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Letter: Save the Kaneville Post Office

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The United States Post Office has begun a process that threatens the village and township of Kaneville with a loss of identity and a loss of vital services.

With a letter and questionnaire, which reached our P.O. Box holders on Saturday, the Post Office is asking us to tell them why the Post Office in Kaneville should remain open, or open with reduced hours. We understand that these letters, within a few days, will also reach Kaneville residents who receive home delivery.

This is a serious issue, and I am asking for the support of every resident of Kaneville Township and village. Please take this letter seriously. Return your questionnaire right away and express your support for keeping the Kaneville Post Office open.

Frankly, as a daily patron of the Kaneville Post Office, I don’t understand the logic of cutting hours or closing our Kaneville Post Office. This small office has large and growing revenues. It has a positive cash flow, and it brings in plenty of revenue every month. And the Post Office is an important landmark business in our small but thriving downtown. It simply does not make sense to close a thriving and growing office that is generating positive revenue in a growing part of Kane County, part of a large metropolitan area.

Don’t hesitate. Don’t delay. Support our local Post Office now, or we may lose it forever. If the Kaneville Post Office closes, we will lose our town name in our address—our town identity. Just a few years ago, Kaneville residents did the hard work to incorporate ourselves as a village. We are small, but we are determined and we are a community. Help us to save our name and our town identity.

Joann Murdock
Kaneville

Letter: A thank you to those who participated in the Sept. 11 Memorial Firemen’s Garden

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Sept. 11, 2012. It was the day of remembering, giving thanks to so many people who gave of their time and/or materials. I want to give recognition to the Explorers of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District: Sabrina Sivert, Elise Fichtel, George Wilson, Stephen Coomes, Riley Coomes, Jameson Horn, Joe Miller, Anthony Parielli, Jordan Meadows, Nick Sharp, Colin Deprez and Andrew Oliver, as well as firefighters Alex White, Amelia Hurst and Explorer Advisor Rob Stevens. Without their help, we couldn’t keep the garden of memories looking so good.

A special thanks to Kane County Landscape Material and Supply Co., Wasco Nursery, L & M Greenhouses, Laura Kaiser, Wiltse’s Greenhouse and Produce, Lowe’s of St. Charles, Garden Center, Chief Kelly Callaghan, Administrative Assistant Pam Hall and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District for their support in keeping the spirit of the garden alive. Also, to my family for their help: Lisa, Philip, Pat, Quinton, Benji and my neighbor Fred Swift.

Please support these businesses with your patronage as they support the spirit of the firemen’s garden with their generous donations of plants and materials. And last but not least, the newspapers Kane County Chronicle and Elburn Herald for their articles of support that they printed.

If I missed anyone to thank, please forgive me.

Paul Wdowicki
Elburn

Letter: A thank you to Elburn Jewel/Osco

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The Elburn Countryside Food Pantry sincerely thanks the Jewel/Osco in Elburn and its team, led by Store Director Luigi De Matteo, for their outstanding support and contributions to the Food Pantry. They are truly a strong and committed partner to the Food Pantry and our overall community.

We encourage everyone to show our community’s appreciation by shopping at the Jewel/Osco for their grocery and pharmacy needs.

Rita Burnham
Coordinator, Elburn Countryside Food Pantry

Editorial: Time for a change

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As of Monday, Oct. 1, the Elburn Herald/Kaneland Publications Inc. will have a new home: the Elburn and Countryside Community Center.

Our new address will be 525 N. Main St., Suite 2, Elburn, IL 60119.

It is bittersweet to leave our home in the middle of downtown Elburn. We have been here since the 1950s—longer than most of us have been alive, and far longer than any of us have been a member of the Elburn Herald/Kaneland Publications family.

Over the decades, those of us who have worked from our soon-to-be former location have had a first-hand view of the many changes that have gone on, in and around Elburn. From the front window looking out over the center of downtown Elburn, we’ve been witness to all the joys, heartaches, successes and struggles of a community growing its way through the years.

Like the community around us, we have evolved over the years, as well. It is due to our desire to continue to grow into a stronger, local community newspaper and general media company that led to the need to move into our new location inside the community center.

