New equestrian center to open in Elburn

Promise Equestrian Center, located at 45W050 Beith Road in Maple Park, is a newly renovated facility featuring two large indoor arenas, over 100 stalls and a covered 3/4-mile race track. The center will open in March 2013. Courtesy Photo

by Mary Parrilli
ELBURN—Promise Equestrian Center, a new horse breeding, training, and boarding center in Elburn, is slated to be up and running by the end of March 2013.

The facility is a transformation of the old Hondo Ranch racehorse training facility, located on Beith Road between Meredith Road and Route 47.

According to barn manager Jennifer Velichkoff, the newly renovated center sits on 360 acres, with two large indoor arenas, over 100 stalls and a covered 3/4-mile racetrack. Velichkoff said a third indoor arena is currently under construction and will debut in the upcoming spring.

The center will offer horse training of all disciplines, as well as breeding and affordable, high-quality boarding.

“We wanted Promise to be a one-stop equestrian center and the largest in the area,” Velichkoff said.

Velichkoff was hired on as the barn manager for Promise Equestrian after boasting some impressive credentials. She has been riding, training, and caring for horses for the past 20 years, and carries degrees in animal/equine science and barn management. Velichkoff spent 15 of those 20 years as the owner and barn manager at Lowes Den Stables boarding, training and lesson stable in Sycamore.

In addition to her barn manager experience, Velichkoff is also the founder and president of the American Trail Horse Association, the owner of Northern Illinois Equine Breeding Service since 2002, and a certified equine AI technician.

She said she has been at Promise Equestrian every day for the past month working on restoring the property. She has invested a large portion of her time in the center, spending most of her time cleaning, painting and rebuilding, and trying to mold the vision held by her and the owners.

Ten years ago, the old Hondo Ranch racehorse training facility was foreclosed upon, and was bought up by investors with a vision for the future. The investors wanted a place with shows, clinics, trail rides and special events. They wanted to restore the property to its former glory. Now, they are able to move forward with their dream, and for the past month have been working non-stop to update and restore all the existing elements of the property.

“All of the buildings, including the barns and the race track, were there when the investors bought the property,” Velichkoff said. “Everything was built very strong and sturdy; it’s just a matter of updating and renovating everything to make it look modern and new.”

Although the center is currently open for boarding and trailering, the official grand opening is scheduled for the last weekend in March. Velichkoff plans on hosting some shows, including hunter jumper and western shows. Anyone interested in attending the center and receiving notification of future events is welcome to join the mailing list on the Promise Equestrian website, www.promiseequine.com A coupon for December and January is also available on the website.

When asked about her expectations for Promise’s first year in business, Velichkoff offered a simple response.

“Busy,” she said.

Velichkoff said that affordable, high-quality boarding is hard to find, and that is what Promise is offering its customers. Personal service is Velichkoff’s goal, and she said that she offers one-on-one service for customers to interact with her.

For more information about Promise Equestrian Center, visit www.promiseequine.com.

Amended filing period for board candidates

KANELAND—Senate Bill 3338 was signed into law by Governor Quinn on Nov. 29. This law, which becomes effective immediately, amends Section 1-4 of the Election Code to specify that, for the 2013 consolidated election period, local election officials have until Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. (rather than Monday, Dec. 24) to accept candidates’ petitions.

A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the Kaneland District Office no earlier than 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office. If two or more candidates file simultaneously on the first day (Dec. 17 at 8 a.m., or in the first mail received that day), a lottery will be conducted to determine which name is first on the ballot. The lottery will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. at the Milnamow Administrative Center in the Kaneland District offices at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory; a representative may attend if desired.

Note that Thursday, Jan. 3, is the last day for filing objections to a candidate’s nominating papers in the office of the board secretary, and the last day for a candidate to withdraw from nomination.

Filing dates for Kaneville Consolidated Election candidates

KANEVILLE—Candidates for the Kaneville 2013 Consolidated Election may file their nominating petitions with Kaneville Township Clerk Kim Wendling at the Kaneville Township Office in the Kaneville Community Center, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville, during the following dates and times:
• Friday, Dec. 21, 10 to 11 a.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 to 11 a.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 26, 4 to 5 p.m.

Nomination papers must include statement of candidacy, nomination petitions with 15-65 signatures of registered voters in Kaneville township, receipt for filing statement of economic interests and (optional) loyalty oath.

Geary kicks off 2013 campaign with fundraiser

Sugar Grove Village Trustee Kevin Geary speaks to the audience during his campaign kickoff fundraiser on Dec. 13 at Bliss Creek Golf Club in Sugar Grove. Geary will run for Village President against incumbent Sean Michels in the election on Tuesday, April 9. Courtesy Photo

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove village trustee Kevin Geary on Dec. 13 kicked off his bid for village president with a fundraiser held in the Pine Room at Bliss Creek Golf Club in Sugar Grove.

The fundraiser drew in 40 people, including Kane County Auditor Terry Hunt, Sugar Grove Village Board trustee David Paluch and Kane County Board member Melisa Taylor. Retired Kane County auditor William Keck emceed the event and also introduced Geary to the public in attendance.

“I was very happy with the turnout. You always want a couple more people to show up, but I was pleased overall,” Geary said. “Some people stopped in, chatted and then moved on to other parties.”

Kane County Board Chair Chris Lauzen was slated to attend the event, but had a scheduling conflict.

Geary, a 14-year presence on the Sugar Grove Village Board, will oppose incumbent Village President Sean Michels in the election on Tuesday, April 9, with early voting to begin in mid-March.

Geary’s campaign on Monday filed for the election, and now await the drawing to determine the order of candidate placement on the ballot, which will take place Friday, Jan. 4.

There will also be a town hall meeting to give candidates what Geary referred to as a “true temperature of what residents want their village to be.” The event will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and share their ideas.

“We’re shooting for a date near the middle or end of January,” Geary said.

Geary last week said that his campaign will run on the platform of offering “open and honest government in order to be accountable to the people served by that body,” and creating a business-friendly climate within the village.

“I believe the village has been onerous in some of its requirements toward local busnesses and new business,” he said. “Let’s say a business needs a variance or two. Older buildings can apply for a variance that takes the business from non-compliant to compliant, but Sugar Grove isn’t very liberal with variances. They aren’t given out often enough.”

Geary is also campaigning for government that he believes is more effective and efficient. He proposed the idea of looking at the village roster and finding opportunities to trim the budget. An example of this would be the decision to not backfill positions vacated because of reasons tied to retirement or other employment opportunities.

“That’s a decision that would need to be discussed by the village president and the board,” Geary said.

Geary believes the election race will affect his relationship with Michels on the Village Board.

“We have a difference of opinions, and I am vocal about my opinions when the board is in session,” he said.

