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Elburn child uses birthday party to help feed the starving

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Photo: Celebrating a good cause while in good company, Blythe Lundgren and her friends gather during her birthday party at Feed My Starving Children on Jan. 28. Courtesy Photo

by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—Blythe Lundberg celebrated her eighth birthday by having a party and asking her friends to bring supplies for the Animal House Shelter in Huntley, Ill.

For her ninth birthday, in January, Blythe took the goodwill even further by inviting 15 of her friends and their families to pack food at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Aurora.

Blythe and her party attendees helped pack more than 80 boxes of food, which translates to 17,000 meals that will be shipped to over 70 third-world countries worldwide.

Not bad for a 9-year-old’s birthday party.

“My daughter has really been on a spree of wanting to do good,” said Blythe’s mother, Melissa. “This year, she wanted to do a service project, and she invited her friends to come pack meals. Some parents and some siblings of her friends came, too, so she had almost 20 kids there.”

Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit Christian organization with two locations in Illinois (Aurora and Schaumburg), three locations in Minnesota and a temporary site in Tempe, Ariz. The organization’s website states that a single packed meal costs only 24 cents to produce.

The packed meal is essentially a soy rice dish that includes a chicken protein and dried vegetables.

“The whole process lasts about two hours, and they (pack) the meal in this order: chicken, veggies, soy rice. And they say it over and over when they’re doing the packing,” Lundberg said. “And there are usually about 90 people on a shift, so my daughter’s group took up about a third of that shift, (which means) we didn’t do all the work ourselves. But we were a part of it.”

Lundberg said the children were excited to pack meals because of the video shown to them by FMSC to give the kids an idea where the food will be shipped.

“A lot of children aren’t exposed to that. They were shown a picture of an 8-year-old boy who weighs basically nothing-like, 19 pounds. And then six months later he was up to almost 70 pounds,” she said. “You see where the food is going and what it’s doing, then after you’re done serving, they show you a thank you video where more of the children are eating, happy and healthy. I think the children were very excited about that.”

Lundberg said her family would like to do more work in the future for FMSC.

“We have served at Feed My Starving Children with our church twice in the past, and I am sure that the next time (they) offer an opportunity to serve there again, we will,” she said. “(The church) is where (Blythe) got the idea to have a birthday party at FMSC, and the staff even sang (happy birthday) to her.”

FMSC packs food six days a week through four different shifts of volunteers.

KHS wrestlers execute winning combination, take 2nd place at regional

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Photo: Kaneland’s Cody McGinnis (160 lbs) executes a take-down during the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Sycamore on Saturday. McGinnis won this match against Wheaton Academy. Photo by John DiDonna

SYCAMORE—When KHS wrestling coach Monty Jahns mentioned that his team had an eye on the postseason and may be better equipped for tournament settings, he wasn’t kidding.

Despite only nine wins in dual meet competition, the Knights wrestling roster stepped up its collective game just in time. A 205-point output at the IHSA Class 2A Sycamore Regional on Saturday was good for second place in the eight-team regional.

Kaneland advanced 11 out of 14 wrestlers to Saturday, Feb. 12, and the Rochelle Sectional.

Sycamore, with a total of 231.5, took the regional. After Kaneland, Rochelle finished third with 113 points, and Burlington Central finished fourth with 104 points. Dixon (76), Hampshire (67), Freeport (43.5) and Wheaton Academy (25) rounded out the bottom four.

Regional champs for Kaneland began with 103-pound Stephen Gust, who beat Hampshire’s Alex Feltz in a 3-1 encounter to take the title.

Sonny Horn, at 125-pounds, beat Hampshire’s Tyler Espino in the final by a 3-2 score. Teammate Dan Goress took the 130-pound final over Dixon’s Kylain Lally by pinfall in 1:52.

Nick Michels, at 171-pounds, won the grouping thanks to a 5-3 overtime win over Sycamore’s Michael Madden.

Jimmy Boyle rounded out the first-place finishes with a 4:48 pin of Rochelle’s Nate Rodefelt.

Other championship finalists included Esai Ponce at 119 pounds, who was defeated by Christopher Kerwin of Sycamore, 7-3. Chris Sabal made it to the 145-pound final, where he lost to Steven Lalowski of Sycamore in 1:03. Keagan Mattes rode to the finals but lost to Sycamore’s Jake Davis in 3:52.

Cody McGinnis, at 160-pounds, beat Rochelle’s Kane Rodrigue, 3-2, to finish in third. Teammate Ben Kovalick beat Rochelle’s Logan Sutton by 15-2 final.

Andrew Essex also finished fourth in 140-pound action.

