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Foguth of Elburn named to dean’s list

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ATCHISON, KAN.—Benedictine College is pleased to announce that Rachel Foguth of Elburn recently demonstrated the academic excellence necessary to earn a place on the Benedictine College dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester.

Rachel is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foguth of Elburn.

Any full-time student carrying a minimum of 12 hours and a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9 is named to the dean’s list. Of the 1,742 full-time undergraduate students on campus for the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year, 462 made the dean’s list.

Big Rock Plowing Match set for Sept. 19-21

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BIG ROCK—The weekend of Sept. 19-21 will play host to the 120th annual Plowing Match in Big Rock.

A traditional competition based on Welsh heritage, this event began in 1894 under the direction of Big Rock farmers S.A. Chapman, W.D. Powell, and Walter Scott. Located just west of Aurora on Route 30, this farm show is one of the longest running events of its kind.

Activities get underway on Friday, Sept. 19, with the carnival wristband night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The concession stand will sell hot dogs, chips and pop. This year, Big Rock will welcome back Darrin Lee, who will be the DJ from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Antique Steel and Rubber category plowing begins on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. A Western & English Horse Show will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. 5-B’s Catering of Waterman at 11:30 a.m. will prepare pork chop and chicken dinners. The Ladies Fair auction will be held at 1:30 p.m., and the Jr. Fair auction will take place at 1 p.m. The round bale roll-off will be at 4 p.m.

Following a community church service on Sunday, Sept. 21, Reuland’s Catering will provide a roast beef dinner starting at 11 a.m. A watermelon-eating contest will also take place at 11 a.m. Plowing will resume at noon, and the 4-H Beef Show will begin at 1 p.m. The Prince and Princess Contest will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by Big Rock Park District Bingo at 2:30 p.m.

A must-see is the craft and art show, included in one of the last Plowing Match festivals held in Illinois. All types of hand-crafted items are available, and the event will include over 50 vendors. For more information, call Jeanne at (630) 556-3779.

Other attractions this weekend include train rides and a horseshoe tournament. For more information. call the following:

• Plowing—(815) 495-9418
• Business Space Rental—(630) 556-3171
• Ladies Fair—(630) 556-4771
• Junior Fair—(630) 556-3171
• Horse Show—(630) 556-3501
• Horseshoe Tournament—(630) 556-3547
• Prince/Princess Contest—(630) 556-3238
• Pedal Tractor Pull—(630) 327-2512
• Tractor Trot 5K fun run—(630) 417-0340

‘Cut for a Cure’ at Dave’s Barber Shop Aug. 16

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ELBURN—The community will have an opportunity to donate to the Cancer Research Centers of America during the Saturday of Elburn Days, Aug. 16, at Dave’s Barber Shop, 132 N. Main St., from noon to 4 p.m.

Nolan Allen was inspired by his cousin making the choice to shave his head in a “Saint Baldricks” event to support cancer research. After hearing about the fundraiser, he wanted to create a local event in Elburn. Fueled by another family connection, with his uncle Craig succumbing to stage four lung cancer earlier this year, Nolan doesn’t want to wait any longer to make a difference.

Understanding that most people are not willing to shave their heads bald, this event will host a great chance for people to receive a back-to-school haircut or make the “Saint Baldricks” commitment, with all proceeds being donated to cancer research.

Flapjack Frenzy: Scouts offer pancake breakfast during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Elburn Eagle Scout Jacob Sheehan and Boy Scout Jake Grisch will be working at the Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on the Saturday of Elburn Days, Aug.16, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

This year’s Elburn Days event will take place at the American Legion, 112 N. Main St. in Elburn. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the door or from any Troop 7 Boy Scout. Kids ages 4 and under eat free.

Sheehan invites the public to come to the breakfast, which he describes as a really good deal, with pancakes, sausage links from Ream’s Elburn Market, juice and coffee.

“They make some darn good pancakes,” he said.

The pancake breakfast is Troop 7’s primary fundraiser, with all proceeds helping to provide opportunities for local Scouts to attend camp and participate in other activities throughout the year.

Grisch, who will soon enter sixth grade at Kaneland Harter Middle School, recently returned from summer camp in Napowan, Wis., where he earned badges in swimming and rifle shooting and safety, and worked on a badge in archery.

Grisch said the six-day camp experience teaches Scouts to take more responsibility for themselves. He’s not sure what task he will be given during the breakfast, but he stands ready to help in any way he is needed.

“This will be my first (pancake breakfast),” Grisch said

Sheehan, who at 18 is a senior at Kaneland High School, has been a Scout since he joined the Cub Scouts in first grade. He is considered a leader in the troop, and said that much of Boy Scouts is really run by the boys.

