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Moosheart Holiday Lights Show begins Nov. 27

MOOSEHEART, Ill.—Holiday Lights celebration returns for its sixth annual show on Nov. 27 for the first of this year’s 35-day run, which ends on New Year’s Eve. Last year, more than 10,000 vehicles drove the 1.8-mile route that winds through Mooseheart’s campus and past more than dozens of lights displays in what is one of… Keep Reading


Blackberry Township Seniors meeting Dec. 2

ELBURN—The Blackberry Township Seniors welcome all Township seniors and Kaneland community seniors to its monthly informal gathering at the Blackberry Township Hall, 43W390 Main St. Elburn, on Wednesday Dec. 2. During the past year, Blackberry Township initiated a senior activity program that meets at Town Hall the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.… Keep Reading

Then and Now

Nov. 26 Then and Now

5 years ago: Ansley Ruh was one of many volunteers that helped sort food during the annual Turkey Drop at Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park. The Kane County Cougars announced a two-year player development contract with the Kansas City Royals, ending a 10-year affiliation with the Oakland Athletics. 10 years ago: Nine Kaneland… Keep Reading

Events/Maple Park

Fun Fest extends to the holidays with annual event

MAPLE PARK—The fun just keeps coming in Maple Park, thanks to the Fun Fest Committee. The festival occurs over Labor Day Weekend, but committee members give kids something to do before the holidays with the Make ‘n’ Take event. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Maple Park American Legion Post 213,… Keep Reading


Kaneland Madrigals performances Dec. 11-13

MAPLE PARK—The 38th annual Kaneland High School Madrigal dinner will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-13, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All performances will be held in the cafeteria at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road. Dinner will be served… Keep Reading

Elburn/Hometown/Sugar Grove/Swimming

Two local residents help Rosary to State title

Photo: Rosary senior Sarah Fergus (middle row, second from right) of Sugar Grove, and sophomore Camryn Streid (middle row, far left) of Elburn, were the two local residents who competed for the Rosary High School swim team, which earned its fifth State title last weekend. Photo submitted by Vicki Danklefsen to WINNETKA, Ill.—Rosary High… Keep Reading

Faith/Sugar Grove

Deck the halls, stock the shelves

Members of Club 45, a group of fourth- and fifth-graders from the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, came out to the Between Friends Food Pantry of Sugar Grove on Nov. 15 to help stock the shelves with items they collected for the food pantry. The group included Carrie Pozzi (back row, from left), Nolan Hosking,… Keep Reading


NIU holiday concerts Nov. 29 and Dec. 7

DEKALB—The Northern Illinois University (NIU) music department will present two holiday concerts at the Music Building, located at 400 Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb. “Swingin’ In the Holidays” is the theme of the first concert. The NIU Jazz faculty and students will ring in the holidays with their special jazz renditions of many of your favorite… Keep Reading

Events/Sugar Grove

Lazarus House Thanksgiving feast Nov. 26

AURORA—Lazarus House will host its annual Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, at the Tri-Cities Salvation Army, 1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles. Dining begins at noon. The feast has become an established tradition in the community. Not only are Lazarus House guests blessed by the outpouring of generosity… Keep Reading

Faith/Maple Park

Photos: Cold turkeys

People gathered at Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC) in Maple Park on Sunday to donate frozen turkeys, hams and other canned foods to local families in need. The drop collected 168 meats, and organizers said its success will lead to 821 filled plates. Donations were collected by members of GMUC, St. Mary of the Assumption,… Keep Reading

Events/Maple Park

Maple Park Make and Take Dec. 2

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Fun Fest Committee will host the fifth annual Kids’ Holiday Make and Take on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maple Park American Legion, 203 Main St., Maple Park. Come out for an evening of crafting. Children and parents can visit different craft stations to create holiday ornaments… Keep Reading

2015 Obituaries

Robert E. Spellmeyer

Robert E. Spellmeyer, 80, of Hampshire,Ill., passed away at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. He was born Oct. 22, 1935, in Elgin, Ill., the son of Harold and Virginia (Knox) Spellmeyer. Bob grew up in Elgin and attended local schools. Following graduation from Elgin High… Keep Reading

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Anderson Road overpass set to open Dec. 7

ELBURN—The much-anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Anderson Road Overpass is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the intersection of Anderson Road and Prairie Valley Street, Elburn. The overpass of the busy Union Pacific West Line railroad tracks on the east of the village of Elburn will enhance public… Keep Reading

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Salvation Army brings Christmas kettles to Kaneland area

ELBURN/SUGAR GROVE—Look for the familiar red Salvation Army kettles this November and December throughout the Kaneland area. In the past, Conley Outreach, a Salvation Army Extension site, coordinated these area kettles. This year, a new procedure is in place. Volunteers for all area kettles, including Elburn and Sugar Grove, are being scheduled online through the… Keep Reading


Kids helping kids stay warm

Kids can help their peers stay warm by collecting winter clothing with a group or troop ST. CHARLES—Girl Scout, Boy Scout, school and youth groups are needed to collect new and like-new winter outerwear for disadvantaged children during the Kids Helping Kids (KHK) program. The collection, from now through Dec. 15, supports thousands of families… Keep Reading

Events/Maple Park

Maple Park Make and Take Dec. 2

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Fun Fest Committee will host the fifth annual Kids’ Holiday Make and Take on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maple Park American Legion, 203 Main St., Maple Park. Come out for an evening of crafting. Children and parents can visit different craft stations to create holiday ornaments… Keep Reading


Cummins strikes again

JOLIET, Ill.—Mabel Cummins, a freshman at Kaneland High School, won the U-15 Girls Division at last week’s Elite Youth Tour bowling tournament in Joliet, Ill. She posted an eight-game scratch score of 1,386 on a difficult oil pattern to lead the field into the finals. There, she outpaced three tough competitors in elimination matches to… Keep Reading

Events/Faith/Maple Park

Maple Park Turkey Drop Nov. 22

by Cory Nordine MAPLE PARK—Members of the Kaneland community, as well as the congregations of Grace United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, are preparing for the annual Maple Park Turkey Drop on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., to help provide complete holiday meals to families in… Keep Reading

2015 Obituaries

Calvin E. ‘Cal’ Swan

Calvin E. “Cal” Swan, 88, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his loving family, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. He was born on Nov. 29, 1926, in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Orville and Abbie Swan. Cal was a longtime resident of Elburn, living in the… Keep Reading

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