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With sincere appreciation to sponsors, golfers, volunteers

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The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to thank its sponsors, golfers and volunteers for a very successful and well-attended event on Friday, June 27, at Bliss Creek Golf Course. We would like to extend a big thank you to our local media coverage, as well.

The chamber sincerely appreciates our generous and supportive sponsors. Exclusive Lunch Sponsor: Rich Harvest Farms; Exclusive Cart Sponsor: White & Ekker, P.C.; Beer Sponsors: Curt John Karas, CPA and Dan Borowiak Insurance Agency, Inc; Barrel of Beer Sponsor: Crown Community Development; Door Prize Sponsors: Glancer Magazine, K. Hovnanian Homes, Nick’s Custom Furniture, TADI, and West Suburban Bank; Top Dog Hot Dog Sponsors: Schramm Construction Company and Servpro of Aurora; Hole Plus Sponsors: Advanced Realty Consultants, Ltd., Cordogan Clark & Associates, Inc., Edward Jones Investments-Deanna Lanham, Fox Valley Building Trades, Healy Chapel, HR Green, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C., Village of Sugar Grove Trustees and Walgreen’s #9439 (Sugar Grove); Award Sponsors (3); Raffle Sponsors (24) and Hole Sponsors (37).

The chamber also appreciates and would like to thank the volunteers and 2014 Golf Outing Committee: Perry Clark, Dan Borowiak, Jackie Link, Marc Ebert, Mari Johnson, and Rick Montalto.

Shari Baum
Executive director, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Our name is mud at Elburn Days

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The 85th annual Elburn Days festival is just a month away, and with it will come great food and drink, fun carnival rides and kid activities, first-rate musical entertainment and, last but not least, the Elburn Herald’s Mud Volleyball tournament.

This will be our sixth year sponsoring the Mud Volleyball tournament at Elburn Days, and it will take place Sunday, Aug. 17, at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St. Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m., and fun, muddy chaos will soon follow.

As usual, the Mud Volleyball event will feature six courts, and there’s room for 48 teams, which equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 players. Teams are co-ed, six-to-eight players, with at least two females. All team members must be at least 18 years of age.

First- and second-place teams are recognized in the single-elimination tournament.

The Mud Volleyball participation fee is $85 per team if registered before Friday, July 25. A limited number of T-shirts is available for teams that register early. The fee will increase to $110 after July 25.

For more information, email Leslie Flint at To register, visit, download the form and return it with payment to the Elburn Herald office, 525 N. Main St., Elburn, IL 60119.

We’ll see you next month at Elburn Days. Enjoy the food, rides and music, and then get ready to enjoy volleyball in the mud with your friends and family.

Letter: Sponsor the Family Bingo, Auction Night Fundraiser

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Blackberry Creek Elementary School PTO will sponsor a Family Bingo and Auction Night Fundraiser on March 7, 2015. The event will be held at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary in Elburn. This event is to raise money for educational materials for the classrooms, new books for the library, physical education equipment and curriculum experiences. While the School District takes the responsibility of providing for educational needs, the PTO takes on raising money to expand and enrich the existing curriculum, along with supporting children’s social educational experiences.

We invite you to join us as a sponsor for this event. By sponsoring this event, you will be promoting your company to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating at the auction itself. Companies, like yours, make available the resources that enrich our children’s education, and for that we are forever grateful.

We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended event, with over 200 families a part of our organization. Show friends, neighbors and colleagues your company’s commitment to quality education and become a sponsor. We are offering various levels of sponsorships.

Donations can be made in the form of sponsoring this event with products, services or gift certificates. Monetary donation can be made out to KBC – PTO (EIN 501(c)3 # 55-0868038), and all donations may be sent to: KBC – PTO c/o Kimberly Bartkowiak, P.O. Box 53, Elburn, Illinois 60119.

A donation of any kind or size will make a difference. Thank you for your time and consideration as we work to provide the best possible learning experience for our children.

