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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, www.conleyoutreach.org. 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, www.kaneland.org.

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

Editorial: Witnessing the power of the Healing Field

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At the Kaneland Healing Field ceremony, a mother and her son spend some time among the 1,000 flags.

Two weeks ago we used editorial space to provide further information to our readers regarding the Healing Field ceremony and display near Kaneland High School, scheduled to take place Memorial Day Weekend.

Well, if you happened to drive past KHS any time between Friday and Monday, you certainly noticed the sprawling display of American flags, neatly lined up in rows, in the field directly east of the high school.

That was, of course, the Healing Field: 1,000 flags representing patriotism and honoring servicemen and servicewomen who fight to defend this country and its freedoms.

The really fun thing about the Healing Field display is that individuals and businesses could purchase flags for it. A single flag cost $35, while a small business sponsorship was five flags for $500, and a corporate sponsorship was 10 flags for $1,000. The flags could also be dedicated to a specific individual and feature a personalized message.

All proceeds went to the American Legions in Maple Park, Elburn and Sugar Grove.

We’ve received a large amount of positive feedback regarding last weekend’s Healing Field, as well as the question of whether the patriotic display will return next year. Unfortunately, the Healing Field is really a traveling exhibit, which means it takes place in a different location every Memorial Day Weekend. The Healing Field in the past has been held in locations such as the West Aurora School District.

But even though the Kaneland community can’t play host every year to something as extraordinary and powerful as the Healing Field, we can all take pride in the fact that this area, for a weekend, put on as moving a patriotic display as we’ve seen. The rows of flags in the Healing Field appeared to be endless, and many featured tags with a personal dedication. In a word, awesome.

If you were unable to witness the Healing Field last weekend, we encourage you to check out this week’s feature story on the event—complete with accompanying photos—found on pages 1A and 6A.

After all, for one weekend, no area took more pride in Memorial Day and this country’s servicemen than the modest field east of Kaneland High School. And we’d hate for our readers to miss out on what was a very special weekend in the Kaneland community.

It was truly a Healing Field.

Letter: A thank you to Elburn Poppy Days supporters

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Thank you to everyone who supported Elburn Poppy Days held on Armed Forces Day Weekend, May 16-17. We wish to thank the volunteers that gave of their time to distribute the poppies in exchange for donations that honored those who have served and that will go to help the veterans and active-duty military.

Our thanks go to Al Anderson, John Nevenhoven, Norbert Lund, Jerry Lonigro, Rich Jackson, Kay Swift, Marleah Anderson, Robin Harley, Cara Bartel and Billy Osborne. Also a special thanks to Harley Veldhuizen for setting up a chair in memory of Carrie Petrie in front of the Kountry Kettle, where people were able to get their poppy from a basket on a chair with her photo on it and put their donation in Carrie’s jar.

In addition to the Kountry Kettle, we wish to thank the following businesses for their participation: Elburn Mobil, Elburn Post Office, Jewel/Osco, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, Amazing Grace, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, the Aurora AMVET and the Blackberry Bar and Grill.

The Poppy Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary is grateful for the help and encouragement of all that contributed this year, and hope to continue and grow this worthy program in the future.

Tammy Osborne,Kathy Jackson
Co-chairpersons, Poppy Day Program of the Daniel Simpson Unit No. 630
Elburn American Legion Auxiliary

Letter: A huge garage sale thanks

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The Elburn and Countryside Community Center would like to thank the many local community members who selflessly donated to our garage sale on May 16 and 17.

We had an overwhelming amount of clothing, furniture, antiques, books, toys, games, fishing gear, sports equipment and too much more to mention donated to us. We appreciate your kindness. The proceeds from the event will be used to refurbish the Community Center’s hallway floors, update the first-floor bathrooms, purchase paint for the walls, and many other small projects around the property.

