Discussion on Elburn Station will wait another week

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—A number of residents showed up at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, but those who thought they would witness a discussion regarding the Elburn Station came away disappointed.

Village President Dave Anderson outlined the four issues he said trustees want to see resolved before moving forward with the ShoDeen development, but no discussion took place, as trustee Ethan Hastert was out of the country, and Anderson said it was important that all board members take part in the discussion.

Anderson said the four issues are: the number of apartments, senior housing, financing the development, and the pedestrian bridge.

The current plan for Elburn Station calls for 800 rental units out of 2,200 homes built out over the next 20 years. Many of the apartments had been designated in a previous plan as condominiums. Board members have said repeatedly that they do not want that high of a ratio of apartments to single-family housing.

Trustees have also said that they would like to see some of the rental units turned into senior housing to give residents the option of living in Elburn throughout their lives.

At least some trustees are still concerned about the financing for the development, especially given Elburn’s experience with Blackberry Creek. B&B Enterprises did not complete all of the infrastructure improvements within the subdivision. Four years later, the village is just now obtaining a commitment from the bond company to finance the remaining work.

Board members have made several suggestions for how to mitigate those concerns, including the requirement that one phase of the development be close to complete before allowing work to begin on subsequent phases.

The fourth issue involves funding for the pedestrian bridge. The developer has offered to pay $25 per unit toward the cost of the bridge, which board members say is not enough.

Residents Thomas Gush and Fred Houdek during the meeting expressed their concern about the lack of progress the board has made with the development plan. Houdek said that he did not think there should be such negativity about renters that would live in the ShoDeen development, and that people should not assume renters don’t take care of the property in which they live.

Houdek also expressed concern that if the board did not act soon, the development would pass over Elburn to west of Route 47.

Gush said he understands that there are some issues to resolve with the developer, but he does not think they are insurmountable. He expanded on his concerns after the meeting.

“The city council isn’t doing what they should be doing. I don’t hear any compromise,” Gush said, also noting that “somebody is always absent.”

Gush said he and his wife moved to Elburn nine years ago because he felt the town had a bright future. Nowadays, he is not seeing the progressiveness he had hoped for the village.

“We’re not moving forward,” he said. “There is a sunset provision on this money from the feds (for the Anderson Road extension and bridge). My concern is that we put it off and put it off, and we will lose that money. And then the future of Elburn is finished.”

Anderson said that the discussion will take place at the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

“Next week, we’ll bring it forward,” he said. “We’ll come to some consensus and take it to the developer.”

Anderson said there could be a vote by mid-February, and emphasized that there will be some changes.

“We need to think about what we want to look like 20 years from now,” he said.

In the meantime, board members encourage residents to attend the Comprehensive Land Use Open House on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lions Park.

“We need (the public’s) input,” trustee Bill Grabarek said.

Local teens receive Brattin Civic Youth Award

AURORA—Last December marked a significant month for Sugar Grove resident and Rosary High School junior Julia Hoyda. A tenacious and conscientious volunteer, Julia is dedicated to adding memorable moments to her teenage years by serving others in her community, and was recently awarded the Brattin Civic Youth Award at the 43rd annual Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Luncheon.

This particular Civic Youth Award is honored to Fox Valley youth in memory of Aurora businessman Ted Brattin, who was involved in the founding of the Aurora Navy League Council and the Aurora-Naperville Rotary Club. Ten youth showing auspicious leadership and prominent service to the community in the style of Brattin were presented with the award in an event hosted by the Aurora Navy League, the Aurora-Naperville Rotary Club and Aurora University.

Of the 10 recipients of the Brattin Civic Youth Award, Julia Hoyda and Kaneland High School senior Nicole Hanlon reside in the Kaneland community. Exhibiting qualities of citizenship, service and leadership comes naturally to Julia and Nicole, as both have been busy advocating simultaneously as accomplished students and community service supporters. Julia, an active member of the Girl Scouts for the last 11 years, serves as a camp aide and an enthusiastic volunteer of the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA).

“I’m due to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” Julia said. “To qualify for this highest honor, you must create a project that improves your community. I combined my love for the outdoors, the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and my brother to inspire me to create this program.”

Julia wants to spread the word and inspire others to realize that people just like her brother (who is autistic and has a seizure disorder) are people, too. It takes a tenacious and patient person to see 80 hours of planning turn into a successful community project. The summer of 2012, Julia brought her vision to life as she led an outdoor program for adults participating in the FVSRA. The program consisted of leading and assisting clients in activities like fishing, gardening and painting a fence for a chicken coop. Julia’s program was such a success among the clients, the FVSRA is gearing up for its second season this spring.

“It was amazing to see the smiles on the client’s faces,” Julia said. “I want everyone to know that just because someone has a disorder doesn’t mean they aren’t cool or like to have fun.”

In addition to her work with the Girl Scouts and Fox Valley Recreation Association, Julia is an honor student and student ambassador at Rosary, a member of the Marmion marching and jazz bands, and participates in Debate and Latin clubs.

“I am wowed that I can make a difference in the lives of others,” Julia said.

Hanlon, an Elburn resident, is also making a significant impact on her community. A World Youth in Science and Engineering team member, soccer player and active youth leader at St. Gall Catholic Church, Nicole’s community service resume is not lacking in supporting organizations that make a difference.

“Nicole is a natural leader,” said Laura McPhee, Kaneland High School secretary. “I nominated her because she has this innate sense of stepping in to help anyone at a moment’s notice.”

In addition to Hanlon’s rigorous academic schedule, she tutors her peers as a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers with organizations like the Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club and Heartland Blood Center.

“She never hesitates to step up and be an example … I believe Nicole thrives on excellence and encourages her peers to be the best they can be,” McPhee said.

The work Julia and Nicole carry out within the Kaneland community brings to light the fact that teenagers today are making a grassroots effort everyday to improve their world. As Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low said, “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”

Parson celebrates 40 years with SG Fire Dept.

Photo: Sugar Grove Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Parson (left) shakes hands with Chief Marty Kunkel after he is presented with an award for 40 years of service. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

by Chris Paulus
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Fire Department on Jan. 6 held a surprise party for Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Parson in honor of his 40th year working for the Fire Protection District.

The party took place at the Sugar Grove Municipal Building and was open to his family and friends, as well as the public.

Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel, who was present at the ceremony, said about 75 people attended the event. Wayne was headed to the Fire Department for training when he encountered the surprise party.

“We had some cake and ice cream for him, and a little award ceremony. We invited his friends and family. He was extremely surprised. His wife knew about it too,” Kunkel said.