Lisa Tingler and Kimberly Bartkowiak
Co-chairs, Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO

Letter: You can make a difference

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“If every household in Illinois dedicated just $10 of their weekly grocery budget towards Illinois Products, $47 million would be re-invested in the Illinois economy. That’s over $2.4 billion annually.”

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is challenging residents to devote a small portion of their food budget to Illinois-made products. Take the $10 Illinois Product Pledge at And the Sugar Grove Farmers Market invites you to spend that $10 weekly at our market, which is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Sugar Grove Village Hall located at 10 Municipal Drive (Route 30) in Sugar Grove. We are a rain-or-shine market and we welcome residents from Sugar Grove and our surrounding communities.

Sugar Grove—you especially told us you wanted more vendors, and we had 17 last week. We have cheese, eggs, meat, veggies, fruit, native plants, gourmet doggie treats, fresh ground coffee, honey, bread, pastries, cupcakes and so much more.

But the vendors need you to participate if you want them to come back weekly. Show them that Sugar Grove and our surrounding communities want a local farmers market by making it viable.

Our farmers market serves as an integral link between urban, suburban and rural communities, affording farmers and their consumers the opportunity to interact.

The popularity of farmers markets continues to rise, as more and more consumers discover the joys of shopping for unique ingredients sold direct from the farm, and the pleasure of buying familiar products in their freshest possible state.

Take an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of our nation’s farmers who, while providing for our needs, are among the best stewards of our land.

Join our Facebook page at Sugar Grove Farmers Market.

Pat Graceffa
Sugar Grove Farmers Market volunteer

Thank you from the Kaneland Arts Initiative

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by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative
The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) will conclude its 2013-14 season with the fifth annual summer theatre production, “Once Upon A Mattress.” Throughout the year, KAI has been pleased to present the Magic of Garry Carson, the Fox Valley Concert Band Halloween Concert, Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert, “The Laramie Project,” the 14th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, the Cavern Beat, and Dreams Dance Studio Recital. In addition to the amazing performances, KAI was thrilled to provide the second annual KAI Artist in Residence program, the private music lesson program, and the third annual KAI Fine Arts Scholarship.
The Kaneland Arts Initiative opportunities are made possible by grants from the Dunham Fund and the Kaneland Foundation. Parent teacher organizations from Harter Middle School and John Stewart Elementary School donated funds, as well as over 100 individual arts patrons. KAI would also like to extend a huge thank you to the following local businesses whose donations have led to the successful KAI 2013-2014 season:
• Premiere Sponsors ($1,000 and up)—Elburn Herald, Midwest Window and Supply, Open Range Southwest Grill
• Masterpiece Sponsors ($500-$999)—Elburn Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Ross Electric, Inc., Vons Electric, Inc., Waubonsee Community College
• Visionary Sponsors ($250-$499)—Engineering Enterprises, Inc.; Michael J. Greenan, CPA; Harry F. Krauspe, D.D.S.; Maple Park American Legion Post 312; National Bank and Trust; Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper, Gilbert and DiNolfo, Ltd.; Weiland Excavating, Inc.
• Portfolio Sponsors ($100-$249)—Behm Plumbing, Builders Asphalt, LLC, Conley Outreach Community Services, Cortland Animal Hospital, Hair Directors, Hampton Inn and Suites Aurora, P & M Sewer & Water, Inc., Peg’s on Main, Sally Jane Photography, SignFX, T & A Contractors, Inc., Village Bible Church
• KCFAF Friend ($1-$99)—Amazing Grace Antiques, Franklin’s Frames and Art
You are all invited to attend “Once Upon A Mattress,” presented July 11-13 and July 18-20 in the Kaneland High School auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages and runs 2 hours long, including one 15-minute intermission.
Tickets are currently on sale on the Kaneland School District webstore, The prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $25 for the popular Family Ticket. The Family Ticket admits all family members currently living in one household for the singular price of $25. As always, preschoolers can attend for free. Seating is reserved. Groups interested in seeing the show should call (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, for group-rate pricing. For more information, visit the KAI website,

Editor’s note
The above community-submitted column is one part of our broader mission to help our readers connect with their communities. If you or your organization would like to be part of our Community Corner initiative, please contact Editor Keith Beebe at Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: Thank you from Elburn Fire Protection District

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The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District would like to extend a special thank you to Mike Clesen of L&M Greenhouses for his generous donation of flowering plants. We are very grateful for the flowers and the opportunity to make our grounds more beautiful for all to enjoy. Your thoughtfulness is sincerely appreciated.