We would also like to thank all the people that stopped by the sale to purchase something. Without your purchases, we would not have raised enough money to start any of our projects. We are continually looking for new ideas and have other ideas planned throughout the year. We hope that you can be a part of them.

Upcoming events include a community-wide “Chow Down” on Sunday, July 13, where we will have a barbecue pork dinner, outdoor activities, live music and more for families to enjoy. An adult wine tasting event, “Class in a Glass,” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11. And don’t forget the annual Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 5. We hope that you can attend any and all of our events. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

The Elburn and Countryside Community Center is a not-for-profit organization, and relies on community donations to be able to provide activities for the community.

If you would like to volunteer, donate or share your ideas, stop in at 525 N. Main St., Elburn, call (630) 365-6655, or email us at ElburnCCC@gmail.com.
Kristen Damolaris
Elburn and Countryside Community Center

Thank you from Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO

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by Laura Gampfer, KBC PTO Secretary
The Kaneland Blackberry Creek (KBC) Elementary School PTO would like to thank the many families and businesses that have supported our fundraising efforts for the 2013-14 school year. Our fundraisers have included a “Run for Fund,” ButterBraid sales, Manna gift card sales, Family Knight Out and a Family Bingo and Auction Night. Continued support from our local community has enabled the KBC PTO to supply the KBC students and school with so many wonderful and needed items.

A few of these great items are field trips for all grade levels, a new illuminated school sign, school assemblies, fifth-grade class photos and outdoor education T-shirts, staff spirit wear, birthday books for all students, recess and playground toys, family movie nights, an ice cream social, multi-purpose room projector and sound system, a new library scanner, after-school enrichment classes, Chrome Books, and mini-iPads with Otter Boxes.

We would like to also thank these local businesses that have supported our monthly “Family Knight Out” events: Elburn McDonald’s, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill and Potbelly Sandwich Shop of Geneva. And many thanks to the Elburn Herald for its continued publicity of our KBC PTO events.

With the support of our local community, parents, teachers and neighbors, the KBC PTO has supplemented our school with some incredible items this school year, and for that we thank you.

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 kbeebe@elburnherald.com. Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

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Letter to the Editor: #LetKanelandRun

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Editors note: the IHSA announced that they will allow Kaneland and Rock Falls to run.

Last night (May 16) was our track and field 2A sectionals held at Freeport High School. Me and my other 4×800 teammates junior Aislinn Lodwig, senior Sydney Strang, and freshman Becca Richtman ran a 9:50, eight seconds under the qualifying time of 9:58. But due a short circuit the clocks stopped before the race finished. That should have been no problem due to back up clocks, but there was because someone decided to put both clocks on the same circuit causing there to be no official time. So three IHSA starting officials had to make the decision on what to do.

All our hard work all season and sacrifices were in their hands. They decided to take the top two teams down to state, and since we got third place kaneland, who made qualifying time, was sadly left out of the race at state next weekend.

Many people in the community heard about this and were all just as upset if not more, that due to faulty equipment we were robbed at a chance to run at state.

If you go on twitter and look up #letkanelandrun you’ll see multiple schools, high school students from all ages, graduates, even parents are coming together to show their support for our 4×800 team to have a chance to run at state.

I don’t know if all the emails to IHSA and all the people tweeting them will make them reconsider their decision, but I just want to know that we at least tried and we aren’t going down without a fight.

Looking back at the end of the season with my teammates we know what we did that night at sectionals and everyone else there too knows if. We don’t need IHSA to tell us we qualified because we did and we killed it, and most of all we left it all on the track. I am sending this letter just to spread what happened to my team so that next year and the years to come no other team is robbed at something they deserved and worked all year for.

Thank you for taking time and reading my submission,

#letkanelandrun

Jessica Kucera
Junior
Kaneland High School

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Letter: A thank you from the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library

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Thank you to everyone who supported the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library’s 11th annual flower and plant sale May 9-10.

