers from non-qualifying teams, will advance from the regional to the sectional championships next weekend, Oct. 27. The top five teams and top 10 individual finishers from non-qualifying teams from the state’s five AA sectional meets will advance to the State Championships at Peoria’s Detweiler Park on Nov. 3.

The Kaneland boys are led by junior Kyle Carter, who has been a top 10 finisher individually in every meet this fall, including those dominated by ranked 3A teams. Behind him, their chase pack has been led by senior Conor Johnson, who has had a breakthrough season in leading the Knights’ pack to running closer to Carter meet by meet, week by week.

On the girls side, another underclassman, sophomore Victoria Clinton, has led the Lady Knights this season. She has won five races this fall and placed no worse than third in invitational meets featuring as many as 23 teams, earning her designation as a “National Elite” runner by ESPN.com. Behind Clinton, freshman Briana Bower has emerged as the Lady Knights’ No. 2 runner and seniors Amanda Lesak, Abby Dodis and Maggie Brundige have been running within an arm’s length of one another as their No. 3, 4 and 5 finishers.

Competing with Kaneland in the Elburn Woods Regional this Saturday will be Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Woodstock high schools. Advancing from the eight-team regional on their home course should be no problem for either Kaneland team. However, at the Belvidere North Sectional Meet, to which they will advance the following weekend, both the boys’ and girls’ 21-team fields will showcase five of the state’s top 11 ranked 2A teams, and seven of the top 23, all vying for one of just five state-qualifying births.

Elburn Woods has only enough parking to accommodate participating teams and the meet staff, so spectators are to park at Kaneland High School, where three free shuttle buses will ferry them every 10 minutes to the Forest Preserve, which is only about five minutes away.

Editorial: Celebrate Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31

Looking for a great way to promote drug prevention in your community? Look no further than Red Ribbon Week, which will take place from Oct. 23-31.

This year will mark the 27th installment of Red Ribbon Week. The week-long celebration is the largest and longest-running drug prevention campaign in the United States, and urges teachers, parents, students and community members to wear red ribbons as a way to signify their commitment to raising awareness about the negative effects of drug use.

A contest in which kids promote awareness in neighborhoods and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 drug prevention grant for their schools or an iPad will also take place during Red Ribbon Week this year.

According to a Red Ribbon Week press release, this is how the contest works:
• Students must bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working with parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc., with this year’s theme, “The Best Me Is Drug Free.”
• Take a picture that includes both your family and the message, then upload the pic to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Friday, Nov. 2 (must be over 18 years of age to upload photos).

• Let the voting begin. Feel free to ask family and friends to vote for your entry at www.redribbon.org/vote anytime from Nov. 2-16. There will be 10 winners from regions across the U.S. Winners will be announced in December.

“Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,” said Peggy Sapp, volunteer president of National Family Partnership. “By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.”

According to the press release, studies indicate that substance abuse risks lessen when parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, and that is the goal of this year’s contest: to encourage families to talk about prevention.

Red Ribbon Week is also in honor of former DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was abducted and murdered in Mexico in February 1985. In the words of DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, Camarena “made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.”

The DEA will co-sponsor the national contest this year.

“Take the Red Ribbon Week pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug free,” Sapp said.

Letter: Senate candidate Pierog supports tax relief

People today are struggling to find jobs, to pay bills, to keep their homes. When they are hit with high real estate taxes, it can put them under water. Many residents in District 25 are faced with this problem. They need relief.

Illinois is ranked as the seventh-highest property taxed state, and Kendall County is the 24th-highest taxed county in the nation. In order to address this tax burden, Illinois needs to rebalance the revenue it receives from property, sales and state income taxes. It also needs to look at ways to save tax dollars. One place to start: cut the number of taxing bodies within the state. Illinois has more local governmental units than any other state—6,994. This can lead to duplication of services and higher property tax bills.

However, the primary recipient of local property tax dollars is our public schools. There are over 800 school districts in Illinois, and 50 of them rely on the state for more than 60 percent of their funding. In 2013, lawmakers cut the level of the state’s contribution from 92 percent to only 89 percent of the $6,119 that is mandated per student.

Illinois ranks 49 out of 50 in its level of funding support for public education. Education funding can either support or slam the door on our residents’ economic futures. We’ve been promising to repair the way Illinois funds its schools for over a generation.

It is now time to live up to our pledge.