Kelly Callaghan
Elburn and Countryside
Fire Protection District

Letter: Church to host Elburn Days lot vendors

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The Community Congregational Church is making a fun change for Elburn Days. We are happy to announce that after several years we are bringing back having our parking lot filled with all types of vendors. The church is also having our usual indoor rummage sale, along with our own craft table and famous sloppy Joe lunch.

We will be open Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397.

Karen Diesel

Editorial: Hit the links this Friday in Sugar Grove

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Looking for an alternative to your usual Friday afternoon plans? Consider donning your best golf attire and heading over to Bliss Creek Golf Course for the Sugar Grove 2014 Community Golf Outing.

Hosted by the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this year’s golf outing will kickoff at 11 a.m. on June 27 with a nice buffet lunch, followed by a shotgun start at approximately 12:15 p.m. The event is open to the public, and is intended to bring together Sugar Grove residents and local civic and business leaders for a day of golf, fellowship and friendly competition, with the goal of raising funds for the Chamber Scholarship program and various chamber projects. So even if your short game needs a lot of work (or is flat-out terrible), at least you’ll be able to enjoy an afternoon of golf with friends. Better yet, you’ll be supporting the village of Sugar Grove. That’s pretty much the equivalent of shooting under par, as far as we’re concerned.

Not familiar with Bliss Creek Golf Course? You should be! It offers beautiful, tree-lined fairways, well-placed water hazards and a challenging 18 holes of golf that can most often be played in less than four hours.

For more information about the Sugar Grove 2014 Community Golf Outing, or the Chamber of Commerce Scholarships, contact Chamber Executive Director Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895 or visit the chamber website at And don’t forget to go easy on your pitching wedge.

Letter: Thank you from Elburn American Legion Post 630

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Some Americans have forgotten the true meaning of a holiday that we as veterans hold so close to our hearts. For too many, Memorial Day now signifies nothing more than the start of summer and is celebrated with holiday sales. Trips to the lake and shopping extravaganzas have replaced memorial visits, remembrance ceremonies or simply put, a day to reflect upon all of the luxuries—like freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom to worship as we choose—that we as Americans enjoy daily.

On May 26, Memorial Day, the Elburn community once again gathered at Blackberry Township Cemetery to remember those that 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, Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107, the 10th Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, Tammy Osborne for reading “Flanders Field,” and to Karen Howard for reading the names of those veterans buried in Elburn.

Post 630 would also like to thank Kaneland High School’s Rudy Keller and the many volunteers who made the Healing Field event a huge success and wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes.

John Reece
Post Commander, Elburn American Legion Post 630

Letter: Thanks for a great spring soccer season

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The Kaneland Soccer Club (KYSO) thanks the soccer community for its help in making a great spring 2014 season.

The club is a volunteer organization bringing recreational and competitive youth soccer to boys and girls ages 4 to 17, with over 150 players participating on 60 teams. Programs include Kaneland Youth Soccer for recreational players and Kaneland United Soccer Club for travel and competitive players. Our coaches, volunteers, parents, sponsors, referees and trainers make this happen and are the key to the kid’s success and enjoyment of the game of soccer.