According to Geary, one of the differences in opinion concerns the fate of money in the Prairie Parkway fund. He said discussions have suggested that the money should go toward the Route 47/I-88 interchange project. Geary would like to see the money instead go toward the improvement of the cloverleaf at the intersection of Routes 47 and 56. That improvement would include installation of a slip ramp near the cloverleaf, as well as widening the stretch of Route 47 between the cloverleaf and Kendall County to two lanes each way.

“I feel this is a better project because it’s a Route 30 project, and the funds were earmarked for a federal highway, which was supposed to be Prairie Parkway,” Geary said. “This way, it’s federal funds for federal roads, and we benefit from its widening. It could open up development for us, as well.”

The road toward realizing that vision kicked off last week with a campaign fundraiser that Jon Zahm, Geary’s campaign manager, deemed successful.

“The fundraiser, for me, fortified and strengthened the conviction that Sugar Grove wants to move in a different direction,” Geary said.

Board to discuss Elburn Station in new year

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Proposed Shodeen development Elburn Station will be a topic for discussion at the Elburn Village Board’s first meeting in 2013.

Village trustee Ethan Hastert on Monday asked for the discussion to take place at the next regularly scheduled meeting, set for Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

“We all heard from residents about their issues with the development,” Hastert said. “If we can address those with Shodeen, we’ll end up with a better development.”

Hastert said these issues include the number of non-owner-occupied housing units, or rentals, as well as the density within the development.

The current plan for the development calls for 800 rental units, with the ratio of rental units to the overall number of housing units at 36 percent. According to trustee Bill Grabarek, who made the motion in October to table the discussions regarding the development, the village is currently 84.5 percent owner-occupied and 15.4 percent rental units.

Hastert said he doesn’t see who wins if the board lets the development die.

The board on Oct. 16 tabled the vote on the Elburn Station development until the Anderson Road Bridge was built. Hastert was one of three trustees who voted against tabling it. He said at the time that, although he shared some of the other trustees’ concerns about the density of the development, he would rather deal with it than “kick it down the road.”

Hastert on Monday said the village can get on with addressing the infrastructure issue, referring to the Anderson Road extension and bridge. This project has been on hold since the board tabled discussions regarding the residential development.

The road extension was to be used as a bypass for Route 47, diverting truck traffic around Main Street in Elburn.

Shodeen owns the property for the right-of-way for the bridge. The plan 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.

Kane County had agreed to pay $3 million of the $22 million road and bridge project, with the majority of the remaining amount coming from federal and state funding.

DeKalb resident shares concerns about proposed Shodeen development
A DeKalb resident attended Monday night’s Elburn Village Board meeting to share some information regarding a potential Shodeen development in her city.

According to Bessie Chronopoulos, approximately 40 acres of land within the Kiwanis Park was being considered for development. She said that more than 600 residents have signed a petition voicing their opposition to the development of park land.

Chronopoulos said that, in their research, DeKalb residents came upon information regarding Shodeen’s potential development in Elburn. She said they also found the Elburn village website, with its motto of “Better, not just bigger.”

“I like that,” she said.

“Why, we ask, with several empty houses, approved developments, which have stopped short of completion, and an overabundance of multiple housing, why are we looking at approving more housing?” Chronopoulos read from a prepared statement. “Sounds like we should all be reflecting and communicating more regularly about housing … at the local, county and, perhaps, regional level.”

Publisher teams up with Beebe to tell story

by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Aurora Christian football coach Don Beebe has made a career and life out of transitions.

A 1983 graduate of Kaneland High School, he suited up for the Knights and went to school at Western Illinois and Chadron State College in Nebraska.

After working construction and putting up aluminum siding in nearby towns like Montgomery, he moved on for a shot at the NFL Combine and was subsequently drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

After several years and an infamous Super Bowl swat later, Beebe went to the Green Bay Packers, where he earned a championship ring in 1997.

Beebe then moved on to the next phase of his life, operating Don Beebe’s House of Speed, and most recently, head coach of the two-time Class 3A football champion Aurora Christian Eagles.

That’s where Jim Gibson comes in.

Gibson, owner and operator of Big Talk Publishing in Aurora, met with Beebe to put a book together. The result, “Six Rings from Nowhere,” was released at Aurora Christian High School last week.

It wasn’t hard for Gibson, a veteran of the television and movie industry, to get involved and tout the story.

“What’s great is that Don isn’t a blue-chipper, he’s blue collar,” Gibson said. “He’s the guy reading that book.”

Hoopla surrounding the book should continue with the NFL playoffs on the horizon. This season marks the 20th anniversary of the Bills’ historic Wild Card round comeback against the Houston Oilers, as well as the Super Bowl swat to rob Leon Lett of a defensive touchdown.

Gibson said CBS Sports is set to be in the area to interview Beebe and Lett about the play.

“(Beebe’s) so humble about all this. He’s a guy that showed up at the same combine with a pair of old tennis shoes and a duffle bag sharing space with Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman and Barry Sanders,” Gibson said.

The book is available for purchase at houseofspeed.com, sixringsfromnowhere .com, donbeebe.com, or at Aurora Christian High School.

“This book was a no-brainer, and comes after a long process,” Gibson said. “I knew of Don before this, and as I got to know him on a much deeper level, I felt he really needed to explain his story.”

“Six Rings from Nowhere,” co-written with writer Denise Crosby, has an introduction by Beebe’s Bills teammate Jim Kelly, and a forward by his Packers teammate Brett Favre.

Included in the book are tales of Favre giving a game ball to Beebe after their Super Bowl XXXI win over the New England Patriots, and his first catch in the NFL, a touchdown pass against Houston cornerback Cris Dishman.

“(Beebe’s) a guy that was out of college football for three-and-a-half years, and decided ‘I have to get back to football,’ and that’s the beginning,” Gibson said.

Big Talk Publishing’s effort is a story of faith, hope and triumph, plus plenty of anecdotes for the most ardent football fan.

The story of the Kaneland Knight-turned construction worker-turned-wide reciever-turned-championship coach and father of four has something for everyone.

“Working with him and talking about how he got his first ring and the winner of ESPN’s first Play of the Year was great,” Gibson said. “But it’s about a guy who has the heart of a champion.”

Music of the season

Nate Biery plays guitar with instructor/owner Ben Westfall. The two performed “The First Noel,” “Simple Gifts” and “The Big Corral” during the Holiday Recital at Da Capo Music.

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Justin Lesseberg plays “Let it Snow” during recital on Sunday at Da Capo Music Studio.

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Lauren Koffenberger of Elburn plays “Home on the Range” and “Silent Night” with instructor/owner Kristin Paxinos.

