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Beloit College releases dean’s list

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BELOIT, WIS.—Beloit College announced that juniors Jenny Bauer and Faith Jones, both of Elburn, achieved academic distinction during the spring term of the academic year and were named to the dean’s list, which recognizes students who maintained at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average for the semester.

2011 KCFB Foundation Scholarship recipients announced

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Photo: Joe White (left) of the Kane County Farm Bureau presents the 2011 Kane County Farm Bureau President’s Scholarship to winner William Haas. Courtesy Photo

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Board has announced that it will award nearly $21,000 in scholarships for the 2011-12 school year. Seventeen students have been selected to receive $1,000 KCFB Foundation General Scholarships, and one high school senior was chosen to receive the $1,500 President’s Scholarship.

The foundation also administers the $1,000 John Buck Memorial Scholarship award and the $1,250 Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship.

The 2011 KCFB Foundation Scholarship recipients are: William Haas (President’s Scholarship) and Trent Pierson of Elburn; Kate St. John (Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship) and Charlene Steininger of Sugar Grove; and Ben Fabrizius, Olivia Fabrizius, Karissa Pitstick and Kristin Pitstick, all of Maple Park.

University of Wisconsin—Madison names dean’s list

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MADISON, WIS.—Elburn resident Nikki Smith was named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin—Madison for the spring semester of the 2010-11 academic year. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the honor.

Bradley University announces dean’s list

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PEORIA, Ill.—The following local students have received recognition on the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.: Haley Euting, Vincent Micek, Perren Palpant, Andrew Raver, Jeffrey Smith and Daniel Taylor, all of Elburn.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

Augustana College announces graduate of the class of 2011

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., announced that the following local residents were among the 580 students who graduated as the class of 2011: Samuel Blazey, who majored in geology; Danielle Kilberry, who majored in biology and pre-medicine; Rolf Koos, who majored in anthropology; Amanda Lindoo, who majored in geology; Mary Rhoades, who majored in biology; and Samantha Stewart, who majored in biology. All are Elburn residents.

Western announces local dean’s list

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MACOMB, Ill.—Sugar Grove resident Cody Stults, a sophomore at Western Illinois University, was named to the 2011 spring dean’s list at the college. To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 equals an A in 12 credit hours of graded courses; pass-fail hours are not counted (i.e. student teaching, internships).

St. Ambrose University announce spring graduates

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DAVENPORT, IOWA—St. Ambrose University, in Davenport, Iowa, announced that Stacy Pauli of Elburn was among the 677 degree candidates who took part in spring commencement in May. She majored in marketing—sport management.

Church news for July 8

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Hosanna! Lutheran
Church Vacation
Bible School

St. Charles—During the week of July 25-29, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School, “God’s Wild Ride,” from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day. This free event is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by Sept. 1, up to and through students entering fifth grade. Registration forms are available at the church office or at For more information, call (630) 584-6434 or e-mail to
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Bethany Lutheran
Church holds VBS 2011

BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church will hold its Vacation Bible School, “Jesus Chooses Us!” from Monday through Friday, Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The VBS is for children from 3 years old to fifth grade. To register, call the church office at (630) 879-3444 to have a packet mailed or sign up online at Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

St. Peter Church
concludes centennial year

Geneva—St. Peter Church in Geneva will conclude its year-long celebration of 100 years as a parish on Sunday, July 10. St. Peter was founded on July 5, 1911. The church and rectory were originally located at 5th and James Street in Geneva. The rectory building still stands and is now occupied by the Child Advocacy Center.
“It has been a year of celebration and thanksgiving. We commemorated through worship, play, learning and connecting with our past. I feel great about the way parishioners came together to honor God and all those who came before us. I found it a great and unique opportunity for parishioners to recommit to building and keeping St. Peter Catholic Church on the path of love, faith, and service to God and neighbor,” said the St. Peter pastor, Rev. Martins C. Emeh.
A centennial committee, chaired by church members Phil Page (Chair) and Mary Jaeger (co-chair), was formed in late 2009. The group focused on ways to celebrate and honor the grand milestone in simplicity, reminiscent of by-gone years. The congregation kicked off their celebration on July 10 last year. Myriad festivities and ways to honor the milestone were planned.
St. Peter Church celebrations continue through July 10 this year, culminating in a Mass of Thanksgiving and a Memory Lane Brunch for the whole parish. Former priests have been invited back to Mass, and former parishioners are welcome to participate in the finale as well.

Vacation Bible Study
ELBURN—Vacation Bible Study will take place July 11-15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St. in Elburn.
Children, ages 4 through fifth grade, are welcome. The cost for the week is $10 per child.
For registration information, call (630) 365-6544 or visit

Sugar Grove UMC offers
vacation Bible school

Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites all children, ages 3 through fifth grade, to Island Odyssey Vacation Bible School.
The fun begins Monday, July 11, and ends Friday, July 15, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.
Each island attendees visit includes a Bible story, music, art projects, games and a snack.
To be a part of all the excitement at Island Odyssey, call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or visit

Lord of Life holds VBS
LA FOX—Vacation Bible School at Lord of Life is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, July 25-30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is Hometown Nazareth. For more information or to sign up, visit

Photo gallery: St. Gall honors the departed

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St. Gall Parish held a special Veterans Mass at St. Gall Cemetery on Sunday. The mass was offered in remembrance of those deceased (a number of whom are buried in the parish cemetery). Names of all parishioners known to have served in the military were read in a special prayer. American Legion, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts also participated. Photo by John DiDonna

Local students receive degree and honors

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ELBURN—Justin Pattermann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Grand Valley State University.

Kylen Pattermann was named to the Dean’s List at Grand Valley State University for the Spring semester 2011.