A special thanks to sponsors and community organizations for their support, including Kaneland School District 302, Sugar Grove Park District, Wireless Zone, Hair Cuttery, The Elburn Herald, Accelerated Rehab, Invisible Fence, Old Second Bank, Hill’s Country Store, Eddie Gaedel Grill & Pub, TeqWorks, Shodeen Homes, American Tree and Turf, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Genesis Orthopedics, Rush Copley Convenient Care, Castle Bank and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Coming this fall, the club’s recreational and travel programs are introducing some great improvements. These include offering the TOPSoccer program for special-needs players free of charge, introducing The Little Knights, a fun introduction to soccer program for 3- and 4-year-olds, and a PreAcademy program, providing players with a high level of skill training and a bridge into the travel program.

The club’s ability to offer soccer for all ages and abilities, reduce the cost of playing and provide a quality player development model and soccer experience is a direct result of the efforts of our local soccer community.

Kaneland Soccer Club is looking forward to starting the fall season in August 2014, and is currently registering recreational players at and travel players at

Sean Carmody
President, Kaneland Youth Soccer

Letter: Quite a memorial

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I am writing this letter to the people of Kaneland, which covers Elburn, Kaneville, Maple Park and Sugar Grove. Rudy Keller put in hours, days and weeks to bring the ‘Field of Flags’ to the Kaneland people.

Did you take advantage of those four days to honor our fellow Veterans and those who are living and serving still? It was wonderful but disappointing that so few people chose to come and pay tribute on this Memorial weekend.

On Saturday’s Opening Ceremony there were maybe 75 people and even less on Sunday. Its hard to imagine so few people taking any time to pay tribute to not only our men and women who gave their lives, but all those who served and are still serving.

However, on Memorial Day, the event was a full house. It was a thrill to see so many people there. And to watch the Veterans from the Maple Park American Legion perform their duties. They did all the flag duties, salute and ‘Taps.’ Not a lot of dry eyes for this.

It was a great tribute for four days.

A big thank you to Rudy Keller, who made all this possible. What a tremendous job, well done.

Nadine Flint

Letter: Golf outing thank you

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The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to say thank you to Hughes Creek Golf Club for hosting our annual event on June 5. We had 68 golfers in attendance on an absolutely picture perfect day. We would also like to thank the many local business sponsors, as well as all the volunteers who helped to make the day a great success. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

Tracy Leach
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Letter: A thank you from the Swan family

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The family of Allen Swan wishes to thank all those who were so kind and generous during his illness and passing.

Thank you for all the prayers, cards, prayer shawls, phone calls, monetary gifts, flowers, food and all the wonderful things everyone did to make a difficult situation bearable. A special thank you to Jim Sandberg for all the wonderful things he did. I could not have handled the hard times without his love and help. To George Kallas for shoveling the sidewalk and his visits; Wayne Byerhof for coming out on such early, cold mornings keeping the driveway clear so we could get to doctor and chemo appointments, and for his and Jodeens’ weekly cards; Kevin Poust for keeping the snows at bay at Valley West so we could get to work and for all his help; to Dick Schroeder, Dave Rissman, Dick Hustedt, Dave Anderson, George Kallas and all the many friends who stopped every few days to make him laugh and keep his spirits up; to Pastor Ray Byrne, Steve Lawson and all the members of Grace Fellowship Church, who surrounded us with love and worked so hard to make his funeral special. Allen loved you all and was so proud to be a member; to pastor Jim Harper, Allen’s friend and mentor, who kept in touch from Oregon, giving him strength and courage; to Karen Howard for all the wonderful things she does to make life easier for everyone; to Ben and all the terrific folks at Conley Funeral Home who work so hard to make things easier; to Bill and Tammy Osborne who came when needed; our wonderful family in Tennessee who kept in constant touch and made us feel so loved; to our neighbors who did all they could to help, down to weeding the garden! Thank you Judy Thompson and Linda Dietz. To all the community of Elburn who came out to support us in full force, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To the Elburn Lions Club who did so much for us and to the sponsors who donated to the auction at the benefit, our heartfelt thanks.

And to all our friends and customers who came by, called, and sent cards to Valley West, Allen was very touched by your kindness.

Thank you all for your wonderful support. Allen would be so surprised to know he touched so many lives. I know he is smiling down on all of us.