Kunkel also spoke about his professional and personal relationship with Parson. The two have known each other since Kunkel was Aurora’s fire marshal.

“I’ve been here for about eight years. When I came in, Wayne was assistant chief. He was instrumental in my development in learning about the history of the Fire District,” Kunkel said.

Wayne is also involved with the Sugar Grove Fire Prevention Bureau.

“We perform building inspections in the area and we help public schools and (Waubonsee Community College) with their fire prevention presentations and demonstrations,” Parson said. “We’re involved anytime the schools do anything regarding fire safety or prevention, really.”

The bureau also helps out with Fire Prevention Week with the other communities, including Elburn and Kaneville. The next big event for the bureau is the Health and Wellness Fair in the Waubonsee’s Academic and Professional Center.

“We work with some of the hospitals from the area. We go over smoke detectors and other general protocol to make your house safer,” Parson said.

Windsor West subdivision inquires about landscape development plan

by Chris Paulus
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday was approached by Linda Wischnowski, the association manager of Association Partners Inc., and Carol Jolley, secretary of Windsor West Communities, in regard to the state of the landscape development plan for the Windsor West subdivision.

The Board of Directors of the Windsor West Community Association (WWCA) has requested approval of a change to the subdivision’s landscaping plan, which was included in the 2004 improvement of Windsor West. The landscape plan was modified to include upland prairie on the condition that it be re-implemented at a future date. The WWCA is requesting that the board leave the premises as is with only grass.

“The Board of Directors solicited a response from 247 association members regarding their preference. Sixty-one homeowners responded, and 60 of those homeowners indicated that they wanted to leave the park ‘as is,’” Wischnowski said.

Comments from the association members included: “Taking one-third of the open space for prairie grass would make the park much less usable for kids that want to fly a kite, play football, soccer or baseball, etc., in the park,” and “Prairie grasses have their place in Bliss Woods, but not in the community parks.”

The Board of Directors also authored a letter thanking the Village Board for consideration, and asking that it approve the landscaping plan for Lot 185 in the Windsor West Community Association as it currently exists.

Trustee Thomas Renk was absent from the meeting.

West Physical Therapy, SG Legion assemble packages for area servicemen

SUGAR GROVE—West Physical Therapy’s Sugar Grove and Geneva locations collected items in December 2012 to put in care packages to send to local servicemen and women stationed overseas. Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 assembled and shipped the care packages to provide a reminder of home.

Sugar Grove American Legion President Cliff Barker and American Legion Auxiliary President Lin Marcucci joined Patient Care Coordinator Jayne Holley on Jan. 12 at West Physical Therapy’s Sugar Grove location, and were presented with many bags and boxes. Items such as writing materials, entertainment items and personal hygiene products were boxed by the Sugar Grove Legion Auxiliary members.

Mailings are done up to four times a year, as items are donated, and all cash donations are earmarked to cover shipping expenses.

For more information or to donate, contact the Legion Auxiliary at (630) 466-9700.

HorsePower fundraiser a hit

Photo: HorsePower founder Carrie Capes (left) and Chairman John Cain hold up a check presented to them by Michael Schulz of Modern Woodmen of America.
Courtesy Photo

by Dave Woehrle
ST. CHARLES—A fundraiser for HorsePower Therapeutic Riding was held at St. Charles Bowl on Saturday.

The three-and-a-half-hour event raised $11,519 for HorsePower, a non-profit organization in Maple Park that offers horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities.

HorsePower’s programs focus on communication, connection and teamwork between the student and their horse, providing opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive and social growth. The therapeutic horse riding program currently has 25 students between the ages of four and 37.

HorsePower Program Director Carrie Capes was pleased with the fundraiser’s turnout.

“The event was sold out one week before the date,” she said. “We sold 150 bowling tickets and an additional 40 non-bowler tickets. The place was packed.”

The event was co-sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization that specializes in coordinating and insuring community events. The group matched funds up to $2,500.

Modern Woodmen representative Michael Schulz felt honored to be involved.

“This is our way of getting the word out and getting involved in the community to benefit local people and to have a real impact,” Schulz said. “I am so thankful and blessed to be able to help out in this way. I wouldn’t have this opportunity if I worked at a normal insurance company.”

Sue Pozen, a paraprofessional at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary, won $1,530 in the 50/50 raffle at the fundraiser.

HorsePower Therapeutic was co-founded by lifelong equestrian enthusiasts Capes and Justin Yahnig in March 2012, starting with four students and a dream to harness the healing power of the horse. Yahnig provided a financial background and experience training and showing Arabian horses, while Capes, a recreation therapist, special needs parent, and PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor, established a Board of Directors for the therapeutic horse riding organization in August 2012.

Elburn resident John Cain is the current chairman of HorsePower, which became an Illinois registered non-profit corporation in December 2012.

Waubonsee works to help students complete credentials

SUGAR GROVE—When Waubonsee Community College students stop by a special “Graduation Station” at the Sugar Grove Campus next month, they’ll receive information on how to apply for a degree or certificate online, and watch clips of the college’s annual graduation ceremony.

What they won’t see are all of the behind-the-scenes projects the college has undertaken to ease their paths across the stage, and at the same time, answer the national and state calls to completion.

Since the 2009 launch of its Project Graduation initiative, Waubonsee has nearly doubled the number of its students earning a complete certificate or degree—from 1,271 completers in 2009 to 2,411 in 2012. Such progress can be attributed to a variety of factors.

“Project Graduation has allowed us to take a hard look at a variety of different factors that influence student success and completion,” said Dr. Deborah Lovingood, executive vice president of Educational Affairs/Chief Learning Officer. “Some of the things that grew out of the initiative were greater accessibility, optimized curriculum and streamlined services.”

With the opening of new comprehensive campuses in downtown Aurora and Plano in 2011, Waubonsee students can now earn a complete degree at three of the college’s four campuses.

Those degrees require less time and expense than they used to. After examining all of the transfer and occupational associate degree requirements, the college decided to revise most of them in order to maximize transferability and get students out into the workforce more quickly.

In addition to modifying its academic programs, Waubonsee has also improved graduation-related student services. An online degree audit tool is now available, allowing students to track their own progress toward completion, as well as analyze “what-if” scenarios for a few different programs. The certificate and degree application process, formerly done via paperwork and in-person meetings, was also moved online for student convenience.

Waubonsee is even helping transfer students who left the college short of completion, thanks to new “reverse transfer” agreements with Northern Illinois University, DePaul University and Roosevelt University.