Corinne M. Pierog
Democratic candidate for Illinois State Senate District 25

Letter: Kentucky coroner supports Tao Martinez

This coming November, the citizens of Kane County have an important decision to make in determining whom they want to be their coroner.

The coroner’s position is not to be taken lightly; the coroner needs to be honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable and willing to learn. The coroner also needs to be understanding and compassionate. I have been a coroner in Kentucky for 20 years, (as well as) past president of Kentucky Coroner Association and regional director of Kentucky Mass Incident Response Team. I have dealt with Tao Martinez on a professional and personal level. I believe he has all the qualities it takes to make your county a great coroner. He has a wiliness to learn and a compassion for people that is second to none.

I endorse Tao Martinez for Kane County Coroner.

Mitchell Lee
Marshall County Coroner, Kentucky

UCC to hold annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church—UCC of Elburn—will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The dinner will include turkey with “all the trimmings,” homemade desserts and beverages. The event will include crafts, a raffle and a White Elephant sale. Proceeds support area missions including the Elburn Food Pantry, Hessed House, Lazarus House, Lifelink, Elderday Center and Mutual Ground.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and over), $7 for children and $2 for children ages 5 and younger. Takeouts will be available.

UCC is located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. For information, visit www.bsfinternational.org.

Helen Karam

Helen Karam, 69, of Big Rock, passed from this life to eternal life on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.

She was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Hinsdale, Ill., the daughter of John and Adeline Abram.

Helen grew up in Hinsdale and attended local schools before her parents purchased a farm in Elburn. She continued her education at Wasco Elementary. She was a member of 4-H and the Playmakers Club throughout high school. Helen went on to graduate from St. Charles High School with the class of 1960.

Her love and passion for music inspired her to continue her education, and she enrolled in the University of Illinois, where she studied music and English and earned a bachelor’s degree.

Helen met her husband-to-be, Anthony Karam, who was a supplier to some of Chicago’s finest hotels, while she worked for the YMCA hotel on Wabash Avenue. She never forgot the sight of this handsome man arriving at the hotel in his three-piece suit. It was Oct. 12, 1965. Charming but Mr. No-Nonsense, Tony took her order, and a cup of coffee later, turned to leave and said, “I’ll pick you up at 6 p.m. Friday.” His brash confidence swept her off her feet, and an amazingly storied life began. A few dates later, she took Tony home to the Abram family farm in Campton Hills. He may have won Helen’s heart in a month, but winning her mother’s approval would take a year.

Tony and Helen were wed on Jan. 14, 1967, at the Baker United Methodist Church, St. Charles. A week later, on the eve of the blizzard of 1967, Tony’s family would arrive in Chicago for a second wedding. The snow stranded everyone, and stories of that week abound to this day, but on Jan. 30, they were wed at St. Ida’s on Broadway. The following day, tragedy struck as Helen’s father died suddenly. Soon, however, the young couple would leave for Mexico. Guadalajara would become home for the next 12 years. When the economy crashed, Tony and Helen packed up their young family of three and returned to the Abram family farm. With hard work and the loving support of Helen’s family, they moved to Big Rock, where they settled into the property that became the Karam homestead.

Before her time at the YMCA hotel, Helen worked for various companies. Her work experience started with the Little Traveler, a local shop that her mother ran. She moved on to become a retail sales manager for Fred Harvey. After the YMCA hotel, Helen would take on the most meaningful career of her life: being mom.

She spent the next years raising her children and perfecting the role of mother hen, which she applied to the rest of the endeavors of her life. There was nothing more special to her than spending time with her children, which later translated to the special bond she grew with her grandchildren. Once her children were grown, she decided to return to work, taking a receptionist position with Lumanair Aviation Services at the Aurora Municipal Airport from 1992 until her retirement in 2008.

As a woman of faith, Helen was a devoted member of Hinckley First United Methodist Church. After her husband Tony’s passing in October 2008, Helen was not one to sit idle. Instead, she devoted her heart and her time rekindling old friendships, and channeled through them a wish to reconnect to her community and organizations, including the Kiwanis Club. Helen, acting as an unofficial ring leader along with a group of friends, also started the unofficial SNAP Fitness group in Elburn, which extended into lunch and dinner dates. They described themselves as a frail bunch. However, their spirit was anything but.