God bless each and every one of you,

Lynette Swan
Lucille and Craig Swan
Matt and Stacey Roach
Mark Swan

Guest editorial: Three simple things you can do today to feel better tomorrow

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by Harold Valentine, News and Experts
“Imagine you’re a spider with just one leg,” Dr. Frank King said.

“You put forth immense effort to try to haul yourself around and not only does it wear you out, it’s frustrating and you don’t get far.”

King is a chiropractor and doctor of naturopathy specializing in homeopathic remedies, and author of “The Healing Revolution”

“It gets a bit easier with two legs and easier still with four legs. But it’s not till you have all eight legs that you can really dance.”

Dr. King explains that the eight legs represent eight essentials we need for optimum mental, physical and spiritual health: empowering your human spirit; water; nutrition; fitness; sleep; nature; relationships; and hands-on techniques (touch).

“It would be overwhelming and self-defeating to look at all eight areas and think, ‘I have to make significant changes in every area immediately,” Dr. King says. “You don’t have to, and who could? I know from my experience with countless patients and friends, and even in my own life, that you can see immediate results by making a few small changes at a time.”

Dr. King describes three that are easy to make and will have you feeling better quickly.

Drink half your body weight in ounces of spring or well water every day

If you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 75 ounces of water (about 9 cups).

“Many of us walk around dehydrated without realizing it and that can have a significant effect on our health and how we feel,” Dr. King said.

Dehydrated bodies trap toxins and encourage water retention—a natural defense against the chronic “drought.”

“Our bodies need the steady flow of pure, spring or well water. If you don’t like the taste, try mixing up to a teaspoon of sea salt into a quart of water,” he said.

A simple test for dehydration is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand and hold for three seconds. When you release, if the ridge from the pinch remains for more than a second, you’re probably dehydrated.

Take at least a few minutes every day to connect with nature
Nature brings perpetual revitalization and ongoing renewal, especially when experienced through multiple senses: the smell of freshly turned earth or evergreens in the woods; the touch of cool stream water on your face or feet; the sight of birds on the wing and budding blooms.

“These are not just pleasant little gifts to experience—we need them for restoration, renewal, revival and rehabilitation,” Dr. King said. “The more disconnected we become from the Earth, the more we inhibit our body’s natural ability to heal.”

Take a brisk, 10- to 20-minute walk every day
Walking is the simplest, most natural form of exercise. You might walk a nature trail, walk to the store instead of driving or take your pet for a stroll.

“Three brisk 10-minute walks a day are as effective at lowering blood pressure as one 30-minute walk,” Dr. King said, citing an Arizona State University study.

“Outdoor walking is preferable to walking on a treadmill or other machine, since the uneven surfaces and changing directions of natural walking will engage more muscles and tendons.”

Swing each arm in synchronization with the opposite foot to strengthen your cross-crawl functionality and mind-body balance.

Editorial: Clearing up some details

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We’ve received a few calls about a story we ran last week regarding Elburn resident Peter LaSalle Jr., who was arrested last month and charged in connection with child sex crimes in Virginia. Therefore, we’d like to use this week’s editorial space to clear up a couple of details that were mentioned in the story, which appeared on page 1A and 2A of the May 29 edition.

First, for those who are unaware, LaSalle was taken into custody on May 16 after authorities in Staunton, Va., issued a warrant for his arrest, charging him with two counts of online solicitation of a minor, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Staunton police asked the Elburn Police Department to assist in taking him into custody.

The confusion with our story concerns LaSalle’s former role with Elburn Pack 107 Cub Scouts, as he was a den leader with the troop, but never served as an adult leader with the organization. In the story, we reported that Mr. LaSalle was a former Scout Master.

LaSalle’s attorney, James A. Shapiro, noted in the story that the allegations against his client do not involve his work with the Cub Scouts or Elburn Youth Baseball and Softball League (EYBSL). LaSalle was a former board member for the league.

