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Editorial: A new publication for a growing community

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The idea of a newspaper dedicated to Sugar Grove is something we’ve kicked around often at the Elburn Herald the past 14 years. Next week, that idea will become a reality, as we’ll launch our Sugar Grove Herald publication.

The idea of a Sugar Grove-centric newspaper first occured to Elburn Herald Publisher Ryan Wells in 2001, when he was a working as a reporter for the company. He realized that while our local communities were part of the broader Kaneland community, there was also a desire among Sugar Grove residents to have their own unique identity in the form of its own hometown newspaper.

A number of limitations through the years held off our ability to make Sugar Grove Herald a real thing, but the seed ensuring its eventual existence was planted that day 14 years ago, and it only grew stronger and more vibrant as the topic of a paper in Sugar Grove transitioned from “possible” to “feasible” to “likely” to “done deal.”

And now, here we are—on the cusp of introducing a new publication to serve Sugar Grove’s ever-expanding village. As our community grows, it’s important for us to grow with it; next week, we’ll take a step in that direction with the launch of our Sugar Grove Herald.

In case you’re wondering, no, our Elburn Herald publication will not suffer from us introducing a newspaper focused on Sugar Grove and its community. Elburn itself is poised to soon make some strides in terms of growth and population, and we intend for the Elburn Herald to stay right by its side. Ultimately, we care deeply for all of the municipalities that make up the Kaneland community, and we believe two newspapers will allow us to best serve our readers in Elburn, Sugar Grove, Maple Park, Kaneville and beyond.

Also, any and all news involving Kaneland (school and sports) will be featured in both publications, as will any large-scale stories that require the attention of everyone throughout the community.

Finally, if you are a resident of Sugar Grove, your subscription will automatically convert to the Sugar Grove Herald on July 2. If you are not a Sugar Grove resident but prefer to receive that one instead of the Elburn Herald, just call us at (630) 365-6446 and let us know.

It’s our pleasure to serve the Kaneland community to the best of our capability, and we can’t wait to introduce our new Sugar Grove Herald newspaper on July 2. We love our new publication, and we know you’ll love it, too.

Letter: Thank you to local businesses

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A special thank you to Laurie and Paul at Kaneville Tree Farms for donating four new beautiful trees, and to Dan and Sue Strang of Strang Landscaping for digging and planting our new trees on Merrill Road. The Village Board and I would also like to thank Chris at A Cut Above Landscaping for donating and applying new mulch around our village road sign.

It is great to live in a generous and caring community. The Kaneville Village Board and I appreciate all that you do for our community. Thank you.

Pat Hill
Kaneville village president

Letter: Thank you from the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary

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Thank you to all who helped make Poppy Days 2015 a success for the Daniel Simpson 630 Elburn American Legion Auxiliary. We are grateful to Elburn Public Works Director John Nevenhoven for adding the announcement of the event on the Elburn water bills, and Village President Dave Anderson for proclaiming May 15-16 Poppy Days via an Elburn Herald press release.

We also thank the following businesses for allowing us to display our poppy cans for donations: Kountry Kettle, Brianna’s Pancake Cafe, Old Second Bank, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Corner Grind, Alice’s Place, Ream’s Elburn Market, Hill’s Country Store, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, and Napa Auto & Truck Parts of Elburn. We thank the businesses that allowed us to collect donations outside their business locations: Elburn Mobil, Elburn Post Office, Jewel Osco and Kountry Kettle.

Last , but not least, we thank the Legion volunteers who gave of their time through rain and shine to stand in front of those businesses to collect the donations on the streets of Elburn for such a worthy cause: Al Anderson, Rich Jackson, Chuck Coffey, Norbert Lund, Lloyd and Marie DeMask, and Robin Harley.

Thanks again to all who helped and to all that gave to honor those currently serving our country, the veterans and their families.

I would like to include this quote from the “Veterans Site” that reminds us what Poppy Days is for: “What is a Veteran?” A veteran—whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve—is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to the “United States of America” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.”