The event was held inside the library at 320 E. North St., Elburn. We appreciate the support of our community making this the most successful flower and plant sale ever. Varieties of flowers and plants included geraniums, Gerbera daisies, tuberous begonias, petunias, ivy, coleus, spikes, sweet potatoes and more. The proceeds from this event makes it possible for the library to continue to provide excellent programs and services for all ages, including the Summer Reading program, “Paws to Read,” beginning June 2 and running through Aug. 8.

The Friends are a volunteer driven organization and a recognized 501(c)3.

Joan Hansen
Friends of the Town and Country Public Library

Editorial: Honoring the veterans through the Healing Field

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We ran a story last week detailing the upcoming Healing Field events that will take place at Kaneland High School over Memorial Day Weekend. We’d like to use this space to elaborate a little bit on next weekend’s Healing Field activities.

In the days leading up to Memorial Day Weekend, the field to the east of KHS will become a Healing Field, boasting over a thousand American flags sitting upon 8-foot-tall flagstaffs.

And that’s where the public comes in, as it will have an opportunity to sponsor a flag in the Healing Field. Individuals and businesses can purchase a single flag for $35. A small business sponsorship is five flags for $500. A corporate sponsorship is 10 flags for $1,000. All proceeds will go to local American Legions in Maple Park, Elburn and Sugar Grove.

The flags honor the veterans and military who have sacrificed their time and talents—and even their very lives—in defense of this country’s freedom. Also, each sponsored flag has a story and honors a hero who is identified by an attached name tag. And once the Healing Field display has concluded, the sponsored flags may be taken home and displayed as a continuing reminder of service to this nation.

Flag tagging will take place during the Healing Field opening ceremony on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place Monday, May 26, at noon.

The Healing Field itself will take place from Friday, May 23, to Tuesday, May 27.

This Memorial Day Weekend, consider becoming a sponsor for the greatest of causes. If you’re interested in sponsoring a Healing Field flag or helping with next weekend’s ceremonies, contact rudy.keller@kaneland.org or visit healingfield.org/kaneland14/. Remember, when it comes to honoring those who have served this country, every little contribution counts.

Editorial: Don’t forget the flowers this weekend

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Looking to buy some flowers for Mother’s Day this Sunday? We know of a way in which you can get flowers while also helping out the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library. Hey, we’re all about multi-tasking here.

The Friends will host their annual plant fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 9, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 10. If you’re interested in finding some fresh geraniums, gerbera daisies and tuberous begonias, you’re in luck—they’ll be available for a donation of $3.75 each, or three for $11.

The plant sale will take place indoors at the library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. If you want to pre-order your flowers, you can do so by stopping by the library or calling Joan Hansen at (630) 365-9217.

The fun won’t end there, either. The Friends of the Library will also hold a Gardener’s “Green Thumb” raffle through May 10. The featured deluxe garden cart was donated by Vicki McGuire of Elburn. The Friends also donated raffle items such as a combo pack of garden tools, large planter pots, rainbow straw hat, garden pad for potting plants indoors/outdoors, garden note cards, selected gardening books and much more. So not only will you be able to buy flowers from the Friends, but you might also come away with new tools to tend your garden.

Gardener’s Green Thumb raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The drawing will be held at noon at the library.

So there you have it. You can satisfy your Mother’s Day to-do list, support the Friends of the Library and possibly score some nifty gardening instruments, as well. Not a bad haul, if you ask us.

Good luck, and happy gardening.

Letter: ‘A choice between books and lightbulbs’

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At the April 24 board meeting, the Sugar Grove Public Library Board voted to increase fees for the use of the meeting rooms in the library for all groups.

This has already generated a clamor in the community. The board is currently working on a budget that will maintain current hours, but cut back materials and programs which are under-used. Those are the only two areas that can be cut further. The building must be kept in good repair, heated and cooled, have the snow and ice removed in the winter, and the grass cut in the summer. All of these costs come out of the operating budget, and as those costs increase, less money is left for the books, movies, materials and programs that many people regard as the primary purpose of the library. Every time the lights are turned on in a meeting room, it costs money. Whether the group using the room is for-profit or not, staff time is used to arrange the appropriate furniture and technology, and provide additional cleaning if the room is not left in good condition.