It is our hope that this editorial will eliminate any and all confusion regarding LaSalle’s former role with Elburn Pack 107 Cub Scouts. But if you do have additional questions regarding the LaSalle story or any other articles that have been featured in the Elburn Herald, you should contact editor Keith Beebe at (630) 365-6446.

As always, our No. 1 goal is to feature news reports that are fair and accurate.

Community Corner: Summer Theatre with the Kaneland Arts Initiative

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by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative
The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) will conclude its 2013-14 season with the fifth annual Summer Theatre Production.

This year’s production will be Once Upon a Mattress,” directed by Diane McFarlin. Auditions were held in May, and a cast was chosen for this lighthearted retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea.”

Opening in May of 1958, “Once Upon A Mattress” delighted audiences with songs such as “Shy,” “Song of Love” and “Happily Ever After.” The show is notable for the Broadway debut to a young Carol Burnett, who played principal character Princess Winnifred, resulting in the introduction of America to one of its brightest stars.

KAI in pleased to announce this year’s cast members: Pamela Gianakakos, Alec Kovach, Peter Loptin, Beth McDonald, Jordyn Withey, Mitch Bateman, Teresa Arnold, Steve Hommowun, Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield, Nicole DiSandro, Trisha Mills, Claire Cerny, Aimee Frost, Sabrina Massa, Anna Lopatin, Mace Jendruczek, Jarod Kovach, Josh Herrero, Patrick Murphy, Zack Eckhardt, Chris Wido, Erica Johnson, Connie Gush, Robyn Lycan, Sally McClellan, Sarah Ball, Caitlin Carlson, Zoe Haenisch, Abigail Heinicke, Julianna Klecka, Julianna Miller, Betsy Mills, Natalie Mills, Emily Murphy, Cyrena Pierce, Mirella Ramos and Jade Sadowski.

“Once Upon A Mattress” is produced by the talented team of producer and pit conductor Maria Dripps-Paulson, director Diane McFarin, music director Brandon Staker, choreographer Rebecca Hof, technical theatre director Chad Carlson, scenic designer Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield and stage manager Andriy McFarlin. As one would expect, to create a professional quality production such as is the practice of the Kaneland Arts Initiative, volunteers are always welcome to help with set construction, ushering and much more. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Laura McPhee at

“Once Upon A Mattress” will be presented in the Kaneland Auditorium of Kaneland High School, July 11-13 and July 18-20. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances begins at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages and runs 2 hours long, including one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets are currently on sale on the Kaneland District webstore, The prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $25 for the ever-popular Family Ticket. The Family Ticket admits all family members currently living in one household for a singular price. As always, preschoolers may attend for free. Seating is reserved. Groups interested in seeing the show should call (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, for group-rate pricing. Please visit the KAI website,, for more information.

Editor’s note
The above community-submitted column is one part of our broader mission to help our readers connect with their communities. If you or your organization would like to be part of our Community Corner initiative, please contact Editor Keith Beebe at Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: In memory of Allen

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I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Elburn Lions Club and its members for the benefit they gave for my husband, Allen, on May 18. What a tribute. All the people who attended, and their kind generosity—Allen was so surprised and touched. He never knew he had so many friends.

Thank you to all the club members who worked so hard. A special love and thanks to two young men Allen so loved and was very proud of: Ken Gilkey and Kevin Poust. The benefit was spectacular. Allen told me on Monday morning that that was his wake, and he got to be there, have fun and hear all the great things people had to say. It was only a few days before his death, and he witnessed how many lives he had touched.

Being a Lions Club member was one thing he was very proud of. He loved the club and encouraged people to support the club and understand what a wonderful asset it was to the Elburn community. We are very lucky to have them.

Thank you to everyone who gave donations, helped and gave support. It has really helped. God bless each and every one of you: Allen’s friends, the village, and all of our longtime customers who came to help in great numbers.

