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Letter: Thanks for supporting food drive

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The Elburn Fire Department would like to thank the community for the generous support we have received this holiday season in collecting food for our local food pantry.

The community at large has been active in bringing food donations to both fire stations in Elburn, as well as making our food drive Saturday, Dec. 17, at Jewel-Osco in Elburn, a huge success.

Thank you to Jewel-Osco also; Jewel-Osco allowed our firefighters and members of Explorer Post No. 1357 to stand outside their doors and encourage shoppers to help us collect items needed by the food pantry. The members of the Elburn Fire Department are proud to serve this community, and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Lt. Matt Hanson
Elburn and Countryside
Fire Protection District

Letter: What about small business?

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In January of this year, Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton passed the largest tax increase on business and working families.

This week, Sears and the CME Group were the latest employers to receive special tax breaks from the state. The state of Illinois is picking winners and losers. There has been considerable gnashing of teeth by free market types like me over favored tax treatment for some, at the expense of others.

As the owner of a LubePros franchise for almost 20 years, I think it would be unfair for the state of Illinois to give my competitors a special tax break.

While Sears and CME are doing what is legal to improve their bottom line, I conclude that the Chicago Democrat bosses who control state government are not interested in comprehensive tax relief for all Illinois businesses. They are interested only in serving potent business constituents while keeping as much of the tax rate increase as possible.

Perhaps if the Chicago bosses hear from enough businesses, they will reconsider raising taxes on everyone and giving special breaks to some.

Every small- and medium-sized business in Illinois should contact the office of Governor Quinn, Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton and tell them, “I’m a small business owner, and I’m ready for my tax relief.”

Contact Gov. Pat Quinn at (312) 814-2121 or Pat.Quinn@illinois.gov.

Contact House Speaker Mike Madigan at (773) 581-8000; he has no public e-mail as he prefers to speak to you on the phone or in person.

Contact Senate President John Cullerton at (773) 883-0770 or John@SenatorCullerton .com.

Dave Richmond
Candidate, 25th District
State Senate

Letter: Thanks for supporting us

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We live in a very caring community, and that was demonstrated on Dec. 17 when the Elburn Fire Department, Elburn Jewel-Osco and its customers generously donated non-perishable food items to the Fire Department’s food drive, which benefitted the Elburn Food Pantry.

The response was overwhelming and we are deeply grateful for all the donations. We especially want to thank the Elburn Fire Department for organizing and to everyone who participated.

Rita Burnham
Elburn Countryside Food Pantry

Letter: In support of Chris Lauzen

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In an area newspaper in the end of November, Kevin Burns was directly quoted as saying, “I think those who have a vested interest in Kane County will decide that this race is the most important one on the ballot this spring. Whoever wins the race is going to have the chance to set the tone for county government for years to come.”

As he runs for County Board Chairman, Burns obviously believes that those who are already financially benefitting by the high salaries and political appointments in Kane County ought to continue with the status quo. State Sen. Chris Lauzen is running to reform all this “insider” establishment politics, beginning with the freezing of the county property tax levy.

We finally have a qualified candidate for the chairmanship of the Kane County Board. Chris Lauzen will make the best chairman we have had in a very long time. Chris Lauzen is a seasoned veteran of the wars on high tax rates. We are in need of Chris’ expertise on tax rates as our newly elected head of the County Board.

The Kane County Chairman’s office has been a very expensive office to maintain. Chris Lauzen will reduce the expense of the office from the start of his tenure. Chris also wants to freeze the tax levy in Kane County.

I have watched the price of Kane County government go up and up for years. I look forward to Chris Lauzen’s conservative politics for Kane County. Both my wife and I have known Chris since his first run in state politics and have been proud of the stances he has taken in Springfield.

Chris Lauzen is a man you can trust to be the chairman of Kane County. His background in accounting, as a CPA, is impeccable, and he has no financial interest in Kane County on a personal level, only an interest in serving the taxpayers of the Kane County.