On March 18, the Sugar Grove Public Library District had a referendum on the ballot asking to increase the tax rate for operating the library. It was resoundingly defeated. It was clear that even library users and supporters did not vote for it.

Some argue that libraries are obsolete, but a look at the usage numbers will show that is not the case. Fifty-five percent of the residents in the Sugar Grove Public Library District have a library card; 13,295 items were checked out in March.

Many people think the building is too big, but it is too late to do anything about that. Even if we close the doors and turn off the lights, the taxpayers are obligated for the next 10 years to repay the bonds issued to build the library.

The next board meeting is on Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and suggest ways to solve the financial problems at the library. As building maintenance issues arise, more material and service cuts are possible. Right now, it is a choice between books and light bulbs, because you can’t have both.

Louise Coffman
Sugar Grove Public Library treasurer, trustee

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Community Corner: Arts Initiative celebrates festival, welcomes Cavern Beat

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by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative

Three thousand guests attended the 15th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons and participants alike enjoyed their time celebrating the arts by viewing over 500 Kaneland student art pieces, participating in theatre workshops, watching “James and the Giant Peach” along with other wonderful performances in the Kaneland auditorium, and learning about visual art mediums from over 15 professional artists.

In Festival exit surveys, patrons were complimentary of the “interactive artists willing to let kids participate,” the science club and art club participation, and the variety of artists.

Mixed-media visual artist Valerie Lorimer gave the festival a review after attending it for the first time as a participant.

“Oh wow. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this event,” Lorimer wrote. “Great atmosphere and terrific interactive experiences for the kids. Awesome performing arts, as well. I am very impressed by the community’s support of the arts. I hope to be asked back again.”

The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) was also pleased to partner with Changing Children’s World Foundation, which held an art contest in conjunction with the festival. Ken Evans, owner of Franklin’s Frames from Sycamore, awarded the Golden Palette Award to selected Kaneland students. KAI unveiled six pieces of art created by 2012-13 KAI Artist in Residence Eric Nye, which were presented to the Kaneland School District at its April 28 School Board meeting.

KAI was excited to announce at the festival that the 2014 KAI Fine Arts Scholarship would be awarded to Matthew Alfrey in May.

After the success of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, KAI is thrilled to invite the Cavern Beat back to the Kaneland stage on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

The Cavern Beat borrows its name from the now world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The Beatles played more shows there than anywhere else in their whole career. Starting with founding Cavern Beat member and drummer Alan Wagner in 2005, the initial idea was a simple one: perform the music of The Beatles as it was, by them. The band uses only guitars, drums and true voices. No computers or digital processors, no tapes or loops, no modern sounding amps—just pure, original Beatles. The band’s site is www.thecavernbeat.com.

Joining The Cavern Beat on the stage this Friday will be the MidKnight Special. The MidKnight Special, directed by Mrs. Rachel Shershen, is the top choir at Kaneland Harter Middle School. This is the second year that the MidKnight Special has sung with the Cavern Beat. Tickets are on sale at the Kaneland Webstore, found at www.kaneland.org. Adult tickets are $10, student and senior citizen tickets are $8, and the ever popular family ticket is $25. The family ticket allows all members currently living in one household to be admitted for the single price of $25. More information about the event and upcoming events can be found on the KAI website, www.kanelandartsinitative.org.

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 kbeebe@elburnherald.com. Please note that no for-profit or elected officials are eligible to be part of the Community Corner.

Letter: A thank you to Kaneland wrestlers

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I wish to offer a big thank you to the Kaneland wrestlers. These hard-working boys are spending their weekends helping out the seniors by doing free spring yard clean-ups. By working together, it’s amazing what they accomplish in a short period of time.