Photos by Kimberly Anderson

Madrigal magic

The Kaneland High School Madrigals presented their annual Madrigal Feaste on Dec. 14, 15 and 16, in the high school cafeteria. This is the 35th year of the Kaneland Music Department‘s Renaissance Dinner. Bryan Kunstman and his Madrigals provided great costumes, pageantry, and comedy that delighted the dinner guests. Photos by Patti Wilk
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Gigantic week for P.J. Fleck

Kaneland alum has daughter day before officially becoming WMU head coach
Kalamazoo, Mich.—Kaneland School District Hall of Fame member and Sugar Grove native P.J. Fleck had a whirlwind start to his week.

Preliminary, unconfirmed reporting from various sports media outlets began Monday, stating that Fleck would be officially named the head football coach at Western Michigan University (WMU).

The WMU Athletics Department confirmed the reports during the day Monday, stating that a press conference to officially name Fleck as their football program’s head coach had been set for Tuesday afternoon.

“When talking with people about Coach Fleck, the words used to describe his approach were ‘limitless energy,’ ‘limitless possibility,’ ‘limitless passion,’ ‘limitless enthusiasm,’ ‘limitless drive,’ ‘limitless achievement’ and ‘limitless opportunity,’” posted Mat Kanan, director of athletic media, when announcing the press conference online.

That press conference was put in jeopardy when Fleck’s wife, Tracie, went into labor Monday evening. The couple later welcomed their second child, Paisley, who will now look up to big brother, Carter Joseph (C.J.).

Fleck then made the trip to Kalamazoo, Mich., in time for the press conference.

“It’s great to be back in the MAC,” Fleck said as he reached the podium after being officially announced as the Broncos’ head coach. “I feel like I’ve come home.”

He presented the packed Varsity W Club Room in the Seeyle Center on the WMU campus with his plan as the university’s 15th head coach.

“We will do everything we can to bring success on the field and in the classroom,” he said.

Fleck described his approach to building a collegiate football program, as well as giving some insight into himself as a person.

“I’m an ordinary guy and I’ve surrounded myself with extraordinary people,” he said.

Fleck was a standout wide receiver on the back-to-back undefeated KHS state championship teams in 1998 and 1999. He set state records during his time as a Knight, with 95 catches for 1,548 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior season. In his KHS career, Fleck caught 199 passes for 3,121 yards and 34 touchdowns, including a string of 40 straight games in which he caught at least one pass.

He then went on to play wide receiver for Northern Illinois University, where he earned first-team All Mid-American Conference honors in 2003. As a senior, he led NIU with 77 catches for 1,028 yards and six touchdowns.

Fleck began his coaching career after two seasons as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. After signing with the 49ers as a free agent in 2004, he spent most of that season on the practice squad before making an appearance versus New England late in the year. He was placed on the injured reserve roster in 2005 before retiring from professional football in June 2006.

Fleck began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Ohio State University in 2006, working with the Buckeyes’ tight ends and assisting with the special teams units.

Northern Illinois University hired Fleck in 2007 as a wide receivers coach, and he also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator. He then took wide receivers coaching position for Rutgers University in 2010. In early 2012, Fleck was hired as NIU offensive coordinator, but resigned the following day, instead taking a wide receivers coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccanears in the National Football League.

Now, with his head coaching position at WMU, Fleck is the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Fleck and his wife annually host the P.J. Fleck “Live Your Dream” Football Camp that benefits the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation (Friends of Carra), Alapecia Foundation (Locks of Love), Coach Kill’s Cancer Fund and the P.J. Fleck Scholarship Fund.

Drew drops in on DeKalb

Kaneland point guard Drew David returned to the lineup after his injury that kept him out of the first six games. He helped the Knights come back against DeKalb, winning 50-45 on Friday. Photo by Patti Wilk

Key 3 fuels comeback win at Barbs
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Perhaps the only group unhappy to see the return of Kaneland point guard Drew David was the group hosting the boys basketball game on Friday night.

It was David’s first game back from a wrist injury suffered during football season, and he lofted a successful three-pointer to give KHS a 46-45 lead with 43.6 seconds remaining.

The shot gave the Knights the lead for the rest of the contest and resulted in a 50-45 win over the host Barbs.

Kaneland is now 3-4 (2-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

The game featured Kaneland playing catch-up since the first quarter, facing as much as an eight-point deficit in the game.

The fourth frame saw KHS go 7-for-10 from the field and a string of six made shots in a row.

Matt Limbrunner paced the Knights with 16 points, followed by Tyler Carlson’s 11, John Pruett’s 10 and David’s eight.

“We were down the whole game, but the boys fought really hard,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “Drew came up big toward the end, and it was a team effort. It was obviously nice having Drew back.”

DeKalb entered the fourth up 34-29, and Kaneland’s run began when Pruett’s putback off of a Dan Miller miss made it 39-35 with 4:05 remaining.

DeKalb made the first of two foul shots to make it a five-point game. Pruett’s shot made it 40-37 with 2:50 to go, and David hit his first trifecta with 1:58 remaining to neutralize a previous Barb three and make it 43-40.

Tyler Carlson’s basket 20 seconds later made it 43-42.

Miller’s foul shot tied it with 1:27 left before a Barb conversion tilted the lead back to the home team with 1:05 left.

David then hit the crucial three from the wing, and a similar attempt by DeKalb was for naught, allowing Pruett and David to hit four foul shots to cap the win.

“I don’t know, I’m pretty out of shape, but I was just trying to help the team win,” David said. “I just got cleared the other day and it’s (my hand is) pretty weak, so it’s kind of foreign for me, shooting right now.”

DeKalb had a 10-7 lead after one frame, and was up 20-16 after two quarters.

Kaneland sets off against Sandwich at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Dec. 22, in the first round of the Plano Christmas Classic. The winner faces Lisle on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 3:30 p.m., while the loser faces either Newark or Burlington Central at 6:30 p.m.

Wrestlers tussle with Yorkville in losing effort

Photo: Kaneland’s Dan Goress was one of four Knights who earned a win against visiting Yorkville last Thursday night, winning by major decision 18-5. The Knights lost to the Foxes 45-19. Photo by Ben Draper

Knights also face 3 foes in home weekend quad
KANELAND—You can have a plan to be aggressive on the wrestling mat, but unless it manifests during mat time, no win is automatic.

Kaneland’s meet against visiting Yorkville had some nice moments for the Knights, but the Foxes’ strong attack took hold in a 45-19 win.

Saturday turned a little better, with a home quad resulting in wins over Geneva and Belvidere North before a loss to Rock Island.

Kaneland’s dual record is now 6-7.

Wins over the rival Foxes took the form in bouts like a Connor Williams 9-6 win in the 120-pound match and Esai Ponce’s 1:55 pin in the 132-pound match.