Justin is the son and Kylen the daughter of Randy and Pattie Pattermann of Elburn.

Local resident inducted into NIU Phi Kappa Phi Intl. Honor Society

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DEKALB—Carly Marie Dillavou of Elburn was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an international honor society for juniors and seniors, at Northern Illinois University’s Honors Day ceremonies held in April.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most selective honor society in the United States that recognizes excellence in all academic disciplines and is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Country Financial award local representatives

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ELBURN—Country Financial recently awarded two financial representatives positions on the distinguished All American team.

Sherri Schramer of Maple Park and Todd Wilcox of Elburn received All American distinctions. They are among a group of more than 300 Country Financial representatives and agency managers who qualified for the award. Country has more than 2,000 financial representatives and agency managers in 14 states.

All American is awarded each year by Country to financial representatives and agency managers who have excelled in identifying insurance products and financial solutions that fit the needs of their clients. Agency managers and financial representatives who receive the award provide outstanding service to their clients.

This is the first time Schramer has been named an All American. Wilcox has received the award nine times.

Schramer serves customers from her office at 151 E. Route 38, Unit C, Elburn. Wilcox’s office is located at 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles.

Manser places in Illinois journalism competition

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ROCK ISLAND—Patrick Manser, a resident of Elburn and a junior at Augustana College, was recently chosen as a winner in the Illinois College Press Association’s (ICPA) annual journalism competition. Manser received first place in the sports feature story category. Manser is a regular contributor to Augustana’s weekly newspaper, the Augustana Observer, and is majoring in multimedia journalism and business administration-advising.

Manser and nine other student journalists from Augustana broke a school record by earning 17 awards, including five first-place awards, from the ICPA. The awards recognize the variety of skills, including writing, photography, design and multimedia reporting, that the students exhibit in their work.

Elburn resident recognized during Millikin convocation

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DECATUR, Ill.—Erica L. Davidson was honored during Millikin University’s annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Honors Convocation program held on April 28, in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Davidson received the Dr. L.C. McNabb Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the theatre arts.

Davidson is a senior from Elburn majoring in theatre and English writing.

Local resident appointed to agency of Aging Advisory Council

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KANKAKEE—Kathryn A. Hofmann of Elburn has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois. She will represent Kane County on the council for the remainder of an unexpired term, and will then be eligible for a full three-year term.

Ms. Hofmann, a self-employed accounting manager, has extensive experience as a caregiver for several elderly relatives. She said she hopes to use her role on the council to increase public awareness of seniors’ needs.

Local resident named Outstanding Woman Student at NIU

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DeKALB—Caitlan Ayala of Elburn is the recipient of the Northern Illinois University Outstanding Woman Student Award of 2011.

The award, established in 1980, is intended to foster the development of leadership among women students, both graduate and undergraduates, and to encourage their full participation in all facets of the university experience and in their communities.

Award winners were nominated by NIU faculty, staff and students. They were judged on the basis of their departmental and university leadership roles, community involvement, awards and scholarships, goals and aspirations and obstacles overcome in the pursuit of an education.

Sugar Grove resident elected to Honor Society at Rockford College

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ROCKFORD—Bridget Kennedy of Sugar Grove was elected to the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society at Rockford College.

Rockford College is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering more than 70 majors, minors and concentrations in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. It was named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience.”

The perfect choice

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After years of dating, you finally proposed to your girlfriend and she happily accepted. You are both excited and looking forward to the wedding planning in the months ahead. One of the first decisions you will make as the groom is who will serve as your best man. There are a number of people who could fulfill the role; you just have to decide who would make the best fit.

If you have several close family members and friends, you may find it difficult to select a best man. Make a list of candidates, keeping in mind that your best man does not have to be a man or a family member. Your sister Rita or best friend Katie might make a perfectly good best woman.

Before you begin narrowing your list, you must consider the duties your best man will have to perform. The responsibilities of the best man vary from wedding to wedding. Traditionally, they include:
• Hosting the bachelor party
• Picking up and returning all tuxedos
• Helping transport guests
• Getting the groom where he needs to go on the big day
• Assisting the groomsmen on the big day and keeping them on track
• Bringing the rings to the ceremony
• Witnessing the marriage license
• Paying and tipping service providers as needed
• Toasting the bride and groom at the reception
• Driving the newlyweds to the airport after the wedding if needed

Depending upon your schedule, you may have the best man do more or less for your wedding. If you have a long list of duties, you will want to select someone who is dependable and has the time to get everything done.

In order to narrow your list of potential candidates, consider their qualifications in relation to the duties you would like them to perform. Be realistic in your assessment. Your younger brother may be very dependable, but with school and work, he may be too busy to take on the role of best man, especially if it involves several duties. Your older, more-established brother might make a better choice. On the other hand, if all you are looking for is someone to host the bachelor party and stand up with you on your big day, then your younger brother might make a good choice.

Pay attention to the distance factor. If your brothers live in the Pacific Northwest and the wedding is in Miami, they might be too far away to be a good best man. Choosing a close friend who lives nearby and has easy access to everything might be better, especially if you want them to take an active role in the wedding planning.

Whoever tops your list, make sure they want to serve as your best man. For one reason or another, some people simply prefer being a wedding guest rather an attendant. Keep that in mind and make sure you find out what the frontrunners think before you make your final decision. Should you be unable to select just one person, don’t hesitate to divide the duties among two or three people. Rather than one best man and two groomsmen, you could have three best men.

Selecting a best man takes time and effort. Be prepared to do the work, or you could end up being disappointed, and always have a backup choice. You never know when illness or some other unforeseen event might come up and take precedence over your wedding.

by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd

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