Rivalry Saturday tips to Kaneland boys

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Photo: Kaneland’s Trever Heinle tries a junior skyhook in recent boys basketball action. File Photo

KANELAND—For the Knights, good things have come in fours lately.

The Kaneland boys improved to 13-8 (5-2 Northern Illinois Big XII) with a 48-38 win over the visiting Sycamore Spartans on Friday in Maple Park.

For Kaneland, the last setback occurred on Jan. 18 against Hampshire.

Unique to the clash of rivals was the fact that only four Knights entered the scoring column, as well as only four Spartans.

Leading the way for KHS was Chaon Denlinger with 16 points, followed by Trever Heinle’s 13.

The Knights went seven-of-nine from foul line territory.

Kaneland led 13-10 after one quarter and 23-16 at the half, before taking a 37-28 lead at the end of three frames.

The sophomores improved to 20-1 with a 50-43 win over the Spartans.

On tap for KHS is hosting DeKalb on Friday, Feb. 11.

Strang to keep running at St. Joseph’s

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Those that compete in college cross-country and track compete at a higher level.

That being the case, Kaneland High School senior Andie Strang has been doing that since 2007.

Strang officially committed to run cross-country and track for Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.

Housed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, St. Joseph’s College was home to the Chicago Bears summer training camp from 1944-1974.

Now in the midst of basketball season for the Lady Knights, Strang has an eye on the future, ready to duplicate her success for Puma athletics.

Strang has also zoned in on her future career.

“I want to go into pre-medicine,” said Strang. “They have a tremendous program. The first thing I was looking for was majors, and it was definitely positive with that school.”

Strang has been a reliable entry for Kaneland athletics and has often found herself in the postseason thick of things in the fall and spring.

The senior qualified for the State final in cross-country her freshman year, and has qualified for State in track, competing in the 800 meter run three times and the 4x800m relay twice.

“I love the 800 here, and I think I’m going to have to do something a bit longer, just because I don’t have enough leg speed for 800 to be my specialty. I think I’ll have more success in something a little bit longer,” Strang said.

Strang is well aware that things will be different in Puma-land.

“It’s a whole other level of competition. Being a D-II school, I’m excited to see what it has, and they compete against a lot of smaller schools. I think it’ll be fun, though,” Strang said.

Strang feels St. Joseph’s is a great venue and feels like home.

“I love the coaches, I love the campus, I love the girls on the team. It’s a small school and that all came together.“

Lady Knights finishing regular season strong

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Photo: Marina Schaefer is seeing valuable minutes, as a freshman, for an improving Kaneland girls basketball squad that beat Yorkville and Marengo in road excursions this week. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Monday featured a textbook case of learning from your mistakes.

After dropping a home matchup with Yorkville back on Jan. 7, the Lady Knights hoops unit traveled along Game Farm Road and secured a hard-fought 45-39 victory.

The Lady Knights then followed that up with a double-overtime victory at Marengo on Tuesday night, 63-56.

With the victory (rescheduled from Friday) and the decision over the Lady Indians, the Lady Knights improved to 13-14 (3-6 Northern Illinois Big XII Conference).

Kaneland went 13-for-35 from the field and a clutch 15-for-19 from the free throw line.

Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points and four steals in the winning effort, while post weapon Kelly Evers contributed 12 points and five boards.

Andie Strang had 10 points, including two key three-pointers, and five boards.

“I think the third quarter helped a lot,” Strang said. “I felt like we had really good effort all the way through, and we kept focus the whole time.”

Baskets by Evers, Heimerdinger and Strang produced an 11-6 lead for KHS after one quarter of play.

A second-quarter struggle ensued as points were at a premium. Evers landed the only shot from the field for KHS, and two foul shots by Strang increased the lead to 15-6 with 4:40 remaining in the half, before the Lady Foxes closed to within 15-12 going into the locker room.

Yorkville powered back to take an 18-17 lead with 4:02 to go, but Strang’s perimeter prowess yielded a trey for a 20-18 lead with 3:34 remaining. Strang’s second three-pointer with 1:26 to go gave KHS a 27-22 lead. Yorkville returned with a three-pointer 26 seconds later, before Trinae Coachman’s basket made it 29-25 with 38.1 left. A long two-point shot closed the game to 29-27 before the third-quarter buzzer.

Yorkville eventually fought back to tie matters at 31-31 with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Kaneland would take the lead for good when Emma Bradford made the second of two shots from the line for a 32-31 lead with 5:03 left. Heimerdinger, Tesa Alderman, Evers and Bradford would all connect on baskets from the charity stripe, and coupled with an Alderman trifecta, saw the lead balloon to 10 points with under a minute to go.