Although free, donations are welcome to offset costs to send the boys to summer wrestling camp.

Also, a thank you to Bob and Lori McCaffrey for organizing this worthwhile project.
Joan Perrin, Sugar Grove

Letter: A thank you from Matt McCannon MS committee

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From the family of Matt McCannon, we would like to thank all of the friends, family, Sugar Grove and surrounding community neighbors and businesses that helped make the Matt McCannon MS fundraiser successful. We are especially grateful to the following donors and supporters: RKA Gun Range, Ed and Ellen Beaulieu, Quilting Ladies, Sugar Grove Methodist Card Ministry, West Physical Therapy, Susanne McCannon, Chicago Chimney Sweep, Yvonne Neddiham-Gibson, Dr. Fee, Sean Herron, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, Karen McCannon, Rocky’s Dojo, Right Time Appliance, Cutz and Stylz, Chicago Police Department, Tom’s Tackle, Midwest Oil Change, Dave Paluch, C & E Mechanical, Jewelry in the Grove, Sugar Grove American Legion, Laura Bobrowsky, Source Therapeutic, Big Fat Soap, Mari Johnson, Great Clips, Sign FX, Hill’s Country Store, Don Beebe’s House of Speed, Audrey Ritchey, Gloria Dinelli, Friends of the Library, Sons of the American Legion, Avram Painting, Couture Tan, Emily Kay Salon, JT Nails, Wrigley, Nick’s Furniture, Curt Karas CPA, Drury Lane, Douglas Flooring, Kane County Forest Preserve, Patricia Hestikin, Melisa Taylor, Tiger Amusement, Blackberry Inn, Village Liquor, Raimondo’s Pizza, Fireside Grill, Genoa Pizza, Calamity Jane’s, Jimmy John’s, Sugar Grove BP, Jewel-Osco, Yorkville Goodwill Store and Donation Center, Sugar Grove Tobacco and Smoke Shop, Walgreen’s, Citgo, Green Acre Cleaners, Hair Cuttery, King Wok 47, Open Range Southwest Grill, Yorkville Bowl, Gail Deja-Schultz, White and Ecker, Catering Gourmet, Patty Weeks, Nancy Felella, Mayer School of Irish Dancing, Fairel Ann Designs Ltd., Elburn Herald, John Shields Elementary School, and all other donors and supporters.
Matt McCannon MS Fund Committee
Sugar Grove

Editorial: Elburn Herald content places in multiple IPA categories

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Last June we talked at length (OK, we bragged) about the awards we received from the Illinois Press Association, including top marks for Best Sports Photo and Enterprise/Feature Writing, a second-place nod in General Excellence, a third-place award for Newspaper Design and an honorable mention for Local Editorial.

We had an impressive showing in IPA’s Advertising category, as well, taking second place in General Advertising Excellence, and first place and third place in Best Full Color Ad. Our Kaneland Guide took first in Best Annual Special Section, and our Summer Guide took fourth place in Best Community Focus Special Section. We also placed as runner-up in the category of Best Ad Designer.

Last year wasn’t a bad haul for us in the hardware department, and we’re pleased to say that the Elburn Herald is again poised to take home some awards from this year’s IPA awards. We’re nominated in the categories of General Excellence, Sports News (Mike Slodki), Enterprise/Feature Writing (Susan O’Neill, Cheryl Borrowdale), Spot News Photo (Kimberly Anderson), Feature Photo (Mary Paulson) and Sports Section. We won’t know our place in the above-mentioned categories until June 13, but we’re nonetheless proud of the Elburn Herald writers and staff who were nominated in this year’s competition.

As always, we view IPA nominations as a reflection of our ability to provide our readers with the best news and photos possible. And because we earned two additional editorial category nominations this year, we’d like to think we’re improving our ability to serve everyone in the community.

Congratulations again to the nominees. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for good news come mid-June.

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