He said he has had a lot of opportunities for leadership in the Scouts, and his experiences have helped him to gain confidence in speaking in front of groups, as well. The friendships he has made are also a major part of his Scouting experience, and he also has found that having his Eagle Scout experience on applications for schools has been a big plus for him.

Elburn Troop 7 is a very active troop, with monthly camp-outs through the year. Sheehan, along with other older Scouts, has participated in a number of week-long, high-adventure treks to places such as the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where they spent two weeks backpacking, and the Quetico Boundary Waters along the Minnesota and Canadian border, where their time is spent in canoes.

Kent Roethemeier, Troop 7 parent and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coordinator, who organizes the breakfast, said the past year’s activities also included rock climbing, biking, hiking and swimming. STEM outings, such as the August Airfest in Joliet, give the boys an opportunity to learn about aviation and weather.

The troop participates in a number of local community service projects, for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Elburn American Legion, St. Gall’s Church, Marklund, the village of Wasco, the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department, as well as roadside clean-up along Hughes Road.

Elburn Troop 7 was established in 1924 and is celebrating 90 years of continuous service to the Elburn community. Roethemeier said the troop would like to invite any boy who might be interested in joining Boy Scouts to attend the Monday, Aug.11, meeting at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.

The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Local students graduate from University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY, IOWA—The following local residents received degrees from the University of Iowa at the close of the 2014 spring semester: Jeffrey Gillett (Bachelor of Arts, history; certificate in museum studies) and Michelle Stammet (pharmacy) of Elburn; and Stephen Cervantes (Bachelor of Arts, international studies; certificate in entrepreneurial management), Rachael Hinds (Bachelor of Arts, communication studies; certificate in entrepreneurial management) and Alyssa Snyder (Bachelor of Arts, psychology), all of Sugar Grove.

Local students make North Central dean’s list

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NAPERVILLE, Ill.—The following local residents were recently named to the North Central College dean’s list of scholars for the 2014 spring term: Nicholas Lynch, Melissa Schmidt and Ashley Swanson, all of Elburn; Taylor Bastone of Maple Park; and Athina Ajazi, Lauren Allen, Lauren Companiott, Drew French, Dylan Good, Brooke Patterson, Charlene Steininger and Charles Wainscott, all of Sugar Grove.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 for the term and be enrolled as full-time students.

Local residents make Eastern Illinois University dean’s list

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CHARLESTON, ILL.—Kelsey Bishop of Sugar Grove and Andrew Hladilek of Maple Park were recently named to the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) spring 2014 dean’s list.

The dean’s list at EIU recognizes undergraduates with a declared major whose academic performance has been excellent. Students who achieve a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 (on a 4.0 scale) while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours, excluding credit/no credit grades, in a fall or spring semester are named to the Deans’ List.

Urich named to Lawrence University dean’s list

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APPLETON, WIS.—Amber Urich of Elburn was recently named to the 2014 Lawrence University dean’s list for maintaining a 3.4 grade point average or higher for the full 2013-14 academic year.

Urich, daughter of Robin Urich, is a 2012 Kaneland High School graduate.

Bruce, Zerkel to wed

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Jessica Bruce and Patrick Zerkel

Donald and Ellen Bruce of Elburn announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jessica, to Patrick Zerkel, son of the late John and the late Peg Zerkel.

A Sept. 6 wedding in St. Louis is planned.

Stargazing event at Kuipers Family Farm

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MAPLE PARK—The annual Perseid meteor shower in mid-August will radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky, and NIU’s STEM Cafe will once again be there to watch it.

STEM Cafe will present “Star Gazing at the Orchard” on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road in Maple Park.

At this free, family-friendly event, NIU experts will discuss everything from NASA’s latest missions to the meteor shower to the ex-planetary status of Pluto. After the talks, attendees are welcome to use NIU telescopes or bring their own to get a better view of the meteors.

Summer Reading Grand Finale Aug. 8

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ELBURN—Town and Country Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Grand Finale on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. The evening will mark the culmination of the library’s “Paws to Read” Summer Reading program. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Library volunteers will serve Ream’s National Grand Champion beef wieners, Paisano’s pizza, chips and water. A “Zoo to You” petting zoo will bring goats, sheep, a donkey, a llama, ducks, bunnies and chicks. Children and adults can pet and feed them.

Stop by the Sparkles Entertainment booth and get a design painted on your face or arm.

Truly Remarkable Loon ( will return to the library to perform his “Read Books and Juggle Everything Else” comedy juggling show at 5 p.m. This is an outdoor performance, so bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The next show is indoors at 6 p.m. Chris McBrien ( and his zany puppet friends will entertain with his “Wild and Wacky Pet Show.” Chris will mix magic and storytelling while his puppets Dewey Duck, George the Giant and others amaze you with their antics.