“You try to score as much as you can for your team, because you know you’re giving up weights,” Ponce said of the fact that Kaneland forfeits at several weight classes during dual meets. “I feel we can do a lot better than last year.”

Dan Goress, at 145, won a 16-5 major decision, and Nick Sharp took the 220-pound match in 1:41.

“We’re just going to pound basic drill after basic drill,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said. “We’re not attacking enough on our feet. We need to be offensive wrestlers.”

Kaneland went pin happy against rival Geneva in a 42-38 win.

Adam Mish (106 pounds), Stephen Gust (113), Dane Goodenough (126), Ponce, Sonny Horn (138) and Goress all came away with pins.

Ponce’s 12-second fall was the quickest in the head-to-head encounter.

Kaneland also beat Belvidere North 51-21.

Zach Theis took heavyweight glory in a 42-second pinfall, while Mish earned a pin in 2:20.

Teammate Gust won a fall in 1:10, and Williams went the distance in an 8-6 win. In addition to a forfeit, Ponce (:58), Horn (1:48) and Goress (1:17) all took pins.

The only team blemish for KHS was a 45-18 loss to Rock Island.

Gust won a 7-0 battle, while Ponce was victorious in 5-1 fashion. Goress won a 7-2 match, while the final two wins went to Sharp (9-3) and Theis (3:10).

Kaneland travels to Woodstock for a dual on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Kaneland begins Ottawa journey

3-game skid ends with win over Sandwich
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland Lady Knights basketball endured a three-game skid last week, but still has enough of a pedigree to be a highly looked at team from the area.

KHS began the current season winning its first seven.

Then came last week’s losses to DeKalb and Antioch, and the Lady Knights had to endure another loss to Geneseo High School on Saturday as part of the Ottawa Tournament.

However, the ship was righted with a better result against Sandwich later that day.

The Lady Knights sit at 8-4 (2-2 Northern Illinois Big XII).

“We played solid defensively in all three losses, we played against three tough teams,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We had a chance in all three games; it came down to missing some shots at key moments in the game.”

Kaneland slogged through a 37-33 loss in pool play down in Ottawa to NIB-12 crossover foe Geneseo.

Geneseo led matters 11-6 after one, but KHS tied the score at 15 going into the break. The Maple Leafs were up 25-20 after three before the Lady Knights outscored Geneseo 13-12 to no avail.

Kaneland was 11-for-36 from the field and committed 14 turnovers on the game.

Ashley Prost had a team-high 12 points, while Aly O’Herron had 11 points supplied in part by three three-pointers. Teammate Brooke Harner had five steals on the defensive end in a losing effort.

More up the KHS alley was the 60-30 win over the Interstate Eight Conference stalwart Sandwich program.

Kaneland was 23-for-41 from the field and led by Prost’s 16 points, with 11 Lady Knights seeing the scoring column.

Kaneland’s Sarah Grams added five assists in the win. Reserve Marina Schaefer had eight points and five boards, as well.

Tuesday saw Kaneland drop its second game in a week to DeKalb in a 38-22 loss at home.

The DeKalb “D” was too much for the Lady Knights, as they saw a 10-7 first-quarter deficit extend to 19-7 at halftime. KHS was unable to come back in the second half.

Prost led Kaneland with 8 points and 4 rebounds.

The Ottawa gathering resumes on Friday, Dec. 21, with Kaneland set to square off against Joliet Catholic, LaSalle-Peru or Morris at 3 p.m.

KHS had previously called Oswego East High School its holiday tournament home since the 2006-07 season before hitting Ottawa this season.

Bowling sees promising signs at Lisle Invite

Photo: Christie Crews is trying to improve on her standout performance last year. Here she throws against LaSalle Peru High School on Tuesday at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Sometimes a weekend invite is all you need to see what can happen.

On Saturday, Kaneland bowling went to the Lisle Invite and came away with a second-place trophy in the “B” bracket.

Kaneland knocked down 1,308 pins in the morning session and 2,060 pins in the afternoon session for a total of 3,368.

The first matchups were traditional five-on-five formats, with the field divided into A and B brackets in the afternoon.

KHS was ninth out of 16 teams, and was placed in the “B” bracket.

Kaneland came away with wins over Lisle and then Willowbrook before losing to Rock Island in the final match of the day.

“It’s a game we should have won, but tiredness showed, and we just didn’t get the scores we needed,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “Still, we got a nice trophy for taking second place. It was good to bowl against several teams on the same day. As is often the case with us, we just seemed to tire out and lose the competitive spirit late in the day. We’ll have to work on that prior to our next tournament in January. All in all, I’m pleased with our performance, and I think the girls are, too.”

Kaneland played hosts to LaSalle-Peru Tuesday and fell in all three games by a total of 2,908-2,620.

Christie Crews led the Lady Knights with a pair of 181-high games and a 508 series. Ellissa Eckert followed with a 175 high game and 467 series.

Bowling picks up on Jan. 3, 2013, hosting Sycamore High School at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

Letter: Elburn Lions Park a ‘no bullying’ zone

With all the talk and publicity about bullying, you might ask if there’s a safe place for your son or daughter. Well, there is a safe place right here in Elburn: Lions Park.

On the first Wednesday of every month, our Leo Club meets in our clubhouse. The Elburn Leo Club is open to any student in the Kaneland School District.

Our Leo Club is one of the largest and strongest in the state of Illinois. The transformation that you will see in your child is amazing. These kids and young adults go through this transformation while interacting with other kids and young adults of like minds.
The main thing that youth learn in the Elburn Leo Club is service to those less fortunate.

There is no cost to join the Elburn Leo Club. Lion Pam Hall is the Elburn Leo Club advisor. Further information about the Elburn Leo Club and its meeting time is available by calling (630) 365-6315.

Chris Halsey
Elburn Lions Club

Letter: A thank you to those who participated in Christmas in Kaneville

I would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Christmas in Kaneville event on Dec. 1. Thank you to all who came out to support us and enjoy the day.

I would especially like to thank the Kaneville United Methodist Church for their cookie walk, Kaneville Volunteer Fire Department for hosting Santa, Santa and his helpers for donating their time, George and his horses, Gloria Stewart and Heidi Withey of Halogen Lighting for taking and donating our Santa pictures, the Kaneville Public Library for their musical program and crafts, Old Second Bank and Hill’s Country Store for their customer appreciation, and all the crafters with their special talents for the craft show.

On behalf of the Kaneville Township Historical Society, I would like to thank all our bakers who gave us one of the biggest bake sales we’ve ever had. Thank you to Robert Krajecki for the beautiful painting raffled off on that day to raise funds for the Historical Society. Margie Cleveland was our hometown winner of the painting.