“These agreements allow students who transferred from Waubonsee to complete their associate degrees at the same time they are earning the baccalaureate,” Lovingood said. “A seamless transfer process that goes both ways serves everyone and demonstrates the interdependence of our institutions.”

All of these steps have been taken because college credentials matter to students’ futures.

“Finishing a certificate or associate degree can be very motivating for students,” said Kelli Sinclair, dean for Counseling and Student Support. “We encourage students to feel good about it and mark that success with their family. Plus, credentials help students earn more in the job market. Employers are often looking for a complete credential rather than a list of courses taken.”

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2011 unemployment rate for individuals with associate degrees was 1.9 percent lower than those who had some college credit and 2.6 percent lower than those with only a high school diploma. Degree holders make an average of $2,500 more each year than their peers without a degree, and $6,700 more each year than those with only high school diploma.

With numbers like this, it’s no wonder that the issue of college completion has become such a hot topic at the national and state levels. President Barack Obama sounded a call to action in 2009 in the form of the American Graduation Initiative, with a goal of producing an additional five million community college graduates by 2020.

This national call was echoed by the State of Illinois as Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon toured the state’s 48 community colleges in 2010-11 and then released her “Illinois Community Colleges: Focus on the Finish” report. That report set the goal of increasing the proportion of working-age adults with meaningful career certificates and degrees from today’s 41 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

Photos: That’ll do it—Wise retires

Bud Wise (back row, right) and his co-workers enjoy his retirement party on Dec. 19 at Hogan/Walker John Deere in Elburn. Wise worked at Jewel for 38 years and has been with John Deere since 1996. The employees at Hogan/Walker John Deere threw him a retirement party with food and gifts. Wise is a valued member of the community and has lived in Elburn since he was 5 years old.


Co-worker Dede Bend (bottom, left) congratulates Wise on his long-awaited retirement.


Wise (bottom, right) enjoys a laugh with his wife, Marilyn, at his retirement celebration. Photos by John DiDonna


Wise (right) sold many of these tractors over the years but is looking forward to his retirement.



Kaneland Educator of the Year representatives announced

KANELAND—The following educators and support staff will represent Kaneland District 302 in Kane County’s 2013 Educator-of-the-Year competition:
• Support Staff: Pam Berth, principal’s secretary at Kaneland Blackberry Creek
• Elementary: Rachael Wilson, fourth-grade teacher at Kaneland John Shields
• Middle School: Patti Reeder, eighth-grade math teacher at Harter Middle School
• High School: Mark Meyer, social studies teacher at Kaneland High School
• Administrator: Kris Weiss, assistant principal at Kaneland Harter Middle School

To complete the nomination process, letters of support for these individuals from staff, parents, students and others in the community who have worked with these people in some way need to be gathered. Send your letters by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, as follows:
• Letters for Berth should be sent to Linda Zulkowski, Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School, 1122 S. Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119
• Letters for Wilson should be sent to Anna Richards, Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, 85 Main St., Sugar Grove, IL 60554
• Letters for Reeder should be sent to Amy Pifer, Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive Sugar Grove, IL 60554
• Letters for Meyer should be sent to Sharon Beck, Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
• Letters for Weiss should be sent to Elsa Glover, Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

The Educator of the Year Banquet will take place on Friday, May 3, at the Q Center, 1405 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles.

Chicken Soup Lunch Sale set for Feb. 3

AURORA—The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel’s third annual Chicken Soup Lunch Sale will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the synagogue, 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. Homemade chicken soup with matzo balls and/or noodles will be served.

The meal is $8 per person and is available for dine-in or take-out. Lunch includes soup, salad and dessert.

For more information, call (630) 892-2450.

Drew it up

Photo: Drew David beats the defense to the basket in the first quarter against Sycamore on Tuesday. Drew went on to hit a 3-point buzzer-beater to win the game, 43-42. Photo by Patti Wilk

David’s clutch 3 beats rival Sycamore; KHS also downs L-P
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Your boys basketball team is 11-6, 5-1 in the Northern Illinois Big XII setting, and 10-2 in its last 12 contests.

Plays like the one that ended Tuesday’s win over Sycamore in Maple Park provide plenty of looks into why the Knights’ fortunes are turning positive.

With the Knights owning possession with 11.5 seconds remaining and down by two, Drew David eventually got the ball after several touches and sank a three-pointer with under two ticks left in the game.

The clock ran down before Sycamore could manage another play, resulting in a 43-42 win for the host Kaneland crew, which has won five straight.

“It’s a huge win, because they were a team we hadn’t beat yet,” David said. “We were trying to (get it to) Matt (Limbrunner) and try to get an easy layup, because they were switching the whole time, and they covered everything.”

David is used to similar finishes on the court, having helped defeat DeKalb with a late three pointer earlier in the season.

Sycamore enjoyed a 15-13 lead after one and a 28-21 lead after two frames.

Sycamore struck first again in the second half and had a 30-21 lead 31 seconds into the quarter, but two Limbrunner (12 points) buckets closed it to 30-25 with 5:42 remaining. Limbrunner struck again from inside with 3:56 to go to close within 32-27 with 3:56 to go.

Kaneland’s final flurry of the third frame included a David basket, Cole Carlson shot and a Limbrunner attempt off the glass to tie the score at 33 with 1:31 left. A Spartan three with 59.4 remaining to make it 36-33 before the buzzer.

The Spartans took a four-point lead in the fourth, but Limbrunner’s putback of a Tyler Carlson miss with 4:09 left closed it to 40-38, and a later attempt in the paint with 1:11 to go tied the score at 40.

Sycamore hit the front end of a free throw pair with 52.4 left, as well as with 22.5 left to enjoy a brief 42-40 edge before the final sequence.

“I told the boys at halftime that we had to try to get that lead to three going into the fourth and let the chips fall where they may,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “I think the boys did a nice job of doing that, and they were fighting and fighting. We had some key guys in foul trouble all night, and I thought some guys stepped up off the bench.”

In Saturday action, the Knights travelled to LaSalle County to face the L-P Cavaliers and left with a 34-32 win.

Only four Knights entered the scoring column, with Limbrunner totalling 14 and John Pruett 12

KHS had a 9-7 lead after one but went scoreless in the second quarter to fall behind 12-9 at the half. The Knights’ 19-10 flurry in the third had them up 28-22 at the horn before the final eight minutes.

The Golden Warriors of Sterling come through town on Saturday, Jan. 26, for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.






Knights grab 5th on NIB-12 mat

Photo: Sonny Horn, wrestling at 138 pounds, fights hard against his Sycamore opponent at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Tourney on Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk

Kaneland’s 145-pound entry, Dan Goress, wins NIB-12 bracket
by Mike Slodki
SYCAMORE—Seeing what the rest of the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference can offer provides a nice opportunity.