Unscheduled Tour ( will appear for the first time at the library for a 7 p.m. performance. Unscheduled Tour features Audry Buchanan, Rich Cardia and Greg Torrence, three friends who will play your favorite rock, country and blues from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. This will be an under-the-sky performance.

United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

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Sugar Grove United Methodist Church on July 1 welcomed its new pastor, CheonEui Oh, his wife, Sim, and their children, Ethan (middle), Elena and Elijah. CheonEui graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea, in 2004, and journeyed to the United States the following year to continue his religious education. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009, and became a provisional pastor and ordained elder in 2011 as a part of the Northern Illinois Conference. 
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SUGAR GROVE—Pastor CheonEui Oh on July 1 was welcomed as the new leader of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.

Pastor CheonEui, his wife Sim, and three kids Ethan, Elena and Elijah, are now a part of the United Methodist Church, where they hope to spread the name of their new church out into the community.

The United Methodist Church has had interim pastors from February to July of this year. Rev. Richard Mayor has been helping to pastor the church during that time, according to Administrative Assistant Marguerite Ledone.

“We’re trying to get our congregation more stability because we’ve been without a pastor for so long,” Ledone said. “He’s (Pastor CheonEui) been pulling us all together. I have a very good feeling about it.”

Pastor CheonEui is very familiar with the Methodist Church, especially since he was raised in a pastor’s family. His father served as a pastor at a Methodist Church in South Korea.

CheonEui graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, in 2004. Cheon Eui journeyed to the United States in 2005 to continue his education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009 and became a provisional pastor and ordained eldor in 2011 as a part of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Orangeville United Methodist Church and Afolkey-Bethel United Methodist Church are the two churches that CheonEui previously served as pastor. According to the United Methodist Church press release, Pastor CheonEui would like to learn new strategies, approaches and programs to better serve God and the United Methodist Church as it continues to grow.

As a part of his new role as pastor, CheonEui has been meeting with different people in the Sugar Grove community to become more acquainted.

“Pastor CheonEui is trying to get our name out there in the community,” Ledone said. “He attended the senior luncheon to meet with those folks, and he also went to the Corn Boil, where he was introduced to (Village President) Sean Michels. He also had a meet and greet with other pastors in the area recently.”

Worship service times at United Methodist Church will remain the same through August. There is an outside worship service at 8 a.m. at 4S633 Harter Road in Sugar Grove and an inside worship service at 9:30 a.m. at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. September through May worship services are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. at 176 Main St.

For more information, contact Marguerite Ledone at (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

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ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

‘Bar-B-Q,’ sweet corn supper in Hinckley

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HINCKLEY—The Hinckley St. Paul’s United Church of Christ annual Bar-B-Q Pork Roast and Sweet Corn Boil Supper will take place Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the church, 324 W. McKinley St., Hinckley.

The pork roasts are cooked outdoors with a secret sauce, and the corn is picked that morning. Side dishes include German potato salad, American potato salad, applesauce, rolls and desserts. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eat at the church in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, or take carry-out from the View Street entrance.

Advance tickets are not required. Meals are offered for a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Pat at (630) 699-8751 or Barb at (815) 286-3606 for
The church is located at 324 W. McKinley Street in Hinckley.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor Rummage Sale and Sloppy Joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rummage Sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

Donald Eugene Hegland

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Donald Eugene Hegland, 77, of Elburn, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

He was born Sept. 22, 1936, in DeKalb, the son of Stanley and Theresa (Kissel) Hegland.

Don married Eleanor Newhall on Aug. 17, 1957, in Dekalb.

He graduated from NIU in 1958, and received his master’s in physics at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1962. He was employed by NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland for nine years; Penton Publishing in Cleveland for 14 years; and was editor of Assembly Magazine for 24 years.

Don was an accomplished photographer, golfer, private pilot and certified flight instructor. He loved to fly and belonged to the Nasairs Flying Club.

Don was a life member of the NRA, and belonged to the Sycamore Sportsmen Club. Don had a special interest in law enforcement and was involved in a number of community activities.

Don was surrounded by an abundance of his family and friends in the days leading to his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanor; two children, Kathryn Leenhouts and David (Erica) Hegland; two grandsons, Donald Leenhouts and Forrest Rosenberg; and one sister, Carol (Tom Shaffer) Hegland.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on July 28 at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Don’s visitation was held on July 27 at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Delnor Cancer Center, sent in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178.

For information or to sign the online guest book, go to or call (815) 895-2833.

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