That is honor. Thank you all again for making Poppy Days 2015 a success!

Kathy Jackson and Tammy Osborne
Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Day Committee

Letter: Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 4843

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On behalf of the Elburn Lions Club, I’d like to thank Girl Scout Troop 4843 of Sugar Grove for its generous donation of 2,213 books to the Elburn Lions for Literacy program.

Troop 4843 consists of 11 Girl Scouts, and they organized a book collection at John Shields Elementary School from March to May 2015. Through their hard work and perseverance, they were able to collect a staggering amount of books to give to our literacy program. We couldn’t be more proud of these young ladies.

Once again, the community has stepped up to assist the Elburn Lions with a need. Our need for books revolves around our desire to combat illiteracy on our community. Due to your efforts, we will be able to pass on these books to needy children in the Kaneland community. Thank you for your hard work and generosity.

Lion Pamela C. Hall
Elburn Lions for Literacy Committee

Letter: Farewell to the Elburn community

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After 30 years of serving the community with Dr. Hansen at his dental office in downtown Elburn, as well as the past several months with Dr. Brej, I thought it was time for me to take a step back from the field and leave the practice.

I want to make sure that I thank everyone in the community for all of their friendship and support over the decades, and it is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be able to serve you.

My fondest memories are of all of the connections Dr. Hansen and I made in Elburn and the surrounding communities, and I will cherish them as I move into the future.

Sharon Fisher
Big Rock

Letter: Thank you to Thatcher

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On behalf of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, I would like to thank Gavin Thatcher of Campton Hills for all of his hard work at Station No. 2 in our Fire District.

Gavin excels as a Boy Scout in Troop 80. As an Eagle Scout project, he came up with the idea, and then designed and completed a decompression area at Station No. 2 for the firefighters and paramedics. The area turned out wonderful, and the enhancements to Station No. 2 are greatly appreciated by all.

Congratulations to you, Gavin, on earning your Eagle Scout badge, and good luck with your future endeavors.

Kelly Callaghan
Fire chief
Elburn & Countryside
Fire Protection District

Letter: Knight Run canceled

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The 2015 Knight Run, sponsored by the Kaneland Foundation, has been canceled.

Due to the heavy rains that have occurred and will continue all week, the Kaneland Foundation must cancel the 2015 Knight Run scheduled for Friday, June 19. Course conditions would be treacherous at best, and we do not want to jeopardize the safety of any of the competitors.

Refunds will be issued via the form of payment that was used for registration. You may also consider the option of gifting your registration fee to the Kaneland Foundation as a tax deductible donation. Donations to the Kaneland Foundation contribute to the educational needs of the students of Kaneland District 302, and our mission to support academic excellence through innovation.

Thank you for your support of the Kaneland Foundation. We will try again in 2016.

Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, Ed.D.
Treasurer, The Kaneland Foundation

Letter: Thank you for supporting our veterans

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As the parent company of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, Health Care Service Corporation is proud to partner with the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630 to support and honor our veterans.

In addition to distributing 1,000 poppies—graciously provided to us by the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary—among our five states (Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana), we also participated in other Memorial Day activities. Our downtown Chicago building uniquely posts messages using the window’s lighting grid. On Memorial Day, as in years past, our building was emblazoned with the veteran phrase, “Honor the fallen.” Our float entry in Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade also played host to Gold Star Pin families—parents who have lost a child in service to our country. And dozens of Blue Cross Illinois volunteers spent a day gardening and beautifying the grounds of the Fisher House at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, Ill. Fisher House provides lodging and sanctuary for families of veterans undergoing medical treatment.

On behalf of all our employees, I’d like to express our gratitude to the members of the Elburn’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630 for helping us honor the fallen this past Memorial Day.

Michael Deering
Media and Public Relations senior director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Editorial: Elburn Herald with another impressive showing at IPA Awards

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We like good news here at the Elburn Herald. Because of that, we look forward to the second week of June each year, as that’s typically when the Illinois Press Association (IPA) holds its annual awards event. Well, we’re pleased to say that we had a strong showing in this year’s IPA contest, in both advertorial and editorial categories.

