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Fine Arts Festival organizers find ‘magic combination’

MAPLE PARK—Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) Artistic Director Diane McFarlin couldn’t be happier with Sunday’s 16th annual Fine Arts Festival. “In our informal conversations, we felt this was one of our best,” said McFarlin, who also serves as assistant principal at Kaneland High School. ”We hit this magic combination of really cool people.” McFarlin felt the… Keep Reading


JSS teacher an Educator of the Year nominee

KANELAND—Jessica Dixon, a second-grade teacher at John Shields Elementary School (JSS), recently was overcome with emotion upon learning that she was nominated for a Kane County Educator of the Year award. “I cried—happy tears, of course. I was so overwhelmed that I had to sit down. I was shaking so bad,” Dixon said. Dixon is… Keep Reading


Kaneland prepares for 16th annual Fine Arts Festival

MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland Fine Arts Festival this weekend will once again bring visual and musical artists to Kaneland High School to benefit its students and the community alike. The 16th annual Fine Arts Festival will take place Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is free of charge to attend. In addition, more… Keep Reading

Consolidated Election 2015 results

The public has spoken. The 2015 Consolidated Election featured contested races for Kaneland School Board, Elburn and Kaneville village boards, Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and Waubonsee Community College Board. Election Day Tuesday produced some surprises, a few landslides and, ultimately, new trustee faces for Kaneland, Elburn and Kaneville. Blackberry Township Road District Limiting… Keep Reading


‘Marching Knights’ perform at Walt Disney World resort

Kaneland students take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program in Orlando ORLANDO—Members of Kaneland High School “Marching Knights” became stars of their own Disney show on March 26, when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled from Maple Park to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take… Keep Reading

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Photos: Colorful choral

The Music Department of Kaneland presented the eleventh annual Fifth Grade Choral Festival in the Kaneland High School east gym on Tuesday. The students practiced together during the school day to prepare for the event. The concert was conducted by Rachel Shershen of Harter Middle School. Students wore T-shirts representing their school: Blackberry Creek in… Keep Reading


Craft show also provides awareness

SUGAR GROVE—The Kaneland Special Needs PTA will host a craft show and awareness event from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive. The event is free, and child care is available. While it is a fundraiser for the organization, fundraising chair Pam Sorenson said the event… Keep Reading


Fundraiser aids Kaneland employee

ELBURN—When one suffers a tragedy, they learn who their true friends are. And Arnulfo Garcia is learning he has a lot more friends than he ever imagined. Garcia, a Kaneland custodian for 15 years—at Blackberry Creek Elementary School for 10 years—lost his Aurora home to a fire on March 9. The only people home at… Keep Reading

April 7, 2015/Kaneland

Election: April 7 Kaneland School Board ballot change

KANELAND—There has been a slight change to the order the candidates for the Kaneland School Board will appear from Voter Infotmation Guide that was included in the Elburn Herald’s March 12 edition. The ballot printed in the Voter Information Guide was a sample ballot, and a new ballot will sort the candidates by township rather… Keep Reading

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Kaneland hosts a Knight of Performance

Photo: During the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters third annual Knight of Performance at Kaneland Harter Middle School on March 14, Kaneland High School student Noble Hwang plays the cello. Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—From soloists to the Kaneland String Ensemble, a number of student-performers had the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a… Keep Reading


Photos: Science smarties

Area students, including many from the Kaneland School District, participated at the NIU Science Fair March 21. The Kaneland students represented about 19 percent of students from the northern region of Illinois who earned the opportunity to attend the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Lauren… Keep Reading


Photos: STEM turns to STEAM at Kaneland Harter Middle school

Fermilab’s Jerry Zimmerman (aka “Mr. Freeze”) and NIU’s STEM visited Kaneland Harter Middle School March 16. The Kaneland Arts Initiative added art to science for the evening, going from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Brandon Murr (above), 4, of Sugar Grove, smiles through a magnified shield.… Keep Reading

April 7, 2015/Kaneland

Election: Kaneland School Board

Eight candidates will vie for four open Kaneland School Board trustee seats on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. Jerry Elliott Jerry Elliott is one of four non-incumbent candidates seeking a seat on the Kaneland School Board on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. Elliott believes his business experience provides insight into school business transactions… Keep Reading


School Board approves 2015-16 staffing plan

Elementary Library Resources Director position eliminated KANELAND—In front of a meeting room packed with residents and Kaneland School District staff, the Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 5-2 to approve next school year’s staffing plan. Board members Teresa Witt and Tony Valente voted no, while members Gale Pavlak and Pedro Rivas vocalized their yes vote,… Keep Reading


John Stewart clothing, toy sale

KANELAND—The Kaneland John Stewart Parent Teacher Network will host its Spring/Summer Clothing and Toy Sale on Friday, April 17, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, 8 a.m. to noon (yellow and green tags half-price from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday) at John Stewart Elementary School, 817 Prairie Valley St., Elburn. The sale… Keep Reading

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Meet your candidates, Sugar Grove

Event introduces candidates to local residents SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s Meet the Candidates event was held March 12 at the Sugar Grove Public Library, and provided voters with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the candidates who will appear on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. Meet the Candidates was co-sponsored by the Sugar Grove Chamber… Keep Reading

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Family Knight a hit for Blackberry Creek PTO

The second annual KBC PTO Family Bingo and Auction Knight Fundraiser was held on March 7 at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School. Hundreds of families attended the family-oriented fundraiser. Highlights included Bingo, karaoke, a magician, electronic basketball, classroom basket raffles, bids on over 150 silent auction items, bids on over 25 Teacher Time and Blackberry… Keep Reading


‘Shrek the Musical’ tickets now on sale

KANELAND—Tickets are now on sale for Kaneland High School’s spring production, “Shrek the Musical,” which will take place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., April 24-26, in the auditorium at Kaneland High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free of charge for preschoolers. Note… Keep Reading


School Board approves capital improvement projects

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on March unanimously approved $410,000 in capital improvement projects that will take place this summer. Capital improvements include estimated costs such as replacing the playground safety surface at Kaneland McDole Elementary School for $10,000. According to Kaneland Associate Superintendent Julie-Ann Fuchs, Kaneland High School improvements include estimated costs of $10,000 for… Keep Reading


An ode to St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day has long been a popular day of business for restaurants and pubs, but when it comes to the reason (or reasons) for celebrating on the 17th of March each year, answers vary, and by a wide margin. This got us thinking about how the perception of St. Patrick’s Day changes with age,… Keep Reading

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