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Letter: National Night Out

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We would like to thank all the organizations, local businesses, sponsors and volunteers that helped make the 6th National Night Out at the village of Campton Hills a successful and well-attended event.

Our goal to bring community residents and their families together, have fun and provide awareness about our local police, fire, nonprofit organizations and local small businesses was achieved.

Daniel Hoffman
Police Chief, Campton Hills

Letter: Kaneland Foundation Golf Outing

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The Kaneland Foundation is a non-profit organization that has contributed for decades to the educational needs of the students of Kaneland District 302. Our mission is to support academic excellence through innovation. Since the Kaneland Foundation has no administrative costs, every dollar goes back to our students in the Kaneland District.

Consider joining us at the Kaneland Foundation Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. Feel free to contact Beth Sterkel at (630) 365-8295 or beth.sterkel@kaneland.org with questions you may have about the Kaneland Foundation or to have a registration form mailed or emailed to you. Watch on our website for the ability to register for the golf outing and pay electronically.

We are truly grateful for your support to the Foundation and thank you for your sponsorship and participation in the golf outing.

Jeff Schuler, Ed.D.
Kaneland Superintendent of Schools

Guest Editorial: Farmers markets offer more than food

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by Kathie Starkweather,
kathies@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

Farmers markets are popping up in small towns across rural America. Increasingly, farmers and ranchers realize there is interest in fresh, locally-grown food. And while it may not be their only source of income, it puts local dollars in local pockets and impacts the health of local folks.

Savvy local grocers who see the farmers market as a complement to their own business benefit as well. Some advertise a “farmers market special” on ingredients needed to turn that just-purchased fresh zucchini into bread, or showcase farmers market growers in their stores.

But farmers markets provide more than economic and health benefits. They are community builders.
They bring people together in a relaxed atmosphere where they can talk with neighbors and take a few minutes to slow down and catch up.

I recently attended a new farmers market where tables were overflowing with fresh vegetables, fruit and baked goods and the town was overflowing with customers. I noticed that people were happy about being there—selling, buying or just enjoying and talking with neighbors.

The community came together to enjoy the experience. Important conversations were taking place, people were getting to know each other a little bit better, and relationships were being formed.

Communities develop when relationships are developed, connections are made and trust is built. And that’s what can happen at a Farmers market—it can be the catalyst for community building. And they aren’t a bad place to pick up some fresh, good-tasting food either.

Editorial: We hope to see you at Elburn Days this weekend

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The annual Elburn Days festival, a three-day festival and series of community events that runs from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, is technically an Elburn Lions event, but in reality it demonstrates what can happen when all manner of groups and individuals work together for the good of the community.

Virtually every event and activity associated with Elburn Days is some form of a fundraiser for a local group, so while the public benefits from having three days full of activities to choose from, the groups benefit from the public’s participation as well.

Starting even before the parade officially kicks off the festival at 6 p.m. on Friday, a day of activities can be found throughout town.

The first event is at St. Gall Church—a rummage and bake sale that begins at 8 a.m. on Friday. The Town and Country Library’s book sale starts at 9 a.m., and then the annual sidewalk sale and flea market spreads throughout downtown Elburn from 10 a.m. throughout the day.

As evening approaches, Lions Park opens, and the event launches full steam ahead and doesn’t let up until Sunday.

The Elburn Lions host the festival and coordinate the majority of the events. They organize the parade, the main stage and secondary stage entertainment, and much of the goings on throughout Lions Park. For them, this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, and we urge Elburn Days festival-goers to both thank a Lion when you see a Lion, as well as support the group with your patronage during the festival.

At the same time, there are a number of various organizations and individuals who also help make Elburn Days what it has become—a place for the community to come together, enjoy their time together, and help out local groups while having fun doing so.

We hope to see you at Lions Park and around town throughout the three-day festival. We especially hope to see you there during our part of the festivities—the Sunday afternoon Mud Volleyball Tournament that we co-host with the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

This is the event’s fourth year, and it has grown significantly. Currently, there are approximately 350 people playing in the tournament, and if past years are any indication, another 200 to 300 will be on hand spectating.

We urge you to be one of them.

Letter: Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project ready to set sail

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On Aug. 1, a pre-construction meeting was held for the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project. The purpose of the meeting was to walk through the project with all principals involved to review the schedule and contract documents, and to identify key contacts that would be involved at each stop of construction.