For Kaneland, it gave a chance to see how many points it could collect.

The Knights put up a nice showing on Saturday at Sycamore High School, collecting 133 points, good for fifth place.

A scoring error shuffled some places and was corrected on Tuesday. Kaneland originally was tied for fourth with DeKalb, and Sycamore was crowned original winner.

After the modifications, Yorkville (218), Sycamore (216) and Geneseo (154.5) took the top three spots. DeKalb took fourth at 141.5.

LaSalle-Peru (108), Morris (93) and Sterling (88) took sixth through eighth.

Rounding out the lower tier were Ottawa with 84, Streator with 60, Rochelle with 46 and Dixon with 22.

Dan Goress (30-3), at 145 pounds, emerged as the NIB-12 champ in his bracket with a 2:28 pin of Sycamore’s Dylan Foster.

It was a nice honor for Goress at the tail-end of regular season action, with the team anchor having used his penchant for tech falls and major decisions quite well.

“They’re just as important, but from a personal standpoint, it’s toughness,” Goress said. “It’s getting a workout out of it and just physically breaking your opponent more than just going out there and pinning them. It’s about getting in their head.”

Kaneland got going with a third-place nod for Stephen Gust at 113 pounds.

Gust (25-7) took the honor by 3-0 decision over Yorkville’s Dan Cikauskas.

Gust, no stranger to late-season competition, planned to use Saturday to its fullest.

“It’s kind of like a gauge to see what you can do in regionals, because regionals are tough, obviously,” Gust said.

At 120 pounds, Connor Williams (22-5) made it to the finals before dropping a 9-0 major decision to Morris’ Kenny Baldridge.

At 132 pounds, Esai Ponce (25-4) took second, his lone defeat at the hands of DeKalb’s Doug Johnson with 11 seconds left in the match.

Nick Sharp (25-10) was given fourth overall at 220 pounds after making it to the third-place match, defeated by Streator’s Isaias Macias in 4-0 fashion.

Zach Theis (22-5) earned second place, losing only to Sterling’s Curtis Lilly, 2-1, in the final.

Kaneland heads to Batavia for a meet with an old rival on Friday, Jan. 25.






Lost weekend

Photo: Kaneland Senior Emma Bradford goes up for a bucket in the first half at Sycamore on Friday. Photo by John DiDonna
KHS girls drop pair at Sycamore, L-P
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Kaneland girls basketball went through a weekend they’d like to have back, or not go through again.

Friday had another hotly contested matchup with Sycamore, this time along Spartan Trail and going down to the final seconds, when Sycamore handed Kaneland a 49-48 OT loss.

Saturday saw a trip south to LaSalle-Peru High School and a slim 49-47 setback.

The twinbill of losses dropped Kaneland down to 12-9 (4-4 Northern Illinois Big XII Conference).

Against the Spartans, which Kaneland defeated in extra time last month, Aly O’Herron’s four three-pointers paced the team with 12 points, followed by Brooke Harner with 11.

Bailey Gilbert of Sycamore had a game-high 14.

Sycamore had a decided advantage in the charity stripe game, going 23-for-36, compared to 7-for-12 for the Lady Knights.

KHS had an 11-8 lead after one and a 24-18 lead at the break.

A three-point play 37 seconds into the third quarter by Marina Schaefer gave KHS a 27-18 lead. Sycamore powered their way back to close within 32-31 on a foul shot, but an offensive putback by Ashley Prost with 20.8 seconds left extended the edge to 34-31 before the quarter expired.

Sycamore kept at it in the fourth, and took a 39-37 lead with 4:43 remaining before a Harner basket with 3:26 to go tied the score.

A Gilbert trey with 1:04 to go put the Lady Spartans ahead 42-39 before Harner’s three-point play with 39.4 to go knotted it up at 42.

Sycamore had a chance for a lead, but a Julia Moll three-pointer was waved off due to a called timeout on Sycamore’s sideline with two seconds left.

Sycamore saw all seven of its points in OT come from the foul line, with the only lead coming on Kaneland’s side from a Harner lay-in with :31 to go to make it 46-45. Two Gilbert free throws with 1:09 cemented the home edge.

O’Herron’s three try was off, with a Sarah Grams putback able to close the margin to one with 1.9 remaining.

“I thought it was a good game,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We played real well tonight, and I thought it came down to the line. When the other team goes to the line 37 times, we probably shouldn’t have even been in this game, so I thought we played well. We executed for the most part; we had shots and looks at the end of the game but didn’t hit them.”

In the loss to the Lady Cavs, the Lady Knights had Prost’s 19 and O’Herron’s 12 in the effort.

L-P had a 13-11 lead after one and 23-22 at the half before KHS took a 33-30 lead after three. The hosts outscored Kaneland 19-14 to cinch the matter.

KHS looks forward to hosting the Sterling Golden Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. in crossover action.






Bowlers handle IMSA

KHS group also deals with tough NIB-12 field
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For their second win of 2012-13, Kaneland High School bowling didn’t have to go far.

In a meeting at St. Paul’s Lanes in Aurora, KHS earned a 2,280-1,989 win over Illinois Math and Science Academy in a match in which the top five scores were officially counted.

Kaneland saw its dual mark improve to 2-6.

Angela Charhut led the way with a 464 series, followed closely by fellow Lady Knight Morgan Wojciechowski’s 463. Christie Crews also contributed with a 441.

Wojciechowski paced KHS with a team-high 177 game, followed by Charhut’s 170.

Mikayla Petesch of IMSA was tops for the Lady Titans with a 466 series.

At the Northern Illinois Big XII meet hosted by DeKalb at Mardi Gras Lanes, Kaneland took 10th in the 10-team gathering, with a final total of 5,305 pins knocked down. Nearby Sycamore won the tournament.

“We did not have a bad day, but the other teams just seemed to be bowling exceptionally well,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said.

Wojciechowski’s 218 and 193 games and 1,012 series were team-highs on the day. Ellissa Eckert added a 188 game of her own.

Up next for the Lady Knights is a meet with visiting Lisle on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Editorial: Three-part effort needed to solve parking lot problem

Last week, we used this space to clarify the difference between editorial writing (which includes our opinion) and news writing (which does not).

We also shared our opinion on the closure of one of Elburn’s downtown businesses, and alluded to our opinion on what we feel is the primary cause for that closure: the downtown Elburn parking lot issue.