To all our historical volunteers—Sheryl Behm, Margie Cleveland, Jeanette Wampach, Pat Hill and Lynette Werdin—thank you for your
help.

As a final note, make sure to get your copy of our 2013 calendar, “Remember When,” before they’re all gone.

Karen Flamand
Kaneville Township Historical Society

Letter: Mental health facility closures the real culprit behind recent shooting sprees

In an interview with CBS Chicago, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told reporters that the recent closures of mental health facilities “is harming people with mental illnesses who should be patients instead of inmates, and the victims of their crimes that could have been prevented.”

With the recent rash of shooting sprees, everyone’s attention has immediately turned to gun control. Some argue for tighter restrictions, and others argue to allow citizens to conceal carry. I have a unique view on the subject: it doesn’t matter.

Attempting to control violent, senseless killings by enacting more gun laws is like trying to prevent drunk driving by controlling the sale of cars. Anyone who makes detailed plans to gun down a group of defenseless strangers obviously has a mental illness. This should be our focus.

Across the United States, state public mental health budgets have been slashed at least $4.35 billion from 2009 to 2012, according to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). The Huffington Post writes, “Twenty-nine states reported they’ve had to close more than 3,200 inpatient beds for mentally ill people over the last four years.” Frighteningly, just months after the NIU shootings in DeKalb, Kishwaukee Hospital, the hospital that serves the DeKalb area, closed its inpatient psychiatric care unit.

Mentally ill citizens have increasingly fewer and fewer resources and attention than ever in recent history. As a registered nurse of 20 years, I have watched as people in need of this vital care slip between the cracks of our social safety net and end up using the emergency department for their mental healthcare needs—a place ill-designed to assist in this matter. They come to us to refill their psychiatric medications, they come to us when they feel out of control with anxiety and panic attacks, and they come to us when they become suicidal. All they receive, however, is either a prescription with no real psychiatric care or a 6-24 hour wait in the crowded, noisy emergency room while social services attempts to find them placement in the packed inpatient psychiatric units.

What’s worse is many more end up in the penal system where they receive no appropriate treatment, and they each cost taxpayers between $20,000-50,000 a year, depending on the state.

The mentally ill are treated as less-than-human by their more stable counterparts. There has always been a stigma associated with this illness, and now the government has turned their backs on them. We are all, as a country, paying for that slight. Dozens of mass shootings have marred our countryside, causing untold grief and fear. When will we wake up and realize mental health care funding affects us all?

It’s time to stop looking at these shootings as a cry for gun control and see them as you would accidents caused by drunk drivers. Laws that restrict everyone’s use of a vehicle and/or ability to obtain a driver’s license will not stop drunk drivers from killing innocent people. However, helping them with their substance abuse problems will.

The free market may not see the value in taking care of our mentally/emotionally ill neighbors, but I’m sure everyone can agree it is worth funding programs that would prevent the senseless violence that took the lives of 20 first graders. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Let’s get to the source of the problem, which is the mental state of the shooters, not the weapons they wield.

Tara Scharlau
Maple Park

Letter: A thank you from the Elburn Chamber’s beautification committee

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce’s beautification committee wishes to thank the following people for their help in volunteering with the winter decorations: Tyler and Pat Hill, Wasco Nursery, and Brownie Troop 4036 from Kaneland John Stewart School. Downtown looks great, and we could not have done it without all of your help.

Jamie Jump
Office Administrator
Elburn Chamber of Commerce
www.elburn.com

Letter: A thank you from Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630

Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630 would like to express a heartfelt thanks to the donors at the recent Elburn Community Blood Drive. We had 31 volunteers and collected 29 pints of blood.

Thank you to Arthur Anderson, John Anderson, Laurel Beatty, Robert Biddle, Barbara Blank, Jordyn Boley, LeRoy Bubser, Allison Buri, Kelly Callaghan, Albert Frohling, Dennis Girard, Sandra Gould, Kenneth Gustafson, Steve Hall, Pamela Hall, Deborah Hannemann, Daniel Hannemann, Janet Herra, Megan Herra, Cheryl Krauspe, Dawn Kuefler, Peter Kuefler, Mark Lund, James Schnaitman, Larry Schramm, Grayce Seablom, James Staley, Rebecca Staley and Robert Weihofen.

Please thank these neighbors and friends, as you are out and about this holiday season, for caring enough to give the gift of life.

Also, a thank you to Auxliary volunteers Carrie Petrie and Helen Johnson. A special thank you to the American Legion Post 630 for the use of their building to make this special event possible.

Please mark your calendars for the next drive, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. No appointment needed. We’d love to see you there. Happy holidays.

Kay Swift
Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630

Editorial: Holiday hope serves as light during our darkest hour

Throughout the history of the United States, there have been too many examples of horrific, senseless violence resulting in the deaths of innocent people. These are the kinds of acts that shock people in this country to their very core and force them to reconsider everything they think they know about the world around them.

Many of us remember the anguish and horror we felt when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed on April 19, 1995. Many of us—students and parents alike—were forever scarred by the murderous events that transpired at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 20, 1999. Many of us felt time stand still when the Twin Towers and Pentagon were attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. Many of us gasped in horror when Virginia Tech University experienced a mass-shooting tragedy on April 16, 2007, and were reduced to tears when Northern Illinois University—an institution right in our own backyard—experienced a similar tragedy 10 months later.

Those same feelings crept up again last summer when a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., transformed into a mass-shooting nightmare. And then those feelings came slamming back without warning last Friday when Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., became the setting for a horrific and simply unspeakable shooting spree that took 26 innocents lives—20 of whom were children no older than 7 years of age.

The Sandy Hook tragedy occurred at a time when this country is typically readying itself for Christmas and the holiday season as a whole. In the wake of such a heartbreaking event, many of us are no longer thinking about Christmas and New Year’s, presents and party hats, pie in front of the fireplace and champagne at midnight. How does one celebrate the holidays when they know there are families in Colorado and Connecticut who are now dealing with the reality of life without their child or loved one? How could we celebrate anything—much less a time of year built on cheer and goodwill—under these circumstances?

On the contrary, we believe that this country needs the holiday season now more than ever as an opportunity to begin the healing process by way of spreading both holiday hope and genuine kindness. This is a time when we should all stop and take a moment to appreciate everyone—family, friends, neighbors, even enemies—in our respective lives. At a time of year when the shopping is hectic and tempers are toxic, we must forgo the angry and petty behavior and instead strive to be the person who can help get others through a dark time such as this. At a time when finances can run slim, we need to take a step back and realize how fortunate we are to have our loved ones either within arm’s length or just a phone call away. There are people in this country who, as of last Friday, can no longer enjoy such a seemingly simple pleasure.