Work will begin at the south end near Jericho Road and progress north to the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage area. The project includes the installation of 8,800 feet of pipe, dewatering and work on the detention pond near Mallard Park. The majority of the work will be completed within easements on open land granted by private land owners. Work will begin by the end of August, but could begin as soon as the end of next week.

An important step in the project—the movement of water to the south through the new pipe—will occur approximately 45 days after the start of the project. In total, the project is scheduled to be substantially completed in 150 to 180 days.

Although one cannot literally sail on the Mallard Point Rolling Oaks detention area, the village expects that the project will sail through construction.

It should be noted that this project will not affect traffic flow, only water flow.

Cynthia Galbreath
Village Clerk
Sugar Grove

Letter: A thank you to the community

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The Elburn Leo Club and Elburn Lions Club recently hosted a joint fundraiser to help offset the expense of a multipurpose service dog that we purchased for local resident Kara Peters. The generosity of everyone involved and the community support that was given was tremendous.

We truly appreciate the generosity of the businesses and individuals that donated items for raffle prizes, as well as a silent auction. We were able to raise thousands of dollars due to your donations.

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for your continual support: A Salon, Debbie Abbs, American Bank and Trust Co., Amy’s Wild Hairs, Autumn Acres Landscaping, Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc., Bob Jass Chevrolet, Bootlegger’s Pizza Bar and Grill, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Dave Broz, Gail Burke and Dave Judd, Julia Christopherson, Kevin Christopherson, Creative Memories consultant Jill Konrad, Kristen Damaloris, DePaw University Canine Campus, Gordon and Linn Dierschow, Dr. Harry and Mrs. Cheryl Krauspe, Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, Elburn Herald, Euclid Beverage, Ltd., Eyes on Elburn, Flower Wagon, Fox Chase Farms, Susan Buckman and Kelly Lando, Fox River Foods, Inboden’s Meat Market, Jackson Alan Services, James and Beverly Gillett, Sandy Heideman, Horsepower Therapeutic Riding, Hughes Creek Golf Club, John Husk, Jennifer Wesner Horse Farm, Klein’s Tack and Feed, Inc., Kyle Hall Trucking, Inc. and Ronald Flint Trucking, Inc., L&M Greenhouse, Meijer in St. Charles, Northside Pub, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Raging Waves, LLC, Ream’s Elburn Meat Market, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Schnitzel Platz Restaurant, Amy Schoger, Betty Seher, Shear Image, Spare Wheels Transportation, United Network Systems, Wasco Dairy Queen, West Suburban Traveler’s Limousine, Whispering Pines Trucking and the Winner’s Circle.

We would also like to thank the band, 1 Sam 10, for the wonderful live entertainment and donation of your services, as well as the fantastic raffle prizes from your band members and friends.

Thank you to everyone that made these donations and attended the event. We hope you enjoyed the fundraiser as much as we enjoyed hosting the event.

Once again, the local businesses and caring community members supported our cause, and we cannot express how grateful we are to have such tremendous community support. The fundraiser was a huge success, and we were able to raise $6,400 at this fundraiser for Elburn Lions and Leo’s Charities.

On behalf of the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn Leo Club, we thank you all for your support and generosity.

Pam Hall
President, Elburn Lions Club
Advisor, Elburn Leo Club advisor

Letter: Congratulations, Nick Albano

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We at Blackberry Township want to congratulate Nick Albano on the completion of his Eagle Scout project at the Blackberry Township Cemetery.

Nick and his family, as well as his many fellow Scouts, installed a beautiful garden in the southwest corner of the cemetery.

Nick did an outstanding job of planning, organizing and implementing the project. We encourage all Elburn area residents driving along Route 47 or Keslinger Road to take a look.

This is another excellent project that makes us proud to live in the Elburn area.

Job well done, Nick.

Fred Dornback
Cemetery Superintendent
Rodney Feece
Highway Commissioner

Letter: Back to Springfield regarding pensions

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On Friday, Aug. 17, Governor Quinn has called a Special Session of the General Assembly that will cost Illinois taxpayers an extra $40,000 and will be as good for us as a deep-fried Twinkie at the State Fair.

I hope that the pension crisis will be resolved and I will reintroduce a practical compromise—with some improvements—that I have sponsored for the past three years. However, you and I both recognize that it is more likely that the public employee union alliance with the Quinn-Madigan-Cullerton triumvirate will continue to protect the insolvent but lucrative-for-them “status quo”.