It would be easy to point the finger at one person or entity and say that he, she, or they are the reason downtown Elburn faces an additional struggle, beyond the general economic climate, due to the lack of adequate parking.

It would be easy to lay the blame solely at the Community Congregational Church’s (CCC) feet for closing the lot they privately own. It would be just as easy to point the finger at the village of Elburn for declining to purchase the lot and keep it open for downtown parking. It is also easy to blame the downtown businesses themselves for not being able to provide their own parking.

In fact, in the Jan. 10 edition of the Elburn Herald, Village President Dave Anderson expressed that point of view.

“If you’re going to open a business, it’s your responsibility to provide parking for that business. That’s not just Elburn, it’s everywhere,” he said. “In downtown Geneva, basically, the only lots that they have that the city owns are the ones by the train station. They have the on-street parking obviously, but everything else downtown are privately owned lots.”

As the former longtime owner of The Grocery Store in downtown Elburn, he should have a more realistic opinion of the situation, in our view. He knows well that the buildings in downtown Elburn, on the east side of Main Street, were not built with adequate parking behind them. In Geneva, the lots behind the downtown business exist because there was space to include them. In that part of downtown Elburn, there is no space to provide additional parking.

Besides the municipal lot located a block off Main Street, and the private lot owned by one downtown business, the east side of downtown has enough room for about six parking spaces. To enter the downtown businesses from those spaces, a customer would have to either enter through the back of the business, walk through the closed parking lot, or walk around the block to get back to the front of the downtown businesses.

Given that, even if, theoretically, downtown businesses should be responsible for providing their own parking, it is not physically possible to do so.

If the businesses themselves cannot add parking possibilities at their respective locations, then the following questions must be answered:

1) If the situation remains unchanged, is there adequate parking in downtown Elburn?
Obviously, if the answer to this is “yes,” then there is no issue and everyone is happy.
We know the answer to this question is not “yes,” because if you ask the downtown businesses (as we did), you will find overwhelmingly that those businesses need more parking in downtown Elburn.

2) Who is responsible for providing the additional parking?

The answer to this remains unclear. Even though CCC owns the currently vacant parking lot in downtown Elburn, it should be obvious that they have no legitimate responsibility to provide the downtown with parking.

All that is left, then, is either the village or the downtown businesses.

Our view is that the answer to that question is “both.”

We think the village should be supportive of all of its communities, and that includes its downtown business district. This is both a sound philosophy in general, as well as having a purely financial element.

Financially, the more successful Elburn businesses are, the less tax pressure is felt by the village’s residents.

Similarly, the downtown businesses should be engaged in the situation and willing to help the process along (and we know they are, having been one of them for years up until our recent move to the Elburn and Countryside Community Center).

This means that both entities have a role to play.

Like just about everyone, the village continues to face a budget crunch as the economy continues to struggle. It is unfair to expect the village to simply purchase the lot in order for it to remain open for the downtown business’ benefit. This would, in effect, require every Elburn taxpayer to subsidize the downtown business district.

In a time where every dollar counts, this alternative does not seem feasible.

What does seem feasible is a group effort in which the village provides the structure and administration, the downtown businesses provide the funding, and the church provides the openness to an alternative that may not be a simple outright sale of the property.

Each of the three entities—the church, the village and the group of downtown businesses—will have to be willing to come to the negotiating table with something to offer.

The church needs to offer a willingness to work out a solution that may not mean they get to sell the property outright, or at least not sell it at the value currently listed.

The village needs to offer a willingness to be engaged in the process in a real way—which means beyond the village president saying the village is not interested in helping find a solution, and beyond having a representative organize a couple of meetings (one of which a village representative did not ultimately attend, which forced members of the Elburn Herald to attend in their place, asking for and ultimately obtaining a delay in the parking lot closure).

If the village president continues to hold firm to the view that the village has provided adequate effort to secure enough parking for downtown, and that whatever else is needed is solely the responsibility of the businesses themselves, then it is time to bypass the village president and attempt to work directly with the members of the village board to find a solution. If a workable solution is available, enough votes on the Village Board makes the village president’s opinion irrelevant.

If the other two of the three parties bring their respective pieces of the puzzle to the table, then the downtown businesses need to be willing to come with money in hand.

How much money and paid over what length of time would need to be determined, but the only way forward is for downtown businesses to be willing to pay for that lot.

Maybe the village can create a TIF District or some other funding vehicle, but no matter the structure of a deal (the village’s part in the process), the acceptable terms of a deal (the church’s part in the process), the downtown businesses are going to have to be willing to pay for the deal (their part in the process).

Anything short of that, and the amount of progress made in the past several months will continue to be the amount of progress made in the future—none.

When the Elburn Herald was among the group of downtown businesses, we offered to contribute to the group effort. We know for a fact that others did, as well. More recently, Randy Ream of the Elburn Market put in a bid on the property outright, which met the church’s approval. All that remained was jumping through the hoops presented by the village’s codes and requirements, which proved to be insurmountable. Because of that, Ream pulled out of the deal, and the situation remains the same as it has since the beginning.

That dynamic will need to change if any progress is to be made.

Stewart reappointed to Presence Mercy Board

SUGAR GROVE—Dr. Karen Stewart, Waubonsee Community College vice president of Quality and Strategic Development, has been reappointed to another three-year term on the Board of Directors for Presence Mercy Medical Center.

A Maple Park resident, Stewart has been a board member since 2007. She currently serves as board secretary while also sitting on the group’s finance and quality and safety committees.

Edward Joseph Foster

Doug and Chris Foster of Sugar Grove announce the birth of their son, Edward Joseph, who was born Dec. 13, 2012, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

The grandparents are Everett and Kathy Whildin of Sugar Grove, and Jerry and Mary Foster of Normal, Ill., and the late Roma Foster.

Doris M. Nier

Doris M. Nier, 95, of Kaneville, found everlasting peace in her heavenly home after passing away at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2013.

She was born March 17, 1917, in Maple Park, the daughter of Amon I. and Cora M. (Gephart) Schroyer.

Doris grew up in Maple Park and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade. She attended Elburn High School until her junior year, when her family moved to Kaneville. She graduated from Kaneville High School with the class of 1933.

On Nov. 26, 1936, Doris was united in marriage to Arnold V. Nier at the home of her parents in Maple Park. They began their new life together in Kaneville and made a lifetime of memories before Arnold passed away in July of 1988.

Doris had a strong work ethic, and she put it to use for 10 years at Furnas Electric.