This gives us room to grow and creates a partnership with a cornerstone of the community. The Elburn and Countryside Community Center is a nonprofit organization that presents a perfect fit for a company like us, whose mission is to serve our community through everything we do.

Our new location gives us more space, more flexibility, and more potential to forge partnerships with more groups and local businesses.

So, while we are sad to leave our longtime home in the center of downtown Elburn, we look forward to the new friendships and opportunities that await us just a few blocks to the north.

We hope you stop by and check us out at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, and while you’re there, you might want to see who else calls the community center home, as well.

Letter: A thank you from the Elburn Leo Club

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The Elburn Leo Club recently sponsored the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus as a fundraiser for Elburn Leo Charities. As a youth group, we strive to improve the lives of others while providing family friendly entertainment for our guests through many different events throughout the year. The circus fit right into our criteria and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the quality of the performances. It was quite a fun and entertaining evening that was enjoyed by many.

Each year, the Elburn Leo Club continues to advance its mission of serving others in our community and worldwide. Through our fundraising efforts, we have seen many lives changed for the better. The goal of the Elburn Leo Club is to continue to make a difference in the lives of others through leadership, experience and opportunity. With the help of donations from the businesses and the residents in the surrounding communities, we continue to reach our goals and improve the lives of others.

A special thank you to Alice’s Place, American Bank & Trust Co., Elburn Herald, Elburn Lions Community Park, Inc., and Old Second Bank for selling advance circus tickets for us. We understand that our request takes your employees away from their duties for your business, and we appreciate your support more than you will ever know.

Also, thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations: Aquatrol, Inc., Barcar Manufacturing, Construction Testing, Embroidery Express, J & R Herra Plumbing & Heating, Mendel Plumbing & Heating and Monitor Technologies, LLC.

Last but not least, thank you to the community for attending the circus and supporting our fundraising efforts.

We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed hosting it.

The Elburn Leo Club’s next fundraising activity will be hosting the concession stand at the Elburn Lions Annual Fall Classic Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Elburn Lions Park. Yet another family friendly event with a large array of classic cars to admire, as well as great food and fun with family and friends. We hope to see you there.

Pam Hall
Elburn Leo Club Advisor

Letter: A thank you to those who donated blood

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Your help was urgently needed, and you responded, answering the shortage of every blood type. We appreciate and thank each of you.

A big thank you for our successful blood drive gets out to the Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, the Sugar Grove Fire Department, the Heartland Blood Center staff and all of our extra volunteers who worked so hard.

To our awesome donors goes a special thank you: Angie Bailey, Patrick Bailey, Patricia Bergman, Kat Boehmer, David Barnhart, Cody Carson, Nicholas Ciccone, Frank Conti, Sheila Crews, Charles Crisci, Gina Cumiskey, Nicole Dalton, Kim DeLoso, Jon Diaz, Sue Diaz, Kari Douglas, Jaclyn Edlund, Nancy Felella, Dana Fichtel, Margit Fotre, Melissa Gooch, Page Graham, Kevin Hames, Melissa Hames, George Hannemann, Jameson Horn, Colleen Ickes, Lovie Jaeger, Helen Jorgensen, Laura Keske, Steve Kowalczyk, David Kriceri, Kimberly Kriceri, Nicole Lamela, Tiffany Larsen, Cheryl Link, James Magnuson, Suzanne McCracken, Cori Mendoza, Margaret Metzger, Nick Michels, Michael Nevarez, Julie Nudo, Pete Pavia, Morgan Perkins, Patrick Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Chad Pugh, Mary Rogers, Patricia Rogers, Monica Romero, Nina Romero, Jodie Rubo, Brian Schiber, Erin Schiber, Jen Schmidt, Edward Schuster, Tara Schwab, Christy Seawall, Devin Seymour, Brad Simmons, Clyde Smith, Don Sommerville, Chris Steenwyk, Jeffrey Steenwyk, Andrea Strobert, Paulla Stroup, Jeni Suehs, Renee Tonioni, Patricia Torza, Annette Wood and Linda Wray.

