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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

Sugar Grove

On your mark, get set, race!

Sugar Grove Cub Scout Pack 341 hosts annual Pinewood Derby SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Cub Scout Pack 341 held its annual Pinewood Derby at the Sugar Grove Community House on Saturday, with a total of 30 cars entered into the event. The Pinewood Derby is organized by Den Leaders and parent volunteers. Pack 341 has a… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Walking off into the sunset

Sugar Grove Police sergeant Barna to retire SUGAR GROVE—Tom Barna doesn’t know what he’ll do now. What he does know, however, is that he’s done being a police officer. The Sugar Grove Police sergeant is retiring after 21 years of service with the Sugar Grove Police Department. Previously, Barna spent 17 years working for the… Keep Reading

Maple Park

Maple Park approves truck, plow purchase

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday unanimously passed a motion to approve the purchase of a truck, plow and light bar, so long as the cost does not exceed the amount of $43,800. A motion was passed in December in order to approve the purchase of a truck, and the board discussed a… 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

Maple Park

Changing of the guard

Maple Park hires new police chief MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday approved the hiring of Tony Ayala as new police chief. Ayala has worked for the village of Maple Park for two and a half years in the role of officer and sergeant. Ayala comes from the Northern Illinois University Police Department… 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

Letters to the Editor

Letter: In support of Chris Lauzen

If you Google the words, “Chris Lauzen,” you will get 184,000 results. And I am not surprised. Chris has impacted more lives and devoted more positive energy to public service than anyone I know. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Duke University, and a Certified Public Accountant, Chris Lauzen has the business skills to… Keep Reading


Early voting to begin Feb. 4

KANE COUNTY—Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham recently announced that early voting will start Thursday, Feb. 4, inasmuch as the Illinois State Board of Elections hearings have been held and confirmation of the final certification of the candidates to be placed on the ballot for the 2016 General Primary ballot have been determined. Clerk Cunningham… 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

Anniversaries/Sugar Grove

Kinneys celebrate 67th anniversary

SUGAR GROVE—Kahl and Lorraine (nee Collins) Kinney celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Sunday at the Fireside Grille in Sugar Grove. The couple married on Jan. 29, 1949, in St. Charles. Kahl first saw his future bride while working on a farm. Kahl and Lorraine farmed together until March 1987, when they moved to Sugar… Keep Reading

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