In the Advertorial category, we took first place in General Advertising Excellence, third and fourth place in Best Full Page Ad, second place in Best Ad Series, second place in Best Small Ad, second and fourth place in Best Full Color Ad, second place in Best Community Focus Special Section, first place in Best Classified Section, first place in Best Niche Publication (Insight), fourth place in Best Ad Designer and overall winner in Division G, all made possible by Design Director Leslie Flint.

On the Editorial side, we earned an honorable mention in the area of General Excellence, first place in Local Editorial, honorable mention in Sports News, second place in Spot News Photo (credited to former Elburn Herald photographer Patti Wilk), and first and second place in Sports Photo (both credited to photographer Marshall Farthing).

However, our biggest triumph in the IPA Editorial contest was a first-place award in the Sports Section classification, made possible by the fine work done by Leslie and Elburn Herald Sports Editor Ben Draper.

We want to thank all of our staff and writers for the outstanding work they provide us each and every year, and we look forward to submitting our next batch of IPA contest entries in February 2016. Our goal whenever we enter the IPA contest is to sweep every class, but in all honesty, it’s simply an honor just to place in any of the available categories. To compete against some of the best papers in Illinois year in and year out is an amazing privilege, and serves as a reminder that there’s always room to improve as a news publication that serves its community.

Letter from the Publisher: Announcing the launch of the Sugar Grove Herald

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The July 2 edition of the Elburn Herald will mark a significant milestone in the history of the newspaper. It will be the first edition that will include its sister paper, the Sugar Grove Herald.

The Sugar Grove Herald has been in various stages of development going all the way back to 2001.

That was the year, as an Elburn Herald reporter, that I realized that while our local communities were part of the broader Kaneland community, there was also a desire among Sugar Grove residents to have their own unique identity in the form of its own hometown newspaper. Since then, a variety of things pushed off the launch of the Sugar Grove Herald, and now, 14 years since the first discussion of the idea, it will soon become a reality.

So what does this mean to our current readers?

For all Kaneland-area residents, it means that the connecting point between you will be represented in our interior section, commonly referred to as “Section B.” This will be the place where you will find information about the things that connect you all to each other, whether you call Maple Park home or live in Sugar Grove. Things like Kaneland sports and other broader-community coverage will appear here.

The difference will occur in Section A; in which it will cater to Elburn in the Elburn Herald and Sugar Grove in the Sugar Grove Herald. We are devoted to providing deeper coverage into each respective community; providing a true hometown paper for both Elburn and Sugar Grove with a sharper focus on each respective community.

Some of the impacts of this change have already begun to be apparent. For example, visit elburnherald.com and sugargroveherald.com and see for yourself.

If you are a resident of Sugar Grove, your subscription will automatically convert to the Sugar Grove Herald on July 2. If you are not a Sugar Grove resident but prefer to receive that one instead of the Elburn Herald, just call us at (630) 365-6446 and let us know.

All of the changes we make are based on the idea that our central, underlying mission is to help strengthen the connections within and among our Kaneland communities. Everything we do is to help serve that mission, and we hope the changes that occur July 2 and beyond put us in a position to better pursue it.

Ryan Wells, Publisher
Elburn Herald
Sugar Grove Herald

Brownsville Barbacoa (or ‘holy cow, this is really good!)

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by Janet Lagerloef
Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove

In the ‘80s, my husband Jerry, son and I moved from Sugar Grove to Brownsville, Texas. Brownsville is about as far south as you can get in Texas while still keeping your toes in the U.S.—it is only a couple of miles from Matamoros, Mexico. Jerry had just graduated from college with an aviation degree, and he sent his resume to several small airports in the country hoping to land a flying job. Alta Vista Aviation in Brownsville contacted him, so south, south, south we went.

We found ourselves in a different world. All the kids in Ryan’s first-grade class were Hispanic. His little towhead really stood out in school, and I could easily spot him on a baseball field or when he played with kids in the neighborhood. Nearly everyone spoke Spanish, but the majority of folks in Brownsville also spoke English, which they graciously did when we were around.