“Rebounding and defense really came through tonight (22 for Kaneland),” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We shot the ball well in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. Overall, there’s a lot of bright spots. There’s a few things we’ve got to work on with a couple games to go here.”

Against host Marengo, Kaneland saw 17 points from Nicki Ott and 12 from Evers. Evers also gathered 12 boards.

Kaneland trailed 29-25 at halftime before, and 39-35 after three frames before tying the game at 50 by regulation’s end. After the first OT ended at 52-all, KHS pulled away with an 11-6 second overtime.

In sophomore action throughout the week, Kaneland (23-1) needed double overtime to bump Yorkville, 39-34, and the freshmen vanquished Ottawa on Monday by a 37-31 margin and improved to 22-0.

Kaneland has a lone regular-season contest remaining: a road trip to Rochelle on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., before heading to the IHSA Class 3A regional at St. Francis High School in Wheaton. The Lady Knights are set to battle Wheaton Academy on Monday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. As of press time, the Warriors are 9-15.

Year-long celebration: St. Gall plans centennial events

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by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—When geneology and history buff Laura Chapman, who is director of liturgy at St. Gall Church, saw that the church would mark its 100th year as a parish, her mind started working on how the congregation could celebrate that anniversary. She came up with the idea of having an event each month that focused on history in some way.

“I love history. I love genealogy. That percolated into ‘Let’s do stuff on genealogy. Let’s do stuff on parish history,’” Chapman said. “These events highlight three levels of history and heritage: our own personal family history, parish history and overall church history.”

Chapman put together a committee of 35 volunteers who will choose various projects for their focus. Chapman and her husband, Deacon Mark Chapman, will chair the overall effort.

The personal and family history will be highlighted by two genealogy workshops in January and February. The first workshop trained participants in the basics of genealogical research methods so that they can help invest history as the year progresses.

These committee members will research early families whose names appear as memorials on the church’s stained glass windows. They will locate descendants of early parishioners and involve them in the events. An important project is to record the oral histories of long-time parish members. Also, they will transcribe parish sacramental records in need of preservation. The goal at the end of the centennial year is to publish a St. Gall parish history.

Parish heritage will be highlighted through a media presentation at Mass on the weekend of Apr. 9 and 10, where oral histories that have been collected will be presented, along with historic photos and a history of the church.

A guided tour of St. Gall Cemetery will take place on May 21, where participants will explore early parish history by learning about the lives of early parishioners.

The biggest effort of the year will be the parish picnic on Aug. 7, when, along with the parish potluck and an outdoor Mass, parishioners can take a history tour of the physical sites around Elburn that have been connected to parish history. They can tour the site of the first church on Keslinger Road, visit homestead farms of early Catholic settlers and learn about the stones in the shelter house at the Elburn Forest Preserve and their connection to St. Gall Church. Guides will conduct tours in each location to allow participants to travel around at their leisure during the event.

The centennial year will retain the well-established annual events such as the Turkey Dinner, in its 128th year in March, and the October Gala, an annual fundraiser that, in its third year last year, made $25,000.

“We’ll dream up ways to historicize regular events,” Chapman said. “We’re taking a teamwork approach. We’re blessed.”

The next event is a parish retreat for all ages on Feb. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Participants will explore the parish family, the Holy Family and their own family through music, prayer and activities.

For a more complete listing of centennial events, call the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Year at a glance
Feb. 19: Geneology Workshop No. 2
Feb. 27: All-ages parish retreat
Feb. 15-18 & March 2-5:
Parish directory photo appointments
Mar. 13: Centennial turkey dinner
April 9-10: Media presentation at Masses
May 21: Guided tour of St. Gall Cemetery
June: Historical bridal show (date TBA)
July 3: Memorial Mass at Cemetery,
honoring parish veterans
Aug. 7: Church picnic, outdoor Mass,
history tour
Sept.: Adult faith evening (date TBA)
Oct. 15: Centennial Gala
Nov. 1: All Saints’ Day Luminary Mass
Dec. 2-3: Nativity Display during
Elburn Christmas Stroll