We deeply appreciate those who attempted but were unable to donate blood. The next Sugar Grove blood drive is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013.

Joy Rubo
Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove

Editorial: Learn ways to help fund a college education

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College tuition costs continue to remain high, and in many cases, continue to climb, despite the strugling economy.

That combination means that people are struggling even more than usual to either pay their own tuition, or the tuition of their children.

That is why events like Thursday’s Scholarship Fair are so important. The fair is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Sugar Grove Township Community Building, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.

There will be representatives from numerous organizations and schools who will provide information on scholarships that are available for Kaneland students.

In addition, there will be multiple mini-sessions on various aspects of obtaining help in funding a college education.

The first mini-session is from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and is titled “How to fill out a FAFSA Form,” sponsored by Lighthouse College Planning. A similar session will be presented and sponsored by Waubonsee Community College from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

“How to do an Internet search for scholarships” will be the topic from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and “How to complete a scholarship application and essay” will conclude the information sessions.

These types of events can prove invaluable for those trying to determine how to help pay for such a vital thing—an education.

For example, we here at the Elburn Herald offer two different scholarships every year. Some years we are inundated with scholarship applicants, and some years the number is much smaller. Based purely on word of mouth with some of the other local groups that also offer scholarships, that ebb and flow in the number of applicants is not unique to us.

We admit surprise to that fact, since given the high cost of secondary education combined with the struggling economy, it is clear that every dollar counts, and a tough job market means every educational opportunity should be pursued by those either entering college for the first time or those re-entering college to try and find a new path in the professional world.

We hope to see a large turnout tonight (Thursday), and we also hope to have the good problem of being overwhelmed with the number of scholarship applicants this year.

For information about the scholarship fair itself, contact Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895.

For anyone who would like information about either of the Elburn Herald scholarships, call Ryan Wells or Carly Shaw at (630) 365-6446.

We hope to see you tonight!

Letter: In support of Tao Martinez

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The office of coroner requires a dedicated person who can make decisions in a professional and ethical manner. Even though this office is an elected position, it requires a person who can make decisions without the interference of partisan politics.

In the upcoming election, the citizens of Kane County have an opportunity to elect a man that will perform the duty of coroner in a professional and highly ethical manner.

Tao Martinez is an ethical man who will perform his duties based on facts in each death investigation. I have known Tao for several years, first meeting him and his wife at our annual Kentucky Coroner’s Conference, where he delivered a presentation this past year.

I served as coroner in Kentucky for over 18 years, as deputy coroner for four years, and currently as executive secretary of the Kentucky Coroner’s Association. While serving years in the coroner’s office, I now understand a coroner must make unpopular decisions based on the facts of a death investigation. Many times in politics, officials tend to make decisions based on popularity or financial backing. This is why I feel Tao Martinez will make the citizens of Kane County an exceptional coroner.

Tao understands the meaning of performing the duties solely on a case-by-case basis with each case determined by facts.

I urge the voters of Kane County to consider Tao Martinez for your next coroner. Tao is a man you will be proud to say you cast your vote for as coroner.

Brian L. Ritchie
Former Kentucky Coroner

Letter: Letter of thanks to the Elburn Leos and Lions Club

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We would like to extend our thanks for the generous gift to our family from the Elburn Leos and Lions Club. On June 30, they held a fundraiser to help offset the cost of a multi-service dog for our daughter Kara Peters. We have never felt such an outpouring of support.

Kara was born with Down syndrome and later diagnosed with autism. As she has grown older, Kara’s challenges have begun to limit her ability to access everyday activities. Kara has difficulty transitioning, as well as not understanding the dangers of everyday life. Although Kara enjoys being with friends and family and going places, there are times that she is unable to manage these environments.

We are hopeful that, when her dog joins our family, it will give Kara the confidence she needs to be successful and keep her safe, as well.

This is an opportunity given to our family by the Leos and Lions, but also the community who came out to support the event, the generous persons who donated their items for raffle and silent auction, and the band One Sam Ten.