We only stayed in Brownsville for seven years, but those seven years I will never forget, especially from a food standpoint.

I had quite an experience the first time I went into Jimmy Pace’s Grocery Store on Boca Chica Boulevard, a block from where we lived. The produce department was what I was used to, except I was fascinated by the edible cactus and row after row of every imaginable size, shape and color of pepper. But as I turned left into the meat department, I jumped and let out a small gasp—lined up in the meat case were heads of cow. Cow heads. About six of them. I didn’t see that coming.

As we soon learned, a south Texas tradition is to eat barbacoa on Sundays after church. Families start slow cooking a cow’s head on Saturday evening and shred, chop and mix together the cheek, brains, tongue and eyeballs in the morning. When they get home from church, they serve it in warm, handmade flour tortillas with the most lovely fresh salsas.

Many busy moms also bought barbacoa on Sunday mornings from Jimmy Pace’s Grocery Store, and most said it was as good as homemade. After living in Brownsville for about six months, we decided to try it. At the store, Jimmy asked us if we wanted the brains, tongue and eyes mixed in with the cheek (the cheek is the main part of barbacoa) or separately.

“Mix it in,” Jerry said.

“Keep it separate,” I said.

Ryan went pale. We kept it separate. We also bought flour tortillas. Most moms in our neighborhood made their own tortillas, but I wasn’t having any success there.

Well, a warm flour tortilla (even store bought) stuffed with that cheek meat was extraordinary. It was like the tastiest, most tender pot roast in the whole world. The tongue, which was cut up in small pieces, was also very tender, and Jerry and I liked it. Only Jerry was brave enough to eat the eyeballs. He said they were chewy. The brain was okay—I had a few small nibbles, but Jerry liked it. My little towhead hid behind the couch.

We bought barbacoa on many Sundays after that, and even Ryan grew to like the cheek. We also enjoyed cabrito (goat) and seafood cocktails made of squid, shrimp and octopus. One food Ryan and I didn’t conquer was menudo—cow stomach soup. It was a customary dish on New Year’s Eve. However, Jerry liked it with lots of onions and cilantro. We also ate the finest beef fajitas, chicken flautas and chili rellenos, all of which I learned to make and still make today.

Shortly before we left Brownsville to move back to Sugar Grove, I decided to make barbacoa. I walked up to Jimmy Pace’s meat counter, picked out a cow head and put it in my cart. The head and I roamed around the store a bit because I really wanted someone I knew to see us together. On my way home, I felt oddly un-alone in the car.

I originally planned to share my chicken flautas recipe with you this month, but I couldn’t resist offering my Brownsville Barbacoa recipe first.

Brownsville Barbacoa
• One cow head
• Salt and pepper
• Beer

Salt and pepper your cow head. Put it in a deep pot. Pour a couple of beers in pot (I think I drank a couple, too). Cover tightly with foil.
Cook in preheated 275-degree oven for seven hours. Remove foil, increase temperature to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Shred and serve on warm flour tortillas with salsa on the side. Enjoy.
Also, thank you to Ruth Franz of Sugar Grove and Cindy Abrahamson of Lily Lake for letting me know how much you liked making my pot roast recipe last month. You made my day.

Editorial: Here comes summer reading

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Great news, kids: Local libraries this summer will offer their respective take on the summer reading program.

All four local libraries—Elburn, Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Kaneville—are in on the reading fun this summer, with programs available to all little bookworms in the Kaneland community. Regardless of where you live, summer-reading fun is always nearby.

The Sugar Grove Public Library on Saturday kicked off its “Every Hero has a Story” summer reading program for kids. The village’s summer reading extravaganza began with a “Superhero Training Camp,” in which kids had an opportunity to play games and see a Sugar Grove Library staff member’s horse as she explained how horses have been heroes throughout history.

Throughout the summer, the Sugar Grove Library will entertain a variety of activities that encompass the hero theme. These activities include a superhero sewing project, a birthday party for Harry Potter on Saturday, Aug. 1, and much more.