A vote for Chris Lauzen for County Board chairman is a vote for stability in Kane County.

Richard “Dick” Sharp
Geneva

Change of course demonstrates effective governing

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See the story: Home rule referendum tabled—for now

The Elburn Village Board changed course this week when it decided to postpone a move to place a home rule referendum before the voters during this spring’s election.

The same group of people, acting as the Elburn Committee of the Whole, had recommended approving the referendum question the week prior.

According to our story on page 1A in this week’s edition, the change was based a few factors—1) public response that demonstrated no support for a home rule measure; 2) a lack of information as to the specific potential impacts caused by becoming a home rule community; and 3) a recognition of the viewpoint that there are more significant priorities the village must face first.

The public response
There is always a fine line between an elected official pandering to public opinion and taking the public’s viewpoints into account.

On the one hand, you don’t want officials who make decisions based simply on what is the most popular option. On the other, you do want officials who take their constituents’ opinions into account when considering a decision.

In this instance, the fact that Village President Dave Anderson said he received zero feedback that the home rule referendum was a good idea—while at the same time receiving plenty of feedback that it was a bad one—makes it clear that Elburn officials are responding to public opinion without pandering to it.

It is important to note that every resident is not going to agree with every decision made by an official, but knowing that opposing viewpoints will be legitimately considered should go a long way to building a measure of trust between a governmental body and its constituents.

Lack of information
If the village had pursued the home rule referendum and it passed on election day, the village would have more taxing authority, as well as zoning authority. But what does that specifically mean to Elburn officials and residents?

Are there protective measures that the village government could take to ensure that the existing or future boards refrain from taking their newfound powers to the extreme?

At Monday’s Village Board meeting, Elburn resident Gene Taylor summed up this point perfectly: “We’re being taxed to death,” he said. “What scares me is the tax (powers). Everybody knows that once any governmental body gets the power to tax, tax, tax, it becomes abused. It’s getting to the point where enough is enough.”

One of the biggest unknowns has to do with the future: even if today’s board would act in a responsible manner with its newfound authority, how can anyone be sure what future boards would do?

Other priorities
During the meeting, Village Board member Ken Anderson pointed out that the village should focus on resolving its police pension and financial issues first, and the home rule issue could be revisited later.

With the choice that either residents will have to pass a referendum raising their taxes in a down economy or the village will have to begin figuring out how to limit the negative impacts to its essential services provided, it seems clear that village residents and their local government clearly have issues to address that will have significant impacts in the very near future.

Changing to home rule and the financial issues facing the village both would likely fundamentally change how the village government operates, and how it raises revenue to pay for it all. It makes sense to address one issue first, before tackling the other.

We’re glad to see the village take a step back and reassess if this is the right time to put the question before voters. There are many things facing both local voters and local governmental bodies.

A group of officials who recognize that more thought is needed before reacting to those challenges is a group we should be happy are in office.

Letter: Elburn Chamber thanks Lions Club for Pork Chop Dinner

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The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a great thank you to the Lion’s Club for the wonderful pork chop dinner provided to our community.

We would also like to thank all the residents who purchased tickets for the fundraisers, the volunteers who helped make this happen and, of course, all the chamber businesses who sold tickets for this fundraiser. Because of the generous support of many businesses, the chamber was able to donate 20 tickets for meals to the Elburn Food Pantry. Thank you, everyone.

Cindy Gurke
Administrator
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Letter: Dear Friends

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Thank you for the yarn donations given to me after the kind article in the Elburn Herald. With your generosity, I turned in 118 stocking hats this year to “Snug Hugs for Kids.” Thank you so much. Merry Christmas to all my “Elburn” friends and may you have a happy and healthy New Year.

Sally Compton
Elburn

Letter: Thank you for supporting fire safety education

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As participants in the Elburn Christmas Walk, the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District Fire Prevention Bureau would like to thank everyone for their support.