We’ll certainly see several debates come about as a result of the Sandy Hook tragedy—debates regarding gun control and practices concerning mental disorders. Those debates are bound to be hot-button issues. However, they shouldn’t prevent us from being decent to each other. In fact, nothing at this point should prevent us from being decent to each other.

At a time like this, the relationships we keep shouldn’t just be the most important thing—they should be the only thing. And that’s why it’s so important to use this holiday season as a time to heal, regroup and get in back in touch with the things that really matter in life.

Here’s to a happier 2013.

Arlene ‘Dolly’ Bridgewater

Arlene “Dolly” Bridgewater, 82, of St. Charles, formerly of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, 2012.

She was born in Chicago on May 7, 1930.

Dolly grew up in Chicago and attended local Catholic schools. She graduated in 1948.

Lawrence Dalton Bridgewater Jr. caught Dolly’s eye, and soon he captured her heart. They were united in marriage in 1950.

They continued to make their home in Chicago. While Larry served his country with the U.S. Navy, Dolly kept the home fires going. Later, they resided on Euclid Avenue in Glen Ellyn.

In addition to selling real estate in Glen Ellyn alongside her husband, Dolly worked at Ball Seed Company in West Chicago, Ill., and also spent ten years at Homemakers in Downers Grove, Ill., where she was John M. Smith’s personal secretary.

Dolly was a part of “The Girls Club,” which began in grade school and grew to incorporate all of her best friends. She also was a member of St. Petronilla Catholic Church in Glen Ellyn and St. John Newman Catholic Church in St. Charles.

She loved to water ski and did so into her mid-60s, with one hand on the tow rope and the other holding her nose.

Other than her husband, Dolly had a special place in her heart for Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones, and played their music as often as possible.

She was a force to be reckoned with when it came to playing cards, and in later years she made a name for herself when she moved into Carroll Towers in St. Charles.

Summers brought the promise of trips to their summer home at Lake Delavan in Wisconsin. Thousands of memories were made along the shore, but many more were made on her numerous trips around the country and also the world. Jamaica, Hawaii, Cancun, a cruise to Alaska, train trips to Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Door County, Wisc., were only a few of her favorite destinations.

In her later years, she liked to crochet many blankets for her loved ones. She was a long-time and fervent fan of her beloved Chicago Bears, and she let them know with every win and loss. Above all, she was most proud of her family and always made the most of the time she spent in their company.

She is survived by five children, Kathy (Steven) Wright, Steven (Elizabeth) Bridgewater, Kim (Bart) Shaver, Richard Bridgewater and Lawrence Bridgewater III; eight grandchildren, Michael (Shelly) Wright and their two daughters, Peyton and Presley, Dan Field, Josh Bridgewater, Michael (Stephanie) McCutcheon, Brittany Polly, Jake Cinkus and Nicole Bridgewater, and Isabella Bridgewater; three siblings, Joyce (Tony) Buccola, Bob (Trish) Buss and Jan (Terry) Kenny; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Larry; one son, Mark Bridgewater; and her sister Gerrianne.

Visitation, with a service to celebrate her life, was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in their name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Arlene Bridgewater 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 also find her full-life story.

Floreine (DeMille) Kumpholz

Floreine (DeMille) Krumpholz, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Monroe, Wis.

Floreine was born Oct. 2, 1922, the daughter of Henry and Jennie DeMille in Stephenson, Mich.

Floreine married Paul Nash in 1955. They owned and operated Nash’s in Elburn for many years. They made their home in the apartment above the tavern. Paul passed away in 1970.

Floreine and Roli Guisti were married in 1973. Floreine and Roli made their home on Pierce Street in Elburn. They spent the next 23 years together before Roli passed away. In 2001, she married Robert Krumpholz and they moved to Marinette, Wis.

She was a long-time member of St. Gall Church in Elburn, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 630 and Geneva Elks Auxiliary.

Floreine was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She could make anything. Over the years she made a number of wedding dresses for local brides in the Elburn area. All family members received a special quilt from her, made especially for them. When the weather allowed, you would find her outside tending her garden and her lawn. She loved to travel the world. She visited every state in the US and countless trips to Europe. The most important thing in her life was family. There was no one more important to her than her grandkids. They meant the world to her and always brought a smile to her face.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Lyle) Fuller of Gratiot, Wis., Bill (Gerti) Johnson of Rockford, Ill., and Paula Hilderbrand of Yorkville, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Janette Johnson of Geneva; sister, Blanche Myers of Wallace, Mich.; grandchildren, Greg, Steve and Mike Gilkey, Mark and Keith Johnson, Brad and Meghan Hilderbrand; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Nash, Roli Guisti and Bob Krumpholz; one son, Richard Johnson; three brothers, Rupert, Donald and Warren Demille; and one sister, Doris Szapa.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral Mass to celebrate Floreine’s life is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn. Father Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. A second visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Conley Outreach. Checks may be made to “Conley Outreach” 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.

David C. Stephens

David C. Stephens, 55, of Elburn, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Taken too soon, David’s memory lives on through his family and friends that will miss him forever.

He was born Jan. 28, 1957, in Sycamore, Ill., the son of Charles and Lois (Freeman) Stephens.

David grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland High School. After graduating with the class of 1975, David worked locally for a time, including a stint at Harms Chevrolet detailing cars, before beginning a 20-year career at St. Charles Kitchens until they closed their doors. He then found work at Seimens in West Chicago and became supervisor shortly after.

David’s heart beat for only one woman, and her name was Lisa Schusler. They were united in marriage in October 1981, and welcomed home a son, Matthew, within the year. They began their new life in Elburn on Welter Road for a time, but although they remain the best of friends and loving parents, David and Lisa parted ways.

David continued to live in Elburn making memories but his time was cut short, and only God knows why. It broke his family to lose him, but if there is anything that is certain in this world, it is that he will never be forgotten.

As a young man, as many young men before and since, David was an expert at mischief—much to the consternation of his parents, but to the delight of his partner in crime, his brother. David’s radio was always tuned to his favorite rock bands, but he turned up the volume whenever AC/DC or Black Sabbath came on.

While fishing in nearby creeks with his son, David would throw stones in the barns to make pigeons fly because it made his son laugh. Trips to Tennessee over the Fourth of July were when he looked forward to sitting back and casting his line.

David was a serious, hardcore Chicago Bears fan every Sunday. Even when his son lived in Minnesota, they talked all about how great or how horrible they played.

David was a soft-spoken man who let his actions speak volumes and wore his heart on his sleeve. His work ethic was as strong as his faith, and he was proud of both. Vehicles were spotless and showroom ready. However, that dedication did not extend to his home.