Per tradition, the Sugar Grove Library will host its usual events, such as Lego Club, Pokemon Club, Baby and Toddler Club and more. Every Tuesday, there will be a movie matinee, and every Saturday there will be crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If kids read a certain amount of books in the allotted time and turn in a reading log, they will win coupons for local venues, as well as other special prizes. The kids are also eligible to put their name in for a grand prize.

The kids program will end with its “Day for Dogs Marionette,” on Saturday, Aug. 8. Accomplished puppeteer Captain Zork and his superhero friends will make a cameo at this event. Stasinopoulos said Captain Zork has been performing his routine for over 20 years and has appeared at many libraries.

“Read to the Rhythm” is this year’s summer reading youth program theme at the Elburn Town and Country Public Library. It began on June 1 and will continue until Saturday, Aug. 8.

The kids summer reading program will be by the minutes, as each minute brings them closer to a higher reward tier. For each 150 minutes read, the kids will get a fun prize, such as coupons and gift cards donated from local businesses such as Paisano’s Pizza and Epic Air.

Teens have to read four books and will receive a prize after each completed book. Adults have to read three, with an opportunity to win big prizes.

At the conclusion of summer reading will be Grand Finale Day on Friday, Aug. 7. At this event, there will be food, beverages, face-painting and a petting zoo.

Similar to the Town and Country Public Library, the Maple Park Library will also use the “Read to the Rhythm” theme for its youth summer program. The library’s six-week program will run from Thursday, June 15, to Friday, July 31.

Every Wednesday at 3 p.m., the library will do a craft-and-story activity centered on the musical theme, such as doing things with rhythms.

For Maple Park Library’s summer reading logs, kids, teens and adults are asked to read about 100 minutes a week to win weekly prizes and end-of-program prizes.

In addition, the library will also boast new hours this summer: Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also adopting the “Read to the Rhythm” theme is the Kaneville Public Library, which kicked off its summer program on Monday. The youth summer reading program will run for six weeks, concluding on Saturday, July 18. The main focus of the program will be the reading contests available for kids ages 7 to high school.

In addition to the large-scale prizes, smaller prizes will be awarded, such as food coupons to places like McDonald’s. As kids pass certain levels of the reading contest, they may pick a small toy from the toy chest at the library.

The library’s reading contests vary, from number of books read to the number of minutes spent reading. The library will also challenge kids to read a new book from the eight-to-10 different parts of the library.

Regardless of where you live, your local library will offer plenty of reading fun and rewards this summer. Don’t miss out—get reading already.

Letter: Thanks to Elburn Chamber golf outing participants

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The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone involved in the 2015 Chamber golf outing on June 4. With nearly 100 golfers, 150-plus sponsorships and donations, and of course the many volunteers behind the scenes to ensure the day would run smoothly, our event was a huge success. The day could not have been more perfect for golf.

We have already begun planning for next year, with the hope to continue building this great annual event. Look for our “thank you ad” in next week’s publication, as we’ll list all our sponsors and raffle donors at once.

Dan Murphy
Golf Committee chairman, Elburn Chamber

Illinois Law Now Q&A for June 2015

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ILLINOIS—The following is an ongoing series of short answers to common legal questions distributed monthly by the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Press Association.

Question: What new Illinois laws are in place to help keep boaters safe?
Answer: One new law requires boaters to display a bright orange flag from the highest point of a boat’s helm when towing a person such as a water skier. Another new law allows authorities to seize and impound watercraft used repeatedly by a boater who’s been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And starting in 2016, boating safety courses will be mandatory for younger motorboat operators. A valid boating safety certificate will be required for those born after Jan. 1, 1998, before they can operate a motorboat with a 10 horsepower or above engine.

Q: What important records should be accessible in the event of a flood or other natural disaster?
A: You should have proof of identity, residency, insurance coverages, charge cards, checkbooks and other financial-related information, as well as proof of employment, other identification such as a voter’s ID card or Social Security card, and legal documents. For a complete list and further information, access the Illinois State Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services Manual at http://goo.gl/V62CDt.

