‘Unlock the treasure’ with WOW

WATERMAN, ILL.—Waterman ‘Women of the Word’ (WOW) will begin its second semester on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Waterman Presbyterian Church, 250 North Cedar St., Waterman, Ill., with a new 11-week study, “The Gospel of Mark.”

There is both a morning edition from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and an evening edition from 6:45 to 9 p.m., which include small-group interaction and large-group worship and teaching. There is a children’s preschool program for the morning session only. You will enjoy meeting and discovering your personal keys with women from many area communities and churches. For more information or to register, contact Sue at (815) 264-3979 or sjhipple23@gmail.com.

The study fee is $15. Lesson one should be completed before class on Jan. 9. Stipends are available.

Melanie Hatch

Melanie Hatch, 24, opened an eternal gift on Christmas day after valiantly fighting her cancer with an amazing strength and unmatched dignity since she was only 5 months old. Truly home for Christmas, Melanie was surrounded by the love and prayers of her family that will never forget her courage and the fact that although cancer had broken her body, it never came close to breaking her spirit.

She was born Oct. 1, 1989, in DeKalb, the daughter of Steven and Loretta (Faber) Hatch. At only 5 months old, Melanie was diagnosed with cancer, and her prognosis gave her only another six months to live. Unbeknownst to the doctors, this was the opening Melanie was looking for to shock them by not only exceeding their expectations at every turn, but shattering them. Steven and Loretta searched for the right doctors and new treatments, and each time a door closed, a window opened for them to continue their fight.

Melanie grew up in Maple Park and attended local schools. She graduated in 2008 from Central High School in Burlington, Ill. While in school, Melanie was president of the Writer’s Club and editor of their literary magazine, even though she was legally blind her entire life.

Following graduation, she attended Waubonsee Community College, where she studied English and poetry. She continued the leadership she honed in high school and became editor and president of the Poetry Club, where she was instrumental in the publishing of a book of poems gathered from her fellow students, as well as some works of her own. Later she changed her major to massage therapy with the hopes that she could leave the cold winters of Illinois behind, making a living and name for herself in the warm sunshine of Florida

Melanie was an ambassador for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and was a literal poster child for Ride For Kids, founded by Mike and Dianne Traynor, when she was only 3 years old. As she grew, so did the organization, as she helped to develop, organize and expand Ride For Kids, which has now become the largest non-governmental non-profit organization for pediatric brain tumor research. Through her years of treatment, full of ups and downs, success and failures, Melanie never shied away from the spot light and became a role model to other children. Doctors worldwide studied her case and the path she trail-blazed for others to follow.

Melanie had a tremendous heart and a warrior spirit that belied her size. She had a love for everyone and everything, especially those of the four-legged variety. Melanie had a connection with animals of all sizes and kinds, but cats always had a special place in her heart.

While in college, Melanie performed her poetry at The House Cafe and Borders, and was a headliner at “Open Mic Night” at Westridge Community Church in Elgin, Ill.

Through all the years of her diagnoses and treatments, never did she express self-pity or ask “Why me?” Her bedrock of family and faith weathered all storms with the quiet strength of Gibraltar. Rock and roll was the music that spoke to her soul, starting with Elvis and extending through Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to all the 1980s hard rock and glam-rock bands during her late high school years. College brought alternative bands, whose harder rhythms and darker themes became a balm and brought catharsis to her warrior spirit. No matter who was blasting from her speakers, the life and sparkle that emanated from her eyes and smile could power the city of Chicago with its electricity never faded. Her handshake was strong and firm, and the honest and natural connections she had with so many people radiated warmth and sincerity that forged unbreakable bonds with all who were lucky enough to know and love her.

She is survived by her loving and dedicated parents, Steve and Loretta Hatch; two devoted siblings, Ryan (Cheryl) Hatch and Larissa (Steve) Alcorn; one maternal grandmother, Pauline Faber; aunts and uncles, Char (Mike) Johnson, Guy (Diane) Faber, Sheila (Elwood) Lange, Pierre’ (Kathy) Hatch, Pam Van Den Bosch; seven cousins, Renee (Keith) Johnson, Renee Garcia, Autumn, Travis and Warren Lange, Carmella Hatch and Natalie Hatch; and thousands of people the world over who have come to love and respect Melanie not only for her valiant fight, but her determined spirit and a never-ending love for others.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ansley and Catherine Hatch; her maternal grandfather, Lawrence “Tuffy” Faber; and two uncles, Warren Hatch and Lenny Faber.

Visitation was held on Monday at Westridge Community Church in Elgin. A funeral to celebrate her life and faith will also take place at the church, following a brief visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. Rev. Darren Sloniger, founding pastor of the church, will officiate with private family interment to follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Melanie’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Melanie Hatch 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 see her amazing full-life story.

Rosanne Kennedy

Rosanne Kennedy, 61, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life on Nov. 8, 2013, at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill., surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Rosanne was born April 28, 1952, in DeKalb the daughter of Thomas and Rosemary (Finley) Kennedy.
She grew up in Maple Park, where she attended local schools. As a young girl, she was a member of the Girl Scouts and enjoyed all of the camping trips she was able to go on. She later went on to graduate from Notre Dame High School.

After graduation, Rosanne’s love for children called her to the field of childcare. She cared for many children over the years, including her nieces and nephews.

Rosanne enjoyed passing her time in many different ways. She kept up to date with current pop culture, always reading the most recent magazines. As a night owl, she spent endless hours surfing the web. Rosanne had an extensive music collection, but there was no better artist than Elvis Presley in her mind. One of her favorite trips was to Graceland. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, like a nice ride in the car or catching a good movie. In recent years, Rosanne enjoyed cooking. Even with all the interests and past times, there was nothing more important to Rosanne than her family. She took a great interest in all of the life events and happenings in the lives of her many extended family members, and she had an amazing memory for family dates and occasions. Rosanne was always there for her family when needed.

She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park.

Roseanne is survived by her mother, Rosemary Kennedy; her brothers and sisters, Patrick (Mona) Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Tim (Sally) Kennedy, Nora (Kim) Joiner, John (Debra) Kennedy, Dick (Gena Rice) Kennedy, Susan Kennedy and Jim (Katie) Kennedy; her nieces and nephews, Nathan, Ian, Tom, Elizabeth, Joel, Kayla and Mitchell; an extended family and a countryside of friends in Maple Park, where she was a lifelong resident.

She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Kennedy.

Visitation was held Nov. 11 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral mass celebrating Roseanne’s faith was held Nov. 12 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Dennis Morissy, pastor of the church, celebrated Roseanne’s life.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit: Checks may be made to the “Name 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.