The longer this problem remains unsolved, the more these special interests benefit … but the worse other priorities like education, social services and public safety suffer. And, the more severe the ultimate solution will need to be.

According to the non-partisan analysts at the Illinois State Commission on Government Finance and Accountability (COGFA), approximately 40 percent of our Pension Unfunded Liability is due to an accumulated non-payment of annual pension contributions, 40 percent is due to changes in actuarial realities regarding pension benefits, and 20 percent to underperformance of investments in pension plan assets.

Over the last eight to 10 years, the amount of state funds going to pensions has tripled, now exceeds the appropriation for providing education itself, and has consumed the revenue generated by the 67 percent income tax increase passed by Quinn and the ruling majority during the “lame-duck” session 18 months ago.

For the past three years, I have sponsored common-sense compromise legislation that has been called “Cap, Age, COLA”.

First, we must cap the abuses of huge pension benefits to any retiring public employee. It is an easy consensus that my taxpaying constituents refuse to pay more than $120,000 for anyone who doesn’t come to work in retirement. Secondly, we must ask all public employees if they will please work until age 62, which is the early retirement age for Social Security, rather than 55 years old. Finally, one-half of the benefits portion of the unfunded liability is due to a 3 percent compounded cost-of-living annual increase. Between the 20 years from retirement age 55 to 75 years old, every $50,000 pension grows to $100,000 (and those $125,000 pensions grow to $250,000). At least one-third of this increase needs to be cut in order to save billions more.

When I present these proposals to individuals and groups of public employees, I get reluctant approval … but voluntary approval.

Seventeen years ago, Steve Rauschenberger, Peter Fitzgerald, Pat O’Malley, Dave Syverson and I passed legislation that put in place a funding mechanism called a “Continuing Appropriation,” where the state debt was paid as the first priority, then this pension obligation was paid, and only after those two were paid did the rest of the bills get paid. We mistakenly and naively thought that this legal promise would be honored.

Now, in exchange for concessions on “Cap-Age-COLA,” we need to put onto the ballot a constitutional amendment that guarantees payment of these obligations. Promise less, but keep the promise.

I am amazed that leadership in both political parties ignore a solution that enjoys substantial grassroots support. I can’t help thinking that Illinois citizens and taxpayers deserve so much better than the “low theater” that we will witness on Friday. I hope that this is not another example or more evidence of the adage, “We get the (quality of) government that we elect.”

Senator Chris Lauzen
25th District

Guest Editorial: Elburn Station negotiations a ‘good chess game’

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by Ron Rosecky, Elburn resident
For those of us who appreciate a good chess game, a beauty has been going on here in Elburn for quite a while now.

On one side, we have the Village Board, consisting of seven men trying to negotiate terms and conditions for the future of Elburn after the Anderson Road bridge is built and completed. On the other side is a very successful and quality-focused builder (ShoDeen) who wants to build a subdivision near the Elburn Train Station and see Elburn grow.

Each side has been involved in strategic moves and counter moves in hopes of arriving at an agreeable conclusion of what they feel would be an acceptable victory for each side.

The Village Board absolutely needs your feedback and input. To those of you who have attended Planning Commission hearings, I applaud you. But do not presume the Planning Commission and Village Board are identical and/or similar. In order to let the Village Board know how you feel, it is imperative you come to the possibly final open meeting on this subject. Monday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 301 E. North St., is your chance.

The work and negotiations that have been going on have been unparalleled. I commend both sides on their steadfastness and dedication. Let’s hope we both win.

Consider this as an invitation to a wedding. Will you sit on the bride’s (Elburn village) side or the groom’s (ShoDeen) side?

Letter: Norris family estate sale not an ‘estate’ sale

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The auction to be held at Spring Bluff Farm Nursery in Sugar Grove on Sunday, Aug. 12, is billed as the “Norris family estate” sale. I would like to clarify that this is a moving sale; the “estate” is not for sale. There are seventh and eighth generations of the family living in the farm house, and Spring Bluff Nursery is prospering and will continue to do so with the help of the sixth and seventh generations and a loyal, talented staff.