For most, cooking meals for their family day in and day out can be a chore. Doris cooked for thousands of students at Kaneland High School for 13 years, serving up every meal with a smile. Although she cooked for thousands of students over the years, she enjoyed nothing more than cooking and baking for her family. Doris especially loved baking cookies for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When she wasn’t spending time in the kitchen, she could be found out in her garden. Arnold and Doris also traveled to nearly every state in the U.S. during their years together.

Doris was a long-time member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two children, Karen (Leonard) Heinberg of Kaneville and Myron (Lenore) Nier of Hinckley; five grandchildren, Steven (Stacy) of Hale, Mo., Kimberly (Michael) Paulus of Sugar Grove, Susan (Glenn) Acksel of Elburn, Jeffrey (Cara) Nier of Hinckley and
Mark (Bethany) Nier of Chilton, Wis.; eleven great-grandchildren, Drew Nier, Katie Nier, Chris Paulus, Ben Paulus, Nick Henne, Melanie Henne, Courtney Nier, Alex Nier, Mekenzie Nier, Harrison Nier and Corban Nier.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold; one son, Eugene; daughter-in-law, Sharon Nier; and several siblings.

Following cremation, there will be a graveside service held for Doris at Kaneville Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been made in Doris’ name to benefit the Kaneville United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Kaneville United Methodist Church” 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.

Lighting the night sky

Photo: Residents of the Foxmoor Subdivision in Montgomery held a sky lantern memorial on Dec. 22 for the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary victims. The laterns filled the night sky.
Courtesy Photo

Montgomery neighborhood lights lanterns for Newtown victims
by Mary Parrilli
MONTGOMERY—Just a few days prior to Christmas, a neighborhood in Montgomery held a memorial for the 26 victims who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that occurred on Dec. 14.

Foxmoor subdivision residents yearning for action and unity decided to get together on the evening of Dec. 22 at the neighborhood pond. Laura Blickem Hensley, a stay-at-home mom and resident of the subdivision, organized the event.

Hensley used the subdivision’s Facebook page to harmonize a lantern-lighting tribute for those lost in the tragedy. It was something she wanted to do herself, and once she found the lanterns, she thought she would extend an invite to others in her community.

“I thought, the more the merrier,” Hensley said.

Susan Buerke, a Foxmoor resident who participated in the event, said that 20-to-25 people came out to take part. The group lit a total of 26 lanterns, one for each victim.

Buerke is an accountant and a mother of three. She said that people of all ages showed up that night. Children, adults and even some of the elder neighbors came to light sky lanterns—paper lanterns that, when lit, fill with hot air and rise up into the sky.

“It was a very moving and emotional sight to see. They looked like stars against the night sky,” Buerke said.

Lack of lighters prevented the lanterns from being lit at the same time. As a result, the lanterns ascended at different times, which actually provided depth to the starry sight.

“We saw a beautiful trail of lanterns. They were peaceful and quite graceful as they ascended,” Hensley said. “I felt an emotional attachment to each one of them.”

Susan’s daughter Morgan, a Kaneland High School junior, said her parents had been keeping her updated with the events and information regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy. When Morgan heard that one of her neighbors was organizing a lighting tribute, she felt compelled to take part.

“I really just felt like I needed to do something about it. I wanted to feel like I had some power, or like I could show the world that this tragedy had a powerful impact,” Morgan said.

Hensley said that she wanted the lanterns to symbolize prayer, light and hope to Connecticut. She wants the families to know that they’re not alone.

Hensley has two children: a 9-month old and a son in kindergarten. She said that the tragedy really struck a chord with her and made her realize that tragedies like Sandy Hook can happen anywhere.

As the lanterns rose up into the night sky, the Buerkes thought of each and every one of the innocent lives that were taken away on that day, Dec. 14.

“I felt like I was letting go of souls,” Morgan said.

Morgan said she felt sadness, but also felt a small, inexplicable sense of comfort, knowing that she had taken action into her own hands.

Susan said that, after the lanterns had gone, she felt a sense of unity with her neighbors and with all of those suffering from the tragedy. She said that it felt good to share her sorrow with others.

“It was an instance of honesty and true emotion for us. A chance to reach out to our community and console one another in our emotional states,” Susan said

“You know, Connecticut is so far away, but you still want to do something. Maybe the families in Connecticut won’t know that I did this, but I believe in the power of prayer,” Hensley said.

On a local level, it was a chance for action, and for members of the community to come together and express sorrow with one another. Members of the Foxmoor subdivision experienced togetherness and a sense of welcoming from one another.

On a national level, each Foxmoor attendee that Saturday night was able to take part in a symbol of hope and healing for the families who lost loved ones in Connecticut.

“I just hope that those affected will find peace. I cannot imagine what those parents are going through, or how they’ll learn to live without their children,” Hensley said. “All I can say is, I hope they take it one day at a time.”


Three subjects charged with reckless conduct for BB pistol shooting near Sugar Grove

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident in which subjects traveling in a car used a BB pistol to shoot at subjects in another car.

The incident took place at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Monday in the area of Route 30 and Route 47 near Sugar Grove. The victim followed the offending vehicle into South Mill Creek. By the time deputies were able to catch up to the vehicle, it had stopped at the intersection of South Mill Creek Drive and Fabyan Parkway in unincorporated Geneva.

Deputies at that time were able to take the three subjects inside the vehicle—Hector Rubio, 18, of the 200 block of Bluegrass Parkway in Oswego, Ill., Michael Thompson, 20, of the first block of Oakwood Drive in Oswego, and Elle Fowler, 18, of the 3100 block of Thunderbird Court in Aurora—into custody. Deputies also recovered an air soft pistol that closely resembled a handgun.

All three subjects were charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.
Due to the nature of the call, Geneva schools were placed on lockdown until the incident was resolved.

Board attempts consensus on Elburn Station change recommendations

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Station discussion continued during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, with trustees attempting to come to some agreement on a counter-offer to ShoDeen developer Dave Patzelt that would be more in line with how the trustees envision the development.

The trustees’ major concerns include the density of the development, especially the ratio of multi-family housing and rental units to single-family dwellings; the need for additional developer funding to support a pedestrian and bike bridge; and controls to prevent additional areas of the development from being started until the initial phases are built out.

Although the initial discussion of density and type of dwelling units focused on comparing the plan to the current make-up of the village, trustee Ken Anderson suggested that because this is a transit-oriented development, by its nature it will have more density, more mixed use, more townhomes and more rental units.

Anderson said that if the village targeted multi-family housing within Elburn Station at 20 percent of the total of 2,200 units, that number would translate to 400 units, as opposed to the current 800 in the plan.