Girls hoops makes way through holidays

Seventh-place finish in Ottawa, 2-2 finish at Dixon
KANELAND—It took a while to get going on the final day of the Ottawa Christmas Tournament on Dec. 23, but it did end on a winning note for KHS girls basketball.

Placed in the silver (second place) pool after the first day of competition, Kaneland two Mondays ago began with a 45-38 loss to Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Geneseo before coming from behind to beat the Rockford East E-Rabs 59-47 to clinch seventh place.

Kaneland finished the tournament 2-2. It then went on to the KSB Dixon Holiday Classic for the first time and lost to Stillman Valley last Thursday 46-39, beat Freeport’s Aquin 45-28 on Friday, and lost to Aurora Christian 37-32 before finishing with a double overtime win over Pekin, 66-63, in a Saturday twinbill.

Kaneland is now 8-8 after a .500 tournament tour and after its first 16 contests, closing out the 2013 portion of the calendar.

Against Geneseo, Ally VanBogaert had a team-high 11 points, but the Lady Knights were plagued by a scant four points in the fourth quarter in the loss. With Kaneland just 16-for-52 from the field, the Lady Knights were down 10-7 before taking a 23-22 lead at the break. In the second half, Kaneland and Geneseo were tied at 34 after the third before the contest turned.

In the win over RE, Van Bogaert had 21 points, a career-high, and eight boards. Post players Kelly Wallner and Brittany Kemp had 11 points each.

Looking to end the afternoon in Ottawa on a winning note, The E-Rabs slammed the Lady Knights with six of seven late shots made in the first quarter to go on a 13-0 run in the last 3:51 of the quarter, leaving KHS in a 15-9 hole.

After missing their first seven shots of the second quarter, the Lady Knights solidified and got a putback from Wallner, a shot and free throw from Caroline Heimerdinger, two foul shots by Kemp and a bucket by Van Bogaert to close within 26-19 after being down 16 points.

Heimerdinger hit two foul shots, followed by a Van Bogaert three and a Katie Brinkman, to tie the game at 27-27 with 1:09 left in the half. Morgan Weber’s bucket with 40.2 to go gave Kaneland a 29-27 lead going into the half.

Tied at 35 in the third, Wallner made a basket sandwiched by two Van Bogaert conversions to go up 41-35 with 1:27 left in the frame. A Van Bogaert three with three ticks left upped the lead to 44-37 before the buzzer.

“We knew it was time to pick it up and time to get going, and not to get too confused in what we were doing,” Wallner said. “Especially with our offense, we practice it a lot and work it, inside and out, and are more patient.”

Rockford East’s shooting luck ran out and Kaneland ran its lead to 15 at 56-41 with 1:04 to go in the game before the end.

“Their team has a couple players that are tough to guard, and we had some girls in foul trouble,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We could have gotten out of sync for a few minutes. Our staff is real happy with how they bounced back. Obviously, as a team we try to win every game, but we’re also growing in the process.”

In Dixon, the seven-point loss to the Cardinals of Stillman Valley was highlighted by nine points each from Brinkman and Camri Conley. The Lady Knights committed 23 turnovers and were just 16-for-55 from the field.

In the win over Aquin, Wallner, Conley and Amber Winquist-Bailey each had nine points to lead the charge. Wallner also had 10 boards. KHS stifled the Bulldogs to the tune of a 21-8 second half that saw Kaneland hold the opponent to just two second-half field goals.

Against the Lady Eagles, Wallner submitted a double double with 11 points and 11 boards in the loss and Conley had five steals.

Aurora Christian led 23-13 after the first two frames. Down 27-18 after three, the Lady Knights cut the deficit to three but could get no closer.

In the extra-time win over Pekin, Kaneland went to court without five players due to illness and injury, but were led by Weber’s 16, Bailey Crimmins’ 13 and Rachel Miller’s 12.

Down 19-16 after one and 36-32 at the half, KHS closed within 45-43 before tying it up going into the first OT at 56 all. Kaneland and Pekin were tied at 62 after the first extra session before KHS pulled away.

Kaneland tips off 2014 with a Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, outing vs. visiting Yorkville.


Christmas Classic begins with minor holiday hangup

Photo: Senior Tyler Carlson had averaged 16.5 points per game at the 2014 Plano Christmas
Classic. The Knights lost their first game last week, but won three straight to place ninth in the tournament. Photo by Patti Wilk

Knights get back on track against Genoa-Kingston, Mendota
PLANO—For one to survive and advance in the historic setting of Plano Christmas Classic, in its 51st year, a team has to get off on the right foot.

In the tournament opener on Dec. 26, the No. 4 seed Knights boys basketball team (7-3) suffered a 57-50 loss to the No. 13 seed Newark Norsemen of the Little Ten Conference.

The Knights then battled No. 5 seed Genoa-Kingston, which had lost to No. 12 Aurora Christian in yet another minor upset, on Friday afternoon, ending in a 52-40 comeback win.

After Friday’s result, the Knights battled Mendota on Saturday and eked their way to a 65-64 win.

Kaneland then defeated Dixon to claim ninth place on Monday. In 2012, Kaneland finished in fourth place overall, and won it all in 2009, its first year back to the tournament after holiday stops in DeKalb and Marengo.

Against the perennial small-school powerhouse Newark on Thursday morning, the Knights were led by guard Tyler Carlson with 15 points and forward John Pruett with 14. Backcourt general Drew David had 11 points to supplant the effort.

For Newark, the brother combination of Jack Clausel (19 points) and Will Clausel (16 points) made life difficult for the Knights on the heels of holiday celebration.

Kaneland was 23-for-65 from the field during the loss, including a mediocre 9-for-33 in the second half.

The Knights led 16-10 after the first eight minutes of play, and fell victim to an offensive barrage from the Little Ten stalwart, trailing 31-29 at the halftime horn. Newark powered through even more in the third frame and took a 43-35 lead before Kaneland closed the margin slightly in the loss.

On Friday in action against the Cogs, Carlson had 15 points, while David and Pruett each supplied 12. KHS was 20-for-53 from the field and 17-for-24 from the foul line. G-K was led by Tommy Lucca’s 13.

Two three-pointers by David and a keen bucket down low from Pruett helped give Kaneland an early 12-6 lead in the first quarter, but a free throw and three-pointer closed it on G-K’s end to 12-10 by the end of the frame.