History of THE CHURCH
1851: Forerunner of St. Gall Church is built,
at what is now Kuiper’s Farm, midway
between Blackberry Station (Elburn) and
Lodi (Maple Park). The church is
commonly called the “Hill Church,”
but is eventually named St. Mary’s.
1871: The First St. Gall Church is erected
on First Street at the end of Swain Street
in Elburn. The first Mass is
celebrated on New Year’s Day.
1872: St. Gall becomes a mission church.
1875: 40 families make up the parish.
1911: St. Gall becomes an
independent parish.
1925: A new St. Gall Church is erected on
its present site. The first Mass is
celebrated on Christmas Eve.
The old building is dismantled and its
stones used to construct
the shelter at the Elburn Forest Preserve
in 1934.
1930: The Depression leads the parish to
once again become a mission church.
The parish is served by the chaplain of
the Illinois Training School for Boys
in St. Charles.
1940: St. Gall once again becomes an
independent parish.
1960: 110 families make up the parish.
1970: The parish hall addition is
1978: The arch of the entryway of
the original “Church of St. Gal (sic),”
which was found in a backyard years
after the old church had been torn down,
is placed on the back wall
as a memorial to the original building.
2000: 687 families make up the parish.
30 acres of land is purchased at the
corner of Route 47 and Hughes Road for
the future St. Gall Parish.
2007: A capital campaign is undertaken
to raise money to build the new church.
2010: 736 families make up the parish.

Simply magic

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Magician Ron Clayton performed a show for children called Simply Magic at the Elburn Town and Country Public Library on Jan. 27. The program focused on basic things like colors, numbers, shapes and sizes. Clayton has been practicing magic for over 25 years. Tommi Bachta, 4, of St. Charles, helps him do a trick. Photos by John DiDonna


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Photo: Armed with 14 years of public works service, not to mention a snowplow, Elburn resident Mike Stoffa helps keep downtown Elburn clear as the blizzard of 2011 arrives Tuesday. Photo by Ryan Wells

Blizzard shuts down travel, reduces communication
by Keith Beebe, Ben Draper, Lynn Meredith, Ryan Wells
Regional—Like much of Illinois, the Kaneland area is attempting to dig out and restore travel and communications following a historic blizzard that entered the area Tuesday and was still blowing as of press time Wednesday.

With the Kaneland area in the heart of the area projected to be the hardest hit with what forecasters referred to as a historic winter storm, community leaders spent days preparing for the worst.

“It’s not like a thunderstorm, where there is no forewarning,” said Sgt. Erich Schlachta of the Elburn Police Department. “We’ve been preparing for the last five days. We have all the crews out and taken the steps to make sure we’re prepared for the weather.”

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said on Tuesday that village Public Works employees had begun working 12-hour shifts to salt and clear the roads beginning Monday night.

“It’s a 12-on, 12-off schedule,” Michels said. “The primary objective is to keep all main roads open and clear. Cul-de-sacs and ulterior roads are less important, so if workers get caught up, they can go back and plow the side streets and get those open.”

The village set up a warming center with the Fire District in the event of a power outage. “It’s nice because the Fire District building has a kitchenette where (people) can make coffee and have water,” Michels said.

According to Sugar Grove Village Clerk Cynthia Galbreath, when officials learned that forecasters expected the storm to continue well into Wednesday, and possibly Thursday, they made the decision to close all village administrative offices, as well as Tuesday’s scheduled Village Board meeting.

“We discourage all unnecessary travel on Wednesday and if necessary Thursday,” Galbreath wrote in a statement sent out by e-mail on Tuesday. “The conditions are expected to be extremely dangerous.”

Throughout the area, municipalities and organizations announced closures for Tuesday and Wednesday. Kaneland focused on getting its students home as soon as possible Tuesday, and will evaluate for how long events and classes will be canceled.

“We canceled all activities at the end of the day on Tuesday to get kids home as soon as possible, and we’ve made the call to not conduct school (Wednesday),” Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “The message that will go out to parents about (Wednesday) is that we’ll make a decision later in the afternoon that day as to what our status will be for Thursday.”

Waubonsee announced on its website that the college closed Tuesday at 2 p.m., and remained closed on Wednesday. The college will determine when classes and activities will resume prior to 5 a.m. on Thursday. That announcement will be made at

As the storm approached on Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn issued a state disaster declaration, and informed residents that state agencies were preparing in advance of the expected several days of heavy snow, ice and blizzard conditions.

“We will be increasing efforts to make sure that our roads are clear and that our most vulnerable residents are staying indoors and staying warm,” Quinn said.

Quinn said he activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield on Monday to coordinate the state’s response to the storm. Representatives from more than a dozen state agencies will man the SEOC 24 hours a day throughout the storm.

The Kane County Emergency Operations Center was activated at noon on Tuesday, from which county response activities were coordinated. Just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Kane County Sheriff Lt. Pat Gengler sent an email to area media outlets advising them of the deterioration of all roadways in the area.

“… all roads in Western Kane County are impassable and closed for travel,” he wrote. “At this time, plows are not able to run and tow trucks are also not functioning. Anyone who attempts to travel does so with very little chance of immediate assistance should they become stuck … We really need people to stay where they are and not drive on the roads.”