Q: In our will, we designated that the inheritance for our disabled daughter be put into a Special Needs Trust. Can we use a form that we found on the Internet to change the name of the trustee?
A: If the codicil form’s wording or the way you fill in the name or sign the document does not conform exactly to Illinois law, a court may not accept it. Your best bet is to hire a lawyer to explain what the requirements are for effectively creating a Special Needs Trust.

Q: What should Illinois residents who change their gender identity know about updating their ID
documentation and records?
A: Among records which should be changed to reflect the new gender are Social Security and the Illinois Secretary of State. If a person is enrolled in Medicare or SSI and Medicaid, they may receive service denials if their claim is not consistent with the gender data on record. Also, a person must provide the Illinois Secretary of State with acceptable documentation about the change in gender and get a new driver’s license. Acceptable documentation includes a report or statement from a medical doctor or psychiatrist, or a certified copy of one’s amended birth certificate.

Q: I may employ a couple of ex-prisoners to work at my small company. Are there legal benefits to giving someone a second chance in the workplace?
A: Hiring former felons can be beneficial in several ways. First, you will be complying with the law. The federal government prohibits blanket bans on convict hiring and requires that any exclusionary policy be job-related and consistent with a business necessity. In addition, the government provides a Work Opportunity Tax Credit to companies that hire ex-convicts.

For further information, visit https://goo.gl/ex7yLF. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.

Letter: Thank you from Elburn American Legion Post 630

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On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, the Elburn community once again gathered to remember the veterans who served this country and paid the ultimate price—their lives.

The Elburn American Legion Post 630 would like to thank those that made this ceremony possible by their support and participation: Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7; Kaneland Harter Middle School Band and its director, Rebecca Anderson; Carolyn Jansons for singing the national anthem; the 10th Mountain Division re-enactors; our guest speaker, Elburn Mayor Dave Anderson; Tammy Osborne for reading “Flanders Field”; and to Karen Howard for reading the names of local veterans buried in Elburn and elsewhere.

Prior to the Memorial Day ceremony, Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 held a pancake breakfast to help raise funds for Elburn American Legion Post 630. The Post wishes to thank following businesses for their generous donations: Reams Elburn Market for sausage, The Corner Grind for coffee, and Elburn Walgreens for milk.

We appreciate your help and support.

John Nevenhoven
Post commander, Elburn American Legion Post 630

Editorial: Help put a local community member in the spotlight

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We make it a goal at the Elburn Herald to bring the community’s attention to local residents who help make their respective village a better place to work and live. We now want to further that original goal by highlighting local residents in a monthly feature titled “Community Spotlight.”

Similar to the Citizen of the Year Award given out each year at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Community Spotlight will allow us to make special note of those who volunteer their time, coordinate local efforts, help people in need and represent their village to the best of their ability.

There are countless local residents who qualify for this monthly feature; now we just need our readers to nominate them as a candidate for the Elburn Herald’s Community Spotlight. If you know someone who works tirelessly in the name of their village and/or greater Kaneland area, send a short letter of recommendation to info@elburnherald.com. The more nominations, the better, so don’t be shy about nominating someone who you believe makes a difference in their community.

We also want to thank Kaneland Krier staff and KHS Class of 2015 graduate Emma Wallace for the great work they did in collecting the senior advice quotes featured in last week’s graduation issue. Your time and effort is very much appreciated, and we’re honored that you agreed to help us with the project.

Letter: Thank you from the Elburn Lions Club

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The Elburn Lions Club would like to thank the Kaneland community for supporting our recent vision screening. Despite spring showers early in the day, we had a great turnout for the free eye screenings.

Thank you to the businesses who posted fliers. We appreciate the publicity. We are also thankful to our sponsors for the event—Paisano’s Pizza and Grill and Alice’s Place.

We count on the support of the Kaneland community in order to fulfill our charitable missions. Our efforts, such as assisting the blind and visually impaired and preventing blindness whenever possible, would not be possible without your help.