Trustee Bill Grabarek voiced his concern that the new development could easily overwhelm the current culture of Elburn.

“There’s controlled and carefully managed growth, not cancerous growth,” he said.

Trustee Jerry Schmidt was on the other side of the spectrum, stating his frustration with how long the process was taking.

“It’s been 20 years that we’ve been talking about this. It’s time to move,” he said.

Schmidt was referring to a timeline handed out to trustees during the meeting. The document showed the initial plan for the Anderson Road extension appearing in the 1993 Elburn Land Use Plan.

Kane County Transportation Director Tom Rickert and Kane County Board representative Drew Frasz attended the meeting to provide an update on where things stood on the Anderson Road extension and bridge project.

“The project’s generally on hold since the village’s vote in October (to table discussions regarding the Elburn Station development),” Rickert said. “We’re in a ‘wait and see’ mode while we try to figure out if there’s an opportunity to get back into the process.”

The construction of the Anderson Road extension and bridge and the build-out of the Elburn Station development are each dependent upon the other. ShoDeen owns the property that is needed for the project’s right-of-way, and the annexation agreement states that if the Anderson Road project is not awarded, the annexation and development agreement becomes null and void.

When one of the trustees asked Rickert and Frasz about the possibility of simply taking the property through eminent domain, Frasz said that was really not an option.

“It’s definitely a choice of last resort. We’d be three-to-four years in the process and we’d lose the federal funding,” he said “All of a sudden, you lose $10 million in funding. It pretty much blows the deal up.”

Rickert said the funding for the Anderson Road project is on hold for now, but noted that he couldn’t guarantee how long it will remain that way as long as the development isn’t moving forward.

“We’ve got the troops massed at the border and ready to charge, but there’s a lot of details still to work out,” Frasz said. “We can’t move forward until we get the green light from the village.”

Village President Dave Anderson asked that the trustees get him their ideas by the end of the week so the village can take something back to the developer.

Elburn Station/Anderson Road Background
1993: Elburn Land Use Plan outlines Anderson Road
1999: The village adopts a resolution for Metra and
Anderson Road
2000: Plan for Elburn Metra Station adopted;
Metra receives authorization
2002: Kane County Board lists Anderson Road
in its budget
2004: Anderson Road outlined in Kane County’s
2030 transportation plan
2005: Metra builds piers and crash walls for overpass;
Shodeen begins discussions with Elburn staff
on Elburn Station
2006: Phase I engineering begins on Anderson Road
2008: Concept Plan for Elburn Station approved by Elburn
Plan Commission and Village Board
2009: Phase II engineering begins on Anderson Road
2010: Shodeen removes northern portion of Elburn
Station project (north of Route 38) from plan; Plan
Commission votes not to recommend concept plan
to Village Board for approval
2010: Village Board tables vote on concept plan;
village staff begins working with stakeholders
(fire, school, library, county, village departments) to
get input on the plan
2011: Staff/developer modifies concept plan based
on stakeholder, Village Board and
Plan Commission feedback

FVCC courses teach alternative energy

by Chris Paulus
MAPLE PARK—As the debate regarding alternative energy and the credibility and the consequences of climate change continues, there are individuals attempting to bring reason, skill, science and action to the table.

Jay Markuson is an electrician and Kaneland High School educator who has decided to use his knowledge of business and electricity to teach students how to understand, use and install alternative energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines.

Markuson and Rick Burchell, the coordinator of the program, have also had a lot of assistance from several local businesses through donations of materials and money, including Steiner Electric in St. Charles, Old Second Bank in Elburn, Johnson Controls in Geneva, Dakota Construction in Maple Park (Markuson’s business), Uni-Loc Pavers in Aurora, Lawn Boys in Geneva, the Kaneland Foundation and Valee’s.

“The batteries (for the solar panels) came from Johnson Controls. Steiner Electric donated the conduit. Many donated money for the project. We just got some grant money from the Kaneland Foundation,” Markuson said. “We also have the converter that converts the energy from 12 volt DC power to 120 volt AC power.”

The classes are called Electrician 1 and 2, and are taught at the Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC). The class is open to juniors and seniors from high schools that feed into the career center, including Kaneland, St. Charles East and North, Burlington, West Aurora, Geneva and Batavia.

Markuson took over the class last year and said that he recognized the trend of “going green.” He wanted students to be well-prepared for that.

“The kids do house wiring and troubleshooting, but we’re trying to bring that into a broader view of what electricity involves,” Markuson said.

Markuson’s students learn about how these energies work, and they also design the panels and install them on their own. They’ve currently installed solar panels to light up the new entrance to the FVCC, receiving help from the welding class to retrofit the poles for the turbine.

The class’ next projects are equally ambitious: the installation of a wind turbine for the school, and the acquisition of solar panels for use to light up Kaneland’s football stadium.

“It’s a five-year project. I have my Intro to Electricity class do a good part of the work because it’s labor-intensive,” Markuson said. “We have to pull all of the wires and install everything. We have to get the measurements right. I take about two weeks out of the year, total, to work on the project.”

Markuson said the project will require the raising of more funds and equipment before it can be completed.

According to Markuson, the students are excited about the prospects alternative energy prospect.

“The kids are really interested. There’s so much money from grants and alternative energy from the government and the state, Markuson said. “Curriculum-wise, local businesses are interested in it, as well. The Kaneland Foundation has been supportive, (too). I don’t know if there’s another high school in the state in which the kids designed the solar panels and installed them, as well.”

Trustees agree to second vending machine at train station

ELBURN—Elburn trustees at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting agreed to approve an application and license for a second vending machine at the Elburn Metra train station.

The current vendor, Patrick Meister, currently operates a machine with drinks at the station. The second machine would offer snacks.

The vote to approve the vendor’s request will take place at the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

WCC to offer free career readiness assessments to local companies

AURORA—Waubonsee Community College’s Workforce Development Department is offering local companies the chance to assess the career readiness skills of their current and/or prospective employees, all at no charge.

The first 20 companies to sign up by the deadline on Thursday, Jan. 31, can arrange for as many as 20 individuals to be assessed and earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), developed by ACT.

With questions based on real workplace situations, the four assessments gauge skill levels in mathematics, locating information, reading for information, and soft skills areas such as work discipline, teamwork, customer service orientation and managerial potential. Knowing
employees’ foundational strengths and weaknesses allows companies to hire, train, develop and retain a better workforce.

“Some candidates may not have direct experience in the job they’re applying for, but the NCRC can demonstrate whether they have the
talents, natural abilities and personality to be effective in the workplace,” Waubonsee Business Developer Debbie Talaska said.