With the storm winding down as of press time, the biggest complication to area efforts to resume regular activities will be the wind and arctic air that will continue through Thursday. The National Weather Service said wind chills could go as low as -39 degrees on Thursday, and while the temperatures will rise through the weekend, they will also be accompanied by more snow.

Chicagoland snowfall facts
Chicago’s 10 biggest snowstorms since 1886:
1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
3. 19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
4. 18.8 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
5. 16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
6. 15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
7. 14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
8. 14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918
9. 14.3 inches Mar 25-26, 1970
10. 14.0 inches Jan 18-20, 1886

Number of snow storms
since 1886 that have produced 10
or more inches of snow

3 Years
A 10-inch snowstorm occurs
once every 3 years

15 years
A 15-inch snowstorm occurs
once every 15 years

The most recent 10-inch-plus
snowstorm occurred
Jan. 21-23, 2005

18.6 inches
The most snowfall in one calendar day (Jan. 2, 1999).


KHS says never say die against Rochelle, beats Geneseo

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Photo: Knight Zach Ringhouse provided a needed spark with a 16-point display during the 65-63 comeback win over Rochelle. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After the hysterics of Friday night, it was conceivable the Knights would have a letdown.

Instead, Kaneland basketball defeated crossover rival Geneseo in Maple Park on Saturday afternoon, 54-45, after coming back from a 19-point deficit against road opponent Rochelle on Friday and winning 65-63.

KHS now sits at 12-8 (4-2 Northern Illinois Big XII), exactly where it was a year ago after 20 contests played.

Facing Geneseo, Daniel Helm and Zach Ringhouse both paced Kaneland with a game-high 16 points. KHS also helped its cause by hitting 17-of-20 shots from the foul line. Ringhouse was eight-for-eight from the line.

The Knights went out to a 15-11 lead after one and 33-22 at the halftime. The lead remained steady at 45-34 heading into the final frame.

Lined up against NIB-12 East rival Rochelle, Helm led the team with 16 points, followed by Ringhouse with 14, Trever Heinle with 13 and Kory Harner with 10.

Rochelle’s sharpshooter Matt Rosenwinkel had a game-high 22.

The game looked early on like one with its share of points, and after Harner’s bucket with 1:09 to go in the first gave the Knights a 15-13 edge, Rochelle’s perimiter game took over.

The Hubs hit their sixth consecutive shot attempt with 30.2 ticks left to take a 19-15 lead and bring the first frame to an end.

Kaneland struggled in the second quarter, hitting only three shots from the field and saw Rochelle stretch its lead to 31-21 by the halftime buzzer.

Rochelle expanded its lead in the third quarter at 46-27 with 2:51 to go, its largest of the game. With 1:16 remaining in the third, Rochelle went up 50-33 before a basket by Harner and a shot by Ringhouse closed it to 50-38 at the end of the quarter.

That set the stage for a fourth quarter that had KHS outscore Rochelle 27-13.

Kaneland brought its clutch play in the early stages, using a Ringhouse trey, a Heinle pair of foul shots, two Helm baskets and a Chaon Denlinger basket to close within 54-49 in a space of 1:27.

Heinle connected on a bucket with 3:34 to go, closing it to 56-55 and giving the Knights faithful a reason to believe.

Rochelle got to the foul line and converted on its shots, increasing its lead to 62-57 with 1:11 remaining.

Denlinger sunk two foul shots to make it 62-59 wth 53.3 to go, while Rochelle hit the second of two shots from the line to go up 63-59 with 28.5 ticks left.

Ringhouse sunk a rainbow from long distance to make it 63-62 with 19.5 remaining.

Then, Heinle stole the ball from the Hubs and put it in to go up 64-63 with 13.5 left, taking the lead for the first time since the first quarter.

“We wanted to get a trap in the corner, and that’s what we did,” Heinle said. “ I got the steal, went up strong and put the game away. Coach told us to work on three things before the game: rebounding, taking care of the ball and defensive intensity, and in the second half we did that and pulled it out.”

But Rochelle quickly got the ball down the court for a lay-up try that missed. Helm was soon fouled and went to the line and made one of two for a 65-63 lead with 3.2 left, and the clock ran out after a scramble on the floor.

“We got a spark with Zach Ringhouse, and we were able to cut it to 11 and we got some confidence,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “We played with a lot of passion and a lot of heart, and I give them a lot of credit.”