Tim Norris
Spring Bluff Nursery, Sugar Grove

Letter: MP Fun Fest looking for participants, crafters and vendors

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Maple Park Fun Fest is Sept. 1-3 We are still looking for parade participants and crafters/vendors. Please visit our website at http://www.mapleparkfunfest.com/ for more information and entrant applications. Get your entry in by Aug. 6 before fees go up.

Brittany Altepeter
Maple Park Parade Committee

Letter: Open letter to Kane County Chairman Karen McConnaughay

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Dear Chairman,
I can see first-hand that any citizen in the county who would dare, at this critical economic juncture, to question 13 raises given that could cost us collectively (adding pension considerations) up to $20,000,000 in salary hikes, you brand as “political” in nature.

It simply is “about the money.”

In fact, it was this kind of reckless spending and the awarding of contracts to campaign donors that caused me to challenge your candidacy in 2008. This may also be the reason why so many yes men saying “yes” to spending our money and “no” to any question about it have been continually unsuccessful as they run for re-election for office.

This is not a vindictive action on my part; it is a financial one. After the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent on lawsuits against various county officeholders, one would think that you would simply agree to have the board members that the voters elected to represent them be part of the process in the future.

I am not charging the taxpayers one dime to ask for this consideration. And with your generous salary collected from the taxpayers, I am wondering why you are not joining me in settling this easily with little financial burden on those you claim to have a “taxpayer interest” concern for.

If your intention is to pressure the people that we elect directly to somehow join you in the granting of raises, you are asking members on the County Board, who were not even there when the raises were given, to hand us a multimillion dollar expense.

Please consider taking responsibility for your own actions. Stop the “politically motivated” charges each time any taxpayer demands to know how our own government spends money. And for once, do the right thing for all of us.

James MacRunnels
Elburn

Editorial: Examples of ‘community’ abound

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This part of the summer—when our local communities are on display to their residents, as well as those who live nearby through their festivals —are a perfect time to reflect on what it means to be a “community,” what it means to turn a place in which one lives into their hometown.

This week, we get to reflect on the village of Sugar Grove, and while there were countless examples of “community” on display at the village’s three-day festival, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, there are two related examples that really stand out.

The first is longtime Sugar Grove resident Helen Jorgensen, who earned her designation as the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year during Friday’s festival opening ceremonies.

Her reaction to the recognition demonstrating true community spirit; the type of spirit in which one gives of their time and energy with no desire for recognition or accolades.

“It’s an honor, it’s an honor, but I really don’t think I deserve it,” she said in Elburn Herald reporter Cheryl Borrowdale’s story on page 1. “What I did, I did because I wanted to. It wasn’t ‘oh, look at me, look what I did for the village.’ I like to be in the background, instead of out front.”

Her 48-year connection to the community is so full of examples of community that it was impossible for those who nominated her for the award to list them all, and likewise, it is impossible to list them all here. That being said, her involvement encompasses just about every phase of community life, ranging from church involvement to school, from American Legion volunteerism to community fundraising, from serving as an election judge to an event organizer.

The list goes on and on, and the point is, she did it all with her sole motivation to serve her community and get to know it, and its members, better.

She told Cheryl how she first began to get involved in the community, and why:

“I was tired of not knowing anybody, so when we got here, I joined the PTA,” she said. “I’m happy to talk to everybody. I don’t ever meet a stranger; if I see someone, I go out and talk to them.”

Our second example of community in Sugar Grove comes from the man who introduced Helen as the 2012 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year on Friday, Village President Sean Michels.

Last week, he announced his intention to run for re-election in 2013.

Making the decision to serve on as a local elected official is not something to be taken lightly; it requires a significant amount of time and energy just to win an election, and even moreso once seated. The pay is negligable, and trying to do your best to serve is often met with anger and frustration from constituents who want answers to their questions and completion of their needs yesterday. In addition, the media (this specific space included), can sometimes seem like an unfriendly entity if things don’t go smoothly all of the time.

That being said, for someone to still pursue such a service role, knowing in advance the challenges that must be overcome, truly requires a desire to serve the community for the sake of the community’s benefit and not their own.

As Elburn Herald Editor Keith Beebe noted on page 1, Sean’s tenure as village president spans so much time that the face of the community—not to mention the nation overall—has changed dramatically.

When he began, the primary focus was how to deal with the looming residential growth that was making Sugar Grove—as well as Kane County—among the fastest-growing in the nation. It required ensuring that infrastructure was in place, negotiations with the various governmental entities plus developers advanced in as beneficial a way as possible, and as he put it to Keith, “… and make sure we had (everything) dialed into place.”