Lynette Swan

Letter: Thanks to the community

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We’d like to thank everyone who was a part of Allen Swan’s benefit: Bob Jass, Alice’s, Melisa Taylor, Mark Swan, American Bank and Trust, Britz and Associates, Duke and Lee’s, Engineering Enterprises Inc., GTP Design, Krauspe Dental, Chuck and Mary Liss, Elburn Napa, NBT, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Ream’s, Leyden Electric, Ed Stuehm, Eyes on Elburn, Rich Wrap, HorsePower, Hill’s Country Store, Broz family, Eddie Gaedel, Country Automotive, Elburn Co-op, Snap Fitness, Rosati’s Pizza, Elburn Chiropractic, Elburn Radiator, Bob Fanfey, Guthrie Plumbing, K-40 Electronics, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Jerry Hodge, Wiltse’s, Mint State, Bootlegger’s Bar, Grill and Pizza, C & C Mulch, Trim Works, Valley West Sandblasting and Painting, Sandwich Fair Board, Bill Nickles, Matt Roach, Mark and Laura Roach, Elburn Lions Park.

If we missed someone’s name, we’re sorry. But we thank each and every one who helped.

Kevin Poust
Elburn Lions Club

Letter: A letter from Dr. Jeff Schuler

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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Parker Wolfsmith, one of our eighth-grade students at Harter Middle School, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening. We want to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to Parker’s family and friends.

The Harter Middle School Support Team on Monday met to implement the post-crisis plan to support students and staff that will be impacted by this tragic news. Additional counselors and staff will be present to provide support as students and staff grieve. The school library will be the primary location for students to receive support, but counselors will be checking classrooms and all staff members will be alert and aware to help students who may need it during the course of the day.

Conley Outreach has provided information regarding teens and grieving at its website, Students, teachers and parents may find this information useful. Conley Outreach Grief Care can be reached at (630) 365-2880. Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice also has grief support and can be reached at (630) 232-2233. Please keep Parker’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

As arrangement information becomes available, the information will be posted on the Kaneland website,

Dr. Jeff Schuler, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Kaneland School District 302

Letter: The Community Center is here for you

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The Elburn and Countryside Community Center wants you to stop by this summer. There are so many activities going on, we want to spread the word so you can take part in them.

Sand volleyball courts
The sand volleyball courts were recently installed and are now ready to be used. We invite the community to stop out on your time off and take advantage of this really cool addition to the center’s grounds. Leagues are still forming on weeknights and weekends, but feel free to stop out and play if the courts are empty.

Baseball fields
There are two baseball fields on the north side of the park that are available for groups and teams to use. Try something new; maybe you are looking for something different than baseball and softball; how about playing wiffle ball or kickball?

Open gym
The center has a full-sized indoor basketball court. If you want to practice, get out of the heat, or use it on a rainy day, it’s most likely available. Just bring your own basketball and a small donation per person. If you are hosting a party and need more space, the gym is also a great rental idea. Just call the Community Center at (630) 365-6655 or the Elburn Herald at (630) 365-6446 ahead of time.

Business activities
The center is also home to several businesses that offer activities to our area. Midtown Martial Arts has been in business for a very long time and offers classes to both young and old. Avenue J Studios is new to the center and offers acting classes and puts on plays. The Elburn Food Pantry and West Towns Family Services are also located inside the building, and can help with anyone in need. Creative Beginnings Preschool offers a place for your younger children to start their learning experiences. Stop in and visit the Elburn Herald and KPI for all your news and marketing needs. You can also find GTP Design for your custom screen printing.

We encourage you to stop by and take advantage of all the services the community center has to offer. If you have time off this summer and would like to plan an outdoor activity, why not use the Community Center? We suggest having a picnic in the yard under the trees, enjoying a game of ball or a pick-up game of volleyball.

All we ask in return is a small donation for the time you used. We would like to bring more events, activities and services to the community, and the only way to do that is through donations from you. We won’t set a price on your summer experience, just donate what you feel is fair.

The Elburn & Countryside Community Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies solely on donations and contributions. We are currently in need of five picnic tables. If you or someone you know would like to donate one (in usable condition), we would really appreciate it.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the center this summer.

Kristen Damolaris
Elburn and Countryside Community Center

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