Kaneland now gears up for Saturday, Feb. 5, against Sycamore at 4:30 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks add dose of Sweatt to winning formula

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After a Dec. 9 feature on Bill and Lee Sweatt as members of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, Lee was called up to the parent Vancouver Canucks and managed to be a difference maker against the Nashville Predators. Sweatt’s goal on Jan. 26 broke a third-period tie in his first NHL contest and sent the Canucks to a 2-1 victory. File Photo

Lady Knights blown over by Leafs, get regional draw

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Photo: Trinae Coachman battles for posession in the 62-50 loss on Saturday afternoon to the Geneseo Lady Leafs. Photo by Mary Herra

KANELAND—It’s over and done with, but Kaneland girls basketball would have loved to end its home schedule with a win on Saturday afternoon.

As it stands, the Lady Knights, who have shown strides this season as a team, fell to the visting NIB-12 West Geneseo Maple Leafs in a 62-50 matchup.

The Lady Knights are now 11-14 after their lone contest this week with a 2-6 record in NIB-12 play.

Leading the way for KHS was Kelly Evers, who had 18 points, a game-high, and Emily Heimerdinger with 15 points.

Heimerdinger sunk four three-pointers in the contest.

Kaneland was 15-for-53 from the field and 15-for-21 from the foul line.

Allison Weiss of Geneseo had 16 points.

KHS led 14-12 after the first quarter, but fell victim to a 21-9 second quarter and fell behind 33-23 at the half. Kaneland cut it to 47-39 after the third quarter and even cut the margin to eight points in the fourth, but hitting only three-of-16 shots hindered the comeback chances.

The sophomores improved to 22-1 with an impressive 35-27 win over Geneseo. Sarah Grams led the charge with nine points.

The freshmen improved to 19-0 with a 39-26 win over Geneseo, helped by Lauren Zick’s 10.

Lady Knights basketball was also given its postseason assignment in the Class 3A playoffs.

The Lady Knights will travel to Wheaton for the St. Francis Regional on Monday, Feb. 14, as the fourth seed and play Wheaton Academy, the fifth seed, at 7:30 p.m.

As of press time, the Lady Warriors are 8-14.

IDNR reminds snowmobile operators to be cautious this winter

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SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to take extra caution this year as the snow begins to fall in Illinois. Every year throughout the state, people are seriously injured or lose their lives on snowmobiles. Many of these accidents could have been prevented had proper precautions been taken and common sense been used.

Last season in Illinois, 37 reported snowmobile accidents resulted in one fatality.

“Snowmobiling, if done with safety and precaution in mind, can be fun and enjoyable, but when proper precautions aren’t taken people can find themselves in bad situations,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “The IDNR encourages operators to take a snowmobile safety course, always know the terrain in advance of your ride and never consume alcohol before or during your trip.”

In most instances, being alert, knowing the trail and traveling at a reasonable rate of speed for trail conditions can prevent most accidents. In North America, more than 50 percent of snowmobile fatalities involve intoxicated operators.

While IDNR encourages everyone to take a snowmobile safety class before their first ride of the season, state law requires that persons between 12 and 16 years of age must have in possession a valid Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency issued by IDNR in order to operate a snowmobile alone.

For snowmobile safety information or a list of upcoming snowmobile classes, see

Current snowmobile safety education courses require students attend an eight-hour class where certified instructors teach basic safety principles, maintenance, operation, winter survival, regulations and a proper attitude of respect for the student’s fellow person and the environment.

Basic safety tips for safe snowmobiling:
• Know your equipment and make sure that equipment is in proper working order.
• Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling like a full-size helmet, goggles, or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips, and flying debris.
• Avoid wearing long scarves. They may get caught in moving parts of the snowmobile.
• Know the terrain you are going to ride. If unfamiliar to you, ask someone who has traveled over it before. Be aware of trails or portions of trails that may be closed.
• Drowning is one cause of snowmobile fatalities. When not familiar with the thickness of the ice or water currents, avoid these areas.
• Know the weather forecast and especially the ice and snow conditions in the area.
• Always use the buddy system. Never ride alone or unaccompanied.
• Travel at a reasonable rate of speed for your visibility conditions.

Snowmobile accidents by year:
66 accidents were reported during the 2007-08 season, seven of which were fatal.

39 accidents were reported during the 2008-09 season, three of which were fatal.

37 accidents were reported during the 2009-10 season, one of which was fatal.

Must they eat cake?

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The engagement is announced, the date is set, attendants are selected and now the wedding plans begin. Dresses, tuxes, ceremony site, reception site, invitations, menu, guest list, flowers, cake…

Cake? Do you have to have cake? Does every wedding celebration have the ceremonial cutting of the tiered cake? Not anymore. Tradition has given way to personal preference and unique alternatives. Choices are as varied as the bride’s and groom’s personalities.