Now that the residential growth boom has subsided, the focus has shifted to bringing in business to diversify the community’s tax base, and as he explained, “… make this more of a place where people live, work and dine.”

Both recent examples of community—Helen Jorgensen and Sean Michels—demonstrate a willingness to serve their fellow residents with no expectation of thanks in return. Helen told us that she prefers to remain in the background and admitted to being a bit embarassed by her recognition. For Sean, there is no way to serve as village president and remain in the background, but that also means he often has a target for criticism drawn on his back.

That is why each presents a perfect example of community spirit—a willingness to serve, even if it means doing so with no thanks at all, or even in some cases, criticism of their efforts. In either case, their efforts should be applauded, and their motivations duplicated by us all.

Editorial: Enjoy the Corn Boil

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Every year, countless man hours from dozens of people representing numerous organizations culminate in a three-day festival celebrating community—the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

This year, that effort will come together this Friday through Sunday, July 27-29.

There are so many things for people of all ages to see and do during the three days, we dedicated two full sections to previewing it—the final section is in this week’s edition.

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, although Volunteer Park will open two hours earlier. From that moment until the festival concludes Sunday evening, residents from throughout the area will be treated to a fun-filled, family event that demonstrates what a dedicated group of individuals can do with limited funds, community support and a ton of community spirit.

From live music to a car show, Bingo to the annual water fights, there is definitely something there during the three days to entertain anyone of any age and virtually any interest.

Most importantly, though, the event draws together the community, because it truly is the community that organizes the festival.

We urge everyone to attend at least a portion of the Corn Boil festivities, and as you stroll through the grounds, pay attention to the different individuals and groups who put it together. Pay attention to those who spent their time and/or money to help make sure that for three days, the community comes together to both entertain and be entertained, to share in laughter and joy, and of course, to eat a lot of corn.

As each of you enjoy your portion of the Corn Boil, we ask that you thank those who helped put it on, and as you leave, we ask that you think how you might be able to help during next year’s preparation.

Maybe it’s a few hours of your time to check IDs at the beer garden or sell raffle tickets; maybe it’s a monetary donation to help ensure the fireworks continue. Whatever it is, just know that, as much community spirit you may feel as a festival-goer, the effect is ten-fold when you know you played a part in helping it come together.

Letter: Remembering Chuck West

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Chuck West and I go back many years, as we were on the same election cycle and experienced many campaigns together. He was honest, forthright and someone you could trust.

During his lifetime, Chuck served as a paramedic, teacher, counselor, deputy coroner and Kane County Coroner. Chuck was dedicated to his family, the coroner’s office and helping the less fortunate in society. He also had compassion for the survivors of decedents in death investigations.

With the passing of Chuck West, we lost a trustworthy public official who will be missed, not only by his family and friends, but also by the citizens of Kane County. Now that his long ordeal is over, may Chuck West rest in peace.

William F. Keck
Kane County Auditor

Letter: A thank you to CCC’s DeKalb Campus

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Thank you to Christ Community Church’s DeKalb Campus for coming to HorsePower in Maple Park for their Super Second Saturday Volunteer Days on June 9 and July 14. You came to us with your hearts in your hands and a willingness to work, and work you did.

With your monetary donation, skills and time, we now have large mounting blocks and a ramp to accommodate our physically disabled students, as well as colorful barrels and posts for our sensory therapy games. Without your assistance, these tasks may have still been on our “to-do” list.

Besides all of that, we greatly enjoyed your company. Everyone that came those two days was energetic and thoughtful, even with the high temperatures. We have no doubt that your actions those two days will have an even larger impact than what any of us can currently imagine. We appreciate your commitment to service and being the recipients of that commitment.

Thank you again for everything you’ve done for us.

Carrie Capes
Director, HorsePower Therapeutic Riding
Maple Park

Editorial: A change in leadership; an affirmation of our foundational principles

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Anytime there is a change in leadership inside an organization, questions soon follow: How will the organization’s culture change? Will the group’s core philosophy evolve? Will the group continue to care about the same things they cared about before?

We at the Elburn Herald are entering into just such a transition—as of this edition, the new Elburn Herald Editor is Keith Beebe—and we can assure you that not only will the core mission, vision and values of the paper remain the same, Keith will add his talents and enthusiasm to ensure that the Elburn Herald will add even more to its community-service focus.