Connor Fedderly hit a three to break a tie and make it 15-12 with 5:25 left in the half, breaking a five-minute scoring drought. G-K then converted on five consecutive shot opportunities and led 22-20 with 1:01 remaining. The Cogs then hit the back end of a pair of free throws to go up 23-20 at halftime.

The third-quarter tide turned fairly quickly when Pruett’s bucket, David’s try and Ryan David’s basket gave Kaneland a 27-23 lead just 1:10 into the frame.

Carlson put in a putback for a 31-25 lead with 2:05 to go before G-K made its only field goal of the quarter, a trifecta, to close within 31-28 with 1:28 to go before Pruett’s free throw pair with 38.4 to go stretched the lead before the buzzer at 33-28.

The fast-break tempo that Kaneland used to its benefit soon gave way to ball control, peppered by a three-pointer and putback by Carlson and a basket by Cole Carlson to make it 40-28 with 6:07 to go. KHS made 10-of-12 foul shots down the stretch to get the lead to much as 13 at 48-35 with 1:07 to go.

David and crew noticed the difference in on-court performance.

“We made good plays, it gave us one-on-one momentum,” David said. “We come into each game, you don’t really have time to change things too much. But when you get on the floor, you definitely have to adjust.”

After the loss to Newark, the G-K game was a little more like it.

“We need to be more fundamentally sound because of the way we played yesterday, we turned the ball over a lot. I thought the kids did a good jonb handling pressure in the second half and handling the ball in the fourth quarter. They extended the lead and held it toward the end,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said.

Against the Mendota Trojans, the Knights found themselves down 27-12 after one, and 45-35 at the half buzzer before turning on the comeback afterburners and closing to within 53-46 after three and outscoring the Trojans 19-11 in the fourth.

The Knights were paced by Ryan David’s 16, Drew David’s 15 and Tyler Carlson’s 12.

The Trojans were led by James Carroll with 28 points, 24 hours after setting a tournament record with 42 points in over Forreston.

Monday had Kaneland scheduled to face Dixon in the tournament finale for the Knights with ninth place on the line. The Knights never trailed after a 12-5 opening quarter. Tyler Carlson’s 19 points and Pruett’s 17 points let KHS. Ryan david had 8 points over NIB-12 west team.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Knights begin the second half of their schedule with a trip to the United Center in Chicago for the first time since February 2010, against Geneva at 2 p.m.

Editor note: This story has been updated from the originally published version with information from Monday’s game vs. Dixon at the Plano Christmas Classic.

Matted down

Kaneland’s lone holiday excursion to Palatine meet yields 21st place
KANELAND—Wrestling talent abounds in the northwest suburbs.

Kaneland High School wrestling found that out at the 59th Annual Berman Holiday Wrestling Classic hosted by Mid Suburban League standout Palatine on Friday and Saturday.

With a team score of 54.5, the Knights grabbed 21st out of 32 squads. Glenbard East (177), Oak Forest (165.5) and Lyons Township (162.5) claimed the top three overall spots.

Kaneland dealt with a load of tough challenges, but managed to get a fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place wrestler through to the end.

Heavyweight senior Justin Diddell captured a fifth-place nod after his Palatine showing. The senior beat Joliet West’s Houston Thomas by 6-3 decision. He then beat St. Patrick’s Rocco Curio in 5:07 before losing to Hinsdale Central’s Brian Allen in 5:21. In the lower half of the bracket, Diddell beat Hinsdale South’s Tommy Konkol in 1:51 and Warren’s Sawyer McCaffery by 8-6 count before losing to Glenbard East’s D’Andre Johnson in 3:24 to close out the weekend.

KHS junior Tom Price captured the lone sixth-place honor for Kaneland, beginning his weekend in the 170 group by 9-0 major decision win over East Moline U-High’s Preston Swanson. Price then lost to Zion-Benton’s Nick Whitehead in 3:01. Price then earned a 5-minute technical fall win over Delware-Hayes member Derrick Sumner, a 3:45 pin over Geneva’s Austin Chaon and a 2:48 pin over Bartlett’s Alex Montibrand before losing to Whitehead once again in 23 seconds.

In the 138-pound group, KHS senior Dane Goodenough earned seventh and started his journey by pinning East Moline U-High’s Jack Copeland in :52, but lost to Geneva’s Jordan Soto in 1-0 fashion. In the lower bracket, Goodenough beat Mundelein’s Yobanni Antunez by 7-2 margin, Lemont’s Jake Kirkman in 4:19 and Glenbard East’s Zach Wehde in a 5-3 overtime bout before losing to Lyons athlete Matt Maldonado in a 14-2 major decision.

Kaneland kicks off 2014 with a trip to a meet at Richmond-Burton High School on Friday, Jan. 3.

Dec. 31 sports recap

Sophomore Boys BBall
Dec. 23 at Plano Classic vs. Streator—The Knights opened up play at the Plano Christmas Classic Dec. 23 with a blowout win over NIB-12 crossover foe Streator 62-33. Jake Marczuk led the way with 13 points, while Tanner Robertson and Mark Lilly each had 12. Jacob Violett had eight points, Connor Peterson and Brett Hansen each had five points and Andy Delgado had three points.
Dec. 27 at Plano Classic vs. Morris—KHS defeated Morris 57-53 in the second round of play at the Plano Christmas Classic. Marczuk had 23 points for the Knights, while Lilly had eight points, Kevin Fajardo had seven points, Robertsen had six points, Jason Edwards and Joe Laudonteach had four points and Violett had three points.
Dec. 28 at Plano Classic vs. Princeton—The Knights squeaked their way into the Plano Christmas Classic championship game with a 51-50 win over Princeton. Lilly had 22 points, while Violett had nine and Robertsen and Marczuck each had eight. The Knights were 8-1 heading into Monday’s championship game vs. Genoa-Kingston. Results of that game were not available at press time.

Sophomore Girls BBall
Dec. 26 at Batavia Tourney vs. York—The Lady Knights fell to York 36-23 to open up play at the Batavia tournament. Meg Cohrs led KHS with six points, while Nicole Koczka and Kristen Siebert each had five points. Jenna Harvell had four points and Madi Edwards had three points.
Dec. 26 at Batavia Tourney vs. Geneva—KHS fell to Geneva Thursday afternoon 39-35. Cohrs and Seibert each had 12 points in the loss. Kylie Modaff had four points and Hollie Fedderly had three points. Geneva defeated the Lady Knights by 26 points earlier in the season.
Dec. 27 at Batavia Tourney vs. Bartlett—Friday saw the Lady Knights fall to Bartlett 43-25. Modaff led the team with eight points, while Cohrs and Koczka each had seven. Kiandra Powell had three points.
Dec. 28 at Batavia Tourney vs. Lake Park—KHS got into the win column at the Batavia Tournament, winning 55-42 over Lake Park. Three Lady Knights scored 10 points: Edwards, Koczka and Modaff. Cohrs and Powell each had eight points while Fedderly had four. The KHS sophomore girls team is now 7-7 on the season.