So what are your options? They run the gamut from elaborately decorated tiers to decorated sugar cookies.

Cutout cookies can be in the shape of a heart, mini wedding cake, boat or other related theme. Flavor options include Grandma’s favorite sugar cookie recipe, gingerbread, brownies, pumpkin, sour cream—any rollout recipe that lends itself to cookie cutters. The decorated cookies can then be personalized with the couple’s names, initials or wedding date. The unique confections can be displayed on a central table, serve as centerpieces on guests’ tables or placed at each place setting.

Rather than serving cake slices, some couples opt for a tiered display of doughnuts or cupcakes. In addition to the unique presentation, one advantage to serving cupcakes or doughnuts is the variety available for individual preferences. Serving dessert is also easier since guests can help themselves to their favorite treat.

A dessert table is another popular option for the wedding meal. The couple can offer their favorite selections of cheesecake, fluff, mousse, trifle, pudding and other sweets. Displayed on varied levels of pedestal plates, the desserts create an unexpected, attractive presentation. Covering the table with coordinating fabric and interspersing small bowls of mints, candies and nuts complete the festive look.

Having a small cake on each table allows guests to serve themselves. These cakes, which can double as centerpieces, can be simply decorated eight-inch layer cakes or they can be thematically decorated—purses, hearts, ships, dresses, baseballs, etc.—to reflect the couple’s unique interests. The originality of the creations will be a topic of conversation long after the wedding day.

Not to be tossed aside, however, is the traditional tiered cake. Flavors, fillings, textures, frosting and design all work together to present a culinary delight. No longer do guests anticipate a white cake with white butter cream frosting at a wedding. Bakeries offer such a wide range of options that no wedding cake should ever be predictable.

Brides and grooms have the opportunity to add a distinctive touch to their wedding day celebration. Not only will guests remember what the bride wore, but they will undoubtedly remember how personal and unique the reception was-especially the dessert.

by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd

Alaskan adventure

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Photo: Elburn resident, Tyler Schmidt, trekked 135 miles in the Alaskan wilderness as part of his Outdoor Studies major at Alaska Pacific University. Courtesy Photo

Elburnite spends 23 days in the wild
by Lynn Meredith
ANCHORAGE—With a goal in life to become an expedition guide and years of backpacking and camping experience under his belt, where else would Tyler Schmidt of Elburn go to college than Alaska Pacific University? Set in Anchorage, Alaska, close to the Chugash Mountain range, the university offers a major in Outdoor Studies that provides students with real-life experience in the wilderness. Schmidt took a class in expedition leadership, whose classroom was a 23-day trek in the wildness.

“’Outdoor Studies’ is not your typical major. Most of my classes focus on active learning in the outdoors,” Schmidt said. “Instead of taking a whole bunch of science classes, I take rock climbing and expedition leadership. We actually go out and do stuff rather than take tests on it.”

As an Eagle Scout in Troop 7 in Elburn, Schmidt had the opportunity to develop his love of the outdoors. Along with camping and backpacking trips, Schmidt was twice chosen as crew leader at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, where the scouts would backpack 80 to 100 miles.

“He always was an outdoor kid,” Tyler’s father Chuck said. “We encouraged the adventurer spirit and to do your own passion. If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life.”

The 23-day expedition began with three days of planning and getting gear together. The students learned how to read the maps, how to ration out 24 days’ worth of food and decided what materials they would need for a class they each had to teach in the wild. For four credit hours, 18 students along with instructors would be dropped off in the wilderness with only 45 pounds on their backs to survive the 135-mile trek.

“We got dropped off at the side of the highway and picked up a trail for half a mile, and then just took a left turn off the trail into shoulder-high brush. We didn’t see a trail again for 23 days,” Tyler said. “We knew where we needed to be each night, we knew our trek, we knew which direction we were going, and we became expert map readers.”

With the aid of eight topographical maps, the group hiked through waist-high rushing creeks and through passes. They carried roughly seven days’ worth of food and their tents. A bush plane would twice drop off supplies, taking off and landing within a 50-foot strip.

Cold and hunger were constants on the trek, Tyler said. But with classes on foot care, bear safety and crossing rivers, the students were well-prepared when they had 14 days straight of rain, ice and snow—in August and September. They suffered cold feet from socks that would not dry out after crossing streams. Frosted-over conditions one day made it too dangerous to continue. The group sat huddled under a tarp with no floor and sipped hot liquids.

They ate rice, pasta, and even homemade pizza cooked over small MSR stoves. Since there were no trees to hang the food to keep bears away, they put the food 200 to 300 feet away from the campsite. Tyler lost 23 pounds, over the course of the trip.