To take advantage of this free testing opportunity, call Talaska at (630) 906-4172, email workforcenow@waubonsee.edu or visit www.waubonsee.edu/ncrc.

Marmion Academy to induct three members into its Athletic Hall of Fame

AURORA—Marmion Academy will induct three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 9. The induction will take place in Marmion’s gym, 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora, during halftime of the varsity basketball game at 6 p.m.

This year’s inductees are Thomas Collins (Class of ‘76), Eric Konen (Class of ‘87) and Rich Sharpenter (Class of ‘63).

While at Marmion, Collins played football, basketball and track all four years. He played on the conference-winning football team and played in the playoffs against Geneseo. He also played on the 1976 basketball team that won regional, sectional and super-sectional, and played in the Elite 8. In track, Collins participated and was a member of the team winning Conference in the WSCC.

Collins has spent his entire professional career in college athletics, working his way up from assistant ticket manager at Arizona State University to athletic director at Ball State University.

Collins has served on numerous boards including the NCAA Amateurism Cabinet, Mid-American Conference finance committee, Tempe Sports Authority, Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. He has run numerous Pac-10 (now Pac-12) and NCAA championship events over the years while at ASU. Tom was part of the 1996 Super Bowl Committee that hosted Super Bowl XXX in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Konen played basketball and golf all four years of his high school career. In golf, his team had a 48-1 record in dual match play over four years. He held the nine-hole scoring record of (32) as a freshman. In 1983 the team finished seventh in State. Three out of four years, the golf team was conference champ. The team was city champion all four years during Konen’s time on the team. He was individual medalist (74) in ’86 and named team MVP in ’86. He was co-captain of the basketball team in his senior year. Konen was All-Conference in ’85 and ’86, and Academic All-Conference in both basket and golf in ’87.

While at St. Ambrose University, Konen earned four varsity letters in golf and basketball. In his sophomore year, the basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 in the NAIA National Tournament. Konen averaged eight points and five rebounds per game that year.

Sharpenter played football all four years in high school, played basketball three years and ran track two years. He was All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in football in 1962, playing center and defensive end his junior year. In basketball, he was center for the varsity team his junior year. Sharpenter has been a major booster of Marmion athletics for over 40 years.

For more information, visit marmion.org.

School Board discusses 2014 budget

by Mary Parrilli
KANELAND—Kaneland School Board members and administration on Monday discussed the budget for fiscal year 2014.

Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, made a presentation to the board, asking for authorization to begin preparations for the budget.

“We believe we can balance the budget without any large-scale reduction in staff,” Fuchs said.

Fuchs also commented that there will be a need to repurpose and reallocate resources. There may also be a need to move around some positions, but only within the Kaneland
Education Association guidelines.

A document from Superintendent Jeff Schuler states that the administration is currently in the process of reviewing all expenditures, as well as identifying any new needs that are aligned with school improvement and strategic goals.

“The purpose of this review is to identify and prioritize needs within the district so that all district resources are used to maximize the quality of education for Kaneland students,” he said.

Fuchs presented the budget calendar to the board, noting that the administration is on schedule and intends to follow the calendar without change.

According to the calendar, the budget is slated to be finalized and adopted by the School Board by Sept. 9, 2013.

Elburn Scholarship Fund for KHS students

KANELAND—The Elburn Scholarship Fund will once again award grants for studies at the college level. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.

Eligibility for Elburn Scholarships is limited to Kaneland High School (KHS) alumni and members of Kaneland’s current senior class who will attend a local community college or one of the state universities in Illinois. High school seniors may obtain application forms in the KHS guidance office. Former recipients should follow their earlier instructions for reapplication.

Awards may also be available for KHS alumni whose pursuit of a degree was interrupted, or who would like to pursue a new career. Such applicants should call (630) 665-2776 for instructions.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, citizenship, community and school service, and commitment to higher education as a means of enhancing potential for contributing to society.

Applications and supporting documents should be returned to: The Elburn Scholarship Committee, 611 Plamondon Court, Wheaton, IL 60189.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Robertson Beith

Elizabeth “Betty” Robertson Beith, 97, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill., and is finally reunited with her husband George, who passed away in 1989.

She was born March 20, 1915, the daughter of John Bright and Lillian (Scannell) Robertson in Oak Park, Ill.

Betty grew up in Oak Park and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1933 and continued her studies at Lake Forest College. Following her time at Lake Forest, Betty traveled with her Auntie Bess.

Betty met her future husband at the summer house in Maine. She was united in marriage to her wartime sweetheart, George H. Beith, on Feb. 1, 1941, in Oak Park.

They began their new life in Elgin for many years before moving out to the family farm on Beith Road, where they built a home and made a lifetime of memories. She continued to live on in Elburn following George’s passing.

In her younger years, she was a staple in the Elgin Garden Club and “Fideletors.” Betty and George were also early members of the Elgin Country Club.

Betty was from an age where a lady was a lady and could easily be comfortable in any group or class. She left the house for garden club with white gloves, and epitomized graciousness and refinement in all that she did.

As a girl, she was encouraged to learn about the world through her weekends at her Auntie Bess’ in Highland Park. Auntie Bess was an artist herself who authored and published a quilt book and has two quilts in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. She sponsored painters, sculptors and photographers running from Germany during World War II; several of them became world-renowned figures and taught art to friends and family at Auntie Bess’ house on Saturday mornings. They also spent time at Bess’ condo on Lake Shore Drive and frequented shows at the Palmer House, Hilton and the Pump Room, listening to live performances featuring Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra during the World’s Fair.

In her later years, Betty also made an appearance at a Jefferson Airplane performance at the Graffiti in Aurora.

Through all of her experiences, Betty considered her role in the home as the most important. She made a life out of living for her family. Betty was an independent soul who kept her own house and drove a stick shift into her nineties.

She now leaves her son, William Beith and his wife, Karen Kelly-Beith, of Elburn; one granddaughter, Becky (Brian) Sweeney and their children, Grace Elizabeth, Gretchen Lorraine and Gabrielle Ruth, of Huntley, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends with a lifetime of memories that will never be forgotten.

She now joins her parents, John B. and Lillian; husband, George; brother and sister-in-law, John B. and Betty Robertson; one sister, Jane Ann Robertson; and her special friend, John Muirhead.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate her life will follow at 3:30 p.m. Private family interment will follow at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington, Maine.

A memorial has been established in Betty’s name to benefit Fox Valley Hospice and other charities. Checks may be made to the “Betty Beith 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 www.conleycare.com, where you can find Betty’s full-life story.