Letter: A letter to Beith Road residents

I want to thank all of the neighbors on Beith Road over this holiday season. My family was one of thousands who came out to see the Larsen Light Spectacular. I can absolutely understand your frustration and annoyance regarding the traffic. I want to thank you for your hospitality. The display brought joy and wonderment to many. The “wow” factor was undeniable. I hope you will continue to support this endeavor. The Larsen’s may get the headlines (well deserved), but please know you are also appreciated.

Ann Carlson (and family)
Kirkland, Ill.

Elburn moves forward in 2013

by Susan O’Neill

ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson doesn’t like to call things the village gets done “accomplishments.”

“We’re just doing our job,” he said.

Even so, the list of items on the “Elburn doing its job” list in 2013 is quite long.

Tops on the list of village items completed this year is the approval of the Elburn Station development.

“That took the most time,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he is pleased with the process of how the decisions were made regarding the development plan.

“Everybody had the opportunity to put forth their opinion,” he said. “And when we voted, it was unanimous.”

The approval of the ShoDeen development included the annexation of numerous acres into the village surrounding the Metra station, from Keslinger Road to Route 38. The development will include single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes, apartments and condominiums, as well as commercial, industrial and service components.

“This process was a huge undertaking, and took more than 10 years to accomplish,” Village Administrator Erin Willrett wrote in a letter to village officials and staff.

The Elburn Station approval paved the way for construction to begin on the Anderson Road extension and bridge, something long sought after and celebrated by village officials.

The village this year hired a finance director, who has already begun streamlining the financial processes, allowing the village to work “better and smarter,” Anderson said.

The addition of Finance Director Doug Elder, who took on Willrett’s responsibilities while she was on maternity leave last year, has been a big positive for the village, according to Anderson.

Elder has also taken on the responsibilities of the village treasurer position, as well as the Pension Board treasurer. He led the fiscal year budget process, as well as the budget act ordinance, educating the board and staff members along the way.

The addition of Elder will free up some of Willrett’s time to focus more on the economic development of Elburn. A newly-appointed Economic Development Commission was created, which has met several times this year with a focus on future business development for the village.

A number of new businesses opened this year in Elburn, including Accelerate Rehabilitation Physical Therapy, Windy City Muscle Cars, Brianna’s Pancake House, Eddie Gaedel’s Grill and Pub, Lighthouse Academy Day Care, G.E.D. Pizza, E&S Fish Company, Beautiful U Re-Sale Shop, American Family Insurance, Focal Point Waxing Studio and Electrical Conduit Construction.

The Village Board approved a special use permit for a drive-through restaurant, paving the way for a Dunkin’ Donuts location in the Elburn Crossing shopping center.

“Sales tax money, jobs and real estate taxes. It’s all about bringing people to Elburn,” Anderson said.

With the help of a $100,000 grant, the village updated the Elburn Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the first update since 1990. The year-long effort included input from the community, elected and appointed officials, as well as an energetic group of Kaneland High School students.

This plan will provide the guidelines for future growth within the village.

With the help of an increase in the water and sewer rates in the village, work has begun on the modernization of the waste water treatment plant.

Several procedural items were completed, including amending the village building and housing code and the 2013 update to the codified ordinances.

Although Anderson is reluctant to call them accomplishments, he said he is pleased with what the village has completed this year, as well as staying within the budget.

“I’m very, very pleased with the staff within the village,” he said. “What a great, great group of people.”

He also said that there have been more and better discussions with the Village Board, with everyone contributing and coming to consensus on issues.

SG Village Board reflects on 2013 accomplishments

by Natalie Juns

SUGAR GROVE—When Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels reflects on the village’s 2013, he thinks of the accomplishments and progress the Village Board made this year.

Progress with the Route 47/I-88 interchange and Dugan/Route 30 resurfacing, as well as a project to implement fiber optics and the planned groundbreaking of Ace Hardware and American Heartland’s Sugar Grove locations in the spring, are at the top of his list of achievements.

“We had a great year and accomplished a lot,” Michels said. “We moved forward with the Route 47 and I-88 project. This is a $20 million project, and the state is paying for the engineering up front.”

The Route 47 and I-88 project would implement a full interchange from Route 47 onto I-88 in Sugar Grove.

The Village Board also had the roads on the east side of town resurfaced, and progressed with its plan regarding the Dugan and Route 30 project. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is currently in the midst of a study to identify when and where to resurface, repair and add lanes to the project.

Several other road improvement projects made progress in 2013, including the two-lane roundabout that will connect Route 30, Granart Road and Bucktail Lane creating a four-way intersection. IDOT has invested $4 million into the roundabout project.

Michels said he counts Ace Hardware and American Heartland Bank’s prospective locations in Sugar Grove on the board’s list of accomplishments. Both businesses will break ground next spring.

“Both Ace Hardware and American Heartland Bank were two major projects this year, and I know they will be great additions to the community,” Michels said.

Village trustee Mari Johnson weighed in on the vast amount of commercial businesses that moved to town and the progress made with different developers.

“I think some of the accomplishments are the Mallard Point drainage project and the sale of lots at Prairie Glen to Orleans Homes,” Johnson said. “They sold 24 homes when they were expecting to sell 10 to 12. The approval of Ace Hardware is on our list of accomplishments, along with all the new commercial businesses, including Runway to Galway, Great Clips, Java Plus, Rush Copley, Cadence Health, SLKM Enterprises, Inc., and Cross Fit of Sugar Grove. Also, the Glancer magazine office moved to Sugar Grove on Main Street, and they now have a Sugar Grove version of the magazine.”

Michels is also proud of the progress the village has made with an extension of Sugar Grove’s bike trail and pathway.

“It will be great to have a bike trail and pathway where residents can bike or walk to different stores and restaurants,” he said.

Maple Park does a lot with a little in 2013

by Susan O’Neill

MAPLE PARK—Maple Park accomplished a number of things in 2013 despite having a small budget.

“We have awesome people,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

Curtis described Maple Park as a “do-it-yourself community,” making good things happen with limited resources.