We had a wonderful time at the event, and were truly humbled with the generosity of this community. We sincerely thank the Leos and Lions Club for giving Kara and our family an opportunity to help Kara find her way.

The Peters family
Virgil

Editorial: Inflexible AYP standards cast unfair spotlight on Kaneland, other school districts

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It was during Secretariat’s legendary performance in the 1973 Belmont Stakes that a reporter in attendance allegedly wept at the sheer display of perfection the horse exhibited en route to a 31-length victory and subsequent procurement of the elusive Triple Crown.

Indeed, the sight of Secretariat’s perfect race reduced a grown man to tears, and it was because “perfection” is an occurance rarely experienced in any walk of life. To witness it would be akin to viewing Hailey’s Comet or the career of Michael Jordan—enjoy it, because it almost certainly will not happen again in your lifetime.

The ultra-scarce and seldom-felt nature of perfection, however, didn’t occur to those who created the No Child Left Behind Act 10 years ago, when they put forth a graduated academic plan that, if realized, would be the equivalent of the perfection displayed by Secretariat at the ‘73 Belmont Stakes: an achievement that bordered on the impossible and the unthinkable.

The act’s Academic Yearly Progress (AYP) standards are based on Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) for grades 3-8 and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) for grade 11, and mandate that a specific percentage of students at those grade levels in every state school meet or exceed the reading and mathematics requirement in place for the year. According to the Illinois Interactive Report Card website, the AYP target was set at 40 percent for 2003 and 2004, 47.5 percent for 2005 and 2006, 55 percent for 2007, 62.5 percent for 2008, 70 percent for 2009, 77.5 percent for 2010 and 88.5 percent for 2011. The AYP target number for 2012 and 2013 is 92.5 percent.

The AYP target number for 2014 is … (wait for it) … 100 percent meets and exceeds.

Simply put, NCLB is a well-meaning academic accountability tool that was fueled by unchecked ambition, not reality. The results, as you can imagine, have left much to be desired.

Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said Kaneland High School has been on the fails-to-meet-and-exceed list for several years (since 2007, to be exact) and remains there, as does almost every high school in the state. Harter Middle School and Kaneland John Stewart Elementary also recently failed to make the cut, both due to the performance of a subgroup in those respective buildings.

AYP requires 77.5 percent of every subgroup to meet and exceed reading and mathematics requirements. Subgroups are defined by racial demographics, limited English proficiency (LEP), special needs students involved in individualized educational program (IEP), and low income.

John Stewart met AYP standards with the entire student population, but did not meet the standard in reading with the economically disadvantaged subgroup.

Despite three Kaneland schools failing to satisfy AYP requirements, only John Stewart, which receives Title 1 funds, will be designated as a “choice” school. That means students who attend John Stewart now have the option to transfer to another Kaneland elementary school. The School Board on Monday designated John Shields, McDole and Blackberry Creek as schools that will accept choice students

For what it’s worth, Harter Middle School‘s meets-and-exceeds rate was 91 percent in 2011—9 percent higher than the state average. John Stewart last year scored an 87 percent meets-and-exceeds rate, which was 5 percent higher than the state mark.

Even the high school, at 57 percent, was six points higher than the state average in 2011.

“We’re still paying the price for a policy passed in 2002,” School Board trustee Tony Valente said on Monday.

Schuler last winter said he hoped the state would issue a waiver to provide Illinois school districts with some much-needed relief from AYP standards.

Kaneland may have to wait a while for that waiver to materialize, as Schuler said his understanding from the state superintendent is that a waiver this year is unlikely. However, a waiver in 2013 isn’t out of the question.

“While I applaud the desire to build accountability for the learning of all students, the system has to be realistic and fair. The current system does not meet either of those criteria, and I am hopeful a waiver will change that for next school year.”

Let’s hope so, because NCLB and its AYP requirement of 92.5 (soon to be 100 percent) meets and exceeds is a standard that few, if any, state schools can realistically hope to achieve.

In fact, those are numbers even the mighty Secretariat couldn’t have outrun.

Letter: Elburn ‘coming on strong’

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On behalf of the 2012 Elburn Days Parade Committee, I want to extend a huge thank you to all of those who helped and participated in this year’s events for the Elburn Days parade.