He is survived by his son, Matthew (Shuntel) Stephens and their children, Jaden and Dylan, of Kiester, Minn.; three siblings, Lynn (Kenny) Wilkinson, Karen (John) Wilkinson and Kevin (Teresa) Stephens; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lois.

Visitation was held Sunday, with a prayer service to celebrate his life at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David’s name to benefit the education of his grandchildren, who were the apples of his eyes. Checks may be made to the “David Stephens 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.

Anthony J. ‘A.J.’ Rich

Anthony J. “A.J.” Rich was born on Dec. 29, 1916, in DePue, Ill., a small town along the Illinois River, five miles from LaSalle and Peru.

A.J.’s father was a cabinetmaker from Yugoslavia who settled in DePue, and A.J.’s mother, Ursula, sadly passed away when he was four. A.J. had one older sister, Mary, and one younger brother, Walter, and was raised by his stepmom, Agnes, who also had three kids, Alfred, John and Richard.

At the age of 10, A.J. developed an interest in electronics. His father bought a Philco radio with a short wave band, and as soon as A.J. got ahold of the radio, he began adjusting it and heard people talking and exchanging call letters. He also got his hands on a Sears Catalog that outlined how to build a crystal set and receive radio signals.

While he was still in high school, A.J. fixed the local community’s radios and soon opened his own radio shop in downtown DePue. He also sold appliances. After he graduated high school in 1934, that summer A.J. did some research and learned he wanted to one day become a HAM Radio Operator. At age 21, he married Katharine Toscana, who was from Standard, Ill., a small farming community near the Illinois River Valley.

A.J. lived in DePue for one year and still ran his electronics shop. His Philco Radio supplier told A.J. that the United States Army Signal Corps was looking for HAM Operators to become instructors, and they gave the Colonel A.J.’s name. Shortly thereafter, A.J. got a call from the military to come out for a meeting with the Colonel in Chicago.

A.J. met with the Colonel as the military interviewing positions for the United States Signal Corps instructors to train the army men how to use and repair the radio equipment used during the second World War for the Marines hitting the beachheads at Normandy. When A.J. got up to leave, the Colonel said that classes started “first thing tomorrow morning.” At that time, these classes were held at Navy Pier.

A.J., Katharine, and their two children Jerry and twin sister Janice prepared to move to Chicago and eventually found an apartment on the corner of Montrose and Mozart. A.J. spent his nights at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. By 1943, he was no longer needed in the Signal Corps and so he transitioned to a position with Motorola within their engineering lab until 1948. He remembered Bob Galvin occasionally walking through the lab.

A.J. and his family lived in the city until 1948 and then he built a house in Villa Park, Ill. From 1948-1952, he worked for a communications company in Chicago. In 1952, he started his own business in communications, Rich Inc. and that same year developed a multi-communication system that is still used in schools and hospitals today. He gained many relationships with architects and engineers developing state-of-the-art communications systems during the 1950s and beyond.

When the ‘70s hit, technology changed. Always staying on the knee of technology, A.J. was prepared to follow the transition from vacuum tubes to solid-state circuitry to integrated circuits to finally microprocessors and software.

In 1961, his son Jerry graduated from Northern Illinois University and began to work closely alongside A.J.

In the mid-1970s, the era of digital technology hit, and in 1974, the Apple 1 came out. At that time, A.J. bought the first Apple 1, designed his company’s ROS (Rich Operating Systems), and determined how to apply their software and programming for microprocessors and multiple applications.

A.J.’s company, Rich Inc., went on to integrate audio, video, and data in educational and medical centers, which led to the integration of computer terminals in the trading industry that positioned his company as the world leader in information retrieval.

A funeral Mass for A.J. was held on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove. Fr. Bob Jones officiated. Private family interment took place place at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1189, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 or to the Kid’s Golf Association of Northern Illinois, P.O Box 610. Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Arrangements are being finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove.

For more information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Violet Lois (Herzog) Meyer

Violet Lois (Herzog) Meyer, 92, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Alden Courts of Waterford, Aurora, where she recently made her home.

She was born in Plainfield, Ill., on April 24, 1920, the daughter of Robert and Opal (Carey) Herzog.

Violet grew up on a family farm in Plainfield and attended local schools, graduating with the class of 1938.

Violet and Glenn Meyer met at the roller skating rink in Plainfield, and it didn’t take too many turns before they both fell in love. Both were lifelong farmers, and found in each other an unending friendship that would last for the next 56 years. They were united in marriage on March 7, 1942, at the Baptist Church of Plainfield, and started their married life on a farm south of Sugar Grove, where they raised their six children.

In 1964, they moved to a farm on Bliss Road, and made their last move in 1968 to the first and only home they ever owned, which was in Elburn.

Violet was a 4-H leader for over 50 years, was a short order cook in high school and off-and-on while on the farm; was a member of Homemakers; and worked at the Kane County Extension Office. While in the area, she was a member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church and sang tenor in the church choir. Glenn and Violet were members of the Young Adults Club—she sang opposite Ed Dugan, and Glenn built sets.

In their later years, they graduated to a 500 club along with seven other couples, rotating their card playing each month for years. Once in Elburn, she joined the Congregational Church and their Amen group. She enjoyed their Bible study group and Sunday services as well.

For years after the kids were grown, Glenn and Violet traveled throughout the U.S.—first by car, then with Grammer Tours by bus. Their claim to fame was having visited all 50 states. They also visited Europe a couple times with Fun-Timers. She loved to travel—if there was somewhere to go, she was the first one packed.

Violet was never one to be idle, and sewed her own clothes and drapes for years. She taught herself to crochet in high school, and it was a passion that lasted a lifetime. Each year she would plan her signature afghan gift for the newest graduate; for weddings, it was an intricately detailed doily. Her work reflected her tenacity for perfection, and she often tore out a mistake again and again, looking over her glasses and grumbling, “Nertz.”

Violet was an avid Sox fan, which began when her Uncle Al used to take her to games. She was an amazing sports fan—she cheered for the Bears, Bulls and even the Cubs if there was no Sox game on. She thoroughly enjoyed hashing over the latest game with the boys, in particular the grandsons.

Violet was never one for gossip. And though she wasn’t much of a talker at times, she was always a great listener. She always had a soft spot for the boys. Her greatest love included her six children, 20 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was always first in line to hold the newest member.