One of the events this year that brought out the best in Maple Park residents was the Crazy Quail fundraiser for Special Olympics. Hosted by Maple Park resident Dean Goodenough, the successful event raised $5,000 for Illinois Special Olympics, pushing the Maple Park Police Department past its 2013 goal of $50,000 and making it the top fundraiser of Illinois law enforcement organizations.

“I’m very proud of the effort,” Curtis said. “It brought a lot of good energy to the Maple Park community.”

Thanks to Captain Nick Louis and his organization, the Airline Pilot’s Historical Society (APHS), the children of Maple Park have new playground equipment to play on in the park near the Maple Park Civic Center. The APHS picked out and purchased the equipment, and Maple Park’s Public Works Department installed it.

Curtis said the equipment, designed for children ages 10 and younger, gets a lot of use and looks great.

Progress continues on the Civic Center building, including the remodeling of the gymnasium. Curtis said a good cleaning, a paint job and a new curtain have made the room more presentable. Tuckpointing on the outside of the building continues, with the village doing a little more each year.

The village was the recipient of additional security cameras for Village Hall again this year, which monitor the building and keep a handle on vandalism.

Curtis last year said that Maple Park’s chief goal for 2013 was to be sustainable, provide quality service on a tight budget and plan maintenance projects to avoid emergency situations, and road improvements were a part of that maintenance. The village used $183,000 from the road and bridge fund on a paving project for portions of Willow, Pearl and Palmer streets.

Several village accomplishments are significant, in that they’ve been a long time coming. After many discussions over the past 10 years, village officials at the beginning of December signed a boundary agreement with the village of Cortland.

“It’s pretty historic,” Curtis said. “It speaks volumes about both boards.”

Curtis said that both boards were unanimous in their vote to seal the agreement.

“Everybody put their difference aside, and we finally got it done,” she said.

Another agreement that spent a long time in the works was the village’s acceptance of Heritage Hill’s park and pond area. After working with the developer for a number of years, the village has taken over the maintenance of the park.

“It’s shaping up to be a really nice park,” Curtis said.

Families have donated trees and benches in memory of loved ones, leading to the park’s name, Memorial Park.

Curtis is also pleased to see consistent attendance at the Police Department’s drop-in center. Set up to provide a place for the young people in Maple Park to go, the drop-in center offers games, movies and music, all under adult supervision. Curtis said there are about 30 young people there every Friday night.

Village Clerk Liz Peerboom initiated a village Facebook page this summer, where important village information is communicated to residents.

Curtis said that Peerboom is a valuable employee, keeping herself well-educated in what is needed to accomplish her responsibilities. This year, she completed the requirements to become a certified municipal clerk.

The village this year hired a new building inspector, who has begun to educate residents on village codes and property maintenance issues. The village also appointed three new Plan Commission members, for a full seven-person commission. The three new members are newer residents, whom Curtis said can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the table.

Curtis said she’s beginning to see lots being purchased, and the village is working to get things in place in anticipation of future building.

“We have a bright future,” Curtis said.

Kaneville looks back on the year

by Natalie Juns

KANEVILLE—Kaneville Village President Pat Hill believes the village’s greatest accomplishment for 2013 was saving its local village post office.

Hill found out in early December that the village’s efforts to save the Kaneville Post Office had been heard.

“Now that it isn’t closing, we need to work hard to keep the revenue of the post office up for the upcoming year,” Hill said.

Since small, rural post offices are in danger of going out of business, the Kaneville Post Office has had to reduce its hours to stay afloat. Its current hours are now Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Kaneville Village Board has other reasons to be proud of 2013, too.

Hill was elected Village President this past April after serving on the board as a trustee since 2006. The board has also added four new board members, Carl Hauser, Tim Christopher, Jon Behm and Nick Garifalis, Road Commissioner Dale Pierson, and four new Plan Commision members, including Henry Harwell, Paul (Griz) Stouver, Del Ward and Cliff Hill.

The board also welcomed Al Witney as its new township supervisor, and Serina Hauser as village clerk.

Progress was made in the village with the resurfacing of Merrill Avenue and Lovell Road. The village expects the project to be completed next spring.

The Village Board this year worked to notify residents of flooding in ditches located on the southwest portion of Kaneville, and of the repairs the village plans on implementing in the ditches and culverts next year.

On a social note, the village drew residents together with the lighting of their Christmas tree, donated by Strang Landscaping, during the Christmas in Kaneville event on Dec. 7.

“It was great having the Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 7,” Hill said. “We had around 20 people show up for the event, and Santa, one of the most important people, was there. The kids really enjoyed it and were also able to hang ornaments on our tree, donated by Strang Landscaping.”

Kaneville will hold fundraisers next spring and fall for future Kaneville Fest and Christmas in Kaneville events.

Health Department to offer walk-in flu vaccine clinics

AURORA—The best way to celebrate Vaccine Illinois Week (Dec. 8-14), and protect yourself and your family from the flu this season is to get a flu shot. From now through Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Kane County Health Department will offer walk-in flu clinics at its Aurora office, 1240 N. Highland Ave. Clinic hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, while supplies of flu vaccine last.

The Health Department accepts many insurance cards. Please call the Health Department’s Bee Wize, Immunize phone line at 1-866-233-9493 or at (630) 264-7665 to learn if your insurance is accepted. Please bring your insurance card with you. Without insurance, the cost of the vaccine is $15, payable by check or cash. Public health officials recommend that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against influenza, especially pregnant women, young children, people 65 years of age and older, and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system. The Kane County Health Department provides a wealth of information about influenza on its website at www.kanehealth.com. You will find the weekly report that details flu-like illness activity in Kane County, a locator map for additional locations where you can receive the vaccine, educational materials and more.

If you have questions, please call the Health Department’s Bee Wize, Immunize phone line at 1-866-233-9493 or at (630) 264-7665.

Habitat restoration workday at Bliss Woods

SUGAR GROVE—A habitat restoration workday will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will cut and stack invasive brush. Dress appropriately in layers, sturdy, warm shoes and work gloves. Refreshments will be offered at the break. Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult during the workday. The workday will be canceled if the temperature is 18 degrees or below.

Bliss Woods is located on Bliss Road, a short distance north of Route 47 in Sugar Grove. Meet at the inner parking lot. For more information, email Mary at maryoxie@sbcglobal.net or call Rob Cleave at the Kane County Forest Preserve, (630) 232-5980.

Bingo at Elburn Lions Club

ELBURN—The Elburn Lions Club hosts Bingo every Friday night at its clubhouse, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

The public is invited to attend.

Doors to the event open at 5 p.m. Jump Start Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the first of four progressive raffles. Regular Bingo games start at 7 p.m. and include two split-the-pot games.