It may not appear that it takes a lot of time and coordination to put on a simple hour-long parade, but it really does, and that may give you an idea of what it takes to assemble the entire weekend.

So the big applause goes to John and Judy VanBogaert for their endless help, and also to the balance of volunteers that helped, of which I would not be able to name without forgetting someone.

Finally, for those who have made the comment over the years to “get rid of the parade,” next time you see one of those soldiers, Marines or Cub Scouts, ask them what they think. I will gladly take your help in setting up next year’s parade.

Thank you again, and enjoy the fall.

Michael Stoffa,
Chairman, 2012 Elburn Days Parade

Letter: Hintzsche Companies celebrates 50 years

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The Hintzsche Companies, headquartered at 2S181 County Line Road, just south of Maple Park, rolled out the red carpet to show their appreciation for their customers and to celebrate 50 years of business. Employees gathered on Aug. 21 to entertain and treat their loyal customer base.

This unique ag retailer began in 1962 when brothers Kenneth and Richard Hintzsche purchased the grain mill. Since that time, it was grown to include agronomy locations in Kirkland, Scarboro, Minooka, as well as fuel sites at Troxel, DeKalb (Pacific Pride), Rochelle and Waterman. Hintzsche’s pork division primarily operates out of Amboy and Sheridan, and their feed mill, one of the first structures to be built at the original Troxel site back in 1963, still remains a vital part of their operation today.

Unlike a typical sultry afternoon in August, the 21st was picture perfect, with temps around 82 degrees and a gentle breeze.

The vehicles started streaming into Troxel around 2:30 p.m. A lot of employees were ready to park and shuttle their guests (via golf cart) to the reception area in the shop. There they received a gift bag and ticket to enter the prize drawings.

5B’s Catering (from Waterman) provided a delicious meal of grilled rib eye steak or center-cut pork chops, along with all the fixings. Guests were also treated to soft serve ice cream, cookies and popcorn.

Although the crowd was estimated at 1,400 people, things ran smoothly. Guests were enjoying themselves, eating, visiting or listening to the entertainment on stage. Performances included the Jared Olson Band (Maple Park); the Jim Kanas Trio, consisting of Steve Strombeck and Jim and Roger Hintzsche; and Max Armstrong, who showcased the stage with his unique style and passionate knowledge of the latest ag-related topics.

Kids were entertained, jumping in an inflatable castle, participating in face-painting and balloon twisting, and munching on popcorn and ice cream cones.

Later on, 25 prizes were presented, including a John Deere Gator, given to Jim Schoonhoven of Rochelle; an ATV/Sprayer, given to Kenny Shaw of Amboy; a Wisconsin Dells gift certificate, given to Max Gartner of Naperville, Ill.; and an Apple iPad, given to Eric
Wackerlin of Hinckley.

Joanne Hueber
Hintzsche Fertilizer

Letter: A thank you from Kaneland Sports Boosters

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For the past several months, the Kaneland Sports Boosters have been challenging local businesses and supporters to “Accept the Challenge” and help raise funds for the 2012 Castle Spirit Challenge. I am extremely humbled to write that over 70 companies, businesses and individuals contributed to the challenge and helped raise over $31,000 in funds, goods and services to help support the Kaneland Sports Boosters.

The purpose of the Kaneland Sports Boosters is to provide our athletes and coaches with the “extras” that the school budget cannot fund. Each year, the Boosters provide tens of thousands of dollars of raised funds to enhance our sports programs at Kaneland High School and Kaneland Harter Middle School. Over the past year, we have purchased: new goal posts at Peterson Field; a new sound system in the main high school gym; ImPact Concussion Assessment software for all high school athletes; a new pole vault pit, standards and mat system; new wall mats for the main gym; portable sound systems for outdoor sports; lodging and transportation for our state-qualifying athletes and teams; and many other important equipment needs. Additionally, we make an annual $1,000 donation to Special Olympics and award four $1,000 scholarships to graduating Kaneland seniors.