She is survived by five children, Susann N. (James) Evans, William R. (Karen) Meyer, Dianne L. (Stan) Kazak, Edward E. (Patricia) Meyer and Phyllis M. Intrain; one daughter-in-law, Linda Meyer; 19 grandchildren, Todd Evans, Kari Evans, Angie Van Fleet, Robin (Todd) Cotter, Tracey Schroeder, Missie (Brandt) Smith, Marcie Meyer, Rae (Brian) Smith, Trish (Ben) Hoskins, Scott (Detra) Meyer, Brent (Lisa) Meyer, Russ (Bonnie) Meyer, Kevin Meyer, Courtney (Roger) Moore, Beth Meyer, Clint (Lindsay) Meyer, Josh (Sarah) Melchert, Kathryn Melchert and Bryan Melchert; 24 great-grandchildren, Ian, Sydney, Colin, Jessica, Sophie, Joe, Megan, Lauren, Addison, Ashley, Jessica, Kyle, Tim, Travis, Aaron, Donnie, Chloe, Thelise, Jareth, Cole, Alexandra, Sean, Abbigail and Brooklyn; two sisters, Velma Ferguson of Lynn Creek, Mo., and Vera Krnac of Plainfield; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn W. Meyer; one son, Donald R. Meyer; a granddaughter, Jayme, and her husband, John Carlson; one grandson-in-law, Troy Scott; two siblings, Edward Herzog and Verna Hollmier.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn, A funeral to celebrate her life will follow at 7 p.m. Rev. Bennett McNeal, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Violet’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Violet Meyer 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.

Treasurer asks residents to help locate military medal owners

SPRINGFIELD—On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford unveiled an updated Operation Reunite list of names now that several military medals have been returned to veterans.

Operation Reunite is the program that links veterans and their families with any unclaimed military medals, awards and military artifacts that have been transferred to the treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division. Rutherford launched Operation Reunite shortly after taking office in 2011.

Rutherford recently returned two Purple Hearts to a woman in Rockford whose family earned the medals, and returned a Bronze Star to veteran Tommy Fenton of Mt. Vernon, Ill., meaning two families now have their honors in their hands.

“I don’t have many better duties as treasurer than to reunite a military medal with a veteran,” Rutherford said. “It is my goal to return each and every one of the medals and awards that belong to these veterans or their heirs.”

The list of names is printed on the Operation Reunite brochure, which can be found at www.treasurer.il.gov.

“If anyone recognizes a name on the list, please let us know,” Rutherford said. “While we have a city connected to the names of most of the medals, and perhaps even a last known address, enough time has passed that the address is no longer valid. To find a hint about the veterans’ new address, or the whereabouts of the veterans’ families, would likely allow us to reunite these medals with the rightful owners.”

The email address for the Unclaimed Property Division is info@Icash.Illinois.gov.

The vault located beneath the Illinois State Capitol contains thousands of lost of forgotten valuables, including nearly 200 military artifacts, which includes medals belonging to the men of women who have dutifully served our country. The valuable military awards span more than a century of American conflict, including one medal that dates back to the Spanish American War, circa 1898. Other priceless items include service records, dog tags and commendations from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office came to be the caretaker of these military artifacts after they were lost or forgotten. Often, a veteran of the armed forces or a family member has stored these objects in a bank’s safe deposit box and forgotten about them over time. Banks eventually relinquish stewardship of the contents of these boxes to the treasurer’s office. The treasurer then serves as the custodian for these items, storing and protecting them in the state vault under the Capitol until they may be reunited with whom they rightfully belong.

Amended filing period for School Board candidates

KANELAND—Senate Bill 3338 was signed into law by Governor Quinn on Nov. 29. This law, which becomes effective immediately, amends Section 1-4 of the Election Code to specify that, for the 2013 consolidated election period, local election officials have until Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. (rather than Monday, Dec. 24) to accept candidates’ petitions.

A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the Kaneland District Office no earlier than 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office. If two or more candidates file simultaneously on the first day (Dec. 17 at 8 a.m., or in the first mail received that day), a lottery will be conducted to determine which name is first on the ballot. The lottery will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. at the Milnamow Administrative Center in the Kaneland District offices at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory; a representative may attend if desired.

Note that Thursday, Jan. 3, is the last day for filing objections to a candidate’s nominating papers in the office of the board secretary, and the last day for a candidate to withdraw from nomination.

Waubonsee Foundation announces available scholarships

SUGAR GROVE—The application for 2013-2014 Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarships is now available online at www.waubonsee.edu/foundation. More than 200 scholarships are offered to new and returning Waubonsee students.

All applications must be completed and submitted online. Paper copies will not be accepted. The due date is midnight on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Scholarships will be awarded in early April 2013.

For more information, call the Waubonsee Community College Foundation at (630) 466-2983.

SG Irish pub to open in late December

Photo: Runway to Galway, an Irish pub and eatery, will open in Sugar Grove in late December. The
property is owned by Stephane Corbiere, a native of France. Courtesy Photo

by Elizabeth Rago
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove residents can expect an Irish pub with an adjoining dining room sometime before the New Year.

Runway to Galway, owned by Stephane Corbiere, will open at 1942 Route 30, across from the Air Classics Historical Aviation Museum. From the front of the house, patrons will be able to casually sip their beer and enjoy classic Irish stew while taking in the view of the museum’s collection of aircraft and vehicles.

“I wasn’t originally looking for a startup company, but Steve Fulton (owner of the building) introduced me to the Sugar Grove property,” Stephane said. “The geographic location is perfect and the community is not only friendly, but family friendly.”

Stephane is originally from France, and his wife, Fiona, who hails from Galway, Ireland, found Sugar Grove to be not only the perfect place to start a business, but a wonderful area to relocate and raise their family of five.

The name of the pub features the region of Galway, which holds a lot of history for Stephane, as he met his wife and started their family among Galway’s festive culture and vibrant music scene. The Sugar Grove pub is meant to be a place where community members can congregate; not be served and rushed out the door, states Stephane.

The Corbiere’s vision for the pub is to be a place where friends and families gather. Combined with great food, drink and a comfortable layout, Runway to Galway is ideally positioned to offer a relaxed atmosphere, hearty food and spirited drink.

“There is plenty of room for business owners in this area, and I am fortunate to be one of the first serving the Sugar Grove community and employees from local businesses like Scot Industries and the Aurora Municipal Airport,” Stephane said.

The pub is still under construction as Stephane works with area contractor Cort Kormos of Vintage Development Ltd. in Elburn.

“This is a very local project where we are working with area plumbers, electricians and carpenters to build Runway to Galway,” Cort said. “As the owner of the property, Steve did not want to start from scratch. The building is 90 percent new except for the existing exterior structure.”

Cort added that Stephane and Runway to Galway are a really good addition to the community.

“Our target date to open is the third week of December,” Stephane said. “As long as the logistics are in order, we are excited to be welcoming patrons very soon.”

Sugar Grove resident James Lancaster is all about supporting local small business, and finds the idea of an Irish pub to be an excellent addition to Route 30.

“My family has always looked to support local establishments first, which boosts the economy. Plus, I enjoy seeing my friends and neighbors when we go out,” he said.