• Christopher Aaron Saumell

    Christopher Aaron Saumell, 27, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. He was born May 23, 1986, the son of Katherine (Smith) Saumell and Damon Saumell. Christopher spent his childhood surrounded by a large, loving...

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  • Margaret Stover

    Margaret Stover, 89, of Lily Lake, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, after struggling for several months with the aftermath of a stroke. The daughter of Otto F. and Martha (“Magda” Knutzen) Rothlisberger, she was born in...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • James ‘Jim’ E. Murphy Jr.

    James “Jim” E. Murphy Jr., 75, of North Aurora, passed away at Presence Mercy Hospital in Aurora on Nov. 3, 2013. Jim was born Feb. 24, 1938, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James and Margaret (Belcher)...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Letter: Thank you for a great fall soccer season

    The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) thanks the soccer community for its help in making a great fall 2013 season. KYSO is a volunteer organization bringing recreational youth soccer to boys and girls ages 4 to 17,...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Letter: Taxed to the max

    Are you kidding me? Another Kaneland tax increase. What is it for this time? As if I didn’t know … Kaneland School District cannot keep up with the cities. We don’t have the commercial or industrial tax...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • An invitation to support arts programs with your time and talents

    by Maria Dripps-Paulson KAI Initiative executive director October was a full month for the Kaneland Arts Initiative (formerly the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival). The 2013-14 season started with two exciting performances that were very different from...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Family Bingo, Auction Night at Blackberry Creek

    KANELAND—The Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO will host a Family Bingo and Auction Night on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Blackberry Creek Elementary School. The PTO is currently looking for donations from families and businesses to use in...

    • Posted November 6, 2013
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  • Kaneland to play at United Center

    KANELAND—The Kaneland boys basketball team will play Geneva High School at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2014. The game between the Knights and Vikings will take place prior to the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks game, which...

    • Posted November 6, 2013
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    Virginia L. Wells

    Virginia L. Wells, 86, of Plano, IL passed away, Thursday, October 31, 2013 at her home, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born April 8, 1927 in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Theodore...

    • Posted November 4, 2013
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    Knights Armory gives back

    KANELAND—Samantha Garcia, a Kaneland High School senior, recently shared some advice to a first-grader. However, the first-grader wasn’t enrolled in the Kaneland School District. Rather, Garcia’s words traveled to a low-income neighborhood in St. Louis, Mo. “I...

    • Posted November 3, 2013
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  • Dripps-Paulson receives Women of Distinction Award

    KANELAND—Maria Dripps-Paulson is a Sugar Grove resident, executive director of the Kaneland Arts Initiative, and a recent recipient of the Women of Distinction Award, given out by Kane County Magazine She said she’s not too sure what...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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  • Holiday Spirit needs your help

    ELBURN—Holiday Spirit, a joint program between the Kaneland Schools and Conley Outreach/West Towns, is in need of groups to adopt local families in need this holiday season. Last year Holiday Spirit provided assistance to 160 children in...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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  • 4th-graders experience hands-on learning

    Blackberry Creek Elementary School students on Friday had the unique opportunity to see a Velomobile (Hybrid Bicycle) up close and in action. Fourth-graders study inventions and ideas over the course of their year as part of their...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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    Crazy Quail event pulls for Special Olympics

    Photo: Maple Park Police Department held its ‘Crazy Quail’ event in support of Special Olympics on Saturday at the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club in Elburn. Crazy Quail is a new game where participants shoot targets thrown by...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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  • Kaneland Board of Education purchases student artwork

    KANELAND—The Kaneland Board of Education annually purchases the artwork of two students per school, based on the recommendations of the district’s art teachers. The artwork is framed and displayed in the hallways of the Milnamow Administrative Center...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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    Playoff round 1: Kaneland (8-1) vs. Hampshire (6-3)