Proceeds go toward Elburn Lions Charities for the sight and hearing impaired.

The preschool-kindergarten students of Chesterbrook Academy in Sugar Grove stopped by the Elburn Food Pantry Thursday with donations of food, toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas. The Elburn Food Pantry is located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St. in Elburn. Donations are accepted at all times of the year. Photo by Ben Draper

Giving back

The preschool-kindergarten students of Chesterbrook Academy in Sugar Grove stopped by the Elburn Food Pantry Thursday with donations of food, toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas. The Elburn Food Pantry is located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St. in Elburn. Donations are accepted at all times of the year. Photo by Ben Draper

Waubonsee English professors publish essays

SUGAR GROVE—Two professors from Waubonsee Community College’s English Department recently published essays in external publications.

Ellen Lindeen, associate professor of English, wrote an essay titled “Letter to President Obama from a Loyal Supporter.” The essay was written in late summer, as the U.S. debated how to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war in Syria. In it, Lindeen urges President Barack Obama to choose a diplomatic solution.

The essay was published in September in the Peace Voice, as well as other publications, including the Salem News, Voice of the Ozarks, Joplin Independent, Las Vegas Informer, Truthout, Arizona Community Press, and Sierra County Prospect.

Kim Livingston, assistant professor of English, wrote an essay titled “Court Date.”

The essay recounts in vivid detail her thoughts and the events of a trip Livingston took to the DuPage County Courthouse with her brother, who she said had been diagnosed with a mental illness, and for whom she was asking the court to appoint her guardian.

The essay was published in the October edition of the online literary magazine, Blue Lake Review.

Hultgren accepting intern applications for spring 2014

GENEVA—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently announced that he is now accepting applications for spring 2014 semester internships in both his Washington, D.C. and Geneva offices. The position is unpaid and will run approximately from January to May. Academic credit may be available, and schedules can be flexible for those with classes or other obligations. Applicants from the 14th Congressional District are preferred.

“I have spent the last few months gaining valuable Capitol Hill experience while learning vital administrative skills,” said Alex, a current intern. “From learning office procedures and constituent services, to giving tours, to writing constituent response letters and answering their concerns promptly, I’ve honed my understanding of what it takes to run a congressional office effectively while gaining valuable insight into policy and the political process.”

Applicants should be college students or recent graduates, and will assist staff with constituent relations, policy and outreach efforts. Many duties will be administrative in nature, but interns may also be asked to staff Congressman Hultgren at meetings in the district or assist legislative staff in Washington.

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to email.randy@mail.house.gov and specify whether they seek a position for the Geneva or Washington, D.C. office.

Waubonsee instructor John Reese appointed to INC 708 Board

AURORA—A professor at Waubonsee Community College, with decades of experience as a mental health and addiction counselor, has been appointed to the board overseeing the distribution of public money to social service organizations in southern Kane County, dedicated to helping those with various mental health, disability or substance abuse needs.

John Reese, of Aurora, Associate Professor of Human Services at Waubonsee, was appointed in October to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for INC 708 Board – Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services Inc.

The Aurora-based INC 708 Board is a partnership of seven township community mental health boards, which were established under local referendums in previous years to provide funding to support programs for those requiring services related to mental health, developmental disability or substance abuse.

INC 708 Board distributes money raised through property taxes levied in those seven townships to 22 agencies, which serve about 17,000 southern Kane County residents each year.

Reese said providing assistance to those with mental health and substance abuse issues remains “my passion.”

“This is just part of my commitment to giving back to the community,” Reese said.

The appointment marks Reese’s first formal involvement with the INC 708 Board.

However, Reese said he had remained very familiar with the INC 708 Board’s work during his years of work since 1969 as a mental health and substance abuse professional in the Aurora area.

Reese has served in various roles within the mental health and counseling field, including as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and executive director of both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Reese serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA), where he serves as chairperson of the Accredited Counselor Training Programs Committee.

In 2007, he was named the IAODAPCA’s Counselor of the Year.

At Waubonsee, Reese helped to develop the college’s human services department, and served as an adjunct instructor for a decade, until he was appointed a full-time instructor in 1999.

Within the community, Reese also serves as chairperson for the advisory board for Gateway Aurora, as president of Citizens Organized for Recovery and Education of Illinois, and as a member of both the West Towns and Aurora community resource team.

Waubonsee wins marketing awards

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College recently received eight awards for its marketing efforts.

The college received four MarCom Awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, including two platinum awards for the 2012 Report to the Community (annual report and photography categories), a gold award for the 2013-14 Community Education event mailer, and a gold award for the “Make It Real” billboards.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) awarded Waubonsee two Medallion Awards: a silver for its Auto Body Repair Program video and a bronze for the “Make It Real” television commercial series.

Representing marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges across the U.S., Canada and other countries, NCMPR has 1,550 members from more than 650 schools.

In the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) annual Pride of CASE V award contest, Waubonsee earned a bronze for sports photography and an honorable mention for the Learning First! student publication.

CASE is the largest international association of educational institutions, serving more than 3,300 universities, colleges and schools in 54 countries. District V includes schools from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The most wonderful time of the year

Christmastime. It’s the season when we celebrate friends and family, gifts and tasty desserts, freezing weather and ugly holiday sweaters.

It’s the season where we take a moment to reflect on the year as it comes to an end, and begin to make plans so that we can better ourselves in the new year.

It’s the season of tree decorations, classic holiday music and the inexplicable need to dress up pets like elves and reindeer.

For us, Christmastime is the perfect time to say thank you to our readers for helping make our holiday season such a joyous one. We enjoyed meeting with residents who visited the Elburn and Countryside Community Center during the Elburn Christmas Stroll, and we had so much fun entertaining the parents and children who participated in this year’s Kandyland. For us, 2013 was a fantastic year, and we look forward to better serving the Kaneland community in 2014.

Merry Christmas from the Elburn Herald.

Kane County Health Department awarded national accreditation status

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department announced today that it has received national public health department five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). With this achievement, Kane County becomes the first county health department in Illinois to reach this status.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.Hundreds of health departments are preparing to seek national accreditation through the program, which launched in September 2011 after more than a decade in development. So far only 22 health departmentshave been granted accreditation status, out of a total of more than 3,000 in the U.S.

“Accreditation is the gold standard for health departments and demonstrates our commitment to providing quality services and better serving our community. National accreditation signifies the incredible efforts the Kane County Health Department puts forth every day to improve and protect the health of the public,” said Health Department Executive Director Barbara Jeffers. “Achieving accreditation opens the door to a number of benefits, including increased credibility, accountability, and possible funding advantages. Having reached this milestone will provide us with valuable, measurable feedback to further our commitment to continuous improvement.”