None of these funding needs would be met without the generous support of our Castle Spirit Challenge sponsors. Our 2012 Castle Spirit Challenge Sponsors are: Castle Bank, Elburn Herald, Harris Golf Cars, Kane County Chronicle, Windmill Custom Countertops, Delnor Express Care, Sign FX, G-Force Labels and Printing, McDonald’s – The Lardas Family, Ream’s Elburn Market, Rich Harvest Farms, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Brucher Machining, Delnor Health and Wellness, Fox Valley Orthopedics, Hair Directors, J&R Herra Inc, Mediacom, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza, Patrick J. Crimmins/Brady & Jensen, Pepsi Americas, Richwrap, Robinson’s Auto Repair, Vital Chiropractic, A&P Grain Systems, American Tree & Turf, Calamity Jane’s, Dan Borowiak Insurance Agency, Engineering Enterprises, Fairel Anne Design, Fox River Foods, Herff Jones, Hill’s Country Store, Hintzsche Fertilizer, Hughes Creek Golf Club, Kirhofer Sports, Papa G’s, Sugar Grove Fire Department Association, Sugar Grove Park District, Amazing Grace Antiques, Avalon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Bills Creek Golf Course, Builder’s Asphalt, C&D Auto Repair, Cinemark Tinseltown, Cutz & Style, Emily Kay Salon, Green Acres Dry Cleaning, Harner’s Bakery, Image Awards & Engraving, Out’n About Daycare for Dogs, Source Therapeutic Massage, State Street Dance Studio, TAV Gaming, West Physical Therapy, and the entire Kaneland Sports Booster Board of Directors.

On behalf of the Kaneland Sports Boosters and the Kaneland High School and Middle School athletes and coaches, we would like to say thank you. We could not have done this without your generous support.

Ryan Delahanty
President, Kaneland Sports Boosters

Editorial: Farewell to the 2012 summer festival season

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The close of Labor Day weekend each year signals the start of many good things in this area: pumpkin and apple picking, cooler weather (hopefully) and Sunday football. However, Labor Day’s exit also means that we must say goodbye to summer festival season.

Summer festival season around these parts is a fleeting one—just six weeks long—but what it lacks in duration, it more than makes up for in bombast, high-end musical entertainment, great food and family-friendly fun. More importantly, local summer festivals, such as Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Elburn Days, Kaneville Fest and Maple Park Fun Fest, provide the perfect opportunity for members of the community to join together on a selected weekend and celebrate the things that make their respective town so wonderful and unique. Whether it’s a celebration of corn, truck pulls and mud volleyball, horse-drawn carriage rides, or softball and town-wide get-togethers, village spirit can be seen and heard practically everywhere from late Julyto early September.

And while these festivals are all very different in structure and presentation, they all represent the same idea: this village is a better place because of its residents.

That message was in full effect this summer when 48-year Sugar Grove resident Helen Jorgensen was named Citizen of the Year thanks to her countless (and we mean countless) contributions to the Sugar Grove community. Jorgensen has done it all: founded a hand-typed publication, served as a volunteer firefighter, drove a school bus, carried mail, etc. When the Corn Boil reconvenes every July, it’s to celebrate the caring contributions of citizens like Jorgensen, and we all can learn a little something about community involvement and pride from her.

Last but not least, these festivals can also help us put aside, for a short time, the small stuff that weighs down our daily lives, and instead serve as a reminder to all of us that life is only as good as the relationships we keep with our neighbors, friends and loved ones. Whether you’re devouring delicious corn with your family, touring through a maze of Elburn Days games with your children, enjoying Kaneville’s fireworks show with your neighbors or partaking in Monday morning breakfast with good friends at the outfield hayracks in Maple Park, you’d be hard pressed to find time better spent.

Here’s to what was a tremendous 2012 summer festival season. Next year’s season certainly has its work cut out for itself.

Letter: Obama, Democrats receive preferential treatment

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An Elgin writer of “Letters to the Editor” has repeatedly appeared in a local daily paper to nag Mitt Romney for not releasing 12 years of income tax information, wrongfully claiming Romney to be a “tax evader” for not doing so.

