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Sugar Grove

A Hogwarts-size happy birthday

Sugar Grove Public Library to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday Aug. 1 by Chris Walker SUGAR GROVE—It may be hard to believe, but Harry Potter is now in his mid-30s. The amazing wizard who won over millions of tweens in a series of seven fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling turns 35 on Friday, July 31, and… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thank you to Wilhelm

A big thank you to Jim Wilhelm, who put the large American flag on the snorkel ladder near where Route 30 meets Route 47 in Sugar Grove. It is an awesome sight; many people have mentioned seeing the flag. Helen Jorgensen Sugar Grove Keep Reading


Corn Boil 5K: And they’re off!

Sugar Grove resident and Kaneland senior Sean Spaetzel was the 2015 Corn Boil 5K champion, completing the course in 18 minutes, 11.9 seconds, winning by over 42 seconds. Stacy Aloisio of Naperville, Ill., was the overall female winner in 21:19.3. Overall, there were 215 runners and walkers in this year’s 5K, including 97 residents from… Keep Reading

Local News

Four residents compete in international taekwondo event in Colorado

MAPLE PARK—Eighteen students from Bill Cho’s United Taekwondo Center Sycamore—including four residents from the Maple Park area—competed in a national celebration of Taekwondo called a Hanmadang in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel World Ice Center in late June. Ann Janecek (pictured above) and daughter Emily, as well as Megan and Cole Olsen… Keep Reading

Community Sports/Elburn

Hughes Creeks celebrates holes in one

ELBURN—High Creek Golf Club in Elburn on Sunday announced it has had three holes in one this month at the course. Erik Robinson of Hampshire, Ill., hit a hole in one July 3 on the 170-yard hole No. 11 from the white tees using a five iron and a Top Flite 4 ball. Jim Cooper… Keep Reading

Golf/Sugar Grove

2015 Western Amateur

SUGAR GROVE—There is just one week to go until the best amateur golfers converge on Sugar Grove for a shot at the prestigious Western Amateur Championship Trophy. The likes of Tiger Woods (‘94), Jack Nicklaus (‘61), Phil Mickelson (‘91) and Ben Crenshaw (‘64) are just a few of the noteworthy past champions over the tournament’s… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Clara S. Dedication at ECC-11

Friends, family, community gather to remember Stonecipher

Photo by Laura Gampfer Dedication plaque, portrait unveiled at Elburn Community Center to honor longtime village pillar ELBURN—The remembrances of Clara Stonecipher, longtime matriarch of the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, are a mixture of love, admiration and a humorous acknowledgement of her straightforward approach to life. Stonecipher’s friends and family, as well as members… Keep Reading

Health & Wellness/Regional

Prepare before the storm hits

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Before a summer storm arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for storm clean-up. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes.… Keep Reading


Park place

Elburn may soon have access to Batavia Park District programs, facilities at resident rates ELBURN—Elburn residents might soon have the opportunity to participate in Batavia Park District programs at the resident rates. Village Administrator Erin Willrett on Monday introduced the possibility to Village Board members. Through an intergovernmental agreement between Elburn and Batavia, effective Oct.… Keep Reading

Health & Wellness

Summer safety tips to beat the heat

AlertID group provides tips to protect your family and pets from heat exhaustion ILLINOIS—Heat and humidity can be silent killers for those who don’t take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones. Serious health concerns caused by extreme temperatures are heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death. “Children, the elderly and pets… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Round and round

“It’s going like most construction projects. There have been some delays with the rain. Landscaping should go in next week, and the final step is street lights. It will be open for local traffic just like it was for the Palmer Cup (last month).” Tony Speciale Director Sugar Grove Public Works Sugar Grove board discusses… Keep Reading


Council shares ways to cut energy costs

SPRINGFIELD—From packing a suitcase to booking flights, there is a lot that goes into planning a vacation. The Energy Education Council wants to remind people that while they are taking time off from their everyday life, their electric bill might appreciate a vacation too. “We want people to enjoy their vacations and keep their homes… Keep Reading


The 2015 Elburn Days Car Raffle is here

The grand prize for this year’s Elburn Lions Club Elburn Days Car Raffle is your choice of any 2015-16 Chevy car or truck (not to exceed total cost of $40,000 MSRP) or $30,000 cash. Second prize is $2015 cash and third prize is $500 cash. The raffle is limited to 3,850 tickets at $20 each.… Keep Reading

Regional/Sugar Grove

Waubonsee offers free office software certificate

SUGAR GROVE—Community residents can learn popular Microsoft Office software and earn college credit tuition-free, thanks to a new grant-funded program at Waubonsee Community College. To qualify, students must take the appropriate placements tests. Preference will be given to those individuals with no prior college credit. They must also attend a free information session from 9… Keep Reading

Maple Park

Maple Park festival seeks parade participants, vendors

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Fun Fest Committee seeks parade participants and crafters/vendors for its 2015 Fun Fest, which will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. For more information and an application, visit or email Keep Reading


Thanks, but no thanks

Elburn board rejects Forest Preserve’s request to purchase Patten property ELBURN—Representatives of the Kane County Board and Forest Preserve District attended Monday’s Elburn Village Board meeting to again plead their case to the village regarding the preserve’s potential purchase of the Patten property along Route 47. In the end, the board voted against permitting the… Keep Reading

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Elburn/Maple Park

An undisputed heavyweight

Photo: Bryan Kenney (left) works with Elburn Herald reporter Lynn Meredith on rip training at the new Pound4Pound facility on Main Street in Maple Park. The new location can be reached at (815) 827-0055. Photo submitted by Pound4Pound Fitness to Elburn’s Pound4Pound Fitness helps transform lives, opens Maple Park location ELBURN/MAPLE PARK—In October 2014,… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove Library Board appoints Ekker as trustee

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Library Board on July 7 appointed Kim Ekker to the position of trustee. The Library Board interviewed several candidates before appointing Ekker to an open trustee position, Sugar Grove Library Director Shannon Halikias said. “Kim will serve a two-year term as an appointed trustee and will have her name on the… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

As luck would have it

The Sugar Grove Historical Society held a potluck picnic on Monday at Bliss House, located at 259 Main St. in Sugar Grove. The group holds annual meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of every month. The group is currently performing research on the Keck and West families. Bliss House is open… Keep Reading

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