    Friday night @ 7 p.m. Peterson Field, Maple Park, IL Kaneland’s Class 5A playoff journey begins with a home matchup as a No. 5 seed against the 6-3 Hampshire Whip-purs, a No. 12 seed, on Friday at...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • Marching Knights represent family, unity

    KANELAND—John Briggs, clarinet section leader of the Kaneland High School Marching Knights, gave a pep talk to his bandmates on a recent chilly evening during band rehearsal on the track of Kaneland’s Peterson Field. The speech followed...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • School Board approves tentative tax levy

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved a tentative property tax levy. Not all board members were on board with the decision to approve the levy amount of $52,210,825, however, as Pedro Rivas and Tony Valente voted...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • Schuler nominated to membership of Suburban School Superintendents

    KANELAND—Kaneland School District 302 recently announced the nomination of its superintendent, Dr. Jeff Schuler, to the membership of Suburban School Superintendents (SSS). Suburban School Superintendents is limited in its membership to a maximum of 100 active superintendents...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • Kuipers gives back to Kaneland

    Saturday was Kaneland Day at Kuipers Family Farm, with a percentage of the sales at the bake shop going to the Kaneland Foundation if you mentioned it at check-out. Junior Taylor Tindall (above) of Sugar Grove went...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • Elburn’s Community Congregational to hold annual Harvest Dinner

    ELBURN—Community Congregational Church-UCC of Elburn will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. The buffet-style dinner will include turkey with all the trimmings, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, beans, cole...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • School bus, car collide in Big Rock

    BIG ROCK—Big Rock firefighters and Kane County Sheriff officers on Tuesday morning responded to a collision involving a car and occupied school bus on Route 30, west of Davis Road. The driver of the bus and vehicle...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Salad products recalled because of possible health risk

    ILLINOIS—The Kane County Health Department is alerting residents that Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Ore., is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company announced that these products...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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    More like it at Morris

    Knights recover nicely from Sycamore setback, finish regular season 8-1 MORRIS, ILL.—One never knows how the usual Week 9 regular season battles between the Kaneland Knights and Morris Redskins will go. Luckily, the Friday gridiron battle decided...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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    Lightning quick

    Photo: Kaneland Knights fans know Lauren Zick: Track Athlete. But the senior has verbally committed to play softball for St. John’s University, located in Queens, N.Y. Speedy on the track as well as the basepaths, Zick plays...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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    Recalled in regional final

    Late goal dooms Knight soccer against BC, semi sees rout of Spartans SYCAMORE—Class 2A Regional soccer features squads that have to make the most of the 80 regulation minutes given. In the case of the Oct. 23...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Seniors lead way to Sectional

    BURLINGTON, ILL—In the race for state, the Kaneland boys cross country team is heading in the right direction. With a trio of seniors leading the way, a return trip to the state meet might be in the...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Girls cross country advances to Sectional

    BURLINGTON, ILL.—One down, one to go in the Kaneland quest for the state meet. Coach Doug Ecker’s crew, led by a sixth-place finish by sophomore Brianna Bower, secured fourth place at the competitive Burlington Central Regional last...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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    Lady Knights earn regional final berth-day

    Photo: Riley Hannula (left) and Vanessa Gould prepare to battle Riverside Brookefield during Saturday’s Spikefest at KHS. Photo by Lynn Logan Sweep against Plano means Halloween contest against Sycamore SANDWICH, ILL—Tough challenges can come your way as...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Ellanor Hauser

    Ellanor Hauser, 86 of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Oct. 28,2013, at Arden Courts in Geneva. Ellanor was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Aurora, the daughter of...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • William Richard ‘Dick’ Hedlund

    William Richard “Dick” Hedlund, 80, of St. Charles, formerly and most proudly of West Aurora, peacefully passed away at his home, following a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. He stared...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Lois J. Shaw

    Lois J. Shaw, 89, of Sugar Grove, passed away at her favorite place—home—on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, surrounded by family, friends and all the prayers from a countryside of friends. She was born May 30, 1924, the...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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