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Fourth-grade student Matthew Falk of Elburn volunteers to be part of the lever.
Photo by Laura Gampfer

Photos: Mousetrap Madness

Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School PTN on Feb. 4 sponsored an assembly titled, “The Mousetrap Machine Assembly.” The Mousetrap Machine Show combined science, math and art to teach students about how the five essential simple machines work: the lever, wheel, pulley, inclined plane and screw. The show was led by its creator, Smarty Pants, and… Keep Reading


Let the search begin

Elburn contracts with recruiting firm to find new police chief ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved a contract with recruiting firm McGrath Consulting Group, Inc. to conduct a search for the village’s next police chief. The $5,500 contract plus expenses will include a screening of candidates and interviews leading to the firm’s recommendations on… Keep Reading


Elburn Village Board awards facade improvement grant

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved a Facade Improvement grant of $1,555 for tuck pointing and replacement of an exterior door for a building on E. North Street. The building, located at 105 E. North St., houses the Shear Image Salon & Spa. The funding will be granted to owner Kathleen Zimmer. The total… Keep Reading


Holding out hope

Blackberry Township suspends monthly senior get-together activity, may renew event later this year BLACKBERRY TWP.—Blackberry Township’s has suspended its monthly senior get-together event, but may renew it later this year. Low attendance was the primary reason for suspension of the event, but Township Supervisor Fred Dornback is hopeful that the program will return and prosper.… Keep Reading


Photos: Storytime at the Library

Lauren and Caitlin Vigliotti of St. Charles on the left, and Riley and Mason Crabtree of Elburn on the right, listen intently to Judy Shipanik during Story Time on Monday night at the Town and Country Public Library. Keep Reading


Elburn sets schedule for fiscal year budget process

ELBURN—Elburn Village Finance Director Doug Elder on Monday announced the schedule for the fiscal year 2016-17 budget process. The process will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16, with a closed session to consider appointments, employment, compensation and performance of individual employees. The board on Monday, April 4, will approve the tentative budget, which will then be… Keep Reading

Elburn/From the Editor's Desk

Editorial: Hats off to Dwayne

We ran a story last month regarding the retirement of longtime Elburn Town and Country Public Library Youth Services Director Dwayne Nelson. Dwayne has been an incredibly important figure for the library and also the village of Elburn, so we encourage our readers to stop by his retirement party on Saturday, Feb. 6, and bid… Keep Reading


Metra reminds customers about Feb. 1 fare increase

CHICAGO—Metra recently reminded customers about the fare increase that took effect on Monday. Approved by the Metra Board of Directors last November, the increase will generate 2 percent in additional fare revenue to fund a portion of the new operating costs for the federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system and the purchase or… Keep Reading

Many Elburn library patrons came by to wish Town and Country Library Director Dwayne Nelson a fond farewell during his retirement party on Saturday. 
Photo by Julie Walker

Hasta la vista, Dwayne

Town and Country Public Library throws retirement party for longtime Youth Services director ELBURN—Children and their parents, family, friends, a minister and even a famous author of children’s books came to say goodbye to Town & Country Library’s Dwayne Nelson on Saturday. Nelson, the library’s Youth Services director, said about 200 to 300 people stopped… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Pack 107 Pinewood Derby, 1-22-16-1

Hot wheels

Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Jan 22, at the old Kaneland Middle School. Cub Scouts in grades 1-5 designed and build their race cars out of a block of wood for the highly anticipated annual event. Photos by Laura Gampfer Great turnout for annual Pinewood Derby MAPLE PARK—Elburn Scout… Keep Reading


Different vote, same result

Village votes down second resignation, separation agreement for village administrator ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday voted down a second resignation and separation agreement for Village Administrator Erin Willrett. The first agreement was voted down during a special meeting of the board on Jan. 14. The vote from that meeting was 4-2, with trustees Bill… Keep Reading


Bringing Kory home

Adoption fundraiser to take place Feb. 27 ELBURN—When Genoa, Ill., residents Patrick and Nora Tomasik made the decision to adopt a 3-year-old boy with special needs named Kory, the entire Kaneland community got involved. First, help began in the form of a GoFundMe page titled, “The Tomasik’s Adoption,” where more than 41 people have donated… Keep Reading


Not so fast

Elburn board votes down village administrator resignation, separation agreement ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday voted 4-2 against the resignation and separation agreement of Village Administrator Erin Willrett. Trustees Bill Grabarek, Dave Gualdoni, Pat Schuberg and Jeff Walter voted no; trustees Ken Anderson and John Krukoff voted in favor of the resignation and agreement. After… Keep Reading


Proceed with caution

Community voices safety concerns regarding Anderson Road bridge ELBURN—Residents can expect action on some concerns regarding Anderson Road, but others may take some time. Since the Anderson Road extension and bridge opened in early December, residents have contacted village officials with several safety issues they would like to see addressed. Most of the concerns have… Keep Reading


A fond farewell

Town and Country Library Youth Services director to retire in February ELBURN—When Dwayne Nelson first came to work at the Elburn Town and Country Public Library 12 years ago, becoming the Youth Services director wasn’t even on his radar screen. Nelson had spent the past 25 years working as a corporate research librarian for various… Keep Reading


Blackberry Twp. residential taxpayer workshop

NORTH AURORA—Blackberry Township Assessor Uwe Rotter will offer a workshop on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the North Aurora Fire Station No. 2, located at 2201 Tanner Road, North Aurora, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. At these meetings, taxpayers will be provided with information on the property tax cycle, how assessments are developed and how to… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Pack 107 $350 club party-1-4

Photos: Fun night for $350 club

Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107 held a bounce house and basketball party at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School on Jan. 8, for the $350 Club, which is for Scouts that sold $350 or more of popcorn during a fall fundraiser. Over 40 Scouts from Pack 107 achieved this honor. Keep Reading


FVWC Zanies Fundraiser Jan. 28

ST. CHARLES—The Fox Valley Wildlife Center (FVWC) will host a fundraiser that is sure to be filled with laughter. On Thursday, Jan. 28, at Zanies Comedy Club, located at 4051 East Main St., St. Charles, the FVWC will receive 100 percent of the ticket sales as comedian John Caponera takes the stage. Caponera, known for… Keep Reading


Looking forward through the windshield

Photo: The new Ream’s Elburn Market location is nearly finished. Photo by Ben Draper Elburn sets its sights on tasks, goals for 2016 ELBURN—The village turns from its rear view mirror look back at 2015 to a look forward toward completion of some projects and taking on others in the new year. Village President Dave… Keep Reading

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