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Bring them back

Kaneland School Board approves funds for coach stipends, site improvements by Molly Benstein KANELAND—Big projects and the status of extra-curricular positions were the Kaneland School Board’s main discussion points during its meeting on Monday. A main item on the agenda involved a vote on the Capital Improvement Plan, which dictates the repairs that will be… Keep Reading


A man for all seasons

Mr. Kaneland 2016 court seeks to entertain and fundraise KANELAND—Peer pressure can be a negative social influence, but it was a blessing for Kaneland High School senior Diego Ruiz. One of Ruiz’s friends last year persuaded him to enter the high school’s Mr. Kaneland contest, so he went for it. Ruiz had a blast and… Keep Reading

Property manager Elizabeth Mooney greeted guests during the Sugar Grove Senior Living open house Saturday morning.
Photo by Julie Walker
Sugar Grove

Make yourself at home

Sugar Grove Senior Living hosts open house SUGAR GROVE—Bonnie Tills had a feeling that Sugar Grove Senior Living would be a good fit. The former Elburn resident tracked the progress of the development of the new senior living community. Sugar Grove Senior Living has been open for a few months and hosted an open house… Keep Reading

Another display case that holds more entries in the PODA poster contest.
Photo by Julie Walker

Making a difference

KHS students submit entries in annual drug, alcohol prevention contest KANELAND—Kaneland High School senior Autumn Ross has seen the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol. “I guess I have a lot of family members and friends that abuse drugs and alcohol, so I kind of know what it’s like,” she said. “I kind of noticed… Keep Reading

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

From the Editor's Desk

Guest Editorial: Kaneland School District seeks to add members to various committees

by Dr. Todd Leden Superintendent of schools, Kaneland School District The Kaneland Community School District 302 seeks to add members to its Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), Finance Advisory Committee (FAC), Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) and the Kaneland Foundation. The mission of the CAC is to improve Kaneland schools by advising the Administration and Board of… Keep Reading


Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters seek donations for annual event

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters will host its fourth annual Knight of Performances Dinner on Saturday, March 12, 5 to 8 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School (HMS), 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. A variety of talented student musicians and performers from HMS and Kaneland High School will provide entertainment for the evening. In addition,… Keep Reading

Regional/Sugar Grove

Not your average theatre

‘Next to Normal’ rock musical production seeks performers, understudies SUGAR GROVE—The rock musical “Next to Normal” tells a captivating story. Now is your chance to earn a part in the emotional theatre production Fox Country Players, a community theatre group out of Yorkville that has performed plays since 1979 in venues such as the American… Keep Reading


KHS presented with Super Bowl history

MAPLE PARK—As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl, the NFL produced commemorative golden anniversary footballs. These footballs have been to sent every high school that produced a player or head coach who appeared in the Super Bowl. Kaneland High School was honored with one of these footballs, for alumnus Don Beebe. Beebe… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Addressing a previous letter

I feel the need to address the criticism raised in a letter that was published in the Elburn Herald. Mr. Mark Vargas admitted in his letters to the editor submission that he has not lived in the area for 10 years and is therefore not a registered voter in Kane County, yet he takes an… Keep Reading


KAI Fine Arts Feast Feb. 20

KANELAND—The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) will host its seventh annual Fine Arts Feast on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant in Sugar Grove. The event is an annual fundraiser inviting new and returning individual arts patrons to come together for an evening of information and entertainment. Tickets are $10 for the buffet… Keep Reading

Community Sports/Sugar Grove

Look Sharp

Sugar Grove resident inducted into Centralia High School Hall of Fame SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove resident Luke Sharp still laces up his high-tops on Thursday nights to play in the Park District’s 32-and-over basketball league. He also coaches his son Nathan in the Lil’ Dribblers league. Sharp couldn’t imagine life away from a game that has… Keep Reading


Class act

Kaneland graduate finds passion in writing, producing plays KANELAND—Nic Wehrwein graduated from Kaneland High School in 2001 with a love of theatre. His focus growing up was choir, band and the Academic Bowl, but he acted in his first play when he was 7 or 8 years old and didn’t do much acting again until… Keep Reading

Close-up of a cable stitch
Events/Sugar Grove

Close knit

Sugar Grove Stitchers knitting group going strong since fall 2015 inception SUGAR GROVE—The knitting group Sugar Stitchers has been going strong ever since it was created last fall at the Sugar Grove Public Library. The group meets in the library’s Quiet Reading Room. Technical Services Manager Mary Clapp leads the group. “It’s just community members… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Regional/Sugar Grove

Stop the insanity

Public speaker Bean gives ‘Social Media, Kids and the Law’ presentation at Sugar Grove Public Library SUGAR GROVE—Jeff Bean’s message while speaking to attendees on Sunday at the Sugar Grove Public Library was loud and clear. Bean, the founder of Act on Bullying and a longtime police officer, made a special appearance at the library… Keep Reading

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