Keith is a textbook example of someone “working their way up from the bottom.” He began his tenure here as an unpaid intern in 2008, and we brought him on in a paid capacity the first moment we were able to do so. He immediately demonstrated that “special something” that cannot be taught; that care for the community and a desire to both pursue journalism in the right way and to constantly improve.

Over and over, Keith demonstrated his focus on constant improvement, and in doing so, inspired each of us to improve as well.

His natural leadership ability quickly moved him from freelance reporter to staff reporter, and then to Assistant Editor.

Keith had not even had the opportunity to fully settle into his new leadership role when he found himself in a situation in which he had to take on even more responsibilities. When former editor and current owner/publisher Ryan Wells went on a month-long medical leave in late May, Keith embraced the challenge of managing a newsroom while navigating the transition into his then-new role.

He juggled the responsibilities of being acting Editor so well during that time that it only makes sense that he continue in the role officially.

We are excited to give Keith this opportunity, simply because he has earned it.

And while it is understandable that the questions referenced above may exist, we know that they will be answered quickly in each and every issue, if they haven’t been already: The Elburn Herald’s philosophy of serving the Kaneland community through the pursuit of seeking and reporting the truth about the community and its members will only be strengthened by this change. The core philosophy of holding firm to the ideals of journalism—of being straightforward and honest, never sensationalizing a situation for a short-term boost in readership, never allowing the news product to take a side in a situation—will continue as always. And finally, the group, under Keith’s leadership, will always care more about serving the Kaneland communities than any other media outlet that exists.

The Elburn Herald has served the area for more than 100 years, and each owner, publisher and editor has ensured that everything they do serves that foundational set of principles. Going back to day one, in April 1908, each leader in the organization has acted as a steward of this set of mission, vision and values, and has passed that foundation along to each future set of leaders.

Keith has inherently understood those principles from his first day here as an unpaid intern, and he is focused on ensuring that the foundation continues to strengthen in the future.

Letter: Save the fireworks—UPDATED

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The highlight of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil is the Saturday night fireworks presented by the Sugar Grove Lions Club.

So far, the Lions Club has only raised half of the funds necessary to put on the fireworks show. If we do not have all the funds necessary for the fireworks by Thursday, July 26, the fireworks will be cancelled.

If you can help with a donation to the Sugar Grove Lions Club, please contact Lion President Keith Koester at (630) 358-7298.

William F. Keck
Charter member
Sugar Grove Lions Club

Letter: Time is running out for the public to see ‘Cinderella’

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Time is running out to see the last Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival (KCFAF) event of the year, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” After a successful first run, the show is scheduled to have one more weekend of performances, beginning on Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performance begins at 2 p.m.

Besides the popular music, classic fairytale storyline and the state-of-the-art facility, patrons of the show were pleased to make crowns and wands with their children (for free), as well as have the opportunity for a photo shoot with some of the characters after the show (for a small donation).

Adults appreciated the family-friendly atmosphere and the affordable ticket prices. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior citizens and $25 for the Family Ticket. The Family Ticket admits all members currently living in one household for the single price of $25. Tickets are available online (www.kanelandartsfestival.org) and at the box office an hour before the show begins.

Parents are reminded to bring a camera for the photo shoot after the program, but flash photography and video recording are not allowed during the performance. It is suggested that patrons bring a light sweater or jacket for the performance, as the Kaneland Auditorium is air conditioned.

The Kaneland Auditorium is located on the campus of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Inquiries should be directed to Maria Dripps-Paulson, executive director of the KCFAF, at maria.drippspaulson@kaneland.org.

Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Letter: Town-Wide Garage Sale during Elburn Days

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The Elburn Chamber is sponsoring this year’s Town-Wide Garage Sale during Elburn Days. For a small $20 fee, your garage sale will be advertised in the Elburn Herald, at elburnherald.com, at elburn.com and also in the map/listing distributed through Elburn. The garage sales will take place on Friday and Saturday, Aug 17-18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you would like more information, you may contact Jamie, chamber administrator, at the office, (630) 365-2295, or through email at info@elburn.com. You can obtain the ad application from www.elburn.com under the Elburn Days link.
Jamie Jump
Elburn Chamber
Office Administrator

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