Thank you again for your generosity and for the opportunity to serve.

Lion Dave Broz
Immediate past president, Elburn Lions Club

Editorial: Congratulations to this year’s Louise Cooper Community Service Award winners

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We wrote last month about the Louise Cooper Community Service Award scholarship, which is awarded each year to a Kaneland High School senior or a graduate enrolled in college undergrad programs. This year, the group of applicants was so strong, we had no choice but to award two Louise Cooper scholarships. The recipients, seniors McKayla Helm of Maple Park and Samantha Payton of Sugar Grove, received the scholarships during Kaneland Senior Honors Night on May 21 at Kaneland High School.

Due to a last-second scheduling conflict, we were unable to attend Senior Honors Night and present the Louise Cooper Community Service Award scholarships to McKayla and Samantha. Therefore, we’d like to congratulate them for their exceptional scholarship applications. Both students, as well as every other applicant considered for the two awards, demonstrated remarkable maturity, dedication and ambition in their resume and essay question responses, and really let us in on how they planned to grow and develop as a professional and as a human being. Frankly, every applicant was more than worthy of winning the Louise Cooper scholarship, but we ultimately awarded to the two students who we thought best fit the scholarship’s criteria: demonstration of a desire to serve the community with integrity, compassion and courage.

We want to again congratulate McKayla and Samantha on winning the Louise Cooper Community Service Award scholarship, and we also want to thank everyone who applied for this year’s award. Your presence and hard work makes our community a much better place.

Letter: Thank you from Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District

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The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District recently hosted a Vehicle Machinery Operations class. As some of you may have noticed at the intersection of North and First streets, there was plenty of action all week, and vehicles destroyed during the class.

The Vehicle and Machinery Operations course trains personnel with techniques used in auto extrication. More specifically, personnel are trained with the different classifications and characteristics of vehicles and machines. Students train with the different tools used in extrication, stabilization of the vehicle/machine, disentanglement of the patient(s), and initiating patient care.

Personnel practiced auto extrication on 14 different vehicles. I would like to thank all the individuals, R. Zimmerman, Inc. in DeKalb and B&O Used Auto Parts in Sycamore for their donation of vehicles. Your donations enabled us to provide hands-on training, giving us the opportunity to better serve the community and its needs.

I’d also like to thank Bill and Jody Jahns for the use of their forklift. The continual support of Jahns Structural Jacking Service when we host these classes—and for other special use of their equipment—is greatly appreciated.

We will continue to accept car donations for future extrication training. If you have a vehicle that you would like to donate, contact Chief Kelly Callaghan or Lt. Mike Huneke at (630) 365-6855 and arrange for pick-up.

Kelly Callaghan
Fire Chief, Elburn & Countryside
Fire Protection District

Photo by Susan O’Neill

Editorial: Honor our fallen this Memorial Day

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Memorial Day 2015 will take place on Monday, May 25, and there are a number of local opportunities for local residents to honor those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America and its citizens.

Elburn’s annual Memorial Day parade, hosted by American Legion Post 630, will kick off at 10 a.m. at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., and conclude at Blackberry Township Cemetery. There will be a brief service at the cemetery, and then parade attendees may return to Lions Park to enjoy food and social events.

Sugar Grove’s Memorial Day service will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Cemetery. The village’s annual program is an excellent way to honor those who have fallen while serving and protecting their country.

Last but not least, Kaneville’s 120th annual Memorial Day program will take place at 10 a.m. at the Werdin Community Center, Harter and Main Street roads, Kaneville. The event will feature a guest speaker familiar to most of us: State Rep. Bob Pritchard.

We’d also like to call attention to the fact that May 17-23 is officially National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. To commemorate this very special week, we spoke with local paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in an attempt to bring attention to the incredible work they do on a daily basis. You can find the story on page 12A of this week’s issue.

To the Kaneland community, its nearby friends and everyone in general, we wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to set aside some time this weekend to honor our soldiers who have perished as a result of war or other military action—it’s the least we can do to acknowledge those who risked and gave everything to make possible the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

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