Let’s consider the legal difference between “tax evasion” and “tax avoidance.”

“Tax evasion” is neglecting to pay or refusing to pay taxes you are legally required to pay. Timothy Geithner was guilty of this when he didn’t pay $49,847 of taxes from 2001-04, plus other improper tax deductions taken in previous years. These abuses didn’t stop Harry Reid’s Democrat-controlled Senate from confirming Geithner as Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury on Jan. 6, 2009. Yet, Reid has accused Romney as a “felon tax evader” for doing some banking overseas, perfectly legal under provisions of the IRS code.

Tax avoidance is studying the tax law and paying only what the law requires you to pay. Mitt Romney never served in Congress, has not written U.S. tax laws, but, like all of us, must comply with them. Like all taxpayers, he isn’t required to pay more than the tax laws specify. After taxes are paid as prescribed by law, he is free to do what he wants with his money. So, what is Romney “guilty” of?

If Romney is pressured into releasing what is legally-protected information, then turnabout is fair play. Let the nation inspect any three or four of the following Obama items, which the Obama campaign has spent an estimated 4 million dollars to keep from public eyes:
• Occidental College records—sealed
• Columbia College records—sealed
• Columbia thesis paper—sealed
• Harvard College records—sealed
• Selective Service registration—sealed
• Medical records—sealed (remember when the Democrats wanted Bush’s medical records?)
• Record of passport used to visit Pakistan in 1981—sealed (U.S. citizens were not allowed to visit Pakistan in 1981, so how did he get there?)

I can hear the left screaming, “That invades Obama’s right to privacy.”

Ask Jack Ryan, who ran against Obama for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat in 2004, about having a “right to privacy” when you dare to run against Barack Obama.

Jack Ryan and actress wife Jeri divorced in 1999 in California. Both agreed to seal their divorce and child custody records. In 2004, as the campaign began, the Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV sought to have those records opened. Enter David Axelrod, Democrat political operative since 1972, intern, reporter and political writer for the Tribune from 1974 to 1984, and Obama collaborator since 1992, now working in Obama’s Senate race in 2003. Did his long-time ties to the Tribune influence that paper’s decision to pry into the Ryan divorce records? I believe that is a certainty. Judge Robert Schneider quickly ordered the Ryans’ divorce records unsealed and made public.

Witnessing the hypocrisy of the news media to inspection of Romney’s income tax returns vs. Obama’s sealed records, we see the following media rules are in effect:
• Rule No. 1—Everyone is innocent until proven guilty … unless he’s a Republican
• Rule No. 2—Everyone has the Right to Privacy … unless he’s a Republican
• Rule No. 3—Everyone is justified in defending himself … unless he’s a Republican

Let’s push aside this Democrat-invented distraction and get back to the real issue of this election: Obama’s failed economy, and the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan plan to get this nation back on the road to jobs, prosperity and government fiscal responsibility.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: Sugar Grove to host blood drive

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Your help is urgently needed. Please mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 10. The blood supply has been severely impacted by our hot summer—fewer blood donors and cancelled blood drives. There is a shortage of every blood type.

The Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary, along with the Sugar Grove Fire Department, will host a blood drive at the Sugar Grove Fire Station, located at 25 Municipal Drive. You may donate from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins are welcome. Call Joy at (630) 466-7190, or Kathy at (630) 466-4634, for information or to make an appointment.

We thank you for donating the gift of life, and deeply appreciate your urgently needed blood donation.

Joy Rubo, Blood drive coordinator
Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary

Letter: Kaneville FPD remembers Bob Rodney

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The Kaneville Fire Protection District would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the family of former Village President Bob Rodney. We are very appreciative of the generous donations to the Bob Rodney Memorial Fund.

The Fire Protection District presently supports a 911 pendant program for citizens in our area. These pendants will dial 911 and allow the user to speak to the 911 operator when they are in a position where they cannot get to a phone. We feel using the memorial donations to further fund this project will be an excellent way to continue Bob’s dedication to help the Kaneville community and its citizens.
David B. Sigmund, Kaneville Fire Chief

Letter: A thank you from the Friends of Jason Gould Committee

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The fourth annual Hogfan Party, in memory of Jason Gould, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Moose in St. Charles. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your past support, and I hope you will be able to find it in your hearts to support us again this year. Our little grass roots organization made the Ohio State University (OSU) Impact Cancer magazine.