When Helen’s children were in school, she served 14 years on the Hinckley/Big Rock School Board and helped organize events, including 4-H and homecoming parades, which her children believe was a way for her to keep her eyes on them at all times. Her good friend, Orion Samuelson, always kept Helen up to date with any new developing news and information within the farming community. She even bought Orion his very own Future Farmers of America (FFA) jacket—one that he was not able to afford when he was in high school. It is a gift he continues to treasure dearly.

Helen’s role in the life of her family hasn’t been erased; only changed in an instant. She now shares with St. Peter her brag book, filled with pictures of her grandchildren and bursting with a grandma’s pride. Her spirit is now closer to them than ever, wrapped around their hearts forever.

She is survived by three children and their families, John (Tracey) Karam of Reno, Nev., and their children, Spencer and Emma, Carmen (Rick) Carls of Hinckley, Ill., and their children, Mack and Courtney, and Tony (Shannon) Karam of South Elgin, Ill., and their children, Hayden, Calen and Camden; one brother, David Abram of Elburn; many nieces, nephews and their families; several special cousins, Nancy (Pete) Caris of Western Springs, Ill., Anne (Bruce) Brownawell of Long Island, N.Y., Mary McElroy of California, and Richard (Nancy) Schiller of LaGrange, Ill.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Visitation was held Saturday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family committal services were held following cremation.

As special family request, in lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Helen’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Helen Karam Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call (630) 365-6414 or 800 826-6539.

Virginia Souders

Virginia Souders, 90, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully on Sunday Oct. 14, 2012, at Provena Mercy Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 28, 1922, to Arthur and Lulu Long in Kaneville, where Virginia attended local schools.

One evening during a dance at Long’s Barn, Virginia caught the eye of Everett Souders. After a whirlwind courtship, they were united in marriage at her parents’ home on Nov. 28, 1946.

Everett and Virginia began their new life in Aurora for a time before settling on her father’s farm in Kaneville. Virginia had a green thumb and enjoyed spending countless hours tending to her lawn and garden. When she was not able to tend to her garden, she spent time sewing and crocheting.

If you ever visited Virginia’s home, you were met with the aroma of her home cooking. She also enjoyed baking, especially for the church bazaar, where you could taste a homemade cake or pie.

She loved caring for her pet sheep. During the winter, when the sheep were moved, you would catch Virginia taking water across the road for them. Even with all of her hobbies and interests, there was nothing more precious to her than spending time with her grandchildren.

Virginia is survived by her three children, Roger (Blanca) Souders of Kaneville, Linda (Andy) Stavrou of Geneva, and Cindy (Ed) Kleren of North Aurora; three grandchildren, Rodger (Erica) Souders, Chad (Haleigh) Souders and Neal Kleren; and one sister, Phyllis (Robert) Pierson.

She now joins her husband, Everett; and her brothers, Herbert, Arnold, Ervin, Raymond and Harold Long.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Virginia’s life will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of Kaneville United Methodist Church, will officiate. Private Family burial will take place on a future date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Checks may be made to the “Alzheimer’s Foundation of America” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

National Family Partnership, DEA join forces for 2012 Red Ribbon Week

ILLINOIS—The National Family Partnership (NFP) recently announced the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. After the murder of a DEA agent in 1985, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools.

Families can enter Red Ribbon Week’s contest to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home. To participate in the contest, families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year’s message, “The best me is drug free.” Studies show that substance abuse risks lessen when parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, and that is the goal of this year’s contest: to encourage families to talk about prevention.

To win $1,000 for their K-12 school and a new iPad, students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside their parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc., with the “The best me is drug free” theme. Take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Friday, Nov. 2 (must be parents or over the age of 18 to upload photos).

Ask family and friends to vote for your entry at www.redribbon.org/vote between Nov. 2 and Nov. 16. Ten lucky winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at events at their winning schools in December.

“Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,” said NFP Volunteer President Peggy Sapp. “By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.”

DEA Administrator Michele M Leonhart said the agency is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership on a contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem.

“Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe,” she said.

MP to move foward on 2012 Watermain Project

by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Village Board members on Oct. 2 reviewed the proposed 2012 Watermain Project with Village Engineer Jeremy Lin.

“We are waiting for village approval on the loan, which would replace watermain pipes on Elm, Willow, Center and Pearl (streets),” Lin said.

The goal of the review was to better understand if the project is necessary, as it would result in a rate increase on residents’ water bills.

“The existing 4-inch pipes are aged, and are deteriorating,” Lin said. “These pipes were selected as a priority to replace.”