“The Kane County Health Department is one of the first of many health departments that we look forward to being able to recognize as a high-performing public health department,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The peer review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities.”

While public health departments provide expert leadership in protecting and promoting the health of people in communities across the country, there has not been a set of nationally recognized standards until now. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHA) established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, state and local levels.

More information about accreditation is available on the Health Department website at www.kanehealth.com/accreditation.htm and the PHAB website at www.phaboard.org.

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Track Santa with the Elburn Herald

Elburn Herald readers: NORAD needs your help!

If you spot Santa in the area, we need you to report it here or on our Facebook page. That way, we can all help NORAD triangulate Santa’s position. Use the map below or visit NORADSanta.org track him. You can also keep your eyes to the skies, so do your part!

Santa typically comes to the Kaneland area between 9 p.m. and midnight (although he sometimes comes later than that—it’s his schedule, so he gets to set it), so make sure you’re tucked in and asleep.

Remember: “He knows if you are sleeping, he knows if you’re awake …”

Thanks in advance for all your help!


Split decisions

Photo: Sophomore Camri Conley looks to attack the basket against Pontiac on Friday. Photo by Marshall Farthing

KHS girls lose opener, recover in second game at Ottawa Holiday Tournament

by Mike Slodki

KANELAND—The Lady Knights girls basketball team on Saturday found a little less holiday cheer than it hoped for.

The good news was on that very same evening, the Kaneland crew was able to recoup a little of what was lost.

KHS began Pool D play in the Ottawa Tournament on Friday with a 61-53 loss to Pontiac High School, and then recovered later that night against Northern Illinois Big XII Conference crossover foe Streator in 62-22 fashion.

Kaneland now sits at 5-5 (1-1 NIB-12) with two games remaining in the Ottawa setting.

A year ago, Kaneland found similar fortune in the tourney’s first evening, losing to Geneseo before beating Sandwich on the way to an eighth-place finish.

Other NIB-12 schools also participated on Friday, with Yorkville and Geneseo both beating Kankakee.

Against Pontiac, Kaneland was led by post presence Kelly Wallner, who gathered 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Teammate Amber Winquist-Bailey added 12 in the loss. KHS was 22-for-45 from the field.

The Lady Knights were down 17-8 after one quarter and 33-19 at the halftime break before closing to within 43-31 after three. In the fourth, Kaneland closed the deficit to seven, but could get no closer.

“Pontiac is a real strong team and we struggled with turnovers early and also struggled from the FT line. We fought back and played well in the second half but came up short,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

In the win over the West division Lady Bulldogs, Kaneland took advantage of 25 turnovers for the win. Leading 19-0 after the first eight minutes, the Lady Knights played to the halftime buzzer up 35-7. The lead was 50-15 before the final frame.

Leading the charge for Kaneland was Ally Van Bogaert’s 15 points in a game that saw 12 Lady Knights visit the scoring column. KHS was 28-of-60 from the field.

“In the Streator game, we came out focused on playing better defense and taking care of the ball. The girls did a great job, and we were able to get a big lead and get everyone some playing time, which is always good at this time of the year,” Colombe said.

Monday’s final two games, with a morning contest against Geneseo, had results unavailable for press. Kaneland was scheduled to end the tournament in the silver bracket, the second-place pool.

Action will pick up for KHS on Thursday, Dec. 26, in Dixon at the KSB Dixon Holiday Classic that goes through Saturday, Dec. 28. Kaneland’s first scheduled opponent is Stillman Valley, at noon, with a Friday, Dec. 27, contest against either Sterling or Freeport’s Aquin High School.

Follow the Knights at the Plano Christmas Classic

PLANO—The Kaneland boys basketball team will take on the field at the 51st Annual Plano Christmas Classic this week.

The varsity Knights enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed, and while the tournament started Monday, the Knights’ seed earned them a bye. Their first contest will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. vs. the winner of No. 13 Newark and Hinckley-Big Rock. The sophomores played Streator Monday, and will face either Mendota or Morris, depending on Monday’s outcome.

To follow the Knights as they take on the talented field, visit RockCreekBall.com and follow the link to the 2013 Christmas Classic. There you’ll find updated stats and brackets for the varsity and sophomore levels.

Knights see success in quadrangular

Knights sophomore George Strang tries to gain leverage on Yorkville’s Gunnar Hjorth during Friday night’s meet.					 Photo by Ben Draper
Knights sophomore George Strang tries to gain leverage on Yorkville’s Gunnar Hjorth during Friday night’s meet. Photo by Ben Draper
Kaneland sophomore Zach Parker works against Yorkville’s Mike Kurtz during the meet Friday. Photo by Ben Draper
Kaneland sophomore Zach Parker works against Yorkville’s Mike Kurtz during the meet Friday. Photo by Ben Draper

KHS also steamrolled in
NIB-12 tussle at Yorkville

by Mike Slodki

KANELAND—As the calendar tips to a new year, it was in the Kaneland High School wrestling roster’s best interest to try and continue to end on as high a note as possible.

With a Friday matchup with rival to the south Yorkville and a Saturday quadrangular against three other clubs, KHS achieved its goal, but only partway. On Friday the Knights were rocked by Yorkville 60-6.

Saturday saw a 48-6 win over Belvidere North, a 36-33 close shave over Rock Island and a 34-30 setback at the hands of old conference-mate Geneva.

After the four encounters, the Knights still hold a capable 11-6 dual record through 17 battles.

Against the Blue Thunder of Belvidere North, the Knights saw decisions on behalf of 138-pounder Dane Goodenough and heavyweight Justin Diddell, 132-pound Luke Eggenberger earned a pinfall in 3:57, and the remaining victories came by forfeit.

Facing the Rocks of Rock Island, the Knights were paced by Goodenough’s 54-second pin, followed by Austin Parks’ 13-7 win in the 160-pound match. Down 27-9, Kaneland went on a five-match tear. Diddell won a 4:34 pin, 106-pounder Austin Kedzie won in 1:45, followed by 113-pound teammate Adam Mish’s pin in 1:01, 120-pound rep Jacob Shearer won via pin in 2:23 and Matthew Redman won the 126-pound standoff in 6-2 fashion.

In the lone Saturday loss to Geneva, KHS had victories on points from personnel Nick Mish in the 106 bout, 8-3, and Redman, 3-1. Meanwhile, Kaneland pins were gathered by Diddell in 1:01, Adam Mish in 1:48, and Goodenough in 1:15.