All of our proceeds go to Dr. Rob Baiochci at OSU and The James Cancer Hospital and the cancer research center. Dr. Baiocchi and his team have developed a vaccine to prevent the Epstein Barr virus (which is what caused Jason’s lymphoma. Yes, viruses do cause cancer.), and it is now headed to clinical trials and FDA approval! Dr. Rob and Ohio State have partnered with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and a pharmaceutical company to manufacture the vaccine, the first of its kind! This vaccine could have saved Jason’s life and will surely do that for many others in the years ahead.

Jason would be thrilled to hear that his dream of helping others survive is being realized. Come join us again this year for the fourth annual Hogfan Party to support leukemia and lymphoma research. It’s a great family event with great food, a silent auction, lots of raffle prizes and good fun. Saturday, Sept. 8, 4 to 9 p.m. Can’t make it? Support us by buying raffle tickets or making a donation. The grand raffle prizes this year include an iPad 3, 32-inch flat screen TV, a Trek bike, an American Girl doll and a ride in a hot air balloon.

If you’d like event tickets or raffle tickets, email friendsofjasong@aol.com or see www.friendsofjasongould.com. Click on Hogfan 2012 for details or call (630) 267-6374.

Many thanks for your past, continued and future support of this incredible research. We couldn’t meet our goals without your support.

Sandy Gould and the
Friends of Jason Gould Committee

Letter: A thank you from the Elburn Chamber of Commerce

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The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Elburn Lions Club for hosting yet another great Elburn Days event. The weather held out in our favor for the three-day event, so the flea market and sidewalk sale vendors were able to set up on time. We are very thankful for the great turnout of downtown vendors, as well as the crafters located at the park. We had a number of booths, which filled our capacity, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful weekend.

On Sunday we had our annual Elburn Herald and Elburn Chamber Mud Volleyball tournament. We reached our max of 48 teams, with over 360 players. The winning team this year was the “Dirty Ball Slappers,” and we congratulate them on their win and invite them back next year to defend their title.

The Elburn Chamber had a fantastic turnout at each event and would like to thank everyone who participated, all of our vendors, our volleyball players and our volunteers. Without the support of our members and the community, none of this would have been possible. We as a chamber are very grateful for each and everyone who participated in every way, and we thank the Elburn Lions Park for putting on such a wonderful yearly event that gives us these great opportunities. See you all next year.

Visit the Elburn Chamber at www.elburn.com or “like” us on Facebook to keep updated with our local events. You may also contact the chamber administrator at (630) 365-2295 or email info@elburn.com.

Jamie Jump
Chamber administrator

Guest Editorial: Start of school requires extra precautions while driving

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by Lt. Pat Gengler
Kane County Sheriff’s Office

With the start of school comes the need to remind drivers to be aware of school buses, school bus stops and children waiting for school buses.

Last year, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office fielded countless complaints of reckless driving and speeding near school bus stops in residential neighborhoods and on county roads while children were waiting to go to school. These complaints often came from residents who live in subdivisions near Randall Road and involved drivers in search of a short cut.

This school year, in an aggressive effort to promote safety for school children, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office will enforce school zone traffic regulations by encouraging drivers to follow the law relative to school buses, and to stay on the main roads and avoid neighborhoods where children are waiting for school buses.

Enforcement details will be established near schools and bus stops in unincorporated Kane County. Specific areas will be along Crane Road, Burr Road, Route 30 in Big Rock, the Mill Creek subdivision, the Red Gate Ridge subdivision, and the county roads near Kaneland and Burlington Central high schools.

Last year, the majority of drivers who were stopped by deputies in these areas were parents who were taking their children to school or driving to work. The question deputies posed to them was, “What if that was your child at that bus stop that you just sped past?”

An added reminder that cell phone usage in school and construction zones is unlawful.

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