This year, the weather was perfect for some family fun, as well as education in fire safety. Annually, we host an open house that includes a live and artificial Christmas tree burn to demonstrate the need for smoke alarms and sprinkler systems in residences and businesses. This has been quite a popular attraction in years past, and we are happy to say it was again this year.

Our desire for education in fire safety requires assistance from local businesses and residents to be successful. The Fire Prevention Bureau would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations of live trees, artificial trees, Christmas lights, wrapping paper and building materials: Home Depot of Geneva C/O Bob Brockman, Kuiper’s Family Farm, Lee’s Trees, Oswego Building Supplies C/O Bill McCartney, Rich Wrap, Spring Bluff Nursery, Greg Algrim, Monica DelMedico, Ian Engberg, Bill and Sue Hall, Bob Lennon, James Lloyd and John McCafferty. Your support of the Fire Prevention Bureau is greatly appreciated.

The Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District would also like to thank district personnel for volunteering their time to make the demonstrations possible. Your dedication and strong desire for education in fire safety is what makes our Fire Prevention Bureau such an asset to the community.

All of us join in saying thank you and we wish you a happy, safe and healthy holiday and fruitful new year.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan
and the officers and members
of the Elburn & Countryside
Fire Protection District

Guest Editorial: A good day to celebrate freedom

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Courtesy of Ken Paulson
Ken Paulson is the president of the First Amendment Center and a founder of 1 for All.

It’s the holiday that got away.

Today is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, a critical turning point in the history of this country and one that transformed this nation forever. Still, you won’t find any Bill of Rights greeting cards in local stores.

It’s not that Americans are short on patriotism. In fact, we celebrate Veterans Day, Constitution Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Washington’s Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Independence Day.

Contrast that with Dec. 15. Has anyone ever wished you a Happy Bill of Rights Day? Have your children ever participated in a Bill of Rights pageant? Not likely. As a nation, we’ve completely lost sight of Bill of Rights Day.

There was certainly a lot of enthusiasm for it in 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed it a federal holiday. There was a huge celebration in New York City, with actress Helen Hayes reading the Bill of Rights and opera star Rise Stevens singing the National Anthem. All of this was capped off with a gala event at the Waldorf Astoria.

Roosevelt saw the celebration of the Bill of Rights as a weapon in America’s war against totalitarianism, describing these freedoms as a threat to the Nazis.

“To Hitler, the freedom of men to think as they please and speak as they please and worship as they please is, of all things imaginable, most hateful and most desperately to be feared,” Roosevelt said.

This nation does an outstanding job of celebrating Independence Day, but too often loses sight of how the Bill of Rights guarantees our collective freedom.

In fact, the first generation of Americans refused to ratify the Constitution until they received an assurance that there would be a set of guarantees—to be embodied in the Bill of Rights—that would protect them from a strong central government. Without the Bill of Rights, there would be no Constitution. Without the Constitution, this would be a dramatically different country.

The Bill of Rights consists of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution:
The First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, press, religion, and the rights of assembly and petition.
The Second Amendment protects our right to bear arms.
The Third Amendment is a bit dated, but bars the government from quartering troops in our homes.
The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable search and seizure.
The Fifth Amendment guarantees due process, protects us against self-incrimination and prevents the taking of our land without appropriate compensation.
The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to legal counsel in criminal proceedings.
The Seventh Amendment gives us the right to trial by jury in civil matters.
The Eighth Amendment protects us from cruel and unusual punishment and excessive bail.
The Ninth Amendment says that even though some rights are spelled out in the Constitution, it doesn’t mean that other rights don’t also belong to the people.
The Tenth Amendment says that any powers not granted to the United States by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the public.

It’s a remarkable list that has held up well over more than two centuries. Together, these amendments preserve personal freedom and protect us against tyranny. We need to appreciate—and celebrate—these freedoms.

To that end, a coalition of educators, artists, authors, journalists and librarians a little more than a year ago launched 1 for All, a national campaign to build understanding of the First Amendment and its role in a free society.

The nonpartisan campaign (http://1forall.us) offers teachers lesson plans, provides grants to colleges so they can hold First Amendment festivals and symposia and encourages all Americans to learn more about these fundamental freedoms.

While some of us who have made our living in the news business are particularly partial to the First Amendment, it’s important that we honor and protect the entire Bill of Rights. Weakening any one amendment weakens them all.

Today is a good day to spend a few minutes talking to children about why the Bill of Rights sets this nation apart from all others. All Americans should be proud of this singular achievement.

Roosevelt had it exactly right that day in 1941 when he said, “No date in the long history of freedom means more to liberty-loving men in all liberty-loving countries than the 15th day of December, 1791.”

“On that day 150 years ago, a new nation, through an elected Congress, adopted a declaration of human rights which has influenced the thinking of all mankind from one end of the world to the other.”

Now that’s something worth celebrating.

Letter: Sugar Grove Corn Boil wraps up 2011 and prepares for the New Year

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As we head into colder weather and the holiday season, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil is probably the furthest from most people’s minds. However, for the year-round Corn Boil elves, the festival is always on our minds. In wrapping up the past event while preparing to send out our requests for sponsorship for the 2011 Corn Boil, we wish to take this moment to thank all of our past sponsors.

We encourage you to shop with and support our retail sponsors, and they will be able to continue to support us in the future.

The following is our list of all of our 2011 generous sponsors (not all are retail): We thank WSPY TV/Radio, Mediacom, The Daily Herald, Genoa Pizza & Genoa Italian Concessions, Hinds Express, J&S Construction, Kane County Chronicle, Metrolift Inc., Provena Mercy Medical Center, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, Sugar Grove Police Department, The Village of Sugar Grove, Waste Management, The Elburn Herald, Harris Golf Cars, Hix Brothers Music, Volkman Insurance Agency, Blue Peak Tents, Castle Bank, Healy Chapel, McDonalds, Mickey Wilson Weiler Renzi & Andersson, P.C., SignFX, Waubonsee Community College, Advanced Realty, Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Old Second National Bank, The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Holiday Inn-Aurora, Hollywood Casino, Jewel Osco, KB Sales Inc., Microtax, Delnor Glen Senior Living, Flow -Technics, Beacon News, Dave & Deborah Paluch, NICOR, Pepsi Beverages Co., St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Sams Club, Lynfred Winery, JA Flight Svcs, Aquascape, Chicago White Sox, Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria-Aurora, Jewelry By Design-Louise Coffman, 1800Baskets.com, Wiedner & McAuliffe Ltd., Zanies Comedy Club, Bliss Creek Golf Course, Hollywood Blvd, Paramount Theatre, Bristol Renaissance Faire, Fox Valley Winery, Lumanair, Source Therapy, Play N Trade-Aurora, Ziza Nail Spa, Whirly Ball, Fireside Grille, Volkman Insurance-Dave Ritchey, Colonial CafО, Miche Bags-Audrey Ritchie, Chicago Wolves, Tinseltown Theatres, K. Hollis Jewelers, Burgin Farms, Sears Portrait Studio-Aurora, Buffalo Wild Wings, Kane County Cougars, and last but definitely not least, Patrick’s Fine Food & Spirits.

The next Sugar Grove Corn Boil will mark the 45th anniversary of this annual event. Please support your community by helping to plan this special event in 2012. Beginning in January, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Library, 125 S. Municipal Dr.in Sugar Grove. The dates for the next event are July 27, 28 and 29.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a volunteer-run community event featuring three family-friendly, fun-filled days. For more information, please visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org , follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or you may call the Sugar Grove Events Hotline at (630) 466-5166.

Beverly Hughes
Corn Boil committee member

Letter: Elburn Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll

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The Elburn Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll was a great success with over 1600 people participating. We would like to thank all the businesses who helped make this happen.

A special thanks goes out to the following businesses who donated the prizes for the scavenger hunt: Mardi Gras Lanes, Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant, Old Second Bank, DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau, China Garden (Wasco), Luau Coffee, China Garden (Elburn), Old Towne Pub and Eatery, Subway, Jalapeno Nacho, Little Caesars Pizza, Noodles & Company, Panda Express, I-Hop Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill, DeKalb Dairy Queen, Wasco Dairy Queen, Paisano’s Pizza, Hy-Vee, Inc., LaFox Martial Arts, Walgreens, Schmidt’s Towne & Tap, Northside Pub and Ream’s Elburn Market.

We could not have done this without the support of these businesses. Thank you.

Cindy Gurke, Administrator
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Guest Editorial: Fit Kids 2020 grants aim to fight childhood obesity epidemic

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Tom Schlueter
Public Information Officer
Kane County Health Department

The Making Kane County Fit for Kids Funders Consortium is pleased to announce the award of 11 grants to local agencies and community groups. The grants, ranging in amount from $1,200 to $10,000, will be used to reverse the rising tide of childhood obesity in our county through a variety of programs designed to promote active lifestyles and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Grant recipients were chosen by the Consortium based on their proposals to implement strategies that are contained in the Fit Kids 2020 Plan. This is the second time this year that the Consortium has distributed the grants.

“Once again we are proud to support these worthy projects and we strive to end childhood obesity and reach our vision of ensuring that Kane County residents are the healthiest in Illinois by 2030,” said County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay. “The strategies identified in the Fit Kids 2020 Plan offer a solid structure that will allow us to take specific actions and provide a healthier future for our children.”

Like the grants awarded in April, the grants announced today are focused on promoting changes in community conditions that will foster active lifestyles and increase access to healthy food.

For example, the Healthy Living Council of Aurora will be focusing on Employee Wellness. Northern Illinois Food Bank will be working with local pantries and schools to expand their refrigeration capacity so that more fresh produce and dairy products can be distributed to local residents. The City of Batavia and the Batavia Public Schools will be working together to install school walking routes signage.

A grant to the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market will expand the number of Farmers Markets in the County that accept Link. Anyone approved to receive cash assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits is issued an Illinois Link card. Not only does this initiative allow lower income residents greater opportunity to purchase healthy foods, it also provides an economic boost to the local growers of the area by increasing their customer base.

A complete list of the funded projects is available.

The Fit Kids 2020 Plan was developed by parents, physicians, engineers, educators, planners, public health professionals, transportation experts, faith leaders, local policy makers and many, many more. They all dedicated their time to contribute to this important initiative because they see the value in multiple sectors working together to make substantial change. Kane County Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert states, “The Fit Kids 2020 Plan provides the framework to make the systems, environmental and policy changes needed to accomplish the goal by 2020.”

The volunteers collaborated in nine sector-specific workgroups: Built and Natural Environment, Economic Strength, Faith Community, Family, Culture and Community, Food Policy, Healthcare and Medicine, Mobility, Recreation and Lifestyle, and Schools and Recreation. Each workgroup developed strategies that: develop land use, planning and other public policies that foster and support physical activity for all in our community; support a culture of wellness and health promotion in our workplaces, schools and other institutions; assure that fresh fruits and vegetables are affordable and accessible to all families in our community; and provide parents and children with reliable, up-to-date information in multiple settings regarding healthy physical activity and eating habits.

To access a copy of the Fit Kids 2020 Plan, please visit: www.makingkanefitforkids.org/ site/data/FFK_2020_Plan.pdf. The Funders Consortium’s members are: the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, the United Way of Elgin, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the Kane County Regional Office of Education and the Kane County Departments of Health, Development and Transportation.

Letter: SG Library to hold public forum regarding search for new director

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The Sugar Grove Public Library will hold a public forum on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in Library Meeting Room C to gather public comments on the search for a new library director.

This forum is open to all Sugar Grove Public Library District residents and will be facilitated by Alice Calabrese-Berry, the consultant hired by the Board of Trustees to assist in the search process. Ms. Calabrese-Berry will outline the steps in the search process and seek citizen input on the characteristics desired in a new library director.

Also, the regular board meeting will be held at the library on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. This meeting will address the serious cuts that will need to be made at the library because of the deficit we are facing.

It is the Christmas season and we are all very busy in our regular everyday lives, but if you can attend either of these meetings or both if possible, it would truly be helpful. Your library is in serious trouble and truly needs the help of every resident in our community.

Pat Graceffa
Sugar Grove

Letter: A thank you from the Between Friends Food Pantry

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The Between Friends Food Pantry wants to thank the surrounding community for its extreme generosity.

The first Door Step Food Drive brought 187 bags of needed food to restock the shelves in the pantry. Without your generosity our doors would be closed. Thank you for being aware of others’ needs.

We would also like to thank the drivers, runners and sorters that work so hard to make the Door Step Food Drive a success. You kids are awesome. There are some pretty great kids in the Kaneland schools. We have kids from elementary to college helping us, and without them we would be “tired, old adults.” Thanks, kids. We love you.

Throughout the year the Food Pantry runs with food donations from local pick-up points and monetary donations from the community. However, the Door Step Food Drive helps with the increased need during the holidays. And for this we want to thank you for sharing with your neighbors and friends that are in need. Thank you so much for making our Food Drives so successful.

Karen McCannon
Sugar Grove

We hope to see you at the Stroll

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For so many, the Christmas holiday season begins not long after the dishes are cleaned from the Thanksgiving feast. In fact, for some, the season starts sometime that night as the rush to maximize savings begins with its annual Black Friday ritual.

For those of us at the Elburn Herald, the season starts a little bit later, when we turn our office into a life-sized Kandyland game, loosely based on the children’s Candyland board game.

The transformation begins during the week of the annual Elburn Christmas Stroll. This year, it’s set for Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout the village.

Anyone who has stopped in our office this week has seen the supplies begin to build, the materials spreading out, and some—who are unfamiliar with our tradition—likely wondered, “Just what is going on over there?”

Each year since 1997 (not including the one year in which everyone was snowed in their homes and we were unable to finish the transformation), Design Director Leslie Flint has spearheaded an effort to create a magical experience for the hundreds of children who go through our little storefront at 123 N. Main St. in the center of downtown Elburn.

Whether it’s the peppermint forest, the pathway past the various Christmas trees, monster Hershey Kisses and candy bars or any of the other numerous life-sized items, we know the season has officially started when we see the children’s eyes light up as they make their way along the colored pathway.

There are plenty of other activities throughout town during the Stroll, and while all the stops in town are worth your time, we look forward to playing a game of Kandyland with you—it is designed for children of all ages, after all.

Letter: Blessing of the Manger tradition carries on

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The Conley Funeral Home and Conley Outreach Community Services invite the Kaneland community to join in our annual Blessing of the Manger on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. on Conley Corners.

The life-size manger scene has been a Conley tradition since the early 1950s, when Chuck Conley built the first one on the funeral home lawn. Now located on the corner of Pierce and Main streets, the manger features hand-painted figures and a motion-activated recording of the Christmas story, narrated by Bruce Conley and other Conley staff. The blessing, which takes place each year during the Elburn Christmas Stroll, includes short readings, the Kaneland Madrigals and candle lighting. We hope you will make the Blessing of the Manger part of your Elburn Stroll experience.

Carol Alfrey
Conley Outreach
Community Services

Letter: The Church on the Perch (i.e. Elburn Hill) In gratitude for those who helped in 2011

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The church had bare walls and dark halls like old malls
And Darcy the farmer could not leave it like that
Her friends needed something to read while they sat.

She brought in some banners of bread and of wine
Of Easter and Christmas and blessing divine
And hung on the walls in perfect straight line.
All who came in said they liked it like that.
As they read what it said, they thought while they sat
“What gift could we give her? O maybe a hat!”

But she wasn’t done, she said, “Let’s have some fun”
And threw us a party on Weidner house run.
But said “There’s a problem, two helpers we lack!”
And then out came Joan and husband Vidlak

Joan cut up the bread and poured out the juice
And helped in the nursery where kids all ran loose
While Lance set to painting, tree trimming and fixing
Vince Chidester said, “I’ll start cement mixing
I’ll put in some windows and maybe a door
I’ll get cousin Jim to help us some more
But nursery room teaching is just woman’s chore.”
Pauline with Mary from the piano stage nook
Shushed Vincent her husband by a look, what a look!
Then made us all happy with a hymn from her book

But the work was not done, there’s more work to do
You can’t always count on Thing One and Thing Two
So the Kasaps replied, “We’ve got children galore”
Jenny can sing, read scripture and more
And John and Josh can bribe teens in the door
And Jordan and Lydia are what powerpoint’s for
And Lauren’s so cute we all can adore
“We’ll help at the banquet, we’ll come to the group
We’ll play all the parts in the Best Christmas troupe”

Then in came the Knorsts with a bang and a clang
“Hey, don’t forget us! We’re part of this gang
We can do slides and sing on the team
Do nursery and Facebook and Herdmans redeem!”
As Kendra and Galina put on a show
Chloe joined in and then Katy Vo

Chloe filled in wherever was needed
And Kate’s Imogene was thoughtfully treated
Then Tom made a website we thought highly rated
But kept trying to tell us it must be updated
So all of us waited and waited and waited
Till came to our rescue Melissa and Noah
And helped us on line to come out of our coma

Rudy and Kathy said, “Wait just a minute!”
It can’t be all play and all fun and all fidget
Food pantry needs food and not just a snippet
Let’s bring in the bags till we fill up the closet
Who cares it’s so much that we bust through the budget

But Pamela yelled, No! it can’t be like that
That’s opening the bag for the Cat in the Hat
You cannot be giving and tithing from nothing
Budgets make sure that our giving is something

And everyone yelled “Hurray! it’s well said,
We all can do something, we’re surely not dead
Let’s all band together, do something instead
Sue Swanson decides we need yellow and red
And Steven puts lights in the hall overhead
And Kevin is building a brand new tool shed
And Andy and Georgia post sermons t’ our web

Heather and Alison and Ian the brother
Took pictures of fathers and children and mothers
While Melissa played bass with Alex her brother
And Mike plays guitar when he has what he druthers

And last but not least to man-up with the boys
There’s Michael and Christi and Celia with toys
There’s Gary the pastor who talks till you drop
But that’s what he’s paid for, he’s unlikely to stop

But even with all the tripping and skipping
It’s quite a nice place for quipping and sipping
And it couldn’t ‘ve been done without help from above
It comes from God’s Son in a package of love
He meant what He said, and He said what He meant
Jesus is faithful one hundred percent

Gary Augustine
Pastor, Elburn Hill Church

Letter: Help add some history to Christmas in Kaneville

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Aprons, in the past, have been a very important part of work in a kitchen. The Kaneville Township Historical Soceity will spotlight the history of this important part of life in the past at its Farley Open House during the Christmas in Kaneville event on Saturday, Dec. 3.

A display of old and newer aprons and kitchen utensils will emphasize the importance of special food during the winter holidays. Whether from recycled feed sacks or treasured handwork, aprons will bring back memories to everyone.

If you have a Kaneville apron or utensil that you would like to loan for the day, please call (630) 557-2202. Men’s work aprons are welcome also. The display will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Lovell Street at the 1840 Farley House by the firebarn in Kaneville.

Lynette Werdin
Kaneville Historical Society

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