In the setback against conference powerhouse Yorkville, the Knights saw five major decisions on Yorkville’s side, and two technical falls. The lone KHS win came at the skills of 145-pounder Riley Vanik, who took a pinfall win with 10 seconds left.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, represents the final 2013 challenge for the Knights in the form of the Palatine Invite, located in the northwest suburbs.

Bowlers don’t feel at home vs. DeKalb

The Lady Knights bowlers (below) huddle up prior to their match against DeKalb. Photo by Marshall Farthing
The Lady Knights bowlers (below) huddle up prior to their match against DeKalb. Photo by Marshall Farthing
Freshman Kayla McDuffee sends one down the lane against the Lady Barbs. Photo by Marshall Farthing
Freshman Kayla McDuffee sends one down the lane against the Lady Barbs. Photo by Marshall Farthing

Junior Rena Wojciechowski gets in on the action against the Lady Barbs. Photo by Marshall Farthing
Junior Rena Wojciechowski gets in on the action against the Lady Barbs. Photo by Marshall Farthing

by Mike Slodki

KANELAND—Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb doesn’t feel like a home base when you lose to the building’s other tenant.

Kaneland suited up against the DeKalb Lady Barbs for a Thursday meeting as part of Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play, only to suffer a handy 3,063-2.539 defeat. It marked the third consecutive head-to-head setback for KHS, which fell to 2-5 on the season.

DeKalb was paced by a high team series of 1,013. For Kaneland, high series went to junior Dominique Lee at 522 and senior counterpart Christie Crews at 503. High games went to Lee’s 210 and Crews’ 193. The high Kaneland team game was a collective 850.

Kaneland bowling will enjoy a little rest and relaxation before hitting the lanes on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Four Seasons in Sycamore against the Lady Spartans.

Dec. 24 KHS sports recap

JV Wrestling

Dec. 18 at Hononegah Invite—The Knights JV wrestlers traveled to the Honoegah JV Invite, coming home with a 2-1 team record. The team lost to Hononegah’s JV-1 team 58-13, but defeated Hononegah’s JV-2 team 45-15. Kaneland also won 54-30 against Rockford East. Individually, Austin Kedzie and Colin Gussman were both 3-0 on the day, while Preston Havis, Diego Lobo and Misael Frias were all 2-1. Hayden Patterson was 2-0 on the day.

JV Bowling

Dec. 21 @ Lisle Invite—Kaneland JV bowling took seventh place out of 12 at Saturday’s Lisle Invitational Bowling Tournament at Lisle Lanes in Lisle, Ill. The Knights in head-to-head play rolled 502 and 474 in losses, and 485 in a win.

Soph. Girls Basketball

Dec. 21 @ Ottawa Tournament—The Lady Knights sophomore basketball squad split its Ottawa Tournament contests on Saturday, losing 51-44 to LaSalle-Peru before downing Kankakee 55-8. Kristen Siebert’s 15 points and Meg Cohrs 11 paced the Lady Knights against LaSalle-Peru—a contest in which Kaneland’s opponent went 30 for 45 from the free throw line. Against Kankakee, Kaneland was led by Kylie Modaff’s 13 points and Sophie Sandquist’s 12.

Kaneland resumed Ottawa Tournament action on Monday, with results unavailable as of press time.


Spring is in the air

Photo: The Kaneland High School Cheerleaders participated in a cheer competition at Joliet West High School on Sunday, placing seventh out of 12 schools in the medium division. During their routine, Kaneland girls performed a cheer, stunts, tumbling and a dance in front of an audience and panel of judges. Prior to performing, the girls do stretches, warm-up tumbles and a run-through of the routine. Courtesy Photo


Barbara ‘Barb’ Crump

Barbara “Barb” Crump, 70, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the prayers of her family, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

She was born Sept. 23, 1943, the daughter of K. Neville and Virginia (McMillan) Ens in St. Louis, Mo.

Barb grew up in Webster Groves, Mo., and attended local schools. She graduated from Webster Groves High School with the Class of 1961, but not before meeting the man of her dreams, Mark Crump, while roaming the halls.

Following graduation, she attended Lindenwood College. She continued her education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

In between her studies, she and Mark Crump were united in marriage at the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on Sept. 7, 1963.

They began their new life together back on the campus of Purdue University until they both graduated in 1965. They made their home throughout the Midwest, including Milwaukee, Sterling, Ill., and St. Charles, before settling in Elburn in 1978.

Barb was a clerk for Marshall Field’s for a time, but spent years as a daycare provider out of her home. When her children entered their teen years, she closed the daycare but kept her hands busy by becoming a professional floral designer at Jacobsen’s Flowers in Geneva. Barb worked a few seasons at The Little Traveler in Geneva, where she was known for her display work and her floral arranging demonstrations. She even had one of her designs chosen to be the centerpiece of every table at the FTD National Convention.

Although she tried to retire several times, Barb kept being asked to do special events, weddings and all the arrangements at her church, Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva. There, she was one of the coordinators of the Friday Night Community Dinners; was an Elder and a Deacon; taught Sunday School; was active in Women’s Church Circle; and was a founding member of the church’s chapter of Stephen Ministry, a care-giving ministry for training lay people of the church to provide care to people faced with difficult life situations. Barb also spent 10 years and thousands of hours reading to the blind with Blind Services in Chicago, and served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary at Delnor Hospital.

Barb had a great imagination and a crafter’s heart. She was a down-to-earth “Martha Stewart,” but without her own television show. She loved being a homemaker and ruled the house from the kitchen. Her cookies, in any variety, were legendary, bringing a smile to your face even if it had been years since you were lucky enough to have one.

She was a hostess to the core, with house decorations for every holiday. It wasn’t uncommon to have parties of 50 or more, several times each year. With all of the effort spent inside the house, she enjoyed the outside, as well, especially on her John Deere mower, making the lawn look great.

She was a loving and devoted grandmother, known to her grandkids as “Grandma Bead” for her beaded necklaces. Every time she saw her grandchildren, she had a present for them.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Mark Crump; two children, Ann (Ken) Johnson of Evanston, Ill., and Jim (Kristen) Crump of Muskego, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ginny Johnson, Kathryn Crump, William Crump and one unofficial “adopted” granddaughter, Marquita Howard.

She is preceded in death by her parents, K. Neville and Virginia Ens.

A closed casket visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life will take place Saturday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva. Rev. Carl Gray, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at Garfield Cemetery, St. Charles.

A memorial has been established in Barbara’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including the Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. Checks may be made to the “Barbara Crump 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.