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Pillar of the community

Photos: Much of longtime Elburn resident Bill Hewitt’s life is tied to St. Gall Church. His mother Clara lived in a house that is now the site of St. Gall’s garden, and the church was present in the lives of his siblings. Longtime Elburn resident looks back on St. Gall Church legacy ELBURN—When Bill Hewitt… Keep Reading


Elburn explores options to resolve police budgetary issues

ELBURN—Disbanding the Elburn Police Department and contracting with the Kane County Sheriff’s Department for police services has been an option discussed by Elburn village officials to resolve recent police budgetary issues. During last year’s budget discussions, Village President Dave Anderson noted that the village’s budgeted police operating expenses of $1.6 million outweighed the $1.3 to… Keep Reading


New budget shows busy year for Elburn Public Works

ELBURN—Elburn Public Works Department has a lot on its plate for this year, from continued construction on the waste water treatment plant and water system upgrades to street maintenance and sidewalk repair. The village will spend $700,000 this year on its ongoing waste water treatment plant modernization project. Work this year will include excavation for… Keep Reading


To the people

Elburn explores special election for police referendum ELBURN—Elburn Village Board members on Monday discussed the feasibility of a special election in November that would ask voters to pass an additional tax to fund the police pension. Village Administrator Erin Willrett told the board that she was unable to obtain from Kane County what it would… Keep Reading


Wild Encounters Storytime at Elburn Community Center

ELBURN—Wild Encounters Storytime sessions with the Fox Valley WIldlife Center will take place this spring at the Elburn & Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St., Elburn. Initial session classes are scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, April 16 and April 30, May 7 and May 21. Second-session classes will take place June 4 and… Keep Reading


Sugar Grove Meet the Candidates Night March 12

Public asked to submit questions for candidates SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s Meet the Candidates Night will take place Thursday, March 12, in the meeting room of the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will be presented by… Keep Reading


Photos: Seals of approval

A benefit for 5-year-old Meagan Seals of Elburn was held at Elburn’s American Legion Hall on Feb. 21. Over 300 tickets were sold and close to 200 guests were present, as Paisano’s Pizza and Grill provided an Italian beef dinner with sides. The Corner Grind donated trays of cookies, while the ladies of the American… Keep Reading

Natalia Bork 11, of Geneva, holds one of the newest baby goats, born on Feb. 4.                                     Photo by Lynn Logan

Rustic Road Farm feeds local families

ELBURN—Northern Illinois may be suffering from an arctic blast, but Elburn farmer Marc Bernard insists spring is in the air. “Take it from a farmer,” he said with a laugh. Bernard, co-owner of Rustic Road Farm, 1N292 Brundige Road, Elburn, has been busy with kids (the baby goat kind) and harvesting vegetables from his greenhouse… Keep Reading


Elburn considers special election for police pension levy

ELBURN—Elburn village officials on Tuesday said they would consider a special election in November for a referendum on the police pension levy. The next scheduled opportunity to place a referendum on the ballot isn’t until spring 2016. Elburn Village Board members recently asked Village Administrator Erin Willrett to find out the cost of a special… Keep Reading


Miracle benefit

Meagan Seals fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 21 ELBURN—From the moment she was born in November 2009, Meagan Seals has been considered a miracle. Born to Scott and Luellen Seals of Elburn, Meagan suffers from the conditions encephalocele, microcephaly (where the main part of her brain is missing) and lissencephaly (a rare formation of the brain… Keep Reading


Photos: Hats off

The staff at the Town and Country Public Library hosted The Cat in The Hat and read Dr. Suess books on Friday, in partnership with Barnes and Noble. Librarian Dwayne Nelson read “The Cat in the Hat,” while Kimberly Luthin of Barnes and Noble read “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” and library employee Samantha… Keep Reading


Blackberry Twp data bolsters case for new road referendum

BLACKBERRY TWP.—Findings from an inventory of Blackberry Township roads conducted by Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) showed nearly two-thirds of the roads are in fair or poor condition, with an overall average rating of “fair.” EEI presented its findings to Blackberry Township trustees at Tuesday’s board meeting, where Township Road Commissioner Rod Feece discussed an upcoming… Keep Reading


Feb. 12 police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ELBURN • Someone struck the bumper of a vehicle parked on Route 47, north of North Street, around 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 while the owner was in a nearby… Keep Reading

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Residents speak out against disbanding police force

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board room was a packed on Monday night, as residents showed up to voice their concerns regarding possible disbanding of the Elburn Police Department. Although Village President Dave Anderson said that the residents had ‘misinformation’ regarding the village’s potential replacement of the current police department with Kane County Sherriff’s coverage, Anderson said… Keep Reading

The opening of Station 3 in Lily Lake helped improve the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District’s Insurance Services Offices (ISO) ratings. File Photo

Elburn Fire District sees improved ISO rating

ELBURN—The Elburn Countryside Fire Protection District has earned lower Insurance Services Offices (ISO) ratings, and property owners can benefit. Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan said the department was evaluated in September by the ISO, which lowered the rating from 4/8B to 3/5. The department in late December received notice of the improved rating, which will take… Keep Reading


Elburn Troop 7 plans for annual pancake breakfast

ELBURN—Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Elburn American Legion, 112 N. Main St. Patrons can get pancakes, Ream’s Elburn Market sausage links, Corner Grind coffee, milk and juice for just $5 (no charge for children younger than 4). Breakfast… Keep Reading


Feb. 5 police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ELBURN • Nicole M. Ruelas, 33, of the 300 block of North Third Street, Elburn, was served at her home on Jan. 12 with a warrant for her arrest for… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Pinewood Derby Jan 23, 2015-1

Pack 107 turns out for annual Pinewood Derby

MAPLE PARK—Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107 turned out in full force on Friday for its annual Pinewood Derby. About 100 boys competed in the event. “This is a really big deal,” Cub Master Shelli Mullins said. “The boys get to make their car from just a block of wood with the help of their dad,… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Magic Matt at library Jan 22, 2015-5

Photos: Sleight of hand

A large crowd turned out at the Town and Country Public Library for Magic Matt the Magician Jan. 22. His volunteer assistant for the day was Paige Whiteside (above), 9, of Elburn. Keep Reading

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