In addition to preventing any potential problems with the aging pipe, the village would also benefit from the project by way of increased flow capabilities and circulation, Lin said.

“Not just in the areas the pipes will be replaced, but within the whole system,” he said.

After hearing Lin’s report, the board agreed to move on with the project.

“It was good to revisit these questions the board had,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “The user charge will need to be implemented immediately.

The rate increase will add about $12 per water bill, and is meant to provide the village with funds to repay the loans taken out for this project.

“Now that we’ve heard the report, it makes more sense now to go forward with the project,” trustee Terry Borg said.

After multiple discussions on whether or not the project needed to be downsized or started at all, the project can now begin as originally planned.

“After this project is completed, there won’t need to be any more improvements made until the time the village sees substantial growth,” Lin said.

Photos: The classics on display

The 20th annual Elburn Lions Car Show took place on Sunday at Lions Park. The event included food, music, a swap meet, craft show and raffle drawing for $2,500 or a 383 Chevrolet stroker motor.

Ron from Aurora displays his fully equipped WWII vehicle in the Special Interest category.

Dennis Ryan and Don Kames from Kaneville check out a 1957 Chevy Bel Air owned by Mike Joray. Rows of classic automobiles were on display throughout the park.
Photos by Kimberly Anderson

Pay by phone for Elburn Metra parking

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Have you ever stood in front of a Metra parking payment machine, punching in numbers and hoping the train wouldn’t leave before you were done?

Soon, you’ll be able to park your car, hop on the train, and pay your parking fee with your cell phone.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith on Monday presented to the Village Board details of the agreement with Parkmobile, the company that will handle the administration of the payments.

Smith said that commuters, once they have registered with Parkmobile, will simply call the Parkmobile number and enter their code and their parking stall number to pay for their parking. The additional charge to use the pay-by-phone system is $.55, with $.35 going to Parkmobile and $.20 cents to the credit card company for processing fees. The total amount will come to $1.80.

Since the Metra train station was built in Elburn, the Police Department and the village have looked for ways to make paying for parking easier for commuters. For those commuters who use the train five days a week, the department offers the option of a three-month, six-month, nine-month or 12-month parking pass. The cost works out to less than the $1.25 per day the commuter pays on a daily basis.

For example, a three-month pass is $76.25, which comes out to approximately $1.17 per day, given the average 22-business-day month. The cost of a 12-month pass is $240, making the cost approximately $.92 per day

Parkmobile will remain in charge of the administration and the money, and will reimburse the village for its portion of the fees on a monthly basis. There is no installation fee, and as long as the village maintains the contract with Parkmobile for at least one year, the service is provided to the village at no cost. If the village cancels the contract within the first year, there is a cancellation fee of $1,000.

The board will vote on the contract at the Village Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.

4 West Nile cases bring the total in Kane County to 9

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department recently reported four more cases of West Nile Virus, bringing the total so far this season to nine.

The most recent cases are a 67-year-old man and 61-year-old man, both from Elgin; a 50-year-old St. Charles man and a 59-year-old Geneva man. The Health Department will report new cases once a week on Wednesdays until the end of the West Nile season, which ends with the first hard frost of the year.

Other cases this year include a 71-year-old man from Aurora, a 61-year-old Geneva woman, a 70-year-old Aurora man, 16-year-old Batavia girl, and a 64-year-old Elgin man, who died in August.

This summer was hot and dry—the perfect combination for the Culex mosquito, the species that is known to carry the virus. West Nile Virus will likely continue to see activity until the season is over. The Health Department monitors for WNV activity in your area and throughout the county. You can visit www.kanehealth.com/wnv_surveillance.htm to view a map of the trap locations throughout the county, as well as other surveillance activities. Surveillance updates are posted once a week.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only about two people out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis, meningitis and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include:
• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.
• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
• Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
• Change water in birdbaths weekly. Properly maintain wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish. Cover rain barrels with 16-mesh wire screen. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Kane County Health Department’s website, www.kanehealth.com/ west_nile.htm, or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, www.idph.state.il.us/ envhealth/wnv.htm. People also can call the IDPH West Nile Virus Hotline at (866) 369-9710, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KHS class of 2002 reunion

KANELAND—A reunion for Kaneland High School’s class of 2002 will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Old Towne Pub, 40w290 LaFox Road in Wasco. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through ticketleap.com (search: Kaneland High School).