“On the way back we stopped at a grocery where we could eat whatever we wanted. For my first meal I ate a gallon of mint brownie ice cream, two family-sized bags of Doritos, a box of cookies, a liter of soda, and I still wasn’t full,” Tyler said.

Through it all, Tyler saw some amazing sights: hundreds of caribou, the Northern Lights shooting above Denali and even some ill-fated planes that crashed in the wilderness.

Next on the agenda for Tyler is a course in “Glaciology,” the study of glaciers to see how fast they move and to record daily temperatures. From this 23-day trek, he now knows what he’d do different next time.

“For my future investments I’m going to get some in-camp shoes. I’m going to buy some seal-skin socks and a pair of crocs,” Tyler said.

To a Healthy KHS

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Vickie Porter Spratt (right), a 1989 graduate of Kaneland High School, teaches Zumba to students at the KHS Health Fair Tuesday.

Senior Nicole Dalton (above) won a poster contest on the effects of teenage obesity, winning a first-place ribbon and $25. Photos by Mary Herra

Kaneland wrestling earns fourth at NIB-12 showcase

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Photo: Keagan Mattes took third place to help the Knight effort on Saturday. Kaneland took fourth as a team thanks in large part to Mattes’ performance in the 189-pound group. Photo by Mary Herra

ROCHELLE—Like KHS coach Monty Jahns said a week ago, Kaneland wrestling might just be a better tournament team than a dual team at this point.

That was put into action with the Knight grapplers leaving the Rochelle mats with a top-third finish at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII tournament.

With 161 points, Kaneland earned fourth out of 12 teams. Sterling hit a total of 219, edging Sycamore by a half-point. DeKalb was third with 170.5 points, ahead of KHS.

Yorkville was fifth at 154, followed by Morris at 125.5.

Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Dixon , Rochelle, Ottawa and Streator rounded out the rest of the lineup.

The five top finishers for the Knights have been proven stalwarts through the campaign thus far.

Dan Goress took home the championship for 130, thanks to a 12-5 decision over DeKalb’s Evan Jones.

Goress went to the final after a 10-6 win over Sterling’s Dylan Devers.

In the 152-pound bracket, Kyle Davidson lost a 14-4 major decision to Sterling’s Stevie Dewitt. Davidson reached the final with an 8-2 win over DeKalb’s Robbie Miller and a previous pin over Rochelle’s Bradley Mendez in two minutes, 11 seconds.

At 215, Ben Kovalick got to the finals by pinning DeKalb’s Alex Roach in 3:09 and Sycamore’s Matt Copple in 2:03, before losing to Sterling’s George Canales by 12-8 decision.

Third-place nods were gathered by heavyweight Jimmy Boyle and Keagan Mattes in the 189 group.

Boyle beat Rochelle’s Nate Rodefelt by 1-0 decision and Sterling’s Curtis Lilly in the third-place match, 3-0.

Mattes went to the third-place match by beating DeKalb’s Cullen Banta , 8-2, and solved Sycamore’s Jacob Davis in an 8-4 affair.

New church comes to Elburn

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Photo: Pastor David Jones and his wife.

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Variety is a luxury a growing population has when it comes, not only to restaurants and stores, but also to churches. Elburn is home to five churches with differing styles of practicing faith. Starting in February, a new church will open its doors. The Elburn Church of God will hold services at the Great Lakes Campus at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“Elburn is a growing population, and people like to have a different kind of service,” Pastor David Jones said. “Our church is for people who want to learn about the Bible.”

Jones comes from evangelism and teaching at the West Aurora Church of God. He said that the Elburn church will be a brand new church but will have help getting started from a handful of members at the West Aurora church. He and his wife will be instrumental in attracting members. So far, they have been spreading the word by going through the community to let their presence be known.

The Church of God is a Pentecostal church, part of the international Church of God based in Cleveland, Tenn., started in 1886. It is an evangelical faith that takes its inspiration and authority from the Word of God as revealed in the Bible. It strives to communicate the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.

“You have the freedom to worship God the way you want to,” Jones said. “We raise hands and express feelings openly during the worship time with music and songs.”

Worship services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“A lot of people work six days a week and prefer not to rush to get to church on their days off,” Jones said.

A Bible studies class will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

For more information, call David Jones at (815) 671-5925.

The Church of God came to be in the late 1880s, when a small group of people gathered in Tennessee and formed what was then called the Christian Union, with a shared desire to establish a new church to focus on Biblical teachings, encourage deeper consecration and promote evagelism.

“The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:
1. The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
2. The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
3. The atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death for the sins of the world.
4. The literal resurrection of the body.
5. Christ’s second